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North Carolina Hops Festival Coming To Raleigh in June

Alyssa Atkinson

What you need to know about the upcoming fest.

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Many of us find ourselves with free time on the weekends in the summer. Whether you are a young professional like myself, college student, or even a Raleigh local with a family, there are all kinds of outdoor activities you can join in on this summer.

While some activities are geared towards all ages, there are also some fun and exciting events for those who are a bit older, specifically 21+.

One such activity is coming up this June, and it is called the North Carolina Hops Festival. If you aren't aware of what the Hops Festival is, it features drinks, live music, food trucks, and other similar experiences.

If live music, drinks, and delicious food sounds like your kind of fun, then the North Carolina Hops Festival might be something worth checking out. The following are some details you should know.

Location and Pricing

The North Carolina Hops Festival 2021 will be located at the NC State Fairgrounds and the Jim Graham Building. The festival will run through both June 12 and June 13, and there is a cost associated with the festival.

The cost runs at $45 for a tasting ticket, which allows you to:

"sample NC beer, cider, and seltzers."

In addition to that, there is an opportunity to purchase a $10 ticket for what is known as the "designated drive." This ticket grants you access to a session that is:

"4 hours long and will take place inside and outdoors of the Jim Graham building allowing for plenty of space to socially distance and safely enjoy the festivities. Limited number of tickets sold"

While the tasting is obviously a bit steeper in terms of price, the designated drive is a more budget friendly option for those who want to enjoy some festivities on a tight budget.

I personally love live music, but I don't feel the need to sample all of the different foods and beverages that a specific event has to offer. If you feel similarly, then the less expensive ticket option may be the way to go.

Ultimately, which ticket you choose to purchase is up to you, and your best bet is to read the details on the website to see which ticket option makes the most sense for you.

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The Age Requirement + Session Info

The age requirement for this event is that you must be 21 years or older to attend. This event also features multiple sessions which are as follows:


  • Session #1: Noon – 4:00 PM
  • Session #2: 5:00 – 9:00 PM


  • Session #3: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Session #4: 4:00 – 8:00 PM

The tickets are also separated into sessions, so you need to show up during the session at which time you purchased your ticket for. Keep that in mind when you are buying your ticket, and make sure to purchase one for the time you plan to (and are able to) attend.

I think it is really nice that the offer afternoon and evening sessions. Those who work weekends but still want to attend the fest may have the opportunity to do so because of this ticket structure, so it is nice that they make it cater to the needs of those who might have stricter weekend schedules.

There is also free event parking and other options available including ride share/cab. The festival will be adhering to social distance requirements, and remember that you need to be wearing a face mask at the festival.

Final Thoughts

If you are someone who likes to plan ahead and is looking for something to do mid-June, you can look into the North Carolina Hops festival and potentially book your tickets.

It is a local, exciting festival that many people in the Raleigh area look forward to, so it's definitely worth checking out for those who like to get out and check out new activities in their free time.

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Raleigh, NC

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