Prepare for Traffic Headaches in Philly This Weekend

Fall festival season is in full swing, and that means road closures.

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Planning to drive in or around Philadelphia this weekend? Good luck.

Our city loves a good street festival or walk/run for a cause — so much, in fact, that we’ve scheduled at least four for this weekend. (Fall festival season has officially begun, even if fall hasn’t.)

Three events are slated for Saturday, in areas like Eakins Oval, Chinatown and Penn’s Landing — and at least one parade is set for Sunday (also at Penn’s Landing).

Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up the details on all four of those festivals so you can avoid traffic headaches this weekend. Be sure to plan ahead if you’re driving. Otherwise, consider joining in on the fun this weekend.

Here’s information on the following events, courtesy of the Philadelphia Police Department:


The Pro-Act Recovery Walk

The Pro-Act Recovery Walk will start on the Penn’s Landing Great Plaza at 9 a.m. and end by noon.

From the Great Plaza, walkers will head west on Chestnut Street to Front Street; south on Front Street to Walnut Street; west on Walnut Street to 7th Street; north on 7th Street to Chestnut Street, then east on Chestnut Street back to the Penn’s Landing Great Plaza.

Traffic in the area could be heavy at times.

The Ratha Yatra Parade

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Street closures will begin at 9 a.m. for the Ratha Yatra Parade, which will take place along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

The parade will mostly be confined to an area between 16th Street and Eakins Oval. Marchers will begin on 17th Street and head west on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to the north side of Logan Circle, continuing west onto the inner drive of the parkway until they reach Eakins Oval.

The 1600 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be closed at 9 a.m. and reopen around 1:30 p.m., when the parade ends. A festival will continue inside Eakins Oval until 7 p.m.

Traffic in the area could be heavy at times, especially during the parade.

Asian Americans United Mid-Autumn Festival/Parade

The Asian Americans United will hold a festival and parade between 6 p.m.. and 10 p.m. on Saturday. Road closures will go into effect at 8 a.m.

Starting at 8 a.m., 10th Street will be closed at Race Street. The road will re-open by 10 p.m.

The parade will start at 6 p.m. at 10th and Arch streets and proceed west on Arch Street to 11th Street; then north on 11th Street to Race Street; east on Race Street to 9th Street; north on 9th Street to Winter Street; west on Winter Street to 10th Street; and south on 10th Street to Cherry Street.

Motorists should expect delays in the area during the parade.


Global Energy Run/Walk

The Global Energy Run/Walk will kick off at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday near Penn’s Landing.

Road closures will begin at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday. Streets should reopen by 10 a.m.

The run/walk will begin at the Penn’s Landing Walnut Street parking lots, then proceed left onto South Columbus Boulevard from Walnut Street; south on South Columbus Boulevard to Washington Avenue; left onto Delaware River Trail; east on the Delaware River Trail to the Walmart, where runners/walkers will turn around; then reverse north on the Delaware River Trail to South Columbus Boulevard; north on South Columbus Boulevard to Spring Garden Street; north on Delaware Avenue just past Shackamaxon Avenue; turn around just before Marlborough Street; and follow the same course back toward Penn’s Landing.

Traffic in the area could be heavy at times.