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Published January 21, 2023

Philadelphia's Ultimate 2022 Summer Bucket List

Philly comes alive in the summertime! Check out the top can’t-miss events and activities for summer 2022. ☀️

by Philadelphia Bucket List


Philly is a whole different city when the weather starts warming up. From music festivals to waterfront events to rooftop bars to pop-up gardens, you’ll want to get an early start to hit all of these bucket list activities while the sun’s still shining on summer 2022. 

Check out the Philadelphia Flower Show | June 11-19

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 as it will fill the space too. 

When: June 11-18 10am-8pm, June 19 10am-6pm

Where: FDR Park at 1500 Pattison Avenue &, S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19145

For more information on the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show.

Attend Summerfest at the Delaware River Waterfront

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 5-May 29, Monday-Thursday 5pm-11pm, Friday 5pm-12am, Saturday 11am-12am, Sunday 11am-11pm

Where: 101 South Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19106

For more information on Summerfest.

Grab a Drink at The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Company

This moody little hole-in-the-wall bar has some of the most gorgeous, high-end beverages you’ve ever seen. Treat yourself to one of their artisanal concoctions — you (and your Instagram) will be glad you did. 

When: Sunday-Thursday 5pm-12am, Friday-Saturday 5pm-2am

Where: 1715 Latimer Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

For more information on The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Company.

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: Monday-Thursday 4pm-9pm, Friday 4pm-10pm, Saturday 11am-10pm, Sunday 11am-8pm

Where: Moshulu, 401 S. Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19106

For more information on The Deck.

Go to One of the PHS Pop-Up Gardens

Find your own secret garden in the heart of Philly. Formerly empty city spaces have been turned into adorable cafes surrounded by lush greenery as part of the PHS Pop-Up Gardens, and you won’t want to miss the magic.

When: Monday-Wednesday 5pm-10pm,  Thursday 5-pm-11pm, Friday-Saturday 12pm-12am, Sunday 11am- 9pm

Where: 1438 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146 and 106 Jamestown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19127

For more information on PHS Pop-Up Gardens.

Enjoy Happy Hour Drinks at The Post

The Post is all about F-U-N with their basketball hoops, games, and cornhole league, but they’re also the best place to score major happy hour deals daily from 5pm to 7pm.

When: Open Tuesday-Saturday 4pm-10pm, Happy Hour 5pm-7pm daily

Where: 129 S 30th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

For more information on The Post.

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. Ranstead Room and Hop Sing Laundromat are two musts. 

When: Varies by location

Where: Varies by location

For more information on Philly’s hidden speakeasies.

Have a Picnic at Race Street Pier

Find your peace at this relaxing little park. With stunning views of the waterfront and city, this is the perfect picnic spot, day or night. 

When: Daily 7am-11pm

Where: N Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106

For more information on Race Street Pier.

Spend a Day at Frankford Hall Biergarten

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 4pm-10pm, Friday 2pm-2am, Saturday 12pm-2am, Sunday 12pm-9pm

Where: 1210 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125 

For more information on Frankford Hall Biergarten.

Check Out the Newly Opened Liberty Point

This massive new Delaware River waterfront restaurant is sure to be this summer’s biggest hotspot. With three levels of entertainment and a rooftop with unobstructed 360-degree videos of the city and a stage for live performances smack dab in the middle, there’s something for everyone. 

When: Tuesday-Thursday 4pm-2am, Friday-Sunday 12pm-2am

Where: 211 S. Columbus Blvd. Philadelphia, PA 19106

For more information on Liberty Point.

Take a Day Trip Down the Coast to Atlantic City

Get away from the hustle and bustle of Philly and enjoy a relaxing day bopping down the coast to Atlantic City. Make pit stops at Margate, Avalon, Sea Isle, and Strathmere to visit beaches, sip a beer at a tavern, and try some of the best seafood the east coast has to offer. 

For more information on Atlantic City.


Cheers with Friends on the Stylish 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: Wednesday-Thursday 4pm-11pm, Friday 4pm-2am, Saturday 10:30am-2am, Sunday 10:30am-11pm

Where: 219 S. Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19107, Located on top of the Cambria Hotel

For more information on Attico Rooftop.

Spend a Day at the Spruce Street Harbor Park

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

When: May 26-September 26, Monday-Thursday 5pm-11pm, Friday 5pm-12am, Saturday 11am-12am, Sunday 11am-11pm

Where: 301 S Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106

For more information on Spruce Street Harbor Park.

Jam Out at Roots Picnic

Live music in the summer is the best. 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 4-5, 2022

Where: 5201 Parkside Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19131

For more information on Roots Picnic.

Chill on the Rooftop of an Old School

This popup-turned-seasonal-tradition rooftop bar is all about views, brews, and food. The building was once a vocational school later turned into artist studios, and the creative vibes will definitely have you feeling inspired.

When: Wednesday-Saturday 5pm-11pm, Sunday 2pm-10pm

Where: 800 Mifflin Street, Philadelphia PA 19148.

For more information on Bok Bar.

Explore Philadelphia's 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 11am-6pm

Where: 1020 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

For more information on Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens.

Catch an Outdoor Movie at Sunset Social

Sunset Social is already a blast with good food, drinks, and yard games, but they take fun to the next level on Wednesdays by showing some of your favorite movies on their massive 60-foot screen. Oh, and did we mention it’s free?

When: Wednesdays 6pm-1pm

Where: 129 S 30th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

For more information on Sunset Social.

Attend Emo Brunch

We fell in love with an Emo Brunch — and you will too. This nostalgic event will have you wishing you could post it on MySpace. From the themed food, like the Fall Out Boy Burger, Hashbrown Confessional, and Pancakes! At The Disco, and drinks, like Drink 182, Coffee & Cambria, and Paramore Mimosa, to the iconic music, this brunch experience is devoted to all things emo.

Where: Secret Location

Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information on Emo Brunch.

Take a BYOB Private Charter Cruise

Enjoy a new perspective of the city from the Delaware or Schuylkill Rivers with these customizable cruises. Gather your besties, your favorite drinks, and your ultimate playlist for one of the most unique experiences Philly has to offer.

When: Various options

Where: Various locations

For more information on BYOB Private Luxury Cruises.

Play Cornhole, Shuffleboard and More at 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 through Sunday from 3pm to 7pm. You’re welcome.

When: Wednesday-Thursday 3pm-10pm, Friday 3pm-12am, Saturday 12pm-12am, Sunday 12pm-10pm

Where: 100 S Independence Mall West Philadelphia, PA 19106

For more information on Independence Beer Garden.