The Ultimate List of 100 Ways to Have Fun in Philadelphia

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Philadelphia may not be the most expensive city in the world, but living here isn’t cheap by any means. The City of Brotherly Love is in the top five largest cities in the country and everything might cost you a pretty penny. In fact, Philadelphia is one of the most expensive cities in the world for travelers.

That said, living in Philly still has its perks. There are plenty of fun and FREE things you can do in Philadelphia. Whether you are a local on budget and wish to rediscover what Philly has to offer, or a tourist who’s looking to learn and enjoy our city’s history and culture without spending a dime, this list is for you.

Here’s my nitty-gritty guide of the best 100 budget-friendly activities you can do in Philly for free.

Museums and Historical Sites

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1. Independence National Historical Park 
Philadelphia National Historical Park properties include:

  • Liberty Bell Center.
  • The President’s House Site: An outdoor exhibit.
  • Independence Hall: Free, but limited, tickets — Go early!
  • Congress Hall.
  • The Great Essentials exhibit.
  • Old City Hall.
  • The Second Bank of the U.S.
  • Franklin Court Printing Office.
  • Quaker Meeting House.
  • Bishop White House.
  • Germantown White House.
  • Edgar Allan Poe national historical site.
  • Thaddeus Kosciuszko house.
  • Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) national historic site.
  • Carpenter’s Hall.

2. Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, 19130
– One of the largest museums in the country.
– Pay as you wish admission on the first Sunday of the month (10:00 am to 5:00 pm) and every Wednesday (5:00 pm to 8:45 pm) — tickets are available in person only and not online.

3. Barnes Foundation
2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, 19130
– Home of one of the greatest collections of impressionist, post-impressionist and early modern European paintings in the world.
– Free admission on the first Sunday of the month (10 am to 6 pm.)
– Tickets are limited and available on-site starting at 10 am.

4. The Franklin Institute
222 North 20th Street, 19103
– One of America’s most celebrated museums in science and technology.
– On select Mondays of certain months (5 pm to 8 pm.)

5. Rodin Museumo (2)
2151 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, 19130
– The museum features eye-catching work from some of the world’s leading sculptors.
– Admission to the Rodin Museum is Pay What You Wish; the garden is free year-round.

6. Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts
118-128 North Broad Street, 19102
– The nation’s first museum and school of fine arts.
– Free admission for local college students with a valid student ID.

7. Fireman’s Hall Museum
147 N 2nd St, 19106
– The museum features an array of equipment from the city fire departments’ history.
– Open Tue-Sat 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and on the first Friday of each month until 9:00 p.m.
– Free admission and donations are appreciated.

8. United States Mint
151 N. Independence Mall East, 19106
– One of the largest coining facilities in the world.
– Watch money get made and don’t forget to meet Peter, the Mint Eagle.
– Always free (9 am to 4:30 pm.)

9. The Fabric Workshop and Museum
1214 Arch St, 19107
– Include pretty much every visual-arts medium you can think of: painting, ceramics, architecture, video, sculpture, and installations.
– Free and open to the public. 7 Days a Week.

10. Polish American Cultural Center Museum
308 Walnut St, 19106
– The cultural center explores the rich Polish heritage in the area.
– Free admission.

11. The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, 19103
– Dinos After Dark Pay-as you-wish admission; suggested donation: $10. Partial proceeds benefit the Academy.
– Do a scavenger hunt and meet some amazing live animals and buggy boarders and enjoy the tropical butterfly house. Selected dates: 6/28, 7/24, 8/23 and 9/27.

12. The National Museum of American Jewish History
101 South Independence Mall, 19106
– What’s better than to tell the story of freedom than at the NMAJH with views of Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and the National Constitution Center.
– Free days are held on MLK Day, Presidents’ Day, July 4th, Grandparents’ Day, and Children, Family Days and every day in February.
– The first-floor gallery is always free to the public.

13. Science History Institute:
315 Chestnut St, 19106
– Science geeks will enjoy historical artifacts that highlight the stories of the innovations that shape our lives.
– Always free admission.

14. American Philosophical Society
104 South Fifth St, 19106
The oldest learned society in the U.S. and home to a library of more than 7 million manuscripts, 250,000 volumes, and bound periodicals and thousands of maps and prints.
Free admission. Thu–Sun 10am–4pm (to Labor Day) and Fri-Sun 10am–4pm (Labor Day–December 31.)

