Endless summer adventures await you at Philadelphia Parks & Recreation. It’s time to soak up the sun and celebrate:  

  • Pride Month. 
  • Juneteenth. 
  • National Fishing and Boating Week. 
  • The Summer Solstice, and more.  

Our staff and partners are hosting an array of activities for those of all ages and abilities.  

Please note: events may be canceled or postponed due to bad weather. Be sure to check the links below to confirm date, time, and location.


FDR Pride Picnic  

June 8, 2024
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Ballfield next to the American Swedish Historical Museum–1900 Pattison Avenue, 19145.  

Organized by Friends of FDR Park. Come out and show your Pride at FDR Park. Learn more on Facebook.  

Juneteenth Jubilee 

June 16, 2024
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Bartram’s Garden–5400 Lindbergh Boulevard, 19143.  

Attend the 4th annual Juneteenth Jubilee. Come on out to the garden for a full day of free festivities. There will be live performances, storytelling, free fruit, fitness classes, games, vendors, and more. See details on their website.  

Free Kidchella Music Festival in partnership with Wawa Welcome America 

June 20, 2024
4 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse–3500 Reservoir Drive, 19121.  

This year, Kidchella will be a free, one-day summer festival. Highlights include art stations, treats, giveaways, community partner tables, and a concert. Register to get your free concert tickets.  

Summer Solstice in the Wissahickon 

June 20, 2024
5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Houston Playground–900 Grakyn Lane, 19128. 

Meet at Houston Playground. Organized by Friends of Wissahickon. Celebrate the summer solstice by noticing changes in the park. Learn interesting facts about the summer solstice. Learn more and register now.  

Summer Solstice at Champions Playground 

June 20, 2024
8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Champions Park Playground–910 Tustin Street, 19111. 

While summer doesn’t officially arrive until 4:50 p.m., come celebrate the summer solstice. Enjoy a mindful hike through the forest and along the creek. Adults only. Learn more about this free event on Facebook. 

Summer Solstice Music Festival  

June 22, 2024
2 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Gorgas Park–6300 Ridge Avenue, 19128. 

Organized by Friends of Gorgas Park. Don’t miss Ben Arnold and Jim Boggia with the 48 Hour Orchestra. Chris Kasper, the Doublewides, the Primaries, and Swing That Cat. Enjoy music, a beer garden, and food trucks. Learn more on Facebook. 

Bug Stock 2024 

June 22, 2024
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Pennypack Environmental Center–8600A Verree Road, 19115. 

Celebrate insect week. All ages are welcome to attend this free event. Activities include observing live bugs, playing games, making crafts, and more. See more details.  

RiverFest

June 30, 2024
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Glen Foerd–5001 Grant Avenue, 19114. 

Organized by Glen Foerd and their partners: Riverfront North, The Block Gives Back, Tacony Lab Community Art Center, and the Pennypack Environmental Center. Enjoy a day of family fun! Come explore the water on a kayak, canoe, or row a boat for free. Come decorate and fly kites. Grab a bit to eat from the food truck. Shop wares from local artists. Learn about bees and make arts and crafts. Register for this free event.  


Reoccurring events in June  

Schuylkill Banks Movie Series 

June 13, 20, and 27, 2024
Movies start at sunset (around 8 p.m.)
Location varies  

Watch a movie under the stars for free. Organized by Schuylkill Banks. 

See schedule below:  

“King Kong”— (1933 Colorized) This is a screening of the 1933 colorized version of the monster tale.
Grassy area north of the Walnut Street Bridge. June 13, 2024.  

“Keanu”—This comedy action film is centered around a cute kitten. Grays Ferry Crescent Esplanade near the trail entrance at Wharton Street and Schuylkill Avenue. June 20, 2024.  

“Big”—Tom Hanks stars in this “enchanting and heartwarming cinematic masterpiece that captures the essence of childhood wonder and the timeless spirit of imagination.” Northside of the Walnut Street Bridge. June 27, 2024. 

Learn more on their website.  

Summer Block Parties in Tacony Creek Park 

June 18, 19, and 20, 2024
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Do you and your family enjoy using the Tacony Creek Park trail? Come celebrate the park at Tookany/Tacony-Frankford (TTF) Watershed Partnership’s free annual summer block parties. Get access to valuable community resources, take home a recycling bin, and enjoy many more exciting activities. Bring your friends and family for an evening of fun and community engagement. Visit Facebook for more information. 

 

PAST EVENTS


Fish Fest  

June 1, 2024
3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Frankford Boat Launch–5650 Tacony Street, 19137.  

Organized by Riverfront North Partnership. Enjoy a fun afternoon of free activities. Learn how to fish. Ride the trails with bikes from Youth Cycling. Create art and do other nature-based fun activities. Free food and refreshments. Register on Eventbrite. 

Wissahickon Trail Run  

June 1, 2024
8:15 a.m. pre-race stretch
8:30 a.m. race begins
Start/finish line: Northwestern Avenue and Forbidden Drive, 19118.  

Celebrate National Trails Day by running in the Wissahickon. Participants can run the 10K or enjoy a leisurely 1-mile family-friendly nature walk. Here’s a map of the last trail classic in 2019. Funds raised help maintain and beautify the park and watershed. Learn more details and register today.  

“Anything Goes”  

June 1 and 2, 2024
7 p.m.
Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center–7 Lock Street, 19127. 

Star Players presents “Anything Goes.” The S. S. American is sailing between New York and England with a colorful assemblage of passengers. Reno Sweeney is a popular nightclub singer and former evangelist. Her friend Billy Crocker is a lovelorn Wall Street broker. He has come aboard to try to win the heart of Hope Harcourt. But she is engaged to another passenger, Sir Evelyn Oakleigh. See details.  

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