September 01, 2017
This year, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway turns 100. Philly is celebrating by hosting Parkway 100, which will last for 14 months.
There will be public art installations, special museum exhibits, concerts, lectures, family-friendly activities and other events from Sept. 8 through Nov. 16, 2018, in honor of the centennial of one of Philly's most-used spaces.
Check out some of the biggest attractions during Parkway 100 below, or view the ever-growing list of events here.
To kick off the celebration, there will be a festival on Sept. 8. There will be 100 family-friendly activities throughout the Parkway Museum District from 4-10 p.m.
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, the Barnes Foundation, Eastern State Penitentiary, The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia Museum of Art and Rodin Museum will offer free or pay-what-you-wish admission during the festival – as well as extended hours.
Free activities outside and around the museums will include giant connect-the-dots puzzles, the unveiling of a mural, tango lessons, walking tours, a kid-friendly "Dino Dance Party" and musical performances.
It wouldn't be a festival without food & drink, too. Look for pop-up beer gardens and mobile food vendors. Saint Benjamin Brewing Co. will be debuting the Parkway Centennial Pale Ale.
An interactive art exhibit will run from Sept. 15 through Oct. 8, 2017.
Artist Cai Guo-Qiang affixed around 900 LED lanterns to 27 pedicabs, which will swarm the Parkway.
Philadelphians can take free rides in the moving sculptures from Sister Cities Park to Iroquois Park. The rides will be available Thursdays through Sundays from 6-10 p.m.
Later in the year, another public art exhibit will pop up on the Parkway.
Five architectural domes will be covered with glass beading, which will shimmer during the day, but the "wow factor" really comes once it gets dark. The domes will be illuminated by video projections that relate to the Parkway's museums and history.
The exhibition will open Dec. 1 and run through March 2018.