Philadelphia is an enchanting city to visit any time of the year, but it’s even more exciting to visit in the spring when dozens of festivals take place. The number of festivals held in springtime are too numerous to mention, but here are a few of the most popular ones you should consider..
Penn Relay Carnival
For more than 120 years, the Penn Relays have been the world’s most widely recognized relay event. Held on the University of Pennsylvania campus, more than 100,000 people gather annually to see future Olympians begin their careers. There’s more than just races going on here, as numerous vendors will also be on hand to provide food, souvenirs, and crafts along the area surrounding Franklin Field. This year, the Penn Relays will be held from April 23 to 25.
Philadelphia Science Festival
Philadelphia has long been known for the important role it has played in science over the years. Now in its fifth year, the Philadelphia Science Festival celebrates that heritage by hosting events at various locations throughout the city. Numerous exhibits will allow you to enjoy experiments and interactive activities that are perfect for people of all ages. There’s also a petting zoo, live entertainment, and more lined up for this year’s event, which takes place from April 24 through May 2 along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival
Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival takes place in Rittenhouse Square, one of the original five squares planned by William Penn during the city’s founding. The purpose of this festival is to highlight the arts, entertainment, and food this neighborhood in Philadelphia is well known for. Fashion is also an important part of this festival, as dozens of vendors host outdoor booths stocked with the latest apparel. Enjoy live entertainment and a host of other activities throughout the day on May 2.
South Street Headhouse Spring Festival
Also held on May 2, the South Street Headhouse Spring Festival is actually more of a street party that operates from 11 am until 8 pm. Enjoy dozens of vendors who will provide a variety of food, art, and craft items along the area of South Street between Front and 8th Streets. There are also three stages where several local musical acts will perform throughout the day. Restaurants along the festival route will also be offering specials for you to take advantage of as well. All of these festivals are fun and unique in their own special way. Make plans now to attend more than one of them in order to enjoy the best of what Philadelphia has to offer.