Over 20 Philadelphia Festivals To Fill The Rest of Your Summer | Philly Views
June 20, 2018

Over 20 Philadelphia Festivals To Fill The Rest of Your Summer

Summer weather is finally here. The parks are starting to fill up, and bars with outdoor seating are now a hot commodity. This can only mean one thing: it’s officially Summer Festival Szn in Philadelphia.

There is always something to do in the City of Brotherly Love, and this summer Philly is stepping it up with these amazing festivals and events. From cultural events to concerts, to various pop-ups in parks, there’s something for every festival-goer. With all of these upcoming events, you’ll be sure to enjoy every bit of this summer season while working on that tan you’ve been craving. We’ll start from late June and end in mid-September.

These are all the Philadelphia Festivals this summer:



Night Market

Where: The Gayborhood
When: June 21

The Night Market is stopping at the Gayborhood to host its next festival. From 7 to 11 pm go and enjoy local food vendors as they line up the block.


Twilight in the Gardens

Where: Magic Gardens
When: June 22

Twilight in the Gardens is a BYOBBS event (Bring Your Own Booze, Blanket, and Snacks), where guests are encouraged to relax and picnic in the space. The event will feature a crafting session, and live music from Hoochi Coochi.


Juneteenth Musicfest and Parade

Where: Penn’s Landing
When: June 22 to 23

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. This year’s 2018 Juneteenth festivities kick off on Friday, June 22 in Center City. From 6 to 10 pm, enjoy performances from Evelyn Graces Dance & Drama Company, Voices of Soul Choral, over 100 youth bands, and more. On Saturday, June 23 the parade will begin at 12 pm on 15th and JFK and will feature over 3,000 marchers, 18 Festive Floats, and Live Bands & Musical Floats. The parade will end at Penn’s Landing where the festivities will continue with Musicfest, the Children’s Village, and the Market Place.


Summer Ale Festival

Where: Philadelphia Zoo
When: June 23 to 24

With your ticket enjoy unlimited sampling of 150+ local craft brews, animal meet-and-greets, music, games, and more throughout the zoo’s wildlife garden.


Manayunk Arts Festival

Where: Manayunk
When: June 23 to 24

This outdoor event is the largest arts festival in the tri-state area, and celebrates the best variety of fine arts and crafts from across the country. Stop by and empty your wallet on clothes, jewelry, ceramics, paintings, sculptures, photography, by known and emerging artists. Event lasts from 11 am to 7 pm on Saturday, and 11 am to 6 pm on Sunday.


Philadelphia Irish Festival

Where: Penn’s Landing
When: June 24

From noon to 7 pm come celebrate Ireland’s cultural heritage, from music to dancing to food. There will be performances from Irish musicians, dance schools, bagpipers, and a selection of traditional foods like shepherd’s pie and bangers and mash.



Wawa Welcome America

Where: Philadelphia
When: June 28 to July 4

This year, in honor of America’s birthday, Wawa is boasting over 5o free events to attend. From free admission to museums in Philadelphia to fireworks and movie screenings, these opportunities are definitely worth celebrating.


Concilio’s Hispanic Fiesta

Where: Penn’s Landing
When: July 7 to 8

As one of Philadelphia’s most popular Latino events, the Hispanic Fiesta continues to bring people together and celebrate the Latino culture and community through music and dance performances, ethnic foods, and artisan crafts from nearly all Latin American countries. This event lasts from 2 to 8 pm.


Photo Pop Exhibit

Where: The Philadelphia Building
When: May 24 to July 8

Interact with this unique pop-up exhibit displaying local artists and their red, white, and blue themed art.


Bastille Day

Where: Eastern State Penitentiary
When: July 14

It may be the final performance of its kind, but Bastille Day will put a song on your lips, bread in your hands, and a little revolutionary swagger in your step as the Bearded Ladies perform a drag cabaret reenactment of the French Revolution. All the while, 2,000 Butterscotch Krimpets will rain down from the penitentiary’s towers and Marie Antoinette delivers her infamous line: “Let them eat Tastykake!”


