What to Do in Philadelphia This Summer

Our favorite summer amusements, restaurants, concerts, rainy-day activities, Boardwalk games, hikes, water adventures and much more will make 2013 your best summer ever.

Fun things to do for summer 2013 in the Philadelphia area. Photo by Ryan Donnell.

What to Do in Philadelphia: July

Things to do in Philadelphia

July 1st-7th
Wawa Welcome America
The city’s annual birthday party for the country features an array of events—all capped off by the big Parkway concert with the Roots, John Mayer and more.

Things to do in Philadelphia

July 3rd
Fireworks and Fountains at Longwood Gardens
One of the prettiest spots in the region adds even more ahhs with some awesome fireworks. (Also July 20th and August 31st.)

Things to do in Philadelphia

July 6th
Iron Hill Twilight Criterium
Professional cyclists descend on West Chester, but it’s the other activities—from food to face painting to blocked-off streets—that make this a real blast.

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July 9th
She & Him

Things to do in Philadelphia

July 9th
Kid Rock

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July 10th
Belle and Sebastian with Yo La Tenge

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July 11th
Rachael Yamagata

Things to do in Philadelphia

July 11th-22nd
QFest
The East Coast’s largest LGBT film festival, with 150 flicks at the Ritz East, Prince Music Theatre, and various other locations around town.

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July 12th-14th
Blobfest
Phoenixville’s annual celebration of the B-movie ­classic The Blob. Why the hell not?

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July 13th
Bastille Day festival at Eastern State Penitentiary
French Revolution meets music and campy performance art. It really isn’t summer till those Twinkies get hurled off the Eastern State battlements.

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July 18th
Pizza Olympics
Pizza, beer and drinks from 15 great parlors. Maybe you’re the Michael Phelps of pizza?

Things to do in Philadelphia

July 19th
Fun. with Tegan and Sara.

Things to do in Philadelphia

July 19th
Steely Dan

Things to do in Philadelphia

July 19th-21st
Pan Am Nationals at Atco Dragway
Championship drag racing in suburban Jersey on a warm summer night. It’s a Springsteen song come to life.

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July 20th
“Night in Venice”
Hmmm … do Venetians celebrate “Night in Ocean City”? Ponder that while you celebrate the most classic of all Shore classics.

Things to do in Philadelphia

July 20th
Summer Ale Festival at the Philadelphia Zoo
Dozens of brews and dozens of beasts. If that doesn’t say party, we don’t know what does.

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July 23rd
Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann
On the bill: the score from Disney’s ­Fantasia. Charming.

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July 20th
Taylor Swift.

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July 25th
Chuck Klosterman
One of America’s sharpest observers of pop culture—and now “The Ethicist” in the New York Times Magazine—comes to the Free Library to promote his new book, I Wear the Black Hat, all about anti-heroes.

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July 26-27th
Mixtape Festival
Featuring NKOTB, TLC, and the Jonas Brothers.

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July 25th-28th
Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival
Caesars, Harrah’s, Showboat and Bally’s host some of the country’s top chefs and culinary figures.

Things to do in Philadelphia

July 27-28th
XPoNential Festival
Featuring Bob Dylan, Wilco and My Morning Jacket.

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July 30th
Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Dawn McCarthy.

>>Need more fun things to do in Philadelphia this summer? Click here to view our picks for August.

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  • ICDogg

    Havili is a lot better than I imagined him to be during training camp. In fact I thought there was a good chance he wouldn’t even make the team. In the preseason, it was obvious that he was going to win the job by default if for no other reason than the Eagles were weak in blocking and he looked like the best of a bad bunch in that department.

    But you know, he’s really been excellent during the season, and especially against the Giants, against whom he played almost half the snaps. He gets better and better, and makes it possible to do things like operate out of the “I” effectively.

  • xlGmanlx

    A Polynesian Weaver with better hands.