12th Annual Philly Craft Beer Festival: Philadelphia NAVY YARD- March 3rd, 2018

The 12th Annual Philly Craft Beer Festival is back in town on March 3rd, 2018 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. You don’t want to miss the opporunity to sample over 200 beers from more than 75 breweries at the event that was voted one of America’s top 10 beer festivals by USA Today, Forbes Traveler, and Philly Beer Scene. This event sells out quick and come with perks such as free parking, free shuttle service, a hotel discount, merchandise, and food for sale from some of Philadelphia’s top food trucks.

Everything you need to know about the event can be found here…

The Philly Craft Beer Festival, the event USA Today named one of the 10 Best Beer Festivals in the U.S., Forbes Traveler called one of the “Top 10 Beer Festivals in America,” and winner of Philly Beer Scene’s coveted “Best Beer Fest” award for three years in a row, will return to the Philadelphia Navy Yard on Saturday March 3, 2018 for another great celebration of craft beer and brewing.  The Festival will showcase more than 75 of the best local and national craft breweries, serving over 200 different beers at two sessions, a VIP session from 12:30-5:00pm; and a General Session from 1:30-5:00pm.  Tickets and info:  www.PhillyCraftBeerFest.com.  Ticket are on sale now. Another sell-out is expected, once the allocated online ticket quantity is sold, no additional tickets will be available for sale.  This is a 21+ event.

“The Philly beer community has really rallied around this festival, they have since the very first festival we hosted, twelve years ago,” said Andy Calimano, owner of event producer, Starfish Junction.   “While we’ve seen over a decade of changes in the beer scene, the one thing that has remained constant is the immeasurable passion and enthusiasm displayed by the people of Philadelphia.  They sure do love their craft beer.  They come out in record numbers each year to raise a glass with friends and colleagues at the Philly Craft Beer Festival,” added Calimano.

Philly’s most popular food trucks including Kono PizzaBaby Blues BBQHumpty’s DumplingsP.J. Whelan’s and others, will be there offering an amazing variety of street food for sale at the event.

The 12th annual Philly Craft Beer Festival will be held outdoors under tents, rain, snow, or shine on March 3, 2018 at The Navy Yard located at 4747 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19112.  The Navy Yard is easily accessible by SEPTA and offers free on-site parking. Complimentary shuttle bus service will be provided for festival attendees from the Broad & Pattison SEPTA station to the festival.

The event will help raise money and awareness for the C.B.C. (Committee to Benefit the Children) a local group that provides resources for treatment, care and family support  to benefit children with cancer, leukemia and serious blood disorders..  Volunteers from the local Philadelphia charity will be selling raffle tickets at the event and conducting a toiletry drive for patients and families.  Items most needed include bar soap, shampoo, deodorant, sunscreen, and toothpaste.

The Philly Craft Beer Festival offers two sessions VIP 12:30-5:00 pm and General Admission 1:30-5:00 pm.  The VIP session will give VIP ticketholders an additional hour at the festival, more intimate access to brewers, and the ability to try rare and sought-after beers that are only being poured at this VIP session.  VIP tickets are $75 each. General Admission tickets are $46 each.  Designated Driver tickets are $12 each.  All ticket types can be purchased at the event websitewww.PhillyCraftBeerFest.com.  A limited number of tickets will be sold, another sell-out is expected.   Everyone, including designated drivers, must be 21+ and present valid photo ID for admission. The event is produced by Starfish Junction Productions and sponsored in part by PhillyBeerEvents.com. Tickets & info:  www.PhillyCraftBeerFest.com

12th Annual Philly Craft Beer Festival -March 3, 2018


VIP Session: 12:30pm-5:00pm

GA Session: 1:30pm-5:00pm



Tickets On Sale Now!


March 3, 2018

The Philly Craft Beer Festival will be held OUTDOORS under tents—the event will be held rain, snow, or shine!

12:30pm – 5:00pm

Online: $75
Designated Driver: $12

1:30pm – 5:00pm

Online: $46
Designated Driver: $12


Designated Driver
Tickets are available for $12. A DD ticket holder will get a bottle of water. Designated drivers do NOT receive a wristband or a tasting glass and are NOT permitted to sample any beer. Any designated driver seen drinking will be removed from the festival immediately. Designated drivers must be 21+ and present valid photo ID for entry.

Additional Info:

Everyone who purchases a ticket will get in. No tickets will be sold once the event sells out. We have limited the number of attendees to insure that everyone that purchases a ticket will be able to sample the beers they want and move around with ease. The event will take place rain or shine.

All Attendees must show valid photo I.D at the door to be admitted. You must be 21 or older to attend this event. No Exceptions! No children, toddlers, infants, strollers, or pets are permitted. All ticket purchases are final sale, no refunds or exchanges.

Proper identification is the responsibility of the attendee. Failure to present proper, valid photo identification (driver’s license or passport) will result in denial of entry with no refund offered.

