25 Outstanding Things To Do In Philly This Week, June 18-24

Night Market in the Gayborhood, Manayunk Arts Festival, Old City Eats and more...

The summer season officially arrives on Thursday (!) with the summer solstice and with it comes a whole week of warm-weather Philly fun.

A host of free outdoor concerts pop up this week thanks to two ongoing summer music series: Summer Sounds in the Historic District and the 40th Street Summer Series. The collaborative, day-long music festival Make Music Philly also returns this week to showcase musicians of all ages, disciplines and genres who perform sets for free at locations citywide.

This week features major multicultural festivals, including the Juneteenth Musicfest & Parade in Center City and Penn’s Landing, the Muslim City Fest in Northeast Philadelphia and the rescheduled Irish American Festival at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing.

There are more than a few good reasons to eat and drink en plein air this week as well, with the five-day-long All American BBQ at Dilworth Park starting Wednesday, the Night Market posting up in the Gayborhood and Old City Eats kicking off on Thursday and the Summer Food and Music Festival at Peddler’s Village on Saturday and Sunday.

End the week on an artistic note and browse eclectic wares — think jewelry, paintings, embroidery, ceramics, woodworks and more — by artists from around the country at the Manayunk Arts Festival, the region’s largest outdoor juried arts festival.

Check out all of our picks for this week in Philly, below.

Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

Chinese Lantern FestivalPhoto by J. Fusco for Tianyu

Led by a 200-foot-long dragon, 28 all-new colorful lantern sculptures — featuring over 15,000 twinkling LED lights — have overtaken Franklin Square for the third year as have live performances, a Dragon Beer Garden and food, drink and Chinese artisanal crafts vendors.

Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

When:Through Sunday, July 8
Where:Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th Street
Cost:$18, adults; $15, seniors and military; $12, youth

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Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

Blue Cross RiverRink SummerfestPhoto courtesy Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest draws crowds eager to experience Philadelphia’s only outdoor roller skating rink and The Midway, featuring a light-up 60-foot-tall Ferris wheel, an enchanting carousel, fun boardwalk games and a nine-hole mini-golf course. Between all the fun and games, guests can chow down on fare from Chickie’s and Pete’s Waterfront Crab Shack, Franklin Fountain Clubhouse Cabin and other food vendors. Bars set up around Summerfest pour local beers and cocktails as well.

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

When:Through Monday, September 3
Where:Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free; pay-as-you-go food and drink

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Summer Sounds in the Historic District

Spruce Street Harbor ParkPhoto by Veri Productions for Spruce Street Harbor Park

This summer, visitors to Philadelphia’s Historic District can enjoy 50-plus live musical performances as part of Summer Sounds in the Historic District, a series of long-popular concerts and new programming sponsored in part by VISIT PHILADELPHIA. This week, Who Got the Jazz pays tribute to John Coltrane and Anita Baker on Wednesday at the FringeArts Theatre and &More (Chill Moody and Donn T) and Hank McCoy perform riverside on Thursday for the next edition of Spruce Street Harbor Park's weekly Waterfront Sessions.

Summer Sounds in the Historic District

When:Through Friday, September 7 (select dates)
Where:Various locations including Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

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Spruce Street Harbor Park

Spruce Street Harbor ParkPhoto courtesy Spruce Street Harbor Park

This beloved beer garden and relaxing waterfront hangout gives visitors a chance to sit back on colorful hammocks or Adirondack chairs while sipping on a refreshing beverage during the day or at twilight under tons of twinkling light fixtures. Vendors serving pizza, burgers, tacos, ice cream and more of the fare they’re best known for include Harborside Pizza, Froman’s, Village Burger, Distrito, Chickie’s and Pete’s and Franklin Fountain. Three bars around the park offer a variety of local craft beers, cocktails and wine for the 21-and-over crowd. Also on tap: XPN’s Waterfront Sessions series continues on Thursday with a free performance by &More (Chill Moody and Donn T) and Hank McCoy.

Spruce Street Harbor Park

When:Through Sunday, September 30
Where:Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free; pay-as-you-go food and drink

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Parks on Tap at the Schuylkill Banks

Photo by A. Yee for the Fairmount Park Conservancy

From Wednesday through Sunday, the roving beer garden series Parks on Tap makes a home for itself in the green space adjacent to the Walnut Street Bridge at the Schuylkill Banks. Partake in happy hour at this location on Wednesday and half of the proceeds go to support the Schuylkill Banks. On Thursday, Roots2Rise offers a free yoga class on-site, the park hosts an outdoor screening of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and the popular Parks on Tap spin-off Barks on Tap welcomes people and pups (!) to mix and mingle at Mario Lanza Park, an off-leash dog park nestled in Queen Village.

