It's another solid summer night, Philadelphia, head to the nearest fun event on the schedule for this evening. (Photo by M. Fischetti for GPTMC)
Lots of great events are on deck to entertain the masses tonight. Live music will fill the air in neighborhoods all over the city, and free outdoor movie screenings abound.
Tonight also marks another celebratory night for The Oval as it welcomes it’s first beer garden and an award-winning lineup of food trucks. Head to the Parkway tonight to take full advantage of Philadelphia’s newest outdoor oasis.
Our top picks for this evening, below.
• Beer Garden and Winners Oval at The Oval: It’s another exciting night at The Oval, the new outdoor oasis on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. This evening brings six Vendy-winning food trucks to the outdoor space for an evening of fine eats. Tonight also welcomes the debut of The Oval’s beer garden, a weekly evening event every Thursday through August 8. In addition to being an alfresco space to enjoy a variety of frosty brews, the beer garden features live music selected by the Trocadero and games like bocce ball and a cornhole toss.
When: Thursday, July 18, 5-9 p.m.
Where: The Oval, 2601 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Pay as you go
• Third Thursdays Live and Local at Race Street Pier: The third Thursday of the month brings some of Philly’s most talented local artists to Race Street Pier for free evening concerts. The music series features both established and up-and-coming talent in a fun concert from 6 to 9 p.m. Musicians are hand selected by local producers, artists and promoters.
When: Thursday, July 18, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Race Street Pier, Columbus Boulevard and Race Street
• Penn’s Landing’s Screenings Under the Stars Presents Silver Linings Playbook: Penn’s Landing’s Screenings Under the Stars boasts a pretty lofty lineup of blockbuster movies in its outdoor movie series. Tonight, catch a free screening of Philly’s own Silver Linings Playbook at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. The movie begins at 8 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and snacks to enjoy.
When: Thursday, July 18, 8 p.m.
Where: Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Boulevard between Market and Walnut Streets
• The Awesome Fest Presents Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure at Drexel Park: The Awesome Fest is keeping Philadelphians busy with its free outdoor movie screenings in Drexel Park (and other locations, too!). Tonight, Drexel Park hosts the ’80s favorite Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure for a 9 p.m. showing. Also, this view is “ludicrous speed.”
When: Thursday, July 18, 9 p.m.
Where: Drexel Park, 32nd Street and Powelton Avenue
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• Pies for POP at Tiny Terra Ferma: Manayunk’s Tiny Terra Ferma hosts an event to teach Philadelphians how to plant, grow and harvest fruit in an urban setting while providing attendees with pies containing local fruit, made by Sweet Elizabeth Cakes, and Yards beer. Tonight’s event is a benefit for the Philadelphia Orchard Project (POP), an initiative that has brought 34 fresh fruit orchards to the city. Learn insider tips from the good people at the Philadelphia Orchard Project who will instruct attendees on how to grow produce in a city setting. Live music and urban orchard art installations throughout Tiny Terra Ferma round out the evening. Tickets are $12 at the door.
When: Thursday, July 18, 6:30-9 p.m.
Where: Tiny Terra Ferma, 4324 Main Street, Manayunk
Cost: $12 at the door
• Fantasia, Joe and Comedian Dominique at The Dell Music Center: As part of the weekly Essence of Entertainment concerts at the Dell Music Center, an American Idol winner, Fantasia, headlines an 8 p.m. performance at the open-air venue. The concert also welcomes Joe and Comedian Dominique to the stage. Tickets ring in at an affordable $25 to $60 and grant you full access to the evening’s varied performances.
When: Thursday, July 18, 8 p.m.
Where: The Dell Music Center, Ridge Avenue and Huntingdon Street
• Morris Arboretum’s Let’s Move — Garden Dance Party: It’s a perfect night to explore the gardens of Morris Arboretum. Families are invited to take part in the Let’s Move — Garden Dance Party, an evening of fun fitness among the flowers. From 6 to 7:30 p.m., exercise in style to the tunes of an on-site DJ and learn the moves to heart-healthy dances while playing heart-healthy games. Pack a picnic to fuel up for the fitness event.
When: Thursday, July 18, 6-7:30 p.m.
Where: Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Avenue
Cost: Included in admission
• Dr. Sketchy’s at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens: Professional and amateur artists alike are invited to the Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens for an evening of hands-on art. Tonight, Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School is in town and encouraging Philadelphians to explore Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, enjoy a cocktail or two and sketch models hand-painted by Lawren Alice, the curator and co-founder of Arch Enemy Arts and Gallery ML. Attendees should bring their own drawing supplies. The event runs from 7 to 10 p.m.
When: Thursday, July 18, 7-10 p.m.
Where: Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, 1020 South Street
Cost: $12 for members; $15 for non-members
• Jazz in Hawthorne Park: Hawthorne Park welcomes the sounds of live jazz this evening as the Renaissance Quartet with Tyrone Brown performs a free concert for the outdoor audience. Pack a picnic, grab your friends and head out for an evening of free music in the recently updated park.
When: Thursday, July 18, 7 p.m.
Where: Hawthorne Park, 12 and Catharine Streets
• Schuylkill Banks Presents Men in Black at the Grays Ferry Crescent Esplanade: The folks at the Schuylkill Banks present their annual summer film series with a free screening of Men in Black this evening. Watch Will Smith, a West Philadelphia native, take the big, inflatable screen at the Grays Ferry Crescent Esplanade located at Schuylkill Avenue and Wharton Street. Before the screening, which is set for 8:30 p.m., try your hand at a free raffle from Philadelphia Runner, and indulge in free snacks and drinks.
When: Thursday, July 18, 8:30 p.m.
Where: Grays Ferry Crescent Esplanade, Schuylkill Ave & Wharton Street
• The Meadow at Longwood Gardens: The Philadelphia Orchestra is set to wow audiences at Longwood Gardens tonight with the first of two performances slated for this week. Tonight’s performance is presented in part with Longwood Garden’s summer concert series. This evening’s performance will be conducted by Cristian Macelaru and boasts a program of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Dvorak.
When: Thursday, July 18, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square
• Movies Under the Stars at Bistrot la Minette Presents Coco Before Chanel: With Bastille Day quickly approaching, it’s only right to get in the French mood this evening. Tonight, Bistrot la Minette invites guests to enjoy French fare, French wine and a French film at the screening of Coco Before Chanel in the courtyard. The event is free, but eats (guests who are interested in dinner fare are encouraged to make alfresco dining reservations at least 30 minutes before showtime) and drinks are pay as you go.
When: Thursday, July 18, 8:30 p.m.
Where: Bistrot la Minette, 623 S. 6th Street
Cost: Film screening is free, food is pay as you go