The best way to soak up the fun this summer is by spending time in the city. Here, the five outdoor festivals you can’t miss.
Sit back, relax and enjoy a movie twelve stories in the air at Cira Centre South in University City. From June to August, a number of family favorites, like Beauty and the Beast, Jaws and Rocky will be screened on the Cira Green lawn. Donation-based popcorn sales hope to connect the community with local charities working to make Philadelphia a better place. Times vary, free, schuylkillyards.com
Hundreds of vendors stretch up and down Manayunk’s Main St. each June. As the region’s largest juried arts festival, thousands of art-lovers come to Manayunk to support local and national artists. Live entertainment, handmade goods and an abundance of food trucks make for a fun weekend spent outdoors. Times vary, free, manayunk.com
Franklin Square illuminates with 30 exquisite Chinese lantern displays. Enjoy traditional Chinese dance performances, folk artists and Asian cuisine. 6-11PM, tickets from $18, historicphiladelphia.org
Philadelphia is the best place to celebrate Independence Day.Wawa helps bring the City of Brotherly Love to life with free admission to a number of Center City museums, an ice cream festival at Reading Terminal Market and so much more. On July 4, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway turns into a block party with performances by Jennifer Hudson and Meghan Trainor, followed by a firework spectacle. Locations vary, free, welcomeamerica.com
As the city’s only “roving street food festival,” the Night Market invites foodies to explore Philly’s exciting food scene—without having to leave their neighborhoods. Popping up at four locations this season, the market is bringing the area’s best food trucks and restaurants to Overbrook, Fairmount and Point Breeze. Locations vary, free, nightmarketphilly.org
Photography by: From Top to Bottom: Photo Courtesy of Brandywine Realty Trust; Photo Courtesy of JPG Photography; Photo by Jeff Fusco, Courtesy of Tianyu; Photography by Jeff Fusco, Courtesy of Visit Philly; Photography by Dave Tavani, Courtesy of Time Out.