After a day of meetings, Philadelphia has countless options for those looking for after-hours fun. Whether you’re in the mood for exhilarating sports, live music performances, or simply exploring the city, Philadelphia has something for everyone. Discover these evening activities that will leave you with lasting memories.
Attend a sporting event
Philadelphia is known for its passionate sports fanbase. Head down to the South Philadelphia Sports Complex where four professional teams play. Watch the Phillies in the summer, the Eagles in the fall and winter, and the Sixers and Flyers fill out the rest of the calendar. If there are no games while you’re in town, cheer on your favorite team at one of Philadelphia’s iconic sports bars.
In addition to our professional sports teams, Philadelphia is also home to nearly 100 collegiate institutions and exciting annual sporting events. During the spring and summer, catch rowing races along the banks of the Schuylkill River. And check your calendar to see if your trip coincides with one of the NCAA championship events coming to Philadelphia.
Catch a show
Philadelphia is a premier hub for the performing arts, housing many esteemed companies. The Kimmel Cultural Campus is home to world-renowned organizations, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Philadelphia Ballet, and Opera Philadelphia. Or visit the historic Walnut Street Theatre – the oldest continuously operating theatre in the nation – for a variety of stage productions.
Musicians are always coming through Philadelphia, from legacy acts to emerging talents. Up-and-coming artists and local musicians perform at neighborhood venues every night, such as Johnny Brenda’s in Fishtown or Solar Myth in South Philadelphia. Or catch an iconic headliner perform at one of the city’s major venues, such as the Wells Fargo Center or Lincoln Financial Field.
Try your luck at a casino
Philadelphia has two casinos that are open 24/7 and are perfect for late-night gaming. Near Fishtown, Rivers Casino features an impressive collection of slots and table games and a roomy sportsbook lounge for betting. In the Stadium District, Live! Casino & Hotel offers state-of-the-art slot machines, live-action table games, and a FanDuel Sportsbook and Lounge. Live! Is also home to multiple dining options, including Philadelphia favorites like The Prime Rib, Lorenzo and Sons Pizza, and Termini Brothers Bakery.
Play a game
Games are a great way to bond with your team and meet new neighborhood friends. Local bowling alleys, such as Lucky Strike and South Bowl, provide a lively environment where you can showcase your competitive spirit. Alternatively, take aim at Kick Axe Throwing Philadelphia, where you can relish the satisfaction of hitting the bullseye. Or tee off after the sun goes down at Five Iron Golf, an indoor golf simulation experience.
Go out with locals
While staying in Center City, be sure to explore the dynamic neighborhoods of Philadelphia and experience its iconic bars. Bob and Barbara’s in South Philadelphia is the origin place of Philadelphia’s “citywide special” — a shot of Jim Beam and a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon. They’re also home to the longest-running drag show in the city.
Monk’s Café in Rittenhouse Square offers visitors a “Belgian Beer Bible” where they can choose from over 25 beers on tap and over 200 bottles worldwide. Alternatively, if you prefer cocktails R&D Cocktail Bar in Fishtown features a regularly changing list of must-try libations. And right next door is Frankford Hall, a German biergarten with open-air picnic tables, games, and liters of great beer.
Stay up to date on local events
In addition to the mainstay activities, local festivals, markets, and events are always taking place in Philadelphia. Check Center City District’s events calendar for programs just blocks away from the Pennsylvania Convention Center. And to explore events and activations across the city, take a look at Visit Philadelphia’s calendar of weekly events.
Looking for a great meal to pair with your night out? Visit our Food and Drink page and discover Philadelphia’s finest bars and restaurants near you.