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Spring has come to awaken al fresco Philly.
This year promises some special treats that will bestow our beautiful parks with extra energy to make them truly come alive. From the blooms at the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival to the brews at Spruce Street Harbor Park to the bright and radiating lights of the Chinese Lantern Festival, there is much to enjoy at the events and pop-ups unfolding this season throughout the city.
Numerous activities such as roller skating at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and bike riding via Indego, Philly’s bike share program, also offer fun ways to enjoy the warmer weather, as do annual blockbuster festivals, like the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival, the South Street Spring Festival and the 9th Street Italian Market Festival.
If you’re more of the indoors type or just need suggestions for a rainy day, Philly has lots of those this spring, too. From Picasso at The Barnes Foundation to Pixar at The Franklin Institute, the museum scene is reaching full bloom this season.
Plus, while Philly’s cafes and restaurants are ready for action any time of the year, April brings a special eight-day celebration of wine to the city at 50-plus venues. Make special toasts at spots all around town as part of Philly Wine Week, returning for its third and biggest year to date. June welcomes you to continue on toasting, but this time with a few pints of beer. For a 10-day period at the start of the month, Philly Beer Week will take place with upwards of a thousand different events and an unthinkable amount of brews to try.
We’ll cheers to that and to all of the great offerings this season. See below for a full list of the highlights!
The hammock-filled haven on the Delaware River
Through September 25, 2016
Blockbuster waterfront attraction Spruce Street Harbor Park returns for its third year, bringing an ultimate hangout – and hammock-lounging – spot to the Delaware River Waterfront.
Philadelphia’s favorite street food festival coming to a neighborhood near you
Thursday, October 6, 2016
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.
Happiest hours all summer long
Through September 28, 2016
Happy hour is more joyful in the summer thanks to Center City District Sips, when more than 90 bars and restaurants offer discounted drinks and appetizers every Wednesday evening.
Philadelphia’s first outdoor roller rink and a seasonal favorite at Penn’s Landing
Through September 5, 2016
Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest is the home of warm-weather fun, with a roller rink, a boathouse-styled Lodge, a play area for kids, food and drink options and summer events.
Affordable, city-wide bike rental service
Philadelphia continues to be one of the most bike-friendly cities in the country with the launch of its own bike sharing program called Indego.
Experience a unique, first-time look into the science and technology behind Finding Nemo, Toy Story and more
March 12 – September 5, 2016
Experience a unique, first-time look into the science and technology behind Pixar’s beloved animated movies.
Lively festivals that celebrate the city’s diversity all summer long
Through September 25, 2016
The PECO Multicultural Series is a popular series of diverse and free events at Penn’s Landing throughout the summer.
From the campaign trail to Inauguration Day, learn about all aspects of a U.S. presidential election at this comprehensive exhibit
February 12 – December 31, 2016
From the campaign trail to Inauguration Day, Headed to the White House educates visitors on all aspects surrounding U.S. presidential elections through a variety of interactive mediums.
Two temporary outdoor escapes with food, beer and more
Through September 30, 2016
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s annual Pop Up Gardens are back, transforming two outdoor areas into a gorgeous, landscaped community spaces.
A weeklong celebration of James Joyce’s Ulysses
June 9-16, 2016
Celebrate Leopold Bloom’s fictional journey through the streets of Dublin, as imagined in James Joyce’s novel, Ulysses, during the Rosenbach Museum’s Bloomsday celebration.
The draft returns to its Philly roots this spring
April 27-29, 2017View More
During the three days of the 82nd NFL Draft — all taking place outdoors, including on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway — fans can enjoy interactive experiences, get autographs from current and former players, take pictures with the Vince Lombardi Trophy and much more.
Promoting unity among African-American sexual minorities
April 27 – May 1, 2017View More
Philadelphia brings together people of different races, ethnicities and sexual orientation during the Annual Philadelphia Black Gay Pride celebration, a growing tradition that continues to influence and educate the community.
A 10-mile road race along Philadelphia’s historic Broad Street
May 7, 2017View More
The Blue Cross Broad Street Run draws more than 35,000 participants to run a 10-mile, point-to-point course that travels from the northern edge of Philadelphia down to its southern tip.
A family-friendly theatrical extravaganza in University City
May 18-20, 2017
Philadelphia International Children’s Festival brings professional theater from across the globe, created specifically for children, to the Annenberg Center for Performing Arts at the University of Pennsylvania.View More
Celebrate spring at Philadelphia’s poshest spring festival
May 20, 2017View More
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.
Enjoy a weekend of authentic Italian American culture in South Philadelphia
May 20-21, 2017View More
Celebrating more than a 100 years in operation, the Italian Market in South Philadelphia brings back its annual 9th Street Italian Market Festival, filled with food, live entertainment and more.
Antiques and art through the 20th century at the Navy Yard
April 21-23, 2017View More
The Philadelphia Antiques Show is one of the finest and most prestigious antique shows in the country. Back for its 54th celebration, this year’s show promises a wide display of furniture, fine and decorative arts, antique jewelry, folk art and more.
One of the oldest African-American literary events in the country
May 1-31, 2017View More
Now in its 32nd year, the Celebration of Black Arts 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.
A day of incredible music at Penn’s Landing
June 3, 2017View More
Now in its ninth 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.
Philadelphia celebrates its beer-drinking roots with a week-long festival
June 2-11, 2017View More
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.”
The world’s oldest relay meet, held annually at the University of Pennsylvania
April 27-29, 2017View More
The Penn Relay Carnival is now in its 123rd year and is the world’s first and most widely recognized relay meet. More than 100,000 spectators attend the annual racing event to see the world’s top track athletes compete at Franklin Field.
Technology, innovation and good times
April 28 – May 6, 2017View More
Philly Tech Week celebrates technology and innovation in the region by bringing together some of the best and brightest tech minds in the city for events ranging from panels and conferences to gaming-themed events and cocktail parties.
An expansive collection of art and artifacts from the nation’s Revolutionary Period
Opening April 19, 2017View More
Set to open in spring of 2017, the Museum of the American Revolution promises 118,000 square feet full of art, manuscripts and printed works from the nation’s Revolutionary Period.
A spring celebration of the culture, craft and cuisine of Japan
April 1-9, 2017View More
Whether it’s enjoying the fragile pink blossoms of 1,000 cherry trees, listening to the thundering beat of a giant Taiko drum, creating origami masterpieces or honing your sushi-making skills, the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia is the place to celebrate all things Japanese.
Toasts and wine-learning events at venues all around town
March 19-26, 2017View More
Philly Wine Week returns for its fourth year of wine-centric events, parties and specials at over 50 participating venues throughout Philadelphia during an eight-day span of libations.