How to Celebrate Easter in Philadelphia

Spring has sprung in Philadelphia and that means the Easter Bunny can't be far behind.

Annual Bunny Hop Bar Crawl
A tradition in Philly's Fairmount neighborhood the Thursday before Easter, join a flock of 2,000 people as they partake in specials from places like St. Stephen's Green, Bridgid's and The Ukrainian League. Proceeds from the rollicking event go to various charities, like the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Stenton Annual Easter Egg Hunt
This annual, free two-hour event at Stenton Park happens the Saturday immediately before Easter. Egg hunts, eye decorations and games for kids and kids at heart are plentiful.

Philly Rabbit Run 5K
A charity run raising funds for Parkinson's disease, this relatively new tradition takes place at the Philadelphia Zoo on the Saturday before Easter. Registration at the event, which includes t-shirts and rabbit ears to stay in theme, also includes admission to the zoo at the close of the event.

Glen Foerd Sunrise Easter Service
Get up super-early on Easter morning and head down to Glen Foerd on the Delaware, a gorgeous, nineteenth-century public estate that hosts an outdoor sunrise Easter service along the banks of the Delaware River, beginning at 6:30AM. The service is non-denominational and hosts an offering to raise money for the Interfaith Hospitality Network, supporting homeless families in Philadelphia.

85th Annual Easter Promenade at the South Street Headhouse District
A Philadelphia tradition for over 80 years, this event on Easter afternoon in the Headhouse area has a best-dressed contest, treats and a brunch, a DJ, a band, and photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny!

Jeff Birou is an education administrator by day, travel and freelance writer by night. You can find him on Twitter at @Jetsetter_Jeff.