The legendary Seattle Great Pumpkin Beer Festival hits San Diego for a mischievous day of pumpkin themed brews, live entertainment, twisted experientials, squash-based foodie creations, hidden surprises and so much more! On Saturday, October 30 from 3:25pm to 10:25pm, the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter will be transformed into a gourd-geous mecca of all things nonsensical as misfits unite to celebrate brews, boos and beats.
The rock star of the day will be the Pumpkin flavored craft brews accompanied by farm house flavors, fresh hops, wet hops, saisons and more to give your palette an autumnal explosion of over 40+ seasonal concoctions. Pocket of taps will be scattered through the venue with coveted brews popping up in unexpected corners like the Ale Apothecary, Headless Horsemen Hideaway and Jack-O’s Tavern. This is one party you don’t want to be late for! The fest kicks off with the ultimate keg tapping as rivers of beer flow straight into your commemorative cup from the over 1000lb giant pumpkin keg.
In this world undefined by logic, SteamPunkin presides as a meld of steampunk and all things pumpkin. Expect the unexpected with a roguish line-up of bands and djs that give you just the right off-kilter balance of edge and energy. Get a taste of your favorite Throwback hits from No Duh (No Doubt cover band) who will mix the experience & energy of a live No Doubt & Gwen Stefani concert with nostalgic visuals, styling’s & props of the No Doubt & Gwen Stefani videos to make it feel like the real thing! Feeling a little bit more of an 80s vibe while sippin’ on your Pumpkin Brew? The Young Guns Ultimate 80’s Band repertoire adeptly covers the greatest 80s songs ever recorded, while rocking attire that says “I love the 80s”, epic dance moves and guitar riffs, this cover band will have you up on your feet & thirsty for more beer! The musical extravaganza continues with Member Only Yacht Club who will be performing all your favorite soft rock jams of the 70s and 80s. We got our EDM lovers covered with the likes of top San Diego DJs, DJ Yodah and Parradax! Immerse yourself in the sick beats and groove all night long.
The power of pumpkin does not stop at libations and will inspire specialty foodie creations at the food booths & trucks! Sample squash inspired flavors and vote on your favorite snack like caramelized onion and butternut squash pizza, pumpkin chili, pumpkin cheesecake and more!
Themed experientials will catch you off gourd at every turn as you navigate a non-formulaic corn row maze, step through photo opps of anarchy, glimpse your fate in a corner of clairvoyant readers and stumble upon the gravity defying twists of striking themed performances.
A little friendly competition never hurt nobody! Enter to compete or take a seat on the bleachers to root for your bestie in the Gourd Games. These strong man-style games include; Pumpkin Throwing, Pumpkin Pole Climb, The Pumpkin Squat, Pumpkin Pie Eating, Pumpkin Seed Spitting & more.
No dress code applies – dress in costume, dress like yourself; dress in orange, dress in black; dress steampunk, dress just punk… BUT, since it is Halloween weekend and we know San Diego takes a party seriously, dress your Pumpkin Beer Festival best and enter the Costume Contest with amazing swag prizes as we crown Pumpkin Royalty for 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
Visit www.GreatPumpkinBeerFestSD.com to get all of the details on breweries, entertainment and the absurd Fall fair hitting the streets of Downtown San Diego.