Summer Solstice is right around the corner on June 21, and there are tons of ways to celebrate the beginning of summer right here in Philly. From outdoor lounging, to concerts and art, we’ve got you covered.
Explore some of Philly’s best green spaces during this year’s Parks on Tap. The beer garden, which is perfect for summer fun thanks to food trucks and lawn games, travels to different locations weekly like Fisher Park, Belmont Plateau and Campbell Square. All proceeds from the series are donated towards the Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. Various locations, parksontap.com
Head on over to Franklin Square for Philly’s fourth annual Chinese Lantern Festival. Featuring dozens of hand-made lanterns that illuminate the park, guests can grab sips from the Dragon Beer Garden before snacking on authentic Chinese food from the Sang Kee Noodle House food stand. Be sure to leave time to watch some compelling Chinese performance art from martial arts specialists and folk dancers. Tickets from $18, 200 N. Sixth St., historicphiladelphia.org
If you’re looking for outdoor fun with a view, Spruce Street Harbor Park is the place for you. Between the games, drinks and music, what more could you ask for? Take in the views of the Delaware River; cozy up in one of the iconic rainbow hammocks with a book; try bites from Philly eats like Distrito and HipCityVeg and more. 301 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., delawareriverwaterfront.com
Concert-goers in Philly who are attending Live Nation shows at either the The Fillmore Philadelphia, Citizens Bank Park, The Met Philadelphia or BB&T Pavilion can upgrade to the Visit Philly Live Nation Package. This provides up to $230 worth of free perks that include hotel stays and parking, food and beverage vouchers, special merchandise and more. Some of this summer’s exciting shows include Billie Eilish, Elvis Costello and Billy Joel. Prices vary, Various locations, visitphilly.com
Stroll up and down Main Street during this year’s 30th art festival for access to a variety of fine art mediums, from sculptures to paintings. Visitors will be able to buy any pieces available while enjoying food and drinks from Manayunk’s local restaurants and bars. manayunk.com
Photography by: From Top to Bottom: Parks on Tap image by JPG Photography; Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival image courtesy of Cari Feiler Bender; Spruce Street Harbor Park image courtesy of Nicole Paloux; Visit Philly Live Nation image courtesy of Live Nation; Manayunk Arts Festival image courtesy of Albert Yee