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Drink beer for GOOD!

April Brews Day is Bellingham’s biggest and best beer festival, bringing over 4,000 people together to enjoy over 65 PNW craft breweries/cideries, live music, local food, and a firework show finale.

This event sells out each year and is an excellent opportunity for businesses to join in the fun and festivities to receive excellent exposure and promotion.

But most importantly, April Brews Day donates all proceeds to support the Max Higbee Center.

Max Higbee Center is a grassroots organization founded by educators and families of people with developmental disabilities who wanted quality recreation opportunities in Whatcom County. Max Higbee, a professor at Western Washington University, spearheaded this movement. The Drop-In Center gained status as a non-profit organization in 1984 and was then renamed in honor of its founder.


Hopefully we answer all of your questions here but please email us at info@aprilbrewsday.org if you don’t find an answer in this collection! Thanks!

Is there a smoking section?2023-04-28T11:20:22-07:00

No smoking or Vaping will be allowed within the event, but attendees will be able to exit and re-enter the event to smoke.

Can I buy extra tasting Tickets?2023-04-28T11:19:54-07:00

Yes! We will have stationary and roving ticket sellers. $3 for 5 or $8 for 10. Credit Cards accepted at stationary ticket counters.

Can I bring a water bottle?2023-04-28T11:18:48-07:00

Yes, you may bring in an empty water bottle and use our free refill stations. Do not bring any outside food or drink.

Can minors enter April Brews Day?2023-04-28T11:18:23-07:00

No, this event is 21+ and ID’s are required at entry.

Is there a discounted ticket for DD/Non-Drinkers?2023-04-28T11:17:52-07:00

Ticket prices are the same but we have options for everyone: Gluten Free, Vegan-Friendly, Non-Alcoholic. We appreciate the support from our non-drinking community members for this important cause.

Are dogs allowed at the event?2023-04-28T11:17:16-07:00

No. Please leave your furry friends at home tonight.

Event Day Details!

Location: At the corner of Granary Lane and W. Laurel Street at the Bellingham Waterfront.

Start Time: 6pm for General Admission. 5pm for VIP ticket holders.

End Time: 10pm


Traveling on Foot: Simply walk to the entry via Granary Lane. (See shuttle options below)

Traveling by Bike: Let’s Bike Bellingham’s free bike valet service makes it easy and safe for you to park your bike during the event. Find the bike valet right next to the entrance and enjoy the event knowing your bike is safe and ready for you whenever you’re ready to head home.

Traveling by Car: Paid street parking hours are 11:00am to 6:00pm Monday through Saturday. Street parking is free after 6:00pm, and on Sundays and holidays. (See shuttle options below)

For off-street parking, the first floor of the Commercial Street Parking Garage at 1300 Commercial Street is available and has the same rates as on-street parking. Parking is free on all floors after 6:00pm, and on Sundays and holidays. (See shuttle options below)


If you park near Bellingham High School or Boundary Bay Brewery you can hop on our shuttle and get a lift to the event! Shuttle begins at 4:30pm and continues until 10:30pm.

4:30pm – 7:00pm  /  Shuttle runs continuously.
7:00pm – 9:00pm  /  Shuttle runs every 30 minutes.
9:00pm – 10:30pm  /  Shuttle runs continuously.


  • Bring your current and valid I.D. This will be checked for entry. Please do not bring your kids or pets. This event is 21+ only.
  • Additional food and drink tickets we be available for sale inside the event.
  • Outside food and drink are not permitted.
  • There is no smoking or vaping permitted inside the event.
  • This event is outdoors, so check the weather and prepare accordingly.
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