Parks on Tap at the Schuylkill Banks

When:June 20-24
Where:Schuylkill Banks, 2501 Walnut Street
Cost:Free; pay-you-you-go food and drink

www.parksontap.org

PHS Farm for the City at Thomas Paine Plaza

Farm for the CityPhoto courtesy the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society

This week marks the first full week of Farm for the City, the ambitious new urban agriculture project that turns a concrete public plaza in Center City into a working farm and green space. Free community events at the farm this week include a BYOS — bring your own soil — soil testing clinic and lecture on soil health by a Farm for the City staff member (Monday) and a community reading series featuring intergenerational stories that touch on deep societal themes.

PHS Farm for the City at Thomas Paine Plaza

When:Through Sunday, September 30
Where:Thomas Paine Plaza, 1401 JFK Boulevard
Cost:Free

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FAVIA Summer Balloon Glow at SugarHouse Casino

Summer Balloon GlowPhoto courtesy SugarHouse Casino

First Air Voyage in America (FAVIA) and SugarHouse Casino join forces to bring skilled balloonists and their beautiful hot air balloons to the Delaware River waterfront for Summer Balloon Glow on Wednesday. The event, which is first balloon glow in Philadelphia in 25 years, offers visitors incredible, colorful views at dusk when the balloon’s burners light up along the waterfront.

FAVIA Summer Balloon Glow at SugarHouse Casino

When:Wednesday, June 20, 8 p.m.
Where:SugarHouse Casino, 1001 N. Delaware Avenue
Cost:Free

www.sugarhouseentertainment.com

Make Music Philly

From street corners to storefronts to subway stations, all of Philly’s a stage during Make Music Philly. Musicians of all ages, disciplines and genres perform for free at locations all across the city for this collaborative music festival that occurs each year on the summer solstice. Highlights include rock band Midnight Singers at Gloria Dei Old Swedes Church, hip-hop artist Ai-Que at mobile venue Tha Truck and established singer-songwriter Emily Drinker at Sister Cities Park.

Make Music Philly

When:Thursday, June 21, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Where:Gloria Dei Old Swedes Episcopal Church, 916 S. Swanson Street
Cost:Free

www.makemusicphilly.org

Night Market Philadelphia: Gayborhood

People hanging out at Night Market PhiladelphiaPhoto courtesy The Food Trust

The traveling food festival heads to the Gayborhood in Midtown Village in June, bringing with it a ton of food truck fare, live music and more. Grab mouthwatering bites from Night Market newcomers Have a Ball, SEAMAAC's SoPhiE Food Truck and Gotta Lotta Gelata while enjoying performances by Sharon Katz & The Peace Train and Paulette Branson & Mixed People. Special vendor and female-founded activist apparel retailer The Outrage will be part of this event and donate 100% of their Night Market profits to the Food Trust.

Night Market Philadelphia: Gayborhood

When:Thursday, June 21, 7-11 p.m.
Where:13th and Locust streets
Cost:Pay as you go

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Old City Eats

Old CityPhoto by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia

Old City Eats provides half-priced appetizers and drink specials to patrons of participating Old City bars and restaurants — including High Street on Market, Tuna Bar and Cuba Libre — every Thursday this summer from 5-8 p.m. The series kicks off the 2018 season with a block party on Thursday from 5-9 p.m. Nearly two dozen Old City eateries plan to serve their tasty offerings outside on 2nd and Market streets, which will be closed to vehicular traffic. Local bands and dueling pianists provide non-stop block party entertainment.

Old City Eats

When:Thursday, June 21, 5-8 p.m.
Where:Various locations including Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, 10 S. 2nd Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.oldcitydistrict.org

Movie Nights on the Schuylkill Banks: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Movie Nights at the Schuylkill BanksPhoto courtesy Schuylkill Banks

Enjoy nights of outdoor movie action right on the banks of the Schuylkill River during select Thursday nights this summer. This week, guests can enjoy the cult classic movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at the grassy area by the Walnut Street Bridge. Arrive early and grab a drink or two at Parks on Tap prior to staking out some blanket space!

