The 50+ Biggest Festivals & Events Coming To Philly in Summer 2015
Our month-by-month guide to endless summer fun in the city
What are some other words for summer fun? Fireworks. Festivals. Beer gardens. Pop-up parks. Philadelphia.
This summer will go down as a season of non-stop, pull-out-all-the-stops fun in the city that scored a #3 placement on The New York Times’ influential “52 Places to Go in 2015” list.
Some of the summer highlights include the launch of Indego, Philadelphia’s bike-sharing program; the eagerly awaited return of the acclaimed Spruce Street Harbor Park; and the season-long showing of Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Add in plenty of pop-up beer gardens and public art displays for an unforgettable Philly summer.
Read on for our picks of the best festivals, events and exhibitions happening this summer in Philadelphia.
Wawa Welcome America!
Dates: Through July 4
Celebrate Independence in Philadelphia with the eight-day Wawa Welcome America! festival from June 27-July 4 featuring FREE special events and activities throughout the city leading up to the massive Philly 4th of July Jam and Grand Finale Fireworks on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Celebrate America's birthday in America's birthplace Philadelphia's blockbuster Fourth of July fireworks show and festivities. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)
Nightscape at Longwood Gardens
Date: Opens July 1
Come for the flowers, stay for Nightscape: A Light & Sound Experience at Longwood Gardens. As visitors wander through the evening gardens, they will encounter moving images that originated in the studios of the Klip Collective, but use the plants, trees and landscape as the canvas. Enhancing the visual images will be choreographed lights, specially commissioned soundscapes and scores by composer John Barthmus, Julian Grefe and Justin Geller.
Visit Philly Beer Garden Series
Fridays through September 4, 2015
The Visit Philly Beer Garden Series is back for 2015 with its second season of summer Fridays at Philadelphia’s best beer gardens. Every Friday this summer from Memorial Day through Labor Day, Visit Philly will help start the weekend right with happy hour at two of the city's brilliant outdoor public spaces: Spruce Street Harbor Park and The Oval.
Discovering the Impressionists at the PMA
Date: Now Open
Philadelphia’s impressive collection of Impressionist artworks will grow exponentially with the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s blockbuster summer exhibition. Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting is being hailed as a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition showcasing more than 80 works by Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Sisley, Degas and Manet. Bonus: extend your experience with the Discovering the Impressionists Hotel Package that includes an overnight hotel stay, two VIP tickets, special discounts and more.
This summer, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is hosting a must-see exhibition featuring more than 80 Impressionist masterpieces. (Photo courtesy the Philadelphia Museum of Art)
The Marvel Experience at Lincoln Financial Field
Dates: Through July 5, 2015
Join forces with Marvel's mightiest superheroes during The Marvel Experience at Lincoln Financial Field. The family-friendly, interactive experience will have you swinging with Spiderman, posing with Hulk and flying with Iron Man as you take on evil villains from the Marvel Universe. Feel empowered during the two-hour, immersive exhibition featuring iconic comic characters, interactive displays, a 360-degree, 3D dome projection show as well as a thrilling motion ride.
Wawa Hoagie Day
Date: July 2
Your lunch plans are covered on July 2 as the 23rd annual Wawa Hoagie Day returns to Independence National Historical Park. Any and all visitors can feast on FREE Wawa hoagies in honor of local and national heroes including members of the military, fire and police departments. Meet Food Network Chef Robert Irvine and enjoy performances by NBC’s The Voice contestants Matthew Schuler and Audra McLaughlin along with the USO Show Troupe.
Wawa will once again provide free hoagies to all visitors in front of the Independence Visitor Center during the 23rd annual Wawa Hoagie Day. (Photo courtesy Wawa Welcome America!)
The Philadelphia Orchestra Free Concert at Penn’s Landing
Date: July 2
Now in its 8th year, the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra will perform a FREE Neighborhood Concert on the RiverStage at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing. Following the orchestral show, enjoy a land-side fireworks display on the Delaware River Waterfront.
The Philadelphia Orchestra is coming to Penn's Landing for a FREE waterfront performance followed by a land-side fireworks display on July 2, 2015. (Photo courtesy the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation)
Philly Pops at Independence Hall
Date: July 3
The Philly Pops! return to celebrate America’s birthday with POPS! On Independence, a FREE, patriotic concert in front of Independence Hall. Bring a picnic and a lawn chair for one of the most popular Independence Day traditions in Philadelphia featuring inspiring classics from Conductor Michael Krajewski and soloists Capathia Jenkins and Darius de Haas will take part in this year’s show.
