Press release

Spring Happenings Begin to Bloom at Dilworth Park

Giavana Suraci
T 215.440.5516

Outdoor entertainment, beautiful plantings and more continue safely this season!  

PHILADELPHIA (February 23, 2021): Dilworth Park’s spring activities are beginning to sprout! Starting in March, colorful tulips, outdoor programming and family-oriented entertainment will pop up.  Enhanced health and safety protocols, like mandatory mask wearing and social distancing, remain in accord with State, City and CDC guidelines.

While the Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink and Cabin close for the season on Sunday, February 28, the Wintergarden on the Greenfield Lawn will remain open through mid-April. A full lineup of free programming will activate the space at the southern end of the park, including weekly events for families with young children and an evening cultural series. Once the Wintergarden is dismantled, the lawn will be regraded and new sod will be installed. The Albert M. Greenfield Lawn will reopen in mid-May. The Dilworth Park Café will continue to offer cocktails to-go, and the Air Grille will have lunchtime hours beginning Monday, April 5. The twenty-five thousand tulip bulbs planted last December in all four Center City District managed parks will begin to bloom in April, flourishing through early May.

Upcoming outdoor activities include:

Storytime in the Wintergarden
Tuesdays, March 2-March 30, 11 a.m.-noon

Miss Mary from the Free Library of Philadelphia will host a weekly story hour for families with young children.

Wednesdays in the Wintergarden
Wednesdays, March 3-April 14, 6 p.m.-7 p.m.

Live outdoor entertainment will be provided every week in the beautiful Wintergarden on the Greenfield Lawn. Performances include dance ensembles, cultural groups and local musicians. Select concerts are supported with funds from the Music Performance Trust Fund, American Federation of Musicians, and Local 77.

Family Saturdays
Saturdays, March 6-April 17, 11 a.m.-noon

Kid-friendly entertainment will be provided every week in the Wintergarden on the Greenfield Lawn. Programs include:

  • 3/6: Bubble Magic
  • 3/13: Circus Fun
  • 3/20: Wintergarden Spring Makeover
  • 3/27: Easter Scavenger Hunt, including an appearance by the Bunny
  • 4/3: Live Music
  • 4/10: Kid’s Bootcamp with Optimal Sport 1315 Walnut
  • 4/17: Chalk Art


Center City Fit presented by Rothman Orthopaedics
Mondays & Tuesdays, April 12-October 12, 6 p.m.-7 p.m.

Get ready to get moving! Professional instructors and trainers from Optimal Sport 1315 Walnut will host free outdoor fitness classes for participants of all skill levels. Monday evenings will be dedicated to Zumba, and Tuesdays in April will focus on Boot Camp before transitioning to HIIT classes in May. 

The Arts on Center Stage
Wednesdays, May 5-August 25, 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Philadelphia’s robust network of arts & culture organizations, large and small, will be celebrated every week as they showcase their talent in the center of the city at Dilworth Park. Performances will range from orchestral serenades and ballet ensembles to jazz instrumentals and beyond. In support of local restaurants, guests are encouraged to dine al fresco with takeout meals from nearby eateries. Cocktails to-go will be offered to guests 21 and older, and a special menu will be available at the Air Grille.

CCD and the park’s café operators have implemented increased health safety procedures throughout the park and visitors will be reminded to adhere to all CDC guidelines, including wearing masks at all times. CCD staff and all vendors are wearing masks. Anyone who feels sick, or has been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 14 days, should refrain from entering the park. CCD staff will be distributing free masks to guests in the park and guests must be wearing a mask to purchase any food or beverage.

All programs are weather permitting and subject to change. Dilworth Park is located at 1 S. 15th St., on the west side of City Hall. Visit to learn more.


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