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.

Summer activities and things to do in Philadelphia for summer 2013. Photo by Ryan Donnell.

Honestly, it’s pretty hard to screw up summer. One sunny deck and one steady stream of IPA is pretty much all it will take to make this past winter in Philadelphia (a.k.a., um, hell) a distant memory. But because we’re who we are—actually, because you’re who you are—we don’t want this to be just a decent summer, an acceptable summer, a passable summer. No, what we’re aiming for, people, is nothing less than an extraordinary summer, a gargantuan summer, a summer so epic that if summer were never to come again, you would be totally okay with that, because you would still have had this summer. That’s the kind of summer we’re talking about. And that’s the kind we’re confident is coming. How do we know? Keep reading.

What to Do in Philadelphia: June

Things to do in Philadelphia

May 25th
Cowtown Rodeo
Time to grab the bull by the horns: The 2013 season runs through late September, with rodeo action every Saturday night in Salem County. Pilesgrove

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May 30th-June 23rd
Cirque du Soleil’s Totem
The evolution of a species, told through visual and acrobatic language.

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May 31st-August 3rd
Bryn Mawr Twilight Concerts
Weekly shows at the gazebo, mixing folkies like Dar Williams and Steve Forbert with Beatles and Pink Floyd tribute bands.

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May 31st-June 9th
Philly Beer Week
The sixth annual celebration will be bigger and boozier than ever. Keep track of the action with Beer Week’s sharp smartphone app.

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June 1st
Appel Farm Arts & Music Festival
More than eight hours of music, plus crafts, kid stuff, food stuff and beer. All in rural Jersey.

Things to do in Philadelphia

June 1st
Roots Picnic
Gary Clark Jr. and Naughty by Nature are among the guests at the sixth annual shindig.

Things to do in Philadelphia

June 1st-2nd
Collegiate Rugby Championship
Twenty top squads from around the country bang their heads together for two days. Good clean summertime fun, right?

Things to do in Philadelphia

June 2nd
Brooklyn Flea Philly
The buzzy import from New York’s most NoLibs-esque borough makes its debut at the Piazza. Look for it every ­Sunday.

Things to do in Philadelphia

June 2nd
Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic
A casino saved the almost-cancelled race, and this year’s course has been shortened. But who cares? The “Wall” will still shorten ­riders’ lives.

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June 2nd
Free First Sundays at the Barnes
Yup, free. First Sunday of every month.

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June 4th
David Sedaris
He’s at the Penn bookstore reading from his latest: Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls.

Things to do in Philadelphia

June 7th-16th
Bloomsday at the Rosenbach
The home of Joyce’s original manuscript for Ulysses celebrates with a week of lectures, readings and re-enactments.

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June 8th
Be Well Boot Camp
Philly Mag’s wellness blog hosts a one-day fitness fest at Drexel. You’ll be sore, but happy.

Things to do in Philadelphia

June 8th
Vendy Awards
The annual food-truck smackdown at Penn Treaty Park raises money for the Food Trust.

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June 8th-9th
Stone Harbor Seafood Festival
Come to 96th Street to eat. Stay to shop.

Things to do in Philadelphia

June 8th-9th
Prison Food Weekend at Eastern State Penitentiary
Eat meals served to prisoners during the prison’s long history, including “Indian mush” from the 1830s and Neutraloaf, a “food product” still issued as punishment in many prisons today. Mmm …

Things to do in Philadelphia

June 9th
ODDyssey Half Marathon
The name says it all: Put on a wacky costume, then run 13.1 miles.

Things to do in Philadelphia

June 10th-16th
U.S. Open at Merion
Tiger, Rory et al. descend on Merion for one of golf’s most prestigious weeks. Shhh—don’t rattle your jewelry while the boys are putting.

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June 13th
Bucks County Playhouse
The iconic theater opens its first summer show of 2013—Mothers and Sons, a new play from Terrence McNally that runs through June 23rd. Also on tap for the season: The World Goes ’Round (June 27th-July 21st); Really Rosie (July 5th-21st); Summer of ’42 (July 25th-August 11th); The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife (August 15th-September 1st).

Things to do in Philadelphia

June 13th
Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll
Walk the boulevard from 42nd Street to 50th Street and be amazed at the food, drink and more you can get for a buck. (There’s another one on September 12th.)

