5 Ways to Spend the Long Weekend in Philly: PHS Pop-Up Beer Garden Returns, Cupid’s Undie Run and More

Every Friday we round up five of the best ways to spend your weekend in Philly.

Summer’s dreamy Pennsylvania Horticultural Society pop-up beer garden is back for a three-day President’s Day weekend romp. The vacant lot on South Broad Street will be cleared out and blazing with heated tents (thank God!), suds from Yards Brewing Company, nibbles and an LED light forest by Brian Hoffman Design. Fri.-Sun., Feb. 14-16, 4 p.m.-9 p.m., 313 S. Broad St. 

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Appetite for Awareness, a Gluten Free Festival, Hits Philly This Sunday

Appetite for Awareness, the signature event of the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, is coming to Philadelphia on Sunday September 23rd from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Strawbridge Building. The event is in its eighth year and continually brings together physicians and chefs from the area’s top restaurants to serve up information and gluten-free dishes.

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Early Warning: 5th Annual RiverCity Festival

Saturday October 6th from 12 to 5 p.m. Fishtown will host the 5th Annual RiverCity Festival at Penn Treaty Park. Fishtown’s best goods and food vendors will be in attendance selling their wares. All day long there will be live musical acts performing as well as children’s activities like moon bounces, arts and crafts, magic shows, and games. Bottomless beverage cups will be available for a $20 donation to the Fishtown Neighbors Association, to be filled by Philadelphia Brewing Company and Saint Benjamin’s. A $50 donation receives a FNA pint glass as well as fills.

The RiverCity Run will take place at 12pm, and the course will move through Fishtown and end back at the festival. Registration for the run includes a t-shirt and entry to the festival’s Beer Garden.

More information on food concessions and the beer garden are to come as vendor registration is still going on now. For more information, check out RiverCity Festival’s website.

7th Annual East Passyunk Car Show and Street Festival

Next Sunday ,July 29th from noon to 5 p.m. East Passyunk Avenue will be turned into a car show and street festival from Dickinson to Broad. Along with the 140-plus vehicles competing for Best of Show there will be vendors, live music, circus performers, kids activities, and the Bang! Boom! Craft! Show all for free.

Most importantly, of course, there will be plenty of food from EPA’s restaurants. Participating restaurants include Marra’s, Mamma Mia, Noir, and Plenty. Cantina Los Caballitos and El Zarape will be serving their menus and specials outdoors while Birra and Le Virtu will be holding outdoor beer gardens for the event. Stogie Joe’s will also be having an outdoor craft beer bar.

Little Baby’s Ice Cream will be rolling around during the festival and from 11:30-5pm Ms. Goody Cupcake will be celebrating its Cupcake & Cars: One Year Anniversary Party. The party will be full of samples, new treat debuts, prizes, and a car-themed cake cutting at 2pm.

Visit East Passyunk [Official Site]

Photo via East Passyunk Avenue

Beer Garden for Delaware Avenue

This will be the view of the Ben Franklin Bridge from the beer garden – Photo by HughE Dillon

Last year we had a great Memorial Day Sunday beer garden crawl that made stops at Memphis Taproom, Frankford Hall and Silk City. This year it sounds like we’ll have a new stop on the tour. Michael Klein reports that the Union Transfer team of Avram Hornik, Sean Agnew and company are opening an American beer garden at the former Octo on Delaware Avenue.

There will be space for 200 bikes to park and local craft beers on draft.

Union Transfer crew going to riverfront with a beer garden [The Insider]

Around the Web: Frankford Hall Edition

Frankford Hall has been open less than a week but local bloggers have already checked out the scene.

Philly Phoodie gets past the opening day roped lines and service hiccups and has a ball at the new beer garden, ordering a major segment of the menu. [Philly Phoodie]

Living on the Vedge finds that even a vegan is welcome at Stephen Starr’s Frankford Hall. She also provides several noteworthy tips for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. [Living on the Vedge]

Mac & Cheese offers another vegetarian’s view on Frankford Hall. Distilled down it’s order the cucumber salad, skip the spaeztle. [Mac & Cheese]

Tale of the Tape: Frankford Hall

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Stephen Starr’s Frankford Hall opens today in Fishtown. The mainly open air beer garden will seat up to 400 on a sunny day and though the menu and beers are German-centric the look is more industrial.

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Another Biergarten for Our Pleasure

Beer gardens are all the rage. Hop Angel Brauhaus hopes to open their own this weekend.

Changes are also being worked on to lighten up the menu, the kind of food that lets you fit one more half-liter of Franziskaner. There will be a dedicated seafood section on the menu. The Northeast spot has also added happy hour Monday through Friday with free appetizers and select $3 pints. Also in the offering, Sunday brunch.

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