Things to Do in Philadelphia in June
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 2020.
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TOP 11 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.
The hottest ticket in town is for Harry Styles who performs on June 26, 2020.
- Todd Rundgren – June 2 and 3
- The Lumineers – June 5
- Russ – June 10
- The Avett Brothers – June 13
- Megadeth – June 18
- Primus – June 19
- Melanie Martinez – June 20
- Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band – June 21
- Trey Anastasio – June 23
- Swans – June 25
- Alice Cooper with Tesla and Lita Ford – June 25
- Harry Styles – June 26
- Doobie Brothers – June 27
- Alanis Morissette – June 28
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 Dude Perfect on June 27, 2020, the sports entertainment troupe that has garnered a following of 5 million fans on YouTube.
You can find all the professional sporting events in Philadelphia in June on StubHub.
3. See The Princess Bride: An Inconceivable Evening with Cary Elwes
In this greatly-anticipated tour, fans of The Princess Bride can see actor Cary Elwes (Westley) talk about life on and off the set off this beloved film.
After a screening of the movie Elwes participates in a moderated discussion, sharing never before told stories of the behind the scenes antics and anecdotes about classic scenes.
The Princess Bride: An Inconceivable Evening with Cary Elwes takes place on June 5 at the Merriam Theatre. Get tickets here.
If you are looking for other theatrical performances and comedy shows, check StubHub to see what else is on in June.
4. Go to Wawa Welcome America
This Wawa Welcome America festival takes place over several days from June 27 – July 4, 2020, 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.
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 14, 2020, 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 Secret Food Tour.
Some of the foods included on this tour:
- Philly Cheesesteak
- Sourdough Pretzel
- Nasi Lamak Curry
- Cinnamon Rolls
- And more!
While you discover the best eats that Philadelphia has to offer, you’ll learn all about the history of the city.
If you’re looking for even more, you can upgrade your tour to include a drinks package as well!
9. LGBT Pride Parade and Festival
The annual LGBT Pride Parade and Festival takes place in 2020 on June 14.
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.
10. Commemorate Juneteenth
Juneteetnth is the day that marks African Americans’ emancipation from slavery in 1865.
Philadelphia commemorates this historic event on Saturday, June 20, 2020, 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.
11. Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival
During all of June 2020, 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.
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