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The Biggest Summer Events & Festivals Hitting Philly in 2016

Summer means outdoor music, beer gardens, fireworks and more

Summer is a season of nonstop fun in Philadelphia.

From the the hammock-laden Spruce Street Harbor Park and the roller-skate ready Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest to the Philadelphia Night Markets, summertime beer gardens and other eat-and-drink filled occasions to al fresco festivals galore, there is plenty to see and experience throughout the warm-weathered months in Philly.

Plus, July brings not only a ton of awesome 4th of July activities but it also means the Democratic National Convention here in Philadelphia, filling the month with plenty of patriotic spirit.

If you're into live music, marathon-running or art fests, Philly has a plethora of other activities planned in those departments, too, to keep you busy all summer long. Read on for all of our top events and festivals to check out this season below.

As you mark your calendar with what to do, why not plan a little getaway, too? Take advantage of the Visit Philly Overnight® Hotel Package, inviting you to stay the night in our City of Brotherly Love and score some sweet deals while you're here.

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Ongoing

Spruce Street Harbor Park

Through September 25, 2016
From the day it closes in the fall, Spruce Street Harbor Park's return is eagerly awaited by residents and visitors alike. In May, the pop-up park on the Delaware River Waterfront revived itself, returning smiles to those who had been yearning for a spot in one of the park’s plethora of lounge-friendly hammocks. The riverside oasis also brings back its beer gardens, pop-up restaurants, ping pong tables and other outdoor activities. We’ll cheers to that.

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Enjoy a local brew or seasonal draft at the beer garden at Spruce Street Harbor Park this summer. (M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

Through September 5, 2016
The awesome area that housed this past winter’s Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest transforms once again into a warm-weather edition in the summer with a roller rink, a boathouse-styled lodge, a play area for kids, food and drink options and events throughout the season.

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Enjoy the warm-weather season by cruising on a pair of skates at the Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest. (Photo courtesy of M. Stanley for DRWC)

PHS Pop-Up Gardens

Through September 30, 2016
The Philadelphia Horticulture Society launches two pop-up beer gardens this year, featuring one brand new location at the Viaduct Rail Park in Callowhill, alongside the popular mainstay on South Street in Graduate Hospital. The two gardens are go-to spots for eating, drinking and hanging out al fresco and offer menus designed by well-known restaurants in the area.

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New this year, Garden at the Viaduct Rail Park is one of two Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) Pop Up Gardens. (Rob Cardillo for Pennsylvania Horticulture Society)

Summer Concerts

Dates vary
As summer tour and festival season kicks off, Philadelphia sees a calendar full of acts coming to venues all throughout town. From the legendary jam band Phish at the al fresco Mann Center for Performing Arts to the three-day XpoNential Music Festival at the BB&T Pavilion to Drake and Future at the Wells Fargo Center, there's a genre and concert for everyone this season and tons of opportunities to catch some live tunes outdoors!

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The annual XpoNential Music Festival on the Camden Riverfront is one of the many awesome festivals happening in the area this summer. (Photo courtesy WXPN)

Outdoor beer gardens in Philadelphia

Dates vary
Beer gardens are the ultimate summertime hangout, and in Philly, there are plenty from which to choose. In fact, we've rounded up more than 20 different options (click the button below), so whether you want to order a liter of draft beer served in an authentic German beer stein at Frankford Hall, hit up a waterfront favorite like Morgan's Pier or enjoy a drink over a game of mini golf at The Oval, we've got you covered.

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Morgan's Pier is one of the many awesome spots to grab a beer outdoors in Philadelphia this summer. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Old City Eats

Thursdays through August 25, 2016
This summer, restaurants in Old City are extending their happy hour specials for the inaugural Old City Eats event. Running on Thursdays through August 25, the dining event features food and drink deals and specials from 5 to 8 p.m. at top spots like The Little Lion, Amada, Cuba Libre and more.

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More than 30 restaurants are participating in Old City Eats all summer long. (R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

Blockbuster exhibitions throughout the region

Dates vary
There's an array of awesome exhibitions to check out this summer including an interactive, gear-you-up-for-the-presidential-election exhibit at the National Constitution Center, a Nemo, Woody and other Pixar-character-filled animation exhibition at The Franklin Institute and an incredible and expansive display of works from visionary artists all throughout Africa at the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building. Click the button below to view all of the top exhibitions in Philadelphia happening right now.

