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Spring in Philadelphia means more sunshine, warmer weather and a chance to refresh and recharge outdoors with friends and family.
Events like Shofuso Cherry Blossom Festival and the South 9th Street Italian Market Festival make for great ways to explore the sights and tastes of spring in the city. Spring Blooms at Longwood Gardens and Keith Haring, A Radiant Legacy at the James A. Michener Art Museum provide the perfect backdrop for more seasonal action out in the countryside.
If you missed spring festival season over the past couple years, you’re in luck: Most of the street fests and block parties we’ve come to know and love in Greater Philadelphia are back, including the Kensington Derby & Arts Festival, the Devon Horse Show, ODUNDE Festival and Center City Sips.
And, of course, the world premiere of Harry Potter: The Exhibition continues all season long at The Franklin Institute.
Read on for our guide of great things to do in Philadelphia and the Countryside in spring 2022.
Through Sunday, May 15, 2022
Navajo and pueblo pottery, textiles, and jewelry are on display at the Barnes Foundation’s latest exhibit Water, Wind, Breath: Southwest Native Art in Community. The show comprises nearly 100 works, some collected by Dr. Albert Barnes in Santa Fe and Tao, New Mexico in the 1930s. Also on view: works by contemporary Native American artists that bridge historic works and modern practices.
Where: Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Through Sunday, July 17, 2022
Visual interpretations of political protests are displayed in Waiting for Tear Gas at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Showing everything from the movement that erupts amid chaos to the stillness in moments between individuals, these works run the gamut in composition, time and geography. Artworks span from 1913 to 2017 and geographically from Philadelphia to Tokyo.
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Through Sunday, July 31, 2022
Acclaimed pop artist Keith Haring, born nearby in Reading, Pennsylvania, was inspired by city graffiti in his colorful work. This spring and summer, Doylestown’s James A. Michener Art Museum displays a private collection of more than 100 works, including two rare drawings Haring drew in blank advertising spaces in the New York City subway and Medusa Head, Haring’s largest print.
Where: James A. Michener Art Museum, 138 S. Pine Street, Doylestown
Through Sunday, September 18, 2022
The most comprehensive touring exhibition about the Wizarding World continues its world premiere this spring at Philadelphia’s iconic science museum. The immersive experience reveals the artistry and craftsmanship behind the props, costumes and environments from the blockbuster films of the Harry Potter series, as well as Fantastic Beasts.
Where: The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street
Through Sunday, October 9, 2022 (select dates)
Support the Philadelphia Union (that’s soccer, ICYMI) on their home turf at Subaru Park in Chester. This spring, the team has home matches on April 2, April 9, April 23, May 14, May 18 and June 18.
Where: Subaru Park, 2501 Seaport Drive, Chester
Through Friday, December 1, 2023
The face gets all the glory in art, but Auguste Rodin was a master in expressive hands — full of tension and drama. This exhibition features 15 bronzes and plasters of hands, including The Cathedral, a 1908 sculpture depicting two larger-than-life-sized hands.
Where: Rodin Museum, 2151 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
March 18-20 & 25-27, 2022
Hundreds of home exhibitors and home-design experts head to the Pennsylvania Convention Center for the annual Philly Home Show, a two-weekend event that inspires homeowners and renters alike to freshen up their spaces. Experts in gardening, landscaping, interior design, furnishing, architecture and construction set up shop to answer questions and help guide attendees seeking advice and inspiration.
Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street
Opens March 22, 2022
Closed for repairs since September due to the flooding of the Schuylkill River, the Fairmount Water Works reopens in late March with the debut of a new exhibit, POOL: A Social History of Segregation. The multidisciplinary exhibition — featuring archival film footage and photographs — is set at the former Kelly Pool (on the grounds of Fairmount Water Works) and explores the history and contemporary implications of segregated swimming in America.
Where: Fairmount Water Works, 640 Waterworks Drive
March 25 & 27, 2022
The 2022 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament — otherwise known as March Madness — brings college hoops excitement to Philadelphia in late March 2022. For two nights, the Wells Fargo Center hosts the East Regional Sweet 16 and Elite Eight rounds of the tournament.
Where: Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street
After debuting last year, Northern Liberties Restaurant Week is back for another course. Over 10 days, diners can enjoy specially priced multi-course lunches and dinners from $15 to $35. Among those participating: Añejo Philadelphia, Heritage, Jerry’s Bar, Standard Tap, Urban Village Brewing Company and SET NoLibs.
Where: Various locations including Añejo Philadelphia, 1001 N. 2nd Street
This 10-day regional theatrical festival features 85 live and virtual performances, audio plays, panel discussions, theater-related films and interactive theater events. The best part? All of the performances are either free or cost just $15-$30. Bravo!
Where: Various locations including the Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. 2nd Street
Visitors take in the sights and scents of spring at Longwood Gardens with fields of tulips, azaleas, wisteria and more during the annual Spring Blooms event. (Just picturing it feels good, doesn’t it?) Plus, the gardens’ fountains spring back to life with dazzling water displays.
Where: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square
You know those scenes in Titanic where explorers venture deep below the surface of the ocean to survey the wreckage? You’ll see both these submersible ships and Titanic wreckage at The Academy of Natural Sciences’ new exhibit, Extreme Deep: Mission To The Abyss. The collection is dedicated to all-things deep sea, from the animals that reside there to the geological forces that make it habitable for these creatures.
Where: The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Dine out for a cause this spring when King of Prussia Restaurant Week returns with deals at more than 20 restaurants and 10 fast-casual spots. The event features special offers like a $15 multi-course lunch and $30 multi-course dinner at Morgan’s Brooklyn Barbecue, a $25 lunch and $50 dinner at Savona (with complimentary valet), and a $15 lunch at Plaza Azteca. A portion of proceeds benefit Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and 10 stores participating in KOP Shops for CHOP during Restaurant Week support the hospital as well.
Where: Various locations including Savona, 100 Old Gulph Road, Gulph Mills
Opens April 8, 2022
Formerly located in Old City, The Clay Studio opens a new, state-of-the-art facility in Kensington with programming dedicated to clay workshops, classes and community engagement. The new facility quadruples the classroom space, larger artist studios and galleries and even has an outdoor pavilion.
Where: The Clay Studio, 137-139 N. 2nd Street
Fairmount Park’s Shofuso Japanese Cultural Center re-imagines its annual (and very popular) Cherry Blossom Festival for 2022, focusing on the community in the nearby Parkside neighborhood via local artist and performer spotlights. The more intimate festival includes music performances, workshops, online concerts and lectures exploring Japanese culture.
Where: Various locations including the Shofuso Japanese Cultural Center, Horticultural & Lansdowne drives
Opens April 9, 2022
Sesame Place unveils an all-new ride this spring, Big Bird’s Tour Bus. An oversized, red double-decker bus whisks Big Bird and friends around a Sesame Place-inspired cityscape on a kid-friendly jaunt.
Where: Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne
In spring, this beloved long-running Easter strut returns in all its well-dressed grandeur. Kids and grown-ups alike come dressed in their Sunday best for a promenade down South Street, complete with live music, treats and a visit from the Easter Bunny, who judges the best-dressed contests. Obviously.
Where: South Street & South 2nd Street
Lace up! Center City District welcomes the Rothman Orthopaedics Roller Rink at Dilworth Park for a second springtime season. Guests find a colorful overhead installation and a checkerboard rink floor that delivers retro vibes. For more good times, there’s a food-and-drink menu at the Air Grille pop-up beer garden. Advance reservations for hour-long skate sessions are strongly recommended, and lockers are available on-site for storage at an additional cost.
