It may not feel like it but Spring has finally arrived and many Philadelphians are eager to welcome the season back in the city. As the temperatures ever so slowly begin to rise city dwellers are making their way out and about to participate in some warmer weather and seasonal activities. Philadelphia offers a variety of things to do. How will you start off the new season?
87th Annual Easter Promenade
Easter comes early this year, barely giving us enough time to get some warm weather time before egg hunts begin! A Philadelphia tradition, however, will once again be occurring despite the nip that remains in the air. The 87th Annual Easter Promenade will take place at 12:30 pm on Easter Sunday or April 1st. This parade begins at the corner of Passyunk and South Street and will end at Headhouse Square or 2nd Street. The event is free and will include live music, photo opportunities with Mr. and Mrs. Peter Cottontail, and several contests for everyone including your pets! There are also great restaurants along South Street, many of which will brunch specials for Easter.
Awbury Arboretum Welcome Spring Egg Hunt
The Awbury Arboretum in Philadelphia is hosting an entire event dedicated to welcoming in the season of spring! On March 31st they will open to the public for free to host this fun favorite event. The Welcome Spring! Egg Hunt will begin at 10:00 am and participants are reminded to bring their own baskets. The egg hunt will be followed by the spring bulb sale as well as the sale of refreshments. Guests are welcome to bring their own picnic food though rather than purchasing items on location. The Adventurewoods Natural Materials Playground will also be open for children to use from 11 am to 2 pm.
Plan To Attend The Chinese Lantern Fest
From May 1 to June 30 the Chinese Lantern Festival will return to Franklin Square for a third year. There will be several new features this year such as a fairy tree, an interactive elephant lantern, and a walk-through great white shark tunnel. This is a beautiful festival you will want to make sure you see. Last year 89,000 people came to the event so you know it’s going to be a sight to behold. Plan ahead by purchasing your tickets now at historicphiladelphia.org.
Reading Terminal Market Easter Egg Hunt
There will be a number of great egg hunts in and around the city for children to attend. One that we are looking forward to the Reading Terminal Market Easter Egg Hunt which takes place on March 31st. You will need to bring your own basket to this free event which will begin at 8 am. There will also be a variety of other activities to participate in addition to the normal fun there is to be had at Reading Terminal such as pictures with the Easter Bunny from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.
Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival
Nothing says spring quite like cherry blossoms do. If you really want to get into a spring state of mind and view some incredible flowers, be sure to add the 2018 Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival to your calendar. This event will be held from April 7 – 15 with the culminating event being held in the center of Fairmount Park at the Horticulture Center on Sunday, April 15th. The festival is not only a celebration of cherry blossoms and spring but of Japanese culture. The cherry blossom is the national flower of Japan and is therefore very important in Japanese culture. It is often thought of as a symbol of friendship. So bring some of your friends out to one of the many events that will be held in a variety of locations through the city or just take a stroll to admire the beauty of these flowers which are only with us for about 2 weeks! It will be a great way to welcome in the new season.