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Philadelphia Zoo’s Annual Summer Ale Festival

Tickets are now on sale for Philadelphia Zoo’s Summer Ale Festival, a sensational summer event happening throughout the Zoo’s gardens.

The fun takes place on Saturday, June 24th from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Meet brewers, enjoy ice cold, full-bodied beverages and purchase fresh, local fare from the region’s hippest food trucks. Live music, amazing animals and a complimentary shuttle from 30th Street Station are all included in this once-a-year experience.

Philadelphia Zoo SummerAle Festival 2017

With an impressive crop of regional craft brews, Philadelphia Zoo has much to offer beer enthusiasts. This year, more than 70 renowned breweries will participate, offering guests more than 140 award-winning seasonal ales and selections of the brewers’ choice. In addition to delicious craft brews guests will enjoy live music from: The Kickbax Band, Hannah Taylor & the Rekardo Lee Trio, River Bones and talented DJ’s.

VIP $75 —Limited quantities available


  • Entrance into the Festival one hour early

  • Evening admission to the Zoo

  • Souvenir tasting cup

  • Unlimited beer sampling

  • Complimentary shuttle service to and from 30th & Market Street (across from Amtrak 30th Street Station)

General Admission $60 $55 – Early Bird Special (discounted tickets until March 22nd-$60.00 after)


  • Evening admission to the Zoo

  • Souvenir tasting cup

  • Unlimited beer sampling

  • Complimentary shuttle service to and from 30th & Market Street (across from Amtrak 30th Street Station)

Non-Drinker $35 Limited quantities available


  • Evening admission to the Zoo

  • Complimentary bottle of water at event entrance

Summer Ale Festival returns for another year of specialty brews, animals, live entertainment, games and more.  In addition to offering a night of fun and memories for adults only at one of Philly’s top cultural attractions, Summer Ale Festival serves as a fundraiser and supports Philadelphia Zoo in its mission to create joyful discovery and inspire action for animals and habitats.

Summer Ale Fest offers beer enthusiasts more than 70 breweries and over 140 crafts brews to choose from including:

  • Conshohocken Brewing Company

  • Cape May Brewing Company

  • Evil Genius Beer Company

  • Crooked Eye Brewery

  • Dock Street Brewery

  • Levante Brewing Company

  • Rock Bottom Brewery

  • Tun Tavern Restaurant & Brewery

  • Saucony Creek Craft Brewery

  • Vault Brewing Co.

  • SingleCut Beersmiths

  • River Horse Brewing Company

  • Double Nickel Brewing Company

  • Saint Benjamin Brewing Company

  • Roy-Pitz Brewing Co.

  • Stable 12 Brewing Company

  • Brooklyn Brewery

  • Evolution Craft Brewing Co.

  • Magic Hat Brewing Co.

  • 2nd Story Brewing Co.

  • Bold Rock Hard Cider

  • Argilla Brewing Company

  • Sterling Pig Brewery

  • Starr Hill Brewery

  • Crime and Punishment Brewing

  • Ship Bottom Brewery

  • Lexington Brewing

  • Avery Brewing

  • Manayunk Brewing Company

  • Kurant Cider

  • Sam Adams

  • Angry Orchard, Victory Brewing Company

  • Pinelands Brewing Company

  • New Belgium Brewing Company

  • Evolution Craft Brewing Co.

  • Downest Cider

  • Long Trail Brewing Co.

  • Straub Brewery

  • 21st Amendment Brewery

Additionally amazing food trucks are on site offering food for purchase including:

  • The Cow and The Curd

  • Taco Mondo

  • Philly Fry

  • Meat Wagon BBQ

  • Brazbq Food Truck

  • Baby Blues BBQ

  • Lil’ Pop Shop

  • Mi Pueblito Tacos

  • The Happy Pita

Summer Ale Fest is limited to those 21 years of age or older with valid identification. Tickets are available exclusively through and will not be available for purchase at the door. Taps will be closed 30 minutes prior to event end. The list of participating breweries is subject to change. This is a rain or shine event.

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