Party on the Parkway, 4th of July Jam and Grand Finale Fireworks
Date: July 4
The "Largest Free Concert in America", the Wawa Welcome America! The Party on the Parkway and Philly 4th of July Jam is one of the most anticipated events of the year. Held on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the day-long festival and FREE concert features some of the largest musical acts in the country including Philly's own The Roots. The 2015 Philly 4th of July Jam stars The Roots, with special guests Miguel and Jennifer Nettles. Keep an eye out for more special guest announcements as made available. Can't make it to the Parkway? The festivities will be covered live locally by 6ABC and online. Immediately following the concert, July 4th comes to an explosive end with an incredible fireworks finale over the Philadelphia Museum of Art sponsored by Discovery's Shark Week.
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)
50th Anniversary of the Gay Rights Movement
Date: July 4
On Independence Mall, the Equality Forum will honor the 50th Anniversary of the first major U.S. protest for LGBT equality with a stirring re-enactment of the demonstrations that took place in front of Independence Hall on July 4, 1965.
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first U.S. protest for LGBT equality throughout the city of Philadelphia. (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)
Screenings Under the Stars
Date: Starts July 9
Every Thursday night in July and August, Screenings Under the Stars will show a different film outdoors on a big screen at Penn’s Landing. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy a great summer treat. Sit back and cozy up to blockbuster movies or well-loved classics on the big screen right on the banks of the Delaware River. The screening will begin at dusk and, as is the case with most events at Penn’s Landing, admission is free.
Date: July 11
The Hispanic Fiesta at Penn’s Landing is one of Philadelphia’s premier Latino events, drawing upwards of 15,000 people each day. The festival continues to unite and raise awareness of Latino culture and community through the celebration of music, dance, entertainment, ethnic foods and artisan crafts from nearly all Latin American countries.
More than 15,000 people attend the annual Hispanic Fiesta at Penn's Landing, which celebrates the Latino culture and community with food, music and more. (Photo courtesy Douglas Bovitt of DRWC)
Bastille Day at ESP
Date: July 11
Wigs are welcome at the Bastille Day celebration at Eastern State Penitentiary, where a reenactment of the French Revolution includes a Marie Antoinette re-enactor yelling “Let them eat Tastykakes,” followed by more festivities and French dinner specials at local restaurants.
There will be Tastykakes during the annual Bastille Day celebration in Philadelphia's Fairmount neighborhood. (Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)
Opens July 15
The Oval is a seasonal pop-up outdoor public space that transforms an island of asphalt and surrounding lawns at 24th Street and the Parkway into an eight-acre public space devoted to family-friendly fun. Officially opening for the summer on Wednesday, July 15, the popular pop-up features an on-site beer garden, games and activities and ongoing special events throughout the season.
Lancaster Avenue Jazz and and Arts Festival
Date: July 18, 2015
All day on Saturday, July 19, the Powelton Village neighborhood welcomes acclaimed jazz artists for the 9th annual Lancaster Avenue Jazz and Arts Festival at Saunders Park. From noon to 7 p.m. groove to live jazz, browse art and enjoy delicious bites from local food trucks.
XPoNential Music Festival
Dates: July 24-26
Experience three amazing days of great music and family fun during the annual XPoNential Music Festival on the Camden Riverfront. The fest is held at two locations – the Susquehanna Bank Center and Wiggins Park, a venue selected by WXPN for its spectacular waterfront views and lush open green spaces perfect for a weekend of live music. This year's performers include My Morning Jacket, St. Vincent, Grace Potter, Lord Huron, Indigo Girls, Dawes and many more.
Summer Ale Festival at the Philadelphia Zoo
Date: July 25
Sample more than 40 types of local craft beer and tons of tasty food samplings from a number of on-site food trucks at the Philadelphia Zoo’s Summer Ale Festival. In addition to food and drinks, visit the many animals of the zoo at the annual event and groove to live music.
40th Street Summer Series
Dates: July 25, August 29, September 26
Live music fills the alfresco space at 40th and Walnut Streets for the annual 40th Street Summer Series. Once a month every month this summer, talented musicians and performers perform an array of acts for attendees at the series of free outdoor concerts.
