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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.

    Through September 25, 2016
    Blockbuster waterfront attraction Spruce Street Harbor Park returns for its third 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.

    Through September 30, 2016
    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.

    Through September 28, 2016
    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 9-24, 2016
    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.

    Through September 25, 2016
    The PECO Multicultural Series is a popular series of diverse and free events at Penn’s Landing throughout the 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 16 – November 5, 2016 (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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  • 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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  • Terror Behind the Walls

    Premier haunted house in Philadelphia’s historic prison

    Terror Behind the Walls

    September 16 – November 5, 2016 (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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  • Dinosaurs Unearthed at the Academy of Natural Sciences

    Come face-to-face with lifelike, roaring, moving dinosaurs

    Dinosaurs Unearthed at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University allows museum-goers to embark on a multi-sensory adventure that involves moving, life-size animatronic versions of everyone’s favorite prehistoric creatures.

    Through January 16, 2017
    Dinosaurs Unearthed at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University allows museum-goers to embark on a multi-sensory adventure that involves moving, life-size animatronic versions of everyone’s favorite prehistoric creatures.

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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.

    May 26 – December 29, 2016
    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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  • Prisons Today at
    Eastern State Penitentiary

    An exhibition exploring the impact of imprisonment in the U.S.

    The U.S. tops the list of highest incarceration rates in the world, drawing much discussion in an interactive exhibition at Eastern State Penitentiary.

    Now open
    Eastern State Penitentiary presents a three-year-long exhibition exploring the purpose and effectiveness of our country’s prison system.

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  • Dining Under the Stars

    Stroll, shop and dine every Wednesday in Media

    Stroll, shop and dine on State Street in Media during Dining Under the Stars.

    Every Wednesday through September 2016
    Enjoy an alfresco evening on State Street in Media throughout the summer during Dining Under the Stars.

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  • Lost Egypt at The Franklin Institute

    Come face-to-face with a real Egyptian mummy and learn about the modern techniques utilized by present-day archaeologists

    Learn how archaeologists use modern science and technology to understand the ancient civilization of Egypt in Lost Egypt.

    January 30 – August 28, 2016
    Come face-to-face with an Egyptian mummy and learn how archaeologists use modern science and technology to uncover the ancient civilization of Egypt.

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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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  • 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.

    Friday, October 7, 2016
    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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  • Autumn’s Colors and Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens

    Celebrate fall with chrysanthemums, music and more

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

    September 10 – November 20, 2016
    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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  • Feria del Barrio

    One of Philly’s largest celebrations of Latino music and culture

    The annual Feria del Barrio is one of Philadelphia’s largest celebrations of Latino music and culture.

    September 11, 2016
    The annual Feria del Barrio is one of Philadelphia’s largest celebrations of Latino music and culture, bringing together thousands of residents to celebrate art, education and community. The free, family-friendly day is filled with performances, crafts, games and other activities.

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  • FEASTIVAL

    Evening of performing arts and food from Philadelphia’s top restaurants

    Great food and performaning arts join forces for FEASTIVAL

    Thursday, September 29, 2016
    Returning for another year of culinary feasting, FEASTIVAL, is an evening of spectacular food and incredible performance in support of Philadelphia arts organization FringeArts.

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  • Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll

    Most affordable festival returns to West Philadelphia

    Crowds pack the streets during the Baltimore Avenue  for cheap eats and entertainment.

    September 8, 2016
    The Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll is returning this year for an evening of live music and $1 deals.

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  • Philadelphia Honey Festival

    Honey happy hour, food trucks, mead-making and more

    Take a peek inside a working beehive at the Philadelphia Honey Festival.

    September 9-11, 2016
    Presented by the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild, the Philadelphia Honey Festival is bigger than ever this year with three days of bee-related activities at three locations across the city.

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  • Mt. Airy Street Fare

    Now known as Supper Sessions on the Avenue

    Sip, savor and stroll down Germantown Ave. during Mt. Airy Street Fare.

    Sip, savor and stroll your way through Mt. Airy during Street Fare, an evening of food and fun along Germantown Avenue.

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