Franklin Square

Special Events

Upcoming Events in Franklin Square!

Franklin Square isn't just about mini golf and carousel rides. Philly's favorite play place is also home to a wide variety of special events, all year long. From festivals to musical performances to holiday celebrations, there's always something new to check out in Franklin Square!

The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

Nightly, May 1 - June 30

Enjoy 28 larger-than-life illuminated lanterns, featuring new lighting technology and displays never before seen in North America. The 200-foot giant fan favorite Chinese Dragon and beloved pandas return, but all other creations will be new for the 2018 Festival. Other highlights include authentic cultural performances from plate spinning to the art of face-changing, impressive feats of Chinese acrobatics, intricate handicrafts by Chinese folk artists, Asian cuisine and American favorites, and the nightly Beer Garden.

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Storytime in the Square

Mondays, Memorial Day-Labor Day, 10 - 11 am

Librarian Margaret Bernardi of the Independence Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia reads free stories to children in the Franklin Square Pavilion.

Performance in Franklin Square!

Saturday, June 23, 1 & 3 pm

See a military perform live during the day at Franklin Square.

Independence Day Celebration

Wednesday, July 4, Noon - 3 pm

Celebrate America’s birthday with fun featuring the Lightning Bolt Express Train ($5 adults, $4 children).

Dog Days of Summer in Franklin Square - New in 2018!

Sunday, July 15, Noon - 3 pm

Dog Days will welcome four-legged friends with free pet portraits, sprinklers and shallow pools for cooling off, and puppy play dates with fetching balls and toys, as well as pet-friendly organizations to learn about and support. FREE.

Summer Sounds on the Square Kickoff - New in 2018!

Saturday, July 21, noon and 6 pm

To kick off the brand new Summer Sounds at the Square, Franklin Square, in partnership with The Philly POPS, presents an innovative night and day of music. Soloists will perform in four locations throughout the Square, once at 12 noon and again at dusk. The daytime performances will include repertoire designed to delight an all-family audience. The evening performances will focus on romance. Look for POPS players on trumpet, sax, flute, and trombone. The event is organized by Matt Gallagher, principal trumpet with The Philly POPS, and Ron Kerber, a multi-instrumentalist. Also performing will be Mark Allen on saxophone and Randy Kapralick on trombone. Sponsored by Visit Philadelphia.

Family Sports Day - New in 2018!

Monday, July 23, Noon - 4 pm

Celebrate Philadelphia’s City of Champions and challenge physical skills on a variety of inflatable sports-themed attractions. Baseball-themed activities will pay homage to the Philadelphia Phillies. Tickets required for some attractions.

Friday Night at the Movies

Friday, July 27, 8:30 pm

Enjoy a beautiful night in the Square and watch The Lion King on the Great Lawn! Movie admission is FREE.

Dog Days of Summer in Franklin Square - New in 2018!

Sunday, August 12, Noon - 3 pm

Take a stroll with your four-legged friends through Franklin Square to enjoy pet portraits, sprinklers and shallow pools for cooling off, and puppy play dates with fetching balls and toys. Also, learn how you can support local pet-friendly organizations. FREE.

Family Sports Day - New in 2018!

Sunday, August 19, Noon - 4 pm

Celebrate Philadelphia’s City of Champions and challenge physical skills on a variety of inflatable sports-themed attractions. Baseball-themed activities will pay homage to the Philadelphia Phillies. Tickets required for some attractions.

Friday Night at the Movies

Friday, August 24, 8:30 pm

Bring a blanket and get cozy as you watch the 2017 hit movie Coco on the Great Lawn. Movie admission is FREE.

Labor Day Celebration

Saturday – Monday, September 1 – 3, 12 - 3 pm

All aboard! Take a ride on the Lightning Bolt Express Train ($5 adults, $4 children) in the Square to help us celebrate Labor Day and the end of summer!

 

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