Philadelphia beer gardens are in full bloom

By Dorothy Sasso - For The Guide
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PHILADELPHIA — Summer is the perfect time to get out of town for a day or even a weekend, and the city of Philadelphia offers an expansive array of things to do, people to see and food and drinks to taste.

Philadelphia especially has tons to offer when it comes to beer. From Yards Brewing Company to dozens of pop-up beer gardens, there should never be a dry pint in sight.

For the second year in a row, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation is teaming up with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, Yards, Victory Brewing Company and the Fairmount Park Conservancy to bring the Visit Philly Beer Garden Series to the city of brotherly love.

The event is held every Friday during the summer concluding on Sept. 4. The 21-and-older attraction runs from 5 to 8 p.m. and highlights seasonal beer gardens throughout the city. The kickoff event, held Memorial Day Weekend, was at Spruce Street Harbor Park.

Every weekend there is a variety of food specials and, of course, lots of local craft beer.

The beer garden series will take residence on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at The Oval, an eight-acre pop-up park at 24th Street and the parkway.

The Oval is a cool spot to spend hot summer nights. Food trucks line the park and there are lots of free, themed programs. Visitors can also play giant games like Checkers, Connect Four and Jenga.

When you’re there make sure to check out the massive art installation on The Oval by artists Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn in partnership with the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.

Keep an eye out for giveaways and social ops from the gang at VisitPhilly.com.

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By Dorothy Sasso

For The Guide

IF YOU GO:

Visit Philly Beer Garden Series

When: From 5 to 8 p.m. every Friday through September 4

Where: The Oval

For more information, visit http://www.visitphilly.com/