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Beer Gardens

Where to drink al fresco in Philly

It’s beer garden season in Philadelphia—now through mid- to late-fall. Here’s where to find some of our faves:

THE GARDEN AT CHERRY STREET PIER

You’d be hard pressed to find a restaurant with more stunning views than The Garden at Cherry Street Pier, which sits in the shadow of the hulking Benjamin Franklin Bridge and along the Delaware River. More than 200 people can comfortably fit in the open-air, industrial venue, which is outfitted with quaint sidewalk café-style seating, with towering trees and overflowing planters separating each table. The menu boasts summer-picnic fare (think pulled-pork sandwiches, salads and sides) local ales, wine and craft cocktails. For now, The Garden is open on Saturdays and Sundays, weather permitting, from noon to 10pm. Hours will be extended throughout the week once the weather warms up.

INDEPENDENCE BEER GARDEN

The bustling beer garden just steps from Independence Hall is back open in 2022 with 20,000-square-feet of open-air space that packs in multiple bars, drinking games like corn hole and Jenga, and a bunch of picnic tables so you can spread out to enjoy your barbecue-style grub and beer, beer, beer.

MORGAN’S PIER

This vibrant beer and cocktail garden brings live DJs, comfort food and all kinds of refreshing adult beverages to the Delaware River waterfront through fall. Grub options include a variety of snacks, flatbreads, sandwiches and seafood, while drinks range from frothy draft beers to a colorful selection of speciality and frozen cocktails and wine.

PHS POP-UP BEER GARDENS

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s popular pop-up beer gardens—on South Street and in Manayunk—are gorgeous urban garden oases with stunning plant and garden decorations, bars full of food and drink and, new this year at Manayunk, a new game room with foosball, Skee-Ball, pop-a-shot and more. Plan a night there around some of the events taking place throughout the season—from plant swaps, brewery pop-ups, craft nights and more.

Eat and Drink

Great Philly restaurants and bars to check out right now

If you’re looking for great places to eat and drink locally, we have you covered. Check the links below for ideas about where to eat outdoors and get takeout, and what breweries and distilleries to visit when you’re hankering for an adult bev.

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Fun Things to Do in Philly This Weekend

The South 9th Street Italian Market Festival, the Rittenhouse Spring Stroll, a cocktail party at Smith Memorial Playground and more fun things to do in Philly this weekend

Fun Things to Do in Philly This Weekend

The South 9th Street Italian Market Festival, the Rittenhouse Spring Stroll, a cocktail party at Smith Memorial Playground and more fun things to do in Philly this weekend

Street festivals are back, and, while they’re not uniformly or intentionally bigger than ever, they sure feel better, just because they’re there. Crowd cravers can head to the South 9th Street Italian Market this weekend. There’s a cocktail party fundraiser at Smith Memorial, a party for toddlers at the Barnes Foundation, and a scaled-down version of Rittenhouse’s spring fest.

Outside of these events, you could also spend some time at one of these awesome Philadelphia breweries and / or distilleries. Find somewhere cool to eat outdoors, or kick back at home with some of what we think is the best takeout in Philly.

Find details on these things and more below. This list gets updated regularly — especially during the beginning of the week — so be sure to check back often for more ideas about fun things to do in Philly this weekend.

THINGS TO DO IN PHILLY THIS WEEKEND


Hairspray at the Miller Theatre

HAIRSPRAY @ MILLER THEATER: The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical comedy comes to the Miller Theater Tuesday, May 17 through Sunday, May 22. The kitschy tale of teen dreamer and race relations in 1960s Baltimore was adapted from John Waters’ 1988 cult classic film, and went on to inspire a 2007 movie and a 2016 live TV event. American Sign Language (ASL) and Audio Description (AD) Performance takes place Friday May 20, 8pm. Recommended for audiences 10 years and older. Buy tickets here.

Toddlerpalooza at the Barnes Foundation

TODDLERPALOOZA @ THE BARNES FOUNDATION: Reservations are required. Manners: not so much, on Saturday, May 21, 9:30am to noon, when the esteemed Barnes welcomes the under-age-five set (with free reservations and adult chaperones) for a morning of art-making, science observing, live music, and, if those chaperones are reasonably confident in their children’s impulse control, a stroll through the gallery. 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

RITTENHOUSE SPRING STROLL: Note the name change. This slightly fancy block party is not intended to be the come-one, come-all festival that happened pre-Covid. Instead, Rittenhouse’s annual fair is purposefully pared down (also not listed on the organization’s website), to reduce potential viral spread, and, perhaps, in the bargain, the lines for food and drink. It takes place Saturday, May 21, 11am to 5pm, in the general vicinity of 18th and Walnut streets.