Where: Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street
Manayunk’s vibrant Main Street gets even more bustling during the annual StrEAT Food Festival. The daylong event features alfresco eats from dozens of trucks slinging burgers, tacos, pizza, cupcakes and waffles and highlighting the ingredient du jour: strawberries. ’Tis the season, after all.
Where: Cotton & Main streets
The dining destination that is East Passyunk Avenue tips a hat to its food scene during the fun-filled Flavors on the Avenue festival. During the event, the avenue’s restaurants take their food and drinks outside for alfresco street-side service. Festivalgoers can stroll East Passyunk Avenue while enjoying tacos, sandwiches, satay, dumplings, craft beer and margaritas, as well as music and an expansive craft market.
Where: Tasker Street & East Passyunk Avenue
Every year, Dining Out for Life returns to cities across the globe, including Philadelphia, to help raise funds for local HIV/AIDS services. This year’s Philly event features dozens of the most popular eateries in the city, including Parc, Harp & Crown, Square 1682, The Love, Continental Midtown and more. Participating restaurants donate a portion of the day’s proceeds to the cause.
Where: Various locations including The Love, 130 S. 18th Street
At the nation’s oldest and largest collegiate track meet — back for the first time since 2019 — high school, college and professional track stars compete at the University of Pennsylvania’s historic Franklin Field. The three-day event features morning, afternoon and evening race sessions.
Where: Franklin Field, 235 S. 33rd Street
One of the nation’s leading art and design fairs takes place on the grounds of the Philadelphia Museum of Art for the first time in its 60 years. Staged on the museum’s East Terrace, the show — formally known as the Philadelphia Antiques Show — features 40 of the most outstanding exhibitors in the U.S., specializing in fine art, collectible design and antiques.
April 29 – May 8, 2022 (select dates)
If one of your goals for this year was to dip your toes into the world of opera, now’s the perfect chance with Opera Philadelphia’s production of the popular Rigoletto. The show features recognizable arias like Cortigiani, vil razza dannata, Caro nome and La donna è mobile.
Where: Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
After a virtual 2020 race and a move to the fall for 2021, the Blue Cross Broad Street Run takes over the city’s central corridor the first Sunday in May once again. During the 40-plus-year-old 10-mile race, participants run from the Logan neighborhood in North Philly all the way down to The Navy Yard in South Philly — with spectators hooting, hollering and hoisting fun signs all along the way.
Where: Broad Street
There’s no better place for a home and garden event than Philadelphia’s Garden District. Chestnut Hill’s Germantown Avenue welcomes people to an outdoor marketplace where tons of home and garden design and supply vendors line the street for a daylong event that also includes landscape displays, bites from local restaurants, entertainment for kids and live music.
Where: 7700-8600 blocks of Germantown Avenue
May 6 – December 2022
Eastern State Penitentiary unveils its newest site-specific installation, this one by San Antonio-based artist Mark Menjivar. Featuring multi-channel sound and text panels, the exhibition showcases the story of David Lee Powell and the musical score that Powell composed while incarcerated on Texas’s death row. Located in Eastern State’s own former death row, DLP Mirror is the first artist installation to be featured in this section of the pen.
Where: Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue
Back in person after a virtual festival last year, Philly Tech Week celebrates all-things technology and innovation within the Greater Philadelphia region. On the docket: networking events, like a developers conference and entrepreneur expo, coding and gaming sessions, and, of course, parties.
Where: Various locations in Philadelphia (TBA)
South Street’s grandest block party ushers in the height of springtime when revelers take part in alfresco family fun, food and music, spanning Headhouse Square and along South Street. The event includes a giant Maypole, a few dozen musical performances, eating contests, a kids’ zone, comics, vendors and Maifest, Brauhaus Schmitz’s German-beer-and-dancing extravaganza.
Where: South Street from 2nd Street to 8th Street
May 7-29, 2022 (weekends only)
Move over raspberries and blueberries — it’s all about the strawberries each weekend in May at Peddler’s Village. Guests can enjoy strawberry treats galore, strawberry food and drink specials at village restaurants and live entertainment.
