Franklin Square

Special Events

Upcoming Events in Franklin Square!

FREE Fountain Show Performances

  • Daytime: On the half hour from noon until 2 pm
  • Evening: On the half hour from 6 pm until closing

Find a place on the lawn or sit back on a bench and watch the elaborate water effects dance and shoot high into the air, choreographed to a variety of music from the decades. After dusk, fountain performances are enhanced with synchronized colored illuminations!


Summer Splash in the Square

  • Thursdays - Sundays in August

Swing along with the sights and sounds of the new Franklin Square Fountain Show, while enjoying festive theme nights including dance parties, movie nights, and games for all ages, along with the Oasis Cocktail Garden (Thursdays – Saturdays). All events are free!


Throwback Thursdays

  • Thursdays in August: 5 pm – 10 pm

Dance and sing along to classic tunes as DJ Robert Drake fills the Square with the biggest hits of the decade, celebrating a different musical era each week! Decade dress encouraged!
August 1: 60s, August 8: 70s, August 15: 80s, August 22: 90s, August 29: 2000s


Franklin Fridays

  • Fridays in August: 5 pm – 10 pm

Channel your inner Ben and bring your wit and wisdom to Franklin Square’s weekly game nights, featuring B-E-N-G-O hosted by Benjamin Franklin with prizes at 6 pm, Quizzo with Deborah Franklin at 7 pm, and Colonial games!


Super Movie Saturdays

  • Saturdays in August: 5 pm – 10 pm

Outdoor movies will be SUPER with five weeks of blockbusters featuring superheroes and heroines. Free screenings begin at approximately 8:30 pm.
August 3: Superman (1978), August 10: Shazam! (2019), August 17: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018), August 24: The Incredibles (2004), August 31: Wonder Woman (2017).


Fun in the Sun-days

  • Sundays in August: 11 am – 6 pm; Franklin Square open until 10 pm

Franklin Square becomes a summer oasis without the shore traffic as lawn games, musical chairs, bocce, and volleyball fill the Great Lawn with fun for all ages and prizes. Join us for Yoga at 11 am, Colonial Kids' Quest puppet show from 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm, Musical Chairs from 1 - 3 pm, and daytime Fountain Shows from noon to 2 pm.


Franklin Square Labor Day Celebration

  • August 31 - September 2: 12 pm – 3 pm

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

Spooky Mini Golf

  • Thursdays - Sundays, October 3 - 31: 6 pm – 9 pm

Philly Mini Golf is transformed into spooky fun for the season with fog, lights, music, and surprises ($10 adults, $8 children).
Contains theatrical fog, strobe lights, music, and reduced lighting that may not be suitable for all guests.

Pumpkin Patch

  • Saturday, October 19: 12 pm - 2 pm

Pick a pumpkin out of the Pumpkin Patch and decorate it to take home, FREE for children 10 and under. Also, the Lightning Bolt Express Train makes its traditional fall stop in the Square ($5 adults, $4 children).
One pumpkin per child. While supplies last. Group reservations and participation is not available.


Trick-or-Treat Trail presented by Fox Rothschild

  • Saturday, October 26: 12 pm - 3 pm

Say the magic words to receive a treat. FREE for children 10 and under. Also, the Lightning Bolt Express Train makes its traditional fall stop in the Square ($5 adults, $4 children). 
Group reservations and participation are not available. Giveaways while supplies last.


Bark-or-Treat Trail presented by Merck Animal Health

  • Sunday, October 27: 11 am - 1 pm

Celebrate with your favorite canines for this pup-tastic Halloween event. Dogs are encouraged to dress in costume, follow a trail of treats, and collect helpful information for their owners. Enjoy music, photo opportunities, and a place to play and run in the Square.
Giveaways while supplies last.


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