With August comes the final stretch of the summer months, but there’s still plenty of time to take advantage of the warm weather and long days. Whether it’s a festival that spills into the streets or relaxing at a beer garden for the night, there’s something for everyone before the dog days melt into fall.
Here’s your guide for the rest of the summer:
There are an plenty of festivals occurring in Philadelphia during any given season, but summer is the perfect time to get people together to celebrate and enjoy food, drinks, and good times. One favorite coming up this month and next are the 2nd Street Festival, an annual event in Northern Liberties that spans six blocks and features beer gardens, food trucks, workshops and art. There’s also the 30th Annual Caribbean Festival, which will feature music, dance performance, colorful Caribbean goods and souvenirs, and authentic fare like jerk chicken and roti. For more of a focus on the arts, check out GayFest!, Philly’s only LGBT theater festival with plays, music, and comedy, or the Fringe Festival, the two-week exploration of avant-garde performance with shows across the city.
Spending a night outside listening to music is a quintessential summer activity, and Philly has an impressive lineup of warm-weather performances that all highlight different genres. Smooth Jazz Summer Nights run every Friday in August, and the free concerts feature renowned jazz and blues musicians from across the world. On August 13th, Philly-raised Diplo returns as part of his annual nationwide Mad Decent Block Party tour. Big names like Tiësto, Baauer, and DJ Snake will headline a night of sounds and dancing. Lastly, Philadelphia’s premier mier music festival unfolds on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from September 3rd – 4th in the final hoorah of summer—the Made in America Festival. Jay-Z’s curated list of national and local acts perform on a handful of stages, and thousands crowd the grounds to see this year’s acts, including Rihanna, Coldplay, and Chance the Rapper. Concert-goers can also enjoy food trucks, beer gardens, and merch tents.
Philly is not short on beer gardens; in fact, it boasts an impressive list of outdoor spots to unwind with a drink. Frankford Hall, a year-round German-style beer garden with games, picnic tables, and eats like Bavarian pretzels and brats, is a local favorite. The Oval is also teeming with people enjoying food, performances, mini-golf, and twinkling string lights. Travelers can also check out Philly’s historical side at Independence Beer Garden, which is located across from the Liberty Bell Center. It features American eats and a rotating can and tap beer list, as well as Adirondack chairs for lounging and games like cornhole.
There’s really no better place to enjoy summer than down at the Delaware River Waterfront. Summerfest at the BlueCross RiverRink is highlighted by a retro roller-rink where anyone can rent skates, lace up, and get rolling. Mini-golf, an arcade, and an urban beach add the finishing entertaining touches. Another option is to head to Spruce Street Harbor Park, the best beer garden in the city that overflows with spectacular food, drinks and cocktails, and colorful lights on the waterfront. For more information, check out our guide to summer at Penn’s Landing.