Movie Nights on the Schuylkill Banks: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

When:Thursday, June 21, 8:30 p.m.
Where:Schuylkill Banks, 2501 Walnut Street
Cost:Free

www.schuylkillbanks.org

All American BBQ at Dilworth Park

Dilworth Park heats up this week for the annual All-American BBQ. This year’s five-day-long cookout features local DJs and live music, outdoor games and activities, a beer garden and — of course — a variety of mouth-watering barbecue eats.

All American BBQ at Dilworth Park

When:June 21-24
Where:Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.centercityphila.org

Twilight in the Gardens at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia Magic GardensPhoto courtesy Philadelphia Magic Gardens

BYOB to Philadelphia's Magic Gardens on Friday evening for the monthly after-hours Twilight in the Gardens series. Guests can go on mini-tours of the space, check out the current gallery exhibit Allá Abajo/ Down Below: A Reaction to Our Times by Ornella Ridone, groove to indie-blues band Hoochi Coochi and learn how to embroider a wall hanging using sashiko, a form of stitching from Japan.

Twilight in the Gardens at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

When:Friday, June 22, 7-10 p.m.
Where:Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, 1020 South Street
Cost:$20, adults; $16 students & seniors; $12, members

www.philadelphiasmagicgardens.org

Juneteenth Musicfest & Parade

Philadelphia Juneteenth Musicfest and ParadePhoto courtesy Philadelphia Juneteenth Musicfest and Parade

Philadelphia marks African-Americans’ emancipation from slavery with a two-day celebration on Friday and Saturday. An evening concert and Historical Ceremony takes place at 600 Market Street on Friday, while a lively parade begins in Center City and ends at a cultural festival at Penn’s Landing on Saturday. Expect to see 17 floats, 3,000 marchers, marching bands and drill teams, members of the African American Greek Letter organizations called the Divine 9, the legendary Tuskegee Airman, the Boy Scouts of America, a Caribbean Carnival and more in the massive procession.

Juneteenth Musicfest & Parade

When:Saturday, June 23, 10:20 a.m.-9 p.m.
Where:Parade: Starts at 15th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard; Festival: Penn's Landing
Cost:Free

www.juneteenthphilly.org

Summer Food and Music Festival at Peddler’s Village

Peddler's VillagePhoto courtesy Peddler's Village

Celebrate the start of summer at the first-ever Summer Food & Music Festival in Peddler’s Village. Various food trucks and tents offer a diverse range of festival fare like corn dogs, empanadas and peel-and-eat shrimp. Hewn Spirits, Free Will Brewing Co. and Chaddsford Winery set up their own special tasting rooms at the festival, too. On the live music front, expect to hear everything from jazz to big band to rock to pop! Face painting, moonbounces and more outdoor activities round out the festival’s kid-friendly entertainment.

Summer Food and Music Festival at Peddler’s Village

When:June 23-24
Where:Peddler's Village, 2400 Street Road, New Hope
Cost:Pay as you go

www.peddlersvillage.com

40th Street Summer Series

40th Street Summer SeriesPhoto courtesy 40th Street Summer Series

University City’s popular 40th Street Summer Series returns for 2018 on one Saturday each month from May through September. This Saturday, crowds will gather to hear renowned hip-hop-meets-classical-orchestration ensemble Thee Phantom & the Illharmonic Orchestra. Tyva Kyzy, the first and only women’s group in the remote region of Tuva to perform all styles of Tuvan throat-singing, opens the show.

40th Street Summer Series

When:Saturday, June 23, 6 p.m.
Where:40th and Walnut streets; Rain location, The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street
Cost:Free

www.universitycity.org

Midsommarfest at American Swedish Historical Museum

American Swedish Historical MuseumPhoto courtesy American Swedish Historical Museum

The American Swedish Historical Museum hosts this festival in celebration of the Swedish tradition of Midsommar, which marks the start of the relatively short summer season in Sweden. Expect food, drinks, homemade Swedish pastries, music, maypole dancing, and a variety of activities for kids at this annual rain-or-shine event.

Midsommarfest at American Swedish Historical Museum

When:Saturday, June 23, 4-7 p.m.
Where:American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Avenue
Cost:$12, general admission; $8, members; $5, children (4-12)

www.americanswedish.org

Molestice

MolesticePhoto by Philip Gabriel Photography

To commemorate the summer solstice, crowds fill the 100 block of N. Mole Street for this free and fun-for-all-ages annual block party and festival. Revelers can catch live performances by Nicole Atkins, Worldtown Soundsystem, Scantron and more local performers while sampling food and drinks from a range of food trucks and vendors.

