Spring and Summer Events in Philadelphia
Welcome the Warmth, and the City's Best Happenings
Philly is a city that radiates its own brand of charm, and this is never more true than when the sun finally banishes that winter gray. As the neighbors get ready to clear off patios and roll out awnings, we're dreaming of our favorite spring and summer pastimes. From the bustle of Market Street to the gastropub-lined avenues of Fishtown to the scenic banks of the Schuylkill, two seasons' worth of beloved events are upon us. Take our word for it: you'll fall in love with Philly this time of year.
Years in the making, the opening of the Rail Park marks a huge victory for civic imagination and revitalization efforts. We expect that this elevated green space will open in early spring, giving us the chance to stroll its expanse while sipping on drinks and luxuriating in the sights of the Philly skyline.
Philly Wine Week is the city's viticulture at its finest. Offering up new wines, specials and events across the city starting March 22, the menu of choices is difficult to narrow down, but personally, we recommend Tria, Barbuzzo, and, of course, our own Panorama.
Now in its 20th year, Fairmount Park's Cherry Blossom Festival marks the annual reopening of Shofuso Japanese House and Garden. As you marvel at the sight of the spectacular blooms spanning the park, learn about Japanese cultural traditions, take in film screenings, and watch performances by dancers, martial artists, and more.
Held at Franklin Field April 26-28, the Penn Relays draw athletes from around the world to compete in this legendary track event. Join an international crowd to cheer on competitors in the 10-yard dash, high hurdles, and other races, and remember to bring plenty of sunscreen.
Featuring hands-on events for kids, educational entertainment for adults, and contributions from the city's top creators, inventors and thinkers, the Philadelphia Science Festival takes place from April 21-28, giving all ages a chance to indulge in cross-disciplinary curiosity.
Equal parts festive and restorative, Spruce Street Harbor Park has truly earned the designation of "urban oasis." Since we first fell in love with its floating gardens, hammocks, hanging lights, and divine dining selections, this lush green corner of Society Hill has added life-size games, a regular schedule of events, and more. Set to be open by the end of spring, it's an ideal choice for an afternoon of family fun.
The Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta sees dozens of sculls set off across the Schuylkill River during the thrilling, free-admission two-day race (May 11-12). Take note: the Regatta is within easy distance of the iconic Boathouse Row as well as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, making for a full weekend's worth of sightseeing.
It's one of those Philly things: the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and Arts Festival (May 19) is one of the wildest, weirdest and characteristic events our city has ever come up with. Line up along the streets of Kensington and Fishtown to admire lovingly-crafted racing sculptures and artworks as they parade along a three-mile urban obstacle course, all accompanied by delicious food and drink.
Here in the hometown of Yard's, Dock Street, and more bottle shops than we can count, beer is a pillar of Philly culture. Right from that first glimpse of the "Hammer of Glory" at the Opening Relay, Philly Beer Week is an ebullient tribute to the city's best craft brews. Featuring parties, tastings and even symposia, this extravaganza kicks off June 1.
The Roots Picnic, hosted by Philly's hip-hop legends, returns to Penn's Landing on June 2 with an all-new selection of the world's biggest hip-hop acts. Now featuring Music, Podcast and Lifestyle stages, it's no wonder the Picnic has sold out nearly every year; make sure to get your tickets early.
Head up the Schuylkill for a day of craftsmanship, and visit the 29th Annual Manayunk Arts Festival on June 23-24. Featuring the wares of hundreds of jewelers, sculptors, woodworkers and more, this is a perfect chance to peruse unique artworks made by Philly artisans, and take something special home with you.