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Who doesn't want to spend his or her summer in these chairs? Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

There’s more than ever to do in Philadelphia during the summer.

Come celebrate America’s birthday in America’s birthplace with Philly’s wonderful 4th of July celebrations. Start each weekend off right with a visit to a beer garden, sponsored by Visit Philly, then spend a weekend afternoon on the waterfront in the breezy Spruce Street Harbor Park. And some of Philly’s best attractions are only getting better — like the brand new Your Brain exhibit at The Franklin Institute or Big Cat Crossing at the Philadelphia Zoo.

Check out more upcoming events, exhibitions and exciting openings below or with our Top Reasons to Visit Philadelphia in 2014.

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  • The Visit Philly Beer Garden Happy Hour Series

    12 Weeks. 6 Beer Gardens. Endless Good Times.

    The Visit Philly Beer Garden Series

    Come out and toast summer at the Visit Philly Beer Garden Series, a new weekly happy-hour series visiting a rotating beer garden across the city every Friday all summer long.

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  • Independence Beer Garden

    Outdoor retreat just steps from Independence Mall

    Independence Beer Garden is a massive new outdoor retreat in Philadelphia’s most historic neighborhood.

    Independence Beer Garden (IBG) is a 20,000-square-foot outdoor retreat overlooking the Liberty Bell Center and Independence National Historical Park.

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  • 2nd Street Festival

    Super-sized block party in Northern Liberties

    Every August, thousands pack a seven-block stretch of North 2nd Street between Germantown Avenue and Spring Garden for a day of music, food, beer gardens, art, workshops and vendors of all kinds.

    Every August, thousands pack a seven-block stretch of North 2nd Street for a day of music, food, beer gardens, art, workshops and vendors of all kinds.

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  • Spruce Street Harbor Park

    June 27-August 31: A pop-up summertime village on the Delaware River

    The Penn’s Landing Marina at Columbus Boulevard and Spruce Street into a pop-up summertime village.

    With a hammock garden, boardwalk, urban beach, fountains and a series of floating barges with lily pad water gardens, the new Spruce Street Harbor Park promises to be a popular destination this summer on the Delaware Waterfront.

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  • Summer Concert Series at Penn’s Landing

    Outdoor concerts on the Delaware River Waterfront all summer long

    Concerts on Penn’s Landing

    All summer long, Penn’s Landing is home to exciting live music on the Delaware River Waterfront.

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  • Night Market – Lancaster Avenue

    Popular street food festival returns to West Philly

    Last year’s Night Market in Fairmount drew tens of thousands of people for food, drinks, music and more.

    Night Market, Philadelphia’s favorite street food festival with food trucks, live music, beer and art, hits Lancaster Avenue in West Philadelphia on Thursday, August 14.

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  • The Awesome Fest

    8 weeks of free outdoor movie screenings in parks across the city

    The Awesome Fest returns for the summer with free movie nights at multiple locations all across Philadelphia.

    The Awesome Fest returns for the summer with free movie nights at multiple locations all across Philadelphia.

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  • The Oval

    July 16-August 17: Shape of fun on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

    The Oval, an exciting new public space on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

    Returning to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for its second season, The Oval once again will transform an island of asphalt and surrounding lawns at 24th Street and the Parkway into an eight-acre public space devoted to summertime fun.

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  • Making A Classic Modern:
    Frank Gehry’s Master Plan for
    the Philadelphia Museum of Art

    Learn more about the major renovation and expansion the for city’s iconic structure

    Explore the scope of architect Frank Gehry’s ambitious, multi-phase project that will see both major and minor enhancements to the interior and exterior of the Philadelphia Museum of Art over the next decade.

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  • The World Is an Apple:
    The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne

    Premiere exhibition at the Barnes Foundation

    Paul Cézanne, Still Life with Fruit and Glass of Wine (Nature morte avec fruits et verre de vin), 1877-1879, oil on canvas

    Experience the works of post-impressionist Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) this summer at the Barnes Foundation. The World Is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne features 21 paintings by the master artist ranging from his early paintings to his late works.

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  • Caribbean Festival

    The sights and sounds of the Caribbean converge on Penn’s Landing

    The Caribbean Festival takes place at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing.

    Travel to the Islands without leaving Philadelphia for the annual Caribbean Festival at Penn’s Landing Great Plaza. This free festival of Caribbean traditions, music and food is a culturally rich celebration of 14 Caribbean Islands featuring a collage of sights, sounds, aromas and tastes.

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  • Night Market – Lancaster Avenue

    Popular street food festival returns to West Philly

    Last year’s Night Market in Fairmount drew tens of thousands of people for food, drinks, music and more.

    Night Market, Philadelphia’s favorite street food festival with food trucks, live music, beer and art, hits Lancaster Avenue in West Philadelphia on Thursday, August 14.

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  • Old City Restaurant Week

    July 20-27: First ever restaurant week for the historic neighborhood

    Dine at 28 participating restaurants during the first ever Old City Restaurant Week.

    Discover the fantastic restaurants in one of Philadelphia’s historic neighborhoods during the first ever Old City Restaurant Week.

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  • Making A Classic Modern:
    Frank Gehry’s Master Plan for
    the Philadelphia Museum of Art

    Learn more about the major renovation and expansion the for city’s iconic structure

    Explore the scope of architect Frank Gehry’s ambitious, multi-phase project that will see both major and minor enhancements to the interior and exterior of the Philadelphia Museum of Art over the next decade.

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  • Made In America Music Festival

    Labor Day weekend festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway returns

    The crowd at Made In America.

    The Budweiser Made In America Festival is a massive musical celebration that takes over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Labor Day weekend.

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  • BlackStar Film Festival

    Showcase of innovative and genre-defying cinema

    The BlackStar Film Festival is a four-day celebration showcasing artistically innovative and genre-defying films by and about the global black experience.

    Now in its third year, the BlackStar Film Festival is a four-day celebration showcasing artistically innovative and genre-defying films by and about the global black experience.

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  • Philadelphia Zoo Summer Ale Festival

    An evening of craft beer, food and fun at the zoo

    Sample more than 40 local beers at the Philadelphia Zoo Summer Ale Festival.

    Once-a-year, the Philadelphia Zoo opens its gates after-hours for an adults-only celebration featuring local beer, live music and delicious food.

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  • Franklin Flea

    A Philadelphia-centric market offering vintage and antique wares

    Franklin Flea recently returned for its 2014 season.

    The Philadelphia-centric Franklin Flea market supplies Philadelphia shoppers with its curated selection of vintage and antique wares every week for months to come.

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  • 2nd Street Festival

    Super-sized block party in Northern Liberties

    Every August, thousands pack a seven-block stretch of North 2nd Street between Germantown Avenue and Spring Garden for a day of music, food, beer gardens, art, workshops and vendors of all kinds.

    Every August, thousands pack a seven-block stretch of North 2nd Street for a day of music, food, beer gardens, art, workshops and vendors of all kinds.

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  • East Passyunk Car Show
    & Street Festival

    South Philly, start your engines

    The East Passyunk Car Show & Street Festivalbrings together revelers, food, music and classic American muscle cars.

    A true shoutout to South Philly’s sock-hoppin’ heritage, this annual fam-friendly summer event brings together revelers, food, music and some of the hottest classic American cars you’ve ever seen.

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