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!

Saturday Night at the Movies Featuring Finding Dory

Saturday, August 19, 7 pm - 11 pm (movie begins at 8:30 pm)

Enjoy a FREE screening Finding Dory on the Great Lawn! Movie admission is FREE. Tickets required for Philly Mini Golf and the Parx Liberty Carousel.

Franklin Square Food Truck Fest

Saturday, August 26, Noon – 5 pm

In collaboration with Rebel Seed Cidery, Food Truck Fest brings food and fun to Franklin Square. For a $10 entrance fee, you will receive 1 drink ticket and 1 voting ticket for the truck of your choice! Food Trucks include The Cow and the Curd, Philly Fry, Little Baby's Ice Cream, Bonjour Creperie, Loco Gringo Taco, and Center City Pretzel Co.

Food trucks are pay-as-you-go. The initial $10 is an entrance fee.

Labor Day Celebration

Saturday – Monday, September 2 – 4, Noon – 3 pm

Bring the family to Franklin Square for a family-friendly holiday celebration. This unofficial end of summer celebration features patriotic fun and a stop from the Lightning Bolt Express Train ($5 adults, $4 children). Tickets required for Philly Mini Golf and the Parx Liberty Carousel.

Saturday Night at the Movies: Moana

Saturday, September 2, 8 – 11 pm

Continue your labor day celebration in Franklin Square with a movie on the Great Lawn. Join us for a FREE screening of the 2016 hit Disney movie Moana! Tickets required for Philly Mini Golf and the Parx Liberty Carousel.

Sponsored by K12 Inc.

Art Squared Music Camp

Saturdays, September 9, 16, 23, & 30, 9 am – Noon

Join Historic Philadelphia, Inc. for four Saturdays of music education and inspiration as students use their voices and instruments to learn songs in preparation for a public performance on September 30.

Art Squared is a free program generously funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and produced by Historic Philadelphia, Inc. Art Squared camps are FREE but space is limited.

Click here to register for the camp.

Grandparents' Day Brunch

Sunday, September 10, 11 am - 1 pm

Show your grandparents how much they are appreciated by treating them to a delicious brunch in the Franklin Square Pavilion, catered by Cooperage. $25 advance ticket purchase required. Purchase tickets at Franklin Square or historicphiladelphia.org.

Mural Arts Philadelphia Presents Monument Lab: Sample Philly

September 16 – November 19

See Philadelphia artist Kara Crombie’s monument, Sample Philly, on display at Franklin Square. The artwork, part of Mural Arts Philadelphia’s citywide project, Monument Lab, is inspired by free arts and music education in Philadelphia and contains a sound bank of musical loops drawn from Philadelphia’s rich musical history.

Visitors are encouraged to take part in a learning lab stationed near the monument to design or describe their own visions for monuments that represent Philadelphia.

Spooky Mini Golf

Fri., Sat., and Sun. evenings, October 1 – 30, 6 – 9 pm

18 holes of frightening fun await only the bravest of souls! Putt your way through Spooky Mini Golf with family and friends as historic Philadelphia landmarks, including Independence Hall, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Liberty Bell, and many more, turn haunted with Halloween-inspired lights, music, and surprises ($9 adults, $7 children).

Saturday Night at the Movies: Ghostbusters

Saturday, September 2, 7 – 11 pm

Enjoy a FREE screening of the classic 1984 movie Ghostbusters on the Great Lawn. Tickets required for Philly Mini Golf and the Parx Liberty Carousel.

Sponsored by K12 Inc.

Art Squared Drama Camp

Saturdays, October 7, 14, 21, & 28, 9 am – Noon

Aspiring young actors and actresses will take center stage at Franklin Square for four Saturdays of acting, voice, and movement exercises as well as basic prop construction, culminating in an original public performance at on October 28.

Art Squared is a free program generously funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and produced by Historic Philadelphia, Inc. Art Squared camps are FREE but space is limited.

Click here to register for the camp.

Pumpkin Patch

Saturday, October 21, Noon – 2 pm

Pick out a pumpkin from the Franklin Square Pumpkin Patch and decorate it with spooky designs to take home. FREE! Recommended for children 10 and under. Limit: 1 pumpkin per child. Group reservations and participation are not available.

Don’t forget to take a ride on the Lightning Bolt Express Train as it makes a fall stop in the Square ($5 adults, $4 children).

Fox Rothschild Trick-Or-Treat Trail

Saturday, October 28, Noon – 3 pm

Create your own Halloween-themed bag, follow the map, and trick-or-treat throughout the park. FREE! Recommended for children 10 and under. Group reservations and participation are not available.

Hop onboard the Lightning Bolt Express Train for a fall ride around the Square ($5 adults, $4 children).

The Franklin Square Holiday Festival Returns to Franklin Square November 9th!

November 9 – December 31

The Franklin Square Holiday Festival and Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show presented by PECO returns this winter! Plan your visit to Philadelphia’s favorite holiday tradition, featuring plenty of family fun, delicious comfort foods, and special events!

 

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Ways to Give

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