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The Perelman Building hosts Creative Africa, one of many awesome artistic displays to explore this season. (M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

Center City Sips

Wednesdays through September 28, 2016
Bars and restaurants throughout Center City create a few extra happy hours with drink specials for Center City Sips, held every Wednesday from June 1 through September 28, 2016. A favorite post-work event, Sips features $5 cocktails, $4 wine, $3 beers and half-price appetizers at a ton of bars and restaurants in the area.

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The Independence Beer Garden is one of many bars and restaurants offering drink specials during Center City Sips, held Wednesdays throughout the summer. (M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)


June

Night Market Philadelphia: Callowhill

June 23, 2016
Night Market Philadelphia continues in its sixth year as one of the best celebrations of street food and city neighborhoods. After an amazing kick-off evening in Roxborough, Night Market heads to Callowhill in June. Located just north of Chinatown, Callowhill is known for its diverse bars, eclectic art scene, live music and the pending Reading Viaduct. Explore the neighborhood while you enjoy eats from the top food trucks in the city.

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Night Market

Night Market Philadelphia brings an evening of food truck noshing, live music and outdoor entertainment to Callowhill in June. (D. Tavani for Night Market)

Clark Park's Summer Solstice Festival

June 25, 2016
A West Philadelphia tradition for more than 40 years, the Clark Park's Summer Solstice Festival is a free, day-long community celebration held every summer. Traditionally held on the Saturday closest to the Summer Solstice, the Clark Park Music and Arts Festival features family-friendly activities, local arts and crafts, live music, dance, theater and more from noon to sundown. Enjoy tasty bites from local food trucks while you're there!

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Manayunk Arts Festival

June 25-26, 2016
One of the largest outdoor arts festivals in the Delaware Valley, the Manayunk Arts Festival draws up to 200,000 people to its historic Main Street for a two-day festival of arts, crafts, music and food. Nearly 300 artists will set up shop to showcase handcrafted goods for sale that range from glass and ceramics to mixed media arts and jewelry to wood, sculpture and more.

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One of the largest outdoor arts festivals in the Delaware Valley, the Manayunk Arts Festival draws nearly 200,000 people to its historic Main Street. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Philadelphia Latino Film Festival

June 19-20, 2016
The Philadelphia Latino Film Festival is the only film festival in the Greater Philadelphia region that celebrates the Latino and Latin American film scene. Beyond numerous film screenings, the festival also promises parties, panels and receptions.

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Wawa Welcome America

June 27 - July 4, 2016
For eight days straight, Wawa Welcome America! will rock the town with red, white and blue festivities including free concerts, three dazzling fireworks shows, the Historic Philadelphia Block Party, parades, patriotic ceremonies and kids’ activities. Celebrate independence in Philadelphia with an action-packed schedule of fun.

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Philadelphia's spectacular July 4th celebration comes to a close with a massive fireworks display over the Philadelphia Museum of Art. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)


July

Philadelphia Orchestra Neighborhood Concert and Fireworks

July 1, 2016
The 4th of July weekend gets a tuneful start with a free performance by the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra along the Delaware River waterfront at Penn's Landing. After the acclaimed musicians take their bows, all eyes will be on the skies for the first of three spectacular fireworks displays.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra is coming to Penn's Landing for a FREE waterfront performance followed by a land-side fireworks display. (Photo courtesy of the DRWC)

U.S. Army Band Performance and Fireworks

July 2, 2016
The US Army Band “Pershing’s Own” has delighted audiences with their rousing and rollicking renditions of old standards, new hits and patriotic tunes. The group returns to the Delaware River waterfront this year for another highly anticipated performance. Also eagerly awaited: the huge fireworks display that will follow.

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POPS! On Independence

July 3, 2016
The BYOB (bring-our-own-blanket) POPS! On Independence concert has become a traditional holiday favorite, and for good reason. The combination of the Philadelphia Pops under the baton of Michael Krajewski, lively score of family-friendly tunes and dramatic backdrop of Independence Hall creates a perfect setting for a night of music under the stars.

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Historic Philadelphia Block Party

July 3, 2016
Visitors can party the day away at the new Historic Philadelphia Block Party. The festivities will fill the streets around Independence Hall with live entertainment, food vendors, kids’ games and activities for all ages. Special appearances by 18th-century citizens will add a truly patriotic touch to the day-long fete.

