With only a little over a month left of summer before school’s back in session, you might feel the clock ticking to fit in all that the season has to offer. Here’s our list of must-dos before fall is here:

Go to a Festival

This time of year is perfect for getting together with the community to celebrate outside. There are still several festivals and other outdoor events to attend before the season is over. Here are a few:

July 24-28, Shakespeare in Clark Park
July 26-28, XPoNential Music Festival
July 28, East Passyunk Car Show & Street Festival at East Passyunk from Broad to Dickinson
August 4, 2nd Street Festival at 2nd Street between Germantown Avenue and Spring Garden Street
August 4, ACANA African Festival at Penn’s Landing
August 15, Night Market Philadelphia on Fairmount Avenue
August 15-16, Philadelphia Folk Festival at Old Pool Farm
August 17, Festival of India at Penn’s Landing
August 31 and September 1, Made in America

Get Outside

Philly is full of places to relax outdoors – while also discovering the art, culture, and cuisine the city is known for. From waterfront piers to historic gardens, there’s plenty to explore. Relax in a hammock at Spruce Street Harbor Park. Take a walk at Cherry Street Pier. Fish on the Lower Schuylkill River. For more ideas, read this article here.

Watch a Movie Under the Stars

While you’d be hard-pressed to find a drive-in movie theater these days, Philly still offers ways to watch a movie with your family under the stars. Here are a few coming up:

July 31, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse at Mifflin Square Park
July 31, Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion at Haas Biergarten at La Peg
August 2, Star Wars: The Force Awakens at Upper Roxborough Reservoir Park
August 2, Black Panther in Dilworth Park
August 5, Wayne’s World in the Frankford Hall Garden
August 7, Dirty Dancing at Circa Green
August 8, Christopher Robin at Inn Yard Park
August 8, Crazy Rich Asians on the banks of the Schuylkill River near the Walnut Street Bridge
August 8, Clueless at Penn’s Landing
August 8, The Goonies at Manayunk’s weekly Stroll the Street
August 9, Peter Rabbit at Bartram’s Garden
August 14, The Little Mermaid at Circa Green
August 14, Dumb and Dumber at Haas Biergarten at La Peg
August 15, Aquaman at Penn’s Landing
August 15, A Bug’s Life at Fisher Park
August 15, Grease at the Mann Center
August 16, Avengers: Infinity War in Dilworth Park
August 21, The Goonies at Circa Green
August 22, A League of Their Own on the banks of the Schuylkill River near the Walnut Street Bridge
August 23, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald in Dilworth Park


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Little Baby’s Ice Cream (@littlebabysic) on

Eat Ice Cream

Is it even summer if you don’t eat ice cream? Bredenbeck’s Bakery & Ice Cream in Chestnut Hill was voted Best Ice Cream in our 2019 Happening List. Other favorites include Bassett’s Ice Cream in Center City, Little Baby’s Ice Cream in Fishtown, Arctic Scoop in South Philly and Franklin Fountain in the Historic District.


View this post on Instagram


Our show with @farrukoofficial is officially one month away! 🔥 Have you grabbed your tickets yet?

A post shared by the Mann (@manncenter) on

Attend an Outdoor Concert

Music and summer nights just go together. Listen to tunes in the fresh air. Here are a few upcoming events:

July 26, RFA with DJ Romain Let Us at Spruce Street Harbor Park
August 1, India Arie with Raheem DaVaughn & Major at The Dell Music Center
August 1, Thomas Rhett: Very Hot Summer Tour 2019 at BB&T Pavilion
August 2 – August 30, Smooth Jazz Summer Nights at Penn’s Landing
August 3, Korn & Alice in Chains at BB&T Pavilion
August 9, Breaking Benjamin at BB&T Pavilion
August 11, Jazz in the Park: Tim Warfield at Spruce Street Harbor Park
August 17, Mercy Me, Tenth Avenue North & Jordan Feliz at The Dell Music Center
August 23, Rascall Flatts: Summer Playlist Tour 2019 at BB&T Pavilion
August 24, Farruko at the Mann Center
August 31 – September 1, Made in America Labor Day Music Festival at Benjamin Franklin Parkway


View this post on Instagram


Weekend ready! Our main bar is a tranquil space to enjoy a cold beverage! #tgif

A post shared by Morgan’s Pier (@morganspier) on

Dine Al Fresco

Before the temperature drop, take advantage of Philly’s many great restaurants and bars that offer outdoor seating. Enjoy people watching in Rittenhouse Square, have a drink on Royal Boucherie’s rooftop deck. Our readers voted Morgan’s Pier Best Outdoor Dining in our 2019 Happening List. In addition to great food and drinks, the waterfront beer garden also offers karaoke, DJ nights and live bands.

We also asked Irene Levy Baker (author of Unique Eats & Eateries of Philadelphia) for her suggestions, and one of her favorite spots was Talulah’s Garden on Washington Square. “With the greenery and twinkling lights, it’s just enchanting.” Some of her other favorites included Suraya in Fishtown, Little Nonna’s in Midtown Village and La Calaca Feliza’s courtyard in Fairmount.


We Are Supported By:


Gain Exposure. Support Local Media. Join the Most HAPPENING Local Business Tribe. Learn more about AccessPass.