Philadelphia’s Pop Up Parks

Pop Up City

Philadelphia’s variety and abundance of green spaces are enjoyed all year round and once the weather starts to warm up, flowers aren’t the only thing to pop up around the city when spring and summer arrive. Seasonal beer gardens and attractions open throughout both seasons, turning parks, streets and other lots into entertainment zones.


Spruce Street Harbor Park is a one-of-a-kind urban beach located at Penn’s Landing along the Delaware River waterfront. This seasonal, family-friendly pop-up offers countless ways to unwind, from its popular hammock lounge to games like shuffleboard, beanbag toss and life-sized chess. Grab a bite to eat at one of the food vendors on the boardwalk or stop by the floating beer garden for craft brews. In the evening, the park has a magical vibe thanks to hundreds of multicolor LED lights strung above. May 10 – Sept. 30, 2019.

The Oval photo by A. Yee

The so-called “Park on the Parkway,” The Oval provides eight acres of public space. The Oval+ seasonal beer garden serves up cold brews and wine under a canopy of trees and festive lanterns, accompanied by a rotating roster of food trucks. During the day, enjoy mini golf, outdoor yoga and a buzzing schedule of fun, family friendly events. July 19 – Aug. 18, 2019.

Be on the lookout for Parks on Tap, Philadelphia’s traveling beer garden. In addition to craft beers, this family-friendly park party features wine, snacks and non-alcoholic drinks—plus comfy chairs and hammocks and games like Jenga and corn hole. The program rotates between 23 locations around the city, including FDR Park in South Philadelphia and Strawberry Mansion Bridge. A portion of the proceeds benefit the city’s parks. April 24 –Sept. 29, 2019.

Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Pop-Up Gardens take over 36th and Filbert streets in uCity Square and the corner of 15th and South streets in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood. Expect botanical-themed cocktails and a rotating selection of food from local restaurants. May 1 – Oct. 31, 2019.

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest returns May 10 as Philadelphia’s premier outdoor skating rink. Along with skating, the park offers games, rides, and mini golf. Entrance to the park is free, and the rides and attractions are pay-as-you-go.

 

The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) is the official tourism promotion agency for the City of Philadelphia globally and the primary sales and marketing agency for the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

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