After a five year hiatus, The Philadelphia Zoo announces the return of their OktoBEARfest on Saturday, September 16, 2023 from 7:00-10:00 pm. This signature fall beer festival will jumpstart the Oktoberfest events in Philadelphia.
“We’re so excited to bring back this festival after a five-year hiatus,” said Guest and Community Engagement Vice President of Mission Cara Treadway in an official press release.
“There’s no other place where you’ll be able to try more than 100 different beers and ciders and experience the breathtaking beauty of nature and wildlife all in one amazing night. More importantly, the proceeds from this fun event support the animals in our care as well as the Zoo’s conservation work and ability to bring under resourced families to the Zoo that might not otherwise be able to visit.”
What To Expect
New for this year, the Zoo’s Peacock Pavilion will be transformed into a Bavarian beer tent with authentic Oktoberfest beers on tap, stein-holding and pretzel-eating competitions (with prizes!).
OktoBEARfest will also include live performances by local DJs and Philly’s #1 Oktoberfest Polka band, Polkadelphia. As you enjoy the music, you can sample more than 100 fresh, seasonal beers and ciders from dozens of breweries including Warsteiner, Urban Village Brewing Company, Big Oyster Brewery, Conshohocken Brewing Company and Evil Genius Beer Company.
Indeed, come hungry for sweet and savory street food from the region’s best food trucks, including BYZ. Empire, Deke’s BBQ, Wokworks, Bonjour Creperie, The Munchy Machine, Bacon on a Stick and more.
OktoBEARfest At The Philadelphia Zoo: Tickets
Above all, OktoBEARfest at The Philadelphia Zoo serves as a fundraiser. It supports Philadelphia Zoo mission to create joyful discovery and inspire action for animals and habitats. This adults-only event is limited to those 21 or older with valid identification.
Tickets are priced as follows:
- Early Access (6-10pm): $90 (hurry! price goes up September 11)
- General Admission (7-10pm): $70 (hurry! price goes up September 11)
- Non-drinker (admitted with their party at either 6pm or 7pm): $35
- Members enjoy a $5 discount on all tickets
To learn more about this BEARy exciting event and to purchase tickets visit philadelphiazoo.org.