Cider drinking season is upon us! Take advantage of those dwindling summer and warm early fall days with a celebration of apple proportions. Fingers crossed there’s a festival bubbling in your neck of the woods.
Toronto Cider Festival | August 24-25 | Toronto, ONT
Over 100 different ciders will be available to taste at this two-day fest, from local makers and those around the world. This year’s theme is “Wild Western” and Friday night is Country Night — fit with line dancing, live music and a mechanical bull. Saturday starts at 11 a.m. for cider day-drinking on the waterfront, and don’t forget your cowboy boots for the outfit showdown. Tickets start at $35 dollars, $70 for VIP.
Cider Dayze Festival | August 25-26 | Armada, MI
Join hoardes of apple lovers for Michigan’s fourth annual premiere cider and craft beer festival, with tastings from dozens of cideries, picnic games, a silent disco, live music and delicious food. This is a non-profit event by the Armada Lions Club and hosted at Blake’s Orchard and Cider Mill. Tickets start at $35 for Sunday, $40 for Saturday.
St. Cloud Craft Beer and Ciderfest | September 22 | St. Cloud, MN
The fourth annual St. Cloud Hard Cider and Craft Beer Festival is just around the corner. Unlimited samples at this festival, so you will be sure to find your new local favorite cider or beer. There is also a designated driver ticket for $10, so bring a trusted friend to get you home safe after those unlimited samplings. Tickets range from $30-$45.
Washington Cider Week | September 6-16 | Seattle
More than 70 events will fill the 11-day festival of Washington Cider Week, back for its eighth year in the Evergreen State. A smattering of the state’s best cideries, restaurants and bars are opening their doors to celebrate the affair, including Locust Cider, Cockrell, Dragon’s Head, Schilling Cider House, Capitol Cider and Downtown Spirits. Ticket prices vary by event.
Seattle Cider Summit | September 7-8| Seattle
Seattle’s largest cider festival turns nine this year and is celebrating with upwards of 150 different cider samples from regional makers of the Northwest and international favorites. Join cider lovers and cidermakers on the South Lake Union Discovery Center Lawn to toast to the end of Washington Cider Week. Tickets range from $35-$45.