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Top Beer Festivals Coming To Philadelphia in 2018

Enjoy plentiful pours, food, music and more at these hoppy happenings

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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 draw hundreds, if not thousands, of beer lovers.

Whether suds-seekers are looking for rich stouts or hazy IPAs, these beer festivals cater to all 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 2018 and get ready to fill your calendar with brew-based excitement.

April

01

20th Annual Brewfest at Manayunk Brewing Company

Manayunk Brewery & Restaurant Manayunk Brewery & Restaurant
— Photo courtesy Manayunk Brewery & Restaurant

Saturday, April 28, 2018

For 20 years, Manayunk Brewing Company has been celebrating beer with this blowout bash. Guests can sample more than 70 craft brews, jam to live music and enjoy tasty bites like pulled pork, fish tacos and Caribbean jerk chicken.

Where: Manayunk Brewing Company, 4120 Main Street

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May

02

South Street Spring Festival and Maifest

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— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Gather around the maypole at the 6th annual Maifest Festival. The party takes over one full block of South Street for a German-style event complete with liters of beer, dancing, crafts, live music, lots of food and loads of beer available for purchase. Maifest is just one part of the South Street Spring Festival, one of the largest spring festivals in the city with thousands of revelers taking part in alfresco family fun on South Street from Front Street to 8th Street.

Where: South Street from Front Street to 8th Street and along Headhouse Plaza

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Northeast Philadelphia Beer Festival

Saturday, May 5, 2018

This annual neighborhood beer festival will features brews by local craft breweries, tasty eats, performances by the Bare Knuckle Boxers and more. Bonus: Guests get their own souvenir tasting glass.

Where: Cannstatter Volkfest Verein, 9130 Academy Road

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Washington Crossing Spring Brewfest

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— Photo courtesy Washintgton Crossing Brewfest

Saturday, May 5, 2018

To help raise money for the historic Washington Crossing Historic Park, more than 50 breweries descend on the pastoral landscape by the Delaware River for the Washington Crossing Spring BrewFest. Live music, multiple food vendors and historical reenactors are also part of the festivities.

Where: Washington Crossing Historic Park, 1112 River Road, Washington Crossing

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Sly Fox Bock Fest & Goat Race

 

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Bock beers are the name of the game at this popular, German-inspired event that celebrates the release of Sly Fox’s Maibock. The fun includes live German oompah music and the ever-popular goat races that delight all that attend.

Where: Sly Fox Brewing Company, 331 Circle of Progress Drive, Pottstown

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Phoenixville Beer & Wine Festival

Saturday, May 12, 2018

After a sellout inaugural outing, the Phoenixville Beer & Wine Festival returns for a second year at the Kimberton Fairgrounds. With more than 150 beers, wines, ciders, meads and spirits available to sample, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Plus, live music entertains the crowd and local eateries and food trucks keep drinkers well fed.

Where: Kimberton Fair Grounds, 762 Pike Springs Road, Phoenixville

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Plazapalooza

— Photo courtesy South of South Neighborhood Association

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Guests of all ages are welcome at Plazapalooza, set at Triangles Plaza at Grays Ferry. The day includes tons of beer, food trucks, games, kids’ activities and live music from bands like Tall Trees and the Montrose Allstars.

Where: Grays Ferry Triangle, Grays Ferry Avenue

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IPA, Champagne and Rosé Block Party

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Party in the streets of Bella Vista during Hawthornes Beer Cafe’s annual May extravaganza, where attendees can taste more than 75 IPAs along with several varieties of champagne and rosé. The day also includes live music, street food and a play area for kids that features a 23-foot slide, face painting and non-alcoholic treats.

Where: Hawthornes Beer Café, 738 S. 11th Street

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Wheat Beer Fest at South Philadelphia Taproom

The South Philadelphia Tap Room celebrates its 13th annual Wheat Beer Fest this year. Get your drink on while grooving to live tunes and DJ sets from Dj Too Tuff, Three 4 Tens, Anika Pyle and Point Breeze Country Club.

Where: South Philadelphia Tap Room, 1509 Mifflin Street

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The All Star Craft Beer and Wine Festival

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Citizens Bank Park sets the scene for Philly’s largest craft beer, wine and cocktail festival, which this year adds a 50,000-square-foot drinking garden complete with draft trucks, live entertainment and more. The day includes tastings of hundreds of varieties of craft beer and wine. Plus, guests get tickets to a Phillies game, the chance to walk on the field and take a photo in the Phillies dugout, giveaways throughout the day and more.

Where: Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way

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June

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Philly Beer Week

June 1-10, 2018

The 11th annual celebration of the city’s vibrant beer culture features events ranging from tastings of locally crafted brews in cozy neighborhood taprooms to educational offerings such as guided tastings, lectures and prix-fixe beer-pairing dinners.

