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Parks on Tap

Fairmount

For the second year in a row, Philly’s beloved beer garden program Parks on Tap sets up a summer-long stationary stop at the Fairmount Water Works. Enjoy summer sips (including craft brews from Mainstay Independent Brewing) and tasty bites with an expanded menu, including weekend lunch options. Head there Wednesday thru Sundays, now thru 8/28. Take Route 32 and 38 there!

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Old City Eats

Old City

Move over, Friday: Thursday might be Philly’s favorite happy hour and date night this summer thanks to Old City Eats. More than 20 participating bars, restaurants and eateries in Old City offer small plate and drink specials from 4 to 7 p.m. every Thursday through August 25, 2022. In addition to returning participants like Amada, Khyber Pass Pub and Lucha Cartel, 13 new spots join the party for 2022, including Rebel Taco, Campo’s Philly Cheesesteaks and Scoop DeVille. It's SO easy to get to Old City on SEPTA! Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd Street or Routes 5, 9, 17, 21, 33, 42, 44, 48 or 57. 

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Stroll The Street

Manayunk

Celebrate Manayunk's favorite summer tradition, socially-distanced style! Stroll the Street’s pop-up is a safe way to celebrate summer in the neighborhood with your friends and family. Head to Main Street every Thursday from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Take SEPTA's Manayunk/Norristown Line or Norristown High Speed Line to Norristown Transportation Center. From there, Bus Routes 90, 96, and 98 get you within walking distance.

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Pirate Rum Challenge

Delaware River Waterfront

Arrr you ready for a Swashbucklin’ good time? This pop-up rum garden experience every Thursday thru Saturday at the Independence Seaport Museum is full of cheeky and pirate-y activities for adults, including a plank walk against the museum’s pirate-in-residence Calico Jack and a beanbag-toss competition. After completing the challenge, score some booty: a complimentary rum cocktail, of course. Save $2 on admission when you flash your SEPTA Key card! Get there on SEPTA! SEPTA Bus Routes 21, 33 & 42,17, 12, 25 and 48 all get you close! You can also take the SEPTA Market-Frankford Line (the Blue line) to the 2nd Street Stop. From there, head East over the Market Street Bridge.

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The arts

The Arts on Center Stage

Dilworth Park

Philadelphia’s diverse network of arts and culture organizations will be showcased every Thursday, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. as they perform in the center of the city in Dilworth Park. Attendance is free. Seating on the Greenfield Lawn is limited and guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or chair. Get here on SEPTA! Hop the Market-Frankford Line, Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 & 36 to 15th Street, the Broad Street Line to City Hall, Bus Routes 2, 17, 33, 38, 44, 48, 124 or 125 or Regional Rail to Suburban Station.

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Movies in Knight Park

Collingswood

A patch of grass, some good buddies and a summer flick  – what could be better? As usual, Collingswood is bringing all the small town fun now thru 8/18 every Thursday and we want to see you there. It's all free for our community and friends in the region. Make a SEPTA to PATCO connection. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 8th & Market to connect to PATCO or the Broad Street Line Walnut-Locust for the PATCO stop at 15th & Locust. Tunnels connect the systems underground, just follow the signs. For more info, click here.

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Meet Me on South Street

South Street

This Thursday (and every Thursday in August), score food and drink deals at dozens of South Street bars and restaurants, in addition to special shopping and arts experiences as part of the Meet Me on South Street series. We’re talking $5 beers and $6 sandwiches at Brauhaus Schmitz, unreal happy hour specials at Bridget Foy’s, ladies’ night specials (including drinks on the DJ’s tab!) at the legendary Dobbs on South, 75 cent pierogies at Tattooed Mom and much more. Get tehre on SEPTA! Bus Routes 24712172732404547 or 57 run down, parallel or across South Street. The Broad Street Line stops at Lombard-South.

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World Cafe Live

WXPN's Free At Noon is held every Friday at World Cafe Live and always features fabulous music. Heading to the show? Get there on SEPTA. Take Regional Rail to 30th Street Station, the Market-Frankford Line to 30th, Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 & 36 to 30th Street, or Bus Routes 21, 42, or 49.

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Harry Potter: The Exhibition

Franklin Institute

Opening on the 18th - the most comprehensive touring exhibition about the Wizarding World makes its world premiere this winter at Philadelphia’s iconic science museum. The immersive experience reveals the artistry and craftsmanship behind the props, costumes and environments from the blockbuster films of the Harry Potter series, as well as Fantastic Beasts. Note that tickets are in limited supply for opening weekend; however, the exhibit store will be open to all museum visitors. Get there on SEPTA. Short walk from Suburban, 15th, City Hall and 19th Street Stations. Or hop Routes 7, 33, 38 or 48.

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Rittenhouse Farmers Market

Rittenhouse Square

Head to Rittenhouse Square every Tuesday and Saturday from 9a -3p for their Farmers Market. 

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Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

Blue Cross RiverRink

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, Delaware River Waterfront's outdoor roller skating rink, is back ! Get there on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd Street or Bus Routes 12, 21, 25, 42, 17, or 33.

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The Oval XP on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Eakins Oval

The Benjamin Franklin Parkway undergoes a major glow up for 2022 as Eakins Oval transforms into The Oval XP — an eight-acre urban oasis across in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This is open from 6/16 thru 8/21 - Wednesdays thru Sundays. Get there on SEPTA! Bus Routes 7, 32, 38, 43 & 48 serve the Museum area. 

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Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival

Franklin Square

It’s all back: The bright lights. The beautiful lanterns. The picture-perfect memories. The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival — returning for the first time in three years — illuminates Franklin Square now thru 8/7 with grand, artistic creations. The square comes alive with thousands of LED lights strewn across different displays of intricate, handcrafted lanterns constructed by lantern artisans from China. Also on the docket: cultural performances, shopping, the Dragon Beer Garden and more. Get here on SEPTA. Short walk from the 5th Street/Independence Hall stop on the Market-Frankford Line or ride Bus Routes 47 or 47M.

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Pictures in the Park

Dilworth Park

Outdoor movie nights on the big screen return to Dilworth Park this summer during Pictures in the Park! The six-week-long season is free for guests of all ages and will include a variety of blockbuster hits. The series begins begins Friday, 7/22 and will continue every Friday through 8/26. Showtime begins at 8:15 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own blankets or chairs, as seating is limited. Get here on SEPTA! Hop the Market-Frankford Line, Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 & 36 to 15th Street, the Broad Street Line to City Hall, Bus Routes 2, 17, 33, 38, 44, 48, 124 or 125 or Regional Rail to Suburban Station.

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Moonlight Movies

Mt Airy

After a two year absence, Moonlight Movies are BACK! On Final Fridays now thru September, Mt Airy will host family-friendly movies in green spaces around the neighborhood. Hop the Chestnut Hill West Line to Allen Lane Station.

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Full Moon History Tour

Laurel Hill Cemetery

What better way to explore a historic cemetery than under the light of a full moon? Join guides from Laurel Hill Cemetery on an evening and nighttime stroll of the cemetery grounds this Friday while hearing stories about the many notable residents buried there. After the tour, enjoy light refreshments by the campfire and swap a spooky story or two. Get here on SEPTA. Hop Route 61 to Clearfield Street and you're there.



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Lincoln Financial Field

The Philadelphia Eagles are back at Lincoln Financial Field on Friday, 8/12 in preseason action against the Jets. Going? Best way from home to home field is the SEPTA Broad Street Line. Ride it south to NRG Station (last stop).

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WXPN Welcomes WXPN Welcomes Fleet Foxes: Shore Tour

The Mann Center

Headed to the Mann Center Friday to catch WXPN Welcomes Fleet Foxes: Shore Tour? Get there on SEPTA! Stopping at major locations in Center City, SEPTA's Mann Loop provides an easy, one-seat trip to the show For more info and a map, click here.

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Punch Line Philly

Catch a performance by the humble and hilarious comedian, Corey Holcomb at Punch Line Philly on 8/12 thru 8/14. Get there on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to Girard, walk .2 miles.



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Wheeland Brothers

Ardmore Music Hall

Catch the Southern Californian performers, The Wheeland Brothers, at Ardmore Music Hall on 8/12. Doors open at 6:45 p. Get there on SEPTA! Hop the Paoli/Thorndale Line to Ardmore or Routes 44, 103 or 106.

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WXPN Welcomes Leon Bridges: The Boundless Tour

The Mann

Head to the Mann Center this Saturday to check out Leon Bridges: The Boundless Tour. Get there on the Mann Loop!

