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The Penn Relays

April 27 - April 29

The Penn Relay Carnival is the world’s oldest and largest annual track and field relay meet. It has been hosted by the University of Pennsylvania since April 21, 1895, bringing the event into its 123rd year. Every year the historic relay draws up to 100,000 people to Franklin Field, and crowds can watch some of the world’s top track athletes compete. Events like the 4×400 meters relay, javelin, pole vault, and sprints highlight the three-day festival.

An accompanying festival on the streets surrounding the stadium offers fun beyond the athletic events. Vendor Village offer food and drinks, some of which are inspired by the participating countries, as well as crafts, souvenirs, and athletic merchandise.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see some of the best young track and field athletes from around the world and partake in this long-standing Philadelphia tradition.

Book here to stay with The Independent Hotel during the upcoming Penn Relays. For more information, check out the event website here.


April 27th – 29th


Franklin Field
235 South 33rd Street


April 27
April 29