Good times are on tap, Philly. Parks on Tap has returned for its third and longest-ever season of bringing alfresco food and drinks to a different Philadelphia park every week.
This spring, summer and fall, the uber-popular Parks on Tap brings barbecue and beer to 23 different Philadelphia parks, including Azalea Garden (the season opener!), Belmont Plateau, Schuylkill Banks, FDR Park, Clark Park and many more.
PARKS ON TAP FAST FACTS
- Parks on Tap 2018 runs April 26-September 30, Wednesdays-Sundays and holidays in a different park each week.
- The roving beer garden makes stops at 23 parks in Philadelphia.
- Admission to the parks is free; food and drinks are available as you go.
- Free membership is available online to expedite entry.
A partnership between Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, Fairmount Park Conservancy and FCM Hospitality — the group behind Morgan’s Pier, Concourse and more — the warm-weather series activates Philly’s great public spaces and generates funding for them, too, with a portion of all proceeds going directly back to Philadelphia parks.
Designed to showcase Philadelphia’s wealth of green spaces and bring communities together in the parks, a come-one-come-all vibe reigns.
Barbecue, Beer, Brunch & Games
As of the Thursday, April 26 kickoff, Parks on Tap is set to pop-up at a different neighborhood public space every week through the end of September with food, drinks, games, hammocks and more.
This year, beer garden-goers can snack and sip from a great menu of outdoor-ready eats and drinks. Look for barbecue from the huge onsite smoker — think pulled pork sandwiches and smoked portobello bahn mi — as well as salads, sides and snacks, including pretzels from Lost Bread Co. Plus, brunch dishes (put an egg on it) and pastries are on the menu on Saturdays and Sundays.
Guests of Parks on Tap can expect a solid selection of local draft beer like St. Benjamin Brewing’s Parks Pale Ale, Yards Golden Hop IPA, Sly Fox Lemon Wheat and Sir Charles Cherry Hard Cider, just to name a few. Glasses of wine, John Daly cocktails and non-alcoholic beverage like root beer, iced tea and lemonade will also pour.
Check here for the complete menu and look out for weekly specials.
New Parks for 2018, Free Membership & Full Schedule
With seven more parks on the roster and three more weeks, the Parks on Tap schedule is bigger and more diverse than ever.
New parks for the program this year include Lovett Park in Mt. Airy, Campbell Square in Port Richmond, Fernhill Park in Germantown, Glendinning Rock Garden in East Fairmount Park, Pastorius Park in Chestnut Hill, Dickinson Square in Pennsport, and Pleasant Hill in the Far Northeast.
Also new this year, attendees can sign up online before heading to a park for a free membership. A free one-time membership registration grants attendees quick access to all of the season’s Parks on Tap pop-ups.
See below for the full Parks on Tap schedule, or click here.
Cheers to the return of another perfect way to spend a sunny day in Philadelphia.
- April 25-29, Azalea Garden, Fairmount
- May 2-6, Lovett Park, Mt. Airy
- May 9-13, Campbell Square, Port Richmond
- May 16-20, Fernhill Park, Germantown
- May 23-28, FDR Park, South Philadelphia
- May 30-June 3, Gorgas Park, Roxborough
- June 6-10, Matthias Baldwin, Spring Garden/Center City
- June 13-17, Belmont Plateau, West Fairmount Park
- June 20-24, Schuylkill Banks, Center City
- June 27-July 1, Columbus Square, South Philadelphia
- July 5-8, Shofuso Japanese House & Garden, West Fairmount Park
- July 11-15, Glendinning Rock Garden, East Fairmount Park/ Kelly Drive
- July 18-22, Burholme Park, Northeast
- July 25-29, Pastorius Park, Chestnut Hill
- August 1-5, Mt. Pleasant, East Fairmount Park
- August 8-12, Dickinson Square, South Philadelphia
- August 15-19, Lemon Hill, East Fairmount Park
- August 22-26, Penn Treaty Park, Fishtown
- August 29-Sept. 3, Clark Park, West Philadelphia
- Sept. 5-9, Pleasant Hill, Far Northeast
- Sept. 9-16, Waterworks, Fairmount
- Sept. 19-23, Pretzel Park, Manayunk
- Sept. 26-30, Strawberry Mansion Bridge