To the dismay of many students and sun-lovers, the summer of 2017 has almost come to an end. But, this does not have to mean that the fun is already over. There are a great number of events to attend and places to go in the Philadelphia area before the end of the summer. Here are just a few ideas for residents and visitors to consider.
Four Things To Do Before Summer Ends
The Made In America Music Festival
Taking place September 2-3, the Budweiser Made in America Festival is a large celebration of music that will take place at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The festival includes a variety of big name artists such as Jay-Z and The Chainsmokers.
Just because the festival is sponsored by Budweiser doesn’t mean that it is just for adults. The festival will actually be open to attendees of all ages, but only those who are 21 and over can enter the beer garden area. With this said, if you plan on going, you may want to make commuting plans early, as the festival will close some streets. For more information on the festival and the various road closures, visit their website.
Center City Restaurant Week
On September 10-19, Philadelphia will be home to Center City Restaurant Week. During this nine-day period, residents and visitors will be able to visit a variety of restaurants and purchase a three-course lunch for $20 and a three-course dinner for $35 (this does not include tax, alcohol or gratuity). If you are a picky eater, there is no need to worry. According to the updated list of participating restaurants, over 120 local restaurants will be participating in the event.
However, if you plan on making your way to some of the more popular restaurants, you may want to consider making a reservation on OpenTable in order to ensure that you are able to visit your preferred restaurant. For a full list of participating restaurants as well as information regarding gift-card giveaways, you can visit the Center City Restaurant Week website.
Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest
If you like the idea of roller-skating, you may want to visit the Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest before it closes for the season on September 4th. The Summerfest includes a variety of activities from the aforementioned roller-rink, to a playground for children, as well as a variety of different food options. In addition, one of the most unique parts of the Summerfest is its addition of a nine-hold mini-golf course for individuals of all ages to enjoy. Luckily for all, the Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest is actually free to all attendees.
Spruce Street Harbor Park
Like the Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, the Spruce Street Harbor Park is a good place to visit before it closes. Open until October 1st, this pop-up park is full of activities for individuals, no matter their interests. Visitors can relax on their hammocks, eat at their unique floating restaurant or play games such as ping pong and shuffleboard. Beer and food lovers will especially be pleased with the park, as it offers a variety of food and alcohol vendors, including the new Harborside Pizza. Like the Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, the Spruce Street Harbor Park is open and free to the public.
While this definitely does not encompass everything that Philadelphia has to offer during the summer, these are some good places to go to if you want to make the best of Philadelphia before the summer ends. Whether you are a current Philly resident or are just visiting, the city probably has something right up your alley.