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 2021.
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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.
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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.
Keep in mind that some of these concerts could be postponed or canceled due to the pandemic, but currently they are still scheduled for June 2021.
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.
You can find all the professional sporting events in Philadelphia in June on StubHub.
NOTE: Although the MLB has plans to allow a limited number of fans in for home games this year, this could change based on Covid-19 numbers.
3. Experience Set It Off Live on Stage
The Merriam Theatre is currently planning to host a live theatrical adaptation of the hit black culture phenomenon Set It Off.
This musical event will be taking place between June 3rd - 5th, 2021.
Depending on whether or not the pandemic restrictions are lifted by June, there could be even more musicals to enjoy this month.
If you are looking for other theatrical performances and comedy shows, check StubHub to see what else is on in June.
4. Take a Virtual Tour of Philadelphia
Even if you're doing your best to avoid gathering in groups and prevent the spread of Covid-19, you can still enjoy a free tour of Philadelphia without even leaving home.
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!
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 13th, 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.
NOTE: This event is still scheduled to take place in 2021.
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. 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 turned into a virtual parade during 2020 due to the pandemic, and they may decide to do the same in 2021.
There have been no announcements made about their plans for this year.
10. Commemorate Juneteenth
Juneteetnth is the day that marks African Americans’ emancipation from slavery in 1865.
Philadelphia commemorates this historic event on Saturday, June 19th, 2021, 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.
NOTE: This event was canceled in 2020 and reschedules for 2021. That said, if the pandemic is still a concern this June, they may have to cancel it again.
11. Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival
During all of June, you can usually 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.
NOTE: This event is currently still scheduled to take place in 2021.
12. Go to Wawa Welcome America
This Wawa Welcome America festival takes place over several days from June 27 - July 4, 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.
NOTE: This event was made virtual in 2020 due to the pandemic, and they may take this approach again in 2021.
No announcements have been made as of yet. Keep an eye on their events page for more details.
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