15. Eastern State Penitentiaryo (3)
2027 Fairmount Ave, 19130

  • The world’s first “penitentiary,” meant to be humane, but it drove men insane.
  • 191FREE0: Free Neighbor Days: Free on the second Sunday of the month for 19130 zip code residents.
  • The Searchlight Series: Free and open to the public on the first Tuesday of every month, no reservations required.
  • Wawa Welcome America: Free Museum Night: Free. Ticket required to guarantee entry.
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Weekend: Readings of the Letter and Family Activities: Free, but ESP tours: standard admission.
  • Coffee with a Cop: This event is free and open to the public. No reservations required.
  • Reception for the Season. Celebrate the new season with an after-hours reception, free and open to the public! Light refreshments usually served.

16. One Liberty Observation Deck
1650 Market St #5700, 19103
– See historic Philly from the top!
– Wawa Welcome America festival: Free admission morning.

17. Wells Fargo Museum
123 S. Broad St, 19109
Check Wells Fargo’s past and learn how it was to deliver mail in the Old West.

18. SEPTA Transit Museum
1234 Market St, 19107
Check out special train displays; a transit exhibit chronicling the 100 Years of the Market-Frankford Line; Trolleys in Philadelphia; and a hands-on Thomas the Tank play table for children at the SEPTA Store at the 13th St. station.

Outdoor Activities

19.First Friday
Year-round
A monthly open house for galleries in Philadelphia.
On the first Friday of every month, over 40 Old City
studios, shops, and restaurants open their doors from 5 pm to 9 pm for a lively evening of their latest exhibitions and free food and drinks.
South 2nd and Market St, 19106 (good starting point.)

20.Outdoor Movies
Seasonal: Every summer, the City of Brotherly Love is filled with outdoor movie screenings. Just bring your blanket and enjoy.
The banks of the Schuylkill River
2501 Walnut St, 19103
Thursdays at 8:30 pm (June 20 to August 29). Remember to bring a blanket or lawn chair for the show.
6/13 “Romancing the Stone”
6/20 “The Karate Kid” (1984)
6/27 “American Graffiti”
7/11 “Fantastic Mr. Fox”
7/18 “Robin Hood” (Disney 1973)
7/25  “Sing”
8/1 “Green Book”
8/8 “Crazy Rich Asians”
8/15  “Captain Marvel”
8/22 “A League of Their Own”

Bartram’s Garden Family Outdoor Movie Nights
5400 Lindbergh Blvd, 19143
Select Fridays at dusk. Free popcorn, free lemonade, and free admission.
5/24  7:30-10:30 pm – “Hotel Transylvania 3”
6/14  7:30-10:30 pm – “Bumblebee”
7/19  8:30-10:30 pm – “Space Jam”
8/9  7:00-10:00 pm – “Peter Rabbit”
9/20  7:00-10:00 pm – “Captain Marvel”

Pennypack on the Delaware Park
Select Thursdays at 8 pm.

Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing
101 S Christopher Columbus Blvd, 19106
Thursdays at 8 pm ( July 11th to August 29th.)
7/11 “Captain Marvel”
7/18 “Crazy Rich Asians”
7/25 “Creed II”
781 “Fighting With My Family”
8/8 “Clueless”
8/15 “Aquaman”
8/22 “Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse”
8/29  “Incredibles 2”

Dilworth Park
1 S 15th St, 19102
Fridays at 8:30 pm. (July 19 to August 23.)
Starting at 8 pm, free popcorn will be distributed to the first 100 guests while supplies last.
7/19 “Captain Marvel”
7/26 “Solo: A Star Wars Story”
8/2 “Black Panther”
8/9 “Creed II”
8/16 “Avengers: Infinity War”
8/23 “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”

Clark Park
4300-4398 Baltimore Ave, 19104
Fridays in August at 8 pm.
8/9 “Solo: A Star Wars Story”
8/16 “Crazy Rich Asians”
8/23 “Creed II”
8/30 ” Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse”

Movies for Good at Cira Green
129 S 30th St, 19104
Select Wednesdays at 5 pm.
The lineup includes the ’80s and ’90s favorites.
6/5 “Jaws”
6/12 “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”
6/19 “Jurassic Park”
6/26 “Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade”
More TBA.

