Hangouts and Activations

woman enjoying silent disco

Silent Disco

Hey party people! Are you ready to dance like nobody’s watching? The epic Silent Disco experience returns! Get ready to shake your groove thang and dance the night away! See you on the dance floor! 

Karaoke Stage

beer festival attendee singing karaoke

We’ve got a star-studded lineup featuring YOU! Think you have what it takes to steal the spotlight? Sign up for your turn on stage and belt out your favorite hits in front of an enthusiastic crowd. 


paired taster glass with food samples

PAIRED unites independent craft breweries and 25 acclaimed chefs nationwide to celebrate the intricacies and possibilities of pairing beer and food. Mouth-watering delicacies are hand-crafted to pair perfectly with 50 special beers not found anywhere else in the festival hall. 

This year’s chefs range from James Beard Award nominees and winners, Michelin Star chefs, and Food and Wine Best New Chefs to one current (and doing very well) Top Chef contestant. To add to that even further, we have two world pizza champions this year throwing dough at PAIRED.  

Homebrew HQ @ GABF 

tall aha glass inflatable at beer festival

We’re excited to introduce a new, exclusive area on the GABF floor for American Homebrewers Association (AHA) members. Here, you can sample brews from some of today’s top homebrewers, taste Pro-Am entries, watch live demonstrations, and more.

Costume Contests

beer festival attendees in gladiator costumes

Over the years, you’ve shown us how much you love costumes, so we’re turning this year’s celebration to 11 with costume themes and contests EVERY session! Check back soon for 2024 theme announcements and the chance to win tickets to the 2025 GABF!