Hops on the Ohio coming back ‘bigger and better than ever’ at RPC

June 3, 2021 | 12:10 am

Updated June 2, 2021 | 10:00 pm

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Hops on the Ohio — a festival featuring an array of craft beers and live music — is returning to the RiverPark Center this year, and officials say the event will be “bigger and better than ever.” The event will be held on Aug. 28 from 3-7 p.m., and tickets can be purchased online in advance. 

The RiverPark Center will be hosting the event for the third time in partnership with festival founders Cody Anderson and Matt Holderfield. 

RPC Director of Marketing & Education Grae Greer said the venue is excited to offer an afternoon of “delicious brews, music and food trucks.” 

Collaborations with local brands will include Green River Distilling Company, Mile Wide Brewing and Brew Bridge, among others that will be announced in the coming weeks. 

More than a beer festival, Hops on the Ohio serves as a fundraiser for the RiverPark Center. Fundraising events like this one help RPC cover costs for its arts education programs and offer free programming throughout the year. 

“[RPC] is a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve the quality of life by hosting and presenting diverse arts and community events, focusing on arts education,” Greer noted. “Each year, more than 20,000 students participate in RiverPark’s award-winning arts education programs — many of which are not able to pay the full ticket price.” 

As the COVID-19 pandemic caused Hops on the Ohio to be cancelled last year, Anderson said he couldn’t wait to get things rolling again. 

“We weren’t sure we would be able to swing it this year, but as soon as we got the green light, there was no hesitation,” he said. “We’re ready to bring some fun back to the riverfront.” 

Officials said tickets for this event could sell out in advance, so they are urging everyone to reserve their spot as soon as possible. Tickets are $48 each and can be purchased online via Ticketmaster. 

June 3, 2021 | 12:10 am

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