The Charms of Fairmount Park offer special events throughout the year in addition to our regular tours and educational programming.
Laurel Hill Concerts by Candlelight: Summer Sundays
On select Sundays throughout the summer, a beloved tradition continues at Laurel Hill. Just as the original owners of the Charms house sought to escape the city heat and stress, visitors can enjoy these early evening concerts in the parlor of the mansion. The candlelight glow begins as the sun sets over a steep view of the river to make for the perfect setting for such offerings as piano trios, string quartets, harpists, guitarists and more.
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Lemon Hill Bike Race Viewing Party: Early June
Lemon Hill offers what is considered a “best place to watch” location for this well-known international event. Enjoy this shady and elegant spot, along with food and friends, as the dramatic backdrop to enhance your view of one of the world’s most competitive races, the annual Philadelphia International Cycling Championship. Held every June, fans line the arduous road course to watch elite pro cyclists whip through the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Kelly Drive, the feared Manayunk Wall, and through Fairmount Park before heading back to the finish line on the Parkway. Both the men’s race, a 150 mile route, and the women’s race, a 50 mile route, pass right in front of Lemon Hill several times.
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Woodford Orchard Strawberry Harvest Festival: Early June
Enjoy fresh strawberries, games, food and fun in the lovely orchard of Woodford Mansion. Celebrate the bounty of the season as we harvest the berries of summer. Also, visitors can help to plant and to clean up the orchard while learning about gardening, rain water collection and composting in this working orchard.
Boxers' Trail 5K Run/Walk & East Park Fun Fair
Come celebrate autumn in Fairmount Park!. Beginning in fall 2012, this annual event celebrate the Charms of Fairmount Park, the Boxers' Trail and the local community.
Visitors can walk or run the scenic cliff paths of historic East Fairmount Park and experience the trails where Smokin' Joe Frazier trained. The event includes a fun fair with seasonal activities provided by the Charms houses, such as pumpkin painting, colonial games, storytelling and more!
Woodford Mansion Fall Harvest Festival
Celebrate the warm flavors of the season as visitors learn about making cider, visit the beehives and taste heirloom apples. Enjoy pumpkin painting, an apple dessert contest, children's games, refreshments, and more! Event is free and includes tours of Woodfood Mansion.
Mount Pleasant Themed Tours: Fall
Each fall, Museum-trained Park House Guides create specialty-themed tours, typically over a series of Sunday afternoons. Each tour delves into an aspect of Mount Pleasant's historic past and former inhabitants. Tours themes may include: "High Style at Any Cost," "Trade in Philadelphia," "The 1776 Connection," and "Tea Drinking at Mount Pleasant."
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The holiday spirit extends to the Charms houses - plan ahead to add this to your annual traditions!
Holiday Open House Tours:
Late November - Early December
Each year, the Charms houses dress up in their holiday finery for a festive two weeks with our joyous open house days and special trolley tours. Decorated by various interior designers and garden clubs, the Charms houses delight visitors with festive adornments and stunning interiors. Greeters at each house warmly welcome guests to see the thematic holiday décor. It is a perfect way to share the season with friends and family.
You can see selected homes on your own or register
for the trolley tour with a guide to take you to each of the event
The Charms houses are jewels from the past. We are very fortunate that so many exist today in such good form. Preserving and managing the needs of historic resources is not easy. Efforts continue on a regular basis to restore and protect the unique historic character of these homes. Support from organizations, the city and dedicated individuals helps keep these homes alive and well for the public.
Join us for Holiday Open House Trolley Tours, harvest festivals, fall fests, family runs & walks, bike tours, community days, classical music performances, lectures, book signings and more throughout the year. Each festive occasion will engage you with these beautiful locations. Some of these are collaborative events with multiple houses; some are unique to a specific home.
Proceeds from these special events benefit the care and maintenance of the houses.