Saturday, February 24, 2024

GA Entry Time: 1:00 pm Central Time

VIP Entry Time: Noon Central Time


Event Countdown!








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. 

If you like, please check us out on Facebook, by clicking here

Learn more about this event by clicking on the other tabs above. 

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 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 purchase such 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 a 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 who has entered the ticket-holder waiting area will be allowed to enter the event at that time (arrive early to enter at 1PM on the dot!). 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.

Let’s Go!

Confirmed Breweries

Confirmed Music


Turn up the chaos, it’s Sketchdog time!

This Michigan City four-piece packs a punch like a barking bulldog hopped up on espresso. Their sound is a high-energy blend of punk rock and alternative anthems, guaranteed to get your head banging and feet shuffling. Imagine The Clash moshing in the pit with Green Day, fueled by the electric spirit of The Backyard at Zorn.

Seen them live? You know the deal: infectious energy, sing-along choruses, and enough moshing to shake the foundation. So, grab your friends, lace up your dancing shoes, and prepare for a night of sonic chaos and pure fun. Sketchdog ain’t just a band, it’s a party waiting to happen!

Genre: Punk Rock/Alternative

Tone Zone Skam

Dive into Chicago’s hottest Latin ska scene!

Formed in 2010, this Chicago band ignites the classic Mexican ska sound with a spicy blend of other influences. Expect infectious melodies, driving brass sections, and lyrics that hit close to home.

Picture the vibrant energy of Chicago’s underground scene infused with the sun-drenched rhythms of Mexico City. That’s Tone Zone Skam! They’ve rocked legendary venues like The Cubby Bear, leaving audiences dancing the night away.

Craving for more? Feast on their music on Bandcamp – it’s a fiesta for your ears, and every download supports the band directly. Check out their videos on ReverbNation for a visual taste of their electrifying live shows.

Genre: Latin Ska


Get ready to skank your soul clean!

This Michigan City band is a genre-bending, mosh-inducing whirlwind of sound. Imagine a blender filled with equal parts ska, punk, and pure anarchy, and hit puree. That’s Skirt. Their live shows are legendary for their infectious energy, crowd-surfing mosh pits, and horn solos that could wake the dead. So, lace up your dancing shoes and prepare to have your soul skanked clean!

Genre: Ska-Punk

Confirmed Fooderies

Fat Guys Fries

Fat Guys Fries

Smoke on the Water Tex-Mex

Smoke on the Water Tex-Mex

Tacos My Fren

Tacos My Fren

Ben's Soft Pretzels

Ben's Soft Pretzels

If you are interested in becoming a food vendor at this event, please email us at SIBF-Vendors@TheMCMA.org.

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

8:30 AM – 9:00 PM

Kegs N Eggs Pre-Shelf Ice 7th Annual Breakfast Party

Saturday, February 24th, 2024
8:30 AM – 9:00 PM CST

Zorn Brew Works
605 East 9th Street, Michigan City, IN 46360

Join us at Zorn Brew Works for our legendary Kegs N Eggs Breakfast Party to kick off the Shelf Ice Festivities.


  • 🎵 Live Music: Tap Room tunes from 8:30 AM and a post-party jam session from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

  • 🍳 Gourmet Breakfast: Biscuits and Gravy, Country Fried Steak and Eggs, and breakfast pizza, each at $10.

  • 🍺 Craft Beer & Drink Specials: New Zorn Winter Ale, House Bloody’s, and more on tap.

  • 🍽️ Full Lunch Menu: Our lunch offerings are available beyond the breakfast fare.

  • 🚌 Complimentary Brew Bus: Free transport to/from the Fest with our Brew Bus from 11:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

📅 Save the date: February 24th for a day of great food, tunes, and brews.

Celebrate the start of the Shelf Ice Fest with us at Zorn Brew Works. Cheers to good times!

Breakfast & Live Music @ Ritz Klub!

Breakfast & Live Music @ Ritz Klub!

10:30 AM – 11:00 PM

Shelf Ice Brewfest Breakfast Club

Saturday, February 24, 2024
10:30 AM – 1:00 PM

The Ritz Klub
[Address in Michigan City, IN]

Join us at The Ritz Klub for our Shelf Ice Brewfest Breakfast Club. Kickstart your Shelf Ice Saturday with the best breakfast in town and fantastic music.


  • 🍔🥓 Early Eats: Dive into our special breakfast menu, including the crowd-favorite Breakfast Burger, available until 1 PM.

  • 🎶🎤 Morning Melodies: Enjoy vinyl classics by @basementrecordsvinyldjservice at noon, followed by a live performance by @jaymusicgig.

Morning festivities require no tickets—just come with an appetite and a love for good vibes!

Join the Tradition:
Be part of the Breakfast Club legacy at the oldest tavern in town. Share your moments with us using #selficebrewfest #breakfastclub.

Start your Shelf Ice Saturday at The Ritz for a memorable morning of food, tunes, and brews.

Live Music @ Shoreline!

Live Music @ Shoreline!

5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Shelf Ice Fest After Party

When: Saturday, February 24, 2024, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Where: Shoreline Brewery, 208 Wabash St, Michigan City, IN 46360-3244

Introduction: Cap off an exhilarating day at the Shelf Ice Fest with an unforgettable evening at the Shoreline Brewery. Join us for the Shelf Ice Fest After Party to celebrate the day’s adventures with good music, great craft beer, and even better company. It’s the perfect way to unwind and relish the day’s experiences.


  • 🎤 Exclusive live performance by The Debutants – Experience the magic of live music in the Brewery Area with an intimate performance by The Debutants.
  • 🍺 Craft Beer Delight – Savor Shoreline Brewery’s finest craft beers, brewed to perfection, in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Tickets: Get your hands on these limited tickets for an exclusive after-party experience like no other. Don’t delay, purchase your tickets now to secure your spot at this special event. Get Your Tickets Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shelf-ice-after-party-tickets-815964019347

Call to Action: This is your chance to close out your Shelf Ice Fest with a bang! 🎉 Secure your tickets today and prepare for an evening packed with unforgettable memories. Let’s make this after-party the highlight of your festival experience. Share your moments with us using #ShelfIceAfterParty and tag @ShorelineBrewery on your favorite social platforms. Join us for a night of music, craft beer, and fantastic camaraderie. See you there!

Live Music @ Burn 'Em (New Spot)!

Live Music @ Burn 'Em (New Spot)!

7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Shelf Ice Fest After Party

Thursday, February 22, 2024
7:00 PM – 11:00 PM CST

The New Spot
1215 E 2nd St, Michigan City, IN

Join us at The New Spot for the ultimate Shelf Ice Afterparty. Burn ‘Em Brewing invites you to celebrate our new location with electric vibes and cool brews.


  • Food and Drink: Savor a variety of flavors from food trucks outside and dive into our 24 taps featuring exclusive Burn Em Beers & seltzers, hard ciders, and nitro coffee. Wine options also available.

  • Live Music: Get down to the grooves of America Eats Its Young live from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM CST.

A $5 cover charge applies after 7 PM CST for this 21+ event.

Don’t miss out on an evening filled with great music, craft drinks, and unforgettable memories at the Shelf Ice Afterparty.

👉 RSVP: Secure your spot and get more details here: Shelf Ice Afterparty at The New Spot

Is your business offering a special experience to Shelf Ice Brewfest patrons? If so, please tell us about it by emailing us at SIBF-Community@TheMCMA.org.


Is your business or organization looking for a one-of-a-kind opportunity to advertise at Shelf Ice Brewfest? If so, click the button below.