Celebrate the summer season in Philadelphia with massive outdoor festivals, pop-up parks, blockbuster exhibitions and other awesome happenings throughout the month of June.
This month, locals and visitors alike will enjoy Spruce Street Harbor Park‘s hammock-filled haven and other outdoor drinking spots, hundreds of thousands of people will pack the streets of South Philadelphia for the 42nd annual Odunde Festival and the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival concludes its epic celebration of Chinese culture in Franklin Square.
Art lovers can explore a handful of awesome exhibitions at spots all around town and music fans can hit up the Roots Picnic, featuring major musicians like Pharrell, Lil Wayne, Solange and, of course, the Philly-area’s born-and-bred legendary band The Roots.
Read on for all of our can’t-miss events and festival happening this month below.
June 11, 2017
The largest African-American street festival on the East Coast comes to South Street during this annual event that features cultural, historical and family-friendly events. Nearly 500,000 people are expected to check out the landmark festival as it celebrates its 42nd year with its signature, day-long street fair.
Through October 1, 2017
Declared one of the best urban beaches in America by The Huffington Post, Spruce Street Harbor Park on the Delaware River waterfront invites visitors to lounge on its signature hammocks, enjoy amazing food from its numerous food vendors, cool off with delicious drinks and play games – ping pong, shuffleboard and more – along its boardwalk.
Through June 18, 2017
After a highly successful first run, the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival is back for its second year of illuminating Franklin Square in Philadelphia’s Historic District with grand, artistic creations. Closing out this month, the festival features 13,000 LED lights strewn across 29 different displays — including a 200-foot-long Chinese dragon — constructed by lantern artisans from China. The fest also features live performances, a beer garden, food and more.
May 26 – September 4, 2017
Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, Spruce Street Harbor Park’s sister site, returns for its third year, transforming into a warm-weather space with an outdoor roller rink, nine-hole mini golf course, outdoor bowling alley and food and drinks from Franklin Fountain, Chickie’s and Pete’s and more. On June 23, the warm-weather attraction debuts The Midway, an area with carnival games, a Ferris wheel and other rides.
The drama unfolds exhibit by exhibit at the brand-new Museum of the American Revolution. Just two blocks from Independence Hall — the command center for the Revolution — the newest addition to America’s most historic square mile documents the strategic wins, crushing losses and world-altering consequences of the war for We the People. 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.
June 1-11, 2017
It’s the largest beer celebration in the U.S. — and it’s in Philadelphia. Lasting 10 days and nights, Philly Beer Week — celebrating its 10th year in 2017! — attracts people from all over for events ranging from tastings of locally crafted brews in cozy neighborhood taprooms to educational offerings such as guided tastings, lectures and prix-fixe beer-pairing dinners.
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.
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.
June 3, 2017
Philly’s own Grammy Award-winning hip-hop band The Roots bring together artists from various genres for the 10th annual Roots Picnic at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing. This year’s performers include Pharrell, Lil Wayne, Solange, Thundercat and, of course, The Roots.
June 7 – August 30, 2017 (Wednesdays only)
Happy hour gets even better this summer thanks to Center City District Sips, 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.
May 25 – July 4, 2017
Revolutionary: A Pop-Up Street Art Exhibition showcases free public artwork at 13 locations throughout Philadelphia’s Historic District. Presented by VISIT PHILADELPHIA, the exhibit features a curated selection of street artists chosen by Conrad Benner, the founder and editor of street art photo-blog streetsdept.com. The featured works, created by forward-thinking artists like Kid Hazo, Michelle Angela Ortiz, Shawn Theodore and more, can be found both indoors and outdoors throughout the district and explore revolutionary themes in innovative ways.
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 free events for all ages throughout the city, including outdoor concerts, 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.
Through Fall 2017
It’s beer garden season in Philadelphia again — and we couldn’t be more excited. 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 hotspot (Frankford Hall, Morgan’s Pier) or check out one of the city’s newer additions (Bok Bar, the Cira Green Beer Garden).
Through Summer 2017
Philadelphia museums come alive this June with exhibitions of all sorts. Opening this month, Transparency: An LGBTQ+ Glass Art Exhibition brings an exhibition featuring studio glass created by artists within the LGBTQ community to the National Liberty Museum. Also opening this month, Backyard Adventures at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University aims to teach visitors how organisms live in and interact with their environments through interactive features like a rideable “bee bike,” a food web pond, a nectar-collecting station and more. Click the button below to learn about all of the exhibitions you can check out this month.
June 15-August 31, 2017 (Thursdays Only)
Old City Eats returns for another year of deals on food and drinks at more than 25 neighborhood restaurants. On Thursdays from June 15 through August 31, Old City dwellers can visit spots like High Street on Market, Khyber Pass Pub, Red Owl Tavern, National Mechanics and more for happy hour deals. The neighborhood-wide happy hour kicks off on June 15 with a free block party on 2nd Street.
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.
Motown the Musical: May 30 – June 11, 2017
Fun Home: June 13-18, 2017
The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts brings two Broadway shows to the City of Brotherly Love this month. First up is Motown the Musical, filling the stage with soulful classics for an 11-day run. Another musical, Fun Home, follows in its steps, creating a live production based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir of the same name.