Outdoor Movie Series at La Peg
140 N Christopher Columbus Blvd, 19106
Wednesdays at 8:30 pm (June 12 to August 21.)
6/12 “High Fidelity”
6/19 “Pretty in Pink”
6/26 “Empire Records”
7/10 “Space Jam”
7/17 “She’s All That”
7/24 “Cruel Intentions”
7/31 “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion”
8/7 “Working Girl”
8/14 “Dumb and Dumber”
8/21 “Raising Arizona”

21.City Pools
Parks & Rec has officially released Philly’s public pools scheduleHere’s where to swim for free and beat the summer heat.
Monday, June 17:
Bridesburg Recreation Center (4625 Richmond St., 19137)

Tuesday, June 18:
Lee Cultural Center (4328 Haverford Ave., 19104)
O’Connor Pool (2601 South St., 19146)

Wednesday, June 19
Cione Playground (2600 E. Aramingo Ave., 19125)
Feltonville Recreation Center (4726-4700 Ella St, 19120)
Kelly Pool (4231 Landsdowne Dr., 19131)
Lawncrest Recreation Center (6000 Rising Sun Ave., 19111)
Max Myers Playground (1601 Hellerman St., 19149)
Sacks Playground (400 Washington Ave., 19147)

Thursday, June 20
Christy Recreation Center (728 S. 55th St., 19143)
Fox Chase Recreation Center (7901 Ridgeway St., 19111)
Francisville Playground (1737 Francis St., 19130)
Mander Playground (2140 N. 33rd St., 19121)
Northern Liberties Recreation Center (321 Fairmount Ave., 19123)
Pleasant Playground (6757 Chew Ave., 19119)
Vogt Recreation Center (4131 Unruh Ave., 19135)

Friday, June 21
East Poplar Playground (820 N. 8th St., 19123)
Ridgway Pool (1301 Carpenter St., 19147)
Samuel Recreation Center (3539 Gaul St., 19134)
Ziehler Playground (200 E. Olney Ave., 19120)

Saturday, June 22
American Legion Playground (6201 Torresdale Ave., 19135)
Cobbs Creek Recreation Center (280 Cobbs Creek Pkwy., 19139)
Cohocksink Recreation Center (2901 Cedar St., 19134)
Dendy Playground (1501 N. 10th St., 19122)
Lackman Playground (1101 Bartlett St., 19115)
Mitchell Playground (3700 Whitehall Ln., 19114)
Scanlon Playground (1099 E. Tioga St., 19134)

22. Parks on Tap
Wednesdays through Sundays, April 24 – September 29, 2019.
Pay-as-You-Go Alfresco eats and drinks throughout Philadelphia parks.
4/24-4/28 Azaela Garden (Fairmount)
5/1-5/5 Historic Rittenhouse Town (Wissahickon)
5/8-5/12 Columbus Square (South Philadelphia)
5/15-5/19 Fernhill Park (Germantown)
5/22-5/27 FDR Park (South Philadelphia) — open for Memorial Day, 5/27
5/29-6/2 Fisher Park (Olney)
6/5-6/9 Schuylkill Banks (Center City)
6/12-6/16 Belmont Plateau (West Fairmount Park)
6/19-6/23 Campbell Square (Port Richmond / Kensington)
6/26-6/30 Matthias Baldwin Park (Spring Garden / Center City)
7/3-7/7 Shofuso Japanese House & Garden (West Fairmount Park) — open for 4th of July 12pm-10pm
7/10-7/14 Pastorius Park (Chestnut Hill)
7/17-7/21 The Discovery Center (East Fairmount Park / Strawberry Mansion)
7/24-7/28 Fairmount Water Works (Fairmount)
7/31-8/4 Gorgas Park (Roxborough)
8/7-8/11 Dickinson Square Park (South Philadelphia)
8/14-8/18 Burholme Park (Northeast)
8/21-8/25 McMichael Park (East Falls)
8/28-9/2 Clark Park (West Philadelphia) — open for Labor Day, 9/2 – 12pm-10pm
9/4-9/8 Lemon Hill (East Fairmount Park)
9/11-9/15 Penn Treaty Park (Fishtown)
9/18-9/22 Pretzel Park (Manayunk)
9/25-9/29 Strawberry Mansion Bridge

23. Spruce Street Harbor Parko (2)
121 N Columbus Blvd, 19106
– Open throughout the summer: May 10 – September 29, 2019.
– Pet-friendly.
– Insanely comfy, colorful hammocks.
– Entertaining shuffleboards courts.
– And as the temperature heats up, DRWC will cool it down with music and night shows.
– Pay-as-you-go.

