Our relationship with winters in Philadelphia is like a forced friendship.

You play nice, but as soon as backs are turned the middle finger goes into full effect.

It truly felt like this winter was particularly long and depressing. It did give us a few teasing days of warm temperatures but then it remembered that it is in fact a cruel POS and returned to its regularly scheduled douchebaggery.

In winter’s feeble defense, there were good times to remember. No one cared about cold temperatures while basking in a Super Bowl victory, as we all bundled up to watch parade confetti fall up Broad Street and along the Parkway.

Still feels like yesterday…

At any rate, the turn to seasonably warmer temperatures means the return of a host of festivals, fairs, concerts and all kinds of features. There’s pop-ups of all types, drink specials, and outside seating at many city restaurants. You got movie nights and a free concert and fireworks spectacular coming in July to get amped for. With that said, this year’s PW Summer Guide hopes to provide a look at all of the seasonal outdoor treats you need to get up – and get out to explore.  


Parks on Tap

Want to explore more of Philly’s green spaces? Back for a third season, the traveling beer garden is quickly becoming a beloved Philly staple. Spanning over 23-weeks at 23-different parks, Parks on Tap connects people with their surrounding communities over brews and bites. In partnership with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, Fairmount Park Conservancy and Avram Hornik of FCM Hospitality, a portion of the proceeds from Parks on Tap is donated back to the hosting parks. What’s more, the events are dog-friendly! | Going on through Sept. 30. Times vary. Free. Locations vary. Parksontap.com

Movie Nights at The Schmidt's Commons

Let’s go out to the movies—and stay out! Come out for Thursday movie nights at Schmidt’s Commons. Covering one classic, new-release, superhero and musical film each month, bring a chair or blanket for the film series that has something in store for all movie lovers. | Going on through the spring and summer. 7pm. Free. The Schmidt Commons, 1001 N. 2nd St. theschmidtscommons.com


Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

Who needs to go down the shore when Summerfest is fully up-and-running? While Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest is currently open on weekends, the amusement park will be back seven days a week starting on Memorial Day Weekend. Get your classic summertime kicks with carnival games, rides and concession stands. Bring the whole family for roller-skating and mini-golf. | May 20-Sept. 3. Times vary. Free admission. Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd. delawareriverwaterfront.com/places/blue-cross-riverrink-summerfest

Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts

Get ready for an epic 11 days of art performances from around the world, all in the city of Philly. The festival will include more than 50 performances of  music, dance and comedy as well as many, many blood-curdling, breathtaking, gravity-defying acts of artistry. A number of events will be free and outdoors, such as the Broad Street block party that will be replete with artists, rides, games and food. | May 31-June 10. Times vary. Prices vary. Locations vary. kimmelcenter.org/events-and-tickets/201718/pifa/pifa-2018/


Roots Picnic

This summer, let’s get back to our Roots — Roots Picnic that is! Hosted by the very funny Dave Chappelle, come to Philly hip-hop group The Roots’ annually curated jam session extravaganza. With music stages as well as a podcast and lifestyle stage, you are in for a treat of the very best in entertainment. The headliners of this year’s Roots Picnic include: Lil Uzi Vert, Dirty Projectors, The Diplomats, 2 Chainz, 6Lack, Dvsn and Brandy. | Saturday, June 2. Times vary. $75. Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing, 601 N. Christopher Columbus Blvd. rootspicnic.com/philly/

PrideDay LGBT Parade & Festival


Get ready for the glitz, the glamour and the pride! Celebrating 30 years of Philly PrideDay, break out the rainbow colors and radiate the amazingness that is you! Join the LGBTQIA community for acceptance, love and an unbelievably fun parade and festival. Headlining this year’s festival is comedian Margaret Cho. | June 10. 11:30am. Free for parade. $15 for festival. Parade starts in the heart of the Gayborhood. Festival is at Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd. phillygaypride.org

Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show

The nation’s oldest outdoor art show, come to the bi-annual Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show that was founded in 1928. Centrally located, take in the beauty of professional artworks amongst the trees. With a range of mediums from painting to sculpture, there is sure to be a piece to capture your attention.| June 1-3. 11am-7pm, June 1-2. 11am-5pm, June 3. Free. Rittenhouse Square.  rittenhousesquareart.com

