Winter Beerfest Returns

Michigan beer! This popular outdoor event will feature hundreds of fresh, local beers from Michigan’s finest breweries, plus local music, performers, ice sculptures and carving demonstrations, fire pits to chase away the cold, and food available for purchase. 

Yes! This festival takes place outdoors. In February. In Michigan. Please make wardrobe choices accordingly. Your ticket includes admission to the festival and 15 tokens for beer samples. We are a non profit trade association, and your ticket purchase supportAll festival attendees must be 21 or older to enter, even if they are designated drivers and are not drinking. A valid government ID is required for festival entry, with NO exceptions.s our organization, and helps to offset the many costs associated with the festival such as beer, tents, toilets, security, music, insurance, equipment, etc. 

About the Event:

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 26, 1pm to 6pm (12pm Early Entry for Enthusiast Members)

WHERE: LMCU Ballpark in Comstock Park, just north of Grand Rapids

WHAT: Michigan beer! This popular event will feature hundreds of fresh, local beers from Michigan’s finest breweries, plus local music, performers, ice sculptures and carving demonstrations, fire pits to chase away the cold, and food available for purchase.

Festival FAQs:

Is this an outdoor event?

Yes! This festival takes place outdoors. In February. In Michigan. Please make wardrobe choices accordingly.

What does my $55 ticket include?

Your ticket includes admission to the festival and 15 tokens for beer samples. We are a non profit trade association, and your ticket purchase supports our organization, and helps to offset the many costs associated with the festival such as beer, tents, toilets, security, music, insurance, equipment, etc.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

All festival attendees must be 21 or older to enter, even if they are designated drivers and are not drinking. A valid government ID is required for festival entry, with NO exceptions.

What is the refund policy?

Tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE, per event industry standard (similar to a concert, sporting event, etc.). The festival will occur regardless of the normal winter weather conditions. If you cannot attend for any reason, you may sell or transfer your ticket to someone else.

Is my registration/ticket transferable? How do I transfer my ticket to another attendee?

Yes, tickets are transferable – but each bar code will only scan one time. You do not need to do anything special to transfer your ticket to another attendee’s name. Purchaser name will not be checked against ID-holder name at the gate.

Are Designated Driver tickets available?

Yes. DD tickets will be available at Will Call at LMCU Ballpark the day of the festival for $10. You must be 21 to purchase a DD ticket. Please have the person or group you are the DD for come to Will Call with proof of their regular ticket purchase.

Can I buy a Designated Driver ticket and then buy tokens for drinks if I change my mind?

No. Servers will not pour beer to Designated Drivers, and anyone caught drinking on a Designated Driver ticket will be immediately ejected from the festival.

Where do I pick up my tokens?

Festival staff will be handing cups & tokens to attendees immediately upon walking through the main gate into the festival.

Why do I need to use tokens if I already paid for a ticket?

State law requires that we comply with certain rules laid out by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission, which include utilizing drink tokens and specially marked cups to assure that we have a controlled means of serving beer.

All festivals attendees are expected to willingly provide a token for each and every sample of beer received. Thank you for your cooperation which keeps us in compliance with state law.

Is there a Beer List?

Check out our Online Listing 

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Parking will be available at LMCU Ballpark. There may also be shuttles available at local hotels. Please check with your hotel.

What can/can’t I bring to the event?

The following are NOT permitted on festival grounds: outside alcohol, marijuana, glass containers, children (including infants), strollers, bicycles, skateboards, rollerskates/rollerblades, or animals.

You may bring any of the following items with you to the festival: water and other non-alcoholic beverages in non-glass containers, food, folding/camping chairs, coolers.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You must bring a ticket with you to be scanned to allow you entry to the festival. This ticket can either be printed or be the electronic version accessible on your smartphone or wireless device.

How can I get early admission to the event?

Enthusiasts with valid membership ID card and VIPs with valid VIP pass will be permitted into the festival early (noon), one hour prior to general admission (1pm). If you’d like to participate in early entry, you can sign up as an Enthusiast Member prior to the festival date.

I tested positive for COVID-19. Can I get a refund?

If you test positive for COVID-19 the week of the festival, please send a copy of your positive test result along with you name, email and order number to info@michiganbrewersguild.org NO LATER than Saturday, Feb 26th, and we will process a refund for your ticket.

What if I am not feeling well the day of the event ?

We encourage attendees to self screen, and stay home if you are not feeling well.

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Christmas Lights Return

The Christmas Lite Show at LMCU Ballpark will return starting November, 24th. Below are details about the show and some of the other activities that will be offered this holiday season.

