Nine Fun Food And Beer Events Hitting Philly This Week

An oyster-shucking festival, the grand opening of two beer gardens, a craft beer bar crawl and more...

The city’s excellent food and drink scene takes the spotlight this week as a number of great drinking and dining events hit Philadelphia.

In the coming days, food and drink fans (so, everyone) can enjoy an annual oyster-shucking contest, a science-centric bar crawl in Fishtown, the grand opening of beer gardens and a citywide feel-good dinner at one of more than 200 restaurants.

Check out our picks for food and drink events happening in Philly this week.

Dining Out for Life

Center City Restaurant WeekPhoto by N. Santos For Visit Philadelphia

Nearly 200 restaurants in the region are giving back during Dining Out for Life, an annual event that helps raise money for those suffering from HIV and AIDS. The event starts with a food truck pop up in Midtown Village during lunchtime and continues with fundraiser dinners at more than 200 spots arond town, including Bistrot La Minette, Butcher and Singer, Zahav, Village Whiskey, Frankford Hall and Pizzeria Stella. Participating restaurants will donate a third of their proceeds to the cause.

Dining Out for Life

When:Thursday, April 20
Where:Various locations including Barbuzzo, 110 S. 13th Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.diningoutforlife.com

Grand Opening of Morgan’s Pier

Morgan's PierPhoto by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

Morgan's Pier, a quintessential warm-weather bar, reopens for the season this Thursday with all of the waterfront fun you've come to expect at the beer garden – craft beer, cold cocktails, great brews and more. This year, the restaurant will be serving food by 2017 chefs-in-residence Kevin D'Egidio and Michael Griffiths, the chefs and owners of Helm and South Helm.

Grand Opening of Morgan’s Pier

When:Thursday, April 20, 4 p.m.
Where:Morgan's Pier, 221 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Pay as you go

www.morganspier.com

Visit Philly's UPPN Happy Hour

Visit UPPN Happy HourPhoto courtesy UPPN

Returning for round two this Friday, Visit Philly teams up with the Urban Philly Professional Network (UPPN) for a series of after-work happy hours at attractions across town. The series continues with happy hour at the Kimmel Center this Friday night with drinks, the chance to mix and mingle with local professionals and the opportunity to explore this attraction. Click here to register for this week's event.

Visit Philly's UPPN Happy Hour

When:Friday, April 21, 6-9 p.m.
Where:Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:Free with RSVP

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Grand Opening of the Beer Garden at Cira Green

Cira GreenPhoto by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

UPDATE: This event has been canceled due to inclement weather. Raise your drinks to the sky — literally. This spring, a sky-high beer garden debuts at Cira Green, Philly's first elevated park. Presented by World Cafe Live, the beer garden debuts on Friday, April 21 and continues on Friday nights through June 23. The beer garden kicks off every week at 5 p.m. with the tapping of a limited-release keg and continues with a variety of drink selections. (Note: This beer garden is 21-plus only.)

Grand Opening of the Beer Garden at Cira Green

When:Friday, April 21, 5-9 p.m.
Where:Cira Green, 80 S. 30th Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Craft Beer Express

The CambridgePhoto by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Put on your drinking caps! This Saturday, the ever-popular Craft Beer Express returns to more than 10 bars in the city with tap takeovers, beer specials and revelry. The multi-neighborhood bar crawl buses participants (via actual buses) from bar to bar all day long. Buses run every 25 minutes between all participating bars so guests can move at their own pace. Participating bars include City Tap House Logan, the Cambridge, Evil Genius Brewing Company and Brauhaus Schmitz. Cheers!

Craft Beer Express

When:Saturday, April 22, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where:Various locations including City Tap House, 2 Logan Square
Cost:$10 and up

www.craftbeerexpress.com

Decibel Metal and Beer Festival

The FillmorePhoto Courtesy The Fillmore

Featuring a lineup of a dozen different metal bands, Decibel Metal and Beer Fest is the brainchild of Decibel magazine. Expect plenty of beer options as you rock your way through the two-day weekend event at The Fillmore Philadelphia.

Decibel Metal and Beer Festival

When:April 22-23, 6 p.m.
Where:The Fillmore Philadelphia, 29 E. Allen Street
Cost:$35-$125

www.thefillmorephilly.com

Fishtown Science Crawl

Frankford-Hall-780uwPhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

The only thing better than bar-hopping throughout Fishtown’s varied and excellent bar scene? Bar-hopping and enjoying hands-on science-related activities. A $5 wristband gets attendees happy hour prices at all locations of the Fishtown Science Crawl.

Fishtown Science Crawl

When:Sunday, April 23, 2-5 p.m.
Where:Various locations including Fette Sau, 1208 Frankford Avenue
Cost:Free, RSVP required; $5 happy hour wrist band

www.philasciencefestival.org

Waffles and Wedges Block Party

Rittenhouse's Waffles and Wedges turns two this weekend and celebrates with an afternoon-long block party in front of its Spruce Street shop. Enjoy snack-sized waffles, food from Pbon's Fresh Phood, ice cream from Bassett's and wine to boot. Beyond food and drinks, expect live music and fun performances.

Waffles and Wedges Block Party

When:Sunday, April 23, noon-5 p.m.
Where:Waffles & Wedges, 1511 Pine Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Shuck Fest at Oyster House

Oyster House celebrates its namesake this weekend with its annual Shuck Fest. The festival returns with oyster-shucking tutorials, local oyster tastings, crafts, beer and cocktail specials, a professional oyster-shucking contest and more. Admission is $15 per person and includes oyster tastings, one Narragansett beer and access to all of the activities. Note that additional drinks and food are available on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Shuck Fest at Oyster House

When:Sunday, April 23, noon-4 p.m.
Where:Oyster House, 1516 Sansom Street
Cost:$15 per person

www.oysterhousephilly.com

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