Fete Day

Step inside the 18th-century private homes of Elfreth's Alley, and learn about the preservation of the nation’s oldest residential street. Take part in this 75-year-old tradition, and tour homes normally closed off to the public. Between house-hopping, enjoy drinks and light snacks, music and craft demonstrations. | June 2. 1-5pm. $10-$25. Elfreth's Alley, 124-126 Elfreth's Alley. elfrethsalley.org


PECO Multicultural Series

Dive into some culture this summer. From dancing Irish jigs to Indian spices and cuisine, celebrate the diversity of Philly with weekly outdoor festivals. For more than 20 years, PECO Multicultural Festival has brought the sights, sounds and tastes around the globe right to Philly. This year’s lineup includes: Philadelphia Irish Festival, Islamic Heritage Festival, Juneteenth Festival, Hispanic Fiesta, ACANA African Festival, Festival of India, Caribbean Festival, Blue Corn Green and Organic Festival, Brazilian Day, and Mexican Independence Day. | June 3-Sept. 16. Times vary. Free. Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Boulevard and Chestnut St. delawareriverwaterfront.com/events

Center City District Sips

Get over those summer hump days with a few cocktails on the cheap. Promoting after-work nightlife, all participating restaurants and bars will offer $6 cocktails, $5 wine, $4 beer and half-priced appetizers. Keep an eye out, some places have extra late-night happy hours for Sips. | June 6-Aug. 29. Wednesdays, 5-7pm. Free. centercityphila.org/explore-center-city/ccdsips

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Farm for the City

Throw on your overalls and working boots, because we are headed to the farm. On second thought, you probably can leave the getup at home for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s innovative and interactive urban garden. Running through fall, come for gardening workshops and performances. The installation will bring forward conversations about social equity and food security, needed policies for city health, and the benefits of urban farming. The farm will produce an estimated 1,000 pounds of fruit and vegetables to be donated to Broad Street Ministry. | June 15. Times vary. Free. Thomas Paine Plaza, 1401 John F Kennedy Blvd. phsonline.org/programs/farm-for-the-city/


This one is for the book worms. Taking summer reading to a whole new level, come for a day-long reading of one of the greatest works of all time, James Joyce’s “Ulysses.” The outdoor reading will be accompanied by artists, public figures, and other Philly personalities. Part of the worldwide celebration of the Irish writer and novel, Bloomsday—derived from “Ulysses’” protagonist Leopold Bloom—will also feature live music inspired by the novel, a beer garden and food vendors. For an added bonus, visitors will have free admission to Rosenbach Museum and Library, which houses “Of Two Minds” and pages of the “Ulysses” manuscript. | June 16. 11am-8pm. Free. The Rosenbach, 2008-2010 Delancey Pl. rosenbach.org/events/bloomsday-2018/

Rail Park

Proving it’s not off the rails, finally there is a date for the unveiling of Rail Park’s first phase! Come to the opening of the greenified park that has repurposed unused rail lines into an innovative public-space. Enjoy the first quarter-mile of the park’s 3-mile project. | June 14. 11am-2pm. Free. 13th and Noble streets. therailpark.org

Summer Ale Festival

Let’s get wild with the wild. For an event that is all about the monkey business, indulge in an unlimited sampling of 150-plus local craft brews among the animals at the Philadelphia Zoo. Enjoy local food trucks, live entertainment, games, and animal meet-and-greets! An annual fundraiser for the Philadelphia Zoo, do good while you feel good. | June 23. 7-10pm. Prices vary.  Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave. philadelphiazooevents.com/summer-ale-fest/

Manayunk Arts Festival

Calling all art lovers and shoppers! The tri-state's largest outdoor, juried arts festival, meet both emerging and established artists and pursue crafted items from all medium types. Shop among the handmade goods and art pieces, crafted by local and national artists at this annual festival that garners around 200,000 collectors, buyers and designers. | June 23-24. Times vary. Free. Main Street, Manayunk. manayunk.com/news-and-events

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Wawa Welcome America Celebration 

