The Washington Monument, sculpted by Rudolf Siemering, in Eakins Oval, just in front of the stairs of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA, USA. Photo taken with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
PHILADELPHIA PA (CNBNews.net)--Celebrate the pending summer season with massive outdoor festivals, pop-up parks and blockbuster exhibitions in Philadelphia throughout the month of June.
This month cyclists from around the world will take on the infamous Manayunk Wall during the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic, thousands will pack the streets of South Philadelphia for the 40th annual Odunde Festival and Tall Ships will sail into town joined by an absolutely massive rubber duck.
While you explore the city this month, be sure to keep an eye out for special #VISITPHILLY photo spots and share your warm weather adventures.
Read on for more of our can't-miss events and festival happening this month.
1. Saturday, May 30-Saturday, June 6, 2015
The Oval is a seasonal pop-up outdoor public space that transforms an island of asphalt and surrounding lawns at 24th Street and the Parkway into an eight-acre public space devoted to family-friendly fun. Get a sneak preview of the summer pop-up park with the only-in-Philadelphia exhibition Future Sensations by Saint-Gobain. The travelling exhibit is a high-concept, immersive experience featuring five distinct “ephemeral pavilions" on display from May 30-June 6, 2015.
The Oval on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will host Future Sensations by Saint-Gobain, an immersive, sensory experience making its only U.S. stop in Philadelphia.
2. Friday, June 5-Monday, September 7, 2015
Throughout the summer, Philadelphia will honor the 50th anniversary of one of the nation’s first gay rights demonstrations with a series of special events and activities. The "National Constitution Center will take look at the gay rights movement with the exhibition Speaking Out for Equality: The Supreme Court, Gay Rights, and the Constitution while a reenactment of the original July 4th demonstrations will take place on Independence Mall.
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first U.S. protest for LGBT equality throughout the city of Philadelphia staring in June 2015. (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)Philadelphia International Cycling Classic
3. Sunday, June 7, 2015
Cheering crowds pack the streets for the giant neighborhood party that accompanies the annual Philadelphia International Cycling Classic. This race brings some of the world’s best riders to take on “The Wall,” Manayunk’s steepest topographic challenge. In addition, recreational cyclists are invited to ride the closed course before the pros.
The start/finish line of the Philly Cycling Classic sits atop the infamous Manayunk Wall, creating a dramatic end to the race as riders push up the grueling 17% grade hill. (R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia.)
4. Sunday, June 14, 2015
The annual Odunde Street Festival is celebrating four decades of bringing a genuine taste of Africa to South Street with a cultural, family-friendly celebration that attracts more than expected to draw nearly 500,000 people each year and covers 12 city blocks.
Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the annual Odunde Street Festival is a cultural celebration in one of Philadelphia’s oldest, historically African-American neighborhoods. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)
5. Thursday, June 18, 2015
Night Market Philadelphia continues its fifth year as the best celebration of street food and city neighborhoods. After an amazing evening in South Street last month, Night Market will be making its debut in Callowhill (a.k.a. Eraserhood, The Loft District). Located just north of Chinatown, Callowhill is known for its diverse bars, eclectic art scene, live music and the pending Reading Viaduct. Explore the neighborhood while you enjoy eats from the top food trucks in the city.
6. Saturday & Sunday, June 20-21, 2015
The largest outdoor juried arts festival in the region, the 26th annual Manayunk Arts Festival attracts thousands of visitors for a weekend of arts, crafts and entertainment. Hundreds of artists from around the country will showcase their works along Main Street in Manayunk during the two-day celebration.
Thousands pack Main Street in Manayunk for a weekend of arts, crafts, food and fun during the annual Manayunk Arts Festival. (Photo courtesy J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)
7. Opens Sunday, June 21, 2015
Philadelphia’s impressive collection of Impressionist artworks will grow exponentially with the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s blockbuster summer exhibition. Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting is being hailed as a once-in-a-lifetime event showcasing more than 80 works by Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Sisley, Degas and Manet. Bonus: extend your experience with the Discovering the Impressionists Hotel Package that includes an overnight hotel stay, two VIP tickets, special discounts and more.
This summer, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is hosting a must-see exhibition featuring more than 80 Impressionist masterpieces. (Photo courtesy the Philadelphia Museum of Art)
8. Sunday, June 21, 2015
Save your $1 bills for the popular Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll in West Philadelphia. Dozens of businesses along the Avenue set up shop on the sidewalk for an evening of $1 deals that include tasty bites, pet toys, giveaways, local beer and much more.
Enjoy a budget-conscious evening in West Philadelphia during the Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll. (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)
9.Thursday-Sunday, June 25-28, 2015
The billowing sails of 15 majestic vessels and one GIGANTIC rubber duck mark the arrival of Tall Ships Philadelphia Camden. Docked along both sides of the Delaware River waterfront will be elegant tall ships from France, Brazil, Canada and all around the globe. Visitors can tour the ships, including the L’Hermione, a replica of the French naval ship that brought General Lafayette to America to help fight the British. Also on tap: live entertainment, hands-on activities, games and a spectacular fireworks display that will close out the weekend.
This June, the Tall Ships festival will pull into port in Philadelphia for four days of sailing, historic vessels and more. (Photo courtesy Tall Ships)
Plus the World's Largest Rubber Duck...
See 15 majestic sailing ships and one enormous rubber duck during Tall Ships Philadelphia Camden on the Delaware River. (Photo courtesy Tall Ships)Center City Sips
10. Every Wednesday starting June 3, 2015
Bars and restaurants throughout Center City create a few extremely happy hours with drink specials for Center City Sips, held every Wednesday from June 3-September 2, 2015. A favorite post-work event, Sips features $5 cocktails, $4 wine, $3 beers and half-price appetizers at over 90 bars and restaurants.