18+ Terrific Things To Do In Philly This Week, July 5-9

Hispanic Fiesta, free movie nights and much more...

The fun in Philadelphia doesn’t stop with the passing of the July 4th holiday. Instead, it continues in the form of beer garden events, festivals, summer movie nights and more.

On Thursday night, Screenings Under the Stars at Penn’s Landing kick off for 2017 with a free screening of Captain America: Civil War. Pack a picnic dinner for maximum movie enjoyment.

The two-day Hispanic Fiesta returns to Penn’s Landing this weekend (both Saturday and Sunday!) with authentic performances, delicious food and fabulous shopping, all celebrating Hispanic culture in Philadelphia.

In Germantown, Second Saturday is celebrated with a free festival featuring tours of historic sites, performances, shopping and much more.

Read on for our guide to this week in Philadelphia.

Spruce Street Harbor Park

Spruce Street Harbor ParkPhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Spruce Street Harbor Park continues to dish out summer fun in the form of al fresco eats and drinks, arcade games, hammocks for lounging and special events throughout the week, including pop-up shopping markets on Saturday and Sunday and live music from both Louie Louie and The Whips on Thursday night.

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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Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and The Midway

Midway at Blue Cross RiverRink SummerfestPhoto by Matt Stanley for DRWC

Those who have been itching to hop aboard a Ferris wheel should head to 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 carnival games. While you’re there, don’t miss Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest’s outdoor roller skating rink, mini-golf course and seafood shack. Note that this is the final week to ride the Ferris wheel before it returns in August.

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and The Midway

When:Through September 4; Ferris Wheel open through Sunday, July 9
Where:Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Pay as you go

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The Best Beer Gardens in Philadelphia

Independence 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 (shown above), Spruce Street Harbor Park, Uptown Beer Garden, Morgan’s Pier, the PHS Pop Up Gardens and more. Click here for a full guide to the top beer gardens in Philly for summer 2017.

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 Streer Pier

Free Yoga at 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 Streer Pier

When:July 5-9
Where:Race Street Pier, Race Street & N. Columbus Boulveard
Cost:Free

www.delawareriverwaterfront.com

Yoga on the Banks at the Schuylkill Banks

This weekend, take in views of the Schuylkill River while practicing yoga al fresco as Yoga on the Banks returns for a weekend of deal-fueled yoga. Yogis are asked to bring their own yoga mat, water bottle and a $5 donation for participating in the class.

Yoga on the Banks at the Schuylkill Banks

When:July 8-9, 11 a.m.-noon
Where:25th and Locust streets
Cost:$5, suggested donation

www.yogaonthebanks.com

Center City Sips

It’s officially Center City Sips season! This Wednesday, visit spots like Balcony Bar @ the Kimmel Center, 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, July 5, 5-7 p.m.
Where:Various locations including Pagano’s Market and Bar, 2001 Market Street
Cost:Pay as you go; $5 cocktails, $4 wine, $3 beer, half-priced appetizers

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Twin Lobster Dinner at Oyster House

Starting this Wednesday night, Oyster House brings back a favorite summertime special with twin lobster dinners. On Wednesday nights through August 30, guests of the restaurant can feast on a dinner deal featuring two one-pound lobsters, corn on the cob and drawn butter for $30. How’s that for a deal?

Twin Lobster Dinner at Oyster House

When:Wednesday, July 5
Where:Oyster House, 1516 Sansom Street
Cost:$30

www.oysterhousephilly.com

Parks On Tap: Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

Shofuso Japanese House & GardenPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Parks on Tap moves to Shofuso Japanese House and Garden this week (Wednesday through Sunday) with cold drinks, barbecue-inspired bites, fun games and good times al fresco. Don’t miss the roving beer garden at this picturesque spot.

Parks On Tap: Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

When:July 5-9
Where:Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, Lansdowne Drive & Horticultural Drive
Cost:Pay as you go

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Outdoor Movie Screening: Back to the Future at FringeArts

A classic ’80s flick fills the screen al fresco at FringeArts’ recurring outdoor movie nights. This Wednesday night, enjoy a screening of Back to the Future in FringeArts’ outdoor beer garden. Speaking of beer, drinks and food from the on-site seafood shack will be available for purchase.

Outdoor Movie Screening: Back to the Future at FringeArts

When:Wednesday, July 5, 8:30 p.m.
Where:FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

www.fringearts.com

Old City Eats

Looking for happy hour? Look no further than Old City this Thursday night as Old City Eats, a weekly 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, 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, July 6, 5-8 p.m.
Where:Various locations including Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, 10 South 2nd Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Free Screening of Fantastic Beasts at The Schmidt’s Commons

The Schmidt's CommonsPhoto Courtesy Schmidt's Commons

UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, this movie screening has been postponed until July 10.This Thursday night, The Schmidt’s Commons continues its free movie nights with a screening of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the prequel to the popular Harry Potter series. In addition to the film, guests can enjoy food and drink specials at spots like Crabby’s Cafe and Gunner’s Run. Remember to bring your own chair!

Free Screening of Fantastic Beasts at The Schmidt’s Commons

When:Thursday, July 6, 8-11 p.m. Monday, July 10, 8-11 p.m.
Where:The Schmidt’s Commons, 1001 N. 2nd Street
Cost:Free

theschmidtscommons.com

Screenings Under The Stars at Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing: Captain America: Civil War

Screenings Under the StarsPhoto by Matt Stanley for DRWC

This Thursday night, one of the summer’s favorite outdoor movie series returns for 2017. Screenings Under the Stars at Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing starts up this Thursday with a free screening of Captain America: Civil War. Guests are encouraged to bring picnic dinners, snacks, beach chairs and blankets to fully enjoy the flick. The movie nights continue on Thursdays through August 31.

Screenings Under The Stars at Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing: Captain America: Civil War

When:Thursday, July 6, 8:30-11 p.m.
Where:Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

www.delawareriverevents.com

Mad Decent Block Party at Festival Pier

Diplo’s Mad Decent Block Party hits Festival Pier this Friday night with a stellar lineup of participating musicians, including Diplo himself. Guests can also dance along to music by 4B, Dirty South Joe and Flosstradamus.

Mad Decent Block Party at Festival Pier

When:Friday, July 7, 5 p.m.
Where:Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing, 601 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:$10 for 2 tickets

www.maddecentblockparty.com

Free Admission at the National Museum of American Jewish History

You can score free admission to the National Museum of American Jewish History this Wednesday as part of First Friday. Check out the museum's 1917: How One Year Changed the World exhibition in addition to its regular collection.

Free Admission at the National Museum of American Jewish History

When:Friday, July 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where:National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall E.
Cost:Free

www.nmajh.org

Hamlet at Laurel Hill Cemetery

Treat yourself to an unconventional theater experience this weekend as the New York-based REV Theatre Company brings a performance of Hamlet to Laurel Hill Cemetery. On both Friday and Saturday nights, the group brings a new energy to this classic tale of love and loss. Take note: Audience participation is encouraged throughout the show.

Hamlet at Laurel Hill Cemetery

When:July 7-8
Where:Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Avenue
Cost:$25, general admission; $22, members

www.thelaurelhillcemetery.org

Hispanic Fiesta at Penn’s Landing

Hispanic FiestaPhoto by Matt Stanley for DRWC

The Hispanic Fiesta at Penn’s Landing is one of Philadelphia’s premier Latino events, drawing upwards of 15,000 people each day. The festival continues to unite and raise awareness of Latino culture and community through the celebration of music, dance, entertainment, ethnic foods and artisan crafts from nearly all Latin American countries.


Hispanic Fiesta at Penn’s Landing

When:July 8-9
Where:Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

www.delawareriverevents.com

Second Saturday Festival in Germantown

Germantown celebrates its seasonal Second Saturday event with an all-out festival this Saturday. From noon to 8 p.m., enjoy tours of the neighborhood's historic sites (Cliveden, The Johnson House and more), groove to live music, feast on delicious eats from food truck, browse items from an arts marketplace and more. Admission to the festival is completely free. A free bus will shuttle festival guests from site to site throughout the day.

Second Saturday Festival in Germantown

When:Saturday, July 8, noon-8 p.m.
Where:Market Square Park and the 5400 block of Germantown Avenue
Cost:Free

www.freedomsbackyard.com

Free Screening of The Secret Life of Pets at Franklin Square

Franklin SquarePhoto by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

This Saturday night, Franklin Square welcomes guests of all ages for an al fresco movie night featuring a screening of The Secret Life of Pets. Pre-show activities start at 7 p.m. and the flick is slated to start once the sun sets, which is around 8:30 p.m.

Free Screening of The Secret Life of Pets at Franklin Square

When:Saturday, July 8, 7-11 p.m.; Movie, 8:30 p.m.
Where:Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th Street
Cost:Free

www.historicphiladelphia.org

Club America vs. Puebla at Talen Energy Stadium

This Saturday, Talen Energy Stadium in Chester hosts an intense matchup between Club America and Puebla as part of the Tour Aguila summer soccer series. The soccer game officially starts at 6 p.m., but the fun begins at 2 p.m. with a pre-game festival featuring music, food, meet and greets, games and more. Be sure to keep an eye out for Visit Philly's XOXO photo spot (and snap a pic with it!).

Club America vs. Puebla at Talen Energy Stadium

When:Saturday, July 8, 6 p.m.
Where:Talen Energy Stadium, 1 Stadium Drive, Chester
Cost:$40-$163.75

www.philadelphiaunion.com

Parks On Tap Jr.: Twilight Music Festival

Parks On TapPhoto By Albert Yee

Starting this Sunday, the Twilight Music Festival (a series of live concerts and a pop-up beer garden) debuts along MLK Drive near the dragon boat docks. This week, Taylor McFerrin performs a free concert for festival guests. The show runs from 7 to 9 p.m. and the pop-up beer garden is open from noon to 10 p.m. The music-fueled festivals continue on Sundays through August 27.

Parks On Tap Jr.: Twilight Music Festival

When:Sunday, July 9, noon-10 p.m.
Where:1233 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Cost:Pay as you go

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Pet-a-palooza in Chestnut Hill

Pets are the theme of the day at Germantown’s fourth-annual Pet-a-palooza. From noon to 3 p.m., Germantown Avenue welcomes four-legged friends (and their owners) for "yappy hour," activities, a petting zoo, opportunities to adopt animals, food, music and more.

Pet-a-palooza in Chestnut Hill

When:Sunday, July 9, noon-3 p.m.
Where:Germantown and E. Highland avenues
Cost:Pay as you go

www.chestnuthillpa.com

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