Top Beer Festivals Coming to Philadelphia in 2017

Sudsy happenings in one of the best beer-drinking cities in the U.S.

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As home to the world’s original and biggest craft beer week (Philly Beer Week), Philadelphia sets a high bar for hop-filled happenings. In the city and surrounding suburbs, beerific events take place all year long that draw hundreds, if not thousands, of beer lovers.

Whether you’re looking for rich stouts or fruity ciders, these beer festivals cater to all sorts of sud-seekers and often include an array of other fun perks and entertainment, including live music, food truck fare, alfresco relaxation and goat racing. (Yep, you read that right)

Read on to learn about some of the oldest, largest, quirkiest and most popular celebrations of the artisanal sud in Philadelphia in 2017 and get ready to fill your calendar with brew-based happenings!



King of Prussia Beerfest Royale

Crowd at King of Prussia Beerfest Royale
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October 5 and 7, 2017

The parking lot at the King of Prussia Mall transforms into a German beer oasis at the annual Beerfest Royale, a two-day event consisting of more than 100 types of beer, live music from two different stages and a cigar lounge.

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Oktoberfest at 23rd Street Armory

October 6-8, 2017

The castle-esque 23rd Street Armory will get a makeover, transforming into an authentic Munich festival tent for the second edition of Oktoberfest at 23rd Armory. Last year, Bavarian blues and whites painted the ceilings, while authentic festival tables and benches imported from Germany furnished the floor and a lofted stage area welcomed live bands to play. Stay tuned on details for this year’s event.

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October 7, 2017

The fifth annual Roxtoberfest brings an afternoon of craft beer and food truck fare to the streets of Roxborough. The Oktoberfest festival also features live entertainment as well as activities for those of all ages to enjoy.

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Midtown Village Fall Festival

Crowd at Midtown Village Festival
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October 7, 2017

Held every autumn, the Midtown Village Fall Festival is one of Philadelphia’s premier outdoor events — and attracts a whopping 50,000-plus attendees per year! Taking place on 13th Street, the fest features a day-long celebration of tasty food, drinks, live entertainment, shopping and more.

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Pumpkin Beer Festival at the Institute

October 7, 2017

More pumpkin beers get poured at The Institute bar’s Pumpkin Beer Festival than anywhere else in the country. Now in its ninth year, the festival features gourd beers of all sorts, along with ciders, lambics, sours and a few styles brewed exclusively for the fest.

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Crowd at Graduate Hospital's Bloktoberfest
— Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

October 14, 2017

Graduate Hospital’s Bloktoberfest returns for a day of all-ages fun on South Street. The celebration features a wide selection of craft beer from around the country, delicious food from local restaurants and food trucks, live music and entertainment and family-friendly activities. Beer proceeds from the neighborhood event are reinvested into community schools, projects and area organizations.

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Victory Brewing Company’s Oktoberfest

October 15, 2017

Last year, Victory Brewing Company hosted its very first Oktoberfest. The non-ticketed event was filled with Victory’s own Festbier and Zeltbier, along with classic German-style fare like jumbo pretzels and mustard, currywurst and Doner kebabs.

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Thirstober at Memphis Taproom

Memphis Taproom's outdoor beer garden at Thirstober
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October 21, 2017

Thirstoberfest is Memphis Taproom’s annual fall beer bash. The celebration generally involves an array of flagship and limited release beers, all to be enjoyed in the bar’s outdoor beer garden alongside food truck-supplied eats. Stay tuned for more details on this year’s event as they’re released.

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Pottstown Brew Fest

October 28, 2017

The Pottstown Brew Fest draws beer enthusiasts from all over seeking to sample the 150 craft beer, mead, wine, ciders and spirit options at the outdoor event. Live music and food trucks fill Manatawny Park where all of the action goes down.

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Valley Forge Beer and Cider Festival

November 4, 2017

Cider fans and beer lovers alike will rejoice at the Valley Forge Beer and Cider Festival. Last year’s event featured over 150 different options, served up inside the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa.

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Cyclocross at Sly Fox Brewery

Crowd at Sly Fox's annual Cyclocross race
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November 11, 2017

Sly Fox Brewing Company raises a pint to the Belgian tradition of cyclocross and beer by hosting its third Sly Fox Cyclocross at their Pottstown Brewery location. As many as 100 cyclists are expected to compete, and an equal amount of spectators will enjoy the racing, food and, of course, beer.

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Hawthorne’s Cider and Beer Festival

Fall 2017 (TBA)

Ciders galore, alongside pumpkin beers and other seasonal brews, take over the taps for Hawthorne’s Cider and Beer Festival. Stay tuned for more details on this year’s event.

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Yard’s Brewing Company Brawlerfest

Fall 2017 (TBA)

Live music and Yards Brewing Company’s old-school Brawler beer teamed up last year for the first annual Brawlerfest. Check back for details on this year’s musical lineup and featured food fare.

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Bacon and Beer Festival at the 23rd Street Armory

Fall 2017 (TBA)

The Bacon and Beer Festival at the 23rd Street Armory brings together what might be our all-time two favorite words that begin with the letter “B.” Brews and bacon-flavored eats team up for a winter festival that draws the masses every year to create one memorable occasion. Check back for details on this year’s event.

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World Cafe Live Annual Winter Beer Festival

December 26, 2017

Dozens of American and international craft breweries come to the World Cafe Live Winter Beer Festival. Now in its 10th year, the festival serves as the perfect way to close out a year of delicious beer drinking.

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Philly Bierfest with the German Society of Pennsylvania

Crowd at Philly Bierfest
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February 25, 2017

Hosted by the German Society of Pennsylvania and the female athletes of Philly Roller Derby, the sixth annual Philly Bierfest hosts nearly two dozen sample-serving Pennsylvania craft brewers as well as imported beers from Germany. The fest also includes roller-derby arm wrestling, the Edgar Allan Poe Cheese Cave & PA Cider Bar, bluegrass music and more.

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Kennett Winterfest

February 25, 2017

From Dogfish Head to Founders to St. Benjamin Brewing Company, brewers both locally and nationally will set up shop outdoors in historic Kennett Square for a day of drinking, music and more at the 5th annual Kennett Winterfest. Tickets include a tasting mug, unlimited samples of 50-plus craft beers and live entertainment.

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Philly Craft Beer Festival

March 4, 2017

Named one of the “Top 10 Beer Festivals in America” by Forbes Traveler, the Philly Craft Beer Festival returns for its 11th year in 2017, bringing 75 craft breweries together at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. To compliment the 200-plus beers available to sample, food trucks will also flock to the area, serving up everything from sushi burritos to cheese curds to BBQ. This ticketed event is expected to sell out, so be sure to secure your spot in advance.

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Brewer's Plate

Food and beer on a table at Brewer's Plate at the Kimmel Center
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March 5, 2017

Local beer and food join forces for the Brewer’s Plate from Fair Food. Find eats from notable spots like High Street on Market, Hungry Pigeon, Revolution Tacos, Weckerly’s Ice Cream and more, to be washed down with suds from the likes of Victory Brewing, Neshaminy Creek and other area brewing companies that will be scattered throughout the Kimmel Center.

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March 24-26, 2017

Munich’s second largest beer festival (following Oktoberfest) hits Philly beer hall Brauhaus Schmitz for three days. Starkbierfest-goers will be invited to try 15 different strong beers while enjoying German-themed games, music from a live accordion player and photo opportunities with a goat(!). Guests are encouraged to come dressed in traditional Dirndl or Lederhosen.

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Ardmore Beer Hall at The Ardmore Music Hall

April 8, 2017

Popular local bands TJ Kong & The Atomic Bomb and The Whiskeyhickon Boys bring their energizing, folksy tunes to Ardmore Beer Hall, Ardmore Music Hall’s annual beer festival. Come out for an afternoon of live music and beer bliss with four hours of unlimited sampling of over 60 craft beer options.

