Things are looking up, Philadelphia! There are good things happening in the city every day thanks to the creativity of those in different industries and the essential workers who work keep the city running through it all.
Below, find information about some of the good happening in Philly as we navigate through the pandemic.
As the weather warms up, the city welcomes a variety of in-person and online events hosted by museums, neighborhood associations, performing arts venues and other local entities.
To plan for both in-person and online things to do in the area, check out:
Do you have an event planned?
Are you ready to invite people back to Philly to do all the things they have missed over the last year? Let’s Get Ready!Let us know!
Good News Roundup - Episode 9
Ready.Set.Philly! Executive Director Angela Val returns to host this week's Good News Roundup:
- The Broad Street Run
- The Philadelphia Eagles
- A shout out to Philly TeenVaxx!
Summer Programming at Franklin Square
There's something for everyone at Franklin Square this summer. In addition to Philly-themed mini-golf and the exciting fountain show, you'll find a variety of events on select days of the week through August 28. The lineup includes DJ sets, dance lessons, live music, yoga classes and more. A brand-new beer garden pops up as well, offering shareable snacks, chilly cocktails and weekly beer specials (Thursdays through Saturdays, 5-10 p.m.).
Most of the activities are free, but advanced registration may be required. Check out the full schedule and soak up what's left of summer in Franklin Square!
Philadelphia is the heart of our region and we locals love to wear it on our sleeves, totes, hats, and more. To get our fellow Philadelphians excited about returning to the City, we're featuring local shops with fun, Philly-themed merchandise on the Shop Philly! section of our website.
Check it out here.
Good News Roundup - Episode 8
Hugh E Dillon of Philly ChitChat stops by for this week's on the Good News Roundup:
- A hot new happy hour
- This week at the Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse
- Hugh's favorite Brandywine Realty Trust spots
- Something magical is coming to the Franklin Institute
Happy Hour Pick: Summer Social
Dozens of bars and restaurants located in neighborhoods all over the city serve up food and drink deals for Summer Social, a new summer happy hour promotion that's making it way easier to get over the midweek slump.
You can find $4 beer and wine, $5 cocktails and other great specials at participating places every Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. through September 1. Unlike Center City Sips (which is currently on hiatus), Summer Social features bars and restaurants in a variety of different neighborhoods, including Chinatown, Callowhill, Fishtown, Fairmount and more.
The best part: New bars and restaurants continue to join! Follow @summersocialphilly for the latest updates.
Free Programming at Cira Green and Drexel Square Park
Drexel Square Park and Cira Green in University City both host a number of free activities and events this summer through early fall. Head out to one of these awesome public green spaces to break a sweat, draw with pastels or hear live music — all for free!
Drexel Square Programming
- Mondays at 5:30 p.m.: Pilates in the Park with Drexel Pilates
- Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m.: Evening Barre with Tuck Barre & Yoga
- Select Wednesdays at 6 p.m.: Picture Me Philly with Artsi Philly
- Select Thursdays at 11 a.m.: Unplugged in SY with local band Plans to Sand
Cira Green Programming
Shop the Philadelphia Marketplace at Dilworth Park
Support Center City retailers, local small businesses and independent artists at this weekly pop-up market in Dilworth Park. Vendors selling jewelry, photography, apparel, home decor and more set up shop every Friday and Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. (weather permitting).
This recurring event runs through October, with participating merchants rotating every weekend. Swing by and find something special for yourself, a friend or a loved one.
Good News Roundup - Episode 7
Terrill Haigler has the latest Good News...
- Twelve win vaccine sweepstakes!
- A new park in Philly
- Local NFL player makes history
Now Open: Philly's Outdoor Public Pools
Who's ready to go swimming? For the first time since summer 2019, Philly's public pools are opening! Grab a towel, slather on the SPF and head to the nearest pool for a refreshing dip on a hot summer day.
Note: Only some pools are open right now. By July 10, there will be 41 pools open. Check this schedule for opening dates and plan your pool day accordingly.
Good News Roundup - Episode 6
Michael Delbene of Welcome America Inc has the latest Good News...
- Wawa Welcome America’s July 4th concert
- Other free concerts!
- And Free hoagies!
New Outdoor Pop-Up: The Lawn at Loveluck
Looking for a new happy hour option? Check out The Lawn at Loveluck, an outdoor pop-up opening in Philly's iconic LOVE Park on Saturday, June 26.
Filled with picnic tables surrounded by lush greenery, pretty flowers and string lights, this new spot near City Hall is ideal for post-work bites and sips. A food truck dishes out shareable appetizers, sandwiches and curly fries served plain or with cheese (there is no wrong choice). If you're thirsty, you'll find several refreshing cocktails, an assortment of canned alcoholic beverages and non-alcoholic drinks like housemade lemonade.
