Cracked bells and Founding Fathers might be Philly’s main tourism draw, but, come summertime, the city heats up with a full roster of festivals celebrating everything from local culture to the city’s booming beer scene. Here are the ones to add to your list.
Get Your Beers Here
Anyone who has attended the city’s celebration of all things sudsy knows that Philly Beer Week is serious business. With 100-plus events spanning May 31-June9, pacing and planning are key when it comes to choosing which tap takeovers, barrel-aged bonanzas, and brewer meet-and-greets to book. Many of the city’s best beer bars are situated within walking (or stumbling) distance of Midtown Village, making the Hampton Inn a smart place to sip and stay.
Every summer, Questlove, Black Thought, and the rest of Philly-born ensemble The Roots hosts the Roots Picnic, a multi-genre outdoor festival. This summer, the picnic moves from its longtime home in Penn’s Landing to the Mann Music Center in Fairmount Park. The Roots, H.E.R., 21 Savage and many more artists will perform during the event, held on June 1. Tickets are $89.50 and are all general admission. The Mann is north of University City, making the Inn at Penn or Homewood Suites University City a great home base for the weekend.
Out and About
From June 7–9, the Philly Pride Parade and Festival is always one serious party, featuring live music, food, drink, and craft vendors (making that $15 entrance fee a bargain). The colorful parade kicks off at 13th and Locust Streets and that means that booking a suite at the Doubletree Philadelphia Center City gives guests access to all of the festivities, entertainment, and comerderie the weekend is sure to offer.
Next Level Arts and Crafts
2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the Manayunk Arts Festival, a two-day event featuring more than 300 artists from across the country. Make the trip to Main Street Manayunk, eight miles northwest of center City, on June 22–23 to experience the region’s largest outdoor, juried arts festival. There’s no cost to attend, but bring that spending money to take home a work of art of your very own.
As the birthplace of the states, it’s only right that Philly celebrates Independence Day with a big bash. From June 29 to July 4, Wawa Welcome America! offers free events throughout the city, complete with concerts, block parties, movie nights, and more. The festival culminates at the iconic Rocky Stairs for a free evening of live music and an impressive fireworks display. This year’s entertainment comes by way of Jennifer Hudson, performing alongside The Philly Pops Big Band, and pop star Meghan Trainor.
Cross the River
An eclectic line-up keeps things hot at the XPoNential Music Festival just across the river at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden. This year, Hozier, Elvis Costello, and Blondie are headlining. Tickets to the three-day fest, held from July 26–28, start at $160 and the venue is an easy ferry ride via the RiverLink Ferry, which is also a few short blocks from Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing.
A Star is Born
Often compared to a certain film fest in Park City, Utah, the BlackStar Film Festival brings a world’s worth of cinephiles, actors, and filmmakers to Philadelphia. An all-access pass to this year’s event is $150 and tickets to individual screenings are $12. This year’s resistance-themed festival takes place from August 1–4 in various locations around University City, making The Inn at Penn the perfect place for setting the BlackStar scene.
Made to Order
Each year, Jay Z blesses the City of Brotherly Love with two days featuring a mind-blowing array of talent spread out across five stages on the Parkway for the Budweiser Made in America Festival. Headliners for the event (held from August 31– September 1) are Travis Scott and Cardi B., sharing the bill with more than 25 other artists. Tickets are $175 for both days, and securing a room at the Embassy Suites means you’ll be within earshot of this year’s performers.
Don’t miss the action in Philadelphia this summer! Book the Weekend Like a Local Package to save up to 50% on Sunday when you stay for three nights–plus, you’ll receive discounts to local attractions, free treats at restaurants and breweries, and more.