CONCACAF Gold Cup Finals
Dates: July 25-26
This summer, Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field will play host to the CONCACAF Gold Cup Final, the signature tournament for North and Central American national soccer teams. This is the first time the Gold Cup final will be held in a U.S. market that isn’t New York, Chicago or Los Angeles, confirming, along with the popularity of the Philadelphia Union soccer team, Philadelphia’s growing stronghold on the national soccer market.
East Passyunk Car Show & Street Festival
Date: July 26
Muscle car enthusiasts show off their Turtle Waxed best at the East Passyunk Car Show and Street Festival, where vehicles in multiple categories are on display for the judging. Street eats and live entertainers round out the offerings.
BlackStar Film Festival
Dates: July 30-August 2
Now in its fourth year, the BlackStar Film Festival is a four-day celebration showcasing artistically innovative and genre-defying films by and about the global black experience. Nicknamed “The Black Sundance” by Ebony magazine, this local festival highlights independent films from emerging directors, producers and writers. Again this year, the majority of film screenings are scheduled to take place at International House in University City. Stay tuned for details on the full festival lineup and schedule.
2nd Street Festival
Date: August 2
A block party sponsored by the businesses of Northern Liberties, the 2nd Street Festival showcases live music, workshops, art, shopping and the very best local eats and drinks. The festival also promises beer gardens (yes, plural!).
Acana Festival at Penn’s Landing
Date: August 2
The African Cultural Alliance of North America Inc. (ACANA) again hosts its signature ACANA Festival, an outdoor concert experience that brings artists, groups, and dance troupes from around the Africa to perform for Philadelphia audiences. The Festival provides a wide range of African entertainment, from traditional dance performances to modern Afropop and reggae musical performances. This free event also brings delicious African food vendors, as well as traditional and modern clothing, arts, and crafts vendors.
Celebrate African culture during the ACANA Festival at Penn's Landing. (Photo courtesy Jake Krolik of DRWC)
Center City District Restaurant Week
Dates: August 2-7, 9-14
Center City District Restaurant Week comes early this year with delicious, budget conscious meals at more than 120 restaurants from $20-35. Dozens of Center City’s finest restaurants are offering 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 will also be offering a three-course lunch option for $20 per person.
The super-popular Center City Restaurant Week returns in August with multi-course, prix fixe meals at more than 120 restaurants. (Photo by E. Mencher for Visit Philadelphia)
Night Market: Lancaster Avenue
Date: August 6
Philadelphia’s favorite street food festival returns to Lancaster Ave. (from 35th to 39th streets) this August with more than 50 food trucks and a number of neighborhood restaurants serving up food and drinks alfresco for crowds.
PA Dutch Festival at Reading Terminal Market
Dates: August 6-8
Take a trip to Amish country without leaving the city limits during the annual Pennsylvania Dutch Festival at Reading Terminal Market. Indulge in traditional food, and browse handmade crafts at the festival which runs from August 6-8, 2015. On Saturday, enjoy an outdoor celebration on Arch Street complete with Amish buggy rides, horse drawn carriage rides, a petting zoo and live music.
Smooth Jazz Summer Nights at Penn’s Landing
Date: Starts August 7
The sounds of the country’s top Smooth Jazz artists will fill the air on Smooth Jazz Summer Nights, held on the RiverStage at Penn’s Landing every Friday night in August with FREE concerts on the riverside starting at 7:30 p.m.
Iron Hill Twilight Criterium
Date: August 8, 2015
Whether on two wheels or two feet, the Iron Hill Twilight Criterium is all about speed. Runners and bikers of all ages and abilities participate in a variety of races all leading up to the marquee event in which nationally ranked pro cyclists compete to qualify for the USA CRITS invitational. No bike, no problem. Just enjoy the accompanying street fair.
Peach Festival at Peddler's Village
Dates: August 8-9, 2015
The annual Peach Festival and Summer Sidewalk Sale at Peddler’s Village is a peach-lover’s paradise with peachy treats, pie eating contest, family fun and live music. Festival goers can enjoy locally grown peaches from Bechdolt’s Orchards of Bucks County and special sales and discounts at the shops at Peddler’s Village.
Philadelphia Folk Festival
Dates: August 14-16, 2015
The hills of Schwenksville, Pennsylvania come alive every summer with the sound of folk music during the long-running Philadelphia Folk Festival at Old Poole Farm near Schwenksville, Pennsylvania. It's all about the music during the 54th annual, three-day festival with nationally recognized and up-and-coming performers on seven stages, late-night sing-alongs and thousands of fellow music aficionados.
