Screw City Beer Festival
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The Heart of Screw City

 
 

The 8th annual Screw City Beer Festival will be held on Saturday, September 8th, 2018 along the banks of the Rock River in the heart of downtown Rockford, IL.

VIP Session begins at 12pm

GA begins at 1pm

Festival ends at 5:30pm

 

 
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NEW LOCATION

In our biggest change since we started in 2011, SCBF will be relocating to the east bank of the Rock River.

For 2018, Screw City Beer Festival will be held in the Riverview Ice House parking lot north of the Jefferson St. Bridge.

The festival entrance is on Water St. under the Jefferson St. Bridge.

 

 

GETTING TO THE FESTIVAL

THE FRONT GATE IS LOCATED UNDER JEFFERSON BRIDGE AT WATER ST.

Downtown Rockford will have multiple events taking place on Sept 8th. Parking will be inevitably tricky. To avoid parking congestion and increase public safety we highly encourage you to:

  • Utilize ride share programs such as Uber or Lyft
  • Walk or bike if you live close by. Our proximity to the Sinnissippi Bike Path makes this even more possible!
  • Get dropped off and picked up by a friend or family member
  • Carpool with a group to minimize parking congestion
  • Take the Trolley down!
    • Pick up the Trolley at the YMCA parking lot and ride it straight to the front gate under Jefferson St. Bridge.
      • The Trolley will only be in service from 10:30 AM until 2:00pm and will not make return runs after the event.
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EARLY CHECK IN

Utilizing our early check in process can definitely save you time waiting in a long entrance line.

Beginning at 9:00 AM the Front Gate will begin ID check, wrist-banding, scanning tickets, and distributing taster cups and programs. Once you complete this process you are considered checked in and may leave the premise and return when each respective session begins - VIP at 12pm & GA at 1PM.

Upon returning you will be required to show your wristband and present your cup and program.  DO NOT LOSE these items. They are required for re-admittance and if you have lost or misplaced any of these items you will not be granted access to the festival.

Early check in is not required and you may show up to the festival at any time, but if you show up at peak time (11:30-1:30) be prepared to wait in line. 

 

TROLLEY DEPOT

The Trolley Depot will serve as the holding area before General Admission begins. The Trolley depot area of the festival opens at 9AM when early check in begins. Once checked in you may utilize the Trolley Depot area. At 1PM the Trolley Depot area becomes part of the festival grounds.

This area will include our Merch Tent, several vendor tents - food, coffee, and otherwise, and various seating to relax before each session begins.

When VIP starts at Noon, any VIP ticket holder in the Trolley Depot may proceed into the main festival ground. When General Admission starts at 1pm, the entire Trolley Depot area becomes part of the main festival ground.

 

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PARKING

Please be advised that there will be another large event happening just to the south of SCBF all day. This will make convenient parking options very limited.

**Be aware and adhere to posted parking restrictions**

 

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PREPARE!

CHECK THE WEATHER

  • SCBF is a rain or shine event! Make sure to check the weather forecast and be prepared.

BRING:

  • YOUR ID/LICENSE

Government issued ID is REQUIRED for admission. No exceptions!

  • YOUR TICKET
    • VIP tickets are physical and don't exist digitally. Do you have your ticket? It's square. It says VIP.
    • General Admission tickets can be scanned from your phone, but we highly advise printing your ticket out to avoid any delays due to screen glare or scanner sensitivity.

  • MONEY

We offer awesome food at SCBF.  Food Vendors may accept cashless forms of payment, but cash will never fail!

 

DON'T BRING:

  • KIDS OR PETS

SCBF is for humans 21 & older.

"Can I bring my neighbor's dog?"     No.

  • OUTSIDE FOOD OR BEVERAGES

No outside food or beverage is permitted.  These will be available to you inside the fest!

Exceptions include water and pretzel necklaces. There will be pretzel necklaces available inside the fest too.

  • ANY GLASSWARE
    • You will receive a 5oz tasting cup when you enter the festival.
      If you are a VIP ticket holder, leave that VIP glass at home where it's safe and sound.

 

BAGS:

Small backpacks, shoulder bags, and purses are allowed but are subject to search at the sole discretion of our Security Team.