Summer Events for 2018

Summer is here again, which means it’s travel season, and also the time when many major events happen in and around the city.  Here’s a short list of some highlights.



Summerfest (Penn’s Landing) – The counterpart of Winterfest, it brings food, rides, and fun to Penn’s Landing.  Also at Penn’s Landing is the PECO Multicultural Series, with celebrations of different cultures throughout the summer, the Philly Pride Parade, and screenings of movies including Black Panther, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Coco.

Welcome America (June 28-July 4) – Several days of activities throughout the city, including block parties, special tours, and outdoor movies.  It concludes on July 4th, with a concert at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, with Pitbull, Heather Headly, and the Philly Pops this year.

Made in America (September 1-2) – A concert on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Labor Day weekend, the traditional last week of summer.  The lineup has not yet been announced.




Modern Times: American Art 1910-1950 (Philadelphia Museum of Art) – A retrospective on this time period, with works by Georgia O’Keeffe and Mardsen Hartley.

Game Masters: The Exhibition (Franklin Institute) – An interactive exhibit on the technology of video games, complete with over 100 playable games.

Hamilton (National Constitution Center) – This exhibit traces the life and relationships of this Founding Father, before the Broadway show premiers in Philadelphia.

Leonard Bernstein (National Museum of American Jewish History) – A celebration of the beloved composer of West Side Story, among other works, 100th birthday.

Cultures in the Crossfire (Penn Museum) – Artifacts and cultural objects saved from destruction in Syria and Iraq over the last couple years.



Bloomsday (Rosenbach Museum, June 16) – A celebration of James Joyce’s Ulysses with readings and music.

Comcast Technology Center – Philadelphia’s new tallest building, standing 1,121 feet will be opened in 2018.