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REO Speedwagon and Styx

Freedom Mortgage Pavilion

Shut down your computers and come outside again, for the Live and UnZoomed Tour with co-headliners, REO Speedwagon and Styx with the very love-able, Loverboy coming Freedom Mortgage Pavilion on Saturday, 8/13. Leave the driving to SEPTA. Yes - it's being held across the river but you can still SEPTA to the show. Hop the SEPTA Market-Frankford Line to 2nd Street or Routes 12, 17, 21, 25, 33, 42 or 48 to hop the RiverLink Ferry on Penn's Landing or ride PATCO to City Hall Station which is a short walk from Freedom Mortgage Pavillion. Connect from SEPTA to PATCO at 8th & Market or 15th & Locust.

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Clark Park Farmers Market

West Philadelphia

Clark Park is home to one of the largest and most well-populated farmers markets in Philadelphia, and boasts over a dozen vendors manning tables piled high with organic fruits, heirloom vegetables, milk, eggs, cheeses, meats and more. It's open year-round on Saturdays from 10a to 2p. Get there on SEPTA. Routes 13, 30 & 34 drop you right there!

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Museum of Illusions

Old City

Believe half of what you see. The Museum of Illusions opens a Philadelphia outpost in Old City on Saturday, 3/12, joining existing locations in Toronto, Paris, Chicago and New York. With over 80 exhibits meant to trick the eye, the attraction delights visitors with holograms, stereograms and optical illusions, all the while teaching about vision, perception and the human brain. Get here on SEPTA. Short walk from Jefferson Station or ride SEPTA's Market-Frankford Line to 5th Street/Independence Hall Station. Bus Routes 5, 9, 17, 21, 33, 38, 42, 44, 48, 57, and 121 also stop near the museum.

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Bryn Mawr Farmers Market

Bryn Mawr Train Station

Head over to the Bryn Mawr to find fresh produce at Bryn Mawr Farmers Market. Now open every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm - conveniently located at Bryn Mawr Station on the Paoli/Thorndale Line! 

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Collingswood Farmer's Market

Collingswood

Collingswood Farmer's Market returns for a stellar 22nd season on Saturday, 5/7. The market is open on Saturdays from 8 am to 12 pm. Make a SEPTA to PATCO connection. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 8th & Market to connect to PATCO or the Broad Street Line Walnut-Locust for the PATCO stop at 15th & Locust. Tunnels connect the systems underground, just follow the signs. For more info, click here.

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Wine

Rodin Museum Garden Bar

Rodin Museum

The Rodin Museum’outdoor pop-up garden serves up summer cocktails and small plates in a beautiful green space. Open 5/13 thru 9/30. Get here on SEPTA Routes 7, 32, 38 and 48.

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Philadelphia Union

Subaru Park

The Union take on Chicago on Saturday, 8/13 at 7:30p. To get here on SEPTA, take the Wilmington/Newark Line or Routes 37, 109, or 113 to Chester Transportation Center. From there - hop the shuttle bus to Subaru Park. 

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Special Programming

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Philly’s historic Eastern State Penitentiary hosts special programming this week and weekend. Be sure to grab a brew in the Fair Chance Beer Garden during your visit. Get here on SEPTA. Bus Routes 48, 43, 33, 32 & 7 all get you close.



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TalkPeck Soundsystem ft members of Lotus, Trap Rabbit & more

Ardmore Music Hall

Ready to jam? TalkPeck Soundsystem will be with The Jawn at Ardmore Music Hall this Friday, 8/13. Doors open at 6:45 p. Get there on SEPTA! Hop the Paoli/Thorndale Line to Ardmore or Routes 44, 103 or 106.

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Teo Gonzalez & Rogelio Ramos

Keswick Theatre

Two of Mexico’s biggest standup comedy stars will be together for the first time in the U.S. Make your way to Keswick Theatre on 8/13 to see this legendary performance (the show is performed in Spanish). Doors open at 7 p. Catch SEPTA there! Hop the Lansdale/Doylestown Line or Warminster Line to Glenside Station, or Bus Routes 22 or 77.

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Headhouse Farmers Market

South Street District

On Sunday stop by the Headhouse Farmers Market for fresh produce, baked goods, local meats, cheeses and wines. It's so easy to get here on SEPTA. Hop Route 12, 40, 47 or 57. 

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ALT 104.5 Presents Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness & Dashboard Confessional

The Mann Center

Catch Andrew McMahon at The Mann Center this Sunday! Get there on the Mann Loop!