24. The Rocky Statue
2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, 19130
No introduction required.

25. LOVE Sculpture
16th Street and JFK Blvd, 19102

26. Blue Cross RiverRink and the Piers
Pay-As-You-Go.
Summerfest and Winterfest at Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing: 101 S Christopher Columbus Blvd, 19106
Cherry Street Pier: 121 N Christopher Columbus Blvd, 19106
Race Street Pier: N Christopher Columbus Blvd, 19106

27.Shakespeare in the park
4300-4398 Baltimore Ave, 19104
Outdoor production of  Shakespeare’s plays at Clark Park.
FREE surprising performance in a community-based environment.
Next play is King Lear on July 24-28, 2019 at 7 pm.

Fitness

28.Outdoor Yoga. Seasonal.

  • Yoga on the Race Street Pierimg_4060
    N Christopher Columbus Blvd, 19106
    One free hour of yoga sessions. Everyday. Sessions will take place through November 12th at 7 am and 6 pm Monday through Thursday; 7 am on Fridays; 9:30 am Saturdays and Sundays, plus select twilight, solstice, and holiday dates.
  • Yoga on the Banks
    2501 Walnut St, 19103
    Throughout the summer; Saturdays and Sundays at 10 am, Thursdays at 7 pm donation-based yoga classes are hosted on a grassy waterfront patch on the Schuylkill.
  • Yoga in Philly Parks with Roots2Rise and Parks on Tap
    Different park each week. On Thursdays at 6 pm Free class and with a $10 donation to support Roots2Rise.
    5/9 Columbus Square
    5/16 Fernhill Square
    5/23 FDR Park
    5/30 Fisher Park
    6/6 Schuylkill Banks
    6/13 Belmont Plateau
    6/20 Campbell Square
    6/27 Matthias Baldwin Works
    7/4 Shofuso Japanese Garden
    7/11 Pastorius Park
    7/18 The Discovery Center
    7/25 Burholme Park
    8/1 Gorgas Park
    8/8 Dickinson Square
    8/15 Lemon Hill
    8/22 McMichael Park
    8/29 Clark Park
    9/5 Penn Treaty
    9/12 Fairmount Water
    9/19 Pretzel Park
    9/26 Strawberry Mansion Bridge
  • Yoga at the Art Museum
    2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, 19130
    At Anne d’Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden. Wednesdays at 6 pm and 7 pm. Free after pay-what-you-wish Art Museum admission.
  • Yoga at the Navy Yard
    4701 Intrepid Ave, 19112

    Wednesdays, classes are in Crescent Park 6 pm- 7 pm.
    Fridays, they’re at League Island Park 7 am- 8 am.
    Bring your own mat.
    Pre-registration is preferred.

  • Spanglish Yoga at the Rail Park
    Noble Street, N Broad St., 19123
    Tuesdays at 6 pm 5/28-7/2.
    A bilingual (Spanish and English!)
    Free but $5 donation is recommended.
  • Love Park
    16th St. and JFK Blvd, 19102
    Sundays, 11am-12 noon.
    All-levels vinyasa classes.
    Free but cash donations are welcome and will support Roots2Rise.
    Register to reserve your spot; walk-ins are welcome as space allows.
  • FDR Park
    1500 Pattison Ave & South Broad St, 19145
    Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the summer!
    Free and it’s recommended to reserve your spot.
  • Yoga at the Oval+
    2451 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, 19130
    Wednesdays, 6 pm- 8 pm.
    Free fitness classes like yoga, Zumba, kickboxing and more.

29. Athleta
1722 Walnut St, 19103
Athleta stores offer free classes—such as yoga, core fusion, and pilates—on weekends.

30. Lululemon
20 Walnut St, 19103
Lululemon Athletica, partnering with local studios, offer complimentary in-store yoga classes. Check the store for events.

