24+ Excellent Things To Do In Philly This Week, July 24-30

Shakespeare in the Park, XPoNential Music Festival, East Passyunk Car Show and Street Festival and more…

As we near the end of the month (can you believe it?), summer fun continues with al fresco movie nights, huge festivals and so much more.

Starting this Friday, the XPoNential Music Festival returns to the Camden waterfront with an impressive lineup of alternative musicians including Wilco, Spoon, Amos Lee and Friends, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and more. The festival runs through Sunday, providing attendees with a healthy dose of outdoor music for their weekend.

On Sunday, the East Passyunk Car Show and Street Festival hits East Passyunk Avenue for a full day of impressive cars, live music, food and drinks.

Also this week? Parks on Tap at not one, but two locations, The Oval+, Shakespeare in the Park and more.

Read on for our guide to this week in Philly.

The Oval+

Aerial photo of The Oval+Photo by A. Yee for Fairmount Park Conservancy

It’s the first full week for The Oval+, a summertime-only pop-up park on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The Oval+ is open from Wednesday to Sunday this week with free fitness classes like yoga and kickboxing as well as games, food trucks, beer (in a shaded beer garden!) and more. Beyond Wednesday, enjoy live music on Thursday night, a free screening of Hidden Figures on Friday night, quizzo on Saturday and more.

The Oval+

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

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Beer Gardens

A couple enjoys drinks at Independence Beer GardenPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Summertime is meant for visiting beer gardens! Luckily, Philadelphia is home to a slew of great great ones, 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 courtesy Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

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

Blue Cross RiverRink SummerfestPhoto courtesy Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest continues to entertain guests of the Delaware River Waterfront with everything from roller skating to arcade games. Make plans to head down to the waterfront to hop aboard one of the amusement park-style rides, take a spin on the roller skating rink, enjoy boardwalk-style eats, sip cold drinks, play carnival games and more.

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

DRWCPhoto courtesy Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

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

Ardmore Restaurant Week

Those looking for meal deals should head to Ardmore as Ardmore Restaurant Week returns with another week of $25 or $35 meal deals (depending on the restaurant). Visit neighborhood hot spots like Tired Hands Fermentaria, Besito and more to take advantage of this deal-fueled promotion.

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

For two hours this Wednesday night, more than 80 bars in Center City serve up deals on food and drinks for Center City Sips, a neighborhood-wide happy hour. Center City residents and visitors can enjoy $5 cocktails, $4 wine, $3 beer and half-priced appetizers at spots like Balcony Bar @ the Kimmel Center, Sampan, Harp and Crown, Opa, Independence Beