What are the festival hours?

Friday - Grounds open at 4:00pm, festival closes at 11:00pm
Saturday - Grounds open at 11:00am, festival closes at 9:00pm

Where is the festival?

92 Main St. West, Vankeek Hill Fairgrounds.

How do I get there if I am driving myself?

*OTTAWA 417 CLOSURE (YES you read right, CLOSURE!) * 
If you are driving to and from Ottawa, this affects you! The City is closing the 417 at Vanier Parkway on Saturday October 4 – lane reductions begin at 3 pm, and the 417 will be fully closed East and Westbound (with detours) at that location from 6 PM on. Our buses will be taking a detour on their return to the Ottawa bus drop-off that will get you home as quickly and efficiently as possible. For those returning by car, the Walkley exit (110) is likely your friend. Here’s the official word from the City of Ottawa: www.bit.ly/1rBC5Es.

From Ottawa:
1. Take the 417 East
2. Exit at Highway 34 North (turn left)
3. Take Highway 34 North into Vankleek Hill
4. At the lights, turn left on Main Street (County Rd 10)
5. Take your second left onto Pendleton St, follow the signage for parking
6. Vankleek Hill Fairgrounds is on the right at 92 Main Street West!

From Cornwall:
1. Take the 138 North to the 417 East
2. Exit the 417 at Highway 34 North (turn left)
3. Take Highway 34 North into Vankleek Hill
4. At the lights, turn left on Main Street (County Rd 10)
5. Take your second left onto Pendleton St, follow the signage for parking
6. Vankleek Hill Fairgrounds is on the right at 92 Main Street West!

From Montreal:
1. Take the 40 Ouest towards Ontario
2. Continue on the 40 Ouest as it turns into the 417 West
3. Exit at Barb Rd/Chemin Barb (County Rd 10)
4. Go west on Barb Rd/Chemin Barb (County Rd 10)
5. As you drive into Vankleek Hill, Barb Rd turns into Main Street (County Rd 10)
6. Through the lights at Hwy 34 and Main, take your second left onto Pendleton St, follow the signage for parking
7. Vankleek Hill Fairgrounds is on the rightat 92 Main Street West!

Is there parking?

Yes, parking is available. Follow the posted signage in town.

How do the buses work?

*YOU MUST HAVE A BUS TICKET FOR ADMISSION ONTO THE BUS.* 

One bus ticket is good for one round-trip, if you require bus transportation on Friday as well as Saturday, you need TWO bus tickets. 

Bus tickets must be purchased in advance.  

Bus ticket deadline is October 2nd at Noon.

Bus ticket will not be available for sale at the bus launch or at the festival.

Don’t Miss the Bus! Please arrive at the bus launch early and according to the posted times, if you’re late there will not be a bus waiting.

How do the buses from Ottawa work?

Ottawa bus pickup location is at Lamoureaux Hall (145 Jean-Jacques Lussier), on the campuses of uOttawa. There is a transitway stop nearby.

Buses will depart from Ottawa continuously between..

  • 4pm-6pm on Friday
  • 10am-2pm on Saturday

Buses leave from Vankleek Hill (towards Ottawa) between...

  • 9pm-11pm on Friday
  • 6pm-9pm on Saturday
  • There will be two dropoff locations, Lamoureaux Hall and Centretown.

How do the buses from Montréal work?

Montréal bus pickup location is at Palais des Congrès (201 avenue Viger Ouest, between Côté Street and Chenneville Street in the Palais des Congrès – Hall Viger). The nearest Metro stop is Place d'Armes.

Buses will depart from Montreal continuously between..

  • 3pm-6pm on Friday
  • 10am-2pm on Saturday

Buses leave from Vankleek Hill (towards Montreal) between...

  • 10pm-11pm on Friday
  • 7pm-9pm on Saturday

How do the buses from Cornwall work?

Cornwall bus pickup location is at Schnitzels (158 Pitt St).

Buses will depart from Cornwall continuously between...

  • 5pm-6pm on Friday
  • 10:30am-11:30am on Saturday

Buses leave from Vankleek Hill (towards Cornwall) at...

  • 11pm on Friday
  • 9pm on Saturday

Are Buses Available from other locations?