31. We Work PHLWellness
We Work PHL has partnered with some local organizations across the city to bring you a summer-long wellness series dedicated to improving your mind and body.
6/8 The Philasophy Fitness Class ft Athleta & PS Snacks.
6/12 EverybodyFights ft Purposeful Pops.
6/18 Triyo Fitness ft Vibrant Health.)
6/26 Fuel Cycle Fitness ft Nosh Bars.
7/11 Drucker Fitness.
7/18 Amanda Ryan Fitness.
7/25 Gorilla Fitness LLC ft PS Snacks.
7/31 Fuel Cycle Fitness.
8/7 Beth Geddio’s Bootcamp.
8/13 Drucker Fitness.
8/29 Alexis Rose Xperience ft Sip-N-Glo Juicery.
9/10 Beth Geddio’s Bootcamp.
9/11 Barre3.
9/12 Gorilla Power LLC.
9/17 & 9/18  #StayInTheZen Happy Hour: Self Care Edition – Vitality.
9/19 StayInTheZen Happy Hour: Self Care Edition – Vitality”.

32. Shambhala Meditation Center of Philadelphia
2030 Sansom St, 19103
Free meditation classes, but a donation is welcome. Check the calendar for times.

33. Saturday boating at Bartram’s Garden
5400 Lindbergh Blvd, 19143
– Float down the Schuylkill every Saturday from 11am–3pm (weather & river conditions permitting.)
– Bartram’s Garden provides the rowboats, kayaks, oars, paddles and insurance waivers.
– FREE. FREE. FREE.

34. Free Outdoor Workouts Return to Dilworth Park
1 S 15th St, 19102
Mondays at 6 p.m. (April 15th through October 15th): Zumba.
Tuesdays at 6 p.m. (April 16th through July 23rd): Bootcamp.
Tuesdays at 6 p.m. (July 30th through October 15th): Cardio kickboxing.

Entertainment

35.Free events at the Kimmel
300 S Broad St, 19102
The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts offers a handful of free shows every month. Check “free events at the Kimmel’s website to see the current offerings.

  • Sittin’ In: An informal live sessions, club-like setting, featuring new cutting-edge artists on selected Wednesdays.
    At the Commonwealth Plaza inside the Kimmel Center. Doors open at 8 pm; band at 9 pm and close at 11 pm.
    So, go and see who is Sittin’ In. Philly’s Latin Music Dance Party
  • La NOCHE: Philly’s Latin Music Dance Party. Each month, the Kimmel Center get heat up as the hottest live bands led by host/dance leader Kevin Ngo.
    Go and enjoy the sexy rhythms of The Caribbean and Latin America. Selected Mondays.
    The La NOCHE Band start at 8 pm and the main band at 9 pm at the Commonwealth Plaza inside the Kimmel Center.
  • Organ demonstration: Once a month, the Kimmel Center’s one hour tour offered at 1 pm tour will start with a 15-minute organ demonstration of the instrument’s unparalleled and dramatic sounds LIVE in Verizon Hall.
  • Grow Up Great: Take your kids to the Kimmel Center, and introduce them to Jazz and musical theater where they learn to sing and dance.
    One interactive hour on selected Saturdays at 11am.

36. Philly POPS Salute Series
Free performances that recognize service and sacrifice. Check the site for the schedule.

37. Philly Improv Theater
2030 Sansom St, 19103

  • Free Intro Workshops: Two hours of introductory workshops (improv, sketch, stand-up, and acting.) Sample the fun with no commitment to register for a full class.
  • Sunday’s Free Improv Jam: Every Sunday, PHIT players of all levels get together for a fun night (6 pm to 7 pm.)
  • Sketch Up or Shut Up: Philadelphia’s only sketch comedy open-mic every first Saturday of the month (11:00 pm – 11:59 pm.)

38. Philadelphia Film Society
2023 Sansom St, 19103
Free tickets to support local filmmakers enthusiastically and encourage the community to do the same.
Tickets are free, though donations to Philadelphia Film Society are welcome.

39. Free Daily Recitals on the Wanamaker Grand Court Organo (2)
1300 Market St, 19107
Enjoy free daily 45-minutes recitals on the Wanamaker Grand Court Organ and meet the organist after recitals throughout the year. Tickets and reservations are NOT required. Wednesdays and Fridays 12 pm to 12:45 pm and 7 pm to 7:45 pm
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays 12 pm to 12:45 pm and 5:30 pm to 6:15 pm.

40. Sedgley Woods Disc Golf
Fairmount Park, 19121
A 27-hole disc golf course.
Free to play.

41. Mann Center for the Performing Arts
5201 Parkside Ave, Fairmount Park, 19131
Enjoy complimentary admission to high-quality entertainment.
Access the Arts:
5/25 Comcast NBCUniversal Memorial Salute.
6/24 Beethoven’s Ninth with The Philadelphia Orchestra.
7/16 A Night of Berlioz with The Philadelphia Orchestra.
7/18 Broadway’s Best with The Philadelphia Orchestra.
7/23 Rachmaninoff in the Park with The Philadelphia Orchestra.
7/24 Voyage to the Moon: A 50th Anniversary Concert with The Philadelphia Orchestra.
Young People’s Concert Series:
7/8 People of Earth.
8/6 Rhythms of the World.

