Tired of the snow and the cold? Start thinking warm thoughts! As grim as the weather may seem right now, spring and summer are right around the corner. With warmer weather come tons of activities, festivals, and events that help you take advantage of the great outdoors. Here’s what we’re most looking forward to doing in Philly when the weather breaks.
Just 33 days until SPRING!! But hey, who's counting during a winter like this one? Hmmmm... Well here are 10 other warm-weather events you can look forward to.
4 more months: You know it's summer when the city pools open. The Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation has a total of 74 pools citywide that are opened to the public as early as the first week of June. When that summer heat arrives, you'll be begging for a chance to dive into a nice, cool swimming pool.
In less than two months, athletes and fans from all over the world will converge on Franklin Field at the University of Pennsylvania for the nation's oldest collegiate track and field meet. The event, now in it's 120th year, has become a well-known, outdoor event and a signature sign that Spring has officially arrived.
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Ice cream and 'wooder ice' lovers rejoice. The annual Super Scooper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival at Penn's Landing offers unlimited cool treats from more than 20 ice cream and water ice companies for a small donation of only $7. The June festival also doubles as a charity event. Donations benefit the Joshua Kahan Fund to find the cure to pediatric leukemia.
Grab a blanket and head to the nearest park for outdoor screenings of some of your favorite movies. During the summer, Philly has as many as 20 different outdoor film series. One of the most popular series, Screenings Under the Stars at Penn's Landing, offers free showings of new releases on Thursday nights in July and August.
Pretty soon, when you look up at the sky, you'll be seeing fire instead of ice. In a few short months it will be time to celebrate our nation's independence. There's nothing we look forward to more than the Grand Finale Fireworks after the annual 4th of July Jam on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Treacherous winter weather and snow has kept a lot of runners indoors, hitting the treadmill. For many runners, the 2014 Blue Cross Broad Street Run on May 4 will be their first chance to run outdoors again. The 10-mile run along Broad Street attracts well over 30,000 runners, and even more spectators every year.
How about a good old-fashioned picnic--Roots style, that is. Look forward to the first weekend in June when Late Night with Jimmy Fallon house band The Roots host their annual picnic at the Festival Pier at Penn's Landing. The event features two days of star-studded performances.
We love a good cultural festival. Summertime brings two of the best ethnic festivals the city has to offer. Odunde, one of the oldest African American street festivals is held every year in South Philadelphia. The festival is chock full of vendors, live music and entertainment for all ages. The annual Caribbean Festival at Penn's Landing Great Plaza provides an opportunity to sample island cuisine, music, and dance.
Kick off the summer with a parade. Philly's LGBT Pride Parade and Festival held on June 8, is the first parade held in the city each year. The Pride Day parade marches through the gayborhood from 13th and Locust to Penn's Landing.
When the weather is nice, food trucks are all the rave. The Vendy Awards Philadelphia, held annually in June at Penn Treaty Park, offers an opportunity to sample food and drinks from the some of the best street vendors in the city. The festival doubles as a competition that crowns a new Vendy Award winner each year.