2017 Workhouse Brewfest on Aug. 12 Offers Craft Brews, Bands, Food and Art


July 18, 2017

News Highlights

  • 2017 Workhouse Brewfest features 15 craft breweries, five distillieries, 1 cidery and 12 bands, plus food, art and games.
  • Early bird ticket sales end on Aug. 8. Buy now before prices go up.

2017 Brewfest on Aug. 12 from 1 to 8 p.m.

It’s not too late to buy early bird tickets for the second annual Workhouse Brewfest on Aug. 12, 2017, from 1 to 8 p.m.

You can purchase discounted tickets starting at $40 until Tuesday, Aug. 8, and prices increase after this date.

Beer. Bands. Art.

The festival, which takes place at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, will feature:

  • 15 Virginia craft breweries, including ones located in Fairfax County
  • 5 distilleries
  • 1 cidery
  • 12 bands
  • Local food trucks
  • Lawn games
  • Art for sale at the center’s studios and galleries, including commemorative growlers and beer steins handmade by Workhouse ceramic artists.

Brewfest is one of many cultural and arts events offered by the Workhouse Arts Center. The event is helping to stimulate arts and culture tourism to the recently created NOVA Arts District that encompasses the Workhouse, Occoquan Regional Park and Town of Occoquan.

Last year, more than 9,000 people attend the first Brewfest, and the event also helps to showcase local breweries and distilleries that are burgeoning industry in Fairfax County.

Craft breweries employ 9,000 people and produce more than $1 billion in economic impact in the Virginia, according to the Brewers Association. There are more than 130 licensed craft breweries in the state, including seven in Fairfax County.

County officials are encouraging the growth of craft breweries and other emerging industries as way to grow and diversify the economy. Fairfax’s strategic plan to boost our local economy calls for:

  • Encouraging entrepreneurs and innovation
  • Promoting arts, hospitality and tourism
  • Supporting events that cultivate a vibrant, energized community

Located at 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, on 55 acres once occupied by the historic Lorton Workhouse prison, the Workhouse Arts Center is a vibrant community of visual artists, performing artists, and arts educators working together to serve over 100,000 visitors annually from communities throughout Fairfax County and the greater Northern Virginia region.

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