Weekly Fun Things To Do In Philadelphia All Summer Long

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‘Exploring Philadelphia During The Week’

There are so many things to do in Philadelphia during the weekend. We bet you didn’t know all of the exciting things to do each week in Philadelphia during the summer! Check out our fantastic list! (all events or activities have started now unless noted with start dates)


  • Live at Lunch at Dilworth Park ~ June 21 until July 26

FREE - Every Wednesday from noon to 1:30 pm at Dilworth Park, enjoy musical and performing arts live. Food & drinks pay-as-you-go. ~ Live at Lunch at Dilworth Park ~

  • Christ Church Farmers’ Market/ Old City

Every Wednesday (until November 1, 2017) from 2 pm to 7 pm through the late-fall, there will be rotating pop-up vendors and food trucks with complement weekly vendors including Green Aisle Grocery, Taproot Farm, Cherry Grove Farm, Beechwood Orchards, Lunaria Gardens, Lil’ Pop Shop, Big Sky Bread, Mediterranean Delicacy, Lavinia’s Cookies, and more. Located on Church Street, between 2nd and 3rd. Christ Church Farmers’ Market ~

  • Singing Fountain Farmers Market 

Every Wednesday from 3 pm top 7 pm at the Singing Fountain on East Passyunk Ave. Stop by for local produce, fresh-baked breads, mushrooms, flowers, and lots more! Sometimes live music as well.

  • Center City Sips

From 5 pm to 7 pm, enjoy discounted drinks & foods at local restaurants & bars throughout the city!  ~ Center City Sips ~

  • Summer Music Nights at Penn Museum

Held aPenn Museum from 5 pm – 8 pm every Wednesday night until September 6, enjoy live cultural music with food and refreshments! ~ Summer Music Nights at Penn Museum ~

Pay As You Wish


  • Old City Eats

June 22 until August 31~ Old City District Introduces Old City Eats Summer Program! The program will include 25 + restaurants and bars, taking place every Thursday night from 5 p.m. till 8 p.m. until August 31. Establishments will offer one or more appetizers at half the price, $5 drink specials, off-menu dishes and seasonal cocktails. ~ Old City Eats ~

  • Schuylkill Banks Movie Nights

FREE  A movie every Thursday night until August 10. The movies usually begin around dusk, between 7:45 pm to 8:30 pm, but come early for free snacks. ~ Schuylkill Banks Movie Nights ~

  • String Band Music Under the Stars

FREE concert starts at 8 pm. - Every Thursday through September 21, join the Mummers for an outdoor string band performance at the Mummers Museum! Refreshments are served at 7:30 pm; soft pretzels, hot dogs and soda. FYI - BYO lawn chairs! ~ Mummers in Philadelphia Summer Series ~

  • Screening Under The Stars

July 6 to August 31 ~ FREE – Every Thursday through August 31, enjoy movies at The Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. The movies will start around dusk, approximately 8 pm to 8: 30 pm. ~ Screen Under The Stars ~


  • Movie Nights at The Schmidt’s Commons

Month of July: FREE – Select movies Thursday nights. For details, click here.

Thursday, July 6 ~ 7 pm ~ Fantastic Beasts ~ Info ~
Thursday, July 13 ~ 7 pm ~ A Christmas Story ~ Info ~
Thursday, July 27 ~ 7 pm ~ Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears A Who! ~ Info ~

  • Smooth Jazz Summer Nights

August 4 – August 25 ~ FREE - Starting at 7:30 pm at The Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, enjoy music from some of the country’s best smooth jazz artists. ~ Smooth Jazz Summer Nights ~

Events & Activities All Summer Long (weekdays & weekends)

  • Our Guide to All Museums in Philadelphia ~

Visit many wonderful museums in Philly. ~ Philadelphia Museums ~

  • Colonial Kids’ Quest Puppet Show ~ Until July 22

FREE ( Fridays & Saturdays Only) Enjoy a light-hearted adventure where kids of all ages will help animal puppets search for a missing copy of the Declaration of Independence. Click the link for more details. ~ Colonial Kids’ Quest Puppet Show ~

  • Once Upon A Time Storytelling Benches ~ Until September 5 

FREE ~ Hear five minute stories from our nation’s past in the places where it happened! Click the link for details. Once Upon A Time Storytelling Benches ~

  • Join the Continental Army! ~ Until September 4

FREE - The Continental Army is recruiting a few good kids for drills in the art of marching and musket etiquette. Taking place at Independence Hall at Signers’ Garden, 5th & Chestnut Streets. More details, click the link. ~ Join the Continental Army! ~ 

  • End of Day Declaration Readings ~ Until September 4

FREE – Starting around 3:45 pm, behind Independence Hall, listen to History Makers as they tell the story of every day Philadelphians during this moving version of the Declaration of Independence. For more details, click the link. End of Day Declaration Readings ~

  • Colonial Stations ~ Until September 4

FREE – 11 am to 1 pm. Stations include crafting, gaming, colonial music, and meet the founding fathers. Locations: Tuesday: Christ Church (20 N. American Street), Wednesday: Harmony Lane (3rd & Chestnut Streets), Thursday: Independence Square, behind Independence Hall Friday: National Constitution Center (525 Arch Street). ~ Colonial Stations ~

  • Spruce Street Harbor Park & Roller Rink ~ Until September 27

Spruce Street Harbor Park and RiverRink Summerfest will include a floating restaurant, boardwalk, hammocks, tons of colorful LED lights, new planted greenery, an outdoor roller rink, more Philadelphia restauranteurs, seating options, and a new family entertainment area! ~ Spruce Street Harbor Park & Roller Rink ~

  • Independence After Hours ~ Until October 1 

Check out the Independence After Hours tours for the 2016 season that starts at 5:30 pm. Travel back to 1776 with your tour guide and fill up on a three-course meal from City Tavern. After dinner, visit Independence Hall for an after-hours tour of the national landmark. Tickets are available online.

  • Philadelphia Historical Activities for Kids & Adults ~ Until October 22

Explore the many historical activities and events throughout the year in Philadelphia. Many of which are FREE and are made just for kids, allowing quality family fun time.  ~ Philadelphia Historical Activities for Kids & Adults ~

  • 40th Street Summer Series ~ July 22, August 19 & September 16

FREE - Held at 40th & Walnut Streets from 5 pm to 8:30 pm. 40th Street Summer Series is a free outdoor music series in University City that is family-friendly. Not only will there be the eclectic sounds of jazz, funk, Balkan brass and much more, but many activities and entertainment for both kids and adults such as jugglers, face painting, balloon art, fire artists and more. Each concert is scheduled on a Saturday starting at 6 pm. ~ 40th Street Summer Series ~


Jeff Belonger

Jeff Belonger has been in the mortgage industry for 19+ years and now wants to do something different. With his experience of blogging and social media, Jeff wants to share all of what Philadelphia has to offer, so he created MyPhillyAlive.com. At MyPhillyAlive, we want to share the excitement that the City of Philadelphia resonates. Sharing the passion within, from the people of Philadelphia. At MyPhillyAlive, we’ll be talking about Philadelphia restaurants, fun bars, the city night life, the history of Philadelphia, Philly attractions & events, the arts, sports, and much more. We want people to add their experiences regarding Philadelphia, even if they are from out of town, which can be done on our Facebook fan page as well. www.facebook.com/MyPhillyAlive At the end of the day, we want to be different from the many Philadelphia sites. We want our site to be easy to navigate, while at the same time, we want you to not only find the hot spots, the best things to do in Philadelphia; but those hidden gems within the city. Thanks...

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