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Sixteen Summer Events in Philadelphia Parks

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A city press release details 16 fun summer events in the Philadelphia area below:

We Walk PHL in Tacony Creek Park

July 02, 2022

**Recurs Saturdays through the fall.** 

9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Tacony Creek Park – Whitaker Ave and Loudon St, Philadelphia, PA 19120

Join your neighbors every Saturday morning for a healthy and empowering stroll on the Tacony Creek Park trail as a part of We Walk PHL. The trail is a paved, fairly flat Circuit Trail; all ages and abilities are encouraged to join this free walking group. Attendees may walk-in or email doryan@ttfwatershed.org. View additional event details and COVID information.

Trail Talk Tuesdays

July 5, 2022

**Recurs every Tuesday in July.**

10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Guardhouse Café – 2275 Bridge St, Philadelphia, PA 19137

Join Riverfront North Partnership on Tuesdays in July to learn about projects and programming along the Delaware Riverfront. They’ll have coupons for a free drink and other goodies too. If the weather is either rainy or too hot, they’ll gather inside. Learn more about it.

Firefly Fireworks

July 05, 2022

8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Wissahickon Environmental Center – 300 West Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia, 19118.

Enjoy an evening visit to our meadow and an explosive display brought to us by our state insect…the firefly. Also known as lightning bugs, these fascinating creatures light up the Andorra Meadow with bioluminescence. Bring a blanket and bug jar. We will also listen for night singing insects, and look out for bats. All ages welcome. While we cannot guarantee a spectacular bioluminescent performance, it will be an enjoyable night hike surrounded by nature. View additional information and find tickets.


July 06, 2022

3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center – 700 Cobbs Creek Pkwy., Philadelphia, PA, 19143

Learn about the turtle species that reside in Cobbs Creek Park and nearby. We will learn about turtles at the Center and then take a walk looking for turtles in the wild. Learn more about the event on Facebook.

Sunset Kayak Cruise on the FDR Lakes

July 06, 2022

**Also takes place August 26, 2022**

7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

FDR Park Boat House

Did you know that FDR is the only park with publicly accessible lakes and an active boating program? Come see for yourself by joining the Fairmount Park Conservancy‘s evening guided kayak tour of the three connected bodies of water: Pattison Lagoon, Edgewood Lake, and Hollander Creek. Kayaking on the flat waters of “The Lakes” with the warm glow of the setting sun is a serene, yet exciting experience. Read all the details and purchase tickets.

Family Fun By The River

July 07, 2022

**Recurs every Thursday in July.**

1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Pleasant Hill Park – Linden Ave. & Delaware Ave., Philadelphia, PA, 19136

Riverfront North Partnership brings out fun for the whole family every Thursday in the field near the playground at Pleasant Hill Park. Enjoy kid’s field games (corn hole, horseshoes, hula hoops, balls, giant jenga, giant connect 4 etc.), arts and crafts, fun nature activities, and more. No sign up necessary. Event will be canceled if there is rain or very hot weather. View additional event details.

Free Outdoor Movie Night

July 07, 2022

**Recurs every Thursday in July.**

8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Schuylkill River Park – Schuylkill Banks at Walnut Street

Bring your friends, blanket, and picnic for a great time watching The Maltese Falcon by the riverside, hosted by Schuylkill Banks. The movie starts at sunset, around 8:30 p.m. Come early to stake out your spot, watch the sunset, or take a riverboat or kayak tour. More details here: View additional details.

Morning runs and Family Trail Time

July 09, 2022

**Recurs every Saturday in July.**

Tacony Creek Park – contact for meet-up location (see below)

  • Morning run: 7:30 a.m.– 9 a.m.
  • Family Trail Time and Kids Run: 4 p.m.

Bike or run with us on the paved Tacony Creek Park Trail, part of the Circuit Trails Network. Schedule:  RSVP for location to tcptrotters@gmail.com or 215-744-1853. View the Facebook event for more information.

