For the second summer in a row, Parks on Tap — that roving pop-up beer garden that travels from one public park to another — is back. And we’re here to tell you: It’s awesome. It’s awesome for families, awesome for date night, awesome for girls’ night. In short: Take advantage!
On Friday night, we took our three-and-a-half-year-old, joined by our neighbors and their 7-year-old twins, and bopped over to Fairmount Park’s Azalea Garden, the site of the first park that’s been tapped. It was a big old time. The set-up includes some breezy tents, a few dozen picnic tables and chairs, hammocks, lawn games, balls and toys set out for the kids … plus, of course, drinks (a great variety of draft beer, beer cocktails, frozen cocktails, wine, a frozen lemonade to die for) and simple, quality food (mostly sandwiches, sausages, and snacks). It’s low-key and convivial and fun — and it’s also especially family-friendly in the earlier hours. The organizers (it’s a collab between Philly Parks and Rec, the Fairmount Park Conservancy and Avram Hornick of FCM Hospitality) have done a bang-up job creating a lovely new way to enjoy your local park with minimal effort on your part.
We brought blankets for sitting, as well as our own water bottles and pizza for the kids (we were told so long as it fits into a bag, there’s no problem bringing your own stuff!). The pizza turned out to be a good call because it was suppertime and, as you might imagine, the lines for food and drink were on the long side. (The wait is totally worth it, but it’s also worth bringing snacks/drinks in your bag if you’ve got impatient littles!)
This week, Parks on Tap heads over to FDR Park; the following week, it will be at Belmont Plateau — and for the 17 weeks thereafter, it will be at 17 different parks. The P.O.T. schedule generally runs on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 10 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays from 1 to 11 p.m.; and Sundays from noon until 10 p.m. You can see the full schedule here.