Art and Craft Beer Fest Please your eyes, ears and taste buds

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Do you like piña coladas? And getting caught in the rain? If so, there’s not much that can be done to help you. However, if you are a fan of beer and love looking at and experiencing various forms of art, the perfect opportunity is waiting for you. On Friday, Jan. 26 and Saturday, Jan. 27, the Art and Craft BeerFest will be returning to REO Town in Lansing.

The festival will be spread across four venues in REO town: the Cadillac Room inside Riverview Church, Robin Theatre, AA Creative Corridor and a heated tent connected to the REO Town Pub. All four of the venues are located within the same block and offer a unique experience, so that attendees can go between the four locales as they please and experience everything that each one has to offer. The event will run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday.

The gathering is an amalgamation of different experiences, including an art show. The festival will be showcasing the work of 15 different artists who specialize in various styles including photography, painting, metalwork and sculpture. For Paul Starr, the founder of the Art and Craft BeerFest, promoting local artists is the reason he continues to host the event each year. All the art displayed during the festival is available for purchase.

“The most rewarding thing about organizing this event is seeing the art sell,” said Starr. “One hundred percent of the proceeds go directly to
the artists.”

In addition to the physical art displayed at the festival, musicians will be taking the stage across the four venues. Over the two-day span of the festival, 16 different artists will perform their music, with genres including country, classic, jazz and alternative rock. There will also be screenings of a few short films and comedy shows that are sure to make everyone laugh.

A festival cannot exist without food and drink, of course, and the Art and Craft BeerFest will definitely not disappoint. There will be 22 different flavors of beer on tap, provided by Right Brain Beers, a Traverse City brewery. If you are not a fan of beer, have no fear, because there will also be 15 flavors of hard cider and 19 types of wine for you to choose from. The festival will also include food vendors like Pie Hole Pizza Truck, Gump’s BBQ and Mark’s Place. So, grab your drink of choice, have a snack and enjoy the art and music that will surround you at the Art and Craft BeerFest in REO Town.

Advanced tickets for the festival cost $35 and VIP tickets (which grant you earlier access to the festival) cost $45. There is also an option to purchase a designated driver ticket for $15 that will allow you to attend the event and help your drunk friends find their way home safely. For more information about the event, or to purchase tickets, visit www.artandcraftbeerfest.com.