I love summer. Normally, my goal is to spend pretty much every weekend at the beach. But this year, I’m excited to stick around the city since it gives me a chance to visit some of the many pop-ups planned for the summer. If you’re not up to speed on the whole pop-up thing, the idea is simple: Just find an open space in the city (think abandoned lot) and turn it into something unexpected.
Here’s my top 3 list of must-see pop-ups this summer.
1. Making something beautiful from unused spaces
Plant some gorgeous flowers and greens, add picnic tables, string up a few lights, and voilà — you have a Pop Up Garden. For the fourth year in a row, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) has opened a pop-up garden at 15th and South Streets. Movie nights, Quizzo, and boot camp-style workouts are planned for the rest of the summer. All proceeds support PHS City Harvest, which brings together a network of community gardeners, who grow fresh, healthy produce for families in need.
2. Get the shore experience without leaving the city
Ever wish there was boardwalk in Philly? The Spruce Street Harbor, an all-ages-friendly pop-up park, is your wish come true and more! Located in the Marina at Penn’s Landing, Spruce Street Harbor is the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. Plus, it gets your whole family (even the dog) out and active. Fill your belly at the Blue Fin Restaurant and Bar, relax in the hammock park, cool off under a mist walk way, and play fun games like a bean bag toss and shuffle board. You can even walk along the urban beach and boardwalk. This pop up park is open now through the end of August, so head to this urban oasis before it’s gone.
3. Yesterday’s junk can be today’s treasure!
Just like my grandmom, I love flea markets! Recently, I found a bureau for my younger brother — all it needed was a coat of paint and it was good as new! Not only did I get the thrill of a great find, but I lowered my stress-level about spending too much money. Lucky for me (and you), Philly is home to a ton of pop-up outdoor flea markets from August through October. Walking from table to table and sifting through knick-knacks can totally burn calories. And the stress you avoid by saving money doesn’t hurt either. Check out this list of outdoor pop-up flea markets in the next few months.
Now that you know about the pop-ups I’m looking forward to, what’s your favorite summer pop-up?