For questions about the Christmas Lite Show please contact The Christmas Lite Show directly:

Phone: (616) 745-9955

Website: www.christmasLITEshow.com

Email: christmasliteshow@gmail.com

9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

20TH ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11 WILL BE

COMMEMORATED AT LMCU BALLPARK

Annual Memorial Stair Climb anticipated to be largest ever

Comstock Park, MI – – Thursday, September 2nd, 2021 – – LMCU Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps, announced today the lineup for the 20th Anniversary of 9/11. The annual remembrance is anticipated to be larger than any previous.

The day begins at 9:00am on Saturday, September 11th with the annual 9/11Memorial Stair Climb and concludes with the Whitecaps baseball game and Family Fare Fireworks. Participants will each climb 110 stadium steps, replicating the 110-floor climb that many of the fallen New York city public safety members made to rescue innocent civilians. Proceeds from the Memorial Stair Climb will go to Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

“We anticipate more than 300 participants this year,” said 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb Co-Coordinator Edwin Marino. “Each year the community, first responders, children, and groups come out to pay tribute to the fallen men and women. It’s a memorial and the goal is to never, never forget.”

New this year is a pancake breakfast for all participants at the conclusion of the stair climb.  In addition, each participant will be given a voucher for half-off any seat of their choice for the game that evening. The Whitecaps host the Great Lakes Loons at 7:05pm.

“It’s another way for the Whitecaps to help pay tribute to the 20th Anniversary of 9/11,” said Whitecaps Community Relations Manager, Jenny Garone. “It’s a special moment when our community and country come together to remember. This year we’re paying tribute all day long with remembrance during the game and even afterwards with fireworks.”

The Whitecaps game will begin with 96-year-old, WWII veteran John Pylman singing the National Anthem. Pylman’s video, of his rendition of the Star-Spangled banner on August 5th this summer, went viral with over seven million views.

Participants can sign up for the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at https://nfff.akaraisin.com/ui/grandrapids

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2021 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb Agenda:

8:00 a.m. –      9:00 a.m.      Participant registration

9:00 a.m. –      10:30 a.m.    Memorial Stair Climb inside LMCU Ballpark

10:30 a.m. –    11:30 a.m.  Pancake breakfast and photos

7:05 p.m.   –    Whitecaps vs Loons with Family Fare Fireworks.

Broadway at the Ballpark

BROADWAY AT THE BALLPARK RETURNS

Grand Rapids Civic Theatre announced the return of their collaboration with LMCU Ballpark to bring live theatre to the ballpark in August. Broadway at the Ballpark is scheduled for August 27th and 28th with shows at 7:00 pm each night.

The 2021 event will build on the success of the 2021 concert and will feature world-class entertainment and bigger and better entertainment experiences for all ages. The concert will feature Broadway favorites performed by Civic Theatre actors. This year, the event will also include more musical numbers, greater seating capacity, and an expanded selection of food and beverage, including beer and wine.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for youth aged 3-15. Children 3 and under are free. Guests will bring their own chairs be seated in the outfield of LMCU Ballpark. VIP Access begins at 5:30 pm and general admission entrance begins at 6:00. A special performance from the cast of Grand Rapids Civic Theatre’s production of the musical Once will take place from 6:30 – 7:00 pm, and the concert begins at 7:00. Tickets are available online and at the LMCU Ballpark box office.

“We are thrilled to welcome the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre back to the ballpark this year,” said Dan Morrison, VP of Sales for the West Michigan Whitecaps. “This event will once again provide an opportunity for guests to get an up-close look at our field and will offer amazing entertainment for baseball and theatre fans alike.”

Civic Theatre is returning to regular live performance after the pandemic closed their doors for nearly 18 months. As they prepare for their 2020-2021 season in September, they are returning to the ballpark for another outdoor show.

“After what’s been a very challenging year, we are so excited to return to LMCU Ballpark again in 2021,” said Ben Greene, Director of Marketing and Engagement for Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. “With fewer pandemic restrictions in place, we are planning to make this experience even more enjoyable for our guests this year.”

Broadway at the Ballpark was born after both Civic Theatre and the West Michigan Whitecaps were forced to cancel regular programming in 2020 due to the pandemic. The inaugural event was a hit among guests, and both parties agreed it was something the community would love to see again in 2021.

VIP packages will be available for purchase for the event for $150. The packages include a table for up to four guests, early entry, VIP parking, and an all-you-can-eat meal plan in the General RV Campground.

“We are always looking for ways to strengthen our community partnerships and offer unique and fun experiences in West Michigan,” Morrison added. “We hope that even more families choose to make Broadway at the Ballpark a part of their summer plans this year.”

For Ticket Information
Friday, August 27
Saturday, August 28