30+ Awesome Things To Do In Philly This Week, June 26-July 2

The city buzzes with Fourth of July fun all week long...

The city shines red, white and blue this week as July 4th festivities kick off.

Wawa Welcome America starts this Thursday with the beloved Wawa Hoagie Day celebration (free hoagies for all!) and continues into the weekend and next week with huge fireworks shows, free concerts, neighborhood-wide block parties, free museum days and so much more. Click here for our full July 4th guide.

On Tuesday, the Philadelphia Museum of Art opens Wild: Michael Nichols, its major summer exhibition that explores the beautiful nature photography of Michael Nichols.

Once the weekend hits, the July 4th fun (and non-July 4th fun) kicks into high gear with a free Philadelphia Orchestra concert, free fireworks shows, a special edition of Night Market in Spruce Hill and so much more.

Read on for our guide to this week in Philadelphia.

Spruce Street Harbor Park

HammocksPhoto by Matt Stanley for DRWC

All week long, Spruce Street Harbor Park continues to dish out summer fun in the form of al fresco eats and drinks, in addition to arcade games, hammocks for lounging and special events throughout the week (e.g. pop-up shopping markets on Saturday and Sunday, live music on Thursday).

Spruce Street Harbor Park

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

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The Best Beer Gardens in Philadelphia

Uptown Beer GardenPhoto By M. Fischetti For Visit Philadelphia

Summertime is meant for visits to beer gardens! Luckily, Philadelphia is home to a slew of great beer gardens, including Independence Beer Garden, Spruce Street Harbor Park, Uptown Beer Garden (shown above), 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 Uptown Beer Garden, 1735 Market Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Free Yoga at Race Streer Pier

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 Streer Pier

When:June 26-July 2
Where:Race Street Pier, Race Street & N. Columbus Boulveard
Cost:Free

www.delawareriverwaterfront.com

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and The Midway

Blue Cross RiverRink SummerfestPhoto by Matt Stanley for DRWC

It's the first full week to check out The Midway, a boardwalk-inspired attraction at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest. Stop by this week to ride the 60-foot Ferris wheel, take a spin on the carousel or try your hand at arcade games. While you're there, visit Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest's outdoor roller skating rink, mini-golf course and seafood shack for a fun time along the waterfront.

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and The Midway

When:Through September 4
Where:Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Pay as you go

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Electric Bingo with Zsa Zsa St. James at One Liberty Observation Deck

One Liberty Observation Deck celebrates Pride Month with a fun evening of bingo 57 floors above street level. The game will be hosted by Zsa Zsa St. James, one of the city's favorite drag queens. Tickets are $20 and include a welcome cocktail and one bingo card. A portion of proceeds benefit The Attic Youth Center, an organization that provides LGBTQ youth with a safe community of adults and fellow youth.

Electric Bingo with Zsa Zsa St. James at One Liberty Observation Deck

When:Monday, June 26, 7-9 p.m.
Where:One Liberty Observation Deck, 1650 Market Street, 57th floor
Cost:$20

www.phillyfromthetop.com

Grand Opening of Wild: Michael Nichols at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Don’t miss your chance to get up close and personal with Michael Nichols' stunning nature photography this summer at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Wild features Nichols’ photographs of nature, including animals, landscapes and more. Additionally, the exhibition offers a look at the relationship between nature and humankind.

Grand Opening of Wild: Michael Nichols at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

When:June 27-September 17
Where:Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:$25, adults; $23, seniors; $19, students and kids 13-18; free, kids 12 and under

www.philamuseum.org

The Day of New Beginnings at El Compadre

East Passyunk's beloved (and award-winning) South Philly Barbacoa is combining with its sister restaurant, El Compadre, this week. To mark the occasion, the team behind the restaurants is coming together to present an evening celebration this Tuesday night. Stop by for refreshments and a musical performance featuring classic Mexican instruments and sounds. Guests are asked to wear white to this event.

The Day of New Beginnings at El Compadre

When:Tuesday, June 27, 7 p.m.
Where:El Compadre, 1149 S. 9th Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Center City Sips

It's officially Center City Sips season! This Wednesday, visit spots like Balcony Bar @ the Kimmel Center (shown above), 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 28, 5-7 p.m.
Where:Various locations including Balcony Bar @ The Kimmel, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:Pay as you go; $5 cocktails, $4 wine, $3 beer, half-priced appetizers

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Parks on Tap at Strawberry Mansion Bridge

Parks on TapPhoto courtesy Fairmount Park Conservancy

A special edition of Parks on Tap opens at the Strawberry Mansion Bridge for the holiday week, running from Wednesday, June 28 through Tuesday, July 4. In addition to great food and drinks, the pop up is home to special events, including a donation-based yoga class on Thursday, June 29. Note that the pop-up beer garden will be open from noon to 10 p.m. on July 3 and July 4 in celebration of the holiday.

Parks on Tap at Strawberry Mansion Bridge

When:June 28-July 4
Where:Strawberry Mansion Bridge
Cost:Pay as you go

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Parks on Tap at Paine's Park

After a super popular week last week, Parks on Tap pops up again at Paine's Park. The roving beer garden brings craft beer and barbecue-inspired fare to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway skatepark.

Parks on Tap at Paine's Park

When:June 28-July 3
Where:Paine's Park, Martin Luther King Jr. Drive & Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Pay as you go

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Free Admission at the National Museum of American Jewish History

National Museum of American Jewish HistoryPhoto by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

You can score free admission to the National Museum of American Jewish History this Wednesday and check out its 1917: How One Year Changed the World exhibition. Admission to the museum is free on June 28 in celebration of the anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. An original copy of the agreement is on view in the 1917 exhibition.

Free Admission at the National Museum of American Jewish History

When:Wednesday, June 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where:National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall E.
Cost:Free

www.nmajh.org

Welcome America Pick: Wawa Welcome America!

Wawa Welcome America FireworksG. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

Celebrating the nation’s birthday with a citywide festival, Wawa Welcome America! is a multi-day party with more than 50 free events for all ages. Throughout the six-day event, city dwellers can look forward to numerous free fireworks shows, days of free museum admission, concerts, block parties and so much more.

Welcome America Pick: Wawa Welcome America!

When:June 29-July 4
Where:Various locations including the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free

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Parks On Tap Jr. — Culture on Tap

Philly's popular traveling beer garden Parks on Tap brings a special Independence Day edition to the courtyard of City Hall. Labeled Culture on Tap, the pop up invites you to enjoy a drink al fresco in the heart of the city.

Parks On Tap Jr. — Culture on Tap

When:Thursday, June 29, 4-9 p.m.
Where:City Hall, 1401 JFK Boulevard
Cost:Pay as you go

www.parksontap.com

Final Day for the Brews and Views Beer Garden at Parkway Central Library

The Parkway Central Library's much-loved rooftop beer garden wraps up for the season tonight, but not before providing the 21-plus crowd with some final sips (cocktails, beer and wine), eats and prime skyline views.

Final Day for the Brews and Views Beer Garden at Parkway Central Library

When:Thursday, June 29, 5-9 p.m.
Where:Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Old City Eats

The Little LionPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Looking for happy hour? Look no further than Old City this Thursday night as Old City Eats, a neighborhood-wide happy hour, returns to more than 25 bars and restaurants in the neighborhood. Enjoy food and drink deals at places like Cuba Libre, Lucha Cartel, The Little Lion (shown above), The Gaslight and more. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., restaurants offer a $4 Pennsylvania beer, a $5 cocktail made with Faber liquors and half-priced appetizers.

Old City Eats

When:Thursday, June 29, 5-8 p.m.
Where:Various locations including The Little Lion, 243 Chestnut Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Welcome America Pick: Wawa Hoagie Day

Wawa Hoagie DayPhoto courtesy Wawa Welcome America

A Wawa fan favorite, Wawa Hoagie Day returns for its 25th year of providing free hoagies for all. The event will include a performance by the USO Show Troupe and a hoagie-building competition between police and firefighters. More than six tons of Wawa hoagies will then be distributed for free on the lawns of Independence Mall and the National Constitution Center.

Welcome America Pick: Wawa Hoagie Day

When:Thursday, June 29, noon-2 p.m.
Where:Independence Mall, 525 Arch Street
Cost:Free

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Welcome America Pick: Free Admission to National Constitution Center

National Constiution CenterPhoto by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

The 160,000-square-foot National Constitution Center opens its doors for free on Thursday, June 29, inviting you to learn everything there is to know about the U.S. Constitution through an array of high-tech exhibits, artifacts and interactive displays. Bonus: Access to the fun American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition exhibition is also free!

Welcome America Pick: Free Admission to National Constitution Center

When:Thursday, June 29, 9:30-8 p.m.
Where:National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street
Cost:Free

www.welcomeamerica.com

Welcome America Pick: Philly at the Movies — Despicable Me 2 at The Schmidt’s Commons

Catch a movie under the stars at one of Northern Liberties' most spacious open-air areas. The Schmidt's Commons will screen Despicable Me 2 at 8 p.m.

Welcome America Pick: Philly at the Movies — Despicable Me 2 at The Schmidt’s Commons

When:Thursday, June 29, 8-11 p.m.
Where:The Schmidt’s Commons, 1001 N. 2nd Street
Cost:Free

www.welcomeamerica.com

Final Day for the Rooftop Beer Garden at Cira Green

Cira Green Beer GardenPhoto by David Fields

The super-popular rooftop beer garden at Cira Green ends its run this Friday night with one last al fresco event. Stop by for sweet skyline views, craft beer, wine and a specialty cocktail. The beer garden is open from 5 to 9 p.m. this Friday.

Final Day for the Rooftop Beer Garden at Cira Green

When:Friday, June 30, 5-9 p.m.
Where:Cira Green, 80 S. 30th Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Final Fridays: Down The Shore at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

On the final Friday of the month, the Philadelphia Museum of Art goes all out for its Friday Night series of events. This week, the museum presents a special shore-themed party with popsicles from Lil' Pop Shop, unconvention sketching tours of the museum, live music, mini-golf and more. Sounds fun, right?

Final Fridays: Down The Shore at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

When:Friday, June 30, 5-8:45 p.m.
Where:Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:$25, adults; $23, seniors; $19, students and kids 13-18; free, kids 12 and under

www.philamuseum.org

Welcome America Pick: Free Museum Night at Eastern State Penitentiary

This week, Eastern State Penitentiary visitors have the opportunity to explore the museum at night as it opens its doors for after-hours fun in celebration of Wawa Welcome America. While at the museum, take an audio tour of the space, try out the hands-on history activities and more. After exploring the museum, head to the baseball diamond inside the penitentiary for pay-as-you-go food from Sum Pig Truck and craft beer.

Welcome America Pick: Free Museum Night at Eastern State Penitentiary

When:Friday, June 30, 5-8 p.m.
Where:Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue
Cost:Free

www.easternstate.org

Welcome America Pick: Free Admission to the Penn Museum

Photo by C. Gabello for Visit Philadelphia

Friday is the Penn Museum's turn to offer free admission. All day long, explore the fascinating collection, which ranges from Egyptian artifacts to salvaged items from war-torn areas like Syria.

Welcome America Pick: Free Admission to the Penn Museum

When:Friday, June 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where:Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Cost:Free

www.welcomeamerica.com

Welcome America Pick: Free Philadelphia Orchestra Concert and Fireworks Show at Great Plaza at Penn's Landing

Philadelphia Orchestra and FireworksPhoto by M. Stanley for DRWC

The weekend before the Fourth of July gets off to a tuneful start with a free performance by the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra along the Delaware River waterfront at Penn's Landing. After the acclaimed musicians take their bows, all eyes will be on the skies for a spectacular free fireworks display. Check out our guide on where to watch the fireworks on the Delaware River waterfront for suggestions on great viewpoints.

Welcome America Pick: Free Philadelphia Orchestra Concert and Fireworks Show at Great Plaza at Penn's Landing

When:Friday, June 30; Concert, 8-9:30 p.m., Fireworks, 9:30-10 p.m.
Where:Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

www.welcomeamerica.com

Welcome America Pick: Red, White and Blue Happy Hours

On Friday night, a number of bars throughout the city offer up happy hour deals in the spirit of Benjamin Franklin (who was a fan of a good drink) and the upcoming weekend. Visit spots like Continental Mid-town, Philadelphia Distilling, the Moshulu, City Tap House: Logan Square and more to take advantage of a three-hour happy hour (4 to 7 p.m.) this Friday.

Welcome America Pick: Red, White and Blue Happy Hours

When:Friday, June 30, 4-7 p.m.
Where:Various locations including The Continental Mid-town, 1801 Chestnut Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.welcomeamerica.com

Welcome America Pick: Night Market Philadelphia — Spruce Hill

Night Market PhiladelphiaPhoto courtesy Night Market Philadelphia

Night Market Philadelphia heads to Spruce Hill for a special Independence Day edition on Saturday, July 1, attracting thousands of folks for a four-hour, al fresco food truck soiree. Come hungry for delicious street-side eats like tacos, fried cheese curds, pizza, ice cream and more, along with beverages including local beer and spirits!

Welcome America Pick: Night Market Philadelphia — Spruce Hill

When:Saturday, July 1, 6-10 p.m.
Where:40th and Walnut Street, Spruce Hill
Cost:Pay as you go for food and drink

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Welcome America Pick: Free Admission to the African American Museum

African American Museum in PhiladelphiaPhoto by J. Fusco For Visit Philadelphia

The African American Museum in Philadelphia, founded in 1976, is the first institution built by a major U.S. city to preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage and culture of African-Americans. Explore its four art- and history-packed exhibitions during for free as part of the Wawa Welcome America! Free Museum Days.

Welcome America Pick: Free Admission to the African American Museum

When:Saturday, July 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where:The African American Museum, 701 Arch Street
Cost:Free

www.welcomeamerica.com

'90s Outdoor Dance Party at FringeArts

DJ Dame Luz, one of the city’s beloved DJs, spins classic summertime hits from the ’90s at a sure-to-be fun indoor-outdoor dance party at FringeArts. Guests can expect to dance along to ’90s pop, hip-hop, R&B and dancehall music.

'90s Outdoor Dance Party at FringeArts

When:Saturday, July 1, 10:30 p.m.-1:45 a.m.
Where:FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free cover; drinks available for purchase

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8th Annual IPA, Champagne & Rosé Block Party at Hawthornes Cafe

After a rain cancellation earlier this year, Hawthornes Cafe in Bella Vista invites IPA, champagne and rosé lovers to its bigger-than-ever block party this Saturday. Look forward to live bands, tons of awesome IPAs on draft, a variety of champagne and rosé to boot. As far as food, street-party-style eats like soft pretzels, veggie burgers, pork ribs and more will be available for purchase.

8th Annual IPA, Champagne & Rosé Block Party at Hawthornes Cafe

When:Saturday, July 1, noon-8 p.m.
Where:Hawthornes Cafe, 738 S. 11th Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Welcome America Pick: U.S. Army Band Concert and Fireworks at Great Plaza at Penn's Landing

U.S. Army BandPhoto courtesy DRWC

The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” has delighted audiences with its rousing and rollicking renditions of old standards, new hits and patriotic tunes. The group returns to the Delaware River waterfront this year for another highly anticipated performance starting at 8 p.m. Also highly anticipated: the huge fireworks display that will follow at about 9:30 p.m. Check out our guide on where to watch the fireworks on the Delaware River waterfront for suggestions on great viewpoints.

Welcome America Pick: U.S. Army Band Concert and Fireworks at Great Plaza at Penn's Landing

When:Saturday, July 1; Concert, 8-9:30 p.m., Fireworks, 9:30-10 p.m.
Where:Penn's Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

www.welcomeamerica.com

Pay-What-You-Wish First Sunday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

PMAPhoto courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art

In celebration of the first weekend of the month, the Philadelphia Museum of Art offers up pay-what-you-wish admission to its storied galleries this Sunday from 10 a.m to 5 p.m.

Pay-What-You-Wish First Sunday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

When:Sunday, July 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where:Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Pay what you wish

www.philamuseum.org

Freedom Calling: Free First Sunday at the Barnes Foundation

Photo By R. Kennedy For Visit Philadelphia

The Barnes Foundation presents a special edition of its free first Sunday this week in celebration of July 4th. For this special free event, the programs at the museum center around the meaning of freedom. Visitors of the museum this Sunday can enjoy a concert of reimagined protest songs, a preview of BlackStar Film Festival's upcoming events and, of course, explore the museum's impressive collection.

Freedom Calling: Free First Sunday at the Barnes Foundation

When:Sunday, July 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free

www.barnesfoundation.org

Welcome America Pick: Philly at the Movies — Rocky at the Steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art StepsPhoto by C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia

There's no better spot to watch the Philadelphia classic Rocky than from the very steps that made its star character a legend. Head to the Philadelphia Museum of Art for a free, outdoor screening.

Welcome America Pick: Philly at the Movies — Rocky at the Steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

When:Sunday, July 2, 8-11 p.m.
Where:Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free

www.welcomeamerica.com


Looking for more July 4th fun? Check out a full guide to July 4th in Philly on visitphilly.com.

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