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Spring Events

Ah, spring: When buds across the region start to bloom, diners take to sidewalk cafes and the Phillies bring out their mighty bats.

Outdoor food, art and music festivals take place (nearly) every weekend, and if you're the indoors type, check out a premiere or traveling exhibition at one of the region's hundreds of museums.





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  • Indego – Philly Bike Share

    City-wide bike rental service coming in 2015

    Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter tests out the Philly Bike Share program.

    Now open
    Philadelphia is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the country and it is about to get even friendlier with its own bike sharing program called Indego.

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  • Philadelphia Science Festival

    Prove the theory science is fun!

    Philadelphia Science Festival runs April 15 – 28, 2011

    April 24 – May 2
    The Philadelphia Science Festival (PSF) returns for its fifth year of scientific celebrations with nine days of events at restaurants, museums, libraries, galleries and outdoor spaces.

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  • Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival

    Celebrate spring at Philadelphia’s poshest spring festival

    Wander among the crowd at the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival.

    May 2
    One of Philadelphia’s most popular spring festivals, the annual Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival attracts more than 50,000 people from across the region to Rittenhouse Square for one awesome Saturday each May.

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  • South Street Spring Festival

    Massive outdoor street party to celebrate the season

    Celebrate spring with the South Street Headhouse Spring Festival and Brauhaus Schmitz Maifest.

    May 2
    Get outside and celebrated the season during the third annual South Street Spring Festival. Held on the first weekend in May, the FREE outdoor festival brings thousands to South Street for a day of food, music and family-friendly fun .

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  • Night Market Philadelphia

    Philadelphia’s favorite street food festival coming to a neighborhood near you

    Sample great food from local eateries at Night Market.

    May 14
    A popular series of outdoor street festivals, Night Market Philadelphia is a seasonal celebration of food, music and community held in the city’s vibrant neighborhoods.

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  • Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby & Festival 2015

    Off-beat design competition and community arts festival

    Celebrate creativity and community spirit during the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby & Festival.

    May 16
    The Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby & Festival is the new name for one of the city’s quirkiest spring events. Formerly two events, the Trenton Avenue Arts Festival and Kensington Kinetic Derby, is a day-long celebration of the creative spirit and community pride.

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  • 9th Street Italian Market Festival

    Enjoy a weekend of authentic Italian American culture in South Philadelphia

    Dining outside at the Italian Market

    May 16-17
    It all starts with the great sights, sounds and aromas of America’s oldest continuously operating open-air market: South Philadelphia’s famous Italian Market. And the most important thing for you to bring with you is your appetite.

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  • Spruce Street Harbor Park

    Summertime haven, presented by Univest/Valley Green Bank, returns

    Spruce Street Harbor Park is back with hammocks, dining, outdoor fun and more all summer long!

    Reopens May 22
    Good things come to those who wait. Last year’s blockbuster summer attraction on the Delaware River Waterfront, Spruce Street Harbor Park, is making its grand return on Memorial Day weekend.

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  • Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

    Philadelphia’s first outdoor roller rink opens this summer at Penn’s Landing

    Summerfest will feature a roller rink, a boathouse-styled Lodge, a play area for kids, food and drink options and summer events.

    Opens May 22
    For the first time, the area that housed the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest will transform into Summerfest, a warm-weather edition with a roller rink, a boathouse-styled Lodge, a play area for kids, food and drink options and summer events.

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  • Philly Beer Week

    Philadelphia celebrates its beer-drinking roots with a week-long festival

    Ben Franklin with the Philly Beer Week hammer.

    May 29 – June 7
    The city of Philadelphia has been brewing beer for more than 300 years. So deep are its sudsy roots, Philadelphia has even been called “the best beer-drinking city in America.”

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  • Celebration of Black Writing

    One of the oldest African-American literary events in the country

    The Art Sanctuary hosts the annual Celebration of Black Writing in the month of May.

    Now in its 31st year, the Celebration of Black Writing is one of the oldest African-American literary events in the country. Hosted by Art Sanctuary, the month-long celebration features events appealing to all ages, backgrounds and interests.

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  • Blue Cross Broad Street Run

    A 10-mile road race along Philadelphia’s historic Broad Street

    The Broad Street Run

    May 3
    The 10-mile, point-to-point course is a gentle downgrade that runs from the northern edge of Philadelphia down to its southern tip.

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  • Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta

    The largest collegiate regatta in the United States

    Dad Vail Regatta on the Schuylkill

    The two-day race is held on the Schuylkill River in beautiful Fairmount Park, one of the most famous and scenic rowing routes in the world.

