Sure, Boston likes to claim its independent roots, but nothing screams American independence quite like Philadelphia. And while we are on the subject of all things American, few things seem more red-blooded, good old US of A than a cold beer. That’s why Visit Philly is serving up one of the best festivals this summer - the "Summer of the Beer Garden." This 12-week festival features pop-up happy hours on Fridays in six distinct settings. The series kicked off on June 6 at Morgan’s Pier, made a stop at Stephen Starr’s German-inspired Frankford Hall and then finished out the month of June at the all-new Spruce Street Harbor Park, a floating restaurant and waterfront park.

Catch the action from 4-7pm in July & August at these following spots:

Week 5: Friday, July 11: PHS Pop-Up Garden at 15th and South Streets with a Caribbean flair (and food)

Week 6: Friday, July 18: The Oval, Ben Franklin Parkway

Week 7: Friday, July 25: Who needs the Shore when you have waterfront seats? Spruce Street Harbor Park hosts again.

Week 8: Friday, August 1: Frankford Hall, inspired by the true biergartens of Germany right here in Philly.

Week 9: Friday, August 8: The 30,000-square-foot outdoor space of One Independence Mall West

Week 10: Friday, August 15th: Back to The Oval

Week 11: Friday, August 22: Make another toast to our forefathers at One Independence Mall West

Week 12: Friday, August 29: It ends right where it all began at Morgan’s Pier.

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Gateway to the Rockies & Find the Fun


The inaugural hot springs connection, a conference designed to build relationships, share ideas and promote thermal mineral water attractions in the U.S., was held in Glenwood Springs last November. The meeting resulted in steps to form a national geothermal trade association and develop a website representing hot springs resorts. The 2019 conference will be Nov. 4-8 in Palm Springs and Desert Springs, California.


The annual gathering is as popular as ever, bringing together people interested in science fiction and related genres.