Molestice

When:Saturday, June 23, noon
Where:100 block of N. Mole Street
Cost:Free

www.molestice.com

Manayunk Arts Festival

Photo courtesy Manayunk Arts Festival

Hundreds of artists from around the nation set up shop for the two-day Manayunk Arts Festival, the region’s largest outdoor juried arts festival. Find eclectic items and art up for sale that falls into eight different categories — fiber, glass and ceramics, photography, wood and sculpture, painting and drawing, jewelry, mixed media and emerging artist. This festival is held rain or shine.

Manayunk Arts Festival

When:June 23-24
Where:Main Street Manayunk
Cost:Free

www.manayunk.com

Philly Family Pride Picnic & Arts Festival in Mt. Airy

Pride Month celebrations continue to unfold this week in Philadelphia with Saturday’s Philly Family Pride Picnic & Arts Festival at Lovett Library Park. In addition to great food, live music, fine art and handicrafts and fun activities for the whole family, organizations and nonprofits the provide services and support to LGBTQ parents and youth set up resource tables at the festival.

Philly Family Pride Picnic & Arts Festival in Mt. Airy

When:Saturday, June 23, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where:Lovett Park, 6945 Germantown Avenue
Cost:Free

www.philadelphiafamilypride.org

Organ Day at the Kimmel Center

Organ Day at Kimmel Center for the Performing ArtsPhoto courtesy Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Come out to the Kimmel Center on Saturday for six melodious hours of organ music played on the famed The Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ for Organ Day. Programming includes demonstrations by professional organists, a silent film accompanied by organ music, a puppet show (Peter and the Wolf) and special performances with Opera Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ballet, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Brass.

Organ Day at the Kimmel Center

When:Saturday, June 23, 11 a.m.
Where:Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:Free

www.kimmelcenter.org

Uhuru Flea Market in Clark Park

Uhuru Flea MarketPhoto courtesy Uhuru Flea Market

Support the African People’s Education and Defense Fund, a black community-led nonprofit that supports the interests and self-determination of African people, at this Saturday’s Uhuru Flea Market. Shop jewelry, clothes, food, records, books and more for a great cause at this bustling event located at Clark Park in West Philly.

Uhuru Flea Market in Clark Park

When:Saturday, June 23, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Where:Clark Park, 4300-4398 Baltimore Avenue
Cost:Pay as you go

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Muslim City Fest

Last year’s first-ever Muslim Philly Fest gave young Muslims a stage and platform to express their Islamic identity and artistic talents. Now called Muslim City Fest, the second-annual event once again celebrates American Islamic identity by showcasing the work of Muslim youth and world-renowned artists like Raef, Siedd, Irfan Makki, Noha Hamid and many others. A family-centric carnival takes place all day at the event as well.

Muslim City Fest

When:Saturday, June 23, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Where:11080 Knights Road
Cost:$10 and up

www.muslimcityfest.com

Philadelphia Zoo Summer Ale Festival

Summer Ale Festival at the Philadelphia ZooPhoto courtesy the Philadelphia Zoo

Beer lovers sample craft beers from the Philly area and beyond, while enjoying live music, food truck fare and the Philadelphia Zoo’s assemblage of birds, great apes, big cats and more. Popular out-of-town establishments like Founders Brewing Co., Avery Brewing and Brooklyn Brewery are on tap to pass out pours alongside local favorites Yards Brewing Company, Troegs Independent Brewing, Evil Genius Beer Company and many more.

Philadelphia Zoo Summer Ale Festival

When:Saturday, June 23, 7-10 p.m.
Where:Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Avenue
Cost:$34.95 and up

www.philadelphiazoo.org

PECO Multicultural Fest: Philadelphia Irish Festival

Irish American FestivalPhoto by Matt Stanley for DRWC

The Philadelphia Irish Festival, part of the annual PECO Multicultural Series of summer festivals, brings a day full of traditional Irish dance performances, Irish fare like bangers & mash and shepherd’s pie, vendor shopping and more to the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. Note that this event has been rescheduled from Sunday, June 3 to Sunday, June 24 due to inclement weather.

PECO Multicultural Fest: Philadelphia Irish Festival

When:Sunday, June 24, noon-7 p.m.
Where:Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

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