UPDATE 4-21-2020

Wake up!

In lieu of our big ol’ street party, we will be holding a Virtual Angry Bear Watch Party on Saturday, May 2nd at 8pm. For more details stay tuned to our Facebook page.

You can pre-order your beer now and have it in time for the toast by heading to our online store. Click the link above or HERE

Available for pickup or local delivery only.


UPDATE 3-14-2020
The bear popped his head up to take a look around and decided to extend his hibernation until a later date. As we adapt to mitigate the concerns regarding Covid-19, we will unfortunately need to postpone Festival of the Angry Bear to a later date. We are working hard with the City of Marquette, sponsors, vendors, artists and our neighbors to find a suitable date.
Stay tuned!


Each year in April as the frozen grounds of Lake Superior’s shore attempts its thaw, Festival of the Angry Bear comes out of hibernation and takes over Spring Street in downtown Marquette. Modeled after some of the great beer festivals of Europe, the festival is a showcase of barrel aged beer, live music, delicious food and community involvement. It truly is a celebration of spring, or rather the transition  winter and the 9 months of bad snowmobiling here in the U.P., though the real star of the show is our Angry Bear, Flanders Brown ale. A carefully blended and aged Belgian sour, the Angry Bear doesn’t hibernate alone. She always brings a few of her barrel aged friends along to join in the party. And as our stash of Angry Bear grows with each passing year, so too does the festival. Expect even more beer, more music, more food, and more fun to be had on Spring Street in 2020!

General Information

Saturday, April 4, 2020 from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. (festival tent closes at midnight)

Due to growing attendance and corresponding capacity limitations, the festival will be 21+ after 7 p.m. Anyone under the age of 21 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Tap List 

Keeping beer in our bellies and unnecessary waste out of our dumps, we’re once again ditching the disposable cups of yore and opting for a reusable option as the festival continues to grow. Get your fill in the 12 oz. standard festival cup for $5 or snag one of the limited edition 16 oz. stainless steel, double wall insulated EcoVessels at the merch table for $30 (and enjoy a heartier fill each time you belly up to the bar.) Drink, dance, fill and repeat responsibly.

The festival’s signature sour, Angry Bear, will return alongside new barrel-aged and sour offerings. A full tap list will be released in mid-March!

Live Music

With two stages and music in the tent until midnight, the 2020 line up will keep you warm all night.

Introducing the 2020 Festival of the Angry Bear line up: Lalo Cura, Blanco Suave, Public Access, Steve Leaf & the Ex Pats, Charlie Millard Band, Trailer Hitch, Brother Elsey and WhoDat Brass!



Get the inside scoop at a special Angry Bear edition of Science on Tap. Head to the community space at 3 p.m. for “The Gut Microbiome: A Simple Bear Necessity” presented by Dr. Diana Lafferty and Sierra Gillman of Northern Michigan University’s Biology Department.

The March of the Angry Bear parade will take place in the tent at approximately 5 p.m. with appearances by WhoDat Brass and Wolf’s Head Theater Company.

Catch a glimpse of the Fresh Coast Film Festival at 6 p.m. with a special screening of short films in the community space. Festival founders will be on hand to chat about the October event and tickets will be available for purchase.


More beer, more music and of course, more food. Our stomach’s are growling already. Food will be supplied by long-time Angry Bear supporters Smelted Wood Fired Pizzas and DIGS Gastropub, as well as DaH Pretzel Guys. Grub available until the tent closes at midnight, or the cabinets are bare.

Woodland Creature Costume Contest

Bust out those bear paws, ‘cause the Woodland Creature Costume Contest is back and bigger than ever. Enter the cave dressed as your favorite creature on four legs (or two…or wings…who are we to judge?) and you could be tapped to win more than $100 in prizes from our neighbors in Downtown Marquette. Top contenders will be handed a golden ticket by festival staff between 3 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and asked to head to the stage for the final call at 8:30 p.m. Public Access will emcee, entertainment guaranteed for all.




Frequently Asked Questions

Cover: The bear may wake angry, but we want as many of you to enjoy the festival as we can fit. To make sure everyone can enter the den, we do not sell tickets to the festival or charge a cover – it’s free and open to all. That said, if you want to imbibe those puckering brews, you’ll need to purchase a festival cup. Get your fill in the 12 oz. standard festival cup for $5 or snag one of the limited edition 16 oz. stainless steel, double wall insulated EcoVessels at the merch table for $30 while supplies last (and enjoy a heartier fill each time you belly up to the bar.) Standard festival cups are available at all festival bars.

Age Restrictions: Due to growing festival attendance and corresponding capacity limitations, the festival is strictly 21+ after 7 p.m. We still want to provide a happy den for the cubs, so festival goers under the age of 21 are welcome between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. as long as they’re accompanied by mama and papa bear.

Reusing Festival Cups: Have an official festival cup or tankard from 2016, 2017, 2018 or 2019? Bring it!

Restrooms: Since trees on Spring Street are sparse, we’ve upped the number restrooms for all you Angry Bears. Upstairs, downstairs and an extra set of three outside the tent.

Heat: Spring may be here according to the calendar, but we know April can still get a little frosty. The tent will be heated and our musicians will once again be turning snowpants into sweatpants.

Dog Policy: Though we would love to host our four-legged friends, no dogs will be permitted into the festival area.

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