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Apr 27 2017

Philadelphia Celebrates Food & Beer, Spring Through Fall

Warm Weather Brings Visitors For Food & Beer Festivals All Over The City And Countryside In 2017

With spring in full gear and summer on its way, the Philadelphia region will keep bellies full with a delicious, mostly neighborhood-centric lineup of food and drink festivals. May through the fall feature few empty weekends on the calendar—some are even double-booked. The Food Trust’s popular Night Market returns with four dates over the next six months. Other highlights include Philly Beer Week, the 9th Street Italian Market Festival, 2nd Street Festival and many more. Here’s a chronological list of the region’s top food and drink festivals:

May 6, 2017
Downtown Phoenixville sees thousands of people—rain or shine—to enjoy food trucks (Undrgrnd Donuts, The Cow and the Curd and plenty more) and a day’s worth of activities, including Phoenixville First’s short movies series at the Colonial Theatre, playing on loop 12:30-6 p.m. (610) 933-3070,

May 7, 2017
Free admission, goat races (yes, real goats), German-style brats and schnitzel and, of course, a large lineup of bock-style beers make this event in Pottstown worth the drive. (484) 300-4644,

May 11, June 29, August 10, October 5, 2017
Philly’s popular nighttime neighborhood-based food truck series (established in 2010) returns for another year and with four dates to fill the hungry person’s appetite—while helping The Food Trust, an organization that works to give all Philadelphians access to healthy foods. The series’ first installment will take place in the Burholme section of Northeast Philadelphia (May 11). Next comes Spruce Hill in West Philly (June 29), then Roxborough (August 10) and the 9th Street Italian Market (October 5). (215) 575-0444,

May 13, 2017
The Delaware River Waterfront’s SugarHouse Casino hosts the city’s first taco festival, replete with Mariachi music, tequila sampling, margarita bar and tacos from more than 30 vendors. (484) 935-3378,

May 17-October 1, 2017
Philadelphia’s first and only traveling beer garden will debut at the Azalea Garden, tucked behind the Art Museum along Kelly Drive. Thereafter, Parks on Tap visits 19 more city parks in 19 weeks, offering food, beer, wine, family fun and weekly programming, Wednesday through Sunday. (215) 422-3561,

May 20-21, 2017
The nation’s oldest outdoor market draws crowds for this annual two-day festival with plenty of food, drink, music and even a Procession of Saints. (215) 278-2903,

May 20-21, 2017
“Find your berry bliss,” Peddler’s Village says of the weekend that offers a village-wide strawberry celebration at the bucolic Bucks Country’s 42-acre shopping paradise. (215) 794-4000,

June 1-11, 2017
As part of the newly rechristened Philly Loves Beer initiative, the city’s 10-day beer week kicks off its 10th year when the famed “Hammer of Glory” smashes open the first keg at The Fillmore. The ensuing days and nights are filled with tastings, dinners, beer Quizzo, tailgate Olympics, happy hours (and naked happy hours), outdoor bashes and more.

June 24, 2017
This 21-and-older event turns part of the country’s oldest zoo into the country’s most fun zoo too—with beer, entertainment and food to benefit the animals who dwell there. (215) 243-1100,

July 13-23, 2017
When students clear out, noodle restaurants, barbecue joints, steakhouses and artisan pizzerias do deals—three-course, fixed price meals in the $15-$35 range—for a whopping ten days of dinners. (215) 243-0555,

July 15-16, 2017
Live country and bluegrass music and berries—and the treats made with them—combine for a weekend-long midsummer celebration in lovely Bucks County. (215) 794-4000,

August 6, 2017
The yearly festival on 2nd Street in Northern Liberties is as much about art and entertainment as it is food and drink, though there’s plenty of all that to go around, with food trucks and the local bars and restaurants along the boulevard as enthusiastic participants.

August 13, 2017
Sustainable Everyday Edibles and Drinkables is what the acronym stands for and the new vegan craft food and beer festival will cater to omnivores at Sugarhouse Casino, where those 21 and older can sample vegan food and drink from some Philadelphia’s best restaurants and breweries.

