22+ Excellent Things To Do In Philly This Week, June 19-25

Manayunk Arts Festival, grand opening of The Midway at Summerfest, Dunkel Dare and more...

Summer is (almost!) officially here (the summer solstice is Wednesday, June 21), and the city celebrates with a full week of warm-weather fun.

One of the biggest events of the week is the grand opening of The Midway, a Boardwalk-style attraction at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, which brings the down-the-shore summer spirit to Penn’s Landing with a 60-foot-tall Ferris wheel, arcade games, a carousel and more. The fun kicks off on Friday night with a free performance from Biz Markie to ring in the opening.

To mark the first official week of summer, Dilworth Park serves up barbecue and cold drinks at its five-day-long All-American BBQ. The event returns after a successful year of games, food, drinks and music last year.

On both Saturday and Sunday, the Manayunk Arts Festival fills Main Street Manayunk with fantastic art and handmade items from some of the top arts vendors in the region — and country! In addition to art, the festival also promises live performances, food for purchase, drinks and more.

Check out our guide to this week in Philly, below.

Spruce Street Harbor Park

Spruce Street Harbor ParkPhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

The popular warm-weather hot spot that is Spruce Street Harbor Park is a perfect spot for al fresco lounging along the Delaware River waterfront. Stop by one of the best urban beaches in America this week to enjoy an exclusive craft beer (made by favorite local brewery Yards Brewing Company!) and other drinks on a floating barge, relax in one of 50 colorful hammocks, take in a free concert on Thursday and shop from a pop-up market on both Saturday and Sunday.

Spruce Street Harbor Park

When:Through October 1
Where:Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia
Cost:Pay as you go

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The Best Beer Gardens in Philadelphia

Center City SipsPhoto By M. Fischetti For Visit Philadephia

Summertime is meant for visits to beer gardens! Luckily, Philadelphia is home to a slew of great beer gardens, including Independence Beer Garden (shown above), Spruce Street Harbor Park, Morgan's Pier, the PHS Pop Up Gardens and more. Click here for a full guide to the top beer gardens in Philly.

The Best Beer Gardens in Philadelphia

When:Throughout the summer
Where:Various locations including Independence Beer Garden, 100 S. Independence Mall W.
Cost:Pay as you go

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Free Yoga at Race Street Pier

Race Street PierPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Bring your yoga mat down to the waterfront for free daily yoga classes (weather permitting) at Race Street Pier. Classes run from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Monday through Friday, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday (yes, there are two classes Monday through Thursday!) and 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Free Yoga at Race Street Pier

When:June 19-25
Where:Race Street Pier, Race Street & N. Columbus Boulveard
Cost:Free

www.delawareriverwaterfront.com

Art Museum Restaurant Week

Philly's charming Fairmount neighborhood and the area surrounding the Philadelphia Museum of Art host a special restaurant week where diners can score seasonal prix-fixe menus, ranging from $15-$35, at participating eateries.

Art Museum Restaurant Week

When:June 18-23
Where:Various locations including London Grill, 2301 Fairmount Avenue
Cost:$15-$35

www.artmuseumareaphl.com

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

SummerfestSummerfest | Photo by Matt Stanley for DRWC

The Delaware River waterfront has transformed into a seasonal urban oasis at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest. Guests can play mini-golf and outdoor games, try their luck in the arcade, enjoy waterfront views with drinks and food and take a spin around the city’s only outdoor roller rink.

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

When:Through September 3
Where:Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Pay as you go

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Alex's Lemonade Stand’s Great Chefs Event

For more than a decade, The Great Chefs Event has brought together over 1,000 guests and 50 celebrated chefs from throughout the nation and Italy to benefit Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer and the Vetri Community Partnership, a local organization that seeks to empower families to lead healthier lives through fresh food. Taking place at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, the event invites guests to enjoy dozens of decadent tasting plates and see top chefs in action.

Alex's Lemonade Stand’s Great Chefs Event

When:Tuesday, June 20, 6-9 p.m.
Where:Urban Outfitters, Inc. Corporate Campus, 5000 S. Broad Street
Cost:$350 and up

www.alexslemonade.org

Center City Sips

It's officially Center City Sips season! This Wednesday, visit spots like SkyGarten, Bar Bombon, Independence Beer Garden, Vintage Wine Bar, Chops at the Comcast Center and more for deals on food and drinks from 5 to 7 p.m.

Center City Sips

When:Wednesday, June 21, 5-7 p.m.
Where:Various locations including SkyGarten, 1717 Arch Street
Cost:$5 cocktails, $4 wine, $3 beer, half-priced appetizers

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Parks on Tap at Paine's Park

Parks On TapPHOTO BY A. YEE FOR FAIRMOUNT PARK CONSERVANCY

Is it happy hour yet? This week, Parks on Tap — the city’s resident roving beer garden — makes its way to Paine’s Park on MLK Drive for five days of food- and drink-fueled fun. Throughout the week, guests of this pop-up beer garden can enjoy cocktails, craft beer, wine and barbecue-inspired fare. There are a few special events too — enjoy a fundraiser happy hour for SkatePhilly on June 21 and a donation-based yoga class on June 22.

Parks on Tap at Paine's Park

When:June 21-25
Where:Paine's Park, Martin Luther King Jr. Drive & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
Cost:Pay as you go

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All-American BBQ at Dilworth Park

All-American BBQPhoto courtesy Dilworth Park

Hot dogs, burgers, lemonade … summertime is truly synonymous with barbecues. This week, Dilworth Park gets in on the barbecue spirit with the return of its All-American BBQ, featuring hot-off-the-grill food, a beer garden, live music, DJs, lawn games and more. The event kicks off this Wednesday (the first day of summer!) and continues through Sunday.

All-American BBQ at Dilworth Park

When:June 21-25
Where:Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.centercityphila.org

Go Skateboarding Day

Hey, skateboarding enthusiasts! This Wednesday, SkatePhilly (formerly known as Franklin's Paine Skatepark Fund) presents Go Skateboarding Day. The day-long event features a ribbon cutting at Granahan Skatepark (a brand-new park), a citywide scavenger hunt at skateparks throughout Philly, a skateboarding demo featuring skateboarding professionals and a happy hour with Parks on Tap at Paine's Park.

Go Skateboarding Day

When:Wednesday, June 21
Where:Paine's Park, Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free

www.skatephilly.org

Make Music Philly

Celebrate the first day of summer with beautiful music during Make Music Philly, a free, daylong, “do it yourself” festival. Find concerts and performances ranging in genre from indie rock to bluegrass to a cappella at venues and spaces all throughout the city.

Make Music Philly

When:Wednesday, June 21
Where:Various locations including Rittenhouse Square
Cost:Free

www.makemusicphilly.org

Kickoff of the Penn Museum’s Summer Nights Concert Series

Penn MuseumPhoto courtesy Penn Museum

This Wednesday night, the Penn Museum kicks off its summer nights concert series with a performance by The Mid East Ensemble, a group that specializes in folk Arabic, Turkish and Armenian music. The concert series runs on Wednesday nights through September 6 in the picturesque courtyard at the museum.

Kickoff of the Penn Museum’s Summer Nights Concert Series

When:Wednesday, June 21, 5-8 p.m.
Where:Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Cost:$10, general admission; free for PennCard holders, Penn Medicine and CHOP employees with ID, members and children under 6 years old

www.penn.museum

Dunkel Dare at Frankford Hall

Dunkel Dare at Frankford HallPhoto courtesy Frankford Hall

An all-time favorite event returns to Frankford Hall for two nights this week — Dunkel Dare, hosted by Marc Summers of Double Dare. Summers will ask a group of daring brewmasters and local celebrities trivia questions and challenge them to physical pursuits. The public can get in on the fun, too, by watching the event as part of the audience. Don’t worry: There will be plenty of slime, too.

Dunkel Dare at Frankford Hall

When:June 21-22
Where:Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Avenue
Cost:$5 cover

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Cocktails in the Courtyard: Summer Down The Shore at Philadelphia History Museum

Boardwalk attire is encouraged at the Philadelphia History Museum’s Down the Shore party. The party celebrates all of the things locals love about the shore, including beachy cocktails, a clam bake, salt water taffy, fun music (from DJ Jerry Blavat) and more. The Philadelphia History Museum is also bringing out vintage postcards, bathing suits and more in the spirit of the party.

Cocktails in the Courtyard: Summer Down The Shore at Philadelphia History Museum

When:Thursday, June 22, 6-9 p.m.
Where:Philadelphia History Museum, 15 S. 7th Street
Cost:$30, general admission; $25, members; $50 for 2 general admission

www.philadelphiahistory.org

2017 Official NBA Draft Party for Philadelphia 76ers at The Schmidt's Commons

The Piazza At Schmidt's CommonsPhoto by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

The Schmidt’s Commons hosts the official NBA Draft Party for the Philadelphia 76ers (who have the first overall pick!) this Thursday night. The Piazza will screen the draft on its huge television screen and will host special performances, visits from Sixers dancers and more. Food and drinks will also be available for purchase. Limited free tickets are available, so be sure to scoop your ticket up as soon as possible!

2017 Official NBA Draft Party for Philadelphia 76ers at The Schmidt's Commons

When:Thursday, June 22, 6-10 p.m.
Where:The Schmidt’s Commons, 1001 N. 2nd Street
Cost:Free with RSVP; food and drink pay as you go

www.theschmidtscommons.com

Twilight in the Gardens at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

This Friday night, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens hosts a bevy of al fresco fun with its Twilight in the Gardens event. Throughout the evening, guests can enjoy live music from the Whiskeyhickon Boys, crafts like accordion book making and linoleum block prints and the chance to explore the beauty that is Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens after hours.

Twilight in the Gardens at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

When:Friday, June 23, 7-10 p.m.
Where:Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, 1020 South Street
Cost:$18, adults; $15, students & seniors; $12, members; BYOB

www.philadelphiasmagicgardens.org

Caribbean Day at Reading Terminal Market

Reading Terminal MarketPhoto By J. Smith for Visit Philadelphia

Reading Terminal Market celebrates Caribbean Day with a food-filled celebration this Saturday. Guests of the market can sample food and drinks from Caribbean vendors and live music from festive bands, too. As far as shopping, guests can purchase Latino art, Caribbean treats and more.

Caribbean Day at Reading Terminal Market

When:Saturday, June 24, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where:Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.readingterminalmarket.org

Grand Opening of The Midway at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

This Friday, Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest opens an exciting addition: The Midway. The Midway is a boardwalk-style carnival featuring rides (including a 60-foot Ferris wheel), a full-size carousel, games and more. To celebrate opening night, Biz Markie will perform a free (yes!) concert at the attraction.

Grand Opening of The Midway at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

When:Through September 3
Where:Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Pay as you go

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Manayunk Arts Festival

Manayunk-Arts-Festival-Picks-Of-The-Week-2016uwPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Featuring nearly 300 artists from around the country, along with crafts, food and music, this two-day festival is expected to draw more than 200,000 people to Main Street in Philadelphia’s Manayunk neighborhood.

Manayunk Arts Festival

When:June 24-25
Where:Main Street from Shurs Lane to Green Lane and Cotton Street from Main to Cresson streets
Cost:Pay as you go

www.manayunk.com

Summer Ale Festival at the Philadelphia Zoo

The Philadelphia Zoo’s Summer Ale Festival proves year after year that zoos aren’t just for kids. Adults sip craft beers in combination with food truck fare set against a background of birds, great apes, big cats and other wildlife.

Summer Ale Festival at the Philadelphia Zoo

When:Saturday, June 24, 7-10 p.m.
Where:Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Avenue
Cost:$75, VIP; $60, general admission; $35, non-drinker

www.philadelphiazoo.org

Makers Market at The Piazza at Schmidt's Commons

Local crafters and artisans flock to the Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons this Saturday for the third installment of the Piazza Makers Market. Throughout the day, guests can browse jewelry, items for the home, art works, photography, clothing, toys and more.

Makers Market at The Piazza at Schmidt's Commons

When:Saturday, June 24, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where:The Schmidt’s Commons, 1001 N. 2nd Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.theschmidtscommons.com

Molestice 2017

In celebration of the summer solstice, the annual Molestice block party hits the 100 block of Mole Street in Center City. The festival features live performances by local artists (Low Cut Connie, Killiam Shakespeare, Hank and Cupcakes, LoHai and more), eats from food trucks and vendors, craft beer, cocktails and more. The festival is free for all to attend; food and drinks are available as you go.

Molestice 2017

When:Saturday, June 24, noon-8 p.m.
Where:100 Block of N. Mole Street
Cost:Free

www.molestice.com

The Lord of the Rings at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts

Mann Center For The Performing ArtsPhoto Courtesy Mann Center For The Performing Arts

This week, the Mann Center for the Performing Arts brings back its epic outdoor movie nights, which come accompanied by the Philadelphia Orchestra. On Saturday night, enjoy a screening of The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King while members of the Philadelphia Orchestra perform the score.

The Lord of the Rings at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts

When:Saturday, June 24, 7:30 p.m.
Where:The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Avenue
Cost:$25 and up

www.manncenter.org

Hip Hop for Philly 2017: 5 Year Anniversary Show

Some of Philly’s most talented hip-hop artists hit the stage at the Trocadero for a free (yes, free!) concert this Sunday. Starting at 7 p.m., jam out to music by Kur, Recohavoc, DJ Diamond Kuts, Lee Mazin and more. Note that free tickets are required. Click here for ticketing information.

Hip Hop for Philly 2017: 5 Year Anniversary Show

When:Sunday, June 25, 6 p.m.
Where:Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch Street
Cost:Free

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