Founders Fest is our biggest party of the year! It’s a street-side celebration of beer and music!
Founders Fest runs from 3-11pm and takes place on Grandville Avenue and Bartlett Street, with our brewery as the cornerstone.
This year’s music lineup:
Founders Fest 2012: A Celebration of Beer and Music
Founders Fest is our BIGGEST party of the year, a street-side celebration of everything we love and all
that makes Founders what it is today: the world’s greatest beer, incredible live music, killer grub from
local favorites, and wearables and shareables from some of the area’s finest artisans.
Founders Fest is an all-day event, and takes place on the streets surrounding the brewery, under the sun
and the beautiful blue hue of the June sky.
This year’s musical acts include: G. Love & Special Sauce, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Man Man, Roster McCabe, Lowdown Brass Band, Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys, Alexis, Cabildo, and everyone’s favorite, the FBC All-Stars!
Founders Fest takes place from 3pm – 11pm, and is a ticketed, strictly 21+ event. Re-entry will be
allowed based upon capacity.
2013 Mug Club Members can purchase advance tickets at a discounted rate through our Company Store.
Tickets may also be available at the gates day-of as capacity allows.
2013 promises to be the BIGGEST, BEST Founders Fest ever! Two stages will highlight musical
entertainment, 2 giant beer tents will have all of your Founders favorites flowing all day long, along with some rare specialties and some brewed just for the event!
Roving entertainers and buskers will keep you laughing and in awestricken, bedazzled wonderment at their
talents and showmanship. A variety of local food vendors will be serving up their sizzling, signature specialties to ‘feed’ your cravings.
Additionally, an even more-expansive ‘Artist’s Row’ will showcase the wares of some of the finest local artists, and both Founders Fest and band merchandise will be available for you to wear with pride!
Here’s some more organized, bulleted details:
What: Founders Fest 2013: A Celebration of Beer and Music. Our biggest party, and a thank you to the
city of Grand Rapids, and the community that has made us what we are today.
When: Saturday, June 22nd from 3pm – 11pm.
Where: The streets surrounding Founders Brewing Company, located at 235 Grandville Avenue SW. Entry gates will be located at the north end of the festival grounds, near the intersection of Grandville and Cherry Street.
Note: The Brewery, including the Tap Room and Deli, will be closed to the public the entire day. Founders Fest is absolutely a 21+ event.
How much: Early Bird advance tickets are now available online through Eventbrite for just $20! 2013 Mug Club Members can purchase discounted advance tickets from our Company Store. (Show your 2013 Mug Club ID Card to receive discount). If available, day-of tickets will be available at the gate.
Note: Founders Fest is a cash-only event, please come prepared to increase speed of service, though an ATM will be available on site.
Who’s playing: G. Love & Special Sauce, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Man Man, Roster McCabe, Lowdown Brass Band, Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys, Alexis, Cabildo, and The FBC All-Stars (a crazed supergroup featuring only Founders employees)!!
I’m hungry: A wide variety of local food vendors will be on hand serving up delicious vittles!
I’m thirsty: All of your Founders Favorites as well as quite-a-few surprises and n/a beverages will be available in our massive beer tents. Tickets are required for all beverage purchases, and can be procured at various locations about the festival grounds. We will also have water stations for the usage of festivalgoers and to lower the consumption of bottled water. We will not be filling growlers at the festival.
Note: Founders Fest is a ‘green festival’. Please help us in our efforts to make a minimal environmental impact! Recycle what can be recycled, compost what can be composted, and trash what you must. A clean, green festival is a cool, happy festival! We’ve again partnered with our friends at the High Five Program and their Green Team with the goal of 90% waste diversion.
- Strictly Ages 21+ only
- No outside food or beverage
- No glass or growlers of any kind
- No pets (licensed service dogs OK with proof)
- No fireworks
- No illegal substances
- No weapons
- No bad attitudes
- Re-entry is NOT guaranteed, and is only permitted as capacity allows
- Empty (non-glass) containers for water, or sealed (non-glass) bottles of water are OK
Below, check out some videos from this year’s performers and a recap from last year!