60 Awesome Events and Festivals Coming to Philadelphia in Summer 2017

Summer means outdoor music, beer gardens, fireworks and more

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Summer is a season of nonstop fun in Philadelphia.

From the the hammock-laden Spruce Street Harbor Park and the roller-skate ready Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest to the Philadelphia Night Market, summertime beer gardens and al fresco festivals, there’s plenty to see and experience in the warm-weathered months in Philly.

Plus, July brings a ton of awesome July 4th activities — and plenty of opportunities to catch grand fireworks displays.

If you’re into live music, outdoor movies or art fests, Philly has a plethora of other activities planned in those departments, too, to keep you busy all summer long. Read on for all of our top events and festivals to check out this season below.


Spruce Street Harbor Park

Spruce Street Harbor Park is back for the season with games, hammocks, a floating restaurant and more. — M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

Through October 1, 2017

One of the best warm-weather spots in Philadelphia, Spruce Street Harbor Park has returned for its fourth season. The beloved temporary park invites visitors to lounge on colorful hammocks, enjoy delicious food from its floating restaurant, cool off with drafts from the beer garden and hang out and play games – ping pong, shuffleboard and more – along its waterfront boardwalk.

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Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

— Photo by M. Stanley for DRWC

Through September 4, 2017

The Delaware River waterfront becomes a seasonal wonderland each summer during Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest. Guests can play mini-golf and outdoor games, try their luck in the arcade, enjoy waterfront views with drinks and food and take a spin around the city’s first outdoor roller rink.

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Museum of the American Revolution

Museum of the American Revolution exterior
— Photo by J. Fusco for the Museum of the American Revolution


Philadelphia’s newest museum opened its doors on the the 242nd anniversary of the “shot heard round the world.” Visitors learn stories of well-known and everyday people who experienced the tumult through galleries, engaging films and a collection of Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, diaries and works of art.

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PHS Pop Up Gardens in Center City and University City

The PHS pop-Up Gardens are go-to spots for eating, drinking and hanging out alfresco in the spring, summer and fall. — Photo courtesy Rob Cardillo

South Street: Through October 2017
University City: Through October 2017

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) offers two Pop Up Gardens in 2017, each with a different vibe. One returns to the South Street lot next to Jamaican Jerk Hut, with Cantina Los Caballitos set to operate the garden and serve up margaritas, mojitos and frozen daiquiris, along with a selection of craft beers, burrito bowls, corn on the cob and more. The other heads to a brand-new location in uCity Square at 36th and Filbert streets, where Jet Wine Bar runs the show and delicious Tex Mex style eats are served from Rex 1516 and Café Ynez.

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Parks on Tap Traveling Beer Garden

— Photo by A. Yee for Fairmount Park Conservancy

Through October 1, 2017 (select dates)

Concession trucks meet permanent parks during the Parks on Tap 20-stop series. The program takes advantage of lush extant spaces and Philly’s wealth of mobile suppliers to bring trucks serving up light fare, craft beer and other adult beverages to spots like the Belmont Plateau, Schuylkill Banks, Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, Clark Park and more.

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Center City District Sips

Enjoy awesome deals at dozens of bars throughout Center City — including Uptown Beer Garden, above

Through August 30, 2017 (Wednesdays only)

Happy hour gets even better this summer thanks to the popular Center City District Sips series, which offers discounted drinks and appetizers each week. Enjoy $5 cocktails, $4 wine, $3 beers and half-priced appetizers at dozens of bars and restaurants throughout Center City from 5-7 p.m. every Wednesday.

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More Beer Gardens in Philadelphia

— Photo by C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia


Summer is prime beer garden season in Philadelphia. The open-air hangouts are perfect for a night out with friends, a happy hour with co-workers, dinner and drinks with the family and beyond. Head to a classic hot spot (Frankford Hall, Morgan’s Pier) or check out one of the city’s newer additions (Bok Bar, Balcony Bar @ The Kimmel). Click the button below to learn about more than 35 great beer gardens open this summer in Philly.

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Rooftop Bars in Philadelphia

Rooftop aerial view of people at Bok Bar
— Photo courtesy Bok Bar


From the bird’s-eye views of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at Assembly Rooftop Lounge at The Logan Hotel to the sweeping sights from Bok Bar atop a former vocational school in South Philadelphia, Philadelphia’s skyward hospitality has reached new heights. Explore Philly’s growing roster of restaurants and bars that deliver up-in-the-atmosphere drama along with delicious eats and drinks by clicking the button below.