Where: Peddler's Village, 100 Peddlers Village, New Hope
Watch athletes row, row, row the boat. The largest collegiate regatta in North America takes place on the Schuylkill River, attracting competitors from more than 100 colleges across the country and Canada.
Where: Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta, 2200 Kelly Drive
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, America’s first fine arts school and museum, shows off works by third- and fourth-year undergraduate students and second-year graduate students, making it the perfect opportunity to acquire works from artists before they make it big. Those who want in on the art action early can purchase tickets for the preview event on May 12, 2022.
Where: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118-128 N. Broad Street
People fill the streets of Kensington and Fishtown to enjoy not only racing sculpture and art, but also live music and great food. The derby portion of the day celebrates human-powered transit as fanciful mobile sculptures parade along a three-mile urban obstacle course.
Where: Trenton Avenue from Frankford Avenue to Norris Street
Take me out to the ballgame game. Take me out with the beer-drinking crowd. If these slightly revised lyrics are music to your ears, you’ll want to hit up the Philadelphia All-Star Craft Beer, Wine, and Cocktail Music Festival. The event features more than 200 craft beer, wine and cocktail options for a tasting event on multiple levels of Citizens Bank Park, home to the Philadelphia Phillies. Choose from one of two sessions — 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (start at noon if you’re VIP) or 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. (start at 6 p.m. for VIPs) — for boozing in the ballpark. Also part of the day’s lineup: live music, lawn games, a batting-cage simulator, rock-climbing wall and a pretzel-necklace-making station.
Where: Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way
Drawing more 15,000 people annually, the New Hope Celebrates PrideFest event welcomes visitors from New Hope and neighboring Lambertville (and beyond) for a weekend-long LGBTQ tradition. The festival features a 700-participant-strong parade — beginning in Lambertville, crossing over the bridge and culminating in New Hope — a Pride fair, a cocktail contest and plenty of other parties.
Where: Various locations in New Hope, New Hope
In its 91st year, this annual horse race in Malvern draws crowds to watch six races throughout the day; funds benefit the Brandywine Conservatory.
Where: Radnor Hunt, 826 Providence Road, Malvern
A come-one, come-all street fest transforms the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood thanks to live music, outdoor shopping, fashion events and food from some of the city’s most renowned restaurants. More info on the event will appear on Rittenhouse Row’s official site as the event gets closer.
Where: 18th & Walnut streets
Famous for its delectable cuisine, the South 9th Street Italian Market puts on a boisterous weekend of food and culture, including the very-Philly greased-pole-climbing contest. The real spotlight here though is on the food. We’re talking homemade sausages, delicious cannoli, imported meats and cheeses, cappuccino, beef and poultry, and fresh pasta.
Where: South 9th Street Italian Market, 919 S. 9th Street
At 125 years young, the Devon Horse Show is the country’s oldest and largest event of its kind, featuring equestrian disciplines, exhibitions and an old-fashioned country fair at the Devon Show Grounds. Gals, grab your fancy hats: Ladies Day invites guests to wear their most elegant headwear for a contest and luncheon.
Where: Devon Horse Show Grounds, 23 Dorset Road, Devon
Reopens Memorial Day Weekend 2022
Morris Arboretum’s mini-train display features a quarter-mile track with seven loops and tunnels, 12 different rail lines, two cable cars and nine bridges, including a trestle bridge that visitors can walk under.
Where: Morris Arboretum, 100 East Northwestern Avenue
Film fans can find works by established and emerging Latinx and Latino filmmakers at the annual Philadelphia Latino Film Festival. The lineup includes feature films, shorts, animations and documentaries, along with workshops and discussions. Stay tuned to the festival website for scheduling details.
