Unless you weren’t already convinced, hopefully we’ve proven to you by now that Philly is jam-packed with awesome summer events. But for a little suburban staycation, we threw in our top picks for events happening outside city limits.
Casting a shadow over this summer’s concerts is the annual Vans Warped Tour (July 20, noon) at the Susquehanna Bank Center. The national punk-rock festival features New Found Glory, Taking Back Sunday, Yellowcard, Senses Fail, Rise Against and more. The all-day, 100-band rock-fest start at $31 and are available for sale.
Atlantic City is a music destination this summer with loads of acts to catch while catching some rays. Ringo Starr (June 23, 9pm) and Mary J. Blige (June 29-July 4, 8pm) heat things up at Caesars; Vanilla Ice (June 9, 9pm) cools things down at Harrah’s Resort; and Sting (June 9, 8pm) hops the pond to the Borgata.
When you venture back to the city, stop in Glenside for the Philadelphia Rock N Blues Fest (Aug. 15, 7:30pm). The Keswick Theatre has scheduled an impressive lineup, including the Edgar Winter Band, the Johnny Winter Band (no relation) and Leslie West.
End your summer with some acoustic bangs at the 51st annual Philadelphia Folk Festival (Aug. 17-19). Seventy-five hours of the nation’s best folk artists—and a few local folks—fill the outdoor Main Stage, including Mari Chapin Carpenter, the Secret Sisters and Paul Thorn.
If you’re still itching for summer in September, venture to the Northeast for the Labor Day Festival (Sept. 1-3) at the Cannstatter Club. The German-American park’s annual Labor Day Fest offers a weekend long event featuring traditional German food and beers, entertainment for adults and kids and traditional song and dance numbers. (Alexis Sachdev)
Victor Wooten. Known for his solo recordings and as a member of the Grammy-winning super-group Béla Fleck & the Flecktones, Wooten has established himself as an impressive multi-instrumentalist. June 8, 8pm. $29.50-$37.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215.572.7650. keswicktheatre.com
Collingswood Second Saturdays. Enjoy the sights and sounds of South Jersey’s arts community, as artists, crafters, and live musicians offer one-night-only exhibits and performances in Collingswood every second Saturday through the summer. June 9, July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 8. 5pm. Free. Haddon Ave. collingswood.com
Bruce in the U.S.A. Six musicians pay tribute to the original E Street Band through their on-point representation, both musically and visually. June 9, 8pm. $22.50-$27.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215.572.7650. keswicktheatre.com
Radiohead. One of the biggest and most-elusive bands in the world, Radiohead makes a stop in our area on their world tour this summer. June 13, 8pm. $50-$85. Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, N.J. 215.365.1300. livenation.com
Bootsy Collins. Inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame along with the other members of Parliament/Funkadelic, this eccentric bassist is truly the embodiment of funk. June 15, 8pm. $33.50-$49.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215.572.7650. keswicktheatre.com
Ron White. This multi-platinum and Grammy-nominated comedian is guaranteed to give Harrah’s patrons a side-splitting and unforgettable stand-up comedy performance. June 16, 9pm. $52-$92. Harrah’s, 777 Harrah’s Blvd. harrahsresort.com
One Man Star Wars Trilogy. Writer and actor Charles Ross will sing, fly and battle every aspect of the famous trilogy. June 16-17. $15-$30. Bristol Riverside Theater, 120 Radcliffe St., Bristol. 215.785.0100. brtstage.org
Scala & Kolacny Brothers. Best known for their work in the Academy Award-winning film The Social Network, this Belgian girls’ choir will stun you with their angelic voices as they cover popular songs from bands like Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Kings of Leon and Nirvana. June 17, 8pm. $25-$35. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215.572.7650. keswicktheatre.com
“Happy Together” 2012 Tour. This annual mini-festival boasts a collection of artists, including the Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, the Monkees lead singer Mickey Dolenz and the Buckinghams. June 19, 8pm. $39-$60. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. keswicktheatre.com
The Horticulture of Wine Lecture. Discover the history of wine, its current culture, and why you love it with environmental educator Brenda Sullivan. June 21, 6pm. $55. Meadowbrook Farm, 1633 Washington Lane, Abington Twp. meadowbrookfarm.org
Hooray for Hollywood. Relive the glitz and glamour of Hollywood as Keith Baker and the BRT Band perform music from Tinsel Town’s greatest musicals and movies. June 21-July 1, various times. $10-$35. Bristol Riverside Theater, 120 Radcliffe St., Bristol. 215.785.0100. brtstage.org
Cruise Night. Slick ‘n’ shiny classic cars and motorcycles line up along Haddon Avenue, along with food and live music, every third Thursday all summer. June 21, July 19, Aug. 16, Sept. 20. 6pm. Free. Haddon Ave., Irvin Ave. & Atlantic Ave., Collingswood. collingswood.com
Looking for summer excitement in your neighborhood—or an excuse to explore new parts of the city? Either way, you’re golden: Here’s our compass-based manual for locating the hottest fun to be found around Philly, one direction at a time!
OK, so maybe South Philly doesn’t have as many museums and theaters as Center City. It also lacks the bustling college scene of University City and all the super-trendy, “up-and-coming” allure of North Portfishington. Nevertheless, when you take a stadium complex, a beautiful green oasis, a vibrant arts community, and a slew of stellar dining establishments and mix them together into one giant melting pot, inevitably you wind up with a pretty awesome recipe for summertime amusement.
From the convenient entertainment hub that is NoLibs to the booming cultural mecca better known as North Portfishington, there are pretty much an endless supply of things for you to do, see, hear and eat this summer in North Philly.
Who’s ready to have too much fun in West Philly this summer? We are!
An eclectic melting pot of Philly’s smaller neighborhoods, Center City has the most to offer with the greatest variety.
Sunny enthusiasm, morbid fascination or retro nostalgia: Whatever mood you feel like cultivating in your culture, you can find it just inside the roundabouts-northerly edges of the Philadelphia city limits.
PW's 2015 Philly Spring Guide