For customer service help with your on-line ticket purchasing, please call 1-877-435-9849 or email customersupport@ticketfly.com.

Tickets purchased from an unauthorized source may be lost, stolen, counterfeit or in violation of resale policies and if so, are VOID, and you will be denied entry. We strongly discourage you from purchasing tickets from an unauthorized source. Tickets purchased from sources other than this website may not be valid and may result in attendee being refused admission to the event. Purchasing a ticket from an unauthorized seller is not advised. The event producers are not responsible for honoring invalid tickets nor issuing any refunds for invalid tickets.

The Navy Yard is located at 4747 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19112. It is recommended that you arrive via public transportation. If you do drive, there is parking in The Navy Yard. Follow the signs to the correct parking lot.


Complimentary bus shuttle service will be available to festival attendees from the Broad & Pattison SEPTA station to The Navy Yard. Shuttles from Broad & Pattison will begin at 11:00 AM and run continuously through the day.





Providing resources for treatment, care and family support  to benefit area children with cancer, leukemia and serious blood disorders.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
– Margaret Mead

The effects of childhood disease are not only devastating and destructive to the child but take an enormous toll on the entire family. The parents, the siblings and the entire extended family are ravaged in some way by the disease. The daily struggle to maintain some sense of normalcy while coping with the child’s illness presents challenges which are incomprehensible to most people.

The Committee to Benefit the Children (CBC) is a non-profit volunteer group dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and their families who face cancer, leukemia and serious blood disorders. The CBC’s mission is to provide families facing these challenges with support and resources that are not available elsewhere.

The CBC was formed in 1980 by a small group of resilient parents whose children were treated at the Hematology-Oncology Clinic at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, PA.

Over the years, the CBC has been shaped by parents whose lives have been forever changed by their child’s life-threatening diagnosis and by a quiet band of volunteers dedicated to giving something back to humanity.

Today, the CBC helps hundreds of area children and their families. The group provides resources for treatment, care, social services and basic family necessities. The CBC remains true to the founding parents’ objectives: improving medical care and the quality of life for the children.

Individuals come from across the tri-state region to work as CBC volunteers. They come from all walks of life to help where help is needed.

The reasons for joining CBC are as varied as the individuals involved. Some personally experience the tragedy of a sick child. Others join the CBC because they are thankful for their good fortune and want to help others facing the daunting challenge of a sick child.

They donate their time or invest in a sponsorship or advertisement at one of our fund raising events. They work independently promoting the CBC at the office for United Way Donor Options. They volunteer at one of the events or parties for the children.

CBC involvement is flexible and volunteers can tailor their commitment to their lifestyle and resources. If you are interested in helping these children and their families and becoming a friend of CBC, please email us at cbc@cbckids.org.

Please be sure to visit www.cbckids.org for more information about the CBC.

For over twenty years, the CBC Golf Tournament at Cedarbrook Country Club in Blue Bell, PA, the CBC Passion for Fashion Show, the CBC Caribbean Sunsplash Party and other fund raising efforts too numerous to mention here have raised hundreds and hundreds of thousands of dollars to help the children and their families confront these destructive diseases.

The essence of the CBC compels the heart to realize that through action, change and success are possible. The CBC is volunteer and the board of directors is very active in working with the social workers and the children and their families to see that all funds go where needed most.



When is the event?

March 3rd, 2018.

What time is the event?

The VIP Session is from 12:30pm – 5:00pm. The General Admission Session is from is 1:30pm – 5:00pm.

How do I buy tickets for this event?

Click Here to visit the ticket page.

I bought a ticket and now I can’t find it/can’t print it, what do I do?

FOR TICKET HOLDERS ONLY: If you purchased your tickets on the event website and are in need of customer service regarding your ticket purchase, please call 1-877-435-9849 or email customersupport@ticketfly.com for assistance.

Is there an age limit to get into the show?

No one under the age of 21 will be allowed entrance in the festival! This includes designated drivers who must also be at least 21 years of age. NO children, toddlers, infants, strollers, or pets are permitted. No one will be admitted without a valid photo ID (no exceptions). Proper identification is the responsibility of the attendee. Failure to present proper, valid photo identification (driver’s license or passport) will result in denial of entry with no refund offered.

Is the event indoors or outdoors?

The event will be held outdoors on the Former Naval Runway at the Philadelphia Navy Yard under tents. Please dress accordingly as this is an outdoor event in March. The event will take place rain or shine. All ticket sales are final. No refunds will be given.

What does admission include?

You will pay one fee to get in by purchasing an event ticket online. When you arrive, you will receive a souvenir five oz. tasting glass with a two ounce pour line. You are welcome to sample any beer that the brewers have.

Will food be available?

There will be food sold at the event. Food trucks will offer a variety of options from which to choose. Food is not included with the price of admission. Outside food not permitted.


What is the admission charge for Designated Drivers?