FIFA World Cup Blockparty

Where: Brauhaus Schmitz
When: July 15

The 700 block of South Street will be closed for the FIFA World Cup Finals. Starting at 10 am, the game will be projected onto a 20 ft elevated screen, and there will be beer gardens and food vendors.


The Oval Opening Day

Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway
When: July 20

The fifth season of the Oval is kicking off, which means ‘Park on the Parkway’ is back with its wellness Wednesdays, dance party Thursdays, food and flicks Fridays, and game day Saturdays. Opening day runs 5 to 10 pm.


Shakespeare in the Park

Where: Clark Park
When: July 25 to 29

Beginning at 7 pm each night, join the theatre company Shakespeare in Clark Park for a free performance of Twelfth Night. Bring a blanket, pack a picnic, and enjoy a community event under the stars.


XPoNential Music Festival

Where: BB&T Pavilion & Wiggin’s Park
When: July 27 to 29
$15 to $150

The XPoNential Music Festival is a three-day event along the riverfront in Camden, NJ. It’s not technically Philadelphia, but a hop across the Ben Franklin Bridge is NBD! This year it is featuring three stages and 30+ performers, including The War on Drugs, Bermuda Triangle, and David Byrne. There are three day, as well as single day passes available for purchase, and $15 kid’s tickets. Go and check out the children’s garden, food, drink, and vendor selections available.


Where: Power Plant Productions
When: July 28

Come and adopt a kitty, donate, meet famous internet cats, and enjoy art, speakers, toys, apparel, and housewares. Event runs 11 am to 7 pm on Saturday and 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday.


East Passyunk Car Show

Where: East Passyunk Ave
When: July 29

This car show is also a street festival, so come check out the live music & DJs, a free moon bounce and kids entertainment, a craft show, and street food, along with the 150+ different cars, trucks, and motorcycles. 



Blackstar Film Festival

Where: Various Locations
When: August 2 to 5

Blackstar celebrates visual and storytelling traditions of the African diaspora, showcasing independent films about the global black experience, as well as films by people of color. View the schedule here.


2nd Street Festival

Where: North 2nd Street
When: August 5

North 2nd Street in Northern Liberties will be closed for its annual street festival, filled with craft beer, food trucks, artist and craft vendors, street performances, and three stages for live music. Festival lasts noon to 10 pm.


ACANA Festival

Where: Penn’s Landing
When: August 5

This year marks the 11th annual African Festival hosted by ACANA. The show boasts African music, dance, and cultural festivities including food and games.


Kensington Night Market

Where: Frankford Ave
When: August 9

The Night Market is stopping this time in Kensington. From 6 to 10 pm go and enjoy more local food vendors and musicians as they line Frankford Avenue with Philly’s best.


Philly Free Streets

Where: North Broad Street
When: August 11

From 8 am to 2 pm, North Broad Street will be closed from City Hall to Erie Ave for pedestrians and bikers alike to walk or unicycle along the 8 mile stretch.


Festival of India

Where: Penn’s Landing
When: August 18

From noon to 7 pm there will be performances, dancing, music, food, and activities in celebration of Indian Independence Day and American Indian culture.


Caribbean Festival

Where: Penn’s Landing
When: August 19

Noon to 8 pm, participants can come and celebrate Caribbean culture, music, and food from 14 Caribbean islands while enjoying workshops, a children’s corner, and a marketplace.



Made in America Festival

Where: North 2nd Street
When: September 1 to 2

Budweiser’s Made in America Festival is back on the Parkway for another year. This year’s lineup includes Post Malone, Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill, Diplo, and Zedd.


Fringe Festival

Where: Various locations
When: September 6 to 22

The Fringe Festival is a 17-day, city-wide celebration of innovative and creative artists in contemporary performances. Over 1,000 performances take place across Philadelphia, including national and international performers.



Where: Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons
When: September 8

Pickle vendors, pickle eating contests, pickle drinks, pickle back shots, and fried pickles. #YouKnowTheDill


Mexican Independence Festival

Where: Penn’s Landing
When: September 16

This cultural festival celebrates Mexican Independence with music, food, dancing, and more. Shop traditional arts and crafts, dance along with Mexican bands, and enjoy activities such as face painting and giveaways.

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