20 Spring Season Kickoffs We’re Psyched For In Philly In 2017

The grand openings of beer gardens, seasonal fitness classes, major attractions and more...

With temperatures rising and clouds parting, we can’t help but get excited for the warm-weather seasons to begin in Philadelphia.

Few things signal the arrival of spring in Philly more than outdoor bars and al fresco programming in all pockets across the city — think Spruce Street Harbor Park, Independence Beer Garden, Morgan’s Pier, Bok Bar, free yoga at Race Street Pier and more.

The sunny-weather fun doesn’t stop there. The spring also welcomes the debut of major attractions like the Museum of the American Revolution and Bartram’s Mile Expansion along the Schuylkill River.

Read on for the openings that have us looking forward to spring in Philly.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center's Grand Opening

LEGOLAND Discovery CenterPhoto courtesy LEGOLAND Discovery Center

Block by block, LEGOLAND® Discovery Center will unlock imaginations as wannabe builders dive into an interactive world of hands-on play. Children and parents will be entertained for hours at this indoor playground, featuring iconic Philadelphia landmarks created from millions of LEGO bricks in MiniLand, Play Zones with an almost unlimited supply of LEGO bricks, a kid-friendly ride and a 4-D cinema. The exciting attraction opens on Thursday, April 6.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center's Grand Opening

When:Opens Thursday, April 6
Where:Plymouth Meeting Mall, 500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting

www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com

Free Fitness at Dilworth Park

Dilworth Park's popular free fitness classes return for the season starting Tuesday, April 4. The fitness classes include yoga and boot camp on Tuesdays, senior fitness classes and the City Fit Girls running club on Wednesdays and Zumba classes on Thursdays. Click here for the full schedule.

Free Fitness at Dilworth Park

When:Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through Thursday, May 25
Where:Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street
Cost:Free

www.dilworthpark.org

Phillies Home Opener at Citizens Bank Park

Philadelphia PhilliesPhoto courtesy Philadelphia Phillies

There are few more celebrated ways to welcome spring than by catching a good ol' game of baseball and the Philadelphia Phillies play at Citizens Bank Park starting April 7. The young and hungry Phils will try to steal a win as they take on National League East Division rivals the Washington Nationals in their home opener on Friday, April 7.

Phillies Home Opener at Citizens Bank Park

When:Friday, April 7, 3:05 p.m.
Where:Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way
Cost:$51 and up

www.mlb.com

Clover Market

Shopping fans, take note. The popular roving Clover Market makes its grand return for its 2017 season on Sunday, April 9. The season kicks off along West Highland Avenue in Chestnut Hill with shopping from more than 100 vendors as well as fare from a selection of food trucks and drinks. Guests can browse jewelry, items for the home, photographs, vintage goods and more at this day-long shopping event. After April 9, the market pops up in Bryn Mawr on April 23, May 21 and June 11; Collingswood, N.J., on May 7 and Kennett Square on June 18.

Clover Market

When:Sundays, April 9, April 23, May 7, May 21 and June 11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where:25 W. Highland Avenue
Cost:Pay as you go

www.theclovermarket.com

Free Yoga at Race Street Pier

Race Street PierPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

One of the first signs of spring in Philadelphia is the kickoff of free yoga at Race Street Pier. The free classes fill the pier on a daily basis (weather permitting) through November 12, 2017, running from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Monday through Friday, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday (yes, there are two classes Monday through Thursday!) and 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Namaste.

Free Yoga at Race Street Pier

When:Monday, April 10-Sunday, November 12
Where:Race Street Pier, Race Street and N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

www.delawareriverwaterfront.com

Museum of the American Revolution Grand Opening

MoARPhoto by J. Fusco for the Museum of the American Revolution

The Museum of the American Revolution opens its doors this spring in Philadelphia's Historic District, just steps from Independence Hall and in the heart of a city that served as the headquarters for the Revolution. Through immersive exhibitions and priceless artifacts, the museum traces the evolution of the colonies from the earliest days of unrest through a legendary war and the improbable victory that led to a new nation. Highlights include General Washington’s original headquarters tent, Revolutionary War weapons, centuries-old military documents and hundreds of other authentic objects.

