Shelf Ice Brewfest 2023 is Happening!


Saturday, February 25, 2023

GA Entry Time: 1:00 pm Central Time

VIP Entry Time: Noon Central Time


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Event Details

The Shelf Ice Brewfest is an amazing beer festival held outdoors in the Uptown Arts District in Michigan City, Indiana near the blistering cold, snow-covered shores of Lake Michigan.

General Admission ticket holders will receive a small commemorative beer tasting glass and can enter the event at 1:00 PM central time. VIP ticket holders will receive a commemorative beer tasting pint glass and will be able to enter the event early at noon. Designated Driver ticket holders will be able to enter the event at 1:00 PM, but they do not receive a glass and cannot drink alcohol at the event. 

This event takes place outside and weather at this event often includes freezing temperatures and precipitation. Dress accordingly. We recommend skiing or sledding attire. 

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This beer festival takes place in the Uptown Arts District in Michigan City, Indiana. Specifically, the entrance to this event is located at the intersection of Franklin Street and 8th Street.

Your tickets to this event give you exclusive access to unlimited beer tasting from more than 40 of the best breweries in Indiana and the region.

This event does not feature or offer wine, liquor, or other alcoholic drinks. Gluten-free and other specialty beers are not guaranteed.

Patrons wishing to drink water or other non-alcoholic drinks may either bring a personal, sealed water bottle, or purchase those drinks directly from the food vendors within the event confines. 

Tickets to this event do not include any food; however, there will be multiple food vendors within the confines of the event, and patrons may purchase food directly from those vendors. 

See our confirmed list of food vendors below.

This event will feature live music performed by local bands and artists. The music will take place in the small heated warming tent.

The warming tent is a great place to warm up and listen to some fresh local tunes. The event also features open fire pits and some forced air heaters to keep your feet warm.

See our confirmed list of musical performances below


We like to make this event special by featuring fun and surprising activities for you to enjoy. In the past, we have featured live ice carving, interactive ice carvings, interactive art projects, games, fire pits, and more.

If you want to know what we will feature this year, you’ll just have to buy a ticket and find out for yourself.

Additionally, don’t forget to check out local businesses before and after the event as multiple businesses are hosting special events of their own in support of the Shelf Ice Brewfest. See a complete list of officially recognized pre-parties and after-parties happening nearby below.


This is a ticketed event, and all tickets must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold at the gate. Each ticket is unique. Only purchase tickets through On Tap Tickets, by clicking here or by clicking on the “Buy Tickets Here!” button below. Do not purchase second-hand tickets from third-party sellers as they may be counterfeit fakes that will not grant you entrance to the event.

This event is rain, snow, or shine, and all ticket sales are final. 

When you arrive at the event, you will have your ID checked and then your ticket will be scanned. Once your ticket is scanned, you will enter the ticket-holder waiting area. At exactly 1:00 pm, everyone that has made it into the ticket-holder waiting area will be allowed to enter the event at once eliminating any wait time so that everyone has the most time possible to enjoy the brews! VIP Ticket holders will also have their IDs checked and tickets scanned before entering; however, they can enter the event whenever they arrive starting at noon. 


The Shelf Ice Brewfest was created and is hosted by the Michigan City Mainstreet Association (MCMA) which is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization. MCMA created this event to bring people to Michigan City’s downtown, highlight Michigan City’s three local breweries (Shoreline Brewery, Burn ‘Em Brewing, and Zorn Brew Works) and to raise funds for MCMA’s other initiatives that help Michigan City’s Uptown Arts District. When you buy a ticket to this event, you help Michigan City businesses and people who enjoy the Uptown Arts District. 

For answers to all other questions you may have, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page by clicking here.

Confirmed Breweries

Confirmed Fooderies

Fat Guys Fries

Fat Guys Fries

Smoke on the Water Tex-Mex

Smoke on the Water Tex-Mex

Ben's Soft Pretzels

Ben's Soft Pretzels

If you are interested in becoming a food vendor at this event, please email us at

Confirmed Music

Modern Vultures

Modern Vultures

Modern Vultures is a talented band from the Southwest Michigan / Northwest Indiana region (also known as the “Hoogan” region). Their music is rock-forward, energetic, and sometimes experimental, with the occasional extended, mystical jam. They bring passion and enthusiasm for their craft to the stage, and listeners can expect familiar covers, deeper cuts, and some original tunes. 


Skirt is Michigan City’s newest, most exciting band to enter MC’s burgeoning music scene. Their gritty, funked-out ska-rock will lift up your inner revolutionary and force you to join a friendly pit. Listeners can expect to hear upbeat funk and ska-inspired covers and originals. 
The Tasty Treats

The Tasty Treats

The Tasty Treats is a Michigan City area band that is like no other. Their original music lambasts the ironies and follies of the modern human condition and their light-hearted sonic textures slap the salve on the roughened soul. Listeners can expect the unexpected as insightful, artistic originals are front and center. 

Make a Day of It!

Extend your trip in advance of and after the Shelf Ice Brewfest by taking advantage of these exciting local offerings.

Kegs 'n Eggs @ Zorn

Kegs 'n Eggs @ Zorn

9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Zorn Brew Works Co presents our Annual Kegs N Eggs Pre-Shelf Ice Breakfast & Music Party.
Doors open at 9:00 AM to a breakfast buffet with music by Johnny V & Company until 12:30 PM.
Reserve our limo bus for a ride to Michigan City’s Shelf-Ice Beer Festival just blocks away.
Following the beer festival, Sketch Dog jams at Zorn starting at 4:30 PM!
Note: It is free to get into this event, but a ticket is required for the breakfast buffet.
Burn 'Em Tap Takeover

Burn 'Em Tap Takeover

5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
After the Brewfest, keep slurping some more Burn ‘Em Brewing beer at Fiddlehead Restaurant, as all beers on tap will be provided by Burn ‘Em Brewing.
$5 draft beers.
Check out the new menu items as well!
Beer Belly Brunch

Beer Belly Brunch

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Are you braving the cold and attending Shelf Ice Brewfest?!?🍻🥶
On Saturday, February 25th, we are opening an hour early at 10 am to give the people what they want…BRUNCH!
We will have some delicious brunch specials (with our full menu and normal brunch offerings) to warm and prep you for the day! Be sure to check out our craft beer list while you visit.
Call us during normal business hours to make your reservation, or email!
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Live Music!

Live Music!

5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
After the Brewfest, party down with some live music courtesy of Soulshine at Matey’s Restaurant.
New Tasting Menu Unleased!
Fluid Coffee Vendor Pop-Up

Fluid Coffee Vendor Pop-Up

9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Getting in town early for Brewfest? Stop by Fluid Coffee in Michigan City and shop local vendors while enjoying your morning coffee!
Uptown Social

Uptown Social

6:00 PM – Midnight
Looking for a place to warm up and keep the party going?! Uptown Social has you covered!
Uptown Social, located at 907 Franklin Street, will open its doors extra early (6 PM) to accommodate Shelf Ice patrons.
Enjoy a full-service cash/credit bar with Top 40 tunes before we ROCK OUT with Marrakesh Express – a Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Experience at 8 PM!
Purchase your tickets in advance, as this show will sell out quickly!
Use Promo Code: SHELFICE23 to receive an exclusive 10% discount on your ticket purchase!

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