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  • Night Market Philadelphia

    Philadelphia’s favorite street food festival coming to a neighborhood near you

    Sample great food from local eateries at Night Market.

    May 14
    A popular series of outdoor street festivals, Night Market Philadelphia is a seasonal celebration of food, music and community held in the city’s vibrant neighborhoods.

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  • Philadelphia Science Carnival on the Parkway

    A blowout block party on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

    May 2
    The free, family-friendly Science Festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway features more than 175 exhibitors and features interactive experiments and activities, live entertainment, food, games and much more.

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  • Indian Nation at the American Swedish Historical Museum

    Check out a dozen models of America’s first motorcycle engineered by a Swedish-American immigrant

    Learn about how a Swedish immigrant engineered the first American motorcycle — and check out 12 authentic models from 1901 to 1953 — at <em>Indian Nation</em> at the American Swedish Historical Museum.

    April 12 – August 23
    Learn about how a Swedish immigrant engineered the first American motorcycle — and check out 12 authentic models from 1901 to 1953 — at Indian Nation at the American Swedish Historical Museum.

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  • Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival

    Celebrate spring at Philadelphia’s poshest spring festival

    Wander among the crowd at the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival.

    May 2
    One of Philadelphia’s most popular spring festivals, the annual Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival attracts more than 50,000 people from across the region to Rittenhouse Square for one awesome Saturday each May.

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  • The Roots Picnic

    A day of incredible music at Penn’s Landing

    The Roots Picnic

    May 30
    Now in its eighth year, the Roots Picnic is bigger and better than ever with a day of incredible and diverse music at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing.

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  • South Street Spring Festival

    Massive outdoor street party to celebrate the season

    Celebrate spring with the South Street Headhouse Spring Festival and Brauhaus Schmitz Maifest.

    May 2
    Get outside and celebrated the season during the third annual South Street Spring Festival. Held on the first weekend in May, the FREE outdoor festival brings thousands to South Street for a day of food, music and family-friendly fun .

    View More
  • Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

    Philadelphia’s first outdoor roller rink opens this summer at Penn’s Landing

    Summerfest will feature a roller rink, a boathouse-styled Lodge, a play area for kids, food and drink options and summer events.

    Opens May 22
    For the first time, the area that housed the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest will transform into Summerfest, a warm-weather edition with a roller rink, a boathouse-styled Lodge, a play area for kids, food and drink options and summer events.

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  • Cézanne Uncovered: Two Sketches Revealed Through Conservation at The Barnes Foundation

    Never-before-seen sketches on view for a limited time

    Verso: Houses in Landscape with the Pilon du Roi, undated. Graphite on laid paper, Sheet: 12 3/16 × 18 11/16 in. (31 × 47.5 cm). BF655.

    April 10 – May 18
    Two unfinished sketches by Paul Cézanne, discovered on the reverse sides of two existing Cézanne watercolors, will be on display at The Barnes Foundation from April 10 to May 18.

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  • The Porch at 30th Street Station

    Fresh air and fresh fare

    The Porch at 30th Street Station attracts both travelers and locals with food trucks, farmers markets and live entertainment.

    A new initiative spearheaded by the University City District, the Porch at 30th Street Station attracts both travelers and locals with food trucks, farmers markets and live entertainment.

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  • Second Nature at the Philadelphia Zoo

    Art exhibition highlighting endangered species with unconventional materials

    Artists from around the world are getting creative for Second Nature at the Philadelphia Zoo.

    April 11 – October 31
    The Philadelphia Zoo is getting a few rare additions in 2015. A dozen artists from around the world are creating ingenious and larger-than-life sculptures of endangered animals using recycled, reusued and repurposed materials for Second Nature: Junk Rethunk.

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  • Future Sensations at The Oval

    Traveling exhibition highlighting science, storytelling and art

    Future Sensations will offer visitors an interactive, sensory experience at The Oval.

    May 30 – June 6
    Take a sensory journey into the future at The Oval this spring during the never-before-seen traveling exhibition Future Sensations by Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest building materials companies.

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  • Richard Avedon: Family Affairs at the National Museum of American Jewish History

    The only U.S. stop for this special exhibition

    Celebrate the work of legendary photographer Richard Avedon at an exhibition of more than 70 of his portraits at the National Museum of American Jewish History.

    April 1 – August 2
    Celebrate the work of legendary photographer Richard Avedon at an exhibition of more than 70 of his portraits at the National Museum of American Jewish History.

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