Penn Relays Weekend

It’s that time of year again—the Penn Relays!
Held every year in late April since 1895 (!), the Penn Relays is the oldest and largest track and field competition in the United States. Crowds of upwards of 100,000 come to compete and spectate in hundreds of track and field events held over three days at Franklin Field at the University of Pennsylvania. It’s an incredible weekend for athletes and fans alike, so make sure you plan a visit to University City and get in on the action!
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Franklin Field

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Athletics
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33rd and Spruce Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19104

While you can certainly visit U. City over Penn Relays weekend and experience the energy around campus, you’ll need to buy tickets if you want to watch any of the competition (ranging from elementary to high schools to college athletes and Olympians). The schedule of events changes every year (this year marks 125 years!), so make sure you check out the official Penn Relays site to get the latest news and purchase your tickets (varying from a single day pass to a three-day VIP experience). Once you’ve got your tickets, it’s off to the races—literally! And don’t forget to stop by the festival tents on Shoemaker Green, located right outside of Franklin Field, to keep the celebrations going.

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Apparel
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3621 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

With so many visitors on campus, we suggest that you walk, bike, or take SEPTA over to Franklin Field. And if you’re going to be University City, you should make the most of your time there! If you’re feeling inspired by the athletes, hop over to Philadelphia Runner and find a new pair of running (or walking) shoes or some athletic apparel.

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3730 Walnut Street
Huntsman Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19104

You can bring food and (non-alcoholic) drinks to the races, so we recommend fueling up before heading into the action. If you’re coming in the morning, head over to Pret A Manger on Penn’s campus and grab something tasty for breakfast. From steel cut oatmeal to breakfast sandwiches and wraps, they’ve got something for every palate. While you’re on campus, take a stroll down Locust Walk—and make sure you stop for a picture at the iconic LOVE sculpture.

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Lunch
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3731 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

If you’re looking for something savory for lunch, honeygrow at 3731 Walnut is a local favorite for made-to-order stir-fry bowls and salads, as well as cold-pressed juices and tasty sweets from the honeybar. You can eat in or take out—and we promise either way will be totally delicious.

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Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

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Museums
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3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

There is a lot to see on Penn’s lush campus, but the Penn Museum of Archeology and Anthropology is one of the most impressive sights. While we absolutely recommend a visit to the galleries inside, you can enjoy your breakfast or lunch sitting by the impressive fountain in the beautiful Stoner Courtyard. When you’re finished eating, head right across the street and get back to the races!

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