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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.
City-wide celebration of though-provoking progressive performing arts
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.
Experience a unique, first-time look into the science and technology behind Finding Nemo, Toy Story and more
March 12 – September 5, 2016
Experience a unique, first-time look into the science and technology behind Pixar’s beloved animated movies.
An immersive garden-wide after-dark installation
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.
Biannual dining celebration on Main Street Manayunk
StrEAT Food Festival: April 10, 2016; Restaurant Week: April 11-22, 2016
Manayunk celebrates its diverse dining scene during the bi-annual Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival & Restaurant Week.
Premier haunted house in Philadelphia’s historic prison
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.
The waterfront, hammock-filled haven returns with full strength
Opens Friday, May 6, 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.
Affordable, city-wide bike rental service
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.
Learn the legendary story of King Midas and his Golden Touch
February 13 – November 27, 2016
The Penn Museum hosts a premiere, nine-month exhibition featuring the legendary “Golden Touch” King Midas and more than 120 objects found at the tomb of his father.
Philadelphia’s first outdoor roller rink opens this summer at Penn’s Landing
Opens spring 2016
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.
How a 13th-century Mongolian warrior changed the world
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.
Enjoy a three-course dinner at top restaurants in West Philly from $15-35 per person
July 14-24, 2016View More
Dining Days returns to University City for its 12th year of fantastic, prix-fixe, three-course dinners at the top eating destinations in the neighborhood.
An evening of craft beer, food and fun at the zoo
July 16, 2016View More
Once-a-year, the Philadelphia Zoo opens its gates after-hours for an adults-only celebration featuring local beer, live music and delicious food.
An exhibition exploring the impact of imprisonment in the U.S.
May 6, 2016 – 2019View More
Eastern State Penitentiary presents a three-year-long exhibition exploring the purpose and effectiveness of our country’s prison system.
Labor Day weekend festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway returns for its fourth year
September 3-4, 2016View More
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 2016.
A sneak peek at Philadelphia’s history after hours
May 27 – October 22, 2016View More
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.
Experience a taste of Colonial tavern life
May 26 – December 29, 2016View More
The over-21 set can sing along to 18th-century drinking songs, enjoy stories of the drinking traditions of Colonial times and sample a few drinks and snacks as they ramble through Historic Philadelphia with a Colonial guide.
Philadelphia’s favorite street food festival coming to a neighborhood near you
Thursday, May 12, 2016View More
A popular series of outdoor street festivals, Night Market Philadelphia is a seasonal celebration of food, music and community held in the city’s vibrant neighborhoods.
13.1- and 3.1-mile races followed by free concerts
September 17-18, 2016View More
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon & 5K returns in September, bringing together fitness and music as runners head down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and along the Schuylkill River before taking in a free concert at Eakins Oval.
The grand celebration of the church’s 200th anniversary
July 1-5, 2016View More
Mother Bethel AME Church hosts a bicentennial celebration with a two-part series of events in its founding home of Philadelphia.
Stroll, shop and dine every Wednesday in Media
Every Wednesday through September 2016View More
Enjoy an alfresco evening on State Street in Media throughout the summer during Dining Under the Stars.
A unique celebration of our nation’s history, government and the road to the White House
In celebration of the Democratic National Convention that will be hosted in Philadelphia in July of 2016, the Pennsylvania Convention Center presents PoliticalFest, a unique celebration of our nation’s history, government and the road to the White House.View More
Three amazing days filled with music from both local and national performers
July 22-24, 2016View More
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.
Come face-to-face with a real Egyptian mummy and learn about the modern techniques utilized by present-day archaeologists
January 30 – August 28, 2016View More
Come face-to-face with an Egyptian mummy and learn how archaeologists use modern science and technology to uncover the ancient civilization of Egypt.
From the campaign trail to Inauguration Day, learn about all aspects of a U.S. presidential election at this comprehensive exhibit
February 12 – November 8, 2016View More
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.
Monthly open house for galleries in Philadelphia
Friday, April 1, 2016View More
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.