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Summer Events

Philadelphia heats up in the summer months with outdoor concerts and festivals, exhibitions, spectacular celebrations and one of the best July 4th parties in the country.

Whether you’re looking to dance to the music of some of the finest musicians at the Made in America Festival, explore the great food trucks and vendors of Philadelphia at one of the numerous Night Markets, or visit one of the many new art exhibitions opening over the next several months, this list is for you.

And don't miss 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.

Get ready to fill your summer calendar up with happenings right here in the City of Brotherly Love.

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  • The Oval

    Pop-up park on the Parkway

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

    Through August 23
    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.

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  • The Pope’s Visit to Philadelphia & World Meeting of Families 2015

    Pope Francis and a global celebration come to Philadelphia

    Philadelphia is the first city in the United States to host the World Meeting of Families.

    September 22-27, 2015
    Pope Francis will visit Philadelphia during his first trip the United States during World Meeting of Families, an inspirational week of family-centered events and activities at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

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  • Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting

    Philadelphia Museum of Art is the only place in the U.S. stop to view this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition

    The Philadelphia Museum of Art welcomes more than 80 Impressionist works of art for the Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting exhibit.

    Through September 13, 2015
    This groundbreaking special exhibition will showcase more than 80 works by Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Sisley, Degas, Manet and others to trace Parisian art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel’s role in the development of impressionism.

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  • Nightscape: A Light and Sound Experience at Longwood Gardens

    An immersive garden-wide after-dark installation

    The chance to see stunning sights at Longwood Gardens will continue after dark with the immersive after-dark-only installation Nightscape.

    Through October 31, 2015
    The chance to see stunning sights at Longwood Gardens will continue after dark in the summer and fall of 2015 with the launch of the immersive after-dark-only installation Nightscape: A Light and Sound Experience.

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  • 2015 Fringe Festival

    City-wide celebration of though-provoking progressive performing arts

    “The Adults” by New Paradise Laboratories

    September 3-19, 2015
    For fans of new and experimental theater, the Fringe Festival presented by FringeArts features hundreds of must-see performances each September.

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  • Made In America Music Festival

    Labor Day weekend festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway returns for its fourth year

    The crowd at Made In America.

    September 5-6, 2015
    Beyonce is coming back to Philadelphia for the 2015 Budweiser Made In America Festival, a massive musical celebration that takes over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Labor Day weekend.

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  • Kennett Square Mushroom Festival

    All things mushroom celebrated in “The Mushroom Capital of the World”

    The Kennett Square Mushroom Festival is a major draw for families.

    September 12-13, 2015
    Mushroom lovers across the nation converge in historic Kennett Square each year on the weekend after Labor Day. They come to celebrate the humble fungi known as the mushroom at the Kennett Square Mushroom Festival, a two-day festival of food and family fun.

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  • Terror Behind the Walls

    Premier haunted house in Philadelphia’s historic prison

    Terror Behind the Walls

    Opens September 18, 2015
    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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  • Spruce Street Harbor Park

    Summertime haven, presented by Univest/Valley Green Bank, returns

    Spruce Street Harbor Park is back with hammocks, dining, outdoor fun and more all summer long!

    Open through September 27, 2015
    Good things come to those who wait. Last year’s blockbuster summer attraction on the Delaware River Waterfront, Spruce Street Harbor Park, is making its grand return on Memorial Day weekend.

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  • Center City District Sips

    Happiest hours all summer long

    Independence Beer Garden is just one of 90 bars and restaurants participating in Center City Sips.

    Through September 2, 2015
    Happy hour is more joyful in the summer thanks to Center City District Sips, when over 90 bars and restaurants offer discounted drinks and appetizers every Wednesday evening.

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  • PHS Pop Up Garden

    A temporary outdoor escape, at 15th and South Streets, 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.

    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.

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  • Terror Behind the Walls

    Premier haunted house in Philadelphia’s historic prison

    Terror Behind the Walls

    Opens September 18, 2015
    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.

    View More
  • The Art of the Brick at
    The Franklin Institute

    Acclaimed art exhibition created entirely from LEGO®

    The Art of the Brick uses only the popular children’s toy to recreate famous works of art.

    Through October 4, 2015
    An art exhibition unlike any you’ve ever seen, The Art of the Brick at The Franklin Institute features the world’s largest collection of art created entirely from the popular toy.

