Short’s Fest F.A.Q.

What is Short’s Fest?

Short’s Fest is our 2nd annual outdoor summer celebration in Elk Rapids. Short’s travels to many festivals and this is our way to share the “festival” experience with our hometown crowd. Short’s Fest is also part of Elk Rapids Harbor Days, northern Michigan’s best small town summer festival.

What should I wear to Short’s Fest?

Whatever you are comfortable in, within reason! Wear comfy clothes suitable for the weather conditions of the day. Our only requirement is that you wear shoes. You may also want to bring a beach towel, blanket, or lawn chair for watching fireworks.

Where should I park for Short’s Fest?

We do not have on-site parking. You may park alongside Industrial Park Drive, along US-31, or at any of the public parking areas in Elk Rapids.

How much does it cost to get into Short’s Fest and to purchase drinks?

Admission is free. Drink tokens cost $3 and are redeemable for Short’s beer or Short’s homemade soda pop. There will be 20 varieties of beer on tap and 3 types of homemade soda. Water will be provided at no cost. The Blue Pelican will be on site offering a variety of delicious food items.

What else are you going to be selling?

T-shirts, sweatshirts, 6-packs, pint glasses, flags, stickers, and other Short’s items. We have extremely limited edition 6-packs for sale at this event: Cornholio (the Dogfish Head collaboration beer) and Captain Fantasy (this year’s collaboration with Half Acre). However, we are not able to fill growlers at this event.

Will there be tours of your Elk Rapids production brewery?

Yes, but spaces are limited on a first come, first served basis. There are 100 spaces available. If you would like to take a tour, plan to arrive at Short’s Fest right at 6:00 and visit the Tour Booth. Tours cost $10, but for this price you will also receive a Short’s pint glass and a drink token that you can use at Short’s Fest.

What yard game activities will be taking place at Short’s Fest?

Ladder golf, Big Birdie Golf, and bag holes. Be sure to bring your pitching wedge for Big Birdie Golf. However, we ask that you exercise extreme caution in safely swinging golf clubs to avoid other people.

Will Short’s have an entry in this year’s Grand Parade?

Yes, Short’s will be featuring the S.S. Honeybadger, it’s new beer festival vehicle, in the parade. The parade takes place at noon. Last year, Short’s won honors as the top commercial entry. Can we do it two years in a row?

What time are the fireworks?

The Harbor Days fireworks will begin at 10:20 p.m. Valentiger will take a set break and everyone will be able to watch from Short’s Fest.

Where can I get information about all of the Harbor Days activities in Elk Rapids?

The Harbor Days guide is located here.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

-SBC Brew Staf