As if you need a reason to celebrate cider, we’re giving you all the more reason to do so. Cider celebrations and festivals are abundant this summer, so we went ahead and highlighted a few that you won’t want to miss.
Orcas Island Cider & Mead Festival | July 22 | Orcas Island, WA
Sip your cider for a cause at the seventh annual Orcas Island Cider & Mead Festival to benefit the Orcas Island Children’s House. Expected this year to be their largest festival yet, with over 20 producers on deck tapping, pouring and serving up the best of Pacific Northwest cider. Grab a bottle to go as you experience the beauty of the San Juan Islands. Tickets are $15.
St. Cloud CiderFest | August 12 | St. Cloud, MN
Soak in the summer season at Minnesota’s St. Cloud CiderFest. Grab a glass of your favorite cider or look for a new one — the St. Cloud CiderFest will feature nearly 100 different ciders and craft beers. Sip your way through the state with samples from Smith & Forge, Urban Moose Brewing Co., Milk & Honey Ciders and more. Tickets start at $35.
Gravenstein Apple Fair | August 12-13 | Sebastopol, CA
Known as “the sweetest little fair in Sonoma County,” the Gravenstein Apple Fair is a yearly staple in this quaint town. Originally just a celebration for the sweet, tart apple, the fair has expanded beyond its roots, but still carries the same “old time country” feel. Guests can enjoy an old-fashioned wagon ride, peruse the local artisan booths, and wander about the hay maze with a glass of cold cider. Tickets are $15, but only $12 if you arrive by bike.
Ciderstock | August 19 | Middlebury, VT
Experience the best of both worlds at Woodchuck Hard Cider’s lauded music fest. Each year, thousands of cider lovers gather for this “backyard” gathering behind the Vermont cidery. Throw back your favorite Woodchuck cider while jamming to The Roots, Pepper, Tribal Seeds and the Welterweights as part of the much-anticipated lineup. Tickets are $35.
Sausage and CiderFest | August 19 | Covington, WA
Sausage and cider go hand-in-hand during this young festival back for its third year. Grab a link and choose from one of the dozens of ciders on tap from some Northwest favorites like 2 Towns Ciderhouse, Locust Cider, Schilling Cider and more. Eat, drink and be groovy while getting down to the live band. Tickets start at $35.