'Free Streets' event brings four miles of activities through North Philly

Philly Free Streets returns for its third year on Saturday with a full day of activities. 

Mike Dougherty
August 10, 2018 - 1:46 pm
The view southward down North Broad Street from Huntingdon Street.

Mike Dougherty/KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philly Free Streets returns for its third year on Saturday with a full day of activities. 

The location this year is along North Broad Street from City Hall all the way to Germantown Avenue. (An outpouring of community support recently extended the route a block further than Erie Avenue, its original northern extremity.) That four-mile stretch of street will be closed to automobile traffic from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on that day, giving residents and visitors a chance to walk, ride their bikes, explore North Philly landmarks and see the city from a new perspective.

During an announcement in front of Station House Transitional Shelter, 2601 N. Broad Street, Mayor Jim Kenney said there will be all sorts of food and activities along the way, including a sandy spot to relax.

"Yes, a beach on Broad and Master," Kenney said on Thursday. "An actual beach. Never been done before."

Kenney says last year people from 42 ZIP codes in the city attended. He's hoping for an even bigger turnout this year.

"Come out, enjoy the car-less streets. Get a little fit and healthy, have a nice walk, get your steps in and enjoy another part of the city sometimes you don't think about," he said.

Here are more details about activities at key locations and intersections:

  • JFK Boulevard: 8 a.m. ribbon cutting
  • Cherry Street: Chalk drawing and wearable butterfly art at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, plus free museum admission
  • Vine Street: Drexel Medicine gives away health education materials, plus free crafts for kids
  • Wood Street: "Dance Me a Story" with the Pennsylvania Ballet
  • Callowhill Street: Black History on North Broad, and author John Butler will read his children's book "Chase Does it All"
  • Spring Garden Street: Mural Arts "Words and Voices" at Ben Franklin High School
  • Fairmount Avenue: Chalk painting at Fairmount Triangle with Mural Arts
  • Poplar Street: Pickup location for scavenger hunt rail ticket; fun with the Philadelphia Water Department
  • Girard Avenue: "North Philadelphia Heroes" mural
  • Master Street: North Broad Renaissance beach on the lawn at the Sullivan Human Services Center
  • Cecil B. Moore Avenue: Scavenger hunt rail tickets; live jazz at noon
  • Montgomery Avenue: Temple University programs focused on health, fitness, art and music. Everyone is encouraged to explore the campus.
  • Susquehanna Avenue: Black history; scavengenger hunt rail tickets
  • Dauphion Street: $10 tours of the historic Uptown Theater at 10 a.m. and noon (free for North Philly residents); mural painting
  • Huntingdon Street: City of Philadelphia Office of Human Resources job fair
  • Lehigh Avenue: "Wall of Rugs" mural
  • Sedgley Avenue: Beat the heat with an interactive model house, featuring home cooling elements
  • Westmoreland Street: Caribbean feast; learn about how to apply for pedestrian plazas; chalk painting
  • Tioga Street (3500 N. Broad): Yoga & More; fitness activities; snacks and information from Shriners Hospital for Children
  • Venango Street (3600 N. Broad): Zion Baptist Church hosts family friendly activites
  • Germantown Avenue: Mobile bike shop; Free Library; girls' jump rope 10 a.m. & noon; AARP photo booth