42. Welcome America
Over 50+ free fun-filled events for all over six days — June 29 – July 4, 2019.
Check out Visit Phillys full guide to the Fourth of July in Philadelphia.

43. WXPN
At World Cafe Live 3025 Walnut St, 19104
Enjoy free concert series, every Friday at noon.

44. Delaware River Waterfront
121 N. Columbus Blvd, 19106
For more information on events, click here.

  • Sundays with PopUpPlaySundays, May 12th through September 29th at Spruce Street Harbor Park.
  • Philadelphia Orchestra Free Neighborhood Concert Friday, June 28, 8 pm-9:30 pm at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing.
  • The United States Army Band, “Pershing’s Own” Concert and Fireworks Saturday, June 29th; concert at 8 pm, fireworks at 9:30 pm.
  • Concilio’s Hispanic Fiesta: Saturday, July 6th – Sunday, July 7th, 2 pm-8 pm (both days.)
  • Islamic Heritage Festival: Saturday, July 13th, 2 pm-8 pm.
  • ACANA African Festival: Saturday, August 4th, 2 pm-8 pm.
  • Festival of India: Saturday, August 17th, 12 pm-7 pm.
  • Caribbean Festival: Sunday, August 18th, 12 pm-8 pm.
  • Blue Corn Organic and Green Festival: Sunday, September 1st, 12 pm-5 pm.
  • Brazilian Day Philadelphia: Sunday, September 8th, 1 pm-7 pm.
  • Mexican Independence Day: Sunday, September 15th, 2-8 pm.

Also, the following events will be held at the Cherry Street Pier:

  • Phila Flea Market, Saturday, May 18th, Sunday, July 14th, and Sunday, October 20th.
  • Whitman at 200: Contradict This! A Birthday Funeral for Heroes by the Bearded Ladies, Friday, May 31st, Saturday, June 1st, Sunday, June 2nd.
  • Who Got the Jazz: Visit Philly (Wednesdays), June 5th, June 19th, July 3rd, July 17th, July 31, August 14th, and August 28th.
  • Cherry Street Pier Artist & Artisans Market (Sundays), May 26th, June 30th, July 26th, and August 25th.
  • I Love My Rowhouse Exhibition, Friday, June 7th – Sunday, June 30th.
  • Movie Mondays (weekly), Starting Monday, June 17th.

45. Philly Free Streets
Explore miles of Philadelphia without cars getting in your way — This year it is on August 11.

46. The Porch at 30th Street Station 
2901-, 2949 Market St, 19104
Check the Porch schedule for free lunchtime events.

47. The Oval+o (5)
2451 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, 19130
– Opens Friday, July 19, 2019.
– Many events: Movie nights, live music, fitness classes, games, and festivals.

48. Festivals
Festivals that are free with pay-as-you-go food, drink, and shopping.

Winter at Dilworth Park.
November to February.
Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th St, 19102

RiverRink Winterfest.
November to March.
Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd, 19106

Lunar New Year
On the first week of February.
Various locations including Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th Street.

South Street Spring Festival and Manifest
The first week of May.
South Street (starting at Front Street) 19147

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival
The second or third week of May.
18th Street and Walnut St, 19103

The South 9th Street Italian Market Festival
The second or third week of May.
9th Street Italian Market, 9th Street, and Washington Avenue.

Philadelphia Latino Film Festival
End of May.
Many free events at different locations.

Night Market Philadelphia
May – October (select nights). Various locations.
5/9: El Centro De Oro.
6/20: Overbrook.
8/15: Fairmount Avenue.
10/3: Point Breeze.

Odunde Festival
The first weekend of June.
23rd St and South St, 19146

PrideDay LGBT Parade and Festival:
The first week of June.
The parade starts at 13th and Locust St, 19107

West Philly Porchfest
The first week of June.
Various locations.

oPECO Multicultural Series at Penn’s Landing
June – September.
Lively festivals that celebrate the city’s diversity all summer long.
Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd, 19106

Philadelphia Juneteenth Parade and Festival
The third week of June.
Various locations including Malcolm X Park, 1575 N. 52nd St, 19131

Manayunk Arts Festival
Third/fourth week of June.
Main St, 19127

Clark Park Music and Art Festival
Last week of June.
43rd St and Chester Ave.