Where: Various locations including The Fillmore Philadelphia, 29 E. Allen Street

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Yardley Beer Fest

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Head to Bucks County for the 11th annual Yardley Beer Festival, which brings the community together to celebrate the art of brewing. Beer drinkers can try brews from Ninkasi, Firestone Walker, Boulevard and more, participate in games, enjoy live entertainment, chow down on delicious bites and more.

Where: 13 S. Delaware Avenue, Yardley

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Beer Under The Big Top

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— Photo by Albert Yee

Beer Under the Big Top delivers circus-style fun and games alongside samples from more than 150 local and national craft brewers. While sipping their brews and eating food truck fare at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, guests can marvel at stilt walkers, sword swallowers, contortionists and jugglers for a truly unforgettable experience.

Where: The Navy Yard, 4747 S. Broad Street

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Craft Beer Day on East Passyunk Avenue

Sunday, June 4, 2018

East Passyunk Avenue hosts Craft Beer Day as part of Philly Beer Week. Visitors can stroll along the bustling street and pop into local eateries and bars for meet-the-brewer events, food pairings, tap takeovers and much, much more at spots like Bing Bing Dim Sum, Birra, POPE and Lucky 13.

Where: East Passyunk Avenue

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Fishtown FestivALE

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— Photo by C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia

It’s all about celebrating the neighborhood during the annual Fishtown FestivALE, an alfresco fiesta on Frankford Avenue in Fishtown. Attendees can buy beer and bites from more than 20 local spots like Frankford Hall, Kensington Quarters, Barcade and Sancho Pistola’s, plus enjoy all sorts of fun like carnival games (including a dunk tank!), local art and DJ sets.

Where: Various locations including Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Avenue

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Brews and Bites at Pennsbury Manor

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— Photo courtesy Pennsbury Manor

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Father’s Day weekend gets the boozy treatment during Brews and Bites, presented by Parx Casino, where guests enjoy craft beer, cider, wine, food and live music against the backdrop of Pennsbury Manor, William Penn’s 43-acre colonial estate. The event raises money to help maintain the property and fund its educational programs.

Where: Pennsbury Manor, 400 Pennsbury Memorial Road, Morrisville

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Lansdale Beer Festival

 

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Drink for a good cause at the Lansdale Beer Tasting Festival, which returns for the ninth year in June. The wide array of brewers at this fundraiser hail from Florida to Washington and everywhere in between. Proceeds benefit local Lansdale non-profits.

Where: 5th and Wood streets, Lansdale

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Philadelphia Zoo Summer Ale Festival

— Photo courtesy BG Productions

Saturday, June 23, 2018

During the popular Philadelphia Zoo Summer Ale Festival, beer lovers sample craft beers from the Philly area and beyond while enjoying live music, food truck fare and the Philadelphia Zoo’s assemblage of birds, great apes, big cats and more.

Where: Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Avenue

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July

19

Summerfest Live! at XFINITY Live!

Looking for live music, games, food trucks and unlimited samples of more than 175 varieties of craft beer? To get in on the action, head to Summerfest Live! at XFINITY Live! in South Philly for an afternoon of drinking, eating and fun times.

Where: Xfinity Live! Philadelphia, 1100 Pattison Avenue

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August

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Fonthill Castle Beer Fest

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Fonthill Castle — Photo by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Drink like royalty at this alfresco festival at Fonthill Castle in the Bucks County countryside. Guests enjoy samples from local, regional and national brewers as well as locally grown foods for pairing. Proceeds benefit the historic attraction’s educational programs.

Where: Fonthill Castle, 525 E. Court Street, Doylestown

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September

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Labor Day Volkfest

Every Labor Day weekend, the Canstatter German society in Torresdale hosts a three-day Oktoberfest party with crafts and lots of German food and beers in a festive, family-friendly environment.

Where: Cannstatter Volkfest Verein, 9130 Academy Road

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Newtown Beerfest at the Newtown Stocking Works Complex

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Nearly 80 breweries participated in this sudsy soiree at The Stocking Works Complex in 2017. The festival returns this year with more fun, live music and rare, unique and crowd-pleasing brews.

Where: Newtown Stocking Works, 410 S. State Street, Newtown

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Brauhaus Schmitz Oktoberfest

Saturday, September 22, 2018

South Street’s popular German eatery brings the Oktoberfest spirit to Philly with a massive block party every September. Attendees enjoy a day packed with live music and dancing, German beer and bites, kids’ activities and tons of fun.

Where: Brauhaus Schmitz, 718 South Street

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Ardmore Oktoberfest

— Photo courtesy Destination Ardmore

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Prost! The Ardmore Initiative presents Ardmore Oktoberfest, a celebration of German heritage, good beer and great food in downtown Ardmore. This family-oriented event also includes live entertainment, children’s activities, and much more.

Where: Downtown Ardmore

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Sly Fox Can Jam Music Festival

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— Photo courtesy Sly Fox Beer

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Get ready to throw some discs as you throw some back during the Sly Fox Can Jam Music Festival. In addition to beer, spirits and cocktails, the fall fete includes an epic KanJam tournament and a packed lineup of bands playing live throughout the day.