June 1 – August 10, 2017 (Thursdays only)
On Thursdays throughout the summer, the Schuylkill Banks hosts outdoor movies on the lawn near the Walnut Street Bridge. Bring a blanket and relax under the stars while watching great flicks this month, including Young Frankenstein, The Sandlot and more.
10th Annual Betsy Ross House Flag Festival: June 11-17, 2017
Stripes and Stars Festival: June 14, 2017
Our country’s American flag and U.S. Army share a very special birthday, and Philadelphia celebrates them both with a slew of festive Flag Day happenings this month. On June 14, find flag-raising ceremonies, a patriotic parade, giant flag-folding demonstrations and more at locations throughout Independence National Historical Park and Philadelphia’s Historic District. Meanwhile, the birthplace of Old Glory celebrates Flag Day with a week of fun festivities, culminating with a Stars and Stripes themed mini-carnival in The Betsy Ross House courtyard on June 17.
Take a rare look inside the homes along the nation’s oldest residential street during Fete Day on Elfreth’s Alley. For one afternoon, residents will open their doors to the public to see how generations have lived and preserved the homes on the historic block. Throughout the day, enjoy food, crafts, live music and colonial games.
June 15, 2017
University’s City fun biannual Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll promises $1 specials from neighborhood businesses including restaurants, bars and retailers. Live music and fun for all ages accompany the edible bargains.
June 4, 2017
Celebrate all of Ireland’s cultural gems, from music to dancing to food, at the Irish American Festival, part of the PECO Multicultural Series at Penn’s Landing. While enjoying traditional eats like shepherd’s pie and bangers and mash, browse the outdoor shops for authentic and traditional Irish goods.
June 8 – November 2017
The Association for Public Art (aPA) brings sculptural installation Big Bling to Philly this June. A creation of acclaimed sculptor Martin Puryear, Big Bling stands as his largest temporary outdoor sculpture yet. On view from through November 2017 on Kelly Drive, the multi-tier wood structure appears to be part animal, part abstract sculpture and part meditation piece.
June 2-4, 2017
Film fans can view works by established and emerging Latino and Latin American filmmakers during the Philadelphia Latino Film Festival. The lineup includes feature films, shorts, animations and documentaries, in English or Spanish with subtitles, along with workshops and discussions.
June 17, 2017
Historic Germantown celebrates the passage and ratification of the 13th Amendment — which ended slavery in America — with its annual Juneteenth Festival this summer. The free fest fills the 6300 block of Germantown Avenue with special exhibits, performances, discussions and more.
This month’s edition of University City’s 40th Street Summer Series brings Brian Sanders’ JUNK to the outdoor space at 40th and Walnut streets. Hailed as the city’s “most exciting choreographer,” Sanders uses found objects and clever inventions to fuse dance with theater.
June 20, 2017
For more than a decade, The Great Chefs Event event has brought together over 1,000 guests and 50 celebrated chefs from throughout the nation and Italy to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer and the Vetri Community Partnership, a local organization that seeks to empower families to lead healthier lives through fresh food. Taking place at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, the event invites guests to enjoy dozens of decadent tasting plates and see top chefs in action.
June 16-18, 2017
Expand your art collection without breaking the bank during InLiquid’s annual Art for the Cash Poor. Held at the Crane Arts Building, the yearly block party features food, music and 100-plus artists who will offer works in a variety of mediums at a cost of less than $199 – a score for your wall and your wallet.
Coming into its 90th year, the Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show is the nation’s oldest outdoor original artwork show. Each year, the area in and around Rittenhouse Square fills up with 100-plus artists from across North America, bringing works of all different types of subject matters and mediums to peruse.
June 16, 2017
On June 16, the world celebrates Leopold Bloom’s fictional journey through the streets of Dublin, as imagined in James Joyce’s masterpiece Ulysses, during a special celebration termed Bloomsday. In Philly, The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia invites the public to live readings and an afternoon of music, including singers from the Academy of Vocal Arts.
June 3-4, 2017
Eight hard-hitting collegiate teams from the premier rugby programs in the country will try to out-tough the competition as they vie for the nation’s top spot at Talen Energy Stadium this month at the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship.
June 21, 2017
Celebrate the first day of summer with beautiful music during Make Music Philly, a free, daylong, “do it yourself” festival. Find concerts and performances ranging in genre from indie rock to bluegrass to a cappella at venues and spaces all throughout the city.
June 24, 2017
The Philadelphia Zoo’s Summer Ale Festival proves year after year that zoos aren’t just for kids. Adults sip craft beers in combination with food truck fare set against a background of birds, great apes, big cats and other wildlife.
Sierra Nevada recently joined forces with a dozen different brewers to create 12 collaboration beers. Now, it’s teaming up with brewers all throughout the nation to create Beer Camp on Tour, coming to Philadelphia this month. Taking over Penn’s Landing, the event brings together hundreds of craft beer options, many of the city’s top food trucks and live music for an al fresco Saturday afternoon.
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