Procession of Saints at the South 9th Street Italian Market Festival

SOUTH 9TH STREET ITALIAN MARKET FESTIVAL: For the first time in its history, this annual South Philly festival will not be presided over by a giant mural of former Mayor Frank Rizzo. Staying this year, however, from May 21 to 22 (11am to 6pm), are greased pole climbing, Sunday morning’s Procession of Saints from Saint Mary Magdalen de’Pazzi (712 Montrose Street) to St. Paul (808 S. Hutchinson Street), stick ball, and so … much … cannoli, cheese, sausage, pineapple drinks … S. 9th Street between Christian and Wharton streets

PARTY IN THE PLAYGROUND @ SMITH MEMORIAL PLAYGROUND: On Saturday, May 21, Smith Memorial’s family-friendly fundraising soiree returns after a two-year Covid hiatus. Festivities begin at 5:30pm, with cocktails and will include games, music, dancing, food and prizes. You can purchase tickets ($75 per person) for the event, sign up as a sponsor, or if you cannot attend, simply donate here. 3500 Reservoir Drive

Behind the Stage Door at Cherry Street Pier. | Photo by Arian Molina Soca

BEHIND THE STAGE DOOR: Running now through May 24, experience Behind the Stage Door, an interactive multimedia collaboration from The Philadelphia Ballet and Mural Arts Philadelphia. Soundscapes, original music, dance, film, sculpture, and an “interactive multimedia stage design” explore the transcendent art of ballet. See the installation and exhibition at Cherry Street Pier, and attend pop-up live performances by Philadelphia Ballet II at Teatro Esperanza, FDR Park, Bartram’s Gardens, and Dilworth Plaza. Performances are free and open to the public. Visit the website for the dates and times.

Garden Days on East Passyunk Avenue| Photo by Michael Saks

GARDEN DAYS IN SOUTH PHILLY: This vibrant Philadelphia Flower Show run-up, themed “In Full Bloom,” brings floral installations and bloom-centric to-dos to East Passyunk Avenue from May 7 to 30. The lineup of activities includes scavenger hunts, story hours around the Singing Fountain, garden tours, live music and more. Go here for the full lineup, and take note of events that require preregistration. East Passyunk Avenue

Cheyenne Parks and Morgan Charece Hall “School Girls; or the African Mean Girls Play” at the Arden Theatre | Photo by Wide Eyed Studios

SCHOOL GIRLS; OR THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY @ the ARDEN THEATRE: Now through June 12, the Arden mounts Jocelyn Bioh’s one-room, circa-1980s play about teenage girls in Ghana who are — and can seem — miles away from Tina Fey’s Regina George et al in the Chicago burbs. Still, the themes of beauty, bullying and belonging have universal resonance. Lesson: Being extra is not at all exclusive to American teens. Ages 12 and up. $18-$53. 40 N. 2nd Street

Ongoing Philly attractions to visit this spring


Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest on the Delaware River| Photo by Maria Young

DELAWARE WATERFRONT ATTRACTIONS: Spruce Street Harbor Park and its neighboring Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest are open for the season with ferris wheels, floating beer barges, carnival games, roller skating, hammocks in neon-lit trees, cute little lodges you can rent with friends. It’s just too much excitement for one person to handle. Good thing it’ll be around for our enjoyment all summer long. S. Columbus Boulevard

Morgan’s Pier on North Columbus Boulevard | Photo by Alistair McDonald

MORGAN’S PIER: The vibrant beer and cocktail garden on the Delaware River is newly open for the season with a lineup of live music on weekends and select weeknights, and a food menu that includes a variety of snacks, flatbreads, sandwiches and seafood. Drinking options are just as plentiful — ranging from frothy draft beers to a colorful selection of refreshing speciality and frozen cocktails and wine. 221 N. Columbus Boulevard

Locals skate at the outdoor roller rink at Philadelphia City Hall
The Rothman Orthopaedics Roller Rink at Dilworth Park | Photo by BeauMonde Originals

CITY HALL ROLLER RINK : The neon-hued outdoor Rothman Orthopaedics Roller Rink at Dilworth Park is now open through July 17. The rink is retro-inspired, with a checkerboard floor and colorful beach balls floating overhead. Guests are welcome to visit for hour time slots. Admission is $8 for children 10 and younger, and $10 for adults. Skate rental is $5. 1 S. 15th Street

Shoppers browse goods at a vendors market at Dilworth Park in Center City, Philadelphia
Philadelphia Marketplace at Dilworth Park| Photo by Matt Stanley

PHILADELPHIA MARKETPLACE: Happening every Friday and Saturday through October 1, this hyperlocal bazaar gives you the chance to browse and shop a rotating variety of goods from local artists, crafters and retailers in the shadow of City Hall. 1 S. 15th Street

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South 9th Street Italian Market Festival, courtesy of Visit Philadelphia

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