Play in West Oak Lane - Northwest Philadelphia

Play in West Oak Lane and Northwest Philadelphia

When it’s time to have fun, what better place to have it than in West Oak Lane and Northwest Philadelphia!

For those who love the outdoors, explore the many trails at Awbury Arboretum , a beautiful 55-acre park located in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. If sports is on your agenda, The City of Philadelphia’s Department of Recreation has three recreation centers in the area, with programs geared toward staying physically fit. For the history buff, there are the many nationally certified historic sites along Germantown Avenue—Cliveden, where Revolutionary War battles were fought, and the Johnson House, built more than 300 years ago and used as a stop on the Underground Railroad. Browse at the many shops in the diverse business districts of West Oak Lane, Mount Airy and Chestnut Hill. If it’s fine dining and around-the-world cuisine you crave, there are a variety of restaurants throughout the area sure to satisfy any appetite.

Each year, hundreds of thousands of people gather together for OARC’s signature event, the West Oak Lane Jazz and Arts Festival. Every June, visitors from around the country and as far away as Europe converge on Ogontz Avenue, our commercial corridor, for a weekend of music, food, and arts and crafts. This year's line-up featured Chrisette Michelle, Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra, and Chaka Kahn, to name a few. 

If you're a senior citizen, stop by the West Oak Lane Senior Center to take part in any number of activities there. The Senior Center is located at 7210 Ogontz Avenue in Philadelphia. Hours are 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM weekdays, except Thursday, when the Center is open until 7:30 PM. Here is a list of weekly events happening there:

  • Education —Courses in Computers, Financial Education (retirement planning, budgeting, long term care options), and Writing
  • Healthy Living —Yoga, Line Dancing, Belly Dancing, Health Screenings (blood pressure, diabetes), and Personal Safety
  • Recreation—Billiards, Arts & Crafts, Theater & Restaurant Trips, Parties, and Music
  • Social Services – Counseling, Entitlement Services (utility assistance, PACE, rent rebates), and Referral Services (government, employment, housing)

For more information, please call the Senior Center at 215-685-3513

If you or someone in your family is interested in taking music lessons, the Eva Donaldson School of Music has what you’re looking for. Located at 7308 Ogontz Avenue in Philadelphia, the School offers instructions in a variety of musical instruments. For more information, please contact the School at 215-424-5672.

When the sun goes down, West Oak Lane comes alive with weekly entertainment at Relish, one of our most popular venues. Relish, located at 7152 Ogontz Avenue, celebrates both the traditional and contemporary cuisine of the south and jazz, America's original art form. Located in the heart of the Ogontz Avenue commercial corridor in West Oak Lane, Relish is the gateway to stylish dining, arts, culture and lifestyle. Enjoy the decor, and experience the sexy Jazz Cafe, reminiscent of the intimate jazz clubs of the 50's with a small corner stage and long oak wood bar placed under the watchful eyes of enlarged sepia photographs of Ella and Louie. Elevate your mood in the open and spacious Veranda. Relish the look - Relish the food. For more information, call 215-276-0170.