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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 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 visit one of the many awesome art exhibitions open this summer, this list is for you.

Read on for 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.

    May 12 – 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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  • 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.

    May 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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  • 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.

    Spring 2017 (TBA)
    Happy hour is more joyful in the summer thanks to Center City District Sips, when more than 90 bars and restaurants offer discounted drinks and appetizers every Wednesday evening.

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  • 2016 Fringe Festival

    City-wide celebration of though-provoking progressive performing arts

    “The Adults” by New Paradise Laboratories

    September 7-23, 2017
    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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  • 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.

    August 3 – October 29, 2016
    The chance to see stunning sights at Longwood Gardens will continue after dark in the summer and fall of 2016 with the return of the immersive after-dark-only installation Nightscape: A Light and Sound Experience.

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  • Creative Africa at the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building

    Five exhibitions brimming with art from all throughout Africa

    Creative Africa brings an expansive display of works from visionary artists all throughout Africa to the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building.

    May 14 – September 25, 2016
    Discover an expansive display of works from visionary artists all throughout Africa in Creative Africa, a group of five special exhibitions at the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building.

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  • 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.

    Spring 2017 (TBA)
    The PECO Multicultural Series is a popular series of diverse and free events at Penn’s Landing throughout the spring and summer.

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  • Headed to the White House
    at the National Constitution Center

    From the campaign trail to Inauguration Day, learn about all aspects of a U.S. presidential election at this comprehensive exhibit

    The 160,000-square-foot National Constitution Center hosts a new exhibit coinciding with the upcoming 2016 presidential election.

    February 12 – December 31, 2016
    From the campaign trail to Inauguration Day, Headed to the White House educates visitors on all aspects surrounding U.S. presidential elections through a variety of interactive mediums.

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  • Terror Behind the Walls

    Premier haunted house in Philadelphia’s historic prison

    Terror Behind the Walls

    September 15 – November 4, 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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  • Indego – Philly Bike Share

    Affordable, city-wide bike rental service

    Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter tests out the Philly Bike Share program.

    Now available
    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.

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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.

    May 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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  • Wawa Welcome America! Party on the Parkway, July 4th Concert and Fireworks

    The exciting end to Philadelphia’s celebration of America’s birthday

    July 4th in Philadelphia

    July 4, 2017
    The Benjamin Franklin Parkway hosts one of the largest free concerts in the country on July 4th with great food, fun and entertainment all day long followed by an amazing fireworks show over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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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.

    May – October, 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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  • Tippler’s Tour

    Experience a taste of Colonial tavern life

    The Tippler’s Tour invites the over-21 set to sing along to sample a few drinks and snacks as they ramble through Historic Philadelphia with a Colonial guide.

    Select Dates: May 25 – August 10, 2017 and November 16 – December 28, 2017
    The over-21 set can sing along to 18th-century drinking songs, enjoy stories of the drinking traditions of Colonial times and sample drinks and snacks as they ramble through Historic Philadelphia with a Colonial guide.

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  • Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

    The festival returns to Philadelphia for year two

    One of last year’s most popular lanterns, the 200-foot Chinese dragon returns with a newly rebuilt facade.

    May 9 – June 11, 2017
    Look forward to a 200-foot glowing dragon, brand-new lanterns, a nightly beer garden and more at the return of the Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square.

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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.

    May 12 – 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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  • Manayunk Arts Festival

    One of the largest outdoor arts festivals in the region

    Thousands gather at the Manayunk Arts Festival on historic Main Street.

    June 24-25, 2017
    One of the largest outdoor arts festivals in the Delaware Valley, the Manayunk Arts Festival draws thousands of people to its historic Main Street for a two-day festival of arts, crafts, music, food and more.

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  • Bastille Day Festival
    at Eastern State Penitentiary

    Wigs are welcome at this day-long reenactment of the French Revolution

    Eastern State Penitentiary

    July 15, 2017
    Grab a pitchfork and storm the walls! Whether you’re a revolutionary or a royalist, there’s something for you in this celebration of all things French at Bastille Day at the Eastern State Penitentiary.

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  • XPoNential Music Festival

    Three amazing days filled with music from both local and national performers

    Experience three amazing days of great music and family fun during the annual XPoNential Music Festival on the Camden Riverfront.

    July 28-30, 2017
    Experience three amazing days of great music and family fun at the annual XPoNential Music Festival on the Camden Riverfront. Produced by WXPN, the musical extravaganza features performances by 30 local and national artists on three stages.

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  • Philadelphia Folk Festival

    An exciting weekend of music, food and fun on the grassy hills of Old Poole Farm

    he 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.

    August 17-20, 2017
    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.

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  • 2nd Street Festival

    Super-sized block party in Northern Liberties

    Every August, thousands pack a six-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.

    August 6, 2017
    Every August, thousands pack a six-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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  • 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 9-10, 2017
    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

    September 15 – November 4, 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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  • 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.

    August 3-6, 2017
    Now in its fifth 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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  • First Friday

    Monthly open house for galleries in Philadelphia

    On the first Friday evening of every month, the streets od Old City fill with art lovers of all kinds who wander among the neighborhood’s 40-plus galleries.

    First Friday of every month
    Want proof of Philadelphia’s happening art scene? On the first Friday evening of every month the streets fill with art lovers of all kinds who wander among the neighborhood’s 40-plus galleries, most of them open from 5 until 9 p.m.

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