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Top 10+ Weekend Events for Philly Families (June 24-26, 2022)

Learn about some of our favorite family-friendly events in Philadelphia this weekend!

It’s officially the first full weekend of summer! From the kickoff of The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival to the Avenue of the Arts Block Party, the city is bustling with one-of-a-kind activities for the whole family. Start the season off on the right foot by enjoying some of these can’t-miss family festivities in Philadelphia.


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REMINDER: It’s LGBTQ+ Pride Month!🌈 Every June, we observe Pride Month to honor the 1969 Stonewall Riots and work to achieve equal rights for members of the LGBTQ+ community. This year, there are more chances than ever before for the whole family to participate in Philadelphia’s Pride Month festivities. Check out this article for a list of kid-friendly LGBTQ+ Pride events taking place in Philadelphia this June.


Find more family events for this weekend on our Philadelphia Family Calendar. And if you’re planning to spend some time outside of the city for the day or two, take a look at our calendars for Bucks County Parent and Main Line Parent.

Top Events For Families in Philly This Weekend

Here are some of our favorite family-friendly events in Philadelphia this weekend (June 24-26):

All Weekend/Multiple Days

Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

Now – July 25, 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Franklin Square – 200 North 6th Street, Philadelphia

C. Smyth for VISIT PHIL / EDITORIAL USE APPROVED; VISIT PHILADELPHIA®

The Dragon is back! Returning for the first time in three years, the spectacular Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square is a celebration of light and culture with magnificent steel-framed and silk-wrapped giant lighted sculptures. The 2022 Festival will illuminate Franklin Square at 6th & Race Streets in Historic Philadelphia from June 21 – August 7, 6-11 pm nightly, with over 30 larger-than-life displays radiant in brilliant colors. Tickets for the Festival are now on sale at www.phillychineselanternfestival.org.

Check out this article about the return of Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival for more info!

Cirque du Soleil Crystal

June 24 – 26, Showtimes Vary

Wells Fargo Center – 3601 South Broad Street, Philadelphia

Photo Credit: Matt Beard

Expert ice skaters and gravity-defying acrobats wow audiences with goosebumps-inducing stunts at this Cirque du Soleil performance on ice.

Manayunk Arts Festival

June 25 & 26, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Main Street – Manayunk, Philadelphia

Photo by J. Fusco for VISIT PHILADELPHIA® / APPROVED FOR EDITORIAL

Manayunk Development Corporation is pleased to announce the 33rd Annual Manayunk Arts Festival! They invite you to share in the tradition of excellence at the tri-state’s largest outdoor, juried arts festival. Celebrating the best variety of fine arts and crafts from across the country, collectors, buyers, and designers will visit Main Street for this event.

Friday, June 24

The U.S. Army Field Band & Soldiers’ Chorus on Independence Mall

June 24 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia

Pre-Party Outside Bourse Food Hall: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Performance: 7:00 pm

The U.S. Army Field Band & Soldiers’ Chorus presents “America the Beautiful,” a celebration of all there is to love about our nation. Take in unparalleled natural landscapes and meet the warm and welcoming people on a musical and visual journey across our country. Attendees are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket. Beginning at 5 PM, on 5th Street, outside of The Bourse Food Hall, guests can enjoy entertainment, food, and fun before the start of the show.


REMINDER: This event is part of Philadelphia’s annual Wawa Welcome America Festival, taking place throughout the city from now until July 4th. Click here for our guide to family fun during this year’s Welcome America Fest in Philly!

Into the Woods: Accessibility Performance

June 24 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Arden Theatre Company – 40 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia

Kim Carson and the Company of Into the Woods. Photo Credit: Wide Eyed Studios

ACCESSIBILITY PERFORMANCE

One of Sondheim’s most beloved musicals returns to the F. Otto Haas stage with a magical radiance. Into the Woods explores the journey to the fairy tales’ happy ending – and the responsibilities that come with happily ever after.

Saturday, June 25

Mask Mornings

June 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Academy of Natural Sciences – 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

While masks are typically optional in the Academy galleries, the Academy will begin offering Mask Mornings twice each month to welcome visitors who prefer or need a masked environment.

Clark Park Music & Arts Festival

June 25 @ 11:00 am – 6:30 pm

Clark Park – 4300-4398 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia

For 40 years, the Clark Park Music and Arts Festival has been a neighborhood tradition at 43rd and Chester Ave. The Festivals provide an excellent forum for residents to meet their neighbors and benefit from the artistic wealth of Philadelphia. Responding to the needs of a changing community, the Festival has grown in scope. Today the Festival includes children’s events and activities, arts and crafts vending, a greater diversity of performances to include all kinds of music, dance and theater, and a chance for non profit organizations to reach out to the neighborhood about all sorts of issues. Volunteers of all kinds from anywhere are encouraged to participate.