Things to do in Philadelphia

June 13th
Schuylkill Banks Movie Night
The first of 10 nights of flicks along the river. First up at Walnut Street: 10 Things I Hate About You.

Things to do in Philadelphia

June 14-15th
Sting. Borgata.

Things to do in Philadelphia

June 15th
30th Street Craft Market
The Porch, the alluring little park alongside the train station, welcomes more than 40 local crafters.

Things to do in Philadelphia

June 16th-22nd
National Marbles Tournament
It’s the 90th annual, and where else would it be but Wildwood?

Things to do in Philadelphia

June 17th
Phillies Dollar Dog Night
The third one of the season—and not, we hope, the only good reason to come to the ballpark this year. (Look for another DDN on August 19th.)

Things to do in Philadelphia

June 18th
Rolling Stones.

Things to do in Philadelphia

June 20th
Night Market West Oak Lane
The Philadelphia School of Circus Arts will be performing, so, you know, BEWARE OF CLOWNS.

Things to do in Philadelphia

June 22nd-23rd
Manayunk Arts Festival
The region’s largest juried art show, now in its 24th year. Nearly 200,000 folks show up for it.

Things to do in Philadelphia

June 23rd
Concert Under the Stars in King of Prussia
Upper Merion puts on one of the best of the suburban concert series. Tonight is WXPN night; Chris Smither performs on July 21st. Check umtownship.org for the full calendar.

Things to do in Philadelphia

June 24th
Bruno Mars.

Things to do in Philadelphia

June 26th
Atlantic City Airshow
Adventures in aviation and aerobatics. What better way to spend a Wednesday afternoon?

Things to do in Philadelphia

June 28-29th
Dave Matthews Band

Things to do in Philadelphia

June 29th
Wanamaker Organ Day
Dedicated to the “greatest musical wonder in the world,” and highlighted by an evening concert with three organ virtuosos.

Things to do in Philadelphia

June 29th-July 7th
Kutztown Folk Festival
Sixty-four years and still going strong. Travel to Berks County and indulge in food, crafts, animals … and the largest quilt sale in the nation.

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

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.

Things to do in Philadelphia

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

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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.

Things to do in Philadelphia

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

Things to do in Philadelphia

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.

Things to do in Philadelphia

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.

Things to do in Philadelphia

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.

Things to do in Philadelphia

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

Things to do in Philadelphia

July 20th
Taylor Swift.

Things to do in Philadelphia

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.

Things to do in Philadelphia

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

Things to do in Philadelphia

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.

A Philadelphia-area night market open for summer 2013. Photo by Ryan Donnell.

What to Do in Philadelphia: August

Things to do in Philadelphia

August 4th
2nd Street Festival
Second Street in NoLibs shuts down for a celebration featuring music, beer gardens, crafts and more. This year’s music is programmed by the Philadelphia Folksong Society.

Things to do in Philadelphia

August 7th
Maroon 5.

Things to do in Philadelphia

August 8th
Ocean City Baby Parade
The 104th annual—which makes those babies from year one pretty damn old.

Things to do in Philadelphia

August 8th-10th
Reading Terminal Pennsylvania Dutch Festival
A three-day Amish festival with crafts, food, and even buggy rides.

Things to do in Philadelphia

August 10th
Black Sabbath.

Things to do in Philadelphia

August 13th
Jay-Z with Justin Timberlake.

Things to do in Philadelphia

August 15th
Philadelphia Folk Festival.

Things to do in Philadelphia

August 15th
Night Market South Street
Philadelphia’s Art/Gage will be curating all the art and music for this event.

Things to do in Philadelphia

August 15th
Concerts in the Park
Music in Rittenhouse Square, the last three Wednesdays in August.

Things to do in Philadelphia

August 18th
Philadelphia Caribbean Festival
A tribute to the islands, right on the Delaware.

Things to do in Philadelphia

August 21st
“Best of Philly” Party
To celebrate 40 years of BOP, the magazine brings back an open-to-the-public bash.

Things to do in Philadelphia

August 31-September 1st
Made in America
Featuring Beyonce, Nine Inch Nails and Macklemore.

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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.