The end of heat wave #4 for the Philadelphia area is finally over! Now, the less than record-breaking temperatures have encouraged Philadelphians to take to the streets – and parks, walking paths, bike trails, open water – pretty much anywhere there is fresh air. The influx of people outside has sparked the interest of community organizers and consequently, outdoor events, which many of us snubbed when the weather was 100+ degrees, and are regaining their popularity. Local publications for Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs are full of summertime events which are always well-attended and FREE! Instead of hunkering down indoors and only going places which have air conditioning pumping and are less-than-green, think of hitting up some of these outdoor activities which are greener and are ultimately great places to meet and mingle with your Philadelphia neighbors, all while supporting a sustainable lifestyle.
In Center City Philadelphia First Friday is being celebrated by local business owners and community residents. If Center City is not exciting enough, events are going on inside the city which promote local arts and musicians, all while promoting local economies and serving as a green alternative to the same-old, same-old events. Some of the activities include Delaware River’s Waterfront Corporation’s Park After Dark, Some Like it Hot put on by the Chemical Heritage Foundation, or head out to Penn’s Landing for their summer free concert series, followed by fireworks, every Friday night in August starting at 730p. The festivities stretch through the weekend, too; check out the 2nd Street Festival in Northern Liberties on Sunday and
In the suburbs of Philadelphia, First Friday is also being celebrated and offers a variety of events to attract residents and promote local businesses; this is always a hit in the ‘burbs and gives an extra boost to the local economy and is greener than one would think. In Ardmore, check out the Ardmore Initiative website; there, a list of all participating stores and vendors are provided who participate in First Friday on the Main Line. Another option is an outdoor movie night with the family. There will be a free showing of The Lorax on August 2 at (or around) 8:30p at Linwood Park; pack ‘em up and get ‘em out to check out this timely environmentally conscious rendition of the Dr. Seus classic story which brought attention to the use of our natural resources years ago when it was written and is most applicable today. August 6 is National Night Out from 6p – 9p in Ardmore; this event was started in the ‘80s by a Wynnewood resident and has remained a hit with residents for years. You can always keep tabs on events going on in your community by going to www.americantowns.com to see what hoppin’ in your neighborhood.
Before we all know it, precursors to fall will be here and with it, chilly temperatures will call for us to replace our bathing suits and flip flops with fleeces and boots. Take advantage of the break we are experiencing in the Philadelphia area and GET OUT!