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On tap: craft beer, crawfish, music, fun

by | May 18, 2023 | Latest

There’s lots to eat, drink and do at Saturday’s Tunes, Tails & Ales festival in Murphy Central Park, 550 North Murphy Road.

Admission is free but beer garden patrons must be 21 and have a VIP or general admission ticket to sample craft beer presented by 28 vendors, each with a wide variety of brews and flavors.

Tickets are not required for purchasing wine by the glass, canned beer or food.

VIP tickets are sold online in limited quantities for $60 (plus fees) prior to the event and will not be sold on-site. General admission tickets will be sold online for $40 (plus fees) and for $45 at the festival. The online site is murphycraftbeerfest.com.

VIP entry is at 1 p.m. with general admission starting at 2 p.m. The beer garden will close promptly at 6:30 p.m. with “last call” at 6:15 p.m.

Crawfish will be $7.99 per pound while it lasts with a minimum order of two pounds. Each order will include a side of corn and potato. Five pounds will be $40 which includes two corn and two potatoes. 

Ashley Hudson, Murphy’s special events coordinator, said, “The musical entertainment, the specially-curated list of craft beers, the seasonal crawfish, all combine to create a unique experience for everyone.”

She said food trucks will provide a wide selection of choices from American Gothic Pizza, The Baked Bear, Cajun Made Crawfish, Cousin’s Maine Lobster, Doss Tastebudz, and Kona Ice. Evamor Products will provide bottled water for rehydrating.

In addition to food and drink, entertainment will include a mechanical bull for riders at least 18 years old, inflatable axe throwing sponsored by Wylie ER; a NASCAR simulator with safe-driving messages from the Murphy Police Department, an inflatable obstacle course, a bounce house, face painting by My Enchanted Brush, a caricature artist sponsored by Countryside Smiles and yard games such as corn hole, putter ball and basket pong.

Free concerts will be presented on the Hops Stage and the Amphitheater Stage.

Texas Jazz Cats will perform at the Hops Stage from 1-3 p.m. followed by ET Sound DJ from 3-4 p.m. Brave Combo will close the Hops Stage with a two-hour set from 4-6 p.m.

Headliner Missing 3 plays on the Amphitheater Stage 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Parking is available at Murphy City Hall parking lots, the Murphy PSA parking lot and Tom Kimbrough Stadium. Shuttle services are not being offered.

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