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Museum of the American Revolution

Museum of the American Revolution

The brand-new Museum of the American Revolution promises 118,000 square feet full of art, manuscripts and printed works from the nation's Revolutionary Period. Credit: J. Fusco for the Museum of the American Revolution

This time of year, Philly might as well be renamed the City of Summery Love. Over the next few months, the city heats up with outdoor concerts and festivals, exhibitions, spectacular celebrations and one of the best July 4th celebrations in the country.

Whether you’re looking to dance your heart out at the Made in America Festival, explore the great food trucks and vendors of Philadelphia at one of the numerous Night Markets or hang out at epic outdoor warm-weather parks like Spruce Street Harbor Park and Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, events of all kinds are ready pack your summer calendar with fun.

Read on for all of our top picks this summer in the City of Brotherly Love.

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  • Spruce Street Harbor Park

    The hammock-filled haven on the Delaware River

    Spruce Street Harbor Park is an outdoor summer oasis at Penn’s Landing.

    Through October 1, 2017
    Blockbuster waterfront attraction Spruce Street Harbor Park returns for its fourth year, bringing an ultimate hangout – and hammock-lounging – spot to the Delaware River Waterfront.

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  • Museum of the American Revolution

    An expansive collection of art and artifacts from the nation’s Revolutionary Period

    A new museum in the heart of Philadelphia’s Historic District, the Museum of American Revolution brings an expansive collection of art and artifacts from the nation’s Revolutionary Period

    Now Open
    The drama unfolds exhibit by exhibit at the brand-new Museum of the American Revolution. Three blocks from Independence Hall — the command center for the Revolution — this high-tech exploration into U.S. history reveals the strategic wins, crushing losses and the personal and world-altering consequences of the war for We the People.

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  • Parkway 100

    The 14-month centennial celebration of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

    Parkway 100 celebrates the Benjamin Franklin Parkway’s centennial with 14 months of special events and exhibitions at area institutions and outdoor spaces that line the thoroughfare.

    September 8, 2017 – November 16, 2018
    Philadelphia celebrates the Benjamin Franklin Parkway’s centennial birthday with Parkway 100, a 14-month soiree featuring special events and exhibitions at the venerable institutions and outdoor spaces that line the thoroughfare.

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  • Center City District Restaurant Week

    More than 100 restaurants offering three-course meals for $20-35

    Center City District Restaurant Week returns this winter with delicious, conscious meals at 120 different restaurants.

    September 10-19, 2017
    Center City District Restaurant Week welcomes diners with delicious, budget conscious meals at as many as 120 restaurants for $20-35.

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  • PHS Pop Up Garden

    Two temporary outdoor escapes with food, beer and more

    The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s annual Pop Up Garden returns for its fourth year, transforming a forgotten outdoor area into a gorgeous, landscaped community space.

    Through October 2017
    The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s annual Pop Up Gardens are back, transforming two outdoor areas into a gorgeous, landscaped community spaces.

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  • Independence After Hours

    A sneak peek at Philadelphia’s history

    The Independence After Hours tour through Historic Philadelphia is filled with Colonial characters and gives an exclusive opportunity to explore inside of Independence Hall at night.

    Through October 21, 2017 (select dates)
    Prepare yourself for a V.I.P. night…Colonial style! Enjoy a delicious, three-course meal at historic City Tavern before heading out on an evening of adventure at Independence Hall.

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  • Revolutionary Germantown Festival

    A special day to discover America’s history along Germantown Avenue

    Revolutionary Germantown Festival celebrates the rich history of the Germantown neighborhood and features the annual reenactment of the Battle of Germantown.

    Saturday, October 7, 2017
    Revolutionary Germantown Festival celebrates the rich history of the Germantown neighborhood and features the annual reenactment of the Battle of Germantown, the only military battle ever fought within the borders of Philadelphia.

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  • Chestnut Hill Fall For The Arts Festival

    A picturesque fall festival of art, entertainment and more

    Each year, Chestnut Hill welcomes autumn with the Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts Festival, a Sunday full of art, music, great food, boutique shopping and family fun.

    Sunday, Semptember 24, 2017
    Each year, Chestnut Hill welcomes autumn with the Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts Festival, a Sunday full of art, entertainment, boutique shopping, alfresco dining and family fun.

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  • Philly’s Cheesesteak & Food Fest 2017

    Day-long celebration of the city’s signature eats at Citizen Bank Park

    Held at Citizens Bank Park, home to the Philadelphia Phillies, Philly’s Cheesesteak & Food Fest will celebrates the city’s signature foods.

    September 23, 2017
    Held at Citizens Bank Park, home to the Philadelphia Phillies, Philly’s Cheesesteak & Food Fest celebrates the city’s signature foods.

