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Bock Fest &
Goat Race

Sunday May 7, 2023 in Pottstown, PA


The first Sunday in May is a special time at the brewery...the Sly Fox Bock Festival & Goat Race is held every year, rain or shine! Called "Philadelphia's best beer event," the Bock Fest & Goat Races draw massive crowds of people who love to celebrate spring with great beer!


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General Info


When does Bock Fest begin?

Bock Fest begins at 11:00am and winds down at 6:00pm.


Wait…is there really a Goat Race?

Yes! The first heat begins at 2:00pm and the races generally run for an hour and a half. And to honor the hard work and sacrifice of the Goat Race champion, the name of our Maibock is named after the winning goat and ceremoniously tapped directly after the conclusion of the race. In years past, we’ve had between 40-60 registered goats. It’s intense. And delightfully weird.


Do I need an admission ticket for Bock Fest?

Yes, you need a ticket to enter this year. Please see ticket package pricing and link to purchase tickets above.


Why is Bock Fest ticketed this year?

  • To limit overcrowding and keep the event safe and under control.

  • To ensure that Sly Fox and our Bock Fest guests continue to be respectful of our community, neighbors, and their properties.

  • To maximize the amazing experience for all attendees of our signature event.

  • To ensure Sly Fox can host a sustainable Bock Fest & Goat Race for many years to come!


Is this event cash only?

ALL FOOD, BEVERAGE, AND MERCHANDISE MUST BE PURCHASED WITH BOCK FEST TICKETS. Tickets are valued at $7 each and will be sold from ticket booths. TICKET BOOTHS ARE CASH ONLY, but we do have ATMs on site.


Oh fiddlesticks, I forgot to bring cash!

No worries, there are ATMs on site in the Tastin’ Room and in the parking lot.


Can I bring a previous year’s mug and get it filled?

Unfortunately, we are not able to fill previous years’ mugs.


Does Bock Fest benefit any charities?

Yes! Portions of the day’s proceeds benefit both Pottstown PAL and the Brandywine Valley SPCA.


Is there an event map for Bock Fest?

You bet there is:



Parking and Transportation


Where can I park my car?

Acquiring a parking spot near the brewery can be challenging during Bock Fest so arrive early and spend the day. There is a big field lot at the entrance to our complex. If you do utilize a parking spot around Circle of Progress Drive, please be conscious of all parking signage; illegally parked cars are subject to towing at owner’s expense. Our neighbors are super generous. Please do not park on their beautiful green grass! We also encourage ride-sharing and carpooling.


I am a goat handler. Where can I park my goat trailer and gear during Bock Fest?

We will have reserved parking for goat handlers behind the brewery and in the neighboring lot on the opposite side of our property. Please make sure you have your official parking pass with you when you arrive. Also note, only two people per goat will be allowed in the Goat Handler Area.



We’d like to be safe and stay the night in Pottstown. What hotels are near the brewery?

Thanks for drinking responsibly! Here are some super-closeby, local accommodations:

Motel 6
78 Robinson St., Pottstown, PA 19464

Fairfield Inn by Marriott
99 Robinson St., Pottstown, PA 1946

Quality Inn Pottstown
61 W King St., Pottstown, PA 19464

Days Inn Pottstown
1600 Industrial Hwy., Pottstown, PA 19464



How do I register my goat in the races?

Follow the directions to register your goat at the top of this page. Registration is $35 per goat and includes an official Bock Fest 2023 shirt, mug, and food/drink tickets. Don’t delay – registration closes Friday, April 15th, at midnight! Please note that you must have a real goat in order to register for the races, and the goat must comply with all health requirements. Humans dressed as goats and goats not meeting the health requirements are not permitted to compete in the races.

Are children welcome at Bock Fest?

Of course! Bock Fest has been a family-friendly event for over fifteen years. We will have the goat races (of course), oompah music, face painters, and an opportunity to meet the Bock Fest mascot Billy the Goat! Bock Fest is fun for all ages!

Can we bring our family dog, cat, iguana, chinchilla?

Pets are welcome but please know that everyone will want to take a photo of your pet iguana on a leash. We also ask that you consider your pet’s behavior around large groups/other animals and decide if it’s a good venue for them. Sly Fox will not be held responsible for their actions or picking up your pet’s doo-doo.

Will there be tours of the brewery during Bock Fest?

Sorry, brewery tours are not available to the public at this time.

Can I purchase sweet Bock Fest and other Sly Fox apparel at the event?

Absolutely! We will have the merchandise tent up and running all day. Merch can only be purchased with physical Bock Fest tickets. You can also purchase Sly Fox swag on our website.

Food and Beverage


What are the food and beverage selections for the day? Will there be food that my kids will like?

We will have plenty of options for food and beverages at Bock Fest. All items must be purchased with physical Bock Fest tickets. There will be an assortment of beverages including water, soft drinks, and (of course) beers. We will be pouring all of our year-round favorites plus our Rye-zenbock and Instigator Doppelbock. Maibock will be tapped after the winner of the goat race is announced. We will be checking IDs and wristbanding individuals over the age of 21.

Sly Fox will be serving up German brats, pretzels, hummus wraps, cheesesteaks, and pizza all made with love. There will also be a kettle corn vendor.

Will the Sly Fox Tastin’ Room be open for Bock Fest?

Yes, but only for beer purchases at the bar. The Tastin’ Room’s delicious pizza will be sold at a stand outside.

Can I bring my own food/beverage?

Sly Fox asks that you refrain from bringing all outside food and beverages to Bock Fest. Please be courteous of our request so that everyone can enjoy the day of fun with exciting goat race action, great food, and the best beer in town!

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