Bus trips from Anywhere to Beau's!

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DON’T FORGET YOUR TICKETS!

You’ll need to show them to get in. You can print a paper copy, or bring it loaded on your mobile device (it will help us if you turn your brightness up). Easy peasy!

How accessible is your event?

There are no stairs however, it is an outdoor festival with grass and gravel and should it happen to rain... mud! There are wheelchair accessible bathrooms on site.

Will tickets be available on site?

Yes, but only if there are tickets still available for sale. However, the last three years have sold out, so advance purchase of tickets is highly recommended to avoid disappointment.

Where can I buy my ticket?

Saturday tickets are sold out! Friday tickets still available here and at the door, if it's not sold out.

Tickets will go on sale on August 7th at www.beaus.ca – Advance purchase of tickets is highly recommended to avoid disappointment. The last three years have sold out so please order early.

When are the ticket sales deadlines?

Bus ticket deadline is October 2nd at Noon. Online general admission tickets can be purchased up until 11:59pm of the day before.

General admission tickets will be available at the gate, if any remain. However, the last three years have sold out, so advance purchase of tickets is highly recommended to avoid disappointment.

Are children admitted free?

Children's tickets are now sold out. Really little children (as in stroller-bound) and babes-in-arms are free, but they will not get a free hat, pretzel or drink token. Children’s tickets are $5. A child is anyone under 19. Any persons under 19 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Can I leave from and come back to the festival?

Yes! You are given a wristband and we encourage you to explore the town of Vankleek Hill while you are visiting with us.

Where can I park?

You can park on the fairgrounds for free. Follow the posted signage in town.

Are concerts cancelled when it is raining?

Unless there’s lightning or high winds the show will go on!

Is there seating at the main stage?

Main stage is visible from all the beer tents but bring a lawn chair if you’d like to get a front row seat.

Will there be ATM machines on site?

Yes, there are ATMs on site. There are also two banks with 24/7 ATM access in the town of Vankleek Hill within walking distance of the festival site.

Will there be First Aid stations on site?

Yes, and will be indicated on the festival map.

Is there a lost and found?

Yes, you can drop off and claim lost and found items at the Beau's Merch booth near the main entrance.

Will there be food /beverage vendors on site?

Oh Yeah! An assortment of non-alcoholic beverages will be available as well as a wide array of Bavarian themed food options.

Can I bring my own food?

Yes, by all means. Please bring along your own water bottle to refill on site. Please place your recyclables in the appropriate recycling bins on site and minimize the amount of garbage you leave behind.

Will there be toilets and hand-wash stations available on site?

Sure will be!

Will there be an information booth?

No, but there will be helpful Beau’s staff and volunteers waiting to assist you. There will also be a free site map.

What items are allowed on site?

  • Reusable water bottle
  • Camera - we encourage you to submit your photos to www.facebook.com/BeausAllNaturalBrewingCo
  • Personal stein
  • Snacks
  • Bring ID!

What should I wear?

Oktoberfest is outdoors, so be a smarty-smart and dress for weather that’s mild by day, chilly by night. Rubber boots or hiking shoes are recommended if rain is forecasted, open-toed shoes are just a bad idea for a party that takes place in a field. We have tents aplenty, but you’ll have more fun if you are dressed to stay warm and dry for rocking to the bands or that dash to the loo. Here’s a link to the local forecast - our weather can be different than nearby cities so check it out: www.bit.ly/1yycqmp.

What items are prohibited on site?

Any outside alcohol. All drugs and illegal substances, firearms, knives and other weapons. There will be security guards and police officers to help keep us all safe! NO PETS.

Are there accommodations available?

There is rough camping on site for tenting, campers and RV's. Registration closed October 1st at 3PM. 