The Lawn at Loveluck will be open through October and is located on the 15th street side of LOVE Park. Regular hours are Tuesday through Friday from 3 to 10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 10 p.m. Cheers!
Good News Roundup - Episode 5
Dr. Darryl Williams of The Franklin Institute has the latest Good News...
- A vaccine shot can get you $50K from the city and the University of Pennsylvania
- Wawa Welcome America fun
- Pride Month!
Wawa Welcome America is Back!
Great news: the Wawa Welcome America festival is on for 2021 — and it starts earlier than usual!
This year's blowout birthday party for America runs from June 19 through July 4 and includes Juneteenth events, free museum days, free outdoor movies, free hoagies (one day only!) and so much more.
Don't miss the Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert at The Mann Center in West Fairmount Park on the evening of Independence Day. This year's show features singer-songwriter Bebe Rexha and hip-hop artist Flo Rida.
And, of course, there will be fireworks! You can catch them lighting up the sky above the Philadelphia Museum of Art at 9 p.m. on the Fourth of July.
Check out the Wawa Welcome America website for the latest information about this year's events and programming.
Good News Roundup - Episode 4
The fabulous Kristin Detterline of Philadelphia Style Magazine has the latest Good News...
- Jam out with Center City District & REC Philly
- Take a dip with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
- Celebrate #PhillyPride
- Check out the Lil Nas X mural installation
Free Outdoor Movie Nights at Cira Green
Outdoor movie nights are back at Cira Green! Come see a free, family-friendly flick at this spacious elevated park in University City on Wednesday nights at 6 p.m. (weather permitting). This year's lineup features movies like Spiderman – Into The Spiderverse, The Lion King and Captain Marvel.
This event series runs through Wednesday, October 13.
Happy Hour Pick: Assembly Rooftop Lounge
Assembly Rooftop Lounge is the perfect place for happy hour on a beautiful summer evening. Unwind with an ice-cold cocktail (frosé, anyone?) as you take in the panoramic views of the city's museum district at this stylish rooftop bar. If you need a bite to eat, one of the delicious small plates — like the beef barbacoa tacos or the Margherita flatbread —should hit the spot.
Assembly Rooftop Lounge is located on the ninth floor of The Logan, Philadelphia's Hotel. Reservations are recommended.
Good News Roundup - Episode 3
Philadelphia City Representative Sheila Hess has the latest Good News...
- The Mann Center, Xfinity Live and Spruce Street Harbor Park open their doors
- 60 Philly teachers are honored
- Philly welcomes kids back to school
Night Tours: Summer Twilight at Eastern State Penitentiary
The Eastern State Penitentiary opens its cell blocks to visitors at night for tours of its permanent exhibits, as well as various creative activities that reflect on the building's history and legacy of criminal justice reform.
After taking your twilight tour, grab a beer from Triple Bottom Brewing Company in the Fair Chance Beer Garden. And, on your way out, take in the new digital art installation by multidisciplinary artist Andrea Walls. The work, titled Memes of Consciousness: Where Beauty Intervenes, will be projected onto the penitentiary's façade for the public to view from the sidewalk.
Night Tours: Summer Twilight runs Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings through September 4. Purchase required timed tickets online in advance.
Good News Roundup - Episode 2
This week in Good News...
- Get the scoop on the latest from the CDC
- Where the The Philadelphia Flower Show is heading in 2021
- The opening of the Element Philadelphia
- A Billy Penn award for a very important Philadelphian!
Get Centered at Yoga on the Banks
Now in its eighth season, Yoga on the Banks invites yogis of all experience levels to its donation-based outdoor yoga classes on the scenic Schuylkill Banks.
The socially-distanced classes take place (weather permitting) on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 10 a.m. Follow the organization's Facebook group or Instagram account for schedule updates, class cancellations and special events.
Advanced registration is required. Sign up for an upcoming class on Eventbrite and remember to BYOM — Bring Your Own Mat!
Good News Roundup
Now Open: Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest
Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, one of Philly’s most popular outdoor attractions, welcomes visitors seven days a week through September 26.
Head down to the picturesque Delaware River waterfront for open-air roller skating (reserve tickets online), carnival rides, mini-golf and other activities. Or take in the stunning views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge with a refreshing drink and seasonal fare from vendors like Chickie’s & Pete’s and Skelly’s Amusements.
All guests must wear masks and capacity is limited to mitigate crowding. You must be seated to enjoy food and drinks. Seating is first come, first served. Read more about the other health and safety protocols in place ahead of visiting.
It's free to enter Summerfest. Rides, activities and concessions are pay-as-you-go. View the hours of operation here and plan your visit today!
