Summer fun in Philly means pop-up parks, beer gardens and outdoor movie screenings.
August is full of fantastic summer happenings in Philadelphia, including festivals galore, outdoor food and drink pop ups, al fresco movie screenings and beyond.
Mega festivals include the BlackStar Film Festival, which celebrates black traditions and black arts with films, panels and parties, and the 2nd Street Festival, a massive, music-filled block party in Northern Liberties.
This month also brings festivals celebrating folk music, Caribbean culture, Indian traditions and just-picked peaches, along with a ton of pop-up experiences where you can enjoy al fresco eats and drinks.
And if it isn't summer without hanging out by the water, head to the Delaware River to check out two of the city's best temporary warm-weather parks at Spruce Street Harbor Park and Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, which offer everything from a floating restaurant and delightful beer gardens to outdoor roller skating and a Ferris wheel.
The Black Star Film Festival screens dozens of films about the global black experience and films by people of African descent. (M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)
AUGUST 3-6, 2017
Hailed by Ebony magazine as “the black Sundance,” the BlackStar Film Festival screens independent films about the global black experience and films by people of color. Rooted at venues in University City, BlackStar will screen more than 60 films at two different locations, the International House and Drexel University’s Pearlstein Gallery. Additionally, events, an exhibition and a symposium will take place at four other locations, making BlackStar a citywide festival.
2nd Street Festival
AUGUST 6, 2017
Vendors close down North 2nd Street in Northern Liberties for the mega 2nd Street Festival, complete with beer gardens, food and three different stages set to host an array of musical performers. Be sure to come hungry and get excited for an afternoon al fresco.
The Oval+ on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
The Benjamin Franklin Parkway’s favorite outdoor pop up — The Oval — returns this summer with movie nights, beer garden, games and more. (R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)
JULY 20 - AUGUST 20, 2017
Ben Franklin surely would have appreciated this eight-acre pop-up park, which occupies Eakins Oval, a little-used parking lot on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway just steps away from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Food trucks, movies, a beer garden, free health and fitness classes, theme days and a ground mural designed by PORT Urbanism and painted by Mural Arts Philadelphia bring the space to life for one summer month. The park, open for its fifth year in 2017, is imagined and executed by Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation.
Spruce Street Harbor Park
Spruce Street Harbor Park continues its fourth season with games, hammocks, a floating restaurant and more. (L. Berckey for Visit Philadelphia)
AUGUST 12, 2017
Festival of India, hosted by the Council of Indian Organizations (CIO) of Greater Philadelphia, celebrates India’s Independence Day while highlighting the vibrant Indian-American community. Now in its 22nd year, the free festival is a colorful panorama of art, music, dance and cuisine.
From jerk chicken to live tunes, enjoy all things Caribbean at the 31st Annual Caribbean Festival at Penn's Landing. (Photo courtesy of D. Bovitt for DRWC)
AUGUST 20, 2017
Celebrate the culture, music and food from more than a dozen Caribbean islands during the 31st annual Caribbean Festival at Penn’s Landing.
Night Market Philadelphia is a seasonal celebration of food, music and community held in some of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods. (Photo courtesy the Food Trust)
AUGUST 10, 2017
Night Market Philadelphia continues in its seventh year as one of the best celebrations in Philly of street food and city neighborhoods. This month, the food truck frenzy heads to Roxborough. Located adjacent to Manayunk, the area has a bit more space than Philly’s other neighborhoods, which makes it perfect for an al fresco summer soiree of outdoor eats and entertainment.
If you’re looking for an indoor reprieve from hot summer temps, consider cooling off in one of Philly’s awesome museums. A wide array of special exhibitions can be explored at spots all around town this summer season. Make sure to check out exhibitions concluding before the end of this month, including Transparency: An LGBTQ+ Glass Art Exhibition at the National Liberty Museum, Winter at the Philadelphia Zoo and more.
Heavy hitters like Linkin' Park and Lionel Richie hit the stage in Philly this month. (Photo courtesy Festival Pier)
Enjoy free, outdoor jazz concerts every Friday this month during the Smooth Jazz Summer Nights series at Penn's Landing.
EVERY FRIDAY IN AUGUST
Kick off your weekends this month with the annual smooth jazz series at Penn's Landing. The free, outdoor concerts put the spotlight on renowned jazz and blues musicians from across the globe, http://facebook.com/visitphilly | http://twitter.com/visitphilly