Spring in Philadelphia means typical things blooming trees and flowers, warmer weather, and thunderstorms instead of snowstorms. But it also means that some of our favorite events and activities make their way back. Whether its sprawling in a hammock at Spruce Street Harbor Park, where thousands of LED lights paint floating restaurants and trees in a vibrant polychromatic wash, or grabbing a hot dog at a Phils game—Philadelphia lights up in the spring.

THE DELAWARE RIVER LIGHTS UP

Every year we rave about how Penn’s Landing transforms into Philadelphia’s seasonal oasis, and this year is no different along the Delaware River. With spring comes the openings of Spruce Street Harbor Park and Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, two of the best warm-weather havens in the city. Drinks seem more refreshing at Spruce Street Harbor Park, where visitors can gnosh on a variety of cuisine, play ping pong and bocce, or just stroll the boardwalk. To pick up the pace a little, walk down to the Summerfest part of the river where you can rollerskate around the riverside rink or try your hand at mini golf.

FESTIVAL SEASON IS UPON US

Festivals are an easy way to get outside explore Philadelphia’s many distinct neighborhoods. The streets teem with guests seeking drinks and treats and good, and shops and restaurants are open to strollers looking for deals. Some of our favorite upcoming festivals are:

  • Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival (May 20th) – Walnut Street in Rittenhouse, one of the top destinations for shopping and dining in the city, explodes with street cafes, art, fashion, and drinks.
  • PrideDay LGBT Parade and Festival (June 18th) – The annual colorful procession starts in our very own Gayborhood section of Philly, and travels to Penn’s Landing. Live music, food, and drinks are just some of the fun awaiting the celebration at the riverfront. 
  • Chinese Lantern Festival (until June 11th) – Franklin Square lights up with towering, illuminated lanterns made by artisans from China.

AL FRESCO DINING IS AT ITS BEST

The al fresco season has officially arrived. Instead of eating inside or under heat lamps, restaurant patrons can now enjoy the full relaxation of dining outside. If you’re looking for a place to indulge in a meal outside, check out our list of top spots. Or be sure to check out local favorites within walking distance from the hotel, like modern Mexican outpost Lolita’s or the charming summer garden at Talula’s Garden.

BEER GARDEN HAPPY HOURS

Happy hours feel a little happier when they’re outdoors, and stalwarts like Independence Beer Garden and Morgan’s Pier will reopen for the season, and other pop-ups will hit the scene as well. The dazzling, blooming PHS Pop-Up Gardens will return with their usual spot on South  Street and a new location in University City. Cira Green, Philly’s first elevated park, is also hosting a pop-up beer garden that will offer spectacular views of the city skyline.

THE BOYS OF SUMMER ARE HERE

Baseball is the quintessential summer sport, and the young Phillies season is the highlight of springtime. For the casual fan, concession options like hot dogs, hoagies, ice cream, and beer make Citizens Bank Park the perfect place to relax.