This weekend marks the summer solstice, the official start of summer which means warm weather festivals, outdoor movie screenings and blockbuster outdoor events — which are all on tap for this weekend. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)
Oh man, have you been outside today?? It’s ridiculously gorgeous out there. What a perfect way to officially kick off summer in Philadelphia.
That’s right. This weekend brings the summer solstice — the longest day of the year(!!) — and the first official day of summer. And what a weekend to start it off… There are a ton of awesome festivals and events taking place all weekend long for you to take advantage of.
First up is Week 3 of the Visit Philly Beer Garden Series. The weather could not be more perfect for our return to Morgan’s Pier. There will be cold beers on special, delicious sausages off the grill, the World Cup on the TVs, cool breezes, awesome views and more. Definitely the best way to start your weekend.
Elsewhere, Philly’s dining scene is as hot as ever — check out our brand new roundup of more than 40 of the hottest new restaurants opening in Philadelphia this season. And pick one and make a delicious evening out of it.
Then Saturday marks the return of the two-day Manayunk Arts Festival, the Clark Park Music and Arts Festival, an all-night party at the Kimmel Center, the Juneteenth festival in Historic Germantown, a World Cup watch party at The Oval and much, much more.
And Sunday brings the opening day of the all new Cézanne exhibition at the Barnes. And close out your weekend at a giant watch party for the USA vs. Portugal World Cup match at 6 p.m. on Sunday.
So yeah, like we said, it’s shaping up to be a real beauty. The longest day of the year means it going to be light out until almost 9 p.m.(!) Get out there and take advantage.
Read on for our complete guide to the weekend, and as always be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram for the latest and greatest about everything going on in Philly.
Friday, June 20
Top Pick: Moonlight Movies in Mt. Airy Presents Frozen
Top Pick: Visit Philly Beer Garden Series at Morgan’s Pier
Top Pick: Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Top Pick: Manayunk Solstice Fire
Celebrate Summer — Roundup: The Best Beer Gardens in Philadelphia
New Hope Delaware Canal Festival (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Evita at the Academy of Music (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Dining Under the Stars Featuring The Whirly Pig and Bonjour Creperie in Mt. Airy
Chasing Dreams: Baseball And Becoming American at the National Museum of American Jewish History (Fri, Sat, Sun)
David Boies and Theodore Olson vs. The Supreme Court at the National Constitution Center
SoLow Festival (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con (Fri, Sat, Sun)
How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying at the Walnut Street Theatre (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Comic Con After Party at PhilaMOCA (Fri, Sat)
Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello at the National Constitution Center (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Connor Barwin’s Make The World Better Foundation & WXPN 88.5 Present Kurt Vile & The Violators at Union Transfer
Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love and Gerlan Jeans ♥ Patrick Kelly at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Philly Roller Girls Present the East Coast Derby Extravaganza (Fri, Sat, Sun)
DARK BLUE Concert at The Dr. Martens Store on Walnut Street
West Philadelphia Orchestra at Johnny Brenda’s
Spend the first official weekend of summer at Philadelphia's popular waterfront beer garden, Morgan's Pier. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)
Saturday, June 21
Top Pick: Manayunk Arts Festival (Sat, Sun)
Top Pick: Where to Celebrate the Summer Solstice in Philadelphia
Top Pick: Clark Park Music and Arts Festival
Top Pick: Juneteenth Festival in Historic Germantown
Top Pick: It’s a Small World at The Oval
Top Pick: Make Music Philly
Top Pick: Moonlight Movies in Mt. Airy Presents Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Top Pick: Solstice in the City at The Kimmel Center
Midsommarfest at the American Swedish Historical Museum
Juneteenth Celebration at the African American Museum in Philadelphia
Free Yoga at the Schuylkill Banks at 11 a.m.
More happenings, below.
Pups at Sea at the Independence Seaport Museum
The World Is an Apple Preview Party at The Barnes Foundation
FOCA/SOSNA 50/50 Block Party
Fête de la Musique at Liberté Lounge at the Sofitel Philadelphia
SummerFest Craft Beer and Music Festival at Xfinity Live
Pink Pub Crawl
Pier 53 Sneak Peek
The Soulstice at Laurel Hill Cemetery
Mr. Gay Philadelphia at Field House
Native American Voices: The People — Here and Now at the Penn Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Drury Beer Garden Summer Souvlas
Molestice 2014 Block Party
Community Gardens Day
PHAIR Open-Air Market
Pretty Pretty Rebel Fashion and Trunk Show at Prissy’s Couture
Roxborough Solstice Festival
Penns Woods Winery Summer Solstice Celebration
The two-day Manayunk Arts Festival draws crowds of thousands of people for handcrafted items from more than 30 vendors, June 21-22. (Photo by Fred Brown Photography for Manayunk Development Corporation)
Sunday, June 22
Top Pick: Manayunk Arts Festival (Sat, Sun)
Top Pick: Our Guide to Brunch in Philadelphia
Top Pick: The World Is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne at The Barnes Foundation — Opening Day!
Top Pick: Clover Market in Ardmore
Top Pick: Where To Watch The World Cup — USA vs. Portugal
Top Pick: Fado and Misconduct Tavern World Cup Block Party
Top Pick: Bartram’s Garden Community River Fest
World Cup Watch Party at MilkBoy Philly
Free Yoga at Race Street Pier at 9:30 a.m. (Sat, Sun)
Headhouse Square Farmers’ Market
MANNA’s Second Annual Guac Off
Force Field Project 2014 (Sat, Sun)
The Concrete Clasico
J.J. Bootleggers’ Moonshine Brunch
USA vs. Portugal Watch Party at Crabby Cafe & Sports Bar
Free Tour of Yards Brewing Company (Sat, Sun)
Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution at the Academy of Natural Sciences (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Jazz Brunch Sunday at Jerry’s Bar
Sunday Suds and Grub at Alla Spina
Late-Night Happy Hour at North Bowl
Incorruptible at The Arden Theatre (Fri, Sat, Sun) — Closing Day!
Costumes Of Downton Abbey at the Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library (Fri, Sat, Sun)
SS United States at the Independence Seaport Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)