Outdoor festivals are a sure sign that summer is near, just like sunflowers in bloom or snowmen screaming in agony. Celebrate the eternal cycle with this Groupon to the Haymarket Park Beer Fest at the Lincoln Saltdogs’ Haymarket Park on Saturday, July 21, from 5 p.m. to midnight. All attendees receive a souvenir 5-ounce tasting mug. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get one general-admission ticket (a $20 value)
- For $15, you get one VIP ticket (a $30 value), which includes the following:
- Early entrance to the fest, starting at 4 p.m.
- An exclusive VIP tasting session
- A souvenir T-shirt
In its inaugural year, Haymarket Park Beer Fest transforms the stomping grounds of the home-run-slugging Lincoln Saltdogs into a bustling laboratory for sudsy experimentation. The sounds of clinking mugs and umpires yelling “You’re out!” at empty kegs fill the air as revelers wet their whistles with regional and national beers, including frosty beverages from New Belgium Brewing Company and Nebraska’s own SchillingBridge. VIP ticketholders enter the fest early at 4 p.m. for exclusive tastings before the gates open for the all ticketholders to traverse the fest’s landscape of sampling huts and games. Concert videos flicker across the baseball park’s big screen until 8 p.m., when rock band Lemon Fresh Day storms the stage to draw real-time excitement with cover songs from an eclectic array of genres. Food and snacks will also be available to purchase, keeping beer occupied inside bellies alongside misguidedly swallowed car keys.