Museum of the American Revolution Grand Opening

When:Opens Wednesday, April 19
Where:Museum of The American Revolution, 101 S. 3rd Street

www.amrevmuseum.org

Morgan's Pier

Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

Morgan's Pier, a quintessential warm-weather bar, reopens for the season on April 20 with all of the waterfront fun you've come to expect at the beer garden – think craft beer, cold cocktails, great brews and more. This year, the restaurant will be serving food by 2017 chefs-in-residence Kevin D'Egidio and Michael Griffiths, the chefs and owners of Helm and South Helm.

Morgan's Pier

When:Opens Thursday, April 20
Where:Morgan's Pier, 221 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Pay as you go

www.morganspier.com

Bartram's Mile Expansion

Bartram's MileImage courtesy Andropogon

Here’s one that will please history lovers and outdoor fans: April brings the opening of the new Bartram’s Mile, a 1.1-mile addition to Schuylkill Banks recreational trail. The 15-foot-wide multi-use path will extend along the western bank of the Schuylkill River through the grounds of historic Bartram’s Garden, frequented by Washington, Jefferson and other boldface names from history. Selfie alert: The new plaza at the 56th Street access point offers great skyline views.

Bartram's Mile Expansion

When:Opens Saturday, April 22
Where:West Bank of the Schuylkill River from Grays Ferry Avenue to 56th Street

www.schuylkillbanks.org

Sky-High Beer Garden at Cira Green

Cira GreenPhoto by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Raise your drinks to the sky — literally. This spring, a sky-high beer garden debuts at Philly’s first elevated park, Cira Green. Presented by World Cafe Live, the beer garden debuts on Friday, April 21 and continues on Friday nights through June 23. The beer garden kicks off every week at 5 p.m. with the tapping of a limited-release keg and continues with a variety of drink selections for all 21-plus guests. (Note: This beer garden is 21-plus only.)

Sky-High Beer Garden at Cira Green

When:Fridays, April 21-June 30, 5-9 p.m.
Where:Cira Green, 129 S. 30th Street, 11th Floor
Cost:Pay as you go

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Independence Beer Garden

Independence Beer GardenPhoto by Neal Santos

Philadelphia is lucky enough to have a casual beer garden within a few steps of one of its most-visited attractions, Independence Mall. Say hello to Independence Beer Garden, which opens for the season on April 24 with lawn games, beer, food, cocktails and much more. Stay tuned for the exact opening date as well as opening weekend events.

Independence Beer Garden

When:Monday, April 24
Where:Independence Beer Garden, 100 S. Independence Mall W.
Cost:Pay as you go

www.phlbeergarden.com

Night Market Philadelphia

Food truck festivals are a favorite when the spring weather hits, and luckily, The Food Trust’s Night Market returns this spring, summer and fall. The first event of the year goes down in Burholme in Northeast Philadelphia on Thursday, May 11. The events continue in Spruce Hill on July 1 (a Saturday!), Roxborough on August 10 and the Italian Market on October 5. Each festival draws more than 50,000 guests and promises a roster of more than 80 food trucks, vendors and beverage producers (read: beer).

Night Market Philadelphia

When:Burholme, Thursday, May 11; Spruce Hill, Saturday, July 1; Roxborough, Thursday, August 10; Italian Market, Thursday, October 5
Where:Burholme, Spruce Hill, Roxborough and the Italian Market
Cost:Pay as you go

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Parks on Tap

Parks on TapPhoto by Albert Yee for Fairmount Parks Conservancy

Concession trucks meet permanent parks during the warm-weather Parks on Tap series. The traveling program takes advantage of green spaces throughout the city, and Philly’s wealth of mobile suppliers bring two trucks at a time (one food, one craft beer and other adult beverages) to rotating locations throughout the area. The series kicks off for its second summer on May 17 at the beautiful Azalea Garden in Fairmount Park. Other locations include FDR Park, Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, Penn Treaty Park and the Schuylkill Banks.

Parks on Tap

When:Wednesday, May 17-Sunday, October 1
Where:Various locations including the Azalea Garden, Kelly Drive and Fairmount Avenue
Cost:Pay as you go

www.parksontap.com

Spruce Street Harbor Park

Spruce Street Harbor ParkPhoto by Matt Stanley for DRWC

Back for its fourth year, Spruce Street Harbor Park reopens this May. The beloved pop-up park invites visitors to lounge on its signature hammocks, enjoy food from its floating restaurant, cool off with drafts from the beer garden and hang out and play games – ping pong, shuffleboard and more – along its waterfront boardwalk. Stay tuned for an exact opening date.

Spruce Street Harbor Park

When:Friday, May 12
Where:Spruce Street Harbor Park, 401 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free admission

www.delawareriverwaterfront.com

Bok Bar

Toward the end of May, Bok Bar — South Philly's resident rooftop bar — opens its rooftop for the summer. Things to look forward to: Grooving to a curated playlist of music, enjoying food and drinks and snapping a photo of the Instagram-worthy view.

Bok Bar

When:Late May
Where:Bok Bar at the Bok School, 1901 S. 9th Street

www.bok-bar.com

Summer of Spectacle at Longwood Gardens

Longwood GardensRendering courtesy Longwood Gardens

After delighting crowds for more than 85 years, Longwood Gardens’ fountains have undergone a $90 million makeover. Now enhanced by 21st-century technology and dramatic new lighting, a variety of newly choreographed fountain shows featuring jets that shoot more than 175 feet in the air will elicit ooohs and aahhhs. New seating areas, a grotto, a trestle bridge and landscaped paths offer guests lots of photo-worthy scenes.

Summer of Spectacle at Longwood Gardens

When:May 27-September 30
Where:Longwood Gardens, 401 E. Street Road, Kennett Square
Cost:Included in the price of general admission

www.longwoodgardens.org

PHS Pop-Up Gardens

PHS Pop Up GardenPhoto by Rob Cardillo for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

The much-adored PHS Pop-Up Gardens are slated to return with verdant public spaces for food and drink this spring, summer and fall. Stay tuned for information regarding locations and grand opening dates, but expect to be drinking and dining at the PHS Pop-Up Gardens in May.

PHS Pop-Up Gardens

When:South Street, Tuesday, May 9; University City, TBD
Where:PHS Pop Up Garden, 2016 Location; 1438 South Street and 500 N. 10th Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.phsonline.org

Center City Sips

SipsPhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Drinks are meant to be sipped outdoors during the warm months, which is why Center City Sips is a favorite spring and summer promotion that runs at more than 100 bars throughout the city. From 5 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday this late-spring and summer, enjoy $5 cocktails, $4 wine, $3 beer and half-priced appetizers at bars like Bar Bombon, Charlie was a sinner, Brü Craft & Wurst, Independence Beer Garden, Opa, Tequilas Restaurant, Square 1682, Sampan and more.

Center City Sips

When:Preview, Wednesday, May 31; Official Kickoff, Wednesday, June 7
Where:Throughout Center City, 1401 JFK Boulevard
Cost:Pay as you go

www.centercityphila.org

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

SummerfestPhoto courtesy Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, Spruce Street Harbor Park’s sister site, will return this May with roller skating and plenty of food and drink options on the waterfront. Stay tuned for more on this awesome attraction.

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

When:Friday, May 26
Where:Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Pay as you go

www.delawareriverwaterfront.com

The Association for Public Art Presents Big Bling

The Association for Public Art (aPA) brings sculptural installation Big Bling to Philly this summer. A creation of acclaimed sculptor Martin Puryear, Big Bling stands as his largest temporary outdoor sculpture yet. On view from June to November 2017 on Kelly Drive, the multi-tier wood structure appears to be part animal, part abstract sculpture and part meditation piece.

The Association for Public Art Presents Big Bling

When:June 8-November 2017
Where:Along Kelly Drive
Cost:Free

www.associationforpublicart.org

Tria Wine Garden

TriaPhoto by C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia

Joining a family of wine bars, Tria Wine Garden takes a cue from Philly's bountiful beer garden scene, serving wines, cheese and beer on an expanded patio in Center City West.

Tria Wine Garden

When:Late-Spring
Where:Tria Wine Garden, 31 S. 18th Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.triaphilly.com

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