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  • Spruce Street Harbor Park

    The hammock-filled haven on the Delaware River

    Spruce Street Harbor Park is an outdoor summer oasis at Penn’s Landing.

    Through October 1, 2017
    Blockbuster waterfront attraction Spruce Street Harbor Park returns for its fourth year, bringing an ultimate hangout – and hammock-lounging – spot to the Delaware River Waterfront.

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  • Parkway 100

    The 14-month centennial celebration of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

    Parkway 100 celebrates the Benjamin Franklin Parkway’s centennial with 14 months of special events and exhibitions at area institutions and outdoor spaces that line the thoroughfare.

    September 8, 2017 – November 16, 2018
    Philadelphia celebrates the Benjamin Franklin Parkway’s centennial birthday with Parkway 100, a 14-month soiree featuring special events and exhibitions at the venerable institutions and outdoor spaces that line the thoroughfare.

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  • Autumn’s Colors and Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens

    Celebrate fall with chrysanthemums and colors of all sorts

    Longwood Gardens celebrates the harvest season with Autumn’s Colors, a festive showcase of fall colors.

    October 7- November 19, 2017
    Longwood Gardens celebrates the harvest season with Autumn’s Colors, a festive showcase of fall colors, and the Chrysanthemum Festival, when more than 20,000 blooming chrysanthemums take over Longwood’s four-acre conservatory.

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  • Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival & Restaurant Week

    Biannual dining celebration on Main Street Manayunk

    For one day in the spring and fall, the Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival shuts down Main Street.

    StrEAT Food Festival: September 14, 2017; Restaurant Week: September 15-28, 2017
    Manayunk celebrates its diverse dining scene during the biannual Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival & Restaurant Week.

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  • Opera on the Mall

    Free, outdoor performance screening on Indepedence Mall by Opera Philadelphia

    Join fellow opera lovers for a free, broadcast performance on Independence Mall.

    September 23, 2017
    Now in it’s seventh year, Opera on the Mall is a free, big-screen HD broadcast performance from Opera Philadelphia in front of Independence Hall.

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  • The Liberty Medal at the
    National Constitution Center

    Annual award recognizing those who strive for liberty

    The Liberty Medal is awarded by the National Constitution Center to individuals who strive to secure liberty for people all over the world.

    October 16, 2017
    The Liberty Medal is awarded by the National Constitution Center to individuals who strive to secure liberty for people all over the world. Recipients include men, women and organizations responsible for shaping and guiding the world.

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  • Fishtown RiverCity Festival

    Annual riverside celebration of the Fishtown neighborhood

    Celebrate the Fishtown neighborhood during the RiverCity Festival at Penn Treaty Park.

    October 14, 2017
    Head to Penn Treaty Park in Fishtown during the annual RiverCity Fall Festival, a free celebration of local music, food and businesses.

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  • Rittenhouse Fine Craft Fair

    From common objects come masterpieces of artistic expression

    Each spring and fall, the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen presents the Rittenhouse Fine Craft Fair.

    October 13-15, 2017
    Presented by the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, the biannual Rittenhouse Fine Craft Fair celebrates the work of innovative craftspeople who take everyday items and transform them into masterpieces of useful artistic expressions.

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  • Head of the Schuylkill Regatta

    An exciting, two-day race that draws fans from around the world

    Enjoy a great fall weekend in Fairmount Park and take in a picturesque fall regatta at the Thomas Eakins Head of the Schuylkill Regatta

    October 28-29, 2017
    Enjoy a great fall weekend in Fairmount Park and take in a picturesque fall regatta at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta, one of the largest rowing competitions in the world.

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  • Terror Behind the Walls

    Premier haunted house in Philadelphia’s historic prison

    Terror Behind the Walls

    September 22 – November 11, 2017 (select dates)
    The massive Eastern State Penitentiary — a gothic, castle-like structure in Philadelphia’s Fairmount neighborhood — is home to one of the nation’s largest and most ambitious haunted attractions, Terror Behind the Walls.

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  • The Philadelphia Film Festival

    A city-wide celebration of the cinema

    The Prince Theater on Chestnut Street is one of multiple venues hosting films for the Philadelphia Film Festival.

    October 19-29, 2017
    The annual Philadelphia Film Festival brings nearly two weeks of films, guests and special events to satisfy even the most ardent cinephile.

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  • Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival

    A colorful celebration of an ancient Chinese tradition

    Stroll up Kelly Drive along the Schuylkill River for an unusually colorful and dramatic regatta, the Philadelphia Dragon Boat Festival, Philadelphia’s annual celebration of an ancient Chinese tradition.

    October 7, 2017
    The Philadelphia Dragon Boat Festival brings an unusually colorful and dramatic regatta to the Schuylkill River. Stroll along Kelly Drive to catch the city’s annual celebration of the ancient Chinese tradition.

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