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The Buzz: A Craft Coffee, Beer and Spirits Festival

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April 15, 2017

A chance to sample coffee, beer and spirits in efforts to raise money for the Free Library of Philadelphia? Count us in! The Free Library of Philadelphia and Home Brewed Events present The Buzz: A Craft Coffee, Beer & Spirits Festival, bringing a chance to sample coffee, tea, cocktails and beer in one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. A quarter of the proceeds will go to the Free Library.

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Decibel Metal and Beer Fest

April 22-23, 2017

Featuring a lineup of a dozen different metal bands, Decibel Metal and Beer Fest is the brainchild of Decibel magazine. To be held at The Fillmore Philadelphia, expect plenty of beer options as you rock your way through the two-day weekend event.

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19th Annual Manayunk Tacos, Tequila and Tunes Craft Beer Festival

— Photo courtesy Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant

April 29, 2017

The 19th Annual Manayunk Tacos, Tequila and Tunes Craft Beer Festival brings more than four hours of craft beer tastings from breweries all across the country to the Manayunk Brewing Company. Adding to the festivities, live blues tunes will be played throughout the day and tequila tastings and tacos will also be available.

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SpringFest Live! at XFINITY Live!

April 29, 2017

Beer and live music reign at the Springfest Live! festival at XFINITY Live! All afternoon, enjoy a variety of brews — including those just tapped for the spring and summer — while grooving to live music. Food trucks will be onsite, too.

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Philadelphia Real Ale Invitational at Yards Brewing Company

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April 30, 2017

Yards Brewing Co. puts out firkins of cask-conditioned beer from breweries around the world at its Philadelphia Real Ale Invitational. The fest is designed to showcase the old-style British serving method and the inspiration for the brewery’s original beer, Extra Special Ale.

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Sly Fox Bock Fest and Goat Race

Men racing goats at Sly Fox Bock Fest and Goat Race
— Photo courtesy Sly Fox Brewing

May 7, 2017

Come May, the question, “Are you going to the goat races?” can be heard throughout the region’s craft community. The Sly Fox Bock Festival & Goat Race pits several dozen goats against one another in a friendly race held at Sly Fox’s production brewery in Pottstown. The winner lends his or her name to the seasonal Maibock-style beer released that day.

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South Street Spring Fest and Maifest

Aerial view of Brauhaus Schmitz Maifest
— Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

May 6, 2017

Head to the the 700 block of South Street for the annual Maifest, held at Brauhaus Schmitz, where hundreds of people flock for a taste of Germany right in Philadelphia. Coinciding with the vendor-filled South Street Spring Festival, Maifest brings a bevy of German beers to try as well as traditional music and authentic dancers who gather around the city’s largest maypole.

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Yardley Beer Fest

May 6, 2017

This May, Bucks County hosts the 10th annual Yardley Beer Fest with over 100 beers on tap. From Goose Island to Long Trail Brewing Company to Samuel Adams, there are plenty of brewers from which to sample, as well as a special VIP ticket opportunity that expands the options even further.

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Greater Northeast Philadelphia Beer Festival

May 6, 2017

Stouts, ciders, lagers and more will be poured from the taps at the seventh annual Greater Northeast Philadelphia Beer Festival. Brewers from all over the country head to Cannstatter Volkfest Verein for the four-hour fest (five hours for VIP ticket holders), where the suds flow rain or shine under several area tents.

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Washington Crossing State Park BrewFest

Men dressed up at Washington Crossing Brewfest
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May 6, 2017

To help raise money for the historic Washington Crossing Park, dozens of breweries descend on the pastoral landscape by the Delaware River for the Washington Crossing Brewfest. Live music and multiple food vendors are also part of the festivities.

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Phoenixville Beer & Wine Festival

May 13, 2017

For the lover of both sudsy drafts AND smooth vino, the Phoenixville Beer & Wine Festival is for you. Sample more than 80 craft beers and 30-plus wines at this ticketed event that benefits the Phoenixville Public Library.

