Frost Fest: An Outdoor Beer Festival in Fayetteville, AR

Get thirsty, craft beer lovers! Our beloved beerfriends at Fossil Cove have revived Frost Fest and are bringing it back in a big way, with 55+ breweries and counting in attendance and the largest event space yet. Snag your tickets now and make plans to attend Frost Fest 2023 in Fayetteville, AR on Saturday, February 4th!

The Yeti lives on! After a two-year hiatus, Frost Fest is returning to the Washington County Fairgrounds in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Organized by popular Fayetteville Ale Trail member brewery Fossil Cove Brewing Co., Frost Fest is an annual winter beer festival that celebrates all things microbrew and craft beer alongside live music, an array of food trucks, live art and local vendors! The first edition of the beer fest, which has since changed locations three times and nearly doubled in size, took place in 2016.

The beer tasting portion of the event is worth visiting for on its own, and the Frost Fest experience is further enhanced by the brewery representatives on hand, all ready and waiting to discuss their products and inspiration. For beer lovers, it’s one of most intimate and up-close opportunities to interact with a large swath of breweries all in one place. In addition to celebrating the winter season in the Ozarks with homegrown craft brews, the folks at Fossil Cove will use proceeds from the fest to support non-profit organizations in Northwest Arkansas. Toss out any hesitations you had about grabbing a ticket – it’s for a good cause!

Frost Fest 2023 attendees will have the opportunity to sample from and interact with 55+ breweries, vendors, food trucks while enjoying live art, musical performances, and beyond. The brewery lineup includes several regional breweries that don’t currently distribute to Arkansas, making Frost Fest the exclusive opportunity to sample these beers in Fayetteville! The musical artists performing will include Fayetteville singer, yodeler, and songwriter Nick Shoulders & OK Crawdad, as well as local punk group The Phlegms and local rock band Vintage Pistol. Fayetteville based artist Ashley Nielsen will be in the big tent providing a live art performance in real time for attendees during the festival.

Frost Fest 2023 Brewery Lineup

  • 405 Brewing
  • Bentonville Brewing Co.
  • Blue Owl
  • Boston Mountain
  • Boulevard Brewing Co.
  • Celestial Beerworks
  • Central Standard
  • Columbus House
  • Core Beer
  • Country Monks Brewing
  • Crisis Brewing Co.
  • Dead Armadillo
  • Diamond Bear Brewing Co.
  • Eureka Springs Brewery
  • False Idol
  • Fossil Cove
  • Goat Lab
  • Got-a-Hold
  • Great Escape Beer Works
  • Hawk Moth
  • Heirloom Rustic Ales
  • Hold Fast Brewing
  • Independence Brewing
  • Ivory Bill
  • Limitless Brewing Co.
  • Lost Forty
  • Memphis Made
  • Mother’s Brewing Company
  • Native Dog Brewing
  • Natural State
  • New Province
  • Nortons Brewing Company
  • Not Lost Brewing
  • Nothing’s Left Brewing Co.
  • Ozark
  • Pipeworks
  • Point Remove
  • Preston Rose
  • Radius Brewing Co.
  • Rapps Barren
  • Rendezvous Junction
  • Roughtail Brewing Co.
  • Social Project
  • Soul & Spirit
  • Stonecloud Brewing
  • Stones Throw
  • The Ouachitas
  • Tie and Timber
  • Toppling Goliath
  • Torn Label
  • Transparent Brewing Co.
  • Twisted Spike
  • Wichita Brewing Company
  • Wire Road

Frost Fest 2023 Tickets

Tickets and sampling glasses for the South’s premier winter beer festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas are now available online for advance purchase. Frost Fest will take place rain, snow, ice or shine, with no refunds. Attendees must be 21 or older.

  • General Admission: GA ticketholders will gain access to Frost Fest at 3:00pm with a 2oz tasting glass. $80 if ordered through February 1st; $90 after.
  • Early Access: Early Access tickets allow for early entry at 2:00pm with a commemorative full-size color sampling glass. Beer enthusiasts will enjoy fewer crowds, shorter lines, and the opportunities to sample limited availability beers before they run out. $100 until sold out.
  • Designated Driver: DD tickets allow access to Frost Fest at 3:00pm, with no tasting glass or alcohol sampling. $30 (and thank you in advance).

A percentage of proceeds from ticket sales to Frost Fest will support Fossil Cove’s nonprofit partners: Barley, Hops & Water, Apple Seeds, Arkansas Brewers Guild, Arkansas Climbers Coalition, Ozark Highlands Trail Association, and Ozark Off-Road Cyclists.

While you’re living the good life at Frost Fest, scope out Vanny the Fayettevan and drop by to meet the folks behind the Fayetteville Ale Trail, Arkansas’ original craft beer tour! We’ll be on site to share the regional tasting passport that takes thirsty brew-lovers on a self-guided tour of 20 unique stops, hand out some cool Fayetteville Ale Trail swag, stock your snacks, and help get you signed up for a special giveaway.

Keep the post-festival fun going by heading downtown for the official Frost Fest Afterparty at George’s Majestic Lounge! Beginning at 8:00pm (one hour after the festival ends), the party moves indoors with performances from Cadillac Jackson and Monk is King. Tickets are only $10 and on sale now! 

If you’re coming to Fayetteville from out of town, we suggest you check out Experience Fayetteville’s hotel recommendations for great places to lay your head, as well as tasty restaurant options, shopping and the many other unique things the city has to offer while you’re here!

Frost Fest is presented by Fossil Cove Brewing Co. in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Please enjoy Frost Fest responsibly; don’t drink and drive.