PNC Presents: Avenue of the Arts Block Party

June 25 @ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

The Kimmel Cultural Campus – 300 South Broad Street, Philadelphia

Photo by J. Fusco for VISIT PHILADELPHIA® / EDITORIAL USE APPROVED; ©VISIT PHILADELPHIA®

The Avenue of the Arts comes to life with entertainment, art, food and more! Enjoy live performances from local and world-renowned artists, including three-time Emmy Award-winning Bill Jolly, Rated Art, and Zo, featuring lead singer Gina Castanzo from NBC’s The Voice. Kids and kids-at-heart can slide down the 120-foot slide or zip across Broad Street on the 300-foot zip-line – both FREE of charge! Sip a cocktail at the Garces Beer Garden and grab a bite to eat from one of the many local food trucks or nearby restaurants. Get crafty with Mural Arts Philadelphia and participate in creating unique chalk art, then shop local vendors and snag free giveaways from festival sponsors. Head inside the Kimmel Cultural Campus for high-powered entertainment on the PNC Arts Alive Stage and exclusive experiences, such as performances by cast members from Moulin Rouge! The Musical and other popular titles on the Broadway Series and an interactive dance workshop led by Teaching Artists from Disney Theatrical Group. Audience members will learn warm-ups and choreography set to music from The Lion King on Tour and Broadway!

REMINDER: This event is also part of Philadelphia’s annual Wawa Welcome America Festival! Click here for our guide to this year’s celebrations.

AAMP in the Square

June 25 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Franklin Square – 200 North 6th Street, Philadelphia

AAMP in the Square is a family-friendly outdoor series in partnership with our neighbors at Franklin Square!

Join the museum on select 4th Saturdays of the month for a lineup of culturally relevant and educationally rich programming from local and visiting musicians, griots, lyricists, community leaders, teaching artists, and more!

Attendees are invited to enhance their experience by planning a visit to the African American Museum in Philadelphia, before or after the event, to explore our current and permanent exhibits and offerings. Bring a blanket, grab a bite at Franklin Square, and enjoy an afternoon in Philadelphia’s Historic District!

This series event is outdoors and socially distant to keep all participants safe.

AAMP in the Square will take place on Saturdays, on June 25th, July 23rd, and September 24th. Perfect for families and FREE.

Midsommarfest

June 25 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

American Swedish Historical Museum – 1900 Pattison Avenue, Philadelphia

Midsommar is one of Sweden’s most important holidays and a day to rejoice in the coming of summer at a time when daylight is at its longest. Join us at the American Swedish Historical Museum to celebrate this unique Swedish tradition at Midsommarfest on Saturday, June 25, 2022.

Midsommarfest is a day of fun for the entire family with traditional Swedish food, live music provided by the Last Chance duo, and activities for all ages. You can purchase flower crowns, Swedish foods, and refreshments. Check out our Swedish used book sale and Mormor’s Attic Shop, filled with second-hand treasures. Tickets are $5 per person 12 and up and include Museum admission. You can buy tickets at the door or register in advance by clicking below.

Sunday, June 26

Ready, Set, School: Eating for Energy

June 26 @ 11:00 am – 4:30 pm

Please Touch Museum – 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

Cars and buses need gas to run, and our bodies need food for energy.

Explore Please Touch Museum’s new Food & Family exhibit and festival area and learn all about food: where it comes from, how it brings communities together, and how it gives our body energy so we are ready to learn in school. Keystone First will provide community resources on food and nutrition and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia will administer COVID-19 vaccines and boosters to all eligible children and adults.

Gospel on Independence

June 26 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia

Photo by J. Fusco for VISIT PHILADELPHIA® / EDITORIAL USE APPROVED; ©VISIT PHILADELPHIA®

Pre-Party Outside Bourse Food Hall: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Performance: 7:00 pm

Enjoy a moving and uplifting performance starring gospel legend Yolanda Yvette Adams, alongside the Welcome America Mass Choir under the direction of Austin Woodland and Zak Williams, showcasing talented singers from across the city with a special performance by The Talented Tenors. This year’s performance, hosted by WDAS Patty Jackson, is an Ode to Freedom, celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Harriet Tubman. Limited seating available on a first-come first-serve basis. Guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs and/or blankets. Beginning at 5 PM, enjoy tasty food selections from The Bourse Food Hall and a performance by Rev. R2 and Da’ Crew on 5th Street between Market and Chestnut Streets.

REMINDER: This event is also part of Philadelphia’s annual Wawa Welcome America Festival! Click here for our guide to this year’s celebrations.


We hope that you and your family enjoy your summer weekend in Philadelphia! Remember to keep checking our events calendar and social media pages all season long to stay up-to-date on upcoming events in the city. 

Featured Image: Photo by J. Fusco for VISIT PHILADELPHIA® / EDITORIAL USE APPROVED; ©VISIT PHILADELPHIA®


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