Thanks for helping us kick off the unofficial first week of summer! Sure, we still have nearly a month to go until it’s actually summer, but let’s face it, once Memorial Day has come and gone, we’re all in summer mode. We hope you took the time to check out this week’s interviews and our Memorial Day Wall of Honor.
It’s hard to believe that June is already upon us. Soon, school will be out, the beaches will be packed, and back yards everywhere will be filled with the smell of chlorine and sunscreen. There is already so much on our summer calendar that we just had to share some of June’s excellent events with you. Check out what you can and please let us know of any events you’d like to share. Leave us a comment or stop by our Facebook page and tell us about it.
Thirsty? Philly Beer Week just kicked off and is under way! Running from May 29th- June 7th, it is a 10 day celebration that features pub crawls, beer tastings, tours and more from over 40 local bars, breweries, and more. For tickets and full event info you can check out the Philly Beer Week website here.
Spruce Street Harbor Park opened up last weekend! Set along the Delaware River Waterfront (On Columbus Blvd at Spruce Street), it features a beautiful outdoor oasis. Gardens, a lounge, bistro seating, gorgeous lighting, family events, dining and entertainment, all under the warm, bright sunshine, or moonlit sky. This year there are 2 cool events going on at Harbor Park all summer long.
The Art Star Pop-Up Market which runs every Saturday from 11-4 and features artists, artisans and crafts people selling their wares. And The Punk Rock Flea Market running every Sunday from 11-5, and features locally made products, vintage apparel, new and old merchandise, crafts, jewelry, and more.
June 14th, is Pride Day in Philly. The celebration is marked by the LGBT Pride Parade and Festival. The parade kicks off at 13th and Locust at 11:30 a.m. and proceeds through Center City and Philadelphia’s historic district. The parade terminates at the Great Plaza of Penn’s Landing, where the festival is held. The festival features food, drinks, games, entertainment, and over 80 community, sports, and religious organizations. For more information and a schedule of events visit http://www.phillygaypride.org
Of course summer entertainment wouldn’t be complete without music. Summer time is concert time. Philadelphia has something for everyone, of every musical taste this year. Whether pop is your thing, you need a little bit of soul, or you’re ready to rock out, there’s something in June’s concert notables for you. Check them out.
June 7th: Get the party started with the B52’s at The Keswick Theatre
June 10th: Fall for Fallout Boy & Wiz Khalifa at Susquehanna Bank Center
June 13th: Pop’s reigning princess Taylor Swift plays at Lincoln Financial Field or
Barry Manilow croons at Wells Fargo
June 16th: The Divine Miss Bette Midler plays at Wells Fargo and
John Mellencamp brings the heartland to Philly at The Merriam Theatre
June 17th: Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant with Sensational Space Shifters at The Mann
June 19th: It’s a 90’s throwback with NKOTB (New Kids on the Block), TLC and Nelly at Wells Fargo
June 20th: The queen of soul Aretha Franklin appears at Caesars Atlantic City
June 21st: The legendary Sir Paul McCartney performs at Wells Fargo
June 25th: Rock out with Rush at Wells Fargo
June 27th: CCR’s John Fogerty rocks The Mann
and also at The Mann on June 28th: Go old school with Bare Naked Ladies, Violent Femmes, and (Men at Work’s) Colin Hay.
That’s just the first month of summer concert season. Check out Tourbeat for more artists and dates or visit the venue’s websites. If a fun and fabulous summer festival is more your speed, check out Festival Finder or Jam Base’s Festival Guide to find out what’s going on locally and nationally on the summer festival scene.
And we can’t forget the littlest One Unified fans.
The Dinosaurs of the Deep exhibit continues now through the first week of July every day at Adventure Aquarium in Camden. And the incredible Art of the Brick Lego exhibit is still hanging around this summer at The Franklin Institute. It’s the world’s largest Lego exhibit, made of over 100 creations using over one MILLION Legos!
If you’re looking to get outside with the kids, a visit to Smith Playground & Playhouse, one of the oldest playgrounds in America dating back to 1899, is a must for every pint sized Philadelphian. The playground, located in Fairmount Park, offers children a free place to play, jump, swing and climb.
We hope you’ll keep it here all summer long for more stories, more interviews, more music news, and new features. Summer 2015 is underway! Make it a great one.