Where: Sly Fox Brewing Company, 331 Circle of Progress Drive, Pottstown

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October

26

King of Prussia Beerfest Royale

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— Photo courtesy King of Prussia Beerfest Royale

October 4 & 6, 2018

This beer-tastic event is too big for just one day of celebration. The festivities start with a tasting and pairing happy hour on Thursday, October 4 and continue on Saturday, October 6 with two sessions of fun, games, music, food and hoppy happiness.

Where: King of Prussia Mall, 160 N. Gulph Road, King of Prussia

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Oktoberfest at 23rd Armory

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— Photo courtesy Brauhaus Schmitz

The 23rd Street Armory transforms into a bierhall courtesy of Brauhaus Schmitz for this third annual Oktoberfest shindig, starring traditional fare — including homemade Bavarian pretzels — and German Hofbräuhaus beer.

Where: 23rd Street Armory, 22 S. 23rd Street

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28

Midtown Village Fall Festival

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Saturday, October 6, 2018

The neighborhood parties to an ultra-fun level with music, food, sidewalk sales and more at the Midtown Village Fall Festival. The festivities include a festival within a festival hosted by BRU Craft & Wurst and U-Bahn. The restaurants present a full day of brats, pulled pork, pretzels, beer and music.

Where: 13th and Sansom Streets

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Roxtoberfest

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Food trucks, local beer, vendors and carnival games line the streets of Ridge Avenue for this well-loved Roxborough neighborhood tradition.

Where: Ridge Avenue between Lyceum Avenue and Leverington Avenue

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Kennett Brewfest in Kennett Square

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Appropriately, Kennett Brewfest turns 21 this year, marking more than two decades of revelry to benefit Historic Kennett Square. The party includes tastings from more than 100 breweries as well as live music, food trucks, games and vendors.

Where: 600 S. Broad Street, Kennett Square

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Bloktoberfest

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Several local organizations partner with nearby businesses to produce an outdoor celebration of neighborhoods, October, beer, food and music that stretches across the afternoon — and along four blocks of South Street in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood.

Where: South Street between 18th and Broad streets

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Thirstoberfest at Memphis Taproom

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— Photo by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Thirstoberfest returns to Memphis Tap Room, where guests can enjoy flagship and limited-release beers in the outdoor beer garden. Food trucks will be on hand to satisfy guests when hunger strikes.

Where: Memphis Taproom, 2331 E. Cumberland Street

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November

33

Cyclocross at Sly Fox Brewery

Cyclocross at Sly Fox Beer Cyclocross at Sly Fox Beer
— Photo courtesy Sly Fox Beer

At this annual event at Sly Fox Brewery, guests enjoy an entirely different kind of pairing: beer and cyclocross. The adventurous bike race traverses a variety of terrains and obstacles, and beer is available all around the race track for spectators to enjoy.

Where: Sly Fox Brewing Company, 331 Circle of Progress Drive, Pottstown

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Hawthornes Beer Café Cider and Beer Festival

November 2018 (Date TBA)

The Great Harvest Cider and Beer Festival outside Hawthornes Beer Café has 75 hard ciders, toasty lagers, pumpkin ales, barrel-aged rarities, wine, cafe fare, Undrgrnd Donuts, live music and a kids’ zone.

Where: Hawthornes Beer Cafe, 738 S. 11th Street

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April

20th Annual Brewfest at Manayunk Brewing Company

May

South Street Spring Festival and Maifest
Northeast Philadelphia Beer Festival
Washington Crossing Spring Brewfest
Sly Fox Bock Fest & Goat Race
Phoenixville Beer & Wine Festival
Plazapalooza
IPA, Champagne and Rosé Block Party
Wheat Beer Fest at South Philadelphia Taproom
The All Star Craft Beer and Wine Festival

June

Philly Beer Week
Yardley Beer Fest
Beer Under The Big Top
Craft Beer Day on East Passyunk Avenue
Fishtown FestivALE
Brews and Bites at Pennsbury Manor
Lansdale Beer Festival
Philadelphia Zoo Summer Ale Festival

July

Summerfest Live! at XFINITY Live!

August

Fonthill Castle Beer Fest

September

Labor Day Volkfest
Newtown Beerfest at the Newtown Stocking Works Complex
Brauhaus Schmitz Oktoberfest
Ardmore Oktoberfest
Sly Fox Can Jam Music Festival

October

King of Prussia Beerfest Royale
Oktoberfest at 23rd Armory
Midtown Village Fall Festival
Roxtoberfest
Kennett Brewfest in Kennett Square
Bloktoberfest
Thirstoberfest at Memphis Taproom

November

Cyclocross at Sly Fox Brewery
Hawthornes Beer Café Cider and Beer Festival
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