Costume Themes

Over the years, you’ve shown us how much you love costumes, so we’re turning this year’s celebration up to 11 with costume themes and contests EVERY session!

Win tickets to the 2023 Great American Beer Festival by being the best of the sesh!* Prizes will be awarded each session at the Sing City Karaoke stage:

  • Thursday, October 6 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, October 7 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 8 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 8 at 8:00 p.m.

*Note: Inflatable/blow up costumes, full facemasks, and any prop that resembles a weapon or is suspect are prohibited. Please view the list of prohibited items and plan your awesome costume accordingly! Event management reserves the right to handle each occurrence on a case by case basis.


Thursday: 80s Night

Thursday: 1980s Night

GABF is an 80s baby, a true millennial. And to celebrate our 40th anniversary, we’re bowing to our favorite decade and all its weird and wonderful fads: neon, sweatbands, mullets, big hair, ripped sweatshirts and lace, leg warmers, tube socks, parachute pants, shoulder pads — you name it! Let’s wear it!


Friday: Festival Flair

Friday: Festival Flair

The original costume night! Flaunt your flair, grab your friends and don your favorite theme.


Saturday Afternoon: Iconic Musicians & Bands

Saturday Afternoon: Iconic Musicians & Bands

Pick your favorite iconic musician or band and let’s rock and roll! Did you know: 1982 was the year Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off a live bat on stage, the year Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” was released?


Saturday Night: Movie & TV Characters

Saturday Night: Movie & TV Characters

While you can choose any year to influence your costume choice for your favorite movie or TV character, 1982 was a pretty awesome year for movies, music, and television. Cheers, E.T., Thriller, Blade Runner, Tron, Tootsie, Knight Rider, Captain Kirk yelling “KHAAAAN!” The sayings “I pity the fool” and “Just say no” both entered the vernacular.