Beer gardens popping up just in time for summer weather

The weather people are calling for temperatures to hit about 90 degrees this weekend, so might as well get into the summer mood.

One place to try is Parks on Tap sets up at the Fairmount Water Works outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art beginning May 20.

When open, patrons will be able to enjoy sweeping riverfront views, fresh food, beers on tap, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages in a secure outdoor environment with comfortable chairs and clean restrooms. Parks on Tap is family and pet friendly. Season hours for Parks on Tap at the Water Works location will be Wednesday-Friday, from 5-10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from Noon-11 p.m., weather permitting.

“FCM Hospitality is excited to announce both a season-long location and the return of the traveling format so many patrons have been missing,” said FCM Hospitality owner, Avram Hornik. “One of my all-time favorite locations is at Fairmount Water Works. This location is always a big hit with young families and neighbors. We love seeing all the familiar faces who visit every time we pop up behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art. No matter which location you pick and are closest too, we invite you to come out, relax and enjoy the summer days ahead with our Parks and Tap family.”

Parks on Tap at Water Works celebrates Juneteenth June 19, plus there will be special hours June 20 from 5-10 p.m. in honor of the official City holiday of Juneteenth, June 21 from 5-10 p.m. Pride Day at Parks on Tap returns June 18, from Noon-6 p.m.

For 2022, all guests must sign-in prior to entry to access their free seasonal membership. Food and drink are pay-as-you-go. Seating is first come, first served. For more information and directions, please visit

For its return, Parks on Tap rejoins the existing business community outside the Fairmount Water Works, including Cosmic Cafe, a farm-to-table organic cafe option for guests, and Wheel Fun Rentals, which offers family-friendly four-wheel multi-passenger surrey rides for sight-seeing along Boathouse Row.

For set-up, Parks on Tap is self-contained within roped boundaries, providing its own power, bathrooms, food and drink trucks, seating, shade and lights – all without use or dependency of existing park facilities. This means more money can be raised and make a direct impact on park improvements and future programming.

For food and drink, Parks on Tap will offer the casual fare and local brews that it has become known for. In addition to providing a variety of local craft beers, patrons can also expect wine, cocktails, and non-alcoholic beverages such as water, lemonade, and iced tea. A food menu is available for purchase at the Water Works location which highlights convenient grab and go menu items such as locally sourced wraps and snacks. The beer menu will include Mainstay Independent Brewing Company’s Love Your Park Pale Ale. Love Your Park Pale Ale was originally created exclusively for Parks on Tap to help raise awareness for volunteering at

For fans of the original traveling format, Parks on Tap will travel again starting August 31, hitting the road for five weeks highlighting five different Philadelphia parks. This hybrid model will offer a blend of experiences.




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