Visiting new places is always exciting. You get to meet locals, learn about the area, and taste delicious food! And, it’s even better when there’s a fun event happening during your trip. On your next vacation to the Lancaster, PA, join locals and visitors for the highly anticipated Ephrata Brewfest! It’s a great way to taste local beers, listen to live music, and get familiar with the community. Read on to learn more about this event and start planning your summer vacation now! Don’t forget to download our free Vacation Guide for additional recommendations on restaurants, shops, museums, outdoor adventures, and many more events.
Plan a Fun Day Trip to the Ephrata Brewfest
What to Expect at the Ephrata Brewfest
Every June, our lovely Pennsylvania town welcomes the Ephrata Brewfest. It’s a must-see for beer lovers and curious visitors! The event benefits the Ephrata Public Library, so not only can you enjoy a local tradition, but you can also impact in the community’s wellbeing.
Festival tickets go on sale in April and are available online or on-site at the Ephrata Public Library, Ephrata Recreation Center, and the Visitors Center in the train station at Whistle Stop Plaza. Each ticket grants you free samples from all of the breweries, a sampling mug, and access to the entire Whistle Stop Plaza. Although the admission price includes bottled water, you’ll have to pay for meals at the food stations. Make sure you bring your wallet with you to taste some of our favorite, local dishes!
The breweries that are present at the festival include:
- Black Forest Brewery
- Boneshire Brew Works
- Cox Brewing Company
- Lancaster Brewing Company
- Lancaster Homebrew
- Mad Chef Craft and Brewing
- Meduseld Meadery
- Moo-Duck Brewery
- Oakbrook Brewing Company
- Snitz Creek Brewery
- Stoudts Brewing Company
- Troegs Independent Brewing
- Twisted Bine Beer & Co
- Union Barrel Works
- Highway Manor Brewing Co
- … And many more!
Other Things to Do in Ephrata
On top of Brewfest, Ephrata offers a variety of activities you’ll love during your stay. If you’re a history buff, head over to the Cloister to learn more about the first settlers. If you want to indulge in some retail therapy, take a look at this list we made of the best shopping in Ephrata. Then, end the day with a movie night at the Ephrata Main Theater!
Treat Yourself to a Stay at the Best B&B in Ephrata
The closer you are to Brewfest, the better! The Historic Smithton Inn is one of the top B&Bs in the area, and it just so happens to be next to the event. Our inn has everything you’re looking for: comfort, beautiful amenities, and cozy beds. Treat yourself and your significant other to a historic stay while still enjoying modern amenities like our Tesla charging station and WiFi!
Start browsing our guest rooms today and find the one you prefer. If you’re looking to rekindle the romance in your relationship, choose the Red Rose Room. This beautiful room provides peace, serenity, and lots of comforts! After your day at Brewfest, come back to our B&B and take a hot shower, slip into a complimentary robe, and snuggle by the fireplace. Then, after a good night’s rest, wake up to a delicious, homemade breakfast!