Philadelphia is a hot summer city, with tons of events and activities each week. It can be challenging  to keep track of the different events and plan them around your schedule. That is why we have come up with a list of events that are recurring throughout the summer, so you can pick the date that works best for you!


Thursday Pot Luck and Open Paddle

First Thursday of each month: May 2- August 1, 2013
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Meet at the Philadelphia Canoe Club and join up with others to paddle the Schuylkill. After, enjoy a pot luck dinner on their veranda overlooking the river.

$10 Boat Rental; $5 ACA insurance for non-PCC members

Philadelphia Canoe Club
4900 Ridge Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19128

Fireworks and Fountains at the Longwood Gardens

July 3, 20, August 17, 31, September 14
8:15 p.m or 9:15 p.m. (check schedule)

Longwood Garden celebrates the season with a variety of music, spectacular fountain displays, and thrilling fireworks. Watch as 10,000 gallons of water each minute circulate before you and fireworks light up the summer night sky!

$38 Ages 16 & over
$31 Members ages 16 & over
$22 Ages 15 & under
$18 Members Ages 15 & under

Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348


P.M. –Penn Museum Music Series 

Wednesdays: June 19-September 11
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

A weekly outdoor concert series featuring international performances with a wide-variety of global genres. Throughout the evening, enjoy light refreshments from the on-site Pepper Mill Café and browse through the Museum’s captivating galleries that stay open until 8 p.m.

$5 General Admission, free for PENNcard holders and Museum members

Penn Museum
3620 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103


Free First Sundays at the Barnes

First Sunday of each month: June 3-August 4
1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Admission includes access to the Collection gallery, special exhibition, and any program taking place that day. Visitors can also enjoy family entertainment and informative seminars.

FREE, advance reservations are required

The Barnes Foundation
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103

First Friday-Galleries in Philadelphia

First Friday of each month: year-round
5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

40-plus diverse galleries between Front and Third, and Market and Vine Streets host open houses for casual browsers and serious buyers to explore. Experience this unique cultural event that brings together a large art community and enjoy one of the city’s most popular night spots.


Old City Arts
and locations throughout Old City
Philadelphia, PA 19106


Yoga Out on a Limb

Three Sundays: June 23, July 21, August 4
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Enjoy an outdoor yoga session (for all levels of practice) 50 feet above ground, held on the Arboretum’s exciting tree canopy. Experience nature and exercise like never before!

$25 per class, $65 for all three, see site for reduced member fees

Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania 
100 E. Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19118


Screenings Under The Stars at Penn’s Landing

Every Thursday: July-August
Between 8-8:30 p.m. (at dusk)

Sit back and enjoy as blockbuster movies are shown on a big screen at Penn’s Landing. Before each screening there will be different activities based off the theme of that week’s film. Some of the films include The Dark Night Rises, Silver Linings Playbook, and The Hunger Games. Check out their website for the full schedule!


The Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing
101 Columbus Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19106

First Friday Movies at the Betsy Ross House

First Friday of each month: June-October
Begins at dusk

Cozy up to big-screen movies outside the Betsy Ross House. Movie screenings include Carnival of Souls (1962), Screaming Skull, Night of the Living Dead and more. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the summer night!

$5 admission, includes tour of the house

Betsy Ross House
239 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106


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  1. Gonzalo Cornejo says:

    Thanks for sharing this information! It is hard to find in one place all the events in our beautiful city!