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10 Aug 2018

City releases parking, street closure and transit information for Philly Free Streets

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August 10, 2018 Category: Entertainment, Local Posted by:

The City of Philadelphia released details for 2018 Philly Free Streets, scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

Event Activities & Information

Philly Free Streets is a people-powered initiative of the City of Philadelphia that temporarily closes streets to cars, inviting people to walk, bike, and play. This year the event will take place on Saturday, August 11 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The route is eight-miles round-trip connecting City Hall and Erie Avenue on North Broad Street. There is no formal start or stop. People are encouraged to join the route by taking SEPTA’s Broad Street Line anywhere between City Hall and Erie stations, or by getting off the Market-Frankford El at City Hall. To learn more visit or follow @PhillyFreeSts on Twitter.

Road Closures

The Philly Free Streets route will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at 6:00AM on Saturday, August 11.  Broad Street will be closed from JFK Blvd. to Butler Street, and east-west cross traffic will only be permitted on the following streets:

    JFK Blvd.

    Vine Street (Eastbound Only)

    Spring Garden Street

    Ridge Avenue

    Girard Avenue

    Diamond Street

    Lehigh Avenue

    Allegheny Avenue

    Erie Avenue

    Butler Street

One-way streets that feed into the Philly Free Streets route will be controlled by PPD and designated local access only. Residents and businesses will be permitted to access these roads during the event as conditions allow.  Additional closures may be implemented if needed in the interest of public safety.

Roads will be opened as they are serviced and cleaned. All event-related road closures will be lifted no later than 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 11, 2018. 

Delays can be expected during the course of event setup and on the date of the event. Some cross streets may be closed and detoured prior to 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 11, 2018 due to public safety considerations. Motorists are advised to avoid the area by using alternate routes, and allow for extra driving time in areas near the event. Please refrain from double-parking, which creates congestion, limits traffic flow and is illegal.

Parking Restrictions

Parking restrictions on the Philly Free Streets route will commence at 2:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 11, 2018. Parking will be prohibited on both sides of Broad Street between JFK Blvd. and Butler Street. Additional parking restrictions include:

    Arch Street from Juniper to Broad

    Vine Street (Westbound) from 13th to 15th

    Mount Vernon Street from Watts to Broad

    Wallace Street from Watts to Broad

    Fairmount Avenue from Broad to Ridge

    Brown Street from Broad to Carlisle

    Poplar Street from Watts to Carlisle

    Stiles Street from Broad to Carlisle

    Oxford Avenue from Park to Broad

    Cecil B. Moore Avenue from Park to Broad

    Montgomery Avenue from 13th to Broad

    Susquehanna Avenue from Watts to Broad

    Huntingdon Street from Broad to Carlisle

    Glenwood Avenue from Cambria to Broad

    Westmoreland Street from Park to Broad

    Rising Sun Avenue from Watts to Broad

    Venango Street from Broad to Carlisle

    Germantown Avenue from Erie to Butler

Accommodations will be made for established loading and valet zones along the route.

All event-related parking restrictions will be lifted at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 11, 2018.

Temporary “No Parking” signs will be posted along the Philly Free Streets route beginning on Tuesday, August 7, 2018.  If you park in the impacted area, please obey all posted signs.  Vehicles parked in restricted locations after 2am on Saturday, August 11 will be towed.  If you believe that your vehicle has been towed in connection with Philly Free Streets, please contact the local police district for confirmation.

Public Transportation

SEPTA is a convenient, affordable way for event-goers to get to and from the Philly Free Streets route. Broad Street Subway and Market Frankford Line service will operate on a normal weekend schedule throughout the day on Saturday, August 11, 2018.

Regional Rail parking lot location information is available online at: 

SEPTA can be reached at (215)580-7800 and directly on Twitter @septa_social. For more information on SEPTA and NJ Transit routes and schedules, visit or call (215) 580-7800, and or call (973) 275-5555.

Venue Details and Public Safety Information

The following items and activities are not permitted on the Philly Free Streets route:

    Motorized transportation (excluding motorized wheelchairs or similar equipment)

    Unauthorized solicitation

    Alcoholic beverages

    Narcotics or illegal drugs

    Bathing in pools or fountains

    Damage to property

    Feeding animals

    Firecrackers or explosives


    Open flame

    Littering (including pet waste)

    Public intoxication

    Unauthorized driving or parking

    Unauthorized vending

    Unleashed animals

    Weapons of any kind

Emergency Preparedness & Weather Alerts

Philly Free Streets is a rain or shine event.  In the case of severe weather, listen for announcements and sign up ahead of time to receive emergency texts or e-mail alerts at Ready Philadelphia:

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