AleFest moving to downtown Dayton this summer

This year’s AleFest Dayton celebration of craft beer will move to the Dave Hall Plaza in downtown Dayton, its organizers announced this morning.

The 17th AleFest Dayton spent more than a decade at Carillon Park before moving to Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark in 2014. The event started at Polen Farm in Kettering.

The 2015 version will be held on Aug. 29 at the plaza at Fourth and Main streets adjacent to Crowne Plaza Hotel. It will feature beers from more than 150 craft breweries.

“This is a great opportunity to attract tourism to our city and showcase all that Dayton has to offer,” said Jennifer Dean, co-owner of Alefest Dayton along with Amanda Pond. Dean and Pond purchased the AleFest event from founder Joe Waizmann last year after Waizmann co-founded Warped Wing Brewing Co. in downtown Dayton.

The event’s charity partner is Dayton Ohio Habitat for Humanity.

Event organizers said AleFest tickets will be offered at 2014 ticket prices before those prices rise on March 1. Tickets are available online at

The organizers’ winter event, AleFeast, will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Dayton Masonic Center in downtown Dayton.