Tonight Picks: Center City Sips, P.M. @ Penn Museum Summer Nights First Concert Of The Season, Race Street Pier Promenade And More

Awesome Weather Alert: With Center City Sips, Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday, alfresco concerts and insanely gorgeous weather, tonight is a night you need to make sure you get out there and enjoy. (Photo by G. Widman for GPTMC)

It’s gorgeous outside right now. And it is going to remain gorgeous out this evening. Weather like this makes for amazing summer evenings in the city.

Luckily for you, there is no shortage of fun things to do around town tonight as Wednesday night means the return of numerous recurring events. Grab a discounted drink and appetizer at any one of the 80+ bars and restaurants participating in Center City Sips, or find a quiet alfresco spot not participating in sips. Catch a live performance in the courtyard at City Hall or the garden at the Penn Museum. Or explore one of the museums boasting extended Wednesday evening hours.

Whatever you’re feeling like, tonight is surely a night you’ll want to be out and about doing something.

Read on for our suggested evening activities.

Center City Sips: Wednesday evenings in the summer are full of all the discounted drinks and appetizers you can imagine thanks to Center City Sips. Indulge in $5 cocktails, $4 wine, $3 beer and half-priced appetizers at 89 participating Center City bars and restaurants. Use this opportunity to try out one of Center City’s newest hot spots like Bru Craft & Wurst or Pennsylvania 6 or visit an old standby like Sampan, Milkboy or Jones. Many participating restaurants even offer a dinner discount of 15 percent to Center City Sips-ers. The full list of participating bars and restaurants is available here.

When: Wednesday, June 19, 5-7 p.m.
Where: Participating restaurants
Cost: $5 cocktails, $4 wine, $3 beer and half-priced appetizers

P.M. @ Penn Museum Summer Nights Concert Series: Tonight marks the first night of the P.M. at the Penn Museum’s Summer Night Concert Series. This evening, listen to the tunes of Animus, an eclectic band that mixes the sounds of modern music with traditional Middle Eastern, African, Blues, Indian and Rock music. Tickets are $5 per person and also include access to the Penn Museum’s collection.

When: Wednesday, June 19, 5-8 p.m.
Where: Penn Museum, 3620 South Street
Cost: $5

Little Friends Festival at Rittenhouse Square: It’s no secret that Rittenhouse Square is a grassy oasis for folks of all ages. Tonight, celebrate the youngsters who frequent Rittenhouse Square at the annual Little Friends Festival. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., kid-centric music, rides, amusements, food, games, crafts and raffle prizes fill the square. General admission tickets are $15 for children and $10 for adults, and are available online. Ticket prices increase to $20 per person at the door. A special VIP reception from 5 to 5:30 p.m. allows guests first to rides and amusements. VIP tickets are also available online.

When: Wednesday, June 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Rittenhouse Square, 18th and Walnunt Streets
Cost: $10-$35

Race Street Pier Promenade: Celebrate all of the fun events presented by the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation throughout the year at the Race Street Pier Promenade, an event benefitting arts programming on the Waterfront. The event may hold a lofty price of $150 per person, but the offerings abound. From 6 to 9 p.m., indulge in food and drinks from a number of Philadelphia restaurants, breweries and coffee shops. Eats from Fork, Alla Spina, Morgan’s Pier, R2L, Buddakan and more will be available, in addition to drinks from Rival Bros. Coffee, Yards Brewing Company, Vine Street Imports and more. Enjoy a live performance from Brazilian music experts, PhillyBloco, a fireworks show and much, much more.

When: Wednesday, June 19, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Race Street Pier, Columbus Boulevard and Race Street
Cost: $150

Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Discover the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s extensive collection at whatever price you choose to pay at its Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday event. From 5 to 8:45 p.m., explore the collection housed in the main building which includes art ranging from works by modern artists to art from thousands and thousands of years ago. An assortment of activities abound; the Great Stair Hall balcony hosts a yoga lesson (bring your own mat!), a screening of The Barefoot Artist and numerous tours on a variety of subjects. Also visit the PMA’s brand new Terrace Bar, alfresco tables overlooking the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with food and drinks from Stephen Starr Events. For those looking to save a buck or two, happy hour runs from 5 to 7 p.m. Enjoy $4 domestic beers and $1 off glasses of wine.

When: Wednesday, June 19, 5-8:45 p.m.
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Pay-What-You-Wish

Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday at the National Museum of American Jewish History: All summer long, the National Museum of American Jewish History welcomes guests at whatever price they’d like to pay. Visit NMAJH for a look at its extensive collection and exhibits with complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres from the museum’s Pomegranates Cafe.

When: Wednesday, June 19, 5-8 p.m.
Where: National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall E.
Cost: Pay-What-You-Wish

City Hall Presents: Philadelphia School of Circus Arts: As part of City Hall’s weekly Summer Concerts in the Courtyard Series, the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts wows Center City audiences this evening. From 5:30 to 6:30 check out the free show featuring impressive acrobatics and incredible strength. Get there early to grab a good spot. RSVP here.

When: Wednesday, June 19, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Where: City Hall, 1 Penn Square
Cost: Free

Girl’s Night Out: The Power of Style & Bobbie Thomas: Bobbie Thomas, acclaimed style editor for NBC’s The Today Show shares her knowledge with fellow fashionistas tonight at Skai Blue Media in Midtown Village. Welcome Bobbie and her new book, The Power of Style for style secrets and a book signing. Also enjoy desserts, cocktails, mini manicures and blow outs at the free event. Guests can RSVP via the form here, or email or call 215-625-7988.

When: Wednesday, June 19, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Skai Blue Media, 109 S. 13th Street, Suite 119A
Cost: Free

Drink N’ Draw at 3rd Ward: Head to the new 3rd Ward Philadelphia this evening with your drawing tools in tow for its weekly Drink N’ Draw event. For $10 per person, 3rd Ward provides guests with beer to sip and a model to sketch. The event runs from 8-10:30 p.m.

When: Wednesday, June 19, 8-10:30 p.m.
Where: 3rd Ward Philadelphia, 1227 N. 4th Street
Cost: $10

PHS Pop Up Garden: Tonight, across from the Kimmel Center at a University of the Arts-owned lot at 313 S. Broad Street, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society hosts its third Pop Up Garden. The lot plays home to a green space and pop-up beer garden and restaurant. The beer garden and restaurant boasts hours from 5 to 10 p.m. tonight. Enjoy root beer, sangria and local craft beer from Philly favorites Victory Brewing Company, Yards Brewing Company and Philadelphia Brewing Company along with bites from Garces Group.

When: Wednesday, June 19, 5-10 p.m.
Where: 313 S. Broad Street
Cost: Pay as you go

That’s My Jam Karaoke at the Painted Bride Art Center: Sing your little heart out this evening at the Painted Bride Art Center’s That’s My Jam Karaoke event. For $10, show off your vocal abilities from 6 to 9 p.m., and browse the songbook featuring more than 120,000 songs. Admission covers one drink ticket to give you a little liquid courage. Bonus: the dapper dog food truck will be on-site serving up guests tasty hot dogs. Karaoke sign-ups begin at 5:30 p.m. Grab your friends and sing the night away.

When: Wednesday, June 19, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street
Cost: $10


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