Philly Beer Week with Kids! Really!
Adult beverages and family-friendly celebrations! What’s not to love?
In case you haven’t noticed, we love when traditionally “adult” events make room for families too. From Parks on Tap to Craft Hall, drinking with kids in tow has become somewhat of a Philly trend that we are on board with. So when we heard that Philly Beer Week included all-ages events this year, we just had to share them with you!
Philly Beer Week runs from May 31—June 9 all around town, and celebrates the best of local beer and community. From tastings, block parties, beer gardens, and much more, we’ve picked out the best events to hit up without having to call the babysitter! You’re welcome.
301 S. Columbus Blvd.
This year’s official beer garden is at one of our favorite waterfront hangouts, Spruce Street Harbor Park! Look for a full line-up of family-friendly events, including swan boat races and free outdoor music on Friday night at their weekly Waterfront Sessions!
June 1, 11 am—8 pm
Varga Bar, 941 Spruce St.
For Philly Beer Week, Varga shuts down 10th Street with some local breweries and a few other special drafts, plus barbecue and live music. There will also be a spot for kids to play, so you can enjoy a few drinks outside while playing some beer pong, cornhole, or ladder golf.
June 1, noon—5 pm
Devil’s Den, 1148 S. 11th St.
Kick off PBW with a dunk tank, caricature artist, carnival games, balloon art, and more fun. Plus, local craft beer and cider for the grownups!
June 1, noon—8 pm
1727 Front Street
Evil Genius Beer Company welcomes in Philly Beer Week by shutting down the street in front of the brewery all day for an old fashioned block party with drinks, food, and music. They will be pouring their “The Doog Abides” White Russian-inspired amber ale; plus serving up tacos, sandwiches, shareable bites, and fried ice cream all day. Bring your dog and get inspired by The Big Lebowski—costumes encouraged, with a doggie (and human) costume contest at 3 pm!
East Passyunk Avenue
June 2, 11 am—7 pm
Head to East Passyunk (between Broad and Moore) for this all-day, all-ages street festival that features the much-anticipated South Philly spaghetti eating contest: a no-holds-bar spectacle to see who can eat the most spaghetti! Plus, there will be family fun, live music and dancing, lots of delicious food and drink, contests, vendors, and more. Kids’ activities include games, moon bounce, train rides, water gun fun, face painting, yoga and much more! This coincides with Philly Beer Week’s Craft Beer Day, where over 15 East Passyunk restaurants, bars, and retailers will present opportunities to meet the brewers, try new craft beers, and enjoy beer-infused and inspired foods.
June 2, noon—5 pm
Roy-Pitz Barrel House, 990 Spring Garden Street
Roy-Pitz will be rolling out sour beer, barrels, bottles and more in a kid-friendly and dog-friendly beer garden atmosphere. Plus, handmade ice cream churned with local beers, barrel art demonstrations, and more.
June 6, 5—9 pm
5400 Lindbergh Blvd.
Celebrate Philly Beer Week in the great outdoors with local brews served at the Bartram’s Garden Community Boathouse on the Schuylkill River. The event will also include a DJ and taco truck, and is family- and dog-friendly! Tickets include the cost of the first beer and a boat or kayak excursion out onto the Schuylkill River from the boathouse, with all instruction and equipment provided. Kids boat free with a parent or guardian. Tickets available online.
June 8, noon—8 pm
This day-long family-friendly street festival takes over Frankford Avenue between Girard and Oxford and fills the street with live music, craft vendors, activities for the kids, street food, and of course beer. Pro-tip: You can find free PlayArts kids’ activities and family area at Lutheran Settlement House!
June 8, 1 — 4 pm
Urban Outfitters HQ, 5000 S. Broad St.
Part of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation’s Lemonade Days, this culinary event is hosted by Marc Vetri at the Urban Outfitters Headquarters in the Navy Yard, and features over 40 renowned chefs who will prepare amazing dishes and drinks for guests to sample. Kids age 12 and under get in free with an accompanying adult, and there will be a dedicated area to keep kids entertained with fun and games between tasting the food. Tickets are $195 for general admission; kids 12 and under do not require a ticket.
Photographs courtesy of Visit Philadelphia.