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Party on the Parkway

July 4, 2016

All of Philadelphia comes together in one giant romp for the Party on the Parkway. Kidz Bop kicks off the day of musical performances, dance, children’s activities, foods and cultural events that celebrate the city’s many neighborhoods and nationalities.

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Thousands pack the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for a FREE, day-long party featuring food, live music, family fun and more. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert

July 4, 2016

The Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert takes over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with one of the largest free outdoor concerts in the country. Headlining will be Leon Bridges, the American R&B and soul singer/songwriter best known for his song “Coming Home.” Other performers include two homegrown celebs — Leslie Odom, Jr., Tony Award-winning Hamilton star, and Yazz (Bryshere Gray) from TV’s smash hit Empire. The O’Jays, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes and other hit makers will lead a tribute to the musical team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, creators of The Sound of Philadelphia. And the Philly POPS will round out the evening with a flag-waving, red-white-and-blue performance of patriotic tunes.

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Wawa Welcome America July 4th Grand Finale Fireworks

July 4, 2016
Location: Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Benjamin Franklin Parkway at Eakins Oval

Showcasing patriotism and important moments in our nation’s history, the Wawa Welcome America July 4th Fireworks will take revelers on a 240-year journey from July 4, 1776 to
July 4, 2016. Accompanied by a powerful soundtrack that combines rousing musical works and powerful quotes, this fireworks display will light up the skies over the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art for the grandest of grand finales.

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Philadelphia's spectacular July 4th celebration comes to a close with a massive fireworks display over the Philadelphia Museum of Art. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

qFLIX Philadelphia

July 5-10, 2016
This annual festival celebrates all genres of film that pertain to or were created by members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. This year’s venues are clustered along and near the Avenue of the Arts: Kimmel Center, Prince Music Theater and University of the Arts.

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Blobfest

July 8-10, 2016
The Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville and other spots around the town, just 50 miles west of Philadelphia, make an appearance in the 1958 sci-fi horror movie The Blob, giving the area one of its first notable claims to fame. To keep the memory alive, Blobfest goes down every year to celebrate the campy classic film's history in the area. Multiple screenings will take place, along with a variety of other fun events.

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The first night of Blobfest concludes with a reenactment of the “running out of the theater” scene from the original movie by moviegoers at the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Hispanic Fiesta

July 9-10, 2016
This two-day celebration boasts more than 15,000 people each day. Presented by Concilio, the Hispanic Fiesta features family-friendly music and dance performances, Latin American artisan craft vendors and ethnic foods.

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Head to the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing to enjoy cultural food, dance and more at the Hispanic Fiesta. (Photo courtesy M. Stanley for DRWC)

Radio 104.5 Block Parties at Festival Pier at Penn's Landing

July 10, August 7 and September 18, 2016
Radio 104.5 definitely brings the party to its block parties every summer. The free concert series makes a move to the Festival Pier at Penn's Landing this year and continues to pack the once-a-month lineup with some of the hottest artists from the station's airwaves.

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Festival Pier at Penn's Landing hosts several lively Radio 104.5 block parties this summer. (Photo courtesy Festival Pier)

University City Dining Days

July 14-24, 2016
Dining Days returns to University City for another year of fantastic, prix-fixe, three-course dinners at the top eating destinations in the neighborhood. With meals ranging from $15-35 per person, Dining Days offers the perfect opportunity to try the charming BYOBs, international dining and craft beer bars in University City.

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Distrito is one of the many participating restaurants you can enjoy during University City Dining Days.

Opening of the Oval

July 15, 2016
Just steps away from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Oval returns to transform the asphalt and lawns surrounding 24th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway into an eight-acre, family-friendly pop-up outdoor space. Visitors can enjoy giant games of chess, checkers, Jenga and Connect Four, dine on tasty dishes from local food trucks and lounge with a cold brew in the scenic outdoor beer garden.

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The Oval pop-up park on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is a must-visit attraction in the summer. (M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

Summer Ale Festival at The Philadelphia Zoo

July 16, 2016
The Philadelphia Zoo’s Summer Ale Festival proves year after year that zoos aren’t just for kids. Adults sip craft beers from the Philly area and beyond in combination with food truck fare set against a background of birds, great apes, big cats and other wildlife.

