This post lists some of the best things to do in Philadelphia in June including free events, things to do at night and family-friendly activities, updated for 2022.
For more ideas, take a look at our things to Do in Philadelphia post.
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TOP 12 EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN JUNE
Below are some of the best things to do in Philadelphia this month.
For even more ideas on popular tourist activities, be sure to check out our popular posts:
Keep in mind that some of the attractions below are included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass.
1. Catch a Concert
Philadelphia has lots of music venues - big and small - and attracts great artists and bands all year. This June is no exception.
Here are some of the best concerts taking place this month either in or around Philadelphia:
In addition to these options, you might also be interested in the following music festivals and tours coming to town this June:
- The Roots
- Mary J. Blige
- Summer Walker
- Rick Ross
- And more!
- Cannibal Corpse
- Nuclear Assault
- The Red Chord
- Wolves in the Throne Room
- And more!
- Motley Crue
- Def Leppard
- Joan Jett
- Blues Traveler
- Less Than Jake
- The Aquabats
- Bowling For Soup
See who else is playing by looking at StubHub's June calendar.
2. Go to a Game!
Baseball in June is in full swing! The Philadelphia Phillies are playing multiple home games this month.
For something different, check out the Philadelphia Union II soccer club.
If the Philadelphia 76ers manage to make it to the finals, they will definitely have a few important home games to attend this month.
You can find all the professional sporting events in Philadelphia in June on StubHub.
3. Experience Freestyle Love Supreme
The Merriam Theatre is currently planning to host the hit hip-hop improv musical from Lin-Manuel Miranda called Freestyle Love Supreme. This troupe asks the audience for topics, and then they pick a few as inspiration to create a unique hip-hop musical every night.
Fans might recall that Lin-Manuel Miranda was also responsible for another big musical hit, Hamilton. He has also since worked on a lot of films such as In The Heights, Mary Poppins Returns, Encanto, and Moana.
This musical event will be taking place between June 7th - 12th, 2022.
If you are looking for other theatrical performances and comedy shows, check StubHub to see what else is on in June.
4. Go to a Stand-up Comedy Performance
There will be several noteworthy stand-up comedians performing in and around Philadelphia this June. If you're in need of a good laugh, this could be a great idea for a fun nighttime activity.
Keep in mind that some of these comedy shows are taking place a bit outside of the city, so you might have to drive a short while to get to the theatre.
- Chelsea Handler | Jun 4th
- Jim Norton | Jun 4th
- Wanda Sykes | Jun 10th
- Judy Gold | Jun 11th
- Paula Poundstone | Jun 17th
- Dave Attell | Jun 25th
For more opportunities to laugh, make sure to check this list of stand-up comedy in Philadelphia.
5. Take a Free Walking Tour
Our Independence Mall Tour explores America’s most historic district.
Check out our tour schedule to book one of the walking tour options.
If you prefer to sit back and relax and see the sights, there are a few bus tours of Philadelphia to take. Bus tours are included in many Tourist Discount Passes, explained just below.
6. Save Up to 50% Off with a Tourist Attraction Discount Pass
Visitors who are working with a budget should think about getting a Philadelphia tourist pass. These services provide heavy discounts at some of the most popular attractions in the city.
Here are a few of the sites you can visit with various discount passes:
- Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Tour
- Adventure Aquarium
- National Constitution Center
- Philadelphia Museum of Art
- Franklin Institute Science Museum
- Academy of Natural Science
- Museum of the American Revolution
- LEGOLAND Discovery Center
- Longwood Gardens
- National Liberty Museum
These are just a few of the activities you can enjoy.
If you plan to visit even a few of these attractions, you could easily end up saving a lot of money over general admission prices.
Read our post comparing the different Philadelphia tourist passes.
7. Go to the Odunde Festival
On Sunday, June 12th, the largest African-American street festival on the east coast takes place along South Street.
The Odunde Festival covers 15-city blocks and attracts internationally known African and Caribbean performers, folk artists, and dignitaries.
There will be two stages of live entertainment. You can browse over 100 arts & craft stalls and food vendors.
With dance, music, food, art, and much more this is a cultural event not to be missed.
See the Odunde Festival website for all the details.
8. Take a Food Tour
If you would prefer to try a range of cuisines and foods of the city, consider taking a Flavors of Philly Food Tour.
Some of the foods included on this tour:
- Philly Cheesesteak
- Sourdough Pretzel
- Tomato Pie
- Whiz Fries
- And more!
While you discover the best eats that Philadelphia has to offer, you’ll learn all about the history of the city.
9. Commemorate Juneteenth
Juneteetnth is the day that marks African Americans’ emancipation from slavery in 1865.
Philadelphia commemorates this historic event on Saturday, June 19th, 2022, with the Juneteenth Musicfest and Parade.
There are historic reenactments, live music, a cultural market, an African children’s village for the kids to play in and of course, the culminating event, the parade.
Read more about Philadelphia's Juneteenth Musicfest and Parade.
10. Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival
From June 21st - August 7th, you can attend the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square.
The square will be lit with hand-crafted lanterns strung with thousands of LED lights.
This festival celebrates Chinese lantern artisans in the Philly area and is expected to bring in 90,000 visitors from all around the world.
After seeing the lanterns, be sure to visit the Dragon Beer Garden. It is open nightly during the festival and offers a variety of drinks and food for the whole family.
11. Go to Wawa Welcome America
This Wawa Welcome America festival takes place over several days from June 19th - July 4th, and has more than 50 free events including concerts, block parties, free museum days, and much more.
If you aren't in town during these dates but would like to save money on museum entry from Philadelphia's top museums see what discounts are available at these museums:
- Rodin Museum - free, suggested donation every day
- Wagner Free Institute of Science - free, suggested donation every day
- Philadelphia Museum of Art - free, suggested donation on the first Sunday of every month and every Wednesday after 5 pm.
No announcements have been made as of yet for 2022, but many of the activities listed above will probably be taking place again this year. Keep an eye on their events page for more details.
12. Experience the Music of Star Wars From The Philly Pops
This June, the Philly Pops will be performing the wonderful music of John Williams during their show Star Wars: A Galaxy of Music.
Throughout the performance, you can expect to hear a lot of classic tunes from all of the Star Wars films, including favorites such as Duel of the Fates, Imperial March, and of course the Main Theme.
Guests are invited to dress up ad their favorite character and celebrate this beloved science fiction film franchise in style.
This event will be taking place from June 17th - 19th, 2022.
BONUS: Take a Virtual Tour of Philadelphia
Even if you're unable to go out and experience the city in person, you can always see Philadelphia on our virtual tour!
We currently offer a virtual tour of Philadelphia which includes stops at many historically significant locations.
This is an excellent alternative for those who are at risk of catching the virus or simply want an alternative which allows them to see some of the best sites in the city.
If you enjoy the journey, you can even leave a tip for your tour guide!
CANCELLED: LGBT Pride Parade and Festival
The annual LGBT Pride Parade and Festival takes place every year in June.
The parade starts at 11 am in the 'Gayborhood' (Locust Street between 12th and 13th streets). It then marches through Midtown Village and Old City.
The parade concludes at Penn’s Landing at approximately 1 pm where there is a festival.
The festival grounds open up at 12 pm. There'll be music, dancing, food trucks and other activities that are fun for people of all ages and all persuasions.
NOTE: This was cancelled for 2022, but it will probably be back in 2023.