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The annual Happy Retreat Craft Beer & Music Festival is held on the historic grounds of Happy Retreat, former home of Charles Town founder Charles Washington. Join us for local craft beer, food vendors and touring bands!


The Friends of Happy Retreat Craft Beer and Music Festival features music all day from touring bands as well as samples from multiple brewers of the best craft beer available in the State of West Virginia.

All proceeds from the event will go to Friends of Happy Retreat which is a 501(c)3 non‐profit whose mission is to restore historic Happy Retreat to serve as a vibrant center of cultural life and community gatherings.


Bands to be Announced

30+ Regional and National Breweries Past events have included: Abolitionist Ale Works, Founders, Mountain State, Evolution Brewing, Greenbriar Valley, Devils Backbone, Wild Wolf Brewing, Elysian, Big Timber, Antietam, and many more.


The price of a general admission ticket (age 21 and over) includes a 6.5 oz. tasting glass and 8 free tasting tickets. Additional tasting tickets may be purchased.


No coolers, food or beverages may be brought into the festival except bottled water. Guests my bring their own bottled water. Bottled water and soda will also be available for sale at the festival. Local vendors include: Ortega’s Taco Shop, The Anvil, MoJo’s Catering, Fun Shack Hot Dogs, Mountaineer Popcorn, and more!


No pets will be allowed, other than service dogs.


Guests may bring their own lawn chairs or blankets. No tents or umbrellas are allowed. The area directly in front of the music stage is shaded by trees. There will be a large tent with chairs and tables for guests to sit, eat and to drink beer while they are listening to the music.


General parking is available at the site.

In addition, on-street parking is available on nearby streets except that parking may be limited on Mordington Avenue due to safety concerns.


Handicap parking will be available in the parking lot at Happy Retreat near the entrance gate. Guests needing handicap parking will be directed to those spaces by the parking attendants.


The historic Happy Retreat house will be open to visitors during the festival. Due to ongoing restoration work, tours will be limited to portions of the first floor. The second floor will not be open to the public.


There will be no activities for children. However, parents may bring children with them. Children 12 years and under will be admitted at no charge. The price of admission for ages 13 through 20 is $15.

General Terms

Bring valid, state-issued form of identification. All IDs will be checked at the gate. This guideline cannot be bent in any way shape or form.

Refund Policy

All ticket sales are final, unless event is canceled.'s fee is nonrefundable.

Cancellation Policy
No refunds, the event will run rain or shine
Age Restriction
All ages are allowed, but 21+ to consume alcohol. IDs will be checked and corresponding wristbands will be placed on wrists depending on age.