November 28th - December 2nd, 2018 | Pioneer Courthouse Square | Portland, Oregon

Held in the heart of downtown Portland, the Holiday Ale Festival keeps attendees warm and dry under a large clear top tent allowing for views of the city lights. Gas heaters create a cozy ambience under the boughs of one of the region's largest decorated Christmas trees.


The 2018 Holiday Ale FestFacts

On this page, you'll find the FestFacts, which include location/maps, admission/costs, designated driver information and hours of operation for the 2018 Holiday Ale Festival.

Holiday Ale Festival Location

As always, the Holiday Ale Festival is taking place in the heart of downtown Portland at Pioneer Courthouse Square. For those not familiar with downtown Portland, the address and a map link are below:

Pioneer Courthouse Square
701 SW Sixth Ave
Portland, Oregon 97204

Directly on the MAX transit line!

The Festival also includes on-site food, festival merchandise and more!

Holiday ale Festival Location Map

Click the map for a larger full-color version.


  • No GLASSWARE permitted per Portland PD - If you have glassware, you will need to remove it from the premises or check it at the CCA Coat Check
  • ALL BAGS are subject to search before entering
  • Pioneer Square is a 100% Smoke Free Venue - This includes E-pen free, Vape Free and yes, Marijuana free
  • All outside water bottles / sports bottles must be empty before entering

Admission & Costs

*FREE* re-admission into the Festival all 5 days with wristband and current year's glass.

Advance Tickets are now on sale! Click here to purchase!


Advance General Admission Tickets [$40] include a festival glass, 15 beer tickets and expedited entry all five days with wristband and current year's glass (provided the event is not at capacity). This advance purchase provides 2 additional tickets plus expedited entry as compared to standard admission at the door. Those that are VISIBLY INTOXICATED will not be served.

Advance VIP Tickets [$100] include a festival glass, 30 beer tickets, express entry all five days with wristband and current year's glass (provided the event is not at capacity), a bottle of water and access to VIP beer lines (including Limited Release/Lounge Tappings), plus special VIP-only Vintage Bottle/Draft selections (To Be Announced). Those that are VISIBLY INTOXICATED will not be served.

To enter and taste beers, the purchase of an initial tasting package is required. The package includes a souvenir glass, 12 beer tickets and costs $40 at the door (CASH ONLY). Those that are VISIBLY INTOXICATED will not be served.

Additional beer tickets can be purchased for $1 each. Previous years' mugs/glasses cannot be used and will not be filled; however, current year glasses can be reused on subsequent visits within the same yearly festival.

We feature Govino glasses, rather than traditional plastic mugs. All Govino glasses are made from a flexible BPA-free polymer, which properly showcases all types of beers. Govino products are shatter proof, recyclable and reusable.

A "taster" size pour of beer requires one ticket (a few limited release and special tapping beers require 2+ tickets). A full glass of beer requires four tickets (some limited release and special tappings may not be available in full glass pours, or may be double tickets).

The festival stops selling beer tickets 1/2 hour prior to the posted closure time.

This is a 21+ event! Those that are VISIBLY INTOXICATED will not be served. No minors are allowed, including infants. No pets are permitted (except ADA).

As always, ALL TICKETS, both admission and beer, expire on the last day of the event. Past year's tickets are not valid at future events. Tickets have no refundable cash value.

Designated Drivers

Designated drivers in a party of two or more may purchase a Designated Driver entry for $TBD (at the door only) and receive free non-alcoholic sodas courtesy of Crater Lake Sodas, or bottled water for the duration of their stay; however, designated drivers are NOT allowed to drink ANY alcohol, not even a taste. If you drink any alcohol, you AND your entire party will be escorted from the event premises immediately. Again, designated driver tickets are only sold at the door (no advance tickets).