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    Make this your best. Summer. EVER--without spending a dime! Philadelphia and the ‘burbs have a huge variety of blockbuster free summer events, from blowout festivals and outdoor movies to pop-up parks and yoga en plein air. You can have the time of your life all summer long without ever emptying your wallet--unless it’s for soft pretzels and “wudder” ice. In honor of our Spring into Summer promotion presented by PNC Arts Alive, here are where you can find some of our top picks, but feel free to tweet us your choices to @Phillyfunguide.

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    Night Market Callowhill & West Philadelphia


    Everyone’s favorite culinary festival is back two more times before the end of the summer! Check it out in Callowhill in June, then West Philadelphia in early September. 

    PHS Pop Up Gardens


    If you only visit one beer garden this summer, make it the original. Pennsylvania Horticultural Society started its first pop-up beer garden on Broad Street in 2013, and they’ve started a trend Philadelphians just can’t get enough of. This season you can explore the wilds of the Viaduct Rail Park at their newest Pop Up Garden.

    Spruce Street Harbor Park


    This is hands-down the most picturesque spot to hang on a summer night. Fifty colorful, handmade hammocks hang under beautiful LED light displays, surrounded by floating gardens and boardwalk and lawn games. 

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    Outdoor Movies


    Nothing says summer like grabbing a picnic blanket and finding a spot in the grass at your local pop-up outdoor cinema. You can find hit films for all ages on the Schuylkill Banks, Penn’s Landing, and more

    The Oval


    Get ready for another summer fun takeover of the Eakins Oval space in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. A colorful blacktop paint job is the setting for food trucks, special events, movie nights, and more. 

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    View this list for all of the free movies happening in Philadelphia!


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