Founders Fest 2013: A Celebration of Beer & Music

We’re officially announcing Founders Fest 2013, which will take place on the streets of downtown Grand Rapids once again, from 3-11pm on Saturday, June 22. This is our sixth annual outdoor festival celebrating two of the things we love most: beer and music. We’re expecting 6000 or more beer and music lovers to gather on Grandville Avenue between Cherry and Bartlett for the festivities.

“Founders Fest is our biggest party of the year,” said Mark Dorich, Festival Coordinator and Founders Director of Retail Operations. “It’s always a great time celebrating with our community, and we’re really excited about this year’s music lineup.”

A wide range of musical talent will be rocking out at this year’s Founders Fest, with national act G. LOVE & SPECIAL SAUCE coming in from Philadelphia, PA, with some hip hop/blues to headline. Other performers include IVAN NEVILLE’S DUMPSTAPHUNK with funk from New Orleans; MAN MAN, also of Philadelphia; electro rock from Founders taproom repeat performers ROSTER MCCABE of Minneapolis; horn-driven tour de force, Chicago’s LOWDOWN BRASS BAND; and bluegrass sweethearts LINDSAY LOU & THE FLATBELLYS of Ann Arbor. Hometown crowd favorites ALEXIS join local Latin rock crew CABILDO, and a super-group of Founders employees return as the FBC ALL-STARS to round out the entertainment line-up.

Founders Fest 2013 Poster

This year’s event will again feature local food vendors as well as a Local Artists Row, which showcases the various works of some of the area’s finest artists and designers. There will be other strolling and surprise entertainers sprinkled throughout the day. And, of course, there will be plenty of beer available, including our year-round offerings and quite a few taproom one-offs. The entire festival will be outdoors on the street; the indoor taproom space will be closed for the day.

Founders Fest is a celebratory “thank you” to Grand Rapids and West Michigan for getting us to where we are today. We’ve been a part of the Grand Rapids scene since 1997 and have grown our brewing tradition from modest beginnings to being one of the highest rated breweries in the world.

“We look forward to Founders Fest every year,” said Co-Founder & CEO Mike Stevens. “Beer and music bring people together, and we love being able to put on an event that does just that. It gives us the opportunity to get our family, friends and community together for a day so that we can toast to all of them.”

High Five Program logoWe’re also partnering with The High Five Program, a local community organization that assures the prevention of litter and significant reduction of waste streams at large-scale events, for the second year. With help from High Five, we managed to achieve over 90% waste diversion last year and hope to beat that rate this year.


Guarantee yourself entry to Founders Fest 2013 and save a little cash with advance pre-sale tickets:


Discounted advance ticket sales will again be available starting Friday, April 19, at the Founders taproom, as well as online, via The event is limited to ages 21 and older.


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8 Comments on “Founders Fest 2013: A Celebration of Beer & Music”
  1. Cajun

    Sounds like fun. Does the admission cost include beer samples or is all the food and beer cost additional to the admission ticket?

    • Sarah

      It will be fun–it is every year! And beer and food are not included in the ticket cost.

  2. Kris McGuire

    Last year’s event was a really good time. My only suggestion would be to see about changing up the line for the specialty release beers. Rather than enjoying the music and the festivities last year, I found myself constantly waiting in line. As soon as I’d get a specialty beer, I’d have to get back in line for the next.

    Are there any plans to improve this aspect of the event? Seems like you could just have one line for the beer tent and call it good, rather than have two separate lines.

    • Sarah

      Thanks, Kris. We received some of that same feedback after the event last year, and it will be addressed with our new layout this year.

  3. Sean

    Please excuse my ignorance. The advanced tickets are listed as general admission; does this mean that there will also be some sort of vip ticket available?

    • Sarah

      Don’t worry about it, you can ask us questions any time. There won’t be VIP tickets for Founders Fest. The advance tickets are different in that they’re sold for a discounted price–they’re listed as general admission so buyers (like you and others) know there is no reserved seating.

  4. Ray

    What time do the tix go on sale on Friday?

    • Sarah

      11am EST

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