April 21, 2015 |

Summer Fun in Philly, Part 2

If the beautiful weather this past weekend didn’t have you anxiously awaiting summer days (81 degrees–it hit 81 degrees on Saturday!), this list of summer events will. Last month we featured some of the awesome summer highlights going on around the city, and this month we’re doing it again. You’ll have to try to be bored this summer, because there are still too many fun events to list. Check them out!

Slide the City: Philadelphia 

The details still haven’t been nailed down for this event, but it’s too exciting not to include anyway. The word “Slip ‘N Slide” probably brings back memories of your childhood, when you ran and slid across a small piece of plastic in your yard. But you’ve grown up now, and while the Slip ‘N Slides of years gone by were certainly fun, you need a bit more excitement. To meet that need, Slide the City is bringing their 1,000-foot Slip ‘N Slide to the streets of Philly. That’s right, that’s over 3 football fields of cushioned vinyl for you to slide down at this water party. There will also be live music and food, and floaties are welcome for sliding purposes. Be sure to sign up to receive more information as it becomes available!

Future Sensations at The Oval
From May 30 to June 6, Philadelphia will be the only U.S. city to host the traveling exhibition Future Sensations by Saint-Gobain. Only four cities in the world will host this 350-year-anniversary celebration of Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest building materials companies; the company has been involved in building the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles, the glass pyramid at the Louvre, the Statue of Liberty, and even the Mars Rover. This high-concept, immersive experience will merge modern technology with visionary arts. Four pavilions of up to 32-feet-tall (called Look, Listen, Color, and Create) will each offer a unique sensory experience, and a fifth pavilion designed specifically for Philly’s stop on the tour will feature a 70-foot dome and more. If all this weaving of science and art and future innovation doesn’t excite you, there will also be a pop-up beer garden and food trucks at The Oval.

Phillies tickets are usually inexpensive, so you can head to the ballpark for a day game on the weekend or night game during the week. But if you’re looking for something with a little more weight than a regular season baseball game, get your tickets for the CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) Gold Cup Finals, which will be held in Philadelphia on July 26 . If you’re lucky, the U.S. Men’s National Team will be playing at Lincoln Financial Field for a chance to defend their Gold Cup title from 2013. Regardless of who’s playing, though, the championship game is sure to be exciting. The third place game for the tournament will also be in Philly, scheduled for July 25 at PPL Park. Get your tickets now before prices go up, and don’t miss this chance to see some of the best soccer teams in the Americas battle for the cup!

Bluecross RiverRink Summerfest
This summer celebration is opening on May 22, and you don’t want to miss it. The popular ice skating destination at Penn’s Landing will be transformed into a roller rink, boathouse-styled Lodge, and a hangout spot connected to Spruce Street Harbor Park via a path along the river. A leafy island will sit in the center of the hockey-grade flooring system, providing shade and seating as well as rain collection. The popular ski lodge of the winter will be turned into a boathouse lodge, featuring canoes, paddles, fans, and summer decor and food options. The rink area will feature some great accommodations, but if you need a change of scenery, the Spruce Street Harbor Park is only a five-minute walk away. So whether you’re looking to do some skating or just lounge in a hammock, head to the waterfront!

Again, this is not even close to an exhaustive list of all the amazing things going on in Philly this summer. But it’s definitely a place to start, so be sure to check out some of these warm-weather events!


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