It’s no secret that we at oM love Philly. Our neighbor to the south has a little bit of everything, from style to art to some mighty fine drinkin’. So it’s no surprise that when summer rolls around, Philadelphia does it up.

Go to to plan your next getaway to Philadelphia. Consult oM’s Transit Guide to Philly for the best transportation options from NYC. If you are driving, the Philly Overnight® Hotel Package comes with free parking at your hotel. Here are the best Philadelphia summer events in 2013.

Party in the streets

Night Market

What: Night Market
When: June 20; August 15; 6-10 pm
Where: West Oak Lane (June); South Street (August)
Why: Eat delicious street food. Explore Philly neighborhoods. Groove to local musicians, and check out art. West Oak Lane is a little more removed, but makes a great excuse for exploring a new ‘hood.
How much: Pay as you go

What: Urban Beach Party
When: June 22, 2-7 p.m.
Where: Brown Street Lawn at Eastern State Penitentiary
Why: This long-time Philly tradition signals the start of summer. Games, food, music, and fun for the whole family.
How much: Free!

What: Radio 104.5 Block Parties
When: July 13; August 3; September 14, 3:45-7 p.m.
Where: The Piazza at Schmidt’s in Northern Liberties
Why: Free music. Awesome bands. Loads of fun.
How much: Free!

What: 2nd Street Festival
When: August 4
Where: North 2nd Street between Germantown and Green Streets
Why: So much more than a street fair, this mondo block party celebrates the Northern Liberties neighborhood, showcasing local businesses through food, shopping, art, and workshops. Four music and event stages will feature entertainment programmed by the Philadelphia Folksong Society.
How much: Free!

Sports, muscle cars, and other awesomeness

Car Show & Street Festival

Car Show & Street Festival

What: U.S. Open
When: June 13 – June 16
Where: Merion; Independence Mall (the U.S. Open Experience)
Why: For the first time since 1981, Philadelphia hosts the U.S. Open. Head out to Merion to watch it live, or join in the U.S. Open Experience, an interactive exploration of all things golf, featuring educational exhibits, memorabilia, plus live viewing coverage of the U.S. Open.
How much: From $250 (The U.S. Open Experience is free)

What: Car Show & Street Festival
When: July 28, 12-5 p.m.
Where: East Passyunk Avenue between Broad & Dickinson
Why: Muscle cars, vintage rides, and everything in between will parade down the street for your viewing pleasure. Eat, drink and enjoy!
How much: Free!

What: Awesome Fest
When: June 14-August 19 (movie days and times vary)
Where: Various locations
Why: Because this roaming movie fest is, well, awesome. This year’s includes an ‘80s film festival and ‘80s prom.
How much: Ticket prices vary.

What: Bug Fest
When: August 10-11
Where: The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Why: Bug out with live and preserved specimens, a roach race, and even creepy-crawly eats.
How much: Free with general admission ($15)

Holiday soirees

Wawa Welcome America Festival

Wawa Welcome America Festival

What: Bloomsday
When: June 7-16
Where: Rosenbach Museum
Why: The home of the original manuscript of James Joyce’s Ulysses hosts one of the biggest Bloomsday celebrations west of the Liffey. The week of festivities includes themed tours and in-conversations, all culminating in a marathon reading on the big day.

What: Wawa Welcome America
When: July 1-7
Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Why: Because you’re sick of the Hudson River. Spend the Fourth in the place where it all began. The week does it up with fireworks, movie nights, food events and the largest free concert in the country featuring John Mayer, The Roots and more.
How much: Free!

What: Bastille Day
When: July 13, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Eastern State Penitentiary
Why: Dust off your favorite French Revolution wig and storm the castle. An hour-long reenactment features bearded ladies, cabaret, a beheading, and appearances by French notables from Napolean to Edith Piaf—all followed by feasting, of course.
How much: The reenactment is free; twilight tours of the penitentiary are $10

Artistic outings

Fort Mifflin at Hidden City

Fort Mifflin at Hidden City

What: Clark Park Music and Arts Festival
When: June 22; September 21
Where: Clark Park (43rd and Baltimore Avenue)
Why: This summer tradition takes place on the Saturdays closest to summer solstice and fall equinox (check back for exact dates). It’s grown since it launched in the 1970s, but you can still expect a variety of music, arts, kids’ events, and good old-fashioned fun.
How much: Free!

What: Made In America Music Festival
When: August 31 – September 1
Where: Ben Franklin Parkway
Why: A weekend with Beyonce, Nine Inch Nails, Public Enemy, and more? Done and done.
 How much: $150 for a two-day pass

What: PECO Multicultural Series
When: Weekends throughout summer
Where: Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing
Why: No money to travel this year? Explore the world from Philly, at this festival that hits entertainment from Ireland, India, Portugal, and other places around the globe.
How much: Prices vary

What: Hidden City Festival
When: May 23-June 30, 2013
Where: Various locations
Why: Fabulous art made even more fabulous by the spectacular “forgotten” sites in which they are showcased (think an abandoned swimming pool, the Knights of Pythias Hall…).
How much: From $20 (for a one-day pass)

Must-see museum exhibits

Vietnam War helmet

Vietnam War helmet

What: Glow: Living Lights
When: June 1-September 29
Where: The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Why: Fireflies, glow worms, and scorpions (oh my!). The natural world is a wondrous place, and this exhibit explores its most luminescent residents.
How much: Free with general admission $15 (adults); $13 (kids)

What: The 1968 Exhibit
When: June 14-September 2
Where: National Constitution Center
Why: When the National Constitution Center has a new exhibit, history buffs take note. This institution knows how it’s done, and now they bring to life one of the most momentous years in our nation’s history, tackling the Vietnam War, civil rights, and women’s liberation, plus all the fashion, music, and culture that went along with it.
How much: $14.50

What: SPY: The Secret World of Espionage
When: May 4-October 6
Where: The Franklin Institute
Why: More than 200 artifacts and other adventures, from a field of laser beams to a CIA robotic catfish, take you into the fascinating world of spies.
How much: $28

Drink, stroll, and be merry

Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll

Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll

Center City District Sips
When: Every Wednesday throughout summer, 5-7 p.m.
Where: Select bars throughout Center City
Why: Think of this as a giant happy hour, allowing you to mingle, hang with the locals, and sample amazing cocktails (and we’ve already established Philly knows cocktails!). Check out this handy map of 2013 participants.
How much: Half-price apps plus $3 beers, $4 wine, and $5 cocktails

Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll
When: June 13; September 12, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Baltimore Avenue from 42nd to 50th Street (University City)
Why: Dollar deals on everything from samosas and craft beer to cupcakes and (because you’ll be needing them after all that eating) yoga certificates.
How much: Pay as you go.

What: Architectural Walking Tours
When: May through October (check website for full schedule)
Where: Location varies
Why: Take a walk through the littlest streets, Gilded Age Philly, Fishtown, and more. A whole new way to explore.
How much: $10

What: Pennsylvania Dutch Festival
When: August 8-11
Where: Reading Terminal Market
Why: Handmade crafts, Amish buggy rides, bluegrass music, and sticky buns that will rock your world.
How much: Free

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Photos in order of appearance: Hidden City, Dave Tavani, Wawa Welcome America, Peter Woodall, National Constitution Center