By: Lauren Fennessy
New to Philadelphia for the summer? You’re in luck. Philly blossoms with culture, food, festivals and fun with the warm weather. Here’s a list of what we recommend checking out:
- Sips: Every Wednesday this summer from June 1 to September 28, Philadelphia will grace its residents with drink and appetizer specials that every college budget can enjoy. Between $5 cocktails, $3 beer and half-priced appetizers- you can’t go wrong. Multiple local bars, restaurants and even the Comcast Center participate which gives a perfect excuse to try new places!
For more information: http://www.centercityphila.org/life/Sips.php
- Pop-up Beer Gardens: Sunshine, beer & life-size Jenga blocks. From June to October you and your friends can visit the Graduate Hospital location at 1438 South Street and East Passyunk garden at 829 Wharton Street. Don’t forget to check out the Independence Beer Garden which is located across from the Liberty Bell and Spruce Street Harbor Park. IBG opens April 21st and Spruce Street Harbor opens May 6th.
For more information: http://phsonline.org/programs/phs-pop-up-gardens
- Budweiser Made in America Festival: The two-day festival in September is held at Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Fairmont Park. Not only can you expect a fantastic music lineup to dance your heart out, but also experience fun drinks and food truck cuisine. NBD, but Beyoncé was there last year so what other excuse do you need?
For more information: http://www.a.madeinamericafest.com/
- Philly Beer Week: From June 3rd through the 12th, beer lovers can visit local venues for tastings, dinners and pub crawls. The 10-day event draws in over 150,000 people with 1,000 events. Local brewery tours are available and encouraged.
For more information: http://phillybeerweek.org/
- Odunde Festival: The Odunde Festival is the largest African American street festival in the country and attracts more than 500,000 people. The festival is well known for the marketplace with vendors selling merchandise from African nations, the Caribbean and Brazil. The festival is celebrating its 39th year this June and covers 12 city blocks for a great experience!
For more information: http://odundefestival.org/
- Wawa Welcome America: This Fourth of July will be filled with events such as the Liberty Block Party, Independence Day Parade, Party on the Parkway, July 4th Concert and fireworks. The festival will also celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service and the launch of the 250th Anniversary of the United States in 2026. Of course, expect a fireworks display to end the night!
For more information: http://www.welcomeamerica.com/
- The Oval: The Oval is eight acres of public space located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway which will host community programming, events and activities. The Oval opens July 15th from 5-10pm with food trucks, a beer garden and special activities.
For more information: http://www.theovalphl.org/
- Copa America Centenario: The world’s best soccer players are coming to Lincoln Financial Field June 9th, June 11th and June 14th. The tournament is celebrating its 100th anniversary making it the oldest international continental football competition. This is also the first time the tournament is being hosted outside of South America. The tournament includes 16 teams from all over the world who will compete in round robin games to earn points to move on to the Quarterfinals.
For more information and tickets: http://www.ca2016.com/
- Hiking at Wissahickon Valley Park: The Wissahickon Valley Park system has over 50 miles of trails to hike, bike or even ride your horse. You are likely to see wildlife such as owls, woodpeckers, deer, red foxes and much more! Between Forbidden Drive and the upper trails, you can check out two dozen historical and geological sites. There is even a great restaurant called The Valley Green Inn located in the park that you can visit after your hike.
For more information and park maps: http://www.fow.org/visit-the-park/
- Jersey Shore: Yes, THE Jersey Shore like the MTV reality show. The majority of Philadelphians pack up each weekend to travel to shore towns such as Ocean City, Sea Isle, Avalon and Stone Harbor. The shore offers beaches, boardwalks, restaurants, clubs and bars. (P.S a helpful tip for fellow non-Philly residents, the correct terminology is “going down the shore”)
For more information: http://www.visitnj.org