Tonight Picks: Take It Outside And Enjoy Now-Extended Center City Sips, Live Music At Penn Museum, Grand Opening Of Little Nonna’s And More

This September evening is perfect for any sort of outdoor activity. Bask in the glory of the gorgeous weather at an outdoor happy hour, dinner or with some live alfresco music. (Photo by B. Krist for GPTMC)

If we had to make just one suggestion for your plans tonight, it’s to get outside.

This late-summer evening is chock-full of happenings, many of which are slated to take place outdoors, and if you haven’t noticed, the weather is perfect.

If the gorgeous weather isn’t good enough reason for a night out, here’s one more: Center City District has announced that Center City Sips is here through the end of September beginning tonight. That’s more discounted wine, beer, cocktails and appetizers at bunches of Philadelphia’s most loved bars and restaurants. Count us in.

Our top picks for tonight, below.

Center City Sips: Just when you thought the popular citywide happy hour had been retired for the year, the good people at the Center City District are here with some good news — Center City Sips will run through September, including tonight. Affordably enjoy a variety of drinks and food at dozens and dozens participating bars and restaurants — that’s $5 cocktails, $4 wine, $3 beer and half-priced appetizers. Take note, not all bars and restaurants who participated in the summertime promotion have extended the discount, consult the list of bars and restaurants currently participating here.

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

Philadelphia Weekly’s Concerts in the Park: It’s a beautiful night for a concert in Rittenhouse Square, and lucky for us, that’s on tap for this evening. Due to inclement weather last week, Philadelphia Weekly’s Concerts in the Park return to the square for the last concert of the season. The free concerts always attract huge crowds, and tonight, Mic Stewart warms up the crowd for the main attraction, Cee Knowledge and the Cosmic Funk Orchestra. Bonus: a surprise guest is slated to take the stage from 8 to 9 p.m.

When: Wednesday, September 4, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Rittenhouse Square, 18th and Walnut streets
Cost: Free

P.M. at the Penn Museum featuring Leana Song: Labor Day weekend may have passed, but that isn’t stopping the Penn Museum from hosting its popular seasonal music series, P.M. at the Penn Museum. Tonight, enjoy a show by Leana Song, a local Afro-Cuban drum and music ensemble. Admission is just $5 for general admission, and free for PennCard holders and Museum members. Tickets also grant guests access to the Penn Museum’s collection which is open until 8 p.m. on P.M. at the Penn Museum evenings.

When: Wednesday, September 4, 5-8 p.m.
Where: Penn Museum, 3620 South Street
Cost: $5

Little Nonna’s Grand Opening: The highly anticipated Little Nonna’s, Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran’s (of Barbuzzo, Lolita, Jamonera and more) latest endeavor, opens its doors hungry patrons today. The cozy Italian-American eatery boasts indoor seating for those with a reservation and outdoor seating (in its 40-seat backyard garden) for walk-ins. Stop by for dinner tonight to enjoy a meal fit for an Italian king.

When: Wednesday, September 4
Where: Little Nonna’s, 1234 Locust Street
Cost: Pay as you go

Pay-What-You-Wish at the PMA and the Terrace Bar: The Philadelphia Museum of Art invites guests to explore the extensive collection housed in its main building at whatever price you’d like at its Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday event. Embark on themed tours, take part in yoga in the Great Stair Hall, watch an art-centric film and much more. Also, head outside to the Terrace Bar for alfresco drinks and bites from Stephen Starr Events.

When: Wednesday, September 4, 5-8:45 p.m.
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Pay-what-you-wish

PHS Pop-Up Garden: Enjoy an alfresco beer or a spiked root beer float (!) and some bites from Garces Catering at the PHS pop-up garden on Broad Street. This gorgeous weather calls for outdoor time and the pop-up garden invites you to do just that.

When: Wednesday, September 4, open until 10 p.m.
Where: PHS Pop-Up Garden, 313 S. Broad Street
Cost: Pay as you go

Drink N’ Draw at 3rd Ward Philadelphia: Tonight, bring your drawing tools and 3rd Ward will provide a model for an evening of live figure drawing. While drawing away, enjoy sips from Spodee Wine and Yards Brewing Company at the weekly Drink N’ Draw event. Admission is $10 per person.

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

Unknown Japan at PhilaMOCA: Unknown Japan, a series of rare Japanese films presented by Cinedelphia and the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia returns this evening with a screening of The Drifting Classroom, a sci-fi film from the late ’80s. Admission is free and includes popcorn for all guests.

When: Wednesday, September 4, 7:30 p.m.
Where: PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th Street
Cost: Free


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