Sing your heart out with national and locally recognized performers during the long-running, three-day Philadelphia Folk Festival held in Schwenksville. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)
Festival of India at Penn’s Landing
Date: August 15, 2015
The annual Festival of India hosted by the Council of Indian Organizations (CIO) of Greater Philadelphia celebrates India’s Independence Day while highlighting the vibrant Indian American community here in Philadelphia. Now in its 21st year, the free festival is a colorful panorama of art, music, dance, and cuisine.
The 29th Annual Caribbean Festival
Date: August 16, 2015
Celebrate culture, music and food from 14 Caribbean islands during the 28th annual Caribbean Festival at Penn’s Landing. Benefiting college students of Caribbean descent, this year’s festival will feature a Caribbean workshop, a children’s corner, a marketplace and music from across the islands.
Celebrate the culture, music and food of the Caribbean islands during the 28th annual Caribbean Festival at Penn's Landing. (Photo courtesy Delaware River Waterfront Corporation)
Philadelphia Fringe Festival
Dates: September 3-19, 2015
The popular Philadelphia Fringe Festival is back with hundreds of dance, theater, visual arts, music and spoken-word presentations performed in venues of every stripe, from traditional stages to street corners, cars, galleries, cabarets and restaurants. It’s all offbeat, daring and avant-garde and entertains Philadelphia for weeks.
Made in America
Dates: September 5-6 2015
It’s back. For the fourth year in a row, the wildly popular Budweiser Made In America festival will hit Philadelphia with two days of genre-defying music on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The festival mastermind, Jay Z, will once again curate an epic lineup of the industry’s hottest talents to deliver another round of show-stopping performances across multiple stages. Full details on this year’s festival are still to be confirmed, so stay tuned for more information.
Some of the biggest names in the music business will perform on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway during the epic Made in America festival. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)
Kennett Square Mushroom Festival
Dates: September 12-13 2015
The mushroom is elevated to rock-star status during the annual Kennett Square Mushroom Festival. The Mushroom Capital of the World puts the fun in fungi with a weekend of culinary events, amusement rides, mushroom farm tours, a street fair, entertainment, an antique car show and more.
All-things fungi are highlighted during the blockbuster Kennett Square Mushroom Festival, a weekend of mushroom-related events and activities. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)
Feria del Barrio
Date: September 13 2015
Serving as one of Philadelphia’s largest celebrations of Latino arts and culture, the annual Feria del Barrio brings together thousands of community residents from throughout the Greater Philadelphia region for a free family event featuring some of the world’s most renowned musical artists. At Feria you can find your favorite foods, artists, singers, dancers, performers— all while getting useful information from dozens of local agencies and cultural partners.
Mexican Independence Day at Penn’s Landing
Date: September 13, 2015
Celebrate Mexican Independence Day with music, food, dancing, and more on the Delaware River Waterfront. Browse traditional arts and crafts, dance with Mexican rock bands and enjoy face painting and giveaways during the popular Penn’s Landing event.
The music, food and people of Mexico take center stage during the annual Mexican Independence Day celebration at Penn's Landing.
Mt. Airy Street Fare
Date: September 17, 2015
Germantown Avenue in Mt. Airy turns into a hub for mobile fare on September 17 in celebration of the third annual Street Fare, an evening of dozens of food vendors, live music, shopping, craft beer and family fun.
Terror Behind the Walls
Date: Opens September 18, 2015
Halloween starts early at the massive Eastern State Penitentiary — a gothic, castle-like structure in Philadelphia’s Fairmount neighborhood — with one of the nation’s largest and most ambitious and top-rated haunted attractions, Terror Behind the Walls. The seasonal event is not for the faint of heart, with six frightening attractions and new up-close-and-personal scares.
Brazilian Day at Penn’s Landing
Date: September 20, 2015
Brazilian Day Philadelphia returns to celebrate Brazilian Independence Day by sharing the wonderful culture and traditions of Brazil with local festival-goers. Vendors will offer an abundant variety of authentic traditional foods and merchandise as performers light up the stage with the contagious rhythms and dances of Brazil. The festival will feature a unique blend of Brazilian Culture and will showcase Samba, Forro, Pagode, Capoeira, Samba-Reggae and more.
World Meeting of Families/Pope Visit
Dates: September 22-27, 2015
Tens of thousands of people from around the globe will converge on Philadelphia for the eighth annual World Meeting of Families. Throughout the week, 100 speakers will lead panel discussions and workshops at the Pennsylvania Convention Center focused on the theme “Love is our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.” Pope Francis will make his first visit to the United States (and the first visit to Philadelphia by any pope since Pope John Paul II in 1979) to say a public mass during the event.