Where else to celebrate our country’s independence than in the nation’s birthplace of Philadelphia?! Sponsored by City of Philadelphia, Wawa, Comcast NBCUniversal, and Live Nation, get those patriotic-selves ready for more than 50 free citywide events. For all things red, white and blue, the weekend will be jam-packed with concerts, block parties, movie nights, fireworks, and many more activities to honor our young but great country. | June 28-July 4. Times vary. Locations vary. Welcomeamerica.com

Bastille Day

Bastille Day

We all know Marie Antoinette’s infamous words, “Let them eat Tastykake!” followed by 2,000 Butterscotch Krimpets being thrown from the Bastille. Wait, no, that’s not what happened? Well it is at Eastern State Penitentiary’s annual Bastille Day celebration. Commemorate the historic storming of the Bastille prison that propelled the French Revolution into fruition with a fun and fully-immersive reenactment. Not the traditional retelling, the skit will also showcase Joan of Arc, Benjamin Franklin, Vladimir Putin and a six-foot-tall French baguette as well as incorporate conversations about contemporary politics and issues facing the everyday lives of Philadelphians. In partnership with the Bearded Ladies, you’ll certainly feel the Liberté! Egalité! Fraternité!  | July 14. 5:30pm. Free. Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Ave. easternstate.org/visit/events/bastille-day

Pictures in the Park

Watch your favorite films on the big screen in Dilworth Park. No Friday night will be boring with film screenings adjacent to City Hall. Come early to play movie trivia and to listen to the film’s soundtrack. This season’s lineup of films include: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “A Wrinkle in Time,” “Black Panther,” “Ready Player One,” “The Greatest Showman” and “Wonder Woman.” | July 20-Aug. 24. 8:30pm. Free. Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th St. centercityphila.org/parks/dilworth-park/pictures-in-the-park

The Oval+

Forget the circle, it’s the oval of life! Back for its sixth year, Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation host the pop-up park that will keep you busy from the AM to PM. From art installations and family-friendly activities to movie and music nights, you will have a blast all day long at the Oval+. For food and drink, enjoy a rotation of food trucks as well as a beer garden. | TBA. Free. The Oval, 2451 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. theovalphl.org

XPoNential Music Festival

Three days, three stages, 30-plus performances. Celebrating its 25th year, the XPoNential Music Festival brings a whole lineup of jams heard on the Philly’s public radio station, WXPN 88.5FM. From up-and-comers to established performers, you’re in for an array of talent on the Camden Riverfront. Taking place at BB&T Pavilion and Wiggins Park, headliner acts include: David Byrne, Sylvan Esso, The War on Drugs, Sturgill Simpson, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and Fantastic Negrito. | July 27-29. Times vary. Prices vary. XPoNential Music Festival, 2 Riverside Drive. Camden, NJ. xpnfest.org

Second Street Festival

Turn your Sunday into a fun-day with one of the city’s largest craft and music festivals. Celebrating the big 1-0, the decade-old festival is all about supporting local businesses and beautifying its Northern Liberties’ home. Come for food, drinks, and shopping and stay for the live, local entertainment at three stages. | Aug. 5. Noon-10pm. Free. 2ndstfestival.org


Movies in Clark Park

Why go to the theater or stay on the couch for a movie when you can watch a flick outdoors? Bring blanket or chair, and enjoy a film under the night’s sky. For four Fridays, Clark Park will feature a film for the public, including: “Back to the Future,” “Coco,” “A Wrinkle in Time” and “Black Panther.” Foods will be available for purchase, so you can snack while watching the featured film. | Aug. 10-31. 8pm. Free. Clark Park, 4300-4398 Baltimore Ave.  universitycity.org/movies-clark-park

Philly Free Streets

Go play in the street—no, really it’s all good! Today is all about #PhillyFreeStreets. The roads will be shut down for a day of play in car-free streets. Go for a bike ride, walk, or run. Bring the whole family out for this citizen-led initiative. Why stay cooped up inside when you can safely roam around the streets of Philly? | Aug. 11. 8am-1pm. Free. North Broad Street, between City Hall and Erie Avenue. phillyfreestreets.com


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