Wawa Welcome America
June 29 – July 4.
Various locations including the Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, and North 22nd St.

East Passyunk Car Show and Street Festival
Last week in July.
1904 East Passyunk Ave, 19148

Made in America
Last week in August – September.
The Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, 19130

Second Street Festival
The first week of August.
On Second Street in Northern Liberties.

Midtown Village Fall Festival
The first week of October.
South 13th St and Chestnut St.

OutFest
The second week of October.
13th and Locust St (Main Stage), 19107

Old City Fest
The second week of October.
N. 3rd St and Arch St, 19106

DesignPhiladelphia
The first week of October.
Most events are free.
Various locations including Center for Architecture and Design, 1218 Arch St.

49. Bachata & Salsa on the Rocky Steps!
Spring Garden St, 19130
Free event with 20-minute dance lesson followed by non-stop dancing with the best bachata & salsa hits. Check the facebook page for the schedule.

50. Salsa at Spruce
301 S Christopher Columbus Blvd, 19106
Spruce Street Harbor Park offers free dance lessons, social dancing, and performances. This year’s schedule: 5/17, 7/19, and 9/20.

51. The Church of the Holy Trinity on Rittenhouse Square
1904 Walnut St, 19103
Free midday concerts on Wednesdays through June, and a free “game night” coming up on June 19, check the website for more free events.

52. Curtis Institute of Music
1726 Locust St, 19103
– Free Student Recital Series, classical music, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings from Columbus Day to Mothers’ Day.
– Free concerts regularly.
– Free rising-star students usually perform solo and/or chamber works on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:30 pm, and Fridays at 8 pm.

53. Balletx Popup Performance
Free pop-up performances at different locations around the city.

54. Sundays With PopUp Play
301 S Christopher Columbus Blvd, 19106
Free family fun on Sunday afternoons.
Each week, different themed, kid-friendly activities.

55. Theatre Exile’s Show
Whisper’s Gone, a FREE 55-minute, outdoor performance in four different parks.
6/22, 11 am– Hawthorne Park, 12th & Catharine.
6/22, 5 pm– Hawthorne Park, 12th & Catharine.
6/26, 7:30 pm – Stephen Girard Park, 21st and Shunk.
6/27, 7 pm – Marconi Plaza, 13th & Oregon.
6/30, 11 am – Dickinson Square Park, 4th & Tasker.
6/30, 5 pm – Dickinson Square Park, 4th & Tasker.

Rain Dates:
6/23, 5 pm at Hawthorne Park.
6/28, 7 pm at Marconi Plaza.
6/29, 3 pm at Stephen Girard Park.

56. (Most) Free Library of Philadelphia Events
Various locations.
Many events at the Free Library are free. Explore the Free Library events calendar.

57.Explore the Galleries at Moore:
1916 Race St, 19103
Exhibits are always free.
11 am to 5 pm Mondays to Saturdays.

Tours

58. Once Upon a Nation Storytelling Benches 
Learn about some of the nation’s earliest “celebrity” citizen as you listen to free, five-minute stories and secret stories from unformed, pro storytellers at any of the 13 Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches in Philadelphia’s Historic District.

59. Kimmel Center Tour
300 S Broad St, 19102
One hour FREE tours are offered at 1pm daily, on a first-come, first served basis. In addition to Art & Architecture tours are offered at 10:30am on Saturdays.

60. Historic Tours of Pennsylvania Hospital
800 Spruce St, 19107
Usually, they offer free self-guided tours but due to restoration work, they are currently not available. Keep an eye on their site.

61. Walk over the Ben Franklin Bridge
6 Linden St, Camden, NJ 08102
It’s not a tour but you’ll get a wonderful view from the south side.

62. Take a self-guided Mural tour
There are more than 4,000 gorgeous murals around the city.
Take one of the two self-guided walking tours:
– Mural Mile South: From south of Market St to Lombard Street along 13th St corridor.
– Mural Mile North: From north of Market St into Old City, through Chinatown, and around City Hall.

63. Philadelphia Open Studios
According to Philadelphia Open Studio Tours website “it is a program of The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, is the largest tour of artist studios and creative workspaces in the region and one of the premier open studio tour events in the country.”