Pope Francis will make his first visit to the United States during the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)
Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll
Dates: September 24
Save your $1 bills for the popular Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll in West Philadelphia. Dozens of businesses along the Avenue set up shop on the sidewalk for an evening of $1 deals that include tasty bites, pet toys, giveaways, local beer and much more.
Ongoing Exhibitions and Events
#VISITPHILLY Photo Spots
Capture a sharable snapshot and make new memories at the city's top attractions with the all-new #VISITPHILLY Photo Spots. Strike a pose in oversized chairs at Spruce Street Harbor Park and the Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest at Penn's Landing or in front of the XOXO Letters at the Independence Visitor Center or The Porch at 30th Street Station, then share your photo with #VISITPHILLY. The With Love-branded structures appear all over Center City from the Delaware River to the Schuylkill River, so keep an eye out!
Snap the perfect summer photo at Philadelphia's iconic locations and attractions with our brand-new #VISITPHILLY Photo Spots. (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)
Spruce Street Harbor Park
Last summer visitors were blown away by the debut of Spruce Street Harbor Park, a seasonal pop-up park on the Delaware River Waterfront. By popular demand, the riverside oasis will return in 2015 with beer gardens, pop-up restaurants and, of course, hammocks. Families have plenty to look forward to this year with an expanded arcade on the Boardwalk and on-site sweet treats from Old City's old school ice cream parlor Franklin Fountain.
Spruce Street Harbor Park is back and better than ever with more food, more hammocks and more family-friendly summer fun. (Photo by M. Stanley for DRWC)
Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest
The area that housed this past winter’s Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest has transformed for the summer into a warm-weather retreat with food, drinks, family activities and Philadelphia’s first outdoor roller rink. Surrounding the rink, the Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest is a family-friendly hangout with natural landscaping outside, a wraparound porch, an arcade space and a boathouse-themed Lodge serving summertime-appropriate food and drink from the Garces Group and other Philadelphia restaurants.
Lace up a pair of roller skates and celebrate the warm weather at the all-new Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest on the Delaware River Waterfront. (Photo courtesy the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation)
Center City Sips
Every Wednesday through September 2, 2015
Bars and restaurants throughout Center City create a few extremely happy hours with drink specials for Center City Sips, held every Wednesday from through September 2, 2015. A favorite post-work event, Sips features $5 cocktails, $4 wine, $3 beers and half-price appetizers at over 90 bars and restaurants.
PHS Pop-Up Garden
Dates: Through October 1, 2015
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s summer Pop-Up Garden is back and bigger than ever with two pop-up beer gardens, one in South Street West and one at 9th & Wharton in East Passyunk. Each pop-up garden will feature the PHS notable selection of beer, cocktails, food and greenery, but with its own neighborhood flair.
Sesame Place’s 35th Birthday Celebration
Sesame Place®, the nation’s only theme park based entirely on the award-winning show Sesame Street®, is celebrating its 35th birthday! Join the party all season long with whirling rides, splashy water slides, toe-tapping shows starring everyone’s favorite furry friends and the new Neighborhood Birthday Party Parade™ featuring a brand-new birthday float, fun birthday decorations and an exciting original birthday song.
Get ready to party with the family as Sesame Place is celebrating its 35th birthday all summer long. (Photo courtesy Sesame Place)
Open Source, presented by the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and curated by Pedro Alonzo, will culminate in October 2015 with public art projects throughout the city by a dozen local and international artists. Throughout the summer, each artist will work in residence within an existing area or social concern of the organization, and their projects will explore the intersection of street art, contemporary art and public art. The program will include numerous public activities, including tours, panel discussions, opening events and more.
Lego Art of the Brick at the Franklin Institute
Open through October 4, 2015
Since opening in February 2015, tens of thousands have experienced an art exhibition unlike any ever seen at the Franklin Institute. Don't miss your chance to see the world’s largest exhibition of LEGO® art during The Art of the Brick, a limited-time exhibition from artist Nathan Sawya who recreates famous masterpieces and original artworks using only LEGO bricks.
Explore 3D renditions of famous artworks and incredible original pieces made entirely of LEGO during The Art of the Brick at the Franklin Institute (Photo by Erica Ann)
Pier 68 Park
Opening late summer
When the new Pier 68 Park opens, it will provide a southern trailhead for the continually growing Delaware River Trail. Built as a place for passive recreation, the $1.7 million park will be an angler’s delight with a dedicated space for casting lines and built in fish-cleaning stations. Native trees and plants will provide shade in the picnic grove and a cutout in the pier surface will allow visitors to watch the tide rise and fall.
One Liberty Place Observation Deck
Date: Opening Fall 2015
Scheduled to open in fall 2015, One Liberty Observation Deck will provide Philadelphia with panoramic bird’s-eye views of the city from the 57th floor of One Liberty Place in downtown Philadelphia. Now under construction, Montparnasse 56 (or M56) — a Parisian-based company that operates observation decks in the John Hancock Tower in Chicago and the Montparnasse 56 Tower in Paris — is building the observatory, which will also include interactive elements and artistic installations.
Prepare for incredible skyline views from high above the ground with the brand-new One Liberty Place Observation Deck. (Photo by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia)
The PHLASH is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to get around to 22 of the city’s most popular attractions including Penn’s Landing, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Reading Terminal Market and the Philadelphia Zoo. The unmistakeable purple bus makes stops every 15 minutes with rides starting at $2 per person or $5 for an all-day pass.
The PHLASH bus is the most convenient and affordable way to get around to 22 of the city’s most popular attractions (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)
Philadelphia continues to be one of the most bike-friendly cities in the country with the launch of its own bike sharing program called Indego. Launched in the spring of 2015, Indego allows visitors or members to rent bicycles from 70 stations located from the Delaware River, across the Schuylkill River, into West Philadelphia and from South Philadelphia to North Philadelphia, including Temple University’s main campus.Cyclists can walk up to any Indego station and check out bikes for quick trips around the city 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The quick and convenient system allows users to return their bike rental to the nearest station after their ride is complete.
Manayunk Arts Festival
Dates: June 20-21 2015
The largest outdoor juried arts festival in the region, the 26th annual Manayunk Arts Festival attracts thousands of visitors for a weekend of arts, crafts and entertainment. Hundreds of artists from around the country will showcase their works along Main Street in Manayunk during the two-day celebration.
Thousands pack Main Street in Manayunk for a weekend of arts, crafts, food and fun during the annual Manayunk Arts Festival. (Photo courtesy J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)
Juneteenth at The Johnson House
Date: June 20, 2015
Historic Germantown hosts a FREE, family-friendly festival commemorating the abolishment of slavery in the United States during the 6th annual Juneteenth Celebration. Spend the day learning about significant impact of the 13th Amendment with special exhibitions, performances, discussions and more.
Portuguese Heritage Festival
Date: June 21 2015
The 21st annual Philadelphia Portuguese Heritage Festival is designed to bring attention to the Portuguese-American immigrant’s contributions to the city of Philadelphia. A variety of traditional foods and Portuguese wines will be available for sampling and for purchase. Revolutionary art, folklore dance groups, international music, and the traditional blessing of the fleet aboard the Tall Ship Gazela will help Philadelphians learn and celebrate Portuguese culture.
Tall Ships Festival - Philadelphia Camden
Thursday-Sunday, June 25-28, 2015
The billowing sails of 15 majestic vessels and one GIGANTIC rubber duck mark the arrival of Tall Ships Philadelphia Camden. Docked along both sides of the Delaware River waterfront will be elegant tall ships from France, Brazil, Canada and all around the globe. Visitors can tour the ships, including the L’Hermione, a replica of the French naval ship that brought General Lafayette to America to help fight the British. Also on tap: live entertainment, hands-on activities, games and a spectacular fireworks display that will close out the weekend.
This June, the Tall Ships festival will pull into port in Philadelphia for four days of sailing, historic vessels and more. (Photo courtesy Tall Ships)
Plus, the World's Largest Rubber Duck...
See 15 majestic sailing ships and one enormous rubber duck during Tall Ships Philadelphia Camden on the Delaware River. (Photo courtesy Tall Ships)
Johnson & Johnson TriRock Philadelphia Triathlon
Dates: June 27-28
Top athletes from around the country will push it to the limit during the 11th annual Johnson & Johnson TriRock Philadelphia Triathlon presented by Philadelphia Insurance Companies. The premier weekend event features three days of races and special activities leading up to the Olympic Distance Race on Sunday, June 28. Watch as elite triathletes swim, bike and run along the Schulkill River in Fairmount Park.