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 2019!

General Information

Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. (festival tent closes at midnight)

Free admission. 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.

Get the lay of the land before you arrive with this year’s festival brochure, including tap list, two stage line-up and schedule of events (coming soon!)

Tap List 

The festival’s signature sour, Angry Bear, will return alongside new barrel-aged offerings. Stay tuned for the full tap list, released in March!

Live Music + Events

With two stages and music in the tent until midnight, the 2019 line up will keep you warm all night. Announcement coming soon!


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 Steinhaus, as well as Dia de los Tacos, Copper Crust Pizza Co. and Superior Mobile Koney. Grub available until the tent closes at midnight, or the cabinets are bare.

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 p.m. and asked to head to the stage for the final call at 8 p.m. Breakwall Comedy 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. Cups are available at all festival bars and include the first fill off our tap list.

Age Restrictions: Due to growing festival attendance and corresponding capacity limitations, the festival will now be 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 or 2018? 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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