Philly Summer Pop-Up Spots

  • 01 of 08

    Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

    When warm weather hits, Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest transforms into Summerfest, complete with a rollerskating rink, a nine-hole miniature golf course, a riverfront lounge and an arcade. Chickie's & Pete's Waterfront Crabshack supplies the grub, with specials like snow crab, steamers, cheesesteaks and, of course, their famous crab fries with cheese sauce. Summerfest goers can also enjoy milkshakes, sundaes, beers and summery cocktails.

    101 S. Columbus Boulevard
    (215) 922-2FUN

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  • 02 of 08

    The Oval

    For fun and games on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, head to The Oval, a popular seasonal Philly spot since 2013. Visitors of all ages come to enjoy everything from free movies and live music to miniature golf and family-friendly fun. Throughout its run, the park hosts events of all kinds, like dog-friendly "Yappy Hours", Wellness Wednesday fitness classes and Sunday concerts. New for 2016, a team of artists painted the ground with the colorful, 25,000-square-foot, music-inspired mural entitled Rhythm and Hues.

    2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
    (215) 422-4169

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  • 03 of 08

    PHS Popup Beer Gardens

    Each spring, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society transforms vacant lots into pop-up parks with games, grub and beer on tap. Head to South Street to enjoy craft beers, cocktails and a food menu from Khyber Pass Pub. Over at Viaduct Rail Park, the space that will eventually become Reading Viaduct includes artistic installations, a rotating lineup of beers, and cuisine from Top Chef alum Chef Jason Cichonski and Chef Sylva Senat, of Dos Tacos and Maison. Check the schedule for special chef collaborations, guest brewers and community-oriented events at both locations all summer long.

    15th and South streets
    10th and Hamilton streets


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  • 04 of 08

    Spruce Street Harbor Park

    Spruce Street Harbor Park

    Spruce Street Harbor Park delights hundreds of thousands of visitors and locals from May through September each year. This urban pop-up park sits on the shores of the Delaware River and features amenities like floating lilypad lounges, colorful hammocks and comfortable Adirondack chairs. Kids have fun playing boardwalk and arcade games, adults partake in brews from the beer kiosk, and everyone loves the food, which includes take-out options from Philly favorites like Federal Donuts and Franklin Fountain.

    Columbus Boulevard & Spruce Street
    (215) 922-2386

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  • 05 of 08

    Uptown Beer Garden

    Uptown Beer Garden returns to the courtyard of the BNY Mellon Wealth Building in 2017. Look for a menu packed with delicious bites like chimichurri beef skewers, lobster rolls, Mexican-style grilled corn and more. Don't forget to try the exclusive beer that Pizza Boy Brewing conjured up especially for the popular eatery's 2017 season.

    1735 JFK Boulevard
    (215) 397-3308

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  • 06 of 08

    Independence Beer Garden

    Hanging out in Historic Philadelphia? Be sure to stop by Independence Beer Garden, which sits directly opposite the Liberty Bell Center. Lauded Chef Michael Schulson doles out a menu featuring crowd-pleasers like pigs in a blanket, mac and cheese, sweet potato fries and mini chipwiches. These bar-food bites are complemented by more than 40 beers on tap. Out back, unwind with a round of shuffleboard or ping pong.

    100 S. Independence Mall West
    (212) 922-7100

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  • 07 of 08

    Morgan's Pier

    In the shadows of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, Morgan's Pier has been a summertime staple for five years (and counting). Dine on favorites like elote corn salad, lobster rolls, fisherman's stew and gnocchi with summer truffles. Add in al fresco seating, killer cocktails and nightly entertainment, and you've got a recipe for a fun-filled experience that's distinctly Philadelphia.

    221 N. Columbus Boulevard
    (215) 279-7134


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  • 08 of 08

    Parks on Tap Mobile Beer Gardens

    Philadelphia Parks and Recreation joined forces with the Fairmount Park Conservancy to launch Parks on Tap, a mobile beer garden,  Each week, two concession trucks - one with food and one with drinks - move into a city pak bringing with them seating, music and more. The location changes each week, but no matter the venue, guests can munch on dishes like pulled-pork sliders, Greek salad and fresh-fruit popsicles from popular local Chef Mitch Prensky.