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10th Annual Lancaster Avenue Jazz and Arts Fest

July 16, 2016
Top jazz talent takes to the stage during the annual Lancaster Avenue Jazz and Arts Fest. Now in its 10th year, the festival promises something for everyone, including a variety of food trucks and vendors, artists and family friendly activities.

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Bastille Day at Eastern State Penitentiary

July 16, 2016
The masses storm the castle on Eastern State Penitentiary’s Bastille Day, as re-enactors and audience members playfully recreate the storming of the Bastille. Emceed by “Edith Piaf”, Philly’s version of this historic event includes experimental cabaret performances, dancing baguettes and Marie Antoinette tossing more than 3,000 Tastykakes out to the crowd.

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Visitors gather in the shadow of the Eastern State Penitentiary's main wall to commemorate the storming of the Bastille by French revolutionaries. (Photo courtesy Darryl Moran via Flickr)

Democratic National Convention and PoliticalFest

DNC: July 25-28, 2016
PoliticalFest: July 22-27, 2016

All eyes will be on Philadelphia in July 2016 as the city hosts the Democratic National Convention. Held at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia, the convention is one of the marquee events of the 2016 Presidential Race. During the week-long gathering, delegates from the Democratic Party will announce their nominations for President and Vice President of the United States. Held during the same time period as the DNC, Political Fest is a one-of-a-kind, multi-day festival at seven attractions around town, open to the public, celebrating political history, government and the road to the White House.

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See you soon, Philadelphia! #DNC16

Posted by Democratic Party on Thursday, February 12, 2015

XPoNential Music Festival

July 22-24, 2016
WXPN, the public radio station of the University of Pennsylvania, brings together musical legends and new performers at Wiggins Park and the BB&T Pavillon on the Camden waterfront. This year's big ticket names include Ryan Adams, Alabama Shakes, Brandi Carlile, Kurt Vile and The Violators, Father John Misty, Gary Clark Jr. and Old Crow Medicine Show.

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Puerto Rican Day Festival in Bristol

July 23, 2016
The Puerto Rican Day Festival brings a daylong cultural celebration to Bristol’s Lion Park. The event features a procession followed by live music and dance performances, interactive cultural workshops, kid-friendly activities, arts and crafts, an array of authentic eats and plenty of opportunities to get up and dance.

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Islamic Heritage Festival

July 23, 2016
The 24th annual Islamic Heritage Festival kicks off with the Unity and Diversity Parade at 1 p.m. before taking to the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing at 2 p.m. It will feature speakers, games for the whole family and a global open market bazaar.

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Spend the afternoon at the festive Islamic Heritage Festival at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing. (J. Smith for Visit Philadelphia)

Philly's BBQ Fest 2016

July 30, 2016
The area's first ever large-scale BBQ festival is going down this summer at Citizens Bank Park, famous home of the Philadelphia Phillies. The ticketed event will feature 40-plus vendors who will encourage attendees to sample their signature brisket, pulled pork and more. Live music, a craft beer garden and carnival games will also be part of the festival, along with what's sure to be an animated, down-and-dirty rib-eating competition.

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40th Street Summer Series

July 23, August 20 and September 17, 2016
Make plans to visit the green space behind the Walnut Street Library in University City as the annual 40th Street Summer Series returns this summer. The free, family-friendly outdoor concert series will host bands playing within eclectic genres that range from punk-funk to Afro-Brazilian and other world rhythms.

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Mark your calendar to catch live tunes on three different dates during the 40th Street Summer Series in University City. (Photo courtesy University City District)

Shakespeare in Clark Park

July 27-31, 2016
An annual tradition, Shakespeare in Clark Park brings top-quality local actors to perform classic Shakespearean works for several nights of performances. Come early to secure a spot for your picnic blanket, as the shows can attract audiences of over 1,000 people. This year's production? "Two Gentlemen of Verona."

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East Passyunk Car Show and Festival

July 31, 2016
Rev your engines for East Passyunk's largest block party of the year, featuring over 140 antique, show, classic and custom cars. Live music, crafts for sale, food and drinks will also be flowing, along with a free moon bounce for the kiddos.

