Grainfest FAQs

About Grainfest

Grainfest 2018 is a celebration of all things Grain - Craft Beer, Live Music and Great Times. We shut down our massive parking lot for the day, fill it with over twenty-five craft breweries, multiple wineries, a stage for four live acts, food trucks and Tito's  crush stations. Basically the perfect setup for a fun afternoon at Grain.

When & Where?

October 6th, 2018
1:00pm-5:00pm (Early bird VIP access at Noon)
First band starts at 1:00pm.

Grain Craft Bar+Kitchen
270 East Main Street
Newark, DE 19711

What is Save Mickey?
Save Mickey is the non-profit effort to support finding a cure for Sanfilippo Syndrome (also known as MPS III), a terminal genetic disorder often referred to as Childrens' Alzheimer's. Friend of Grain -  Michaela ("Mickey") Merrill is 4 years old and suffers from Sanfilippo Syndrome. Mickey is a bubbly, delightful little girl with a big belly laugh and a giant smile she shares with everyone. She loves her Bear and likes to show off "her baby" little sister Maya. Most of all, Mickey loves to ROCK OUT on the drums! You can learn more over at

Certain age to attend?
All ages are welcome. You must be 21 or older to drink.

Forms of ID?
We will accept an up to date state issued driver license, identification card or passport as valid forms of identification.

When is each band playing?
Live music will begin at 1pm and bands will play to 5pm outside. The after party starts immediately inside afterwards. The order should be:

  • Hotbed
  • Marielle Kraft and Band
  • Spokey Speaky
  • Cherry Crush
  • Bucket of Hott (inside)
  • Chris D'Espo (inside)

No tickets required for the after party

What is included with the ticket prices?
Wristbands get you access to all the live music that Grainfest has to offer.

A limited number of VIP tickets will be sold. These include early-bird access, commemorative tasting glass and unlimited tastings until 5pm.

Will there be activities for people under 21? 
Walking around, enjoying the music, eating awesome food from the food trucks and people watching.

Do we need to bring cash?
You can use cash or plastic to purchase drink punch cards. These cards are used for tasters or full pours. Food trucks will handle their transactions themselves. These punch cards can be used inside at the after-party or turned back in for refunds.

Since our parking lot will be full of tents, bands and people, the fine folks at the One Easton apartment complex directly behind us have graciously offered us use of their covered parking facility during the event. One Easton is right next to Capriotti’s in the Newark Shopping Center.

We ask that cars leave One Easton by 5:30, so the tenants can have their lot back.

There is also street parking and Newark city lots a few blocks up Main Street. 

Tailgating will not be permitted in the One Easton garage.

Will Call
Tickets will be able to be picked up day of the event from the Will Call table.

Any prohibited items or activities at the event?
The following items and activities are not allowed at Grainfest. Leave ‘em at home to ensure a hassle-free entry into the event.

NO outside food or beverage items

NO alcohol or flasks

NO smoking (Cigarettes, cigars, e-cigs, vaping)

NO glass containers

NO outside cans or cups

NO illegal substances, drugs, or drug paraphernalia

NO weapons, knives or firearms of any kind

NO fireworks or any types of explosives

NO flammable lanterns or fire of any kind

NO Chinese lanterns or kites

NO mace or pepper spray

NO walkie talkies

NO tents or canopies

NO wagons or carts of any type

NO ice or ice packs

NO coolers

NO skateboards, scooters, or personalized motor vehicles

NO instruments, megaphones, horns, or noise makers

NO soliciting

NO unauthorized vending

NO being a jerk


Folding chairs will be allowed on the rocks in front of the stage.


Lineup subject to change without notice