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Taimane and Her Quartet

Ardmore Music Hall

See Taimane and her Quartet rock the stage at Ardmore Music Hall on 8/14. Doors open at 5:45 p. Get there on SEPTA! Hop the Paoli/Thorndale Line to Ardmore or Routes 44, 103 or 106.

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Wiz Khalifa & Logic

Freedom Mortgage Pavilion

This summer brings forth the most incredible tandem in modern hip-hop, Wiz Khalifa and Logic. Catch these two join forces on 8/14 at Freedom Mortgage Pavilion! Leave the driving to SEPTA. Yes - it's being held across the river but you can still SEPTA to the show. Hop the SEPTA Market-Frankford Line to 2nd Street or Routes 12, 17, 21, 25, 33, 42 or 48 to hop the RiverLink Ferry on Penn's Landing or ride PATCO to City Hall Station which is a short walk from Freedom Mortgage Pavillion. Connect from SEPTA to PATCO at 8th & Market or 15th & Locust.

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PHS Pop-Up Garden

South Street

The popular Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) Pop Up Garden on South Street is open for another season of outdoor food and drinks within a tree-shaded space at 15th & South Streets. Get here on SEPTA! Ride the Broad Street Line to Lombard-South or hop Routes 4. 27, 32 or 40.

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Spruce Street Harbor Park

Penn's Landing

Enthusiasts of riverside chilling enjoy hammocks, patio and arcade games, musical performances, and tasty treats from local purveyors while strolling the boardwalk at this warm-weather attraction. The riverside Spruce Street Harbor Park is the perfect escape for visitors looking to relax and locals hoping to unwind. Get here on SEPTA. Short walk from 2nd Street Station on the Market-Frankford Line or ride Bus Routes 12, 21, 33, 42 or 25.

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Transit Tuesday ☕️

Dunkin'

Celebrate Transit Tuesday with SEPTA and Dunkin'. Flash your SEPTA Key card to receive a MEDIUM Hot or Iced Coffee for only $1 (+ appl. tax) every Tuesday at any participating Greater Philadelphia-area Dunkin' location. To find your nearest Dunkin' click here. Offer valid on Tuesdays only. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Participation may vary. Limited-time offer. 



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Center City Fit

Dilworth Park

Dilworth Park at City Hall is once again home to free fitness classes on Monday and Tuesday evenings - open to the public with no advanced registration necessary from Center City Fit. Get here on SEPTA! Hop the Market-Frankford Line, the Broad Street Line to City Hall, Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 & 36 to 15th Street, Bus Routes 2, 17, 33, 38, 44, 48, 124 or 125 or Regional Rail to Suburban Station.

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Dining Under The Stars

Media, PA

Reminiscent of the open-air cafes on Paris’ Avenue des Champs-Élysées and in the piazzas of Rome & Venice, al fresco dining is enjoyed in Media all summer long. Every Wednesday evening, May through September, the Dining Under the Stars™ event closes State Street from Jackson to Orange. Get there on SEPTA! Take Trolley Route 101, Bus Route 110, or the Media/Elwyn Line!

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Center City SIPS

Center City

Great reason to catch a later train! Center City District SIPS is back! Beginning June 1 and continuing every Wednesday evening through August 31 from 4:30p to 7p, participating locations will offer $6 cocktails including specialty drinks made with Hornitos Tequila, $5 wine, $4 beer and half-price appetizers. This unique happy hour tradition is a perfect opportunity for returning office workers to explore all that Center City has to offer once the workday ends. After happy hour, Center City District SIPS attendees can also enjoy 15% off dinner at participating restaurants. More info here.

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Food Trucks & Live Music

The Porch at 30th

Food trucks, pop-ups, and performances are back at The Porch! The schedule for April and May is: Tuesdays: Deke's BBQ serving slow-cooked BBQ favorites; Wednesdays: Burrito Feliz slinging Mexican menu items including some of the city's best birria tacos; Thursdays: Two Street Sammies offering traditional Philadelphia sandwich options including cheesesteaks, roasted pork, and more; Fridays: Pitruco brick oven pizza specializing in gourmet 12" Neopolitan style pizzas. Stay tuned for live music presented by SEPTA Sounds! Get here on SEPTA. Take the Market-Frankford Line, Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 & 36, or Regional Rail to 30th Street, or a number of SEPTA Bus Routes also stop here including Routes 9, 30, 44, 78, 124, 125 and Route 49.

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