There’s something for everyone this summer at Philadelphia’s parks. The options are as bountiful as the good times you’ll have!

Our staff and partners have geared up to present an array of summer events. Some highlights:

  • Enjoy an outdoor movie, concert, or campfire.
  • Practice archery or learn how to fish.
  • Soak in the sunset on a kayak cruise.
  • Join a group walk, meditation, or yoga class.
  • Learn to salsa or try hip hop and soul line dancing.
  • Practice meditation outdoors.

Check out the details for these events below. And be sure to check out our events calendar for the full roster of fun!

Line Dancing on the River – Hip Hop and Soul

August 1, 2022
**Recurs every Monday in August and September.**
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

August 3, 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.

Family Fun By The River

August 4, 2022
**Recurs every Thursday in August.**
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

August 4, 2022
**Recurs every Thursday in August.**
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 movies by the riverside, hosted by Schuylkill Banks. Movies start 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.

Salsa & Bachata Dance Party in LOVE Park

August 5, 2022
7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
LOVE Park –1501 John F. Kennedy Blvd. Philadelphia, PA 19120

Join Siempre Salsa Philly and Dance Republic for a group Dance Lesson immediately followed by the opportunity to “dance the night away” to the sounds of Philly’s top Latin DJs and/or the region’s best salsa bands. View additional details here.

We Walk PHL in Tacony Creek Park

August 6, 2022
**Recurs every Saturday 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 hosted by TTF Partnership. 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.orgView additional event details and COVID information.

Creatures of the Night Hike & Campfire

August 06, 2022
7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Pennypack Environmental Center – 8600 Verree Rd., Philadelphia, PA

Join us for his creatures of the night hike to walk through the park and ID some of the wildlife that comes out at night here in the Pennypack. Bats, owls, and other night time creatures. and then enjoy a campfire after. Registration required ! Ages 10+ and adults. Read more details.

Yoga in the Park

August 7, 2022
**Recurs on Sundays in 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.

FDR Park Plan Walk and Talk

August 13, 2022
**Recurs September 17, 2022**
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
FDR Park

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 next tour.

Kids Fishing/Life in the Creek

August 13, 2022
Two sessions: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center – 700 Cobbs Creek Pkwy., Philadelphia, PA, 19143

Learn about fish and other animals who live in the creek. Enjoy some outside time learning to fish with our new rods & reels. You must RSVP by email to
View the Facebook event for full details.

Learn Archery

August 13, 2022
**Recurs on select Saturdays in 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.

Kidchella 2022 August Concert

August 19, 2022
4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Smith Memorial Playground

Smith’s Kidchella Music Festival is BACK! Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy this unique live music experience. Lucy Kalantari and 123 Andres will perform. Enjoy cake and sing Happy Birthday as Smith turns 123 years old! In addition to music, the event will feature art stations, food trucks, giveaways, pre-show performances, and fun on the 6 1/2 acre Playground. The main concert will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. Tickets: $12; $6 for Smith Members and Access Card Holders. Access Card holders should email for your discount code. Purchase tickets for the event.

Whitman on Walls

August 20, 2022
7 p.m. – garden opens; 8 p.m. – performance begins
Venice Island and Performing Arts Center – 1 Rector St., Philadelphia, PA, 19127

The Whitman on Walls! (WoW!) vision is to project the seven films on a public wall. After each film a local poet stands up at a microphone and “speaks back” to Whitman in their own words. This event is similar to a drive-in movie meets a poetry slam. Poets take up Whitman’s challenge or quarrel with him, thus weaving together film and live recitation/performance. The films portray over 50 actors from around the world who are paired with a live performance of a number of local artists, including a class from a local Philadelphia public elementary school. In partnership with Venice Island PAC, Compagnia de’ Colombari & Mad Poets Society. Register for this event.

Learn to Fish – Frankford Boat Launch

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.

Sunset Kayak Cruise on the FDR Lakes

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.