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  • Night Out Restaurant Week

    10 days of three-course, prix-fixe lunches and dinners

    Fourteen restaurants will offer exciting lunch and dinner specials as part of the brand-new “Night Out Restaurant Week.”

    August 21-30, 2015
    From Friday, Aug. 21 to Sunday, Aug. 30, 21 restaurants in Fishtown, Northern Liberties and Penn’s Landing will offer exciting lunch and dinner specials as part of the brand-new “Night Out Restaurant Week.”

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  • Screenings Under The Stars
    Summer Movie Series at Penn’s Landing

    A free movie series at Penn’s Landing in July and August

    Every Thursday night in July and August, a different film will be screened outdoors on a big screen at Penn’s Landing.

    Every Thursday night in July and August, a different film will be screened outdoors on a big screen at Penn’s Landing. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy a great summer treat!

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  • Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

    Philadelphia’s first outdoor roller rink opens this summer at Penn’s Landing

    Summerfest will feature a roller rink, a boathouse-styled Lodge, a play area for kids, food and drink options and summer events.

    Open through September 27, 2015
    For the first time, the area that housed the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest will transform into Summerfest, a warm-weather edition with a roller rink, a boathouse-styled Lodge, a play area for kids, food and drink options and summer events.

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  • Nightscape: A Light and Sound Experience at Longwood Gardens

    An immersive garden-wide after-dark installation

    The chance to see stunning sights at Longwood Gardens will continue after dark with the immersive after-dark-only installation Nightscape.

    Through October 31, 2015
    The chance to see stunning sights at Longwood Gardens will continue after dark in the summer and fall of 2015 with the launch of the immersive after-dark-only installation Nightscape: A Light and Sound Experience.

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  • Genghis Khan at The Franklin Institute

    How a 13th-century Mongolian warrior changed the world

    The treasures and stories of Genghis Khan’s 13th-century Mongol Empire debut in Philadelphia when the Genghis Khan exhibit opens at The Franklin Institute.

    Through January 3, 2016
    The treasures and stories of Genghis Khan’s 13th-century Mongol Empire debut in Philadelphia when the Genghis Khan exhibit opens at The Franklin Institute, showing visitors how this warrior nomad had such a profound impact on world politics.

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  • Made In America Music Festival

    Labor Day weekend festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway returns for its fourth year

    The crowd at Made In America.

    September 5-6, 2015
    Beyonce is coming back to Philadelphia for the 2015 Budweiser Made In America Festival, a massive musical celebration that takes over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Labor Day weekend.

    View More
  • Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting

    Philadelphia Museum of Art is the only place in the U.S. stop to view this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition

    The Philadelphia Museum of Art welcomes more than 80 Impressionist works of art for the Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting exhibit.

    Through September 13, 2015
    This groundbreaking special exhibition will showcase more than 80 works by Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Sisley, Degas, Manet and others to trace Parisian art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel’s role in the development of impressionism.

    View More
  • Summer Concert Series
    at Penn’s Landing

    Outdoor concerts on the Delaware River Waterfront all summer long

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

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

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  • The Oval

    Pop-up park on the Parkway

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

    Through August 23
    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.

    View More
  • PECO Multicultural Series
    at Penn’s Landing

    Lively festivals that celebrate the city’s diversity all summer long

    The Hispanic Fiesta at Penn’s Landing is one of Philadelphia’s premier Latino events, drawing upwards of 15,000 people each day.

    September 13
    The PECO Multicultural Series is a popular series of diverse and free events at Penn’s Landing throughout the summer.

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  • Speaking Out For Equality at the National Constitution Center

    A first-of-its-kind exhibit on gay rights

    A selection of buttons from the William Way LGBT Community Center is just one of the displays in the exhibition at the National Constitution Center.

    Through January 3
    Speaking Out for Equality: The Supreme Court, Gay Rights, and the Constitution at the National Constitution Center explores the gay-rights movement through the constitutional “conversations” that have framed the struggle for equality.

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  • Center City District Sips

    Happiest hours all summer long

    Independence Beer Garden is just one of 90 bars and restaurants participating in Center City Sips.

    Through September 2, 2015
    Happy hour is more joyful in the summer thanks to Center City District Sips, when over 90 bars and restaurants offer discounted drinks and appetizers every Wednesday evening.

    View More
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