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August

Opening of Nightscape at Longwood Gardens

August 3 - October 29, 2016
The chance to see stunning sights well after dark at Kennett Square's Longwood Gardens returns this year with the second edition of Nightscape: A Light and Sound Experience, an after-dark-only installation. Created by local pros Klip Collective (responsible for installations seen everywhere from the Philadelphia Flower Show to the Sundance Film Festival), the immersive experience full of musically choreographed moving images and lights is one not to be missed.

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BlackStar Film Festival

August 4-7, 2016
Hailed by Ebony magazine as “the black Sundance,” the BlackStar Film Festival screens artistically excellent independent films about the global black experience and films by people of color.

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Smooth Jazz Summer Nights at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing

Kick off your weekends in August with the annual smooth jazz series at Penn's Landing. The free, outdoor concerts put the spotlight on renowned jazz and blues musicians from across the globe, creating family-friendly performances every Friday.

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Enjoy free, outdoor jazz concerts every Friday in August during the Smooth Jazz Summer Nights series at Penn's Landing. (Photo courtesy M. Stanley for DRWC)

ACANA Fest

August 7, 2016
Join The African Cultural Alliance of North America (ACANA) to celebrate the ninth annual ACANA Fest at Penn’s Landing. The Festival brings traditional food and goods from the continent of Africa to Penn's Landing in addition to plenty of music and dance. This year’s musical performances include Senegalese star Pape Diouf and La Generation Consciente and Liberian artist Deng.

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Dance to the beat of the drums and enjoy authentic African eats at the Acana Fest at Penn's Landing. (Photo courtesy J. Krolik for DRWC)

2nd Street Festival

August 7, 2016
Where better to celebrate craft beer than in the neighborhood that helped launch the craze? All afternoon and evening, Northern Liberties vendors close down North 2nd Street for the family-friendly 2nd Street Festival, complete with beer gardens, food, workshops and art. Festival-goers can also catch music and events at stages programmed by the Philadelphia Folksong Society.

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Pennsylvania Dutch Festival at Reading Terminal Market

August 11-13, 2016
Celebrate the traditions, foods and crafts of the Pennsylvania Dutch during the annual Pennsylvania Dutch Festival at the historic Reading Terminal Market. The three-day festival inside the market features handmade crafts including quilts, woodcrafts, paintings, hand-braided rugs, wooden toys and cedar chests.

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Mad Decent Block Party at Festival Pier at Penn's Landing

August 13, 2016
Although Diplo uprooted to L.A., at least once a year he returns to his original home of Philadelphia as part of his annual nationwide Mad Decent Block Party tour. The local team on the bill this year includes Baauer, Dirty South Joe and Swizzymack, keeping show-goers moving and grooving all night long.

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Philadelphia Folk Festival at Old Poole Farm

August 18-21, 2016
On a farm just outside of city limits, the Philadelphia Folk Festival takes place every year in part to fund nonprofit Philadelphia Folksong Society. The family-friendly event unfolds over three days and features folk artists and bands, including Los Lobos, The Lone Bellow, Del & Dawg, The Wood Brothers and Darlingside. Consider pitching a tent for the weekend to catch the Thursday night, camper-only show hosted by World Cafe Live's David Dye.

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The hills of Schwenksville, Pennsylvania come alive every summer with the sound of folk music during the long-running Philadelphia Folk Festival. (G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

Festival of India

August 20, 2016
The Festival of India honors the South Asian Country’s Independence Day by displaying authentic Indian dance, art, music and, of course, cuisine. Throughout Penn's Landing, festival guests will also find vendors selling Indian crafts and keepsakes.

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Find a ton of vibrant, Indian-inspired art and cuisine at the Festival of India at Penn's Landing. (Photo courtesy of D. Bovitt for DRWC)

Caribbean Festival

August 21, 2016
Enjoy lively music and dance performances, colorful Caribbean goods and souvenirs and food like jerk chicken, rice and peas and roti at the 30th Annual Caribbean Festival. Head to the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing to take part in the fun!

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From jerk chicken to live tunes, enjoy all things Caribbean at the 30th Annual Caribbean Festival at Penn's Landing. (Photo courtesy of D. Bovitt for DRWC)


September

Made in America Festival

September 3-4, 2016
Taking place during Labor Day weekend, the two-day Made in America festival features both national and local acts, curated by Jay Z, that perform on a series of stages. Last year, more than 140,000 people showed up. The list of performers remains unknown, but last year's event saw appearances from both Beyonce and Jay Z.

