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Bike, Walk, and Play: Philly Free Streets Returns Saturday

Get out and play October 28 along a 7-mile stretch of closed streets.

Have you ever wanted to explore Philadelphia’s streets without the hassle of parking or traffic? Get out this Saturday, October 28, for the second edition of Philly Free Streets. 


From 8 am — 1 pm, you can walk, bike, or roll down 7 miles of Philadelphia streets, stopping along the way to participate in activities, demonstrations, or capturing creatures by playing Pokemon GO. The city is sponsoring the event to try and encourage explorers of all ages to get out and play. 


This completely free event runs north and south, connecting Philadelphia’s Historic District to El Centro de Oro (“The Golden Block”) at Fifth and Lehigh streets. Most streets will be closed to traffic, with the exception of a few intersections open to vehicular traffic running east and west. (Click here to see a map of the route.)


Programming includes fitness and dance classes, special mural activities hosted by Mural Arts Philadelphia, arts and crafts workshops, popup “parklets,” and more. You can find a complete list of programming on the Philly Free Streets website.


The city is also partnering with Niantic to bring Pokemon GO to Philly Free Streets, with a tour of PokeStops, so gamers can collect a passport to catch them all along the Free Streets route.


The event is walkable and completely bike-friendly. If you don’t have a bike, come early to ensure that you can rent an Indego bike to rent for the day. If you do, bike tune-ups will be available at the Fifth Street and Germantown Avenue stop.


Have other plans on Saturday? Click here for all the details on parking and road closures. 


Photograph by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia. 



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