20+ Awesome Things To Do In Philly This Week, July 17-23

Grand opening of The Oval, Islamic Heritage Festival at Penn’s Landing, University City Dining Days and more...

The dog days of summer (yup, we’re in them!) bring everything from outdoor movie nights for long summer evenings to roving beer gardens to help you stay cool.

This Thursday, The Oval, another one of the city’s popular temporary warm-weather parks, opens for its 2017 season. Be sure to stop by for drinks in its tree-shaded beer garden, eats from food trucks, games, free fitness classes, movie nights and so much more. How’s that for fun?

On Saturday afternoon, PECO’s culture-celebrating festival series returns to celebrate Islamic culture and heritage with shopping, delicious food, performances and more during the annual Islamic Heritage Festival.

Two restaurant weeks — University City Dining Days and Ardmore Restaurant Week — also continue this week in different parts of the region. Visit University City restaurants (Pod, Distrito, Dahlak and more) and Ardmore eateries (Tired Hands Fermentaria, Besito and more) for cheap prices on excellent fare.

Check out our picks for this week in Philly, below.

Beer Gardens

Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Summertime is meant for visiting 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.

Beer Gardens

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

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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 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

SummerfestPhoto courtesy Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

Those who have been itching to hop aboard a carousel ride should head to The Midway, a boardwalk-inspired attraction at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest. Stop by this week to ride the swinging ship attraction, 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.

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and The Midway

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

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Free Yoga at Race Street 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 Street Pier

When:Daily through November 12
Where:Race Street Pier, Race Street & N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

www.delawareriverwaterfront.com

Rosé Week on 13th Street

Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran's 13th Street restaurants celebrate summer's favorite beverage — rosé — with an array of special events all throughout the work week. The festivites start on Monday, July 17 at Barbuzzo with a special rosé wine dinner (for $48 per person) and continues with frosé special at Bud and Marilyn's, rosé sangria specials at Lolita and more. Click here for the full rundown of events.

Rosé Week on 13th Street

When:July 17-21
Where:Various locations including Barbuzzo, 110 S. 13th Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.13thstreetphilly.blogspot.com

University City Dining Days

DistritoPhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

It’s the final week of University City Dining Days, a deal-fueled foodie promotion at 30 of the neighborhood’s top eateries. Through Sunday, enjoy $15, $25 or $35 meals (depending on the restaurant) at spots like Distrito (shown above), White Dog Cafe, Pod, Dock Street Brewery, Dahlak, Vietnam Cafe and more.

University City Dining Days

When:Through July 23
Where:Various locations including Distrito, 3945 Chestnut Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Ardmore Restaurant Week

Ardmore is truly a dining hub with restaurants like Besito (Mexican), Tired Hands Fermentaria (New American — and craft beer), Local Wine & Kitchen (New American) and more. Through July 30, many restaurants in the town serve up $25 or $35 meal deals (depending on the restaurant) for Ardmore Restaurant Week. In addition to the meal deals, the area restaurants are also serving up special happy hour items from 5 to 7 p.m. through July 30.

Ardmore Restaurant Week

When:July 17-30
Where:Various locations including Tired Hands Fermentaria, 35 Cricket Terrace, Ardmore
Cost:Pay as you go

www.destinationardmore.com

Center City Sips

This Wednesday, the neighborhood-wide happy hour that is Center City Sips hits spots like Uptown Beer Garden, SkyGarten, Bar Bombon, Independence Beer Garden, Vintage Wine Bar, Chops at the Comcast Center and more with deals on food and drinks from 5 to 7 p.m.

Center City Sips

When:Wednesday, July 19, 5-7 p.m.
Where:Various locations including Uptown Beer Garden, 1735 Market Street
Cost:Pay as you go; $5 cocktails, $4 wine, $3 beer, half-priced appetizers

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CONCACAF Gold Cup Quarterfinals: U.S. vs. El Salvador at Lincoln Financial Field

Lincoln Financial FieldPhoto courtesy Lincoln Financial Field

The 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup arrives in Philadelphia for a Quarterfinals doubleheader on Wednesday night at Lincoln Financial Field. First up, Costa Rica takes on Panama at 6 p.m. Then, the U.S. Men's National Team takes on El Salvador at 9 p.m. One ticket gets you a seat at both games — and tickets start at just $30.