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The Biggest Concerts and Music Fests Coming to Philly This Summer

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Philadelphia’s summer 2017 concert season features some of the year’s biggest music performances at the city’s largest and most iconic venues. Don’t miss gigs from Diana Ross, Gorillaz, Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran and more as well as the Made in America Festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the XPoNential Festival across the Delaware River in Camden, N.J.

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Beer Festivals in Philadelphia This Summer

This summer brings a ton of awesome beer fests to Philadelphia. — C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia


As summer weather arrives, so do a slew of lively beer festivals in and around the city. Events cater to all sorts of sud-seekers looking for rich stouts, hazy IPAs and more, and often include an array of other fun perks and entertainment, including live music, food truck fare and al fresco relaxation.

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Old City Eats

— Photo by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

Through August 31, 2017 (Thursdays only)

Old City Eats returns for a second summer of delicious dining, kicking off with a block party on June 15 on 2nd Street between Market and Chestnut streets. Then, every Thursday through August 31, more than 25 participating restaurants and bars will offer a half-priced appetizer, $4 beer and $5 cocktail featuring Faber Liquors.

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Historic Philadelphia, Inc. Season

Tippler's Tour group drinking
— Photo by J. Fusco for Historic Philadelphia

Through Fall 2017 (Dates Vary)

All over Philadelphia’s Historic District, new programs and back-by-popular-demand activities return for the summer with Historic Philadelphia, Inc.’s seasonal programming. From the Tippler’s Tour pub crawl to eavesdropping on the Founding Fathers during Independence After Hours, events of all sorts help bring the past to life for visitors of all ages.

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40th Street Summer Series

40th Street Summer Series
— Photo by Ben Tran

June 17, July 22, August 19 and September 16, 2017

Live music fills the al fresco space at 40th and Walnut streets for the annual 40th Street Summer Series. Once a month every month this summer, talented musicians and performers perform an array of acts for attendees at the series of free outdoor concerts.

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Fireworks & Fountains Shows at Longwood Gardens

— Photo courtesy Longwood Gardens

July 2 and 22, August 12, September 2 and 16, 2017

After a two-year revitalization, Longwood Gardens’ Main Fountain Garden is back and its 1,700 streams are ready to dance! For an extra special evening, come take in the stunning spectacle during one of Longwood’s six Fireworks and Fountains shows. These extravaganzas combine lavish fireworks, stirring music and the celebrated colorful illuminated fountains. The result is an unforgettable display that lights the evening sky.

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Big Bling

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Through November 2017

The Association for Public Art (aPA) presents Big Bling, a remarkable sculptural installation now on display on Kelly Drive. The creation comes from acclaimed sculptor Martin Puryear and stands as his largest temporary outdoor sculpture yet. On view through November 2017, the multi-tier wood structure appears to be part animal, part abstract sculpture and part meditation piece.

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Made in America Music Festival

Made In America Music Festival
The Made in America Music Festival draws thousands to downtown Philadelphia for an epic two-day music fest on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. — M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

September 2-3, 2017

The Budweiser Made In America Festival is a massive musical celebration that takes over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway during Labor Day weekend. This summer, Jay-Z, J. Cole and The Chainsmokers will headline the two-day festival, which also features an array of other artists curated by Jay-Z.

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Blue Corn Organic and Green Festival

September 3, 2017

The Blue Corn Organic and Green Festival presents a new addition to PECO’s summer series of multicultural festivals on the Delaware waterfront at Penn’s Landing. Stay tuned for details surrounding the al fresco festival.

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Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll

Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll
Score $1 deals on food, books, games and more on Baltimore Avenue this month. — J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

September 7
, 2017

The popular Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll
 features a variety of West Philly businesses setting up shop on the sidewalk on several blocks along Baltimore Avenue with a bunch of food options, gifts and services available for just $1. Live music accompanies the event.

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Fringe Festival

September 7-24, 2017

Avant-garde performance meets street theater during the Fringe Festival, which brings more than two weeks of artistic pleasure to viewers at various locations throughout the city.

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Parkway 100

The Benjamin Franklin Parkway celebrates its centennial birthday with special events, exhibitions and more. — B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia

September 8, 2017 – November 16, 2018

The Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia’s impressive cultural boulevard, celebrates its centennial this year with a slew of special events, exhibitions, community discussions and more during Parkway 100. Throughout the duration of the celebration, visitors can interact with installations set up along the Parkway and also enjoy themed exhibitions at cultural institutions like Eastern State Penitentiary and the Philadelphia Mormon Temple. Stay tuned for more details about the 14-month series of events.

