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Craft beer festival comes to Boston City Hall

Boston’s city hall plaza will likely look a lot busier tonight as it hosts the Copenhagen Beer & Music Celebration.
Boston’s city hall plaza will likely look a lot busier tonight as it hosts the Copenhagen Beer & Music Celebration.The Boston Globe/File

Forget Fenway - starting tonight, the most fun you have in town may be at Boston City Hall.

Coming to the US for the first time, the Copenhagen Beer & Music Celebration sets up shop at City Hall Plaza beginning Friday night.

Co-produced by Denmark’s Mikkeller Brewing and Boston Calling organizer Crash Line Productions, the festival will showcase more than 100 craft beers from all over the world and will feature live music. The beer fest takes the place of the Boston Calling music festival’s usual fall concert. .

“You can have a band like Mariachi El Bronx and be discovering brand-new beers as well as being able to continually reimagine what you can do outdoors in the city of Boston,” says Mike Snow, cofounder of Crash Line. “That’s always been something important to our company.”

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Snow says the celebration is well suited to Boston due to its many young residents. There’s also a flourishing craft beer industry in New England, which speaks to much of the region’s heritage.

“You’ve got a great tradition of beer being a part of life over here,” Snow says. “You’ve got a great tradition of Western European people coming over here to start their lives.”

For more information and tickets, visit www.copenhagenbeerfest.com

See all the details here:

FRIDAY NIGHT

5 p.m.: Box office opens

6 p.m.: Gates open for VIP ticket holders

6:30 p.m.: Gates open for everyone else

9:30 p.m.: Beer sampling ends

10:30 p.m.: Bars close

Musical performances: Yo La Tengo, The Barr Brothers, and Vundabar.

SATURDAY AFTERNOON

10:30 a.m.: Box office opens

Musical performances: Mariachi El Bronx, The Tremolo Beer Gut, and Tigerman WOAH

SATURDAY NIGHT

5 p.m.: Box office opens

9:30 p.m.: Beer sampling ends

10:30 p.m.: Bars close

Musical performances: Lucero, Caroline Rose, and The Silks.

GETTING THERE:

Green Line to Park Street or Haymarket

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Blue Line to State Street or Bowdoin

Orange Line to State Street or Haymarket

Red Line to Park Street

Parking: The Government Center Garage is at 50 New Sudbury St.


John Hilliard contributed to this report.