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Pictured: Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

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Spring Events

As the flowers being to bloom, Philly begins to boom with events of all kinds that awaken the city, indoors and out.

From the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival full of Japanese-inspired festivities to Spruce Street Harbor Park with its waterfront boardwalk and brews to the Chinese Lantern Festival featuring a radiating, 200-foot Chinese dragon, al fresco pop-ups are unfolding this season citywide.

Numerous activities such as roller skating at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and bike riding via Indego offer fun ways to enjoy the warmer weather as well, as do annual blockbuster festivals, like the South Street Spring Festival and the 9th Street Italian Market Festival.

For the inevitable rainy spring days, Philly brings lots to experience indoors, too, like the brand-new Museum of the American Revolution opening in April and the many events at bars and venues throughout the city for Philly Wine Week and Philly Beer Week.

So, start spring cleaning your calendar now and make room for all of the awesome happenings set to fill up the next few months.

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  • Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

    The festival returns to Philadelphia for year two

    A 200-foot Chinese dragon is one of the many illuminated attractions at the Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square.

    May 9 – June 11, 2017
    Look forward to a 200-foot glowing dragon, brand-new lanterns, a nightly beer garden and more at the return of the Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square.

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  • Spruce Street Harbor Park

    The hammock-filled haven on the Delaware River

    Spruce Street Harbor Park is an outdoor summer oasis at Penn’s Landing.

    Spring 2017 (TBA)
    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.

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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.

    Spring 2017 (TBA)
    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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  • Center City District Sips

    Happiest hours all summer long

    Independence Beer Garden is just one of 90 bars and restaurants participating in Center City Sips.

    Spring 2017 (TBA)
    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.

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  • Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

    Philadelphia’s first outdoor roller rink and a seasonal favorite 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.

    Spring 2017 (TBA)
    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.

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  • Indego – Philly Bike Share

    Affordable, city-wide bike rental service

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

    Now available
    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.

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  • PECO Multicultural Series
    at Penn’s Landing

    Lively festivals that celebrate the city’s diversity all summer long

    The Hispanic Fiesta at Penn’s Landing is one of Philadelphia’s premier Latino events, drawing upwards of 15,000 people each day.

    Spring 2017 (TBA)
    The PECO Multicultural Series is a popular series of diverse and free events at Penn’s Landing throughout the spring and summer.

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  • PHS Pop Up Garden

    Two temporary outdoor escapes with food, beer and more

    The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s annual Pop Up Garden returns for its fourth year, transforming a forgotten outdoor area into a gorgeous, landscaped community space.

    Spring 2017 (TBA)
    The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s annual Pop Up Gardens are back, transforming two outdoor areas into a gorgeous, landscaped community spaces.

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  • Bloomsday in Philadelphia

    A weeklong celebration of James Joyce’s Ulysses

    On June 16, the world celebrates James Joyce’s masterpiece Ulysses with a special holiday coined Bloomsday.

    Spring 2017 (TBA)
    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.

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  • Clark Park Music and Arts Festival

    A free community celebration in West Philadelphia

    Celebrate music and the arts in Clark Park.

    Spring 2017 (TBA)
    A West Philadelphia tradition for more than 40 years, the Clark Park Music and Arts Festival is a free, day-long community celebration held every summer and fall.

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  • Philadelphia International Children’s Festival

    A family-friendly theatrical extravaganza in University City

    Performances of all sorts take place each year at the Philadelphia International Children’s Festival, which draws in productions from around the world.

    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.

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  • Susan G. Komen Philadelphia
    Race for the Cure

    The 26th annual 5K run/walk to fight breast cancer

    Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure

    May 14, 2017
    This Mother’s Day, the Philadelphia Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure invites everyone in the Delaware Valley and beyond to celebrate 25-plus years of fighting to end breast cancer at the annual Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure.

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  • Devon Horse Show and Country Fair

    The oldest and largest outdoor multi-breed horse competition in the United States

    The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, a 10-day event, attracts horse lovers from around the world.

    May 25 – June 4, 2017
    Since 1896, the Devon Horse Show has celebrated and showcased equestrians, and what began as a one-day show is now the oldest and largest multi-breed, outdoor equine show in the country.

