WAXAHACHIE

Craft beer and live music will fill the streets of downtown Waxahachie June 16 during the first-ever Craft Beer & Music Fest.

“We’ve done craft beer events and music events, but we’ve never done them together and this big,” said Amber Caverly, the president of the Waxahachie Downtown Merchants Association.

The all-day event and music is free to the public and patrons will also have the chance to divulge in food vendors and hang out with a radio crew from the sports-radio show 1310 The Ticket.

The Ticket will broadcast live at the corner of Jefferson Street and South Rogers Street from 12 — 2 p.m.

The craft brew tastings begin at noon and will close at 6 p.m. With over 30 Texas craft beers to taste; patrons are required to be 21 years old and to purchase a tasting ticket. Presale tickets can be purchased for $30 on eventbrite.com or at the event for $35.

Some of the craft beers include Community Beer Co., Deep Ellum Brewing Co., Dirty Job Brewing, Hopfusion, Ale Works, Legal Draft Beer co., Rahr & Sons Brewing Co., Texas Ale Project, Tupps Brewery, and, most importantly, Waxahachie-based Railport Brewing Co.

Those who participate in the craft beer tasting will also receive a collectible pint glass.

The music stage will be set up between Big Al’s Down the Hatch and the Soda Shop on S. Rogers St. The jams will start at 2 p.m. and will end around 8:30 p.m. Performing acts include local musicians Josh Jaccard and Preston Scott, as well as the Crocker Brothers. The headliner, Austin Allsup, will strum his set at 7 p.m.

Big Al Mack headed the search for the musical acts.

A beer garden will be available along with pretzel necklaces.

Caverly reminded patrons to check-in at the Ellis County Museum, located at 201 S. College St.

"It just makes sense for Waxahachie to host an event celebrating the rich variety of North Texas's local craft brews," Melissa Chapman, marketing chair for WDMA said. "They're just like our historic downtown, a one-of-a-kind experience you can't get anywhere else."

All of the shops and all 15 restaurants will be open downtown during the event. There will be a few vendors at the event, but shopping downtown is suggested.

The event will take place in downtown Waxahachie at no charge and parking is free. The Craft Beer & Music Festival is from noon—8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 16. This event is sponsored by the Waxahachie Downtown Merchants Association.

Tickets can be purchased at eventbrite.com.