Circus-Themed Beer Fest Kicks off Philly Beer Week

by Navy Yard
May 1, 2018

Categories: Events,

Starfish Junction Productions, producer of the award-winning Philly Craft Beer Festival, selected as one of the “Top Ten Beer Festivals in America” by Forbes Traveler and awarded the “Top Ten Beer Festivals in U.S.” distinction by USA Today in 2017, brings back the circus-themed beer festival to The Navy Yard this summer. The biggest names in craft brewing will gather on Saturday, June 2, 2018 for what promises to be the summer’s best beer fest.


“This is going to be our best show yet,” said Andy Calimano, owner of Starfish Junction, producer of the event. “We can’t think of a better way to kick off Philly Beer Week than with this year’s star-studded lineup of breweries presented in a circus-themed event. Everyone loves a theme party and this will be the best event we’ve ever thrown. Sword swallowers and stilt walkers will mingle among the local and national craft breweries to deliver a fun-filled event for the beer lovers of Philadelphia,” added Calimano.


150+ Beers for Sampling & Sideshow Performances

This beer tasting extravaganza will feature an incredible variety of craft beers from the local Philly market, from across the U.S., and from around the globe. With over 150 beers to sample, there is sure to be something to please everyone. Supporting the circus theme, the Squidling Brothers return with a troupe of circus freak show performers and, new this year, attendees will enjoy the height-defying aerial acts of Philadelphia’s Ethos Physical Theater Company. Stilt walkers, jugglers, balloon artists, and other special performers will add to the day’s festivities. Food will be available for sale from a variety of Philly’s best food trucks.

The event will help raise funds for the Philadelphia Committee to Benefit the Children (CBC), a local charity that provides resources for treatment, care and family support to benefit area children with cancer, leukemia and serious blood disorders. The CBC will be conducting a toiletry drive for local needy families in their network. Attendees are encouraged to bring personal care items like soap, deodorant, toothpaste, shampoo, and sunscreen.

Beer Under the Big Top will have two sessions: VIP 12:30-5:00pm and General Admission 1:30-5:00pm. 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 during this VIP bonus hour. VIP tickets are $75 each. General Admission tickets are $50 each when purchased online in advance, $60 on event day if tickets remain. Designated Driver tickets are $12 each. Tickets are on sale now at Another sell-out is expected. Complimentary shuttle bus service is offered to The Navy Yard from the local SEPTA station.

VIP and General Admission tickets include admission, a souvenir tasting cup, and the freedom to enjoy a 2 oz. sample of any of the beers present at the festival. No one under 21, including designated drivers, will be admitted. All attendees must show valid photo ID for entry. No children, toddlers, infants, strollers, or pets are permitted. All ticket purchases are final sale, no refunds or exchanges. A limited number of tickets will be sold. The event will take place outdoors under tents and will be held rain or shine. The event is produced by Starfish Junction. For tickets and information visit