Designated Drivers will be charged $12 dollars per ticket and must be purchased in advance. Click Here

How does the Designated Driver ticket work?

A designated driver ticket fee is $12 and must be purchased online. The designated driver does NOT receive a wristband and they do NOT receive a tasting glass. They are able to enjoy all the activities of the expo except they are not allowed to drink any beer. Any designated driver who is seen drinking will be escorted out immediately.

If I buy one ticket am I allowed to go to both sessions?

A ticket can only be used for the session you selected when you purchased your ticket.

How do I get to the The Navy Yard?

The Navy Yard is located at 4747 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19112Click here to visit our directions page. Complimentary bus shuttle service will be available to festival attendees from the Broad & Pattison SEPTA station to The Navy Yard venue. Shuttles from Broad & Pattison will begin at 11:00 AM and run continuously throughout the day.

Is there taxi service available to and from The Navy Yard?

Yes, it is recommended that all attendees take advantage of public transportation for the festival. Here are the phone numbers for area taxicab companies:
All City Taxi: (215) 467-6666
PHL Taxi: (215) 232-2000
Victory Radio Dispatch: (215) 225-5000
Crescent Cab: (215) 365-3500

What hotels are in the area?

Courtyard Marriott, 1001 Intrepid Ave., Philly215-644-9200
Embassy Suites, 9000 Bartran Ave., Philly, 215-796-6008.
Courtyard by Marriott, 8900 Bartram Ave., Philly215-365-2200.
Hampton Inn, 8600 Bartram Ave., Philly215-966-1300.
Fairfield Inn, 8800 Bartram Ave., Philly215-365-2254.
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham, 4630 Island Ave., Philly215-492-1611

Is the event wheelchair accessible?

The event takes place outdoors on the former Naval Runway under tents. It is wheelchair accessible.

Is there parking at The Navy Yard?

Yes, there is limited parking at the venue. We encourage attendees to use mass transit.

Are children or pets permitted to attend?

For your own safety, NO children, toddlers, infants, strollers or pets are permitted. If turned away, the admission ticket for the caregiver will not be refunded.

Is smoking permitted at the festival?

Smoking will not be permitted within the tents. A designated smoking area set will be created.

Can I bring blankets or lawn chairs to the festival?

No blankets or lawn chairs are permitted in the festival area. This would hamper the flow of traffic and disrupt the comfort of all attendees. There will be tables and chairs placed throughout the tented areas (and outdoors weather permitting) for your convenience.

What items are prohibited?

Starfish Junction Productions is dedicated to the safety and security of ALL attendees, exhibitors, staffers, and guests. Please use common sense and remember that what seems harmless to you may appear like a threat to someone else. All attendees must adhere to show rules, are subject to search upon entering the event, and are prohibited from bringing in the following items:

· outside alcohol, glass bottles, cans, outside food/beverages, metal water bottles
· weapons (i.e. knives, pepper spray, stun-guns, any concealed weapons, firearms, etc.), illegal drugs, chemicals, fireworks, smoke bombs
· unapproved pamphlets, handouts, advertisements, etc.

Smoking (including the use of e-cigarettes or vape pens) is prohibited in the venue/under tents. Smoking is only permitted in designated smoking areas.

Infants/Children/Strollers…No one under 21 will be admitted. Valid photo ID is required for entry.
No pets are permitted at the event (unless they are service dogs with accredited tags/paperwork)

Event management reserves the right to handle each occurrence on a case by case basis. Depending on the item, the guest may either be asked to remove the item from the facility or dispose of the item, or may be ejected from the facility.




Just a few steps away from the event…

1001 Intrepid Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19112

** SPECIAL OFFER: $132 **
The Philly Craft Beer Festival has worked with the Courtyard Marriott to get a special discounted rate for a block of rooms for Saturday, March 3, 2018.

Attendees should call 1-800-321-2211 or 215-644-9200

Mention the Philly Beer Fest group to book a standard room at the discounted rate of $132. This offer will expire when the block is fully booked or on the cut-off date of February 12, 2018. Make your reservation today!

Festival Rules

– 21+ Only. Must show valid photo I.D. for admission. Proper identification is the responsibility of the attendee. Failure to present proper, valid photo identification (driver’s license or passport) will result in denial of entry with no refund offered.

– Don’t drink and drive! Take mass transit or designate a driver.

– Promotional photos and video will be taken at the event and you grant permission for your likeness to be used.

– Drink responsibly, Know your limits!

– This is a sampling event, 2oz. pours only!

– All attendees must be properly attired.

– We reserve the right to check all bags

– No pets or children allowed.

– No outside glassware or food permitted.

– You get one souvenir glass for this event. Replacements $5.00 ea.

– We reserve the right, at our discretion, to remove any individual(s) from the festival for behaving inappropriately. You will be escorted out by security and not allowed back in!

– All exits are final. No alcohol permitted outside the event.

Thank you for your cooperation.

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