May – September 2022 (TBA)
Enthusiasts of riverside chilling enjoy hammocks, patio and arcade games, musical performances and tasty treats from local purveyors while strolling the boardwalk at this warm-weather attraction. Spruce Street Harbor Park is the perfect escape for visitors looking to relax and locals hoping to unwind.
Where: Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest transforms this Delaware River waterfront destination into the perfect summer hangout spot, complete with Center City’s only roller rink, a boathouse-style lodge, a Ferris wheel and plenty of playful spaces to chill out.
Where: Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
June 1 – August 31, 2022 (Wednesdays only)
A summertime staple gets the party started a wee bit early. Wednesday nights from late spring into summer are all about happy hour deals at restaurants and bars in Center City. Participating Center City District Sips establishments serve up $6 cocktails, $5 wines, $4 beers and half-priced appetizers to the after-work crowds.
Open your ears to a new sound installation at The Academy of Natural Sciences. The River Feeds Back features recordings from sites along 135 miles of the Schuylkill River and its tributaries, including Wissahickon Creek. Artists Annea Lockwood and Liz Phillips even give visitors a glimpse into the sounds below the water’s surface.
This popular twice-a-year event — the oldest outdoor fine arts show in the country (95 years strong in 2022) — returns to the perimeter of Rittenhouse Square park and features works by more than 140 professional artists specializing in media ranging from sculpture to pastels.
Where: Rittenhouse Square, Locust & South 18th streets
One of the nation’s oldest residential streets hosts a traditional 1930s-style celebration with 18th-century flair during its annual Fete Day. This annual event offers a rare chance for visitors to step into Elfreth’s Alley homes, while live music, craft activities and colonial games keep the fun going outdoors.
Where: 126 Elfreth's Alley
The annual music festival curated by and named for Philly hip-hop band The Roots returns to the city with an all-star lineup that includes Mary J. Blige (with The Roots!), Summer Walker, Wizkid, Jazmine Sullivan, Kamasi Washington, Kirk Franklin, and Tierra Whack, plus a podcast stage featuring, among many others, Visit Philadelphia’s very own Love + Grit. The 2022 event is back at the Mann Center with multiple stages inside the Fairmount Park venue.
Where: Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Avenue
The largest African American street festival in the country, now in its 47th year, begins with a week of events and culminates on Sunday, June 12 with a festival featuring more than 100 vendors, food trucks and two stages of live entertainment.
Where: South & South 23rd streets
There are few things quite as hardcore as heavy metal and beer, but Decibel Magazine’s annual festival promises all of the above. Over the course of two days, hear sets from Cannibal Corpse, Candlemass, Nuclear Assault, The Red Chord and more while drinking brews from Victory Brewing Company, Broken Goblet Brewing, Wake Brewing and others.
Where: The Fillmore Philadelphia, 29 E. Allen Street
The nation’s longest-running horticultural event returns to the great outdoors for the second time in its 193-year history. The 2022 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, themed “In Full Bloom,” once again uses South Philadelphia’s expansive and lush FDR Park as the setting for its breathtaking displays by the world’s premier floral and landscape designers. As always, the annual gardening celebration features top-of-the-line horticulture and landscape design, demonstrations, entertainment, themed nights and a marketplace.
Where: FDR Park, Broad Street & Pattison Avenue
The Johnson House Historic Site, a National Historic Landmark, Underground Railroad station and center for social advocacy is the host to Germantown’s Juneteenth festival, featuring historic reenactments, a panel discussion, music, kids activities and food trucks.
Where: Johnson House Historic Site, 6306 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia marks the anniversary of African Americans’ emancipation from enslavement with a return to in-person commemorations, including a mile-and-a-half parade and festival with vendors, food and music.
Where: Malcolm X Park, 5100 Pine Street
This Fourth of July festival in the nation’s birthplace includes several days of multicultural, family-friendly programming. The event, expanded last year to incorporate Juneteenth celebrations, culminates with a stunning fireworks display over the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Stay tuned to the official site for more info as the event gets closer.
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