WESTFIELD, NJ — A final batch of tickets for Westfield's second annual AddamsFest beer garden was snapped up in about four minutes, organizers said on the festival's official Facebook page Thursday night.
The town had announced that 1,600 tickets would be sold this year, a nearly 30% increase from the number of tickets sold for the first year of the event in 2018. In that year, the beer garden raised $19,090 in ticket sales netting the town $3,516.58, a statement posted to the town’s website shows.
After a batch of tickets designated for Westfield residents only sold out quickly last week, as well.
In a news release, Councilwoman Dawn Mackey, chairperson of AddamsFest, acknowledged the popularity of last year’s event and the efforts to expand the offering.
“By adding the outdoor area and expanding our capacity, we can offer a substantial increase in the number of tickets available,” Mackey said. “We are grateful for all of the feedback from last year, and we are committed to an even better event on Oct. 26.”
The musical lineup for Charlie’s Ale Garden will include rock cover band The Counterfeiters, bluegrass/country band Little Secret and the rock/alternative band Shots N’ Earplugs, among others, organizers said.
The local restaurant Addams Tavern is running the beer garden, and 30% of the proceeds will benefit the municipality, under the terms of the contract the Town Council awarded for the beer garden.
Advance tickets to the beer garden cost $20, which include an entry wristband, six hours of live entertainment, and a commemorative beer or wine glass, the AddamsFest website said. Entrants must be 21 and older and provide proof of age.
Westfield has sought to make the festival, named after famed cartoonist Charles Addams, a regional draw.