Sloan, Joel Plaskett will headline 10th edition of Beau’s Oktoberfest

Tickets on sale now for Beau’s Brewing Co.’s signature fundraising event, happening September 21 and 22, 2018

Beau’s Oktoberfest has kicked off its 2018 ticket sales today, with an announcement of the musical acts for this year’s festival. East Coast rocker Joel Plaskett and his band The Emergency will be headlining the mainstage on Friday September 21, and Canadian power pop legends Sloan will be headlining Saturday September 22. Supporting acts include Weaves, The Flatliners, Fred Penner, Dubmatique, The Kingpins, and Wolf Saga. The mainstage will be hosted by Canadianity podcast creators Jeremy Taggart and Jonathan Torrens, and will feature daytime entertainment from Canada’s Polka King Walter Ostanek. More than 15 additional bands will entertain on the Black Forest Stage, headlined by punk band Cancer Bats. The musical line-up is once again made up of 100% Canadian acts.

Beau’s Oktoberfest is marking its 10th year in 2018 as the signature fundraising event for Beau’s Brewing Co. It takes place annually at the fairgrounds in Vankleek Hill, Ontario, the hometown of the independent Canadian brewery. Last year’s festival attracted 20,000 attendees over two days, and raised $100,205 for charity and local community groups. Since 2009, the festival has generated $616,889 in funds for good work projects.

This year’s edition of Oktoberfest will once again have all the components for a great time: a vast selection of Bavarian-inspired cuisine from local restaurants, more than 65 different beers to try (15 brewed by Beau’s), an activities area with keg toss, sausage eating, and other games, a Kinderfest area for kids, a Beau’s themed midway with prizes, and a Ferris wheel. The beer-curious can sign up for “School of Bock” classes to learn more about pairing food with beer, brewing, and all things craft beer. Round-trip bus transportation will once again be available from Montréal, Ottawa, and Cornwall; Ottawa festival-goers can also sign up for a United Way fundraiser bike ride to the festival grounds. Camping passes are available to add on to a ticket purchase.

Tickets for the 2018 Beau’s Oktoberfest are on sale now at Weekend passes are $45, single-day tickets $32. Child (18 and under) passes are $5 when accompanied by an adult. Ticket holders who buy passes before Canada Day will be entered in an earlybird draw to win a Prize Pack that includes a pair of Oktoberfest t-shirts and steins, meal vouchers, and a Beau’s record crate of albums, including many bands that have performed at Oktoberfest, past and present.

Beau’s Oktoberfest 2017 - By the Numbers


  • Funds raised: $100,205
  • 2017 attendance: 20,515
  • Litres of beer and cider served: 31,570
  • People who rode our bus shuttles or camped overnight: 6,549
  • Portions of food prepared: 46,400
  • Litres of local spring water served: 3,780
  • Beers entered in Homebrew Competition: 477
  • Number of festival volunteers: 785 (plus 130 Beau’s staff)
  • Total artists/performers: 162
  • Keg-toss event participants: 169
  • Pieces of dishes & cutlery washed to reduce waste: 38,000
  • Sunday “Beer Brunches” served: 277
  • Total RVs and tents in camping area: 524
  • Ferris Wheel rides: 1,017