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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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  • Made In America Music Festival

    Labor Day weekend festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway returns

    The crowd at Made In America.

    September 2-3, 2017
    The Budweiser Made In America Festival, a massive musical celebration that takes over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Labor Day weekend, is set to return in 2017.

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  • Center City District Sips

    Happiest hours all summer long

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

    June 7 – August 30, 2017
    Happy hour is more joyful in the summer thanks to Center City District Sips, when dozens and dozens of bars and restaurants offer discounted drinks and appetizers every Wednesday evening.

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  • July 4th Fireworks
    in Philadelphia 2017

    Everything you need to know about the 10 p.m. fireworks show during July 4th celebration

    Celebrate Independence Day with spectacular fireworks throughout Philadelphia.

    Tuesday, July 4, 2017
    Celebrate the Fourth of July in Philadelphia with a spectacular fireworks celebration at 10 p.m. on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

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  • Philadelphia Orchestra
    Free Neighborhood
    Concert Series & Fireworks

    Free performances from the world-renowned ensemble followed by a fireworks show

    Concerts at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing.

    Friday, June 30, 2017
    Take in a free performance by the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra at Penn’s Landing followed by a spectacular fireworks display on the Delaware River waterfront.

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  • 2017 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • “Pershing’s Own” Concert at Penn’s Landing and Fireworks

    A U.S. Army Band performance on the Delaware River before a fireworks show

    Enjoy a rousing performance by the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” followed by a fireworks show.

    Saturday July 1, 2017
    Enjoy a patriotic concert followed by a massive, FREE fireworks show on the Delaware River waterfront on Saturday, July 1.

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  • Philadelphia Orchestra
    Free Neighborhood
    Concert Series & Fireworks

    Free performances from the world-renowned ensemble followed by a fireworks show

    Concerts at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing.

    Friday, June 30, 2017
    Take in a free performance by the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra at Penn’s Landing followed by a spectacular fireworks display on the Delaware River waterfront.

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  • Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

    Philadelphia’s first outdoor roller rink and a seasonal favorite at Penn’s Landing

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

    Opens May 26, 2017
    Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest is the home of warm-weather fun, with a roller rink, a boathouse-styled Lodge, a play area for kids, food and drink options and summer events.

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  • Center City District Sips

    Happiest hours all summer long

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

    June 7 – August 30, 2017
    Happy hour is more joyful in the summer thanks to Center City District Sips, when dozens and dozens of bars and restaurants offer discounted drinks and appetizers every Wednesday evening.

    View More
  • Made In America Music Festival

    Labor Day weekend festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway returns

    The crowd at Made In America.

    September 2-3, 2017
    The Budweiser Made In America Festival, a massive musical celebration that takes over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Labor Day weekend, is set to return in 2017.

    View More
  • 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.

    View More
  • 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

    Tuesday, 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.

    View More
  • 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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