Philadelphia Zoo’s Summer Ale Festival set to return July 20

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Lovers of animals and beer alike have the perfect opportunity to come together and support animal conservation as Summer Ale Festival, the wildest festival in Philly, returns to the Philadelphia Zoo on Saturday, July 20, from 7 to 10 p.m.

Guests can expect to enjoy complimentary parking, free shuttle service from 30th Street Station, a signature souvenir tasting cup, award-winning craft beers, seltzers and ciders, nearly a dozen food trucks with a variety of foods to purchase, live music zones throughout the Zoo, and access to the Zoo’s 42-acre campus to visit select animal exhibits.



With over 100 award-winning samples of various craft beers, seltzers, and ciders, guests can enjoy unlimited samples of these delicious drinks and some of the area’s top food trucks while enjoying the sights of the Philadelphia Zoo and the sounds of live music throughout the zoo.

Among the many breweries in attendance will be Angry Orchard, Broad Street Brewing, Cape May, Dewey Beer Co., Double Nickel Brewing Co., Evil Genius, MudHen, Sam Adams, Sea Isle Ice Tea, Ship Bottom Brewery, Stateside, Tired Hands Brewing Company, Twisted Tea, Yards Brewing Company, and more.

On the food front, guests can enjoy the delicious tastes of A Taste of Philly, Bacon on a Stick, Bonjour Creperie, BYZ. Empire, Calle Del Sabor, Deke’s BBQ, Grubaholics, The Little Sicilian, and The Pasta Truck in between samplings of award winning beer.

“We hear year after year from our guests that this festival offers a great variety of beverages and gives them the chance to see our animals up close with fewer crowds,” said Vice President of Guest Experience Cara Treadway. “Not only is Philadelphia Zoo’s Summer Ale Festival an incredibly fun night, but more importantly, supports the animals in our care, our global conservation work, and our local community programs.”

For nearly 150 years, the Philadelphia Zoo has been at the forefront of animal conservation, blazing the trail across the United States. With state-of-the-art healthcare facilities, award-winning education and conservation programs, and exceptional guest services, The Philadelphia Zoo is among the most renowned zoos in the entire world.

Summer Ale Festival

Early bird discounted tickets to Summer Ale Fest are still available for purchase while supplies last.

Summer Ale Festival is limited to those 21 or older with valid identification. Tickets are available exclusively through the Zoo’s website and will not be available for purchase at the door. This is a rain or shine event. Summer Ale Fest serves as a fundraiser and supports Philadelphia Zoo in its mission to create joyful discovery and inspire action for animals and habitats. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit