How can you not be excited for June, one of the most glorious months to be a Philadelphian? We've rounded up some of the best things to do, from seeing some of Philly's favorite sons come home, and getting hopped up on hops.
Beer lovers of Philadelphia, start planning your reasons now for calling out of work. Philly Beer Week is nearly upon us, and the folks behind the festival are ready to celebrate its 10th anniversary with hundreds of suds-soaked events. With a decade of beer worship under its belt, the week this year will offer some special ones. But first, nonprofit host Philly Loves Beer, the Philly Beer Week board that underwent a rebranding earlier this year, will kick things off Thursday in the traditional PBW way, with the highly anticipated Hammer of Glory relay at 6 a.m. and the Opening Tap party at 7 p.m. Featuring unlimited samples of rare and limited brews from more than 45 breweries, Opening Tap serves as a must-drink showcase for many cerevisaphiles in "America's best beer-drinking city." General admission tickets are $46 each, and VIP tickets (with perks such as early-admission and exclusive pours) go for $92. Designated-driver tickets are $15. — Nick Vadala
June 1-June 11, various locations, phillylovesbeer.org.
Pharrell, Solange, and Lil' Wayne lead the way at the 10th iteration of the Roots' annual party. The concert consistently draws people from near and far to check out the often-cutting-edge lineup and the Roots' live work. "This definitely speaks to the staying power of the Roots and the uniqueness of the picnic as a good festival," said Roots cofounder Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter. "Not many music festivals last, have a 10-year run, or hold such validity and stay consistently good and getting better." The 2017 iteration of the Philly Roots Picnic just happens to be something special: a set to feature rappers Fat Joe and Mobb Deep, along with keyboardist-turned-mega-producer Scott Storch. "This is the official, original Roots reunion with Philly's own Scott Storch," said Trotter.
Noon, June 3, Festival Pier, Columbus Boulevard and Spring Garden Street. $75, rootspicnic.com.
Kevin Hart took classes at Temple, but never graduated from the university. But everything worked out for the diminutive comedian. Last year, he sold out Lincoln Financial Field (becoming the first comedian to sell out a football stadium) for a filmed stand-up set that he released as the stand-up doc What Now?, which grossed $23.5 million at the box office. He'll return to Owls territory to promote his new book, I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons. Can't make this? Hart will return July 6 for Philly's official Kevin Hart Day.
7:30 p.m. June 7, Lew Klein Hall at Temple Performing Arts Center, 1837 N. Broad St. $40 (comes with a presigned copy of "I Can't Make This Up"), www.freelibrary.org.
One of the all-time-great live bands will celebrate the 30th anniversary of their landmark album, Joshua Tree. The Joshua Tree Tour is U2's first stadium tour since the U2 360° Tour, which ran from 2009 to 2011. Dan DeLuca called the band's 2011 stop at the Linc "a terrifically energetic and crisply performed set." At each stop, U2 will perform The Joshua Tree in its entirety. The 1987 album, U2's first No. 1 record in the U.S., features such hits as "With or Without You," "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," and "Where the Streets Have No Name." The Lumineers will open.
7 p.m. June 18, Lincoln Financial Field, 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way. Sold out, www.lincolnfinancialfield.com.
The Brandywine River Museum celebrates the legacy of one Philadelphia's greatest artists. "In Retrospect" celebrates Andrew Wyeth's 100th birthday. This exhibit will bring together some of the greatest works of Wyeth, who died in 2009. The exhibit is chronological and will show how Wyeth evolved over his long and fruitful career.