5 Free Things to Do in Philly This Summer


As the temperature climbs, Philadelphia comes alive, with plenty of fun things to do. This summer, you don’t have to bust your budget when having fun. Check out a few free things to do around town this season.


Warm weather and relaxed work and school schedules mean that the summer tends to be a busy time for having fun in Philadelphia. While some traditional summer activities can get pricey, such as catching a Phillies game at the stadium or heading to an amusement park, there are plenty of fun, free things to do throughout the season. If you love spending time outside, while spending as little money as possible, you’ll want to join in on at least some of these free things to do.

Free Movies

Going to an icy, air conditioned movie theater for a summer blockbuster is a summer tradition for lots of people. But, a more budget-friendly option is to head to one of the many outdoor, free screenings that take place across Philadelphia. Over at the Schuylkill Banks, you can see movies such as Labyrinth and the newest Star Wars on Thursday nights from June 2 until August 11. The movies aren’t the only free things — there will be free snacks and drinks, too.

Up in Fairmount Park, the Dell Music Center will run its own outdoor movie nights, starting on June 21. Although the movies are free, tickets are required and are available from the box office on a first come, first served basis. On movie nights, doors to the Dell open at 6 p.m. Movies start at 7 p.m.

Free Museums

Museum admission can be pretty steep, depending on where you go. During the Welcome America Festival, admission to various museums is free on certain days. For example, on June 27, the Ben Franklin Museum will offer free admission. On July 3, admission at both the Barnes Foundation and the Philadelphia Museum of Art will be free. Other participating museums include the Rodin Museum, the National Museum of Jewish American History, and the African American Museum.

Free Concerts

It’s not summer in Philly until you go to a free outdoor concert. If you love the Philadelphia Orchestra, don’t miss the chance to see them perform during a Neighborhood Concert. The first one of the season takes place on July 1 at Penn’s Landing and is followed by a fireworks display.

One of the biggest, free outdoor concerts in the city is the Party on the Parkway, on July 4. The day long event will feature multiple performers, ranging from the O’Jays to Kidz Bop. Leslie Odom, Jr., a native of the area and one of the stars of the musical Hamilton, will act as emcee for the event.

Free Outdoor Fun

The Delaware Waterfront transforms into a summer paradise starting at the end of May. Summerfest includes a rollerskating rink (which is free for people who have Independence Blue Cross as their insurance provider), mini golf ,and several free activities. The area is open to the public daily, and admission is free.

Free Yoga

Another free, summer tradition in Philadelphia is Yoga on the Waterfront, which takes on the Race Street Pier. Whether you’re a beginner or have been doing yoga for ages, you can bring your own mat and get ready to stretch with other area yogis. Classes take place every day, at various times. On weekday mornings classes start at 7 a.m. There’s a class at 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 9:30 a.m. classes are offered on Saturdays and Sundays. Classes go until November.

One of the joys of calling Philadelphia home is participating in the free things it has to offer. This summer, try something new by dropping by one of the many free events.


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