Craft FAQs

FAQs

Who can I contact if I have a question about the festival?

If you have any questions about the festival, please email us at director@downtownsherman.com for assistance. We will do our best to return all messages in a timely manner.

What is Craft the Night Away?

Craft the Night Away is a craft beer tasting of beers, ciders, and meads from approximately 30 Texas breweries and focused on seasonal and local selections.  NEW in 2020 we are adding a fiddling contest (5-10pm) sanctioned by Texas Old Time Fiddlers Association.

When and where is the festival being held?

The festival is in Downtown Sherman on the Courthouse Square, Saturday, August 1, 2020.

The fiddling is 5-10pm.

The beer tasting is 6-10pm.

What does the festival ticket include?

The ticket ($25*) includes a souvenir tasting glass for sampling 8 different beers, ciders, and meads (24 ounces total) between 6-10 PM. Additional tasting cards are available for purchase: 8 (eight) 3-ounce tastings for $5 (cash only.) Please take good care of your tasting glass since we will not be issuing extras to those who break them! The event will also have live music, food trucks, and artisan/craft vendor booths.

(No ticket is needed for attending only the fiddling contest.)

*Ticket Price Day of Event: $30

Do I need a ticket for the fiddling contest?

You do not.  You only need a ticket to sample beer.

How much do tickets cost?

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 day of the event.

How can I purchase tickets?

Please visit our TICKETING page to purchase tickets or buy them in person at A Touch of Class Antique Mall, 118 W. Lamar Street, Sherman.

May I purchase additional tasting sheets?

Yes, you may. Eight (8) 3-ounce tastings for $5. Cash only.

Are tickets refundable?

Because we have to purchase the beer in advance from the breweries, we will not be able to issue refunds to ticket purchasers.

Will beer be sold in full containers?

Yes, but only at the bar near the fiddling stage.

I am a home brewer. May I bring my beer?

No, unfortunately only breweries with a Cartage Permit are allowed to bring beer.

What are the rain plans?

Plan to come rain or shine because we will be here!   Our rain venue is inside Knight Furniture & Mattress, 108 W Lamar Street, right on the downtown square.

I like festivals but I don't like beer.

The best part about a brewfest is you get to try beers you might enjoy. BUT we understand some people just don’t like beer. Craft the Night Away also has artisan craft vendors, food trucks, 1 stage featuring live performances, and another stage dedicated to our fiddling contest.

Is there free parking?

There are several free parking lots near the Courthouse Square. Please visit our MAP page.

Are children allowed?

Children are permitted at the festival, and they will enjoy, in particular, the younger fiddling contestants from 5-6pm.  But please keep in mind that this event is designed for adults who are 21 and over.

Is there a Designated Driver Ticket?

Designated Drivers do not need tickets. They may attend and purchase non-alcoholic beverages and food, enjoy the music, shop, etc., without purchasing a ticket.

Is food included in the ticket?

Food is NOT included in the festival ticket, however there will be great food for sale that will pair well with beer!

What forms of payment will be accepted at the event?

Most items for sale at the event will be cash only. There are ATMs nearby.

Are there ATM's available at the event?

No, but there is a bank 2 blocks away. Please remember most items for sale at the event will be cash only.

Can I bring my dog?

Sorry, but no pets are allowed on the courthouse grounds. Service animals will be allowed as permitted by Federal law.

Will there be public transportation available?

Unfortunately, no. But Sherman has Uber as well as several cab companies, so please don’t drink and drive. Here are several company numbers to add to your phones in advance of the festival:
City Cab of Sherman, 903-893-6666
Heart & Soul Transportation, 469-262-5238
Texoma Taxi, 903-328-5132

How can I volunteer?

From delivering tickets, to setting up tents and tables, to pouring beer, to helping clean up after the festival ends–there are many, many ways to help! ALL VOLUNTEERS has the opportunity to purchase a festival ticket for $10.  Those volunteering to work during the festival will also receive a festival t-shirt.

So please contact us (director@downtownsherman.com​​) because we definitely need your help!!

Will I taste beer I cannot access regularly in Sherman?

Absolutely! This is one great aspect of attending a craft beer festival.

Who benefits from this event?

Downtown Sherman NOW, the non-profit hosting Craft the Night Away, is committed to revitalizing downtown Sherman. Profits from the event will help DSN host other fun events in Downtown Sherman.

Where do I get my glass?

Whether you purchased your ticket online or in person, all festival-goers will have to CHECK IN (4:30-8:30 PM) on Saturday, August 1, at Grayson Hall, 115 S Travis Street.  A photo ID is required!  You will receive your wristband, tasting card, and glass at Check in.

I never received tickets in the mail.

Tickets are not being mailed. The names of ticket purchasers are at WILL CALL (4:30-8:30 PM) inside Grayson Hall, 115 S Travis Street, on Saturday, August 1.  A photo ID is required!

Must groups check in together?

Yes, if you purchase multiple tickets online, all tickets will be listed under ONE NAME, the purchaser’s. Groups should plan to arrive at CHECK IN together. Everyone in the group must show a photo ID!

What bands are performing?

Two stages.

Travis Street Stage
5:00-10:00  Texas Old Time Fiddlers Association Fiddling Contest

Crockett Street Stage
6:00-8:00 Oliver White
8:00-10:00 Jim Stewart

Is there anything to do in Downtown Sherman on Saturday before or after the festival?

YES!!! There are many options! Our downtown is great!

ENJOY ADULT BEVERAGES
Choose from a vast selection of craft beer, wine, and cocktails:

  • Fulbelli’s Restaurant
  • Old Iron Post

ENJOY FOOD
Enjoy a meal at one of Sherman’s great restaurants:

  • Bean Me Up Coffeehouse & Bistro
  • CJ’s Coffee Cafe
  • Fulbelli’s Restaurant
  • La Placita Salvadorean Cocina
  • Lupe’s World Famous Tamales
  • Old Iron Post
  • Sage Cafe
  • Vitina’s Deli & Boiler Room

ENJOY HISTORY
Visit one of Sherman’s wonderful downtown museums:

  • Sherman Jazz Museum (1-5 PM)
  • The Sherman Museum (10-4 PM)
  • Outlaw Trails Historical Museum (9:30-5:30 PM)

ENJOY SHOPPING
Shop Sherman’s trendy boutiques, antique stores, more:

  • A Touch of Class Antique Mall
  • Interior HomeStore
  • Kelly Square
  • Knight Furniture & Mattress
  • Laurel E. Boutique
  • Mary Go Round
  • LaL Boutique for Men & Women
  • Look a Likes Boutique
  • Orchid House Antiques
  • Pop Pop Popcorn
  • Sandi’s Boutique
  • Sherman Marketplace
  • Specs in the City
  • Risk Shoe Store & Shoe Repair
  • Upholstery Girl
  • Women’s Gift Exchange

ENJOY CREATING
Create a ‘masterpiece’ or have fun at one of Sherman’s trendy venues:

  • Arthropology
  • Board & Brush
  • Pickles & Pottery