Please note there are no power or water hookups.... Here's some camping info:

  • Access to RV/Tent set up available: Oct 3rd 11am-8pm / Oct 4th 10am-9pm
  • Upon arrival in Vankleek Hill Hwy 34 and County Rd 10 follow the signs for Camping/RV/Parking - access to Oktoberfest site is via Pendleton St.  You will be registered, wristbanded and directed to the area specific to what you are crashing in.
  • Camping space is limited so registration is required to ensure your space is reserved
  • All RV’s and tents must vacate the Oktoberfest site by 4pm Oct 5th
  • This is rough camping, people! There are no hook-ups available so please DO NOT run an extension cord to the nearest outlet you can find thinking that you just scored power!!! We have a very limited supply of power on site and it is dedicated to run essential festival needs.
  • Respect the land and dispose of your trash, compost and recycling responsibly.  There are stations in the camping areas to make this easy for you!
  • Bundle up people, it’s Oktobrrr and probably colder at night than you think. That said, there is a dedicated fire pit in the camping area so please, for the love Oktoberfest – DO NOT light your own fire or you will be fired! Make friends at the designated fire pit.
  • NO DRINKING outside the licensed festival grounds, ie., in the campsite area. We ask that you are especially conscientious of this request. On Oct 3rd and 4th, the after party is held at The Windsor Tavern located at 82 Main St. East in Vankleek Hill, a five minute walk from the Oktoberfest site and we encourage you to join us there. Tickets can be purchased at the front gate of Oktoberfest throughout the festival. 
  • We do have neighbours around the festival site that will appreciate a quiet night. Sounds travels further than we think so thank you for keeping the noise level down.
  • There are port-a-potties available in the general camping area as well as a hand washing station. The water is NOT potable, so don’t go drinking it eh!
  • There is 24/7 security at Oktoberfest, so if you have any concerns, someone will be on site at all times to assist. There is also a designated campsite manager who will be visible in the camping area from sundown to sunup and will easily identifiable.  Look for the well marked booth with the signage.

Other accommodation options nearby...

  • The Grand Barn
    3440 Barb Rd, Vankleek Hill, ON.
    Email events@thegrandbarn.com
    A clothing-optional (“Hey Homer, I can see your doodle!!!”) campsite located ten minutes by vehicle from Oktoberfest. Campsite and cabin-RVs available. For the Oktoberfest weekend, the $25 grounds fee will be waived - accommodations extra. TGB consits of a huge retrofitted barn sitting on 250 acres of beautiful eastern Ontario countryside. It offers a swimming pool, hot tub, garden plots, volleyball, badminton, ping-pong, games, The Loft clubhouse with fully equipped stage, general store, restaurant kitchen, 40+ acres of old growth forest (aka the Back~40) with trails, Desire Lake, camp-sites, and Vintage Trailer accommodations. Centrally located between Ottawa, Cornwall and Montreal, and right off the 417 (and the Bike Trail for those eco-conscious), TGB is easily accessible.
  • Best Western Plus L'Heritage
    1575 Tupper Street, Hawkesbury, 613/632-5941
  • Cranberry House Bed and Breakfast
    Hwy 34, Hawkesbury 613-636-0127
  • Maple Lea Farm Bed and Breakfast
    Pleasant Corners Rd. 613-678-3993
  • Netherdale Bed and Breakfast
    Greenlane Rd., Hawkesbury 613-632-8881
  • Smithsight Bed and Breakfast
    Cty. Rd. 17,L’Orignal 613-675-4949
  • Stephanies Resto-Bar Inn
    Hwy 34, Hawkesbury 613-632-2783
  • Poplar Motel
    Cty Rd. 17, L’Orignal 613-675-2477
  • Dreamland Bed and Breakfast
    Fournier 613-524-3749
  • La Vieille Ferme's Guest House
    932 Concession 7, Saint Bernardin, 613-678-5475
  • Alexandria Camping Centre
    3875 Highway 34, Alexandria, ON, 613-525-5000
  • Abadin Bed and Breakfast
    612 Bobois Street, L'Orignal, ON, 613-675-0048

Other helpful accommodation links....

We will be arriving in a motor home and were wondering where to park/stay?

Registration closes October 1 at 3PM. 

Where are the best places to go after the fest closes in the evening?

The Official Oktoberfest After Party is at The Windsor Tavern located at 84 Main Street. Friday and Saturday nights only. Tickets are being sold exclusively at The Windsor.

How much does beer cost?

$5 a glass (12oz compostable cup). Purchased through tokens on site.

My question is not listed. How can I get an answer?

Email us at oktoberfest@beaus.ca