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  • Strawberry Festival at Peddler’s Village

    Strawberries as far as the eye can see

    The delicious red fruit is the star of the show at the Strawberry Festival at Peddler’s Village.

    May 20-21, 2017
    Celebrate spring at the annual Strawberry Festival at Peddler’s Village, where festive foods, children’s activities, pie-eating contests and a lively lineup of family entertainment are just some of the weekend’s exciting attractions.

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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 20, 2017
    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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  • LOVE Your Park Week

    Making Philadelphia’s great public spaces even better

     LOVE Your Park Week is a week-long festival complete with volunteer opportunities, clean up days and other events.

    May 13-21, 2017
    Philadelphia’s fifth annual “LOVE Your Park Week” allows residents to pitch in and help clean up some of Philadelphia’s 10,000-acre park system – and then enjoy the spaces with special events.

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  • Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta

    The largest collegiate regatta in the United States

    Thousands of athletes from more than 125 colleges and universities compete in the Dad Vail Regatta.

    May 12-13, 2017
    The Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta is a two-day race 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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  • Fete Day Celebration at Elfreth’s Alley

    Residents on America’s oldest street open their doors for one day only

    Elfreth’s Alley, the nation’s oldest residental street.

    Saturday, June 3, 2017
    Get a rare glimpse into a dozen 18th-century private homes of residents on America’s oldest street during Fete Day on Elfreth’s Alley.

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  • Flavors on the Avenue: A Street Festival

    The annual springtime taste of Passyunk’s restaurant row

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    April 30, 2017
    Held in the springtime, Flavors on the Avenue: A Street Festival brings dozens of East Passyunk restaurants and businesses together in one spot for a neighborhood celebration of food and more.

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  • Center City Jazz Festival

    Day-long celebration of jazz in Philadelphia

    Center City Jazz Festival offers a day-long spring feast of hot riffs and cool jams from over 20 bands at five different venues, including TIME Restaurant.

    April 29, 2017
    Spend the day relaxing with live jazz during the sixth annual Center City Jazz Festival. Part of Jazz Appreciation Month, the day-long festival features more than 20 bands performing at five venues all within walking distance.

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  • Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival & Restaurant Week

    Biannual dining celebration on Main Street Manayunk

    For one day in the spring and fall, the Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival shuts down Main Street.

    StrEAT Food Festival: April 9, 2017; Restaurant Week: April 10-21, 2017
    Manayunk celebrates its diverse dining scene during the bi-annual Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival & Restaurant Week.

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  • Philadelphia Science Festival

    Proving the theory that science is fun for six years in a row!

    The Philadelphia Science Festival returns for its seventh year of scientific celebrations with nine days of fun events focused on science and technology.

    April 21-29, 2017
    The Philadelphia Science Festival (PSF) returns for its sixth year of scientific celebrations with nine days of events at restaurants, museums, libraries, galleries and outdoor spaces.

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  • Spring Blooms at Longwood Gardens

    Longwood Gardens’ celebration of spring

    At Longwood Gardens, tulips, dogwoods, wisteria, native azaleas, columbines, snapdragons, bluebells and more herald spring’s arrival both indoors and out during the Spring Blooms display.

    April 1 – May 26, 2017
    At Longwood Gardens, tulips, dogwoods, wisteria, native azaleas, columbines, snapdragons, bluebells and more herald spring’s arrival both indoors and out during the Spring Blooms display. Breathe in the fresh air and relish the beauty of the gardens, where every day something new bursts into bloom.

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  • The Penn Relays Carnival

    The world’s oldest relay meet, held annually at the University of Pennsylvania

    A late April tradition, the annual Penn Relay Carnival is now in its 123rd year, making it the world’s first and most widely recognized relay meet.

    April 27-29, 2017
    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.

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  • The Philadelphia Antiques and Art Show

    Antiques and art through the 20th century and beyond at the Navy Yard

    Browse a variety of decorative and fine antique arts at the The Philadelphia Antiques and Art Show.

    April 21-23, 2017
    The Philadelphia Antiques and Art Show is one of the finest and most prestigious antique shows in the country. Back for its 55th celebration, this year’s show promises a wide display of furniture, fine and decorative arts, antique jewelry, folk art and more.

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