Philadelphia's Ultimate 2021 Summer Bucket List
Philadelphia's Ultimate 2021 Summer Bucket List

Philadelphia's Ultimate 2021 Summer Bucket List

Summer, summer, summertime--time to sit back and unwind! ☀️ Check out 15 of the latest in-season gems in Philly.

Published May 18, 2021

Philadelphia comes alive in the summer. There's so much to explore with rising temperatures and the comeback of many summer Philly favorites (hello, Spruce Street Harbor Park). Even with reduced capacities and mask regulations--there is fun to be had--from hidden speakeasies to plays in the park--start planning your adventures now!

Magic Gardens Walking Tour

Credit: Philly Magic Gardens

Wander this mosaic maze with a walking tour of Philly’s Magic Gardens. You’ll be amazed at all of the details of the art surrounding you. The best part? A local guide will lead you to some of the city’s other hidden gems while you’re at it. 

When: Wednesday-Monday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Closed on Tuesdays
Last admission is 15 minutes before closing
Where: 1020 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Explore one of Philly's Hidden Speakeasies

From secret doors to kitchen entrances and long alleyways, you never know what you’ll find at these hidden Philly speakeasies. Tuck into one of these mysterious liberty city bars for a night of adventure and good sips. See below for our Ultimate Philly Hidden Speakeasy Guide.

When: Varies by location
Where: Various locations

Dine with Waterfront Views on The Deck

All aboard the ship o’ good vibes! Round up your crew for an evening of waterfront dining on The Deck. From fresh seafood to popsicle cocktails, there’s no place finer for the summertime. 

When: May - September | Monday - Thursday 4 to 9 PM
Friday 4 to 10 PM
Saturday 11 to 10 PM
Sunday 11 to 8 PM
Where: Moshulu, 401 S. Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Go BYOB Axe Throwing at Bury The Hatchet

Credit: Bury The Hatchet

Pack your booze and food for a fun day of axe throwing. Perfect for thrill-seeking groups of friends looking for a unique way to hang out this summer! Pro tip: The Point Breeze location is BYOB.

When: Tuesday - Thursday 4 PM - 10 PM
Friday - Saturday 12 PM - 11:30 PM
Sunday 12 - 9:15 PM 
Where: 1719 Washington Ave 2nd floor, Philadelphia, PA 19146

Spend a Day at the Frankford Hall Biergarten 

Credit: Frankford Hall

Prost! Teleport to Berlin at this beer garden in Fishtown. Pull up a seat at the hall’s open-air picnic tables, and enjoy bites like German-style sausages, burgers, and of course, Bavarian pretzels. Soak it all up with brews from America and abroad. 

When: Monday - Thursday 4 PM - 10 PM
Friday 4 PM - 11 PM
Saturday 12 PM - 11 PM
Sunday 12 PM - 9 PM
Where: 1210 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125 

Attend Summerfest at the Delaware River Waterfront

Credit: Maria S. Young

A Philadelphia waterfront tradition – Summerfest is one of the best places to spend a fun day by the water. With everything from roller skating to mini-golf, plan a fun escape here with views of the river and the iconic Ben Franklin bridge. 

When: May - September | Monday - Thursday: 5 PM - 11 PM
Friday: 5 PM - 12 AM
Saturday: 11 AM - 12 AM
Sunday: 11AM - 11PM
Where: 101 South Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Have an Insta-Worthy Brunch in Harp and Crown’s Secret Garden

Credit: Harp and Crown

Dive into an old-world charm with a modern luxury twist at Harp and Crown. The cocktail bar and lounge will be sure to amaze you with floor-to-ceiling windows and a globally-inspired menu – no passport necessary. Pro tip: Be sure to book a time for a game of bowling in the alley tucked beneath the main dining room.

When: Tuesday - Thursday 4 PM - 10 PM
Friday - Saturday 4 PM - 11 PM
Where: 1525 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19102 

Find Parks on Tap's Traveling Beer Garden All Summer Long

Credit: Parks On Tap

Grab your friends and pull up to various parks around Philadelphia to experience delicious brews! Parks on Tap is a traveling beer garden dotted across the city’s many beautiful green spaces all summer long. 

When: Water Works: Monday - Friday 4 PM - 10 PM
Saturday - Sunday 12 PM - 10 PM 
Trails End: Wednesday - Thursday 4 PM - 10 PM
Friday - 4 PM - 11 PM
Saturday 12 PM - 11 PM
Sunday 12 PM - 10 PM
Where: Water Works at 640 Waterworks Drive Philadelphia, PA 19130 | Trails End at South St & S 27th St Philadelphia, PA 19143

Play Cornhole, Shuffleboard & more at Independence Beer Garden 

Credit: Independence Beer Garden

Spend a boozy night with friends playing games and enjoying bites (hellooo cheese curds!) in this beer garden overlooking the Liberty Bell. Pro Tip: Happy Hour runs Wednesday - Sunday from 3 PM - 7 PM. You’re welcome.

When: Wednesday - Thursday 3 PM - 10 PM
Friday 3 PM - 12 AM
Saturday 12 PM - 12 AM
Sunday 12 PM - 10 PM
Where: 100 S Independence Mall West Philadelphia, PA 19106

Check out the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show

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Nothing screams summer more than fresh flowers. The Philadelphia Flower Show will take your breath away with every step. Beyond the blooms, experience pop-up food vendors, cocktails and music will fill the space too. 

When: June 5th at 8 AM – 5 PM, June 6th to 13th at 10 AM – 7 PM    
Where: FDR Park at 1500 Pattison Avenue &, S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19145

Cheers on the Stylish Attico Rooftop 

Credit: Attico Rooftop

Spice up any summer evening with rooftop sips in the heart of the city. The cocktail menu is full of creative drinks, and the decor is SO insta-worthy. 

When: Closed Monday-Tuesday.
Wednesday-Thursday, 4 PM - 9 PM
Friday, 4 PM - 11 PM
Saturday, 10:30 AM - 11 PM
Sunday, 10:30 AM - 9 PM
Where: 219 S. Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19107, Located on top of the Cambria Hotel

Catch a Phillies Game 

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Play Ball! Bring the family and catch a game at Citizens Bank Park--it’s the perfect way to spend any summer night. Grabbing a cheesesteak and crab fries? Mandatory. 

When: May - October
Where: 1 Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia, PA 19148

Spend a day at the Spruce Street Harbor Park

Credit: Delaware River Waterfront

Spend the day swinging riverside in a hammock. This summertime oasis will (mentally) transport you to an island from floating gardens to craft beer. 

When: 11 AM - 11 PM
Where: 301 S Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Jam Out At Roots Picnic

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Live music is back! And Roots Picnic is an iconic summer staple not to be missed. Across three stages, there will be music, art, and cultural conversations – a perfect start to the summer season. 

When: June 5, 2021
Where: 5201 Parkside Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19131


Shakespeare In Clark Park

Credit: Shakespeare In Clark Park

Hear ye, hear ye! Spend an evening in Clark Park this summer, witnessing the great works of Shakspeare. Bring the family for an authentic theatre treat under the stars. 

When: July 28th - August 1st, 7PM
Where: 4300-4398 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104

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