A Statement from Angela Val, Ready.Set.Philly! Executive Director on June 11 Reopening
For a full year, COVID has wreaked havoc on the entire world, impacting not only the health of citizens but the well-being of our city.
The Kenney Administration has provided clear direction and a date certain as to when the City will reopen. With this clarity, businesses, residents, and employees both in the City and in the suburbs can now plan their return to Philadelphia for work and fun. For those emerging from their homes and remote work life, it’s time to see our friends, family and co-workers again, in person.
Ready.Set.Philly! is working with the City, businesses and organizations to provide workplace return resources and information on all the fun things you love to do in Philly.
A city is its people. Philadelphia’s vibrancy and the future of our community and economic health depend on people first returning to the City to work and play.
Executive Director, Ready.Set.Philly!
Dining Deal: Dine Latino Restaurant Week
More than 25 Latino-owned restaurants offer a sweet deal this week for Dine Latino Restaurant Week: Buy two dinner entrees, and you’ll get a free appetizer or dessert.
The five-day dining event runs from May 5 through May 9 and features stellar eateries like Puyero, Cuba Libre and Jezabel’s Argentine Bakery.
This deal applies for in-person dining and delivery/pick-up orders. Indoor and outdoor dining availability varies by restaurant. We recommend calling the restaurant or looking online to reserve a table when possible.
Happy Hour Pick: Terrace on Tap
At Independence Visitor Center's second-floor outdoor terrace, a pop-up bar offers guests excellent views of Independence Hall, Independence Mall and Old City, in addition to beer from local breweries, seasonal cocktails, wine and an array of snacks and sandwiches.
The open-air bar is open on select weekends. Reservations are requested.
The Penn Museum Hosts An Online Ancient Alcohol Tour & Tasting
On Friday, May 14, the Penn Museum hosts an online beer tasting and history lesson centered on the topic of Ancient Alcohol.
Archaeologists and experts lead a discussion about the first beers ever brewed, unique brewing techniques and notable alcohol-related items within the Penn Museum's collection. Additionally, event leaders curated a selection of six beers to drink throughout the Friday night event.
Purchase tickets to this online event and pick up the museum's suggested beers from your neighborhood bottle shop.
A Retro Roller Skating Rink Is Opening At Dilworth Park
This spring, Dilworth Park will open an outdoor roller rink within the shadow of City Hall. The rink will be complete with retro-style decor like a checkerboard floor and overhead hanging hula-hoops. It opens on April 30 and continues daily through June 27 with timed roller skating for kids and adults.
Roller skates will be available for rent, or skaters can bring their own pair.
Beyond the rink, Air Grille's pop-up beer garden will be serving cold beers, frozen cocktails, burgers, snacks, desserts and more.
Your Chance to Say THANK YOU!
SATURDAY APRIL 10
Countless of essential workers have kept the City of Philadelphia going throughout the pandemic. Join us at one of two locations in the city to send your very own personalized thank you message and show your appreciation for the City's frontline.
The first 25 people at each location will receive a special gift from Ready.Set.Philly!
Rittenhouse Square: 10:30 AM - 12 PM
Art Museum: 1:30 PM - 3 PM
Now Open: The PHS Pop Up Garden on South Street
The popular Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) Pop Up Garden on South Street is now open for another season of outdoor food and drinks within a tree-shaded space at 15th and South streets.
Cantina Los Caballitos and Khyber Pass Pub are in charge of the food and drink menus, which feature margaritas, frozen rosé (or, frosé), local draft beers, nachos, sandwiches, burgers and more.
Contactless ordering is available — social distancing and masks are required.
Free Fitness Classes Return To Dilworth Park
Starting on April 12, Dilworth Park at City Hall will be home to free fitness classes throughout the spring, summer and fall. The Center City Fit programming consists of all-levels Zumba classes, high-intensity interval training workouts, challenging circuit training, cardio-based boot camps and more.
Classes occur on Monday and Tuesday evenings and are open to the public with no advanced registration necessary. To keep things safe, masks and social distancing are required. The Center City Fit schedule is available online.
Must-Try Coffee Shop
Philly is known for its La Colombe Coffee, the nationwide coffee shop began in our city and there are La Colombe cafes from the airport to Center City to Fishtown. After a year-plus of at-home coffee, treat yourself to a fresh draft latte — there’s something about getting a cup of coffee from a coffee shop, isn’t there?
Happy Hour Pick
This spring, visit Bok’s smaller rooftop dining space, Irwin’s. The indoor-outdoor restaurant and bar is the new home for chef Michael Vincent Ferreri, ex-executive-chef of beloved Res Ipsa Café. Stop by for handmade pastas, rooftop cocktails, natural wines and modern Sicilian fare.