It's a full night of fun happenings in Philadelphia and thanks to a number of free outdoor movie screenings, it's an evening made for a picnic dinner. (Photo courtesy Schuylkill Banks)
With three outdoor movies on the schedule this evening and the Diner en Blanc pop-up dining phenomenon, we’d say it’s a perfect night for a picnic.
Need some tips? Look to our picnicking in Philadelphia guide for neighborhood-based suggestions and the best places to pick up everything from six-packs of canned beer to bottles of top-notch wine.
In addition to ample picnic options this evening, numerous bars and restaurants are hosting events to get your weekend started a little early.
With the forecast looking a little iffy this evening, keep your fingers crossed for nice weather. In the meantime, check each event’s Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest updates.
Our top picks for tonight, below.
• The Awesome Fest at Drexel Park: The loved summer festival, The Awesome Fest, is drawing to a close this evening with one final screening at Drexel Park. Tonight, catch a free screening of the ’80s edition of Batman directed by Tim Burton and starring Jack Nicholson and Michael Keaton. Picnic suggestion: Sabrina’s Cafe Powelton
When: Thursday, August 22, 9 p.m.
Where: Drexel Park, 32nd Street and Powelton Avenue
• Schuylkill Banks Movie Night: Tonight, make your way to the Walnut Street Bridge at the Schuylkill Banks for a free screening of My Cousin Vinny. Before the screening, which is set for roughly 7:45 p.m., take part in a free raffle from Philadelphia Runner and indulge in snacks and drinks from Dranoff Properties. Picnic suggestion: Shake Shack and Slow Food Truck Stop at World Cafe Live (see below)
When: Thursday, August 22, 7:45 p.m.
Where: Schuylkill Banks by the Walnut Street Bridge
• Screenings Under the Stars: Pitch Perfect, last year’s musical comedy blockbuster, takes the big screen at Penn’s Landing tonight for a free outdoor screening. Catch the flick, which is slated for an 8:30 p.m. start time, with friends and a picnic in tow. Picnic suggestion: Grab dessert from Franklin Fountain
When: Thursday, August 22, 8:30 p.m.
Where: Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Boulevard between Market and Walnut Streets
• Dock Street Brewery’s 6th Anniversary: Celebrate six years of Dock Street Brewery in the old firehouse in West Philly in the best way possible — with limited edition draughts, re-released brews and tasty bites. Bonus: Enjoy half-priced beer from 4 to 6 p.m.
When: Thursday, August 22, 4 p.m.
Where: Dock Street Brewery, 701 S. 50th Street
Cost: Pay as you go
• Morgan’s Pier Seafood Boil: Nothing says summer like an abundance of summer seafood. Tonight, chef George Sabatino presents a seafood boil at Morgan’s Pier complete with nine dishes of fresh seafood and classic sides. Think grilled littlenecks, boiled blue crabs, raw oysters and fried clams. The event is $35 per person plus tax and gratuity.
When: Thursday, August 22, 5-11 p.m.
Where: Morgan’s Pier, 221 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost: $35 plus tax and gratuity
• Sourfest at Devil’s Den: Looking for some inventive beer to add to your repertoire? Devil’s Den has your answer. All week long, sour beers have taken the forefront at the South Philly watering hole, and tonight, sour beer will flow from eight draughts. Count us in.
When: Thursday, August 22
Where: Devil’s Den, 1148 S. 11th Street
Cost: Pay as you go
• Slow Food Truck Stop at World Cafe Live: Join six food trucks tonight in a feel-good foodie event. Along 31st street in-between Chestnut and Walnut streets, sample delicacies from a variety of trucks while benefitting Slow Food Philly. The event, hosted by World Cafe Live, boasts live music and a cash bar on the bottom floor of the music venue. While there is no admission charge for this event, guests are encouraged to purchase $25 food tickets to benefit Slow Food Philly. After you dine, head to nearby Schuylkill Banks for a free evening screening of My Cousin Vinny.
When: Thursday, August 22, 6-9 p.m.
Where: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street
• Diner en Blanc: Tonight’s Diner en Blanc event is sold out and has been for some time. If you’re attending and are still in need of a picnic dinner, some last minute suggestions include DiBruno Bros., Green Aisle Grocery, Milk and Honey Cafe, Reading Terminal Market, Shake Shack and Metropolitan Bakery. If you’re not attending Diner en Blanc, you can sign up for the latest Diner en Blanc updates regarding next year’s event on their website, and don’t be alarmed if you see 2,500 white-clad diners roaming around the city to arrive at a highly-visible, yet-to-be-released public location tonight.
When: Thursday, August 22
Cost: $50 per couple; plus $5 membership for new attendees