Frequently asked questions

Can I bring my dog/cat/baby/alien/anything else other than a 21+ human-person?


We’re all about the crew you roll with but to keep the festival safe & fun for everyone, only 21+ humans are allowed in.




Is GPBF 21+ or all ages?


GPBF is 21 and over.




What happens if it rains?


This event is on rain, shine, fog, haze, you name it.




What if I lose my ticket?


Reach out to events@mcfarlanepromotions.com.




What is Steampunkin?


The 2021 theme is STEAMPUNKIN, a mix of steampunk and all things pumpking. What this means is totally up to you! Join the revelry of pumpkin worshippers and embrace the theme for your fest attire or come as you are and just enjoy the themed experientials hidden around every corner.




Do I have to dress up?


No dress code applies – dress in costume, dress like yourself; dress in orange, dress in black; dress steampunk, dress just punk… BUT, since it is Halloween weekend and we know San Diego takes a party seriously, dress your Pumpkin Beer Festival best and enter the Costume Contest with amazing swag prizes as we crown Pumpkin Royalty for 1st, 2nd and 3rd. This isn't your regular Halloween party but if you want to dress like Barbie dress like Barbie...but maybe you are Pumpkin Barbie this year....or Steampunkin Barbie.




How do I win the Costume Contest?  And what do I win?


First, come to the fest dressed up. Once you arrive, it’s a swirly mixed of getting plucked from the crowd because your costume is so amazing and you’ll be asked to come onstage with a handful of other pumpkin contest participants. If you’ve made it to the stage THEN you must win the favor of an insane panel of judges, who are predictably unpredictable, as always. Believe us, people go all out in this contest, so if you’re in it to win it, bring it. Absolute glory and you’ll be crowed the undeniable 2021 reigning pumpkin royalty. If this isn’t enough, there’s sick prize packs. Don’t forget we don’t just crown 1st place but award 2nd and 3rd place too.




What beers will be there?


A mix of over 40 badass pumpkin, seasonal, fresh hop brews, and cider. Plus a few hard kombuchas! We will be pouring all things that give you the warm and fuzzy vibes of Fall & Winter plus throwing in a few of your all time classic flavors. Our team is working to curate this list with some of the best pumpkin and fresh hop brewers, and cider makers out there! Check out the current list here but stay tuned as we announce more to the line-up.




Where should I stay?


The Gaslamp Marriott Gaslamp Quarter

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What about water?


Water will be available for purchase on-site. When it comes to bringing water, only 1 sealed water bottle per person will be allowed in.




Will there be music?


This isn’t GPBF if there weren’t wicked tracks to go alongside the festivities. We have high energy cover bands playing your favorite jams from across genres with local djs playing 90s/00s throwback and playful ska and funk tracks throughout the day. See the the line-up here but expect a few suprises coming your way!




Is there an event hashtag?


#GPBFSanDiego




What's the plan for Event Safety?


Glad you asked! GPBF will be monitoring and following all CDPH guidelines based on the current status at the time of the event. Based on these guidelines, you can view our current Event Safety Plan HERE.




Can I get a refund?


Tickets are non-refundable. If the event cannot happen due to a change in the COVID-19 Pandemic, all tickets will be transferred to the 2022 GPBF.




Are there in & out privileges?


Trust us...you won't want to go anywhere! This is a one-day only experience with drinks, food and gourd times. Once you arrive, plan to stay until the lights go out and the final surprise is announced. Re-entry is not permitted.




Can I pay with cash?


This is a cashless event. Please bring your credit/debit card for on-site purchases.