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Kennett Square Mushroom Festival

— Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

September 9-10, 2017

Kennett Square, the “Mushroom Capital of the World,” puts the fun in fungi during a weekend of food, music, parades, contests and other activities that are all part of the annual Kennett Square Mushroom Festival.

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Doylestown Arts Festival

Every September, along the streets of downtown Doylestown in Bucks County, exhibitors set up shop for a festival of handmade goods galore. — Photo courtesy Doylestown Arts Festival

September 9-10, 2017

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Doylestown Arts Festival returns to Bucks County with 100-plus artists, live music, food and fun for the entire family. Expect live music to be streaming throughout the weekend and plenty of tasty festival food options from which to choose.

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Greenfest Philly

September 10, 2017

Held in Queen Village on Bainbridge Street between 3rd and 5th streets, Greenfest Philly is the largest environmental festival in the Philadelphia area. With over 150 exhibitors and vendors, the festival presents a prime place to learn about living sustainably, with opportunities to shop for Philly-made green wares, enjoy local bites to eat, listen to live music, attend demonstrations and more.

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Mexican Independence Day

September 10, 2017

Celebrate Mexican Independence in Philadelphia this September with music, food, dancing and more. Browse traditional arts and crafts, dance with Mexican bands and more during the popular event at Penn’s Landing.

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Center City District Restaurant Week - Fall Edition

September 10-19, 2017

Center City District Restaurant Week returns this fall with delicious, budget conscious meals at more than 100 restaurants for a price of $20-35. Get ready to treat yourself to a fantastic – and affordable – meal at one of Philadelphia’s popular restaurants.

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O17 Festival

September 14-25, 2017

The city’s musical profile hits a high note with Opera Philadelphia’s brand-new festival of glittering stars in more than 25 commissioned works, one-time-only performances and world premieres. Also included: the exclusive East Coast appearance of an internationally renowned production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute.

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Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Ever take a ride in a lit pedicab sculpture? You will in the fall. — Rendering courtesy the Association for Public Art

September 14 – October 8, 2017

The Association for Public Art (aPA), working with guest curator Lance Fung of Fung Collaboratives, will light up the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies, an interactive artwork consisting of 27 luminous, kinetic sculptures in the form of free pedicabs. Participants can take a ride inside the moving sculptures, which will travel in a route between Sister Cities Park and Iroquois Park connecting the iconic institutions along the parkway.

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Monument Lab Installations

September 15 – November 19, 2017

What makes a monument in the 21st century? Monument Lab will attempt to answer this question for Philadelphia with an eight-week city-wide public art and history exhibition co-produced by Mural Arts Philadelphia and curators Paul M. Farber, Ken Lum and A. Will Brown. Monument Lab will be a series of temporary installations by local and international artists accompanied by interactive pop-up laboratories for creative conversations.

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Scarecrow Festival at Peddler’s Village

A bunch of festive scarecrows will be on display during the annual Scarecrow Festival at Peddler's Village. — A. Sinagoga for Visit Philadelphia

September 16-17, 2017

Have you ever wanted to learn how to make a scarecrow? Now’s your chance to do so at the Scarecrow Festival at Peddler’s Village, offering workshops alongside live entertainment and pumpkin painting! Stroll through the village to see all of the area’s scarecrows on display and enjoy live entertainment, food and more while you’re there.

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Brazilian Day

September 17, 2017

Brazilian Day Philadelphia celebrates Brazilian Independence Day and shares the wonderful culture and traditions of Brazil. Vendors offer an abundant variety of authentic traditional foods and merchandise, and performers light up the stage with the contagious rhythms and dances of Brazil.

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Terror Behind the Walls

The historic Eastern State Penitentiary turns into one of the country's most impressive haunted houses every Halloween season. — Photo courtesy Eastern State Penitentiary

September 22 – November 11, 2017 (select nights)

Thrill-seekers test their nerves at Eastern State Penitentiary, an abandoned prison that turns into Terror behind the Walls, the country’s largest haunted attraction, each Halloween season. Prepare for a historic spook.

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LOVE Park Reopens

Rendering of Love Park
— Rendering courtesy Hargreaves Associates

September 2017

LOVE Park is getting ready to show off its new look. Redesigned sloping lawns, colorful new flower beds and a large central fountain are the backdrops to Robert Indiana’s famous LOVE sculpture, offering stellar sight lines of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for photo ops. The iconic round visitors center will also sport a new look and will offer food and beverage service.

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Art Museum Restaurant Week

June 11-16 and 18-23, 2017

Philly’s charming Fairmount neighborhood and the area surrounding the Philadelphia Museum of Art host a special restaurant week where diners can score seasonal prix-fixe menus, ranging from $15-$35, at participating eateries.

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Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll

June 15, 2017

University’s City fun biannual Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll promises $1 specials from neighborhood restaurants, bars and retailers. Live music accompanies the bargains.

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Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

— Photo by J. Fusco for Historic Philadelphia, Inc.

Through June 18, 2017

After a super successful inaugural festival in 2016, the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square is back. Through June 18, the park will glow with 29 new (read: different lanterns than last year) handcrafted lanterns, including a newly rebuilt 200-foot-long Chinese dragon (a favorite lantern from last year). Also returning? Themed performances, food specials, the Dragon Beer Garden and the craft market.

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PrideDay LGBT Parade and Festival

Drag queens in Old City
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

June 18, 2017

The 29th annual PrideDay LGBT Parade and Festival begins with a colorful procession from the Gayborhood to Penn’s Landing, where a celebration ensues. Revelers can look forward to live music, DJs, food, drink and other ways to fete International Gay and Lesbian Pride Month along the Delaware River waterfront.

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Manayunk Arts Festival

— J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

June 24-25, 2017

Featuring nearly 300 artists from around the country, along with crafts, food and music, this two-day festival is expected to draw more than 200,000 people to Main Street in Philadelphia’s Manayunk neighborhood.

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Wawa Welcome America!

The epic Wawa Welcome America! celebration kicks off this June with everything from block parties, enormous hoagies and fireworks over the Delaware River — above

June 29 – July 4, 2017

Celebrating the nation’s birthday for the 25th year in a row, Wawa Welcome America! is a multi-day party with more than 50 free events for all ages throughout the city, including outdoor concerts, free museum days, a patriotic parade, block parties and fantastic fireworks. The celebration starts in late June, including a spectacular fireworks show over the Delaware River on June 30.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra Concert & Fireworks on the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing

U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Concert & Fireworks at Penn’s Landing
The Philadelphia Orchestra is coming to Penn's Landing for a FREE waterfront performance followed by a fireworks display. — Photo courtesy M. Stanley for DRWC

Friday, June 30, 2017

The weekend before the Fourth of July gets off to a tuneful start with a free performance by the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra along the Delaware River waterfront at Penn’s Landing. After the acclaimed musicians take their bows, all eyes will be on the skies for a spectacular free fireworks display.

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Revolutionary: A Pop-Up Street Art Exhibition in Philadelphia's Historic District

Find more than a dozen public works of art in Philadelphia's Historic District as part of Revolutionary: A Pop-Up Street Art Exhibition. — A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

Through July 4, 2017

A revolutionary art exhibit has spread across Philadelphia’s Historic District. Through July 4, Revolutionary: A Pop-Up Street Art Exhibition showcases free public artwork at 13 locations — one chosen for each of the stars featured on the original American flag. Created by an array of forward-thinking artists, Revolutionary features pieces designed as an interpretation of “revolution” and how that concept might challenge the social and political status quo.

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Night Market: Spruce Hill

Crowd at Night Market Philadelphia
Night Market Philadelphia — Photo courtesy the Food Trust

July 1, 2017

Night Market Philadelphia heads to Spruce Hill in West Philadelphia for a special Independence Day edition on Saturday, July 1, attracting thousands of folks for a four-hour, al fresco food truck soiree. Come hungry for delicious street-side eats like tacos, fried cheese curds, pizza, ice cream and more, along with beverages including local beer and spirits!

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U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Concert & Fireworks on the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing

U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Concert & Fireworks at Penn’s Landing
Enjoy a rousing performance by the U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" followed by a fireworks show. — Photo courtesy U.S. Army Band

July 1, 2017

The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” has delighted audiences for years with its rousing and rollicking renditions of old standards, new hits and patriotic tunes. The group returns to the Delaware River waterfront this year for another highly anticipated evening performance. Also highly anticipated: the fireworks display that will follow.

