Frequently Asked Questions

What if it rains?

The event is weathering permitting. This is a fundraiser for Friends of the Arboretum. No Refunds. General policy is that all events are held rain or shine, with the exception of severe/dangerous conditions.

Guest safety is our primary concern.

When severe weather conditions exist, we may choose to delay or cancel the event. If a weather-related delay is needed during an event, we will communicate decisions to guests via public address system, event staff & volunteers, and social media.

Guests may be asked to evacuate the event. When and if the event reopens, it will be determined on a case by case scenario depending on time of day, weather forecast, and whether the venue is deemed safe.

Can I get a refund?

No, sorry, no refunds. You are free to give your tickets to a friend or neighbor.

Could tickets sell out?

Yes they could. In order to maintain guest experience we limit tickets sales. Long lines at a party don’t sound like much fun, and we want you to have a good time.

Do you offer group rates?

No we do not. We do offer discounts for Friends of the Arboretum members.

What should I wear?

Be comfortable. We call it garden casual. Remember, we are outside and some of the ground is uneven, so thin heels might not be a good choice.

What do I need to bring to the event?

Your ticket; we prefer a paper copy of your ticket to easy entry, but the ticket on your phone is just fine as well. It will have a qr code for us to scan. A valid federal or state issued ID that is current. Attendees that do not have their ticket and their ID will not be permitted into the event, no refunds will be given.

Can I buy tickets at the gate?

Yes. If they haven’t sold out. There is a $5 fee for tickets bought the day of at the gate. We suggest buying tickets online before you leave for the event at opabg.org

Do I have to buy tickets online?

No. You can buy tickets at the Arboretum anyday leading up to the event for the regular fee. Tickets at the gate the day of the event will incur a $5 processing fee (if they haven’t sold out).

Can I bring my child to the Brewfest?

No, no one under 21 will be permitted into the Brewfest. This includes infants. Please make arrangements for all children prior to attending the festival. Anyone with a child will not be admitted, no exceptions. No refunds will be given for not being aware of this policy.

Can I bring my dog?

No, no pets are allowed in the gardens at any time. Service animals are permitted.

I’m in a wheelchair, will I be able to enjoy this event?

Yes, 99% of the event is wheelchair friendly and we make every effort to be as inclusive as possible. All of the tents are near a sidewalk and in reach. Our sidewalk grade is also well under the maximum deemed by the ADA. We will also have a wheelchair friendly restroom for your use.

What is NOT at allowed at the Brewfest?

  • Anyone under the age of 21, even babies
  • Alcohol
  • Bags larger than 16”x16”x16”
  • Banners or signs
  • Tripods, bipods or monopods
  • Chairs
  • Inflatables
  • Laser pointers
  • Luggage
  • Noise makers
  • Pets of any kind, including horses, dogs and parrots
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Fireworks
  • Flasks
  • Bottles or cups from outside of the event
  • Skateboards, scooters, personal vehicles
  • Sporting equipment
  • Coolers
  • Unauthorized solicitation

Do you have a designated drivers ticket or a non-drinker ticket?

No, we do not. Non drinkers can enjoy the 10+ restaurants, entertainment and Pepsi products. We feel the value of those amenities meets or exceeds the ticket price.

Can I smoke at the event?

Yes, but please be considerate of others and smoke in non-crowded areas and dispose of your trash appropriately. We want to keep our gardens beautiful.

How many beers will there be available for tasting?

Over 100 flavors of beer will be available. Check our website for a list as the event approaches.

What if I don’t like beer?

We will have a small wine and liquor selection to choose from. We will also have Pepsi products.

Can I take beer out of the Brewfest?

No, not in any form.

Will there be food? Does it cost extra?

We will have at least 10 restaurants represented at the Brewfest. Your tickets includes food from all of them. Once in the event, we don’t charge you again for amenities.

Where do I park? How much is it to park?

Parking is available at the Arboretum. We suggest that if you take a taxi, you would be dropped off at the ticketing kiosk. Parking is always free.

Still have questions? Email us at Katharine.Garrison@opkansas.org