September 2-4, 2017
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. (215) 332-0121,

September 9-10, 2017
Always the weekend following Labor Day, the “mushroom capital of the world” puts the fun in fungi with outdoor culinary exhibits, contests, games and much more in a countryside Chester County borough. (610) 925-3373,

September 23, 2017
Citizens Bank Park (CBP) will replace the Phillies for the day with Philly staples: cheesesteaks, hoagies, roast pork sandwiches, pretzels, water ice and beer. And, of course, no party at CBP is complete without the Phillie Phanatic on hand.

September 30, 2017
Passyunk Avenue between Broad and 15th Streets closes to traffic for this eight-hour festival featuring sausage-themed food and drink with live music, arts and crafts vendors and a play area for kids. (267) 571-9280,

October 6-8, 2017
South Street’s authentic German restaurant, Brauhaus Schmitz, plays host to Oktoberfest celebrations onsite and across town at the historic 23rd Street Armory, turning these Philly venues into mini Munichs. (267) 909-8814,

October 14, 2017
Building on eight years’ of success, this neighborhood bash returns for year nine, once again shutting down the west side of South Street for plenty of loud music, great food and lots of drinks.

November 4-5, 2017
Before popular Peddler’s Village turns into a Christmas-shopping getaway, the Bucks County destination celebrates the harvest with live entertainment, and apples galore—including a seriously sporty apple pie-eating contest. (215) 794-4000,

VISIT PHILADELPHIA® is our name and our mission. As the region’s official tourism marketing agency, we build Greater Philadelphia’s image, drive visitation and boost the economy.

On Greater Philadelphia’s official visitor website and blog, and, visitors can explore things to do, upcoming events, themed itineraries and hotel packages. Compelling photography and videos, interactive maps and detailed visitor information make the sites effective trip-planning tools. Along with Visit Philly social media channels, the online platforms communicate directly with consumers. Travelers can also call and stop into the Independence Visitor Center for additional information and tickets.

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One hundred years ago, Philadelphia was known as the greatest beer-brewing city in the Western Hemisphere, or the “Cradle of American Libation,” according to food critic Craig LaBan of The Philadelphia Inquirer. Local taverns were arguably the true birthplace of the American Revolution, providing the well-stocked gathering spaces needed for our Founding Fathers and common men alike to execute the American Revolution.

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Beer Gardens & Outdoor Drinking Spaces Bloom In Philly

A Sudsy Summer Awaits, Thanks To Pop-Up & Permanent Beer Gardens

Philadelphia has become a major hotspot for beer lovers (and food and wine lovers, for that matter) to drink outdoors, where beer gardens of the permanent and pop-up variety have sprung up all over the city and the surrounding suburbs. Summer staples such as Spruce Street Harbor Park, Independence Beer Garden and others have seen friendly competition from outdoor spaces at Evil Genius, the Philadelphia Zoo and others in recent years, and 2017 will be no different. Here are some of Philadelphia’s best places for drinking outdoors at parks, patios, porches, decks and docks:

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May 1 2017

The Greater Philadelphia Region: Fast Facts


There are more than 4 million people residing in the five-county region (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties) and more than 1.5 million in Philadelphia, making it the second-largest city on the East Coast and the sixth-largest city in the country.


Philadelphia is a two-hour drive from New York City, two-and-a-half hours from Washington, DC and 45 minutes from Atlantic City, with convenient access to the Pennsylvania Turnpike, I-76, I-95 and the New Jersey Turnpike. One-quarter of the U.S. population lives within a five-hour drive of Center City Philadelphia.

The city is a 90-minute flight or a

Apr 24 2017

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History Lessons By Day & Night:

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In the mid-19th through the early 20th centuries, more than 90 breweries operated in Philadelphia proper, and another 100 operated in the city’s environs. One area northwest of Philly, located on the banks of the Schuylkill River near the Girard Avenue Bridge, became known as Brewerytown. As Brewerytown grew, area producers of German-style

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15 Things To Know: LGBT Philadelphia

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Marks Of Pride:

  1. On July 4, 1965, Independence Hall was the site of the United States’ first major LGBT rights demonstration. A state historical marker at 6th and Chestnut Streets commemorates this peaceful protest and the four that followed each July 4 through 1969, known collectively as the Annual Reminders.,
  2. Nearly 70 rainbow street signs proudly adorn the Gayborhood, a Center City neighborhood of LGBT restaurants, bars, businesses and homes spanning 11th to Broad Streets and Pine to Chestnut Streets. Another neighborhood notable: rainbow crosswalks, at 13th and Locust Streets.
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