July 19, 2012
It’s official: pop-ups are a craze all over the country, with impromptu gardens, shops and restaurants setting up temporary locations throughout the year.
But summer is an especially fun time to check out the pop-up fun as quirky events do everything from maximize outdoor space (the PHS Pop-Up Garden), to provide perfect-for-summer entertainment (Porch at 30th Street Station mini golf) to help you boost your warm-weather wardrobe (Kembrel).
Here’s a look at what’s poppin’ in Philly this summer:
• The Porch at 30th Street Station Mini Golf: The Porch, the new public space located just outside the train station, hosts a free nine-hole miniature golf course during the month of July. Open from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. seven days a week, it’s totally free! Balls and clubs are provided, and you can turn in your filled-out score card to be entered to win a $500 gift card to Dick’s Sporting Goods. Art installations, fitness workouts, a farmers’ market, jugglers and live music add to the fanfare that welcomes train-riding visitors to Philadelphia.
• PHS Pop-Up Garden: Across the street from Rittenhouse Square, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has transformed an unused lot into a beautiful and functional garden for the summer. The PHS Pop-Up Garden highlights the organization’s City Harvest Program, which provides fresh produce to underserved communities through community gardens. The pop-up includes some intriguing elements and events, such as a community table, garden chats, demonstrations, story times, kids’ playtime and more.
• Night Market Mt. Airy: After taking over the Italian Market area in June, the incredibly popular Night Market Philadelphia returns in August and heads to Mt. Airy. Since The Food Trust launched the first nocturnal meeting of the lunch trucks in 2010, Night Market has been a runaway hit. More than a pop-up restaurant, this event brings together the city’s most tempting roving eateries, along with local breweries and wineries, craft vendors and music.
• Kembrel Pop-Up Shop: Kembrel, a flash sale website following a format akin to Ruelala and Gilt, has opened a pop-up shop in Rittenhouse Square, at 1822 Chestnut Street. The start-up’s two-story Rittenhouse location offers the same merchandise found on its website, with inventory rotating weekly.
• Philadelphia Mobile Food Association Pop-Ups: The Philadelphia Mobile Food Association (PMFA), created to aid in the growth of the food truck craze, has been organizing a series of food truck pop-ups around the city. Next up is a pop-up on Friday, July 27 in Brewerytown at 27th and Girard.
• Diner en Blanc: “Dîner en Blanc,” the Paris-imported global dining phenomenon that is part mystery tour, part pop-up feast and part je ne sais quoi, makes its Philadelphia debut on Thursday, August 23.
• ReSource Arts Philadelphia: This week-long performing arts space pop-up runs July 29-August 5 in the Crane Arts Old School: The White Space in Northern Liberties. Diverse programming includes a Korean Fusion dinner by former David Ansill chef Ann Miller, Duke & Wintson Pop-Up Shop and an Indian dance workshop.