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The Philly POPS! on Independence at Independence Hall

Hundreds of people pack Independence Mall for POPS on Independence. — Photo courtesy of the Philly POPS

July 3, 2017

The BYOB (bring-our-own-blanket) POPS! on Independence concert has become a holiday favorite — and for good reason. The combination of the Philadelphia POPS under the baton of Michael Krajewski, lively tunes and the dramatic backdrop of Independence Hall create a perfect setting for a night of music under the stars.

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Philadelphia's Historic District Block Party

July 3, 2017

Visitors can party the day away at the Philadelphia’s Historic District Block Party. The festivities will fill the streets around Independence Hall with live entertainment, food vendors and kids’ games like wheelbarrow races, bubble blowing and more. The event space will feature three stages to showcase an array of artists including a Dixieland band, barbershop quartet and actors reciting portions of historical speeches, and the Kimmel Center will present a star-studded sneak peak at the 2017-2018 Broadway Philadelphia season featuring performances from popular shows.

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Party on the Parkway

July 4, 2017

All of Philadelphia comes together for one giant romp at the Party on the Parkway, bringing five blocks of free entertainment to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The day features musical performances, dancing, children’s activities, food and cultural events that celebrate the city’s many neighborhoods and nationalities.

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Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert

Catch special performances by Mary J. Blige, The Philly POPS and more at this year's Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert. — R. Myers for Visit Philadelphia

July 4, 2017

The Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert takes over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with one of the largest free outdoor concerts in the country. Headlining will be R&B songstress Mary J. Blige, who’s been named one of the greatest women in music by the likes of Rolling Stone and Billboard. The Parkway stage will also welcome the Philly POPS! Big Band, jazz singer Tony DeSare and Broadway star Mandy Gonzalez, who has performed in Hamilton, In The Heights and Wicked. Plus, Boyz II Men will make an appearance as they are honored for their impressive career.

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Wawa Welcome America July 4th Fireworks

Don't miss out on the epic fireworks show at the Philadelphia Museum of Art this Fourth of July. — G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

July 4, 2017

Showcasing patriotism and important moments in our nation’s history, the Wawa Welcome America July 4th Fireworks will take revelers on a journey from July 4, 1776 to July 4, 2017. Accompanied by a powerful soundtrack that combines rousing musical works and powerful quotes, this fireworks display will light up the skies over the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art for the grandest of grand finales starting at 9:30 p.m.

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Hispanic Fiesta

Celebrate Latin history and heritage at the Hispanic Fiesta at Penn's Landing. — Photo courtesy M. Stanley for DRWC

July 8-9, 2017

The Hispanic Fiesta at Penn’s Landing is one of Philadelphia’s premier Latino events, drawing upwards of 15,000 people each day. The festival continues to unite and raise awareness of Latino culture and community through the celebration of music, dance, entertainment, ethnic foods and artisan crafts from nearly all Latin American countries.

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University City Dining Days

July 13-23
, 2017

Dining Days returns to University City for its 13th year of fantastic, prix fixe, three-course dinners at the top eating destinations in the neighborhood. With meals ranging from $15-35 per person, Dining Days offers the perfect opportunity to try the charming BYOBs, international dining and craft beer bars in University City.

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Clark Park Music and Arts Festival

July 15, 2017

A West Philadelphia tradition for more than 40 years, Clark Park’s Music and Arts Festival is a free, day-long community celebration held every summer. Traditionally held on the Saturday closest to the Summer Solstice, the outdoor fest features activities for all ages, local arts and crafts, live music, dance, theater and more. Enjoy tasty bites from local food trucks while you’re there!

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11th Annual Lancaster Ave. Jazz and Arts Fest

July 15, 2017

Top jazz talent takes to the stage during the annual Lancaster Avenue Jazz and Arts Fest. Now in its 11th year, the festival promises a variety of food trucks and vendors as well as artists and activities.

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Bastille Day at Eastern State Penitentiary

Bastille Day Festival at Eastern State Penitentiary
The storming of the Bastille gets a Philly twist at the Eastern State Penitentiary, where re-enactors put on a playful performance and thousands of Tastycakes — R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

July 15, 2017

The masses storm the castle on Eastern State Penitentiary’s Bastille Day, as re-enactors and audience members playfully recreate the storming of the Bastille. Emceed by “Edith Piaf,” Philly’s version of this historic event includes experimental cabaret performances, dancing baguettes and Marie Antoinette tossing more than 3,000 Tastykakes out to the crowd.

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