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Plazapalooza in Graduate Hospital

May 20, 2017

Taking over the Grays Ferry Triangles plaza, Plazapalooza brings food trucks, live music and plenty of beer to the Graduate Hospital neighborhood. Stay tuned for the lineup of vendors and bands to be featured this year.

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The "All Star" Craft Beer and Wine Festival

May 20, 2017

The “All Star” Craft Beer and Wine Festival brings an all star lineup of beverage vendors from around the world to Citizens Bank Park. In addition to samples from 100-plus craft beer and wine vendors, festival-goers can look forward to spirits and cocktails, too, alongside a range of food options. Tickets also include educational beer sessions and live music to create a four-hour event packed with nonstop entertainment.

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South Philadelphia Taproom Wheat Beer Fest

May 20, 2017

The South Philadelphia Tap Room has called its Wheat Beer Fest its all-time favorite event. Live music, food, dozens of wheat beers on tap and some big surprises help make the event a special one every year.

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Philly Beer Week

June 2-11, 2017

It’s the largest beer celebration in the U.S. — and it’s in Philadelphia. Lasting 10 days and nights, Philly Beer Week attracts people from all over for festivals, beer-pairing dinners, spirited homebrew competitions, citywide pub crawls, meet-and-greets and more at venues throughout the city.

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Beer Under The Big Top

June 3, 2017

Beer Under The Big Top brings a plethora of international brewers together at the Philadelphia Navy Yard to pour hundreds of beers from countries around the world. Now in its ninth year, the event raises money each year for a select local charity.

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Fishtown FestivALE

People drinking at Fishtown's FestivAle
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June 10, 2017

Johnny Brenda’s, Frankford Hall, Fette Sau and other area bars team up to bring beer lovers the annual Fishtown FestivALE, an outdoor daylong beer carnival with cold beer, fine food, live music and more.

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Beer Camp on Tour Philadelphia

June 17, 2017

Sierra Nevada recently joined forces with a dozen different brewers to create 12 collaboration beers. Now, it’s teaming up with brewers all throughout the nation to create Beer Camp on Tour, coming to Philadelphia this June. Taking over Penn’s Landing, the event brings together hundreds of craft beer options, many of the city’s top food trucks and live music for an al fresco Saturday afternoon.

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Brews and Bites at Pennsbury Manor

June 17, 2017

The riverfront grounds of Pennsbury Manor, William Penn’s 43-acre country estate, paint a picturesque landscape for Brews & Bites. Hundreds of guests come every year to wander around the property, sample regional beers and food and catch live brewing demonstrations.

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Garden State Craft Brewers Guild's Battleship Brewfest

June 24, 2017

New Jersey brewers showcase their liquid crafts at the Garden State Craft Brewers Guild Beer Festival, a tasting festival on the deck of Camden’s Battleship New Jersey. Enjoy golden and amber delights alongside a panoramic view of the Delaware River, the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and the Philly skyline.

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Lansdale Beer Tasting Festival

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June 24, 2017

The eighth annual Lansdale Beer Tasting Festival centers around suds of all kinds, poured in the spirit of a good cause. The fundraising event donates all proceeds to various charitable organizations, announced on the event’s official website once the details are complete.

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Philadelphia Zoo Summer Ale Festival

June 24, 2017

The Philadelphia Zoo’s Summer Ale Festival proves year after year that zoos aren’t just for kids. Adults sip craft beers in combination with food truck fare set against a background of birds, great apes, big cats and other wildlife.

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New Hope Beer Festival

Summer 2017 (TBA)

Coming into its fourth year, the New Hope Beer Fest returns to Bucks County for a day of beer drinking, local food eating and live music.

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Hawthorne’s Annual IPA, Champagne & Rosé Block Party

July 1, 2017

Hopheads, unite! Hawthorne’s in Bella Vista invites IPA lovers to its eighth annual IPA, Champagne & Rosé Block Party. Look forward to live bands, tons of awesome IPAs on draft, a variety of champagne and rosé to boot. As far as food, street-party-style eats like soft pretzels, veggie burgers, pork ribs and more will be available for purchase.

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