Workhouse Brewfest brings together the best local and regional breweries for a festive day of sampling and musical entertainment at the former DC Prison in Lorton. All proceeds benefit the arts and education programs at the Workhouse Arts Center.


When is Brewfest?

Brewfest takes place September 19, 2020 from 1pm-8pm, rain or shine. Hopstar ticket holders enjoy early admission at 12p.


Where does Brewfest take place?

Brewfest will be held at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA 22079.


If I don’t want to drive, what are my options?

If you don’t want to drive to or from the event, you can always use one of the local taxi or ride-sharing services like Uber or Lyft.


Where can I get driving directions?

For the most up-to-date driving directions, use Google Maps.  Keep an eye out for our road signs on I-95 and on Ox Road!


Where should I park?

There will be convenient, FREE parking available at the Workhouse. Please note:  For safety reasons, please do NOT park on the shoulder of Ox Road (Rt. 123).


Is there handicapped parking?

Yes. There are handicapped parking spaces close to the Workhouse facilities. When you enter the lot, parking staff will be there to help you find a space.


Is there a Designated Driver ticket?

Yes.  Designated Driver tickets are available.  DDs enjoy unlimited samples of craft sodas and can hang out in the Root Beer Garden!  Buy your tickets on our Tickets page.


Can I bike to Brewfest?

Absolutely! Our amazing friends at FABB (that’s the Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling) have partnered with us to support our community members who would like to bike to the Workhouse Arts Center this year for Brewfest. They’ve created cue sheets with start points throughout the region that will help individuals or groups successfully bike their way to Brewfest. You can download them below in PDF format. And be sure to visit FABB online and support them in their efforts to integrate cycling as a key part of our county’s transportation network.


Why visit Brewfest at the Workhouse?

Enjoy the day with friends and family at the craft beer event of the summer.  Local breweries, vendors, artists, and musicians represent what makes Virginia unique.  With over 100 samples from over 30 Virginian breweries, bands, lawn games, and open galleries full of amazing original works of art, Brewfest has something for everyone.


Will the studios and galleries be open?

Yes!  Studios and galleries will be open to the public, and our artists will be sticking around to show off their masterpieces! Art will be available for sale, too, so be sure to visit our artists in their studios in Buildings W-6, W-5, W-7, W-8, W-9, and W-10. Be sure to visit the brand new Lucy Burns Museum in Building W-2.


How much do tickets cost?

Visit our Tickets page to learn all about ticket options, benefits, and pricing for Brewfest.


Are credit cards or checks accepted at the event?

Cash and credit/debit cards are accepted at the gate.  It is recommended that guests order their tickets in advance for shorter lines and faster access.


Where can I buy a ticket?

Tickets can be purchased on our Tickets page or on-site.  For shorter lines, please plan ahead and order your ticket online.


Are kids permitted?

While kids are permitted to attend the event, programming is intended for an adult audience. Children or those under the age of 21 who wish to attend will need to have a Designated Driver (non-drinker) ticket, and will have grounds access, unlimited root beer and bottled water, and be able to enjoy on-site musical performances. Children are required to be accompanied by an adult or guardian.


How do I Volunteer at Brewfest?

Volunteers are always appreciated at Workhouse events, and we may need as many as 350 volunteers for Brewfest!  For more information on how to volunteer, see the Get Involved page.


Why is there a line to get in?

In accordance with the Virginia ABC regulations, all guests who plan to drink must be 21+ with a valid photo.  IDs will be checked at the door, 100% ID Checking will be enforced for anyone wishing to consume alcohol.


Will there be any food and non-alcoholic beverages available?

Yes! Food trucks and vendors will be on-site to offer a variety of tasty dining selections.


Do I need to bring a cup?

No.  Tasting Cups will be provided at the entry gate.


Is smoking permitted?

Yes, but only in designated areas on the perimeter of the event space. By law, smoking is never permitted inside any tent, and Workhouse Arts Center regulations prohibit smoking inside any building on campus. Thank you for your understanding.


What is the policy on intoxicated guests?

All guests are expected to drink responsibly and ensure they have a safe ride home.  Water is readily available from all vendors.  Guests who need a safe ride home can contact local cab companies or ride-sharing services.

Security Officers will be on-site to ensure the safety of all guests.  Intoxicated guests causing a disturbance may be asked to leave on the discretion of the Workhouse staff and our security staff. In such instances, no refunds will be provided.

The Workhouse is not responsible for the actions of intoxicated guests.


Is marketing allowed at Brewfest?

Brewfest marketing opportunities are limited to the partners of Brewfest and the Workhouse Arts Center.  If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or would like information about becoming a vendor or exhibitor, please visit our GET INVOLVED page.


What items are prohibited?

Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: outside alcohol, outside food, pop-up tents, umbrellas, and other items as determined by the Workhouse staff.


Is photography allowed?

Yes.  Private photography is allowed during Brewfest.  Please be aware of specific gallery and studio policies that may limit photography for certain artists or exhibitions. We encourage you to live-tweet, Instagram, and Facebook using the hashtag #WACBrewfest!


Are pets allowed?

No.  As per Workhouse policy, pets are not permitted at events, including Brewfest.  However, service animals are always welcome in the studios, galleries, museum and theater.