Things We're Looking Forward to This Summer

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Things We’re Looking Forward to This Summer


Warm weather is here and the great news is that restrictions are being lowered, which means Philly summers are about to be at full swing.

Here’s a few things we’re looking forward to doing in Philadelphia.

Drinks Outside

Nothing is better than having a tasty beverage after the work week, and Philadelphia is in no shortage of places that offer drinks. Here are a few places we recommend hanging out with a few friends this summer:

  • Independence Beer Garden – An Old City hotspot perfect for outdoor games and people watching.
  • Bok Bar – Scenic rooftop located in a now closed South Philly School.
  • Chinatown Beer Garden – Perfect location to grab a drink and then dine at one of the many restaurants Chinatown has to offer.
  • Frankford Hall – A Fishtown staple, known for big German brews and good eats.
  • Cherry Street Pier – Check out “The Garden” at this scenic spot in the city, perfect for Ben Franklin bridge pictures.
  • PHS Pop-Up Garden South – Folks can enjoy drinks inside a unique setting. You must register prior to entering – it’s free.
  • Parks on Tap – The seasonal pop-up is back and at two locations this year – Water Works and Trails End. Attendees must register (for free) prior to visiting.

Outdoor Fun in the Sun

All summer long, locations in Philadelphia offer activities that are perfect for date nights, get togethers, and even some solo time. These are our go-tos:

  • Dilworth Plaza – Located on the West Side of City Hall, visitors can partake in various activities such as rollerblading, Center City District programs, and more.
  • Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest – Good eats, boardwalk games, old school skating, and lounging is what makes the RiverRink at Penn’s Landing a must-visit when the weather is welcoming.
  • Spruce Street Harbor Park – Hammocks galore reside in this park that sits right at the Delaware River. Relax, read a book, and enjoy summer staples such as water ice and crab fries.
  • Ellen Reid Soundwalk – Fairmount Park invites folks to stroll along the trail to a GPS-enabled work of art that uses music to set theme to your natural surroundings. Think of a silent disco, except you’re walking.


Celebrate the culture of the city with a few festivals this summer. Check out some of our favorites:

  • Wawa Welcome America (June 19-July 4) – Wawa Welcome America is back with a firecracker list full of events. From free museum tours to free hoagies, there’s something for everyone.
  • Manayunk Arts Festival (June 26-27) – Stroll Main Street and shop local art works from the many talented artists in Philadelphia.
  • 2nd Street Festival (August TBD) – Northern Liberties annual 2nd Street Festival is back this summer for a day full of local crafts, drinks, and delicious bites from local vendors.

What are you looking forward to this summer?