Break out the bikes, roller skates and comfy shoes: Philly Free Streets returns to North Broad Street for another year of car-free, fresh-air fun!
The fourth edition of this free event takes place on Saturday, August 3 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., giving residents and visitors a chance to walk, run, bike and play along four miles of the temporarily car-free thoroughfare from Arch Street to Butler Street.
PHILLY FREE STREETS FAST FACTS
- Philly Free Streets takes place on Saturday, August 3 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- The four-mile route stretches between Arch Street and Butler Street on North Broad Street.
- The route is closed to vehicular traffic to allow walkers, runners and bikers to move about freely.
- The event is free and open to the public, and features fun activities along the route.
Residents and visitors can also check out tons of free activities along the route, including the Beach on North Broad, a pop-up picnic, free admission at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, multiple fitness opportunities and more.
Philly Free Streets launched in 2016 to promote active transportation methods and to encourage exploration of the city’s neighborhoods.
The 2016 event took place on South Street, while 2017’s Free Streets connected Philadelphia’s Historic District to El Centro de Oro in North Philadelphia. 2018’s event stretched along North Broad Street from City Hall to Erie streets, while 2019’s event covers the same ground but extends one block further north to Butler Street.
All non-motorized forms of transportation are permitted along the route. That said, Philly Free Streets is accessible to people with mobility limitations who use motorized wheelchairs, scooters, pedal-assist bikes and adaptive bicycles.
Free Streets participants can also rent a bike at the Indego bikeshare station at Broad and Girard streets.
Free Streets-goers can partake in plenty of activities along the entire stretch of the Philly Free Streets route.
Kick off the morning at 9 a.m. at the Philadelphia School District building (440 N. Broad Street) for Mayor Jim Kenney’s annual power walk. During the walk, enjoy tunes by student musicians, a book giveaway and more.
Other fitness opportunities include free 30-minute workouts courtesy of CHARGE Performance and Wellness, dance lessons and a dance contest at Uptown Theatre, interactive jump roping with Philly Girls Jump at Sullivan Progress Plaza, and the Slay Like Beyonce Dance and Fitness class at the B A Gem stage at Broad and Butler streets.
For art lovers, Mural Arts Philadelphia sets up shop in its Mural Mobile at Broad Street and Fairmount Avenue for make-and-take art activities. Also, guests stopping by get a chance to pick up some sidewalk chalk and transform the Fairmount Triangle into a colorful street mural.
Additionally, artists from Painting with a Twist help attendees paint masterpieces at Zion Baptist Church. Also at the church, get a free manicure courtesy of a Philadelphia police officer.
Hungry Free Streeters can stop by the B A GEM pop-up picnic at Broad Street and Germantown Avenue to grab a bite to go, and rest stations are set up at Poplar Street, Cecil B. Moore Street, Susquehanna Avenue, Lehigh Avenue and Clearfield Street.
Other highlights for the day include pay-as-you-wish admission at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the return of the Then And Now: Black History on Broad Street scavenger hunt for guests interested in learning about North Broad Street’s rich African American history and Temple University‘s free one-day summer camp.
For the full schedule of activities and all of the location details for each event, click here.
The Beach on North Broad
The popular Beach on North Broad — a 1,500-square foot beach with 50 tons of sand — returns for Philly Free Streets 2019 at Broad and Master streets. The beach is open on Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and comes complete with a giant Adirondack chair, umbrellas and beach chairs, hammocks and more.
Look forward to an appearance by the Phillie Phanatic, hoola hoop fun courtesy of Spin Coalition, and get ready to play some beach blanket bingo to win cool prizes.
The Route Map
Philly Free Streets closes a four-mile stretch of North Broad Street, from Arch Street to Butler Street in North Philadelphia.
There is no formal starting point or finish line, so attendees can enter or exit at any point along the event footprint.
Get excited to get moving at this great event on Saturday, August 3!
When:Saturday, August 3, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where:North Broad Street from Arch Street to Butler Street