Top Things to Do in Philadelphia in June 2017

Massive street festivals, outdoor movies, roller skating, beer gardens and more

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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.


Odunde Festival

— Photo courtesy Odunde Festival

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.

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Spruce Street Harbor Park

— M. Stanley for DRWC

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.

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Chinese Lantern Festival at Franklin Square

The popular Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival is back with new lanterns, a beer garden, performances and more. — Photo by J. Fusco for Tianyu

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.

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Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

— Photo by M. Stanley for DRWC

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.

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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


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.

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Philly Beer Week

— M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

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.

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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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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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Roots Picnic

— Photo courtesy Roots Picnic

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.

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Center City District Sips

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

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.

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

— Photo by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

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 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.

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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 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.

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The Best Beer Gardens in Philadelphia for 2017

Enjoy the warm weather this summer at one of more than 30 beer gardens — including the PHS Pop Up garden on South Street, above

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).

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Must-See Exhibitions in Philadelphia

This month, visit Philly's stellar museums — including the National Constitution Center, above

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.

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Old City Eats

The neighborhood-wide happy hour that is Old City Eats returns to 25 restaurants this month — including High Street on Market — above

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.

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Art Museum Restaurant Week

Tacos at La Calaca Feliz
— Photo courtesy La Calaca Feliz

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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Broadway Philadelphia

Don't miss out on the great Broadway hits arriving on stage in Philadelphia this month, including Motown the Musical — above

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.

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Movie Nights at Schuylkill Banks

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.

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Flag Day Festivities in Philadelphia

Betsy Ross House
— Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

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.

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Fete Day at Elfreth’s Alley

— Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

June 3, 2017

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.

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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

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.

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PECO Multicultural Series: Irish American Festival

Penn's Landing Philadelphia Waterfront
— Photo by J. Smith for Visit Philadelphia

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.

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Big Bling on Kelly Drive

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.

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Philadelphia Latino Film Festival

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.

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Juneteenth Festival at the Johnson House

Historic Germantown hosts an afternoon-long Juneteenth Festival every June. — including The Johnson House, above

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.

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40th Street Summer Series

Don't miss free performances and more at this month's edition of University City's 40th Street Summer Series. — Photo courtesy University City District

June 17, 2017

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.

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Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation's Great Chefs Event

Feast for a great cause at the annual Alex's Lemonade Foundation's Great Chefs Event. — Photo courtesy Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation

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.

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Art for the Cash Poor

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.

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Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts Festival

June 2-4, 2017

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.

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Bloomsday at the Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia

On June 16, the world celebrates James Joyce’s masterpiece Ulysses with a special holiday coined Bloomsday. — Photo courtesy of The Rosenbach Museum

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.

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Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship at Talen Energy Stadium

The Collegiate Rugby Championships return to Talen Energy Stadium for another year of intense rugby games. — above

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.

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Make Music Philly

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.

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Philadelphia Zoo Summer Ale Festival

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.

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Beer Camp on Tour Philadelphia

June 17, 2017

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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