64. Tour the Independence Mall
Two-hour family friendly “Pay-as-you-wish” walking tour through historic Philadelphia.

65. Philly Chinatown Food Tour
Three-hour tour of Chinatown; a journey through the history and culture of this rich and growing community. Just name your own price for the tour.

66. The Colonial Cheesesteak Tour
What’s the best cheesesteak in Philly? Well, take this tour with free and friendly tours and find out yourself. Tours are free but show your appreciation with your tip.

67. Museum Without Walls
An audio tour of more than 60 public art pieces throughout Philadelphia. Experience Museum Without Walls by either:

  1. Calling the number on the signs near the art pieces.
  2. Visit the website, that offers online audio slideshows.
  3. Download the official free Museum Without Walls mobile app, available on iOS and Android.

68. Tour the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul 
1723 Race St, 19103
Check out the breathtaking interior of America’s most beautiful churches. America’s most beautiful churches. To learn more about the building, check their website offers a free audio tour that you can download.

69. Tour Gloria Dei Church
916 S Swanson St, 19147
Learn about the oldest church in the city, aka Old Swedes, with the free tour the church offers.

70. Self-Guided Philadelphia in the Movies Tour
Check out where some of your favorite movies were filmed on a free, self-guided tour. Think of The Sixth Sense, Philadelphia, Silver Linings Playbook.

Lectures and Seminars

71. The Philadelphia Inquirer: Check the site for great lectures and seminars.
72. Creative Mornings: Inspiring new guest speaker once a month.
73. Sunday Platforms: Weekly meetings held at 11:00 a.m. on Sundays. Followed by a coffee hour for discussion and conversation.
74. Science on Tap: A monthly gathering, 6pm on the second Monday of every month, at National Mechanics that features public discussions on engaging science topics.
75. Venture CafeThursday gathering – Free programs open to the public.
76. Penn Science Cafe: Free public lecture series.
77. Vision Driven Artists Series: Free monthly workshops for self- producing artists/ musicians and event curators in all disciplines.

Food & Drink Deals

78. Free hoagie on Wawa Hoagie Day. Tuesday, July 2, 2019 (noon – 2 pm.)
79. Free Rita’s Italian Ice on the first day of spring.
80. Free doughnuts on National Donut Day from Dunkin’ Donuts, Duck Donuts, Krispy Kreme.
81. Free cup of Joe on National Coffee Day, on September 29th every year. Get it from Wawa.
82. A free cookie from Insomnia Cookie on National Cookie Day.
83. Attend some Meetup lectures and seminars.
84. Learn gardening on Wednesdays at Wyck’s historic home farm.
85. Enjoy a free Family Fishing Day at John Heinz at Tinicum Home.
86. Have fun at AdventureWoods from Spring to Fall on Wednesdays from 9 am – 6 pm and Saturdays from 10 am – 2 pm.

Other Free Fun Things to Do…

87. Check the work of Isaiah Zagar’s around the city. Though keep in mind the Magic Garden itself is not free.
88. Wander through Reading Terminal Market and experience the sights and smells of the market free. Also, keep in mind it is buy-as-you-go.
89. Recreate Rocky’s famous run on the 72 steps at the entrance to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
90. Enjoy the Comcast Experience HD Video Wall in the lobby of the Comcast Center in Center City.
91. Drive by the 15 beautiful Boathouse Row along the banks of the Schuylkill River.
92. Hike through Wissahickon Gorge.
93. Stroll through Laurel Hill Cemetery.
94. Check out the largest collection of pizza memorabilia and collectables in the world at Pizza Brain. You’ll pay for your pizza if you order one.
95. People watch at Rittenhouse Square.
96. Hang-out and grab a coffee at the Art Museum Steps.
97. Take a Stroll Down Elfreth’s Alley.
98. Experience the 9th Street Italian Market.
99. Dance Salsa at Lucha Cartel on Tuesdays from 9 pm to last call for free. All-levels event with no cover.
100. Enjoy Havana Nights: On the first Friday of the month at World Café Live. Free admission at 8 pm.

 

See! No money? No problem. It is not impossible to get by on a shoestring budget. There’s always a way to have fun without having to spend a dime – as they say: sometimes the best things in life really are free.

 

Your Turn: Are you sneakily cheap? Do you know any more free things to do in Philadelphia? Let me know in the comments.

 

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