Our Favorite June Events to Kickoff Summer in Philly

June 4, 2021

It’s a good time to be a Philadelphian! The city is reopening, loved ones are reuniting, and there is no shortage of things to do. These changes are positive and exciting – but they can also be overwhelming. If you are new to the city, or just slowly re-adjusting the bustle of summer in the city, we are here to help.

The Spruce Streets Common team put together a list of our personal picks for the best events and happenings here in Philly during the month of June. Read on to cut through the clutter and get a local’s take on the events that you don’t want to miss:

Via @visitphilly

United Colors Drag Show

Brunch is back in full force and with June being pride month, there is no better way to celebrate than with a drag brunch! While there is no shortage of these events in Philly, we recommend getting a table at the Devil Den's United Colors Drag Show on June 13th while tickets are still available. Along with being an elevated drag brunch "extravaganza" with some of Philly's best drag performers, the event is a fundraiser for True Colors United: an organization combating LGBTQ youth homelessness. 

The Philadelphia Flower Show

The annual Philly Flower Show has been a city staple for over a century. After a brief hiatus in 2020, the show is returning in full force with a historic new development: For the first, and possibly only, time in event history, the 2021 flower show will be held outside at FDR Park. Early photos of the outdoor displays have been impressive, and their event lineup shows that they are taking full advantage of the park location. The Flower Show runs from June 5th to the 13th, and tickets can be purchased on the event site.

The Roots Picnic

Another event returning from its 2020 hiatus is a beloved Philly music event: The Roots Picnic. Hosted and headlined by the beloved Philly band of the same name, the festival always features an impressive lineup of both established and up-and-coming artists in the hip-hop and RnB scene. Previous events have featured H.E.R., 2 Chainz, Pharrell, Meek Mill, and many more. Visit the festival website to see this year’s lineup as soon as it is released and purchase tickets.

Odunde Festival

ODUNDE, the largest African American street festival in the US, opts to remain virtual this year with a new “more than a festival” tagline. Luckily for us, they offer an exciting combination of in-person and online events during their festival dates: June 6-13. Simply scroll down the event’s homepage to see the different ways you can take part in the Nigerian and Pan-African celebrations both online and in historically black neighborhoods throughout Philly.

Via @phillymag

The Garden Pop-Up at Dilworth Park

Whether you’ve already been to Dilworth’s park roller rink or not, you’ll want to lace up your skates for the Garden Pop-Up, June 11-13th. Stop by the rink to enjoy cocktails and spiked seltzers, lawn games, giveaways, a flower wall photo spot, and more! The event is open to all ages, with crafts for kids and roaming entertainers.

Terrace on Tap Pop-Up

If you're a fan of local beer and city views, you won't want to miss the Terrace on Tap Pop-Up by Visit Philly. You and your party will enjoy local brews, craft cocktails, and seasonal shared plates from the Liberty View Terrace at Independence Visitor Center. Reservations are required, so be sure to make yours before the pop-up ends on June 18th. 

We hope this article could provide some insight on the events that we believe will be worth the outing! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to learn about more Philly events throughout the summer.