A man in glasses and a red hoodie sips from a can of beer at Pittsburgh's Barrel & Flow Fest.

Pittsburgh’s Barrel & Flow Fest

Celebrate Black artists, craft brews and the arts at the award-winning Barrel & Flow Fest Aug. 12, 2023.

Two-time USA Today’s 10 Best honoree, Pittsburgh’s Barrel & Flow Fest returns to celebrate, embrace and uplift Black artists, musicians, chefs and brewers around the country. Taking place Aug. 12, 2023, with an eclectic, creative and empowering schedule of events, the festival is a must-see Only in Pittsburgh experience.

As the first brew fest dedicated to Black brewers, drinkers and artists, Barrel & Flow Fest has put Pittsburgh on the Black brew map, and has helped position the city as one of the leaders in brewery diversity and inclusion.

Barrel & Flow Fest

What's with the name? Well, the Barrel refers to the brews and Flow references the performing artists and speakers. Together, Barrel & Flow represents what attendees can expect at the event: one-of-a-kind brews fresh from the barrel accompanied by live art, food vendors and entertainment all day.

This year, festivities will take place at The Stacks at 3 Crossings in the Strip District, where festivalgoers can enjoy exclusive craft brew collaborations, a uniquely curated collection of vendors, live music and entertainment, networking opportunities and plenty of fun. The festival is open from noon-9 p.m. Saturday for general admission and will feature more than 150 vendors.

Looking to enjoy Barrel & Flow Fest before the general public? Explore the VIP and Early Admission tickets (on sale Feb. 1, 2023) for early access and exclusive swag. Only 250 VIP tickets are available, and provide admission to all events Friday through Sunday and includes the conferencing events, bottle share, fest + catered luncheon by Roux Orleans and Sunday brunch.

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A Day of “Edutaining”

The weekend-long festival officially kicks off on Friday, Aug. 11, with a full day of events that are both educational and entertaining. Conferences, symposiums and panels with some of the biggest names in craft brewing. The festival’s first day will wrap up with an Evening Bottle Share event fwhere attendees are invited to swap and sample craft brews from around the country.

Tickets for Barrel & Flow go on sale Feb. 1, 2023.

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A Week of Great Events

Barrel & Flow Fest is much more than a one-day event! Check out the full schedule below which includes events throughout the city at breweries, theatres, hotels and cafés.

  • Friday – Aug. 11, 2023: Day-long conference featuring panels, classes, and symposiums followed by a Friday evening bottle share. 
  • Saturday – Aug. 12, 2023: Festival Day: craft brew + art + music + marketplace, from noon - 9:00pm, with over 75 breweries, 50 collaborations, 75 vendors, and dozens of Black artists, musicians, and performers. 
  • Sunday – Aug. 13, 2023: Sunday Brewers Brunch, featuring beer and food pairings.

Must-Try Collaborations

2023 Collaborations TBA

More than 55 craft brew collaborations will launch at Barrel & Flow Fest, pairing local and national breweries together or with local artists, charities and restaurants for unique creations. Sip on a brew from Rhythm Brewing and Sam Adams or try the mashup from musician Byron Nash and Helltown Brewing. Taste a dessert-like brew as Ice Cream Therapy joins forces with Altered Genius Brewing Company for a unique twist. 

Other local collabs to look out for include brews from Grist House, Dancing Gnome, Brew Gentlemen, East End Brewing Company, Inner Groove, Trace, Kingfly Spirits, Aboretum Trail Brewing, Necromancer Brewing and many more.

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Four Stages of Entertainment

2023 Entertainment TBA

Barrel & Flow Fest will feature four separate stages with full lineups of local, national and international Black artists. Performances include Elias Khouri, Soulful Femme, Bluck Hippie, Shade Kobain & Rob Rhodes, Chris Allen, NASH.V.ILL, Livefromthecity, Icy Pisces, Jin & Juice, Clint_da_DJ, DJ Basedgruce and DJ Yas the Empress.

For the full lineup including times and stage locations, visit the Barrel & Flow website.

More than Music and Brews

2023 Vendor List TBA

Be sure to check out the 150 vendors who will be selling their art and wares. There will be two stages dedicated to visual art performances from Boom Concepts, as well as artists, both established and new to the scene, displaying their work. Grab an order of jerk chicken from Sian’s Caribbean Kitchen or a homestyle meal from Phat Girlz A Cookin. Network with Black focused non-profits and companies and support projects like the restoration of Pittsburgh’s National Opera House, the longest running Black opera company in the country. 

Barrel & Flow Fest believes the health and safety of attendees, staff and vendors are top priorities. As a result, all attendees must provide proof of vaccination. Both digital and paper copies of vaccination card will be accepted.