Beer Gardens / Parks

Traveling Beer Garden “Parks on Tap” at 14 Philly Parks This Summer

Philadelphia Parks and Recreation (PPR), in partnership with Fairmount Park Conservancy and Avram Hornik of FCM Hospitality, will launch “Parks on Tap,” a program that will bring a mobile beer garden from park to park for 14 weeks, starting June 29

Holy amazeballs! I knew beer gardens were going to be a trend, but this is amazing. The whole city government is getting behind it and really embracing it ~ FINALLY ~ because hello, it’s what the people want!

To date, previous beer gardens that have “popped up” at public spots have been run exceptionally well and have only added to the vibrancy of their respective communities. Protests have proven unfounded and ridiculous. These pop up beer gardens in Philadelphia really don’t drive an “undesirable” or rowdy crowd or cause a lot of problems. If anything, it attracts citizens who want to fully enjoy the city, socialize, and have fun with their fellow Philadelphians. In fact, it really strengthens the local communities and gives people a reason to be more active in them.

It’s a GREAT IDEA! And they couldn’t have tapped a better person/organization to run “Parks on Tap” (great name, btw).

Parks on Tap Philadelphia 2016

Parks on Tap ~ partnership between Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, Fairmount Park Conservancy & FCM Hospitality

The beer garden will spend several days in one park location, highlighting and enhancing the offerings that Philadelphia city parks provide, before moving to the next location. It aims for a simple aesthetic: well-kept outdoor spaces where friends and families can meet up to enjoy food, drinks and fun surrounded by nature.

Parks on Tap will feature two concession trucks – one with regional craft beers, wine and a selection of non-alcoholic beverages, and another with a menu of sandwiches, salads, grab-n-go items and pie-in-a-jar. Parks on Tap will provide ample seating, restrooms and additional amenities for all park users to enjoy.  Guests can expect an enhanced social experience through special activities such as live music, games and pre-packaged picnics on site in addition to each park’s current activities and events. A portion of the proceeds from Parks on Tap will benefit Philadelphia’s parks.

Dates & Parks

6/29 – 7/4 –  Schuylkill Banks at Walnut Street Bridge*

7/8 – 7/10 – Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

7/15 – 7/17 – Belmont Plateau

7/20 – 7/25 – Aviator Park in front of the Franklin Institute*

7/27 – 7/31 – Clark Park*

8/3 – 8/7 – Jefferson Square Park*

8/12 – 8/14 – Playing Angels at Kelly Drive and Fountain Green Drive

8/19 – 8/21 – Penn Treaty Park

8/26 – 8/28 – Paine’s Park

9/2 – 9/4 – FDR Park

9/7 – 9/11 – Fairmount Water Works Side Lawn*

9/16 – 9/18 – Mt. Pleasant Mansion

9/21 – 9/25 – Powers Park*

9/30 – 10/2 – Lemon Hill

*extended hours

Hours of operation are Friday and Saturday 1pm to 11pm; Sunday 12pm to 10pm, with extended hours of Wednesday and Thursday 5pm to 10 pm at certain locations where noted, and subject to change.

For more information regarding upcoming details about each Parks on Tap location, please visit

Follow Parks on Tap on social media: on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat @parksontap, on Facebook.

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