What could be better on a summer Sunday afternoon than listening to Roots music and sipping a local craft beer!

That’s the inspiration for Roots & Brews being held Sunday, August 20, 2017 at the annual Iron Horse Festival.

So, come on down to the historic rail lands of the Elgin County Railway Museum, in the heart of Downtown St. Thomas, and enjoy.

Roots & Brews

  • Advance ticket includes $5.00 worth of sample tickets plus a BONUS souvenir glass.
  • Tickets can be purchased online or at the Iron Horse Festival office, located at 168 Curtis Street, St. Thomas. To order over phone, please call Festival Office at (519) 207-4000.
  • Please note: while tickets may be available at the gate for $10.00, they will not include additional $5.00 value of sample tickets and souvenir glass included with the advance ticket.
  • If you buy online, please BRING ID to the gate for you to receive your sample tickets and souvenir glass. 
August 20, 2017
12:00 PM
General Admission
Roots & Brews
General Admission ($10.00)
Single Cost
Total Cost
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  • The Shangles
  • Stan Brown Blues
  • Michael Trugeon
  • Sam Taylor
  • Counting Down the Hours
  • Soul Doctors
  • The Johnny Max Band
  • Railway City Brewing
  • Bell City Brewing
  • Walkerville Brewery
  • Junction 56 Distillery

Come and enjoy the many different beer selections offered by a number of Ontario’s best breweries. Tickets will be sold offering you an option of a 6 oz or a 12 oz serving.

Apply to be a Brewery Participant.

2017 Roots and Brews Beverage Vendor Application

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How much will the tickets cost?
You will receive a souvenir glass and 5 sample tickets if you purchase your tickets in advance at a cost of $10. Advance tickets will be available until Saturday August 20th at 11:00 p.m.

Tickets purchased at the gate will be $10.00 however you will not receive any additional sample tickets. All Tickets purchased will allow patrons to gain accesss to the Main Stage & Beer sampling area.

Sample Tickets are being sold at the event for $1.00 each. Sample Prices vary per item sold.

Where are Advanced Tickets available for purchase?
Advanced Tickets are available at Iron Horse Festival office, Railway City Brewing Company, and the Canada Southern Railway Station.

Are Children able to Attend?
Yes children are able to attend however they are not allowed to purchase or consume alcohol. They also must be accompanied by an adult. Non-alcoholic beverages will be available. They will also be required to purchase a ticket.

Children under the age of 2 will be admitted free of charge with an adult.

Can we leave the Festival and come back?
Yes, re-entry will be allowed. Individuals seeking re-entry will need to wear and present their day-of wristband to enter.

Will there be a free area?
The Iron Horse Festival is a free to attend event. Festival attractions include: Midway, Vendors, ComiCon, live entertainment, Free Train Rides, Railway Displays, and Station Tours. Adjacent attractions include the Elgin County Railway Museum which is open to the public by admission, and the Swiss Dream Circus at the Railway City Big Top.

Will the Event allow alcohol?
Alcohol will be served within the ticketed area, patrons will NOT be allowed to bring coolers or open containers into the Venue.

Where will the Stage be located?
The Stage will be located in the fenced in licensed section directly in the centre of the Festival.

Where should I Park?
There is plenty of Parking Spaces nearby at parking locations established for the Festival, otherwise other locations include the Horton Market, Elgin County Railway Museum. Please do not park in either Van Pelt’s Office Plus or Giant Tiger as both of these businesses will be open during the event and will require their lot for their customers.

Can I bring my Pets?
Pets are not allowed at the event. The Event is in a downtown area, with limited grassy areas. The ONLY exception is for licensed therapy dogs.

Can I bring a cooler into the Event?
Because of the large number of people expected at the Festival, coolers are NOT allowed in the Festival area. There will be ample opportunities to purchase food and drink.

Can I bring my camera into the event ground?
Personal cameras will be allowed, however professional cameras are prohibited without press credentials. Artists request that audio and videotaping not be allowed. If you are a member of the press and require press credentials, please fill out the proper form on the contact page.

Should I bring a lawn chair or blanket?
We anticipate some attendees may stand however if you wish to bring a chair or blanket with you, we ask that you do not leave them unattended when you leave the stage area.

Is there anything else I should leave at home?
Glass containers are not allowed. No drugs or alcohol.

What emergency assistance will be available on site?
Volunteer first aid treatment will be on-site for medical treatment and if emergency transportation or other assistance is required, it can be readily available.

Is there a Lost and Found section?
A lost and found area will be at the Information Booth located near the entrance of the Event.

What kind of access for visitors with disabilities be provided?
The Festival offers Barrier Free entrances plus Barrier Free washroom facilities. There will also be Barrier Free accessible parking near the Event.

Will Event merchandise be available for purchase?
At present, we do not have any Event merchandise available. If this changes, we will post on our site.

How can I become a sponsor or a Vendor of this event?
Please email or for more information.