Asheville’s popular Brewgrass craft beer festival will move to Memorial Stadium from Martin Luther King Jr. Park this year, with tickets going on sale July 6, the event’s producer has announced.
The festival will be held 1-7 p.m. Sept. 20 at the stadium, located just above the McCormick Field baseball park, Jimi Rentz said. He will put 4,000 tickets on sale at 1 p.m. July 6 at brewgrassfestival.com.
No tickets will be sold this year at Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria, which Rentz also operates. The price is $55, with proceeds benefiting Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Asheville.
The festival is relocating to Memorial Stadium after Asheville City Council voted in 2013 to ban events with alcohol drawing more than 1,000 people at parks with residential zoning like MLK, near the corner of of College and South Charlotte streets. Some residents around MLK complained about the crowds and traffic associated with the event.
Memorial Stadium was “the only option,” with Pack Square Park being too small to handle the festival crowd, Rentz said. “It will be about the same crowd as a Thirsty Thursday,” the discount beer nights held by the Asheville Tourists at McCormick Field, he said. “And we will be done earlier than a game.”
Over the years, Brewgrass has moved around to various locations including Memorial Stadium, McCormick Field, Pack Square and the Market and Eagle streets neighborhood before finally settling at MLK Park.