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    This summer there are so many festivals happening in Philadelphia! Every weekend you can find a festival for you, be it an arts festival, a food festival, a music festival, a neighborhood festival, or something completely different. In honor of our Spring into Summer promotion presented by PNC Arts Alive, we have highlighted the top festivals we are looking forward this summer as well as list all the rest at the bottom so you won’t run out of things to do. Share your favorite festivals with us on Twitter @Phillyfunguide.

    PECO Multicultural Series

     

    This summer, Penn’s Landing is the place to be for the best festivals, especially the multicultural series, powered by PECO. For 2016, you can enjoy free celebrations of Irish, Hispanic, Islamic, African, Indian, Caribbean, Mexican, and Brazilian heritages with music, dancing, authentic dishes, and loads of fun. 

    Summer Ale Festival at the Philadelphia Zoo

     

    Join Saturday, July 16 from 6:30pm to 10pm and sample over 30 different beers and ales from local breweries while enjoying the delicious treats available for purchase from local food trucks. Experience the Zoo in a whole new way during this after-hours festival packed with live music, games and activities all in the company of the majestic great apes, astonishing big cats and other wildlife that call America’s first Zoo home. Tickets include evening admission to the Zoo, unlimited beer sampling, a souvenir tasting cup, on-site parking and shuttle service to and from 30th Street station. Philadelphia Zoo’s Summer Ale Festival is a 21+ event; valid I.D. required. 

    Kidchella 2016

     

    Concerts will take place on Smith’s 6-½ acre playground on June 17, July 15, and August 19. At 5pm families are invited to bring a picnic or buy dinner from a variety of food trucks on Smith’s front lawn including Foolish Waffles, Dos Hermanos Tacos, Curbside Creamery, BrazBQ, and The Tot Cart, then grab a spot on the Playground in time for the music to start at 6pm. Concert-goers will enjoy a fantastic lineup of family-friendly music curated by Jeff Bogle of Out With The Kids and emceed by Kathy O’Connell of WXPN’s Kids Corner, that include performances by Lucy Kalantari, Joanie Leeds, Shine and the Moonbeams, Moona Luna, The Singing Lizard, and Key Wilde & Mr. Clarke. This is a rain or shine event. 

    Eastern State Penitentiary: Bastille Day

     

    Eastern State Penitentiary teams with the Bearded Ladies cabaret group to present one of Philadelphia’s largest free theatrical performances, which culminates with a playful reenactment of the Storming of the Bastille (influenced more by Monty Python than the actual French Revolution). The performance takes place on Fairmount Avenue at 5:30pm, free and open to the public. For those interested in a better (French Bourgeoisie) view, exclusive VIP seating is available for a donation fee. VIP tickets include seating, beer and refreshments, heckling from the lower classes, and revolution goodie bags. Following the performance, many surrounding restaurants come alive with French-themed entertainment and food and drink specials. Come early and take a tour of the prison (standard admission), or stay late and take a twilight tour following the reenactment ($8 online, $10 at the door). 

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