August 16, 2012
Tonight Picks: Night Market In Mt. Airy, Third Thursdays In Chestnut Hill, Wiffleball At Eastern State Penitentiary, Baltimore Dollar Stroll And More
[Summer nights in Philadelphia are always action-packed, and we want to help you cherry-pick from all the events and activities going on. On certain days that promise particularly bustling evenings, we round up our selections for the most can't-miss pursuits with which to fill your schedule. See you out there!]
Tonight’s weather forecasts say it’ll be a beautiful summer night. Think: a cool breeze, alfresco dining, picnics and sunsets. There are a ton of events happening tonight so get out and make the most of tonight as summer winds down.
• Night Market in Mt. Airy: From 6-10:30 p.m. you’ll be able to dish on street eats from more than 50 food trucks and restaurants. Look for Yards brews, Penns Woods wines, cocktails made with Philadelphia Distilling spirits plus live music and a local crafts component.
Where: 6800-7200 Germantown Avenue in Mt. Airy
When: Thursday, August 16, 6-10:30 p.m.
Cost: Pay as you go; $35 for a Friends of Mt. Airy Night Market Pass
• Third Thursday in Chestnut Hill: Celebrate the summer with al fresco dining and special shopping deals. There will be tons of family friendly programs as well as chair massages from 6-8 p.m., art gallery events and live music. Don’t miss Morris Arboretum’s Third Thursday event: “Musical Chairs” as part of their Take a Seat! exhibition.
Where: Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill
When: Thursday, August 16, 6 p.m.
Cost: Pay as you go
• Baltimore Dollar Stroll: From 42nd to 50th Streets along Baltimore Ave, 25+ restaurants, shops, food trucks and other vendors will dish up bites to eat, drinks, store vouchers, theater tickets and more, all for just $1. Along the way, enjoy live music and street performances.
Where: Baltimore Avenue between 42nd and 50th Streets
When: Thursday, August 16, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Cost: Pay as you go
• Wiffleball Homerun Derby at Eastern State Penitentiary: As part of the Young Friends of Fairmount’s Field Day, the Wiffleball Homerun Derby will give you the chance to play on the same baseball diamond as prisoners from the past. The evening will also include a tour, a chance to participate in a variety of inmate inspired field day activities, beverages courtesy of Yards and light refreshments.
Where: Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue
When: Thursday, August 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Cost: $20 in advance, $25 at the door
• Cuba Libre Celebrates National Rum Day: Join Old City’s Cuba Libre for their happy hour from 5-7 p.m. to celebrate National Rum Day. They’re offering their extensive list of 101 rums and more than 30 creative rum cocktails at half price. It’s available exclusively in their bar area so get there early.
Where: Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, 10 S. 2nd Street
When: Thursday, August 16, 5-7 p.m.
Cost: Pay as you go
More Tonight Picks, below.
• OCF Coffee House’s Opening Event in Point Breeze: Celebrate the opening of the new Point Breeze OCF Coffee House. Guests can sip on adult coffee beverages (Irish iced coffee, espresso martinis and maritime chai lattes) and snack on hors d’oeuvres and sweet desserts. The American Sardine Bar will host an after-party with $1 off all Philadelphia Brewing Co. beers. Event proceeds will benefit the 17th Police District’s Family, Fun & Safety Day.
Where: OCF Coffee House, 2001 Federal Street
When: Thursday, August 16, 6-9 p.m.
Cost: Pay as you go; suggested $20 donation at the door.
• ArtLoftPA Presents Emotional Abstracts: Join Art Loft PA for an art salon reception from 6:30-9 p.m. to celebrate their Emotional Abstracts exhibition. The evening will feature artists Emil Alzamora, Tm Gratkowski, Darren Houser and Jill Henry. Also there will be live performances by Sarah Maccarelli Jordan and Matt Roach.
Where: ArtSalonPA, 1269 Noble Street, #105
When: Thursday, August 16, 6:30-9 p.m.
Cost: Free; RSVP via email
• Shoot the Piano Player Screening at International House: Shoot the Piano Player relates the adventures of mild-mannered piano player Charlie as he stumbles into the criminal underworld and a whirlwind love affair. This razor-sharp homage to the American gangster film is definitely not to miss.
Where: International House, 3701 Chestnut Street
When: Thursday, August 16, 7 p.m.
Cost: $9 general admission; $7 students and seniors
• Best of the ’80s Outdoor Summer Movie Series at Liberty Lands: Every Thursday at 8:30 p.m. through August 30, Liberty Lands is screening your 80s favorites on a giant inflatable screen. Bring a chair or a blanket and some snacks and enjoy a relaxed summer night outdoors.
Where: Liberty Lands Park, 926 N. American Street
When: Every Thursday through August 30, 8:30 p.m.
• Penn’s Landing’s “Screenings Under The Stars”: Watch The Muppets tonight on the River Stage on Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. Pack a picnic.
Where: River Stage on Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street
When: Thursdays in July and August; 8:30 p.m. in July, 8 p.m. in August
• Bar Ferdinand’s Chef Tasting Menu by David Ansill: Chef David Ansill, a legend in Philadelphia’s culinary realm, has made his way back to his roots and into the kitchen as executive chef at Owen Kamihira’s Bar Ferdinand, a modern Spanish tapas restaurant in Northern Liberties. His tasting menu is featured every Thursday, 5-11 p.m, a multi-course prix-fixe set at $40 per person.
Where: 1030 N. 2nd Street
When: Thursday nights
Cost: $40 plus tax and gratuity; $20 optional wine pairing
• $5 After 5 at the National Constitution Center: Get $5 admission to the NCC each Thursday through August 30 when you enter from 5-8 p.m. It’s a great opportunity to escape the heat and spend an evening cooling down in the A.C. while taking in some of the summer’s richest programming.
Where: 525 Arch Street
When: Thursdays 5-8 p.m., through August 30
• Pairings on the Parkway at Sister Cities Park: Every Thursday from August 2-October 25, the newly opened Sister Cities Park at Logan Square will host “Pairings on the Parkway.” Each week, the park invites you to bring your own bottle of wine and enjoy this great new green space while Milk & Honey Cafe helps you find cheeses and other goodies to pair perfectly with your selection. Sounds like a perfect summer night.
Where: Logan Square, 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
When: Every Thursday from August 2-October 25
Cost: Pay as you go