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Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll

September 8, 2016
Score a bunch of $1 bargains during University City’s Baltimore Avenue Dollar Store, showcasing neighborhood deals on goods that range from pet supplies to theater tickets. The event takes place between 43rd and 52nd streets and features the local businesses among the continuously growing commercial corridor.

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Crowds pack the streets during the Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll for cheap eats and entertainment. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Fringe Festival

September 9-24, 2016
Avant-garde performance meets street theater during the Fringe Festival, which brings two weeks of artistic pleasure to viewers at various locations throughout the city.

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Kennett Square Mushroom Festival

September 10-11, 2016
Kennett Square’s 31st annual Mushroom Festival puts the fun in fungi during a weekend of music, food, contests, exhibits and activities in the “Mushroom Capital of the World.”

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Mushroom lovers across the nation converge in historic Kennett Square each year on the weekend after Labor Day for the Kennett Square Mushroom Festival. (G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

Doylestown Arts Festival

September 10-11, 2016
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Doylestown Arts Festival returns to Bucks County with over 160 artists, live music, food and fun for the entire family. Expect live music to be streaming throughout the weekend and plenty of tasty festival food options from which to choose.

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Greenfest Philly

September 11, 2016
Held in the historic Headhouse Square on 2nd Street between South and Pine streets, Greenfest Philly is the largest environmental festival in the Philadelphia area. With over 100 exhibitors and vendors, the festival presents a prime place to learn about living sustainably, with opportunities to shop for Philly-made green wares, enjoy local bites to eat, listen to live music, attend demonstrations and more.

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Terror Behind the Walls

September 16 - November 5, 2016 (select nights)
Thrill-seekers celebrate the Halloween season by testing their nerves at Eastern State Penitentiary’s Terror Behind the Walls, a spooky haunted house inside a history-rich, abandoned prison.

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Center City District Restaurant Week - Fall Edition

September 2016
Treat yourself to some of autumn’s best flavors prepared by top chefs in the area during Center City Restaurant Week. Dozens of the finest restaurants in Center City will offer indulgent prix-fixe menus that are both delectable and easy on the wallet with three-course dinners for only $35 per person. A number of participating restaurants also offer a three-course lunch option for $20 per person.

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Scarecrow Festival at Peddler's Village

September 17-18, 2016
Have you ever wanted to learn how to make a scarecrow? Now's your chance to do so at the Scarecrow Festival at Peddler's Village, offering workshops alongside live entertainment and pumpkin pie-eating contests! Stroll through the village to see all of the area's scarecrows on display and enjoy live entertainment, food and more while you're there.

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A bunch of festive scarecrows will be on display during the annual Scarecrow Festival at Peddler's Village. (A. Sinagoga for Visit Philadelphia)

Mexican Independence Day Festival

September 18, 2016
Mexico received its independence from Spain soon after the Mexican War of Independence began on September 16, 1810. Philadelphia commemorates Mexican Independence Day with a celebration of traditional and modern Mexican dance, musical performances and plenty of food options at the fun-filled Mexican Independence Day Festival at Penn's Landing.

Mexican Independence Day

Enjoy authentic Mexican-inspired eats and drinks during the Mexican Independence Day Festival at Penn's Landing. (Photo courtesy of D. Bovitt for DWRC)

Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon and 5K

September 18, 2016
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon and 5K returns in September, bringing together fitness and music for the seventh year that the nationwide series will pound the pavement in Philly.At each mile marker of the 13.1-mile and 3.1-mile races, runners will be greeted with live music from some of Philly’s favorite bands. Local cheerleading squads will also be on site providing choreographed entertainment for the runners.

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Mt. Airy Street Fare

Date TBD
Enjoy local eats, craft beer, wine and delicious cocktails from over 50 of the region's best food trucks and restaurants lining Germantown Avenue at the Mt. Airy Street Fare. Held between Sedgwick Street and Mt. Airy Avenue, live music, family-friendly activities and vendor booths will also fill the streets.

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Oktoberfest at Brauhaus Schmitz

Date TBD
Brauhaus Schmitz goes all out for its annual Oktoberfest with an array of German-inspired events that lead up to an incredible block party on South Street. Expect a ton of schnitzel, brat and brew options to enjoy while partaking in the festive fun.

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