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Philadelphia’s Outdoor Event Venues

July 23, 2020

Home to over 10,000 acres of urban parks, including the 2,000+ acre Fairmount Park, Philadelphia presents a variety of ways to connect with the outdoors without ever journeying too far from the hotels and attractions of Center City. To help connect your attendees with Philadelphia’s abundance of green space, consider one of these event venues with open-air options.

Mann Center for the Performing Arts

Mann Center for the Performing Arts. Photo by Jordan August Photography.

Located in West Fairmount Park, this popular summer concert venue is also a unique option for offsite events, accommodating everything from intimate cocktail receptions to large-scale presentations or parties. The Mann offers a variety of spaces to choose from, including the hilltop Crescendo Tent and the grand TD Pavilion, all of which will offer your attendees sweeping skyline views while they enjoy the natural breeze of Fairmount Park. To learn more, click here.

Fairmount Water Works

Fairmount Water Works. Photo by S. Spitzer for PHLCVB.

Constructed between 1812 and 1872, the Fairmount Water Works along the Schuylkill River was the first water supply in the nation to use paddle wheels to pump water. Now, the National Historic Landmark serves as a stunning event venue that offers breathtaking views of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Boathouse Row. The venue features two elegant outdoor spaces — the Grand Pavilion and Mill House — in addition to the indoor Engine House. To learn more, click here.

Fairmount Park Horticulture Center

Fairmount Park Horticulture Center. Photo courtesy of Constellation Culinary Group.

Operated by Constellation Culinary Group, the Horticulture Center provides lush indoor and outdoor spaces in West Fairmount Park. A spacious greenhouse rests adjacent to an outdoor lawn complete with a long, tree-lined reflecting pool, providing your attendees with a direct connection to Philadelphia’s largest park. To learn more, click here.

Franklin Square

Franklin Square. Photo by J. Fusco for Historic Philadelphia.

One of Philadelphia’s five original squares, Franklin Square is a family-friendly destination near the foot of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. Known for its iconic fountain, Parx Liberty carousel and historically themed mini golf, the park can serve as a lovely outdoor setting for special events. The lawn accommodates tented affairs for larger groups, with an all-season pavilion standing by for smaller gatherings. To learn more, click here.

Dilworth Park

Dilworth Park. Photo by E. Wren.

Managed by Center City District, this multi-use park at the base of historic City Hall can be converted into a variety of different layouts for outdoor events, with over 120,000 square feet of space to work with. Featuring a lawn, fountains, and a café, your guests will enjoy al fresco entertainment in the heart of the city, conveniently just a short walk to and from hotels and the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Click here to learn more and to plan your next event at Dilworth Park.

Cira Green

Cira Green. Photo courtesy of Brandywine Realty Trust.

One of the city’s most breathtaking views comes courtesy of one of its most unique outdoor venues. Your attendees will marvel in the Center City skyline to the east from atop Cira Green in University City — a 1.5-acre park stationed on the 12th floor of a parking garage. The elevated park features several lawns, a concrete space that accommodates a tent, and a large screen (which can display custom imagery for your event). The garage below provides ample parking, however the space is within walking distance of the 30th Street Station transportation hub, as well as several of the city’s universities and hotels. To learn more, click here.

Moshulu

Photo by A. Guzy for Moshulu.

Docked along the Delaware River waterfront, Moshulu offers amazing views of the river, Benjamin Franklin Bridge, and Philadelphia skyline. Your guests will enjoy award-winning cuisine while they mingle and network on the deck of the world’s oldest and tallest square rigged sailing vessel still afloat. To learn more, click here.

Rodin Museum

Rodin Museum. Photo by Marie Labbancz Photography, courtesy of Constellation Culinary Group.

Tucked behind ornate walls along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and with an entrance marked by Auguste Rodin’s iconic ‘The Thinker’ sculpture, the Rodin Museum’s outdoor Dorrance H. Hamilton Garden is an ideal spot for intimate outdoor receptions set within a short walk from Center City hotels and meeting venues. For more information and floor plans, click here.

To inquire about any of the options listed above, or to learn more about Philadelphia’s other outdoor and indoor event venues — from the historic to the unique — contact a member of the PHLCVB Convention Services team.

Cover photo: Mann Center for the Performing Arts. Photo by Jordan August Photography.

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