FDR Park Plan Walk and Talk

July 09, 2022

**Recurs July 30, 2022**

9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Exciting changes are coming to FDR Park over the next several years. Join us for an approximately 2 hour tour (with many stops) to learn more about how the FDR Park Plan’s two main zones–the Ecological Core and Urban Edge–will balance nature, water, and human activity into one unified, climate resilient system. Maura McCarthy and Justin DiBerardinis will lead this free, two-hour walking tour. Register for the July 9 or July 30 tour.


Learn Archery

July 09, 2022

**Recurs on select Saturdays in July and August.**

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Pennypack on the Delaware – 8201 State Rd., Philadelphia, PA, 19136

Let’s Go Outdoors is offering free drop-in archery events all summer long. These programs are an opportunity to have fun learning how to safely use a bow and arrow to shoot a target. View additional details and register.

Yoga in the Park

July 10, 2022

**Recurs on Sundays in July and August.**

10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Lemon Hill Mansion – Sedgley Dr. & Lemon Hill Dr., Philadelphia, PA, 19130

Join the Fairmount Park Conservancy for socially-distanced yoga classes in East Fairmount Park. These all-levels classes take place each Sunday and will be led by a rotation local teachers from Tula Yoga.

Read more and purchase tickets.

Line Dancing on the River – Hip Hop and Soul

July 11, 2022

**Recurs Monday, July 18 and July 25, 2o22.**

6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Pennypack on the Delaware – 8201 State Rd., Philadelphia, PA, 19136

Join Riverfront North Partnership for Hip Hop and Soul Line Dancing by the River with instructor Mr. Marty. The classes are free and open to all ages and levels. Children will need to have an adult with them to participate. The fun takes place on the large grass pier at Pennypack on the Delaware. Please wear suitable sneakers. Read more about it and complete the waiver before attending.

Wednesday Meditations

July 13, 2022

**Recurs Wednesdays**

10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Wissahickon Environmental Center – 300 West Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia, 19118.

Explore various modalities of meditation in this 6-week program. Bring something to sit on such as a pillow, bolster, or mat. Consider sunscreen, insect repellent, and water bottle. Program is in partnership with the Andorra branch of the Free Library. Register for the event. Registration opens one week before the program.

Animals that Live on the Forest Floor

July 13, 2022

10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center – 700 Cobbs Creek Pkwy., Philadelphia, PA, 19143

Dig under logs to look for insects and other species, like millipedes, snails, worms, and more! Learn about the recyclers’ of Earth’s nutrients, also including fungi and bacteria. See additional information.

Learn to Fish – Frankford Boat Launch

July 14, 2022

**Recurs July 28, August 11, and August 25, 2022**

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Frankford Boat Launch

Learn how to fish—for free! Rods, tackle, bait and basic instruction will be provided. First come, first served. Great for youth & adults who are new or intermediate anglers. Registration encouraged but not required. *Registration via eventbrite: View more information and register. This series is taking place in partnership with MidAtlantic Youth Anglers & Outdoors Partners.

Campfire at Pennypack Park

July 15, 2022

7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Pennypack Environmental Center – 8600a Verree Road, Philadelphia, PA, 19115

Enjoy an evening of stories told by Pete our naturalist. This will be Pete’s last time hosting a campfire before retiring. Call us at 215-685-0470 if you have any questions. View event details.

Bat Night

July 21, 2022

7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center – 700 Cobbs Creek Pkwy., Philadelphia, PA, 19143

Join us as we search for bats using a sonic detector. Learn about the bats commonly living in our region and their important role in the ecosystem. Find out about current threats to bats. Learn more about it.

Moth Night!

July 23, 2022

8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Pennypack on the Delaware – 8201 State Rd., Philadelphia, PA, 19136Celebrate National Moth Week with a lesson on moths from our expert, bait and trapping, sketching, exploring, and an all-around fun learning experience. Bring a flashlight or headlamp for best viewing. Pre-register for this event (required).