CONCACAF Gold Cup Quarterfinals: U.S. vs. El Salvador at Lincoln Financial Field

When:Wednesday, July 19, 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Where:Lincoln Financial Field, 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way
Cost:$30-$219

www.goldcup.org

Parks on Tap: Schuylkill Banks

It’s week two for Parks on Tap at the Schuylkill Banks! The roving beer garden hits the waterfront spot from Wednesday through Sunday this week as part of the event's special two-week stop on the picturesque riverfront.

Parks on Tap: Schuylkill Banks

When:July 19-23
Where:Schuylkill Banks, 2501 Walnut Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Parks on Tap: Jefferson Square Park

Parks on Tap is also at South Philly’s verdant Jefferson Square Park this week (in addition to the Schuylkill Banks). Starting Wednesday, stop by to feast on easy-to-eat sandwiches, sip on craft beer — and wine and cocktails — and play a range of oversized games.

Parks on Tap: Jefferson Square Park

When:July 19-23
Where:Jefferson Square Park, 4th Street and Washington Avenue
Cost:Pay as you go

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Free Admission to The Franklin Institute

Franklin InstitutePhoto by R. Kennedy for the Franklin Institute

This Wednesday night, The Franklin Institute offers free admission to all guests (yes!) for its recurring Community Night. Visit the museum from 5 to 8 p.m. to take advantage of the deal and enjoy its popular exhibitions (it's giant brain exhibition, its popular heart attraction and more), in addition to hands-on fun.

Free Admission to The Franklin Institute

When:Wednesday, July 19, 5-8 p.m.
Where:The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street
Cost:Free

www.fi.edu

Grand Opening of The Oval

Photo by Albert Yee

The Oval, located just steps away from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, returns to transform the asphalt and lawns surrounding 24th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway into an eight-acre, all-ages, temporary outdoor space starting this Thursday. This year, an immersive art installation debuts at the Oval, too. To mark opening day (and week), guests can look forward to a Thursday night dance party, a free screening of Clueless on Friday night, quizzo on Saturday evening and more.

Grand Opening of The Oval

When:July 20-August 20
Where:The Oval, 2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Pay as you go

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Old City Eats

Old CityPhoto by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

Hungry for a good deal? This Thursday night, Old City continues its district-wide happy hour that is Old City Eats at places like High Street on Market, Capofitto, Lucha Cartel, The Victoria Freehouse, Red Owl Tavern and more. From 5 to 8 p.m., neighborhood guests can enjoy $4 beer deals, $5 cocktails and discounts on food.

Old City Eats

When:Thursday, July 20, 5-8 p.m.
Where:Various locations including High Street on Market, 308 Market Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Twilight in the Arboretum at the Barnes Arboretum

Take in the beautiful views of the Barnes Arboretum in Merion at this week’s Twilight in the Arboretum event. Guests can pack a picnic dinner to enjoy on the grass while listening to live acoustic music at the arboretum.

Twilight in the Arboretum at the Barnes Arboretum

When:Thursday, July 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where:The
Cost:$10; free, members and children under 12

www.barnesfoundation.org

Free Screening of Finding Dory at the Grays Ferry Crescent at Schuylkill Banks

The Schuylkill Banks continues hosting free outdoor movie nights with a screening of Finding Dory at the Grays Ferry Crescent in South Philly on Thursday night. The flick is slated to start at 8:30 p.m., but pre-show activities (a raffle, snacks) start before showtime.

Free Screening of Finding Dory at the Grays Ferry Crescent at Schuylkill Banks

When:Thursday, July 20, 8:30 p.m.
Where:Grays Ferry Crescent Park
Cost:Free

www.schuylkillbanks.org

Screenings Under The Stars: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story at Great Plaza at Penn's Landing

DRWCPhoto by Matt Stanley for DRWC

Looking for a movie night? This Thursday, check out a free screening of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story at Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. Guests are encouraged to bring picnic blankets, snacks and low beach chairs to fully enjoy the outdoor movie.

Screenings Under The Stars: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story at Great Plaza at Penn's Landing

When:Thursday, July 20, 8:30-11 p.m.
Where:Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

www.delawareriverwaterfront.com

Pictures in the Park: Beauty and the Beast at Dilworth Park

Dilworth ParkPhoto courtesy Dilworth Park

Starting this Fiday night, Dilworth Park brings back its popular summer movie nights with a free screening of the new Beauty and the Beast. Stop by this Friday to watch this flick al fresco with one of the city’s grandest buildings (City Hall) as your backdrop.

Pictures in the Park: Beauty and the Beast at Dilworth Park

When:Friday, July 21 8:30-10:30 p.m.
Where:Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street
Cost:Free

www.dilworthpark.org

Makers Market at The Schmidt’s Commons

Items made right here in Pennsylvania and within the United States are the focal point at the monthly Makers Market at The Schmidt’s Commons. In addition to shopping for jewelry, soaps, art works, clothing and more, guests can cool down with cold drinks from the on-site Local Libation’s Garden.

Makers Market at The Schmidt’s Commons

When:Saturday, July 22, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where:The Schmidt’s Commons, 1001 N. 2nd Street #21
Cost:Pay as you go

www.theschmidtscommons.com

Islamic Heritage Festival at Penn’s Landing

Photo by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

The Islamic Heritage Festival features speakers, entertainment and a global open market bazaar dedicated to celebrating Islamic culture and heritage. Come out to Penn’s Landing to enjoy a day of spirited festivities.

Islamic Heritage Festival at Penn’s Landing

When:Saturday, July 22, 2-8 p.m.
Where:Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

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Jurassic Park in Concert with The Philadelphia Orchestra at Mann Center for the Performing Arts

Fans of Jurassic Park should scoop up tickets to a special event happening at the Mann Center this Saturday night. As part of its special summer movie-and-concert series, the Philadelphia Orchestra will perform the film’s soundtrack while the classic movie plays on the big screen. Tickets start at just $25.

Jurassic Park in Concert with The Philadelphia Orchestra at Mann Center for the Performing Arts

When:Saturday, July 22, 6 p.m.
Where:The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Avenue
Cost:$25-$80

www.manncenter.org

Summer Pop-Up Beer Garden at The Schmidt’s Commons

Pints of local beer will fill The Schmidt’s Commons this Saturday and Sunday for the summer pop-up beer garden. All day long, local breweries (Evil Genius, Dock Street, 2SP, Sly Fox and more) will pour their best summer brews while food trucks and mobile food vendors offer up sandwiches, snacks and more. For gluten-free folks, cider and cocktails will be available, too.

Summer Pop-Up Beer Garden at The Schmidt’s Commons

When:July 22-23
Where:The Schmidt’s Commons, 1001 N. 2nd Street #21
Cost:Pay as you go

www.theschmidtscommons.com

40th Street Summer Series: Dan Blacksberg's Heisser Klezmorim and West Philadelphia Orchestra

Photo courtesy University City District

Every month this summer, live music fills the al fresco space at 40th and Walnut streets for the annual 40th Street Summer Series. July brings a special double-headliner featuring Dan Blacksberg’s Hot Klezmers and the West Philadelphia Orchestra for an evening of danceable jams.

40th Street Summer Series: Dan Blacksberg's Heisser Klezmorim and West Philadelphia Orchestra

When:Saturday, July 22, 5 p.m.
Where:40th and Walnut streets
Cost:Free

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Parks On Tap Jr.: Twilight Music Festival

The Twilight Music Festival (a series of live concerts and a pop-up beer garden) continues along MLK Drive near the dragon boat docks this Sunday. This week, the much-loved Sun Ra Arkestra takes the stage for a concert at 7 p.m., but the fun officially starts at 4 p.m. with the Parks on Tap Jr. beer garden.

Parks On Tap Jr.: Twilight Music Festival

When:Sunday, July 23, Beer garden, 4-9 p.m.; Concerts, 7-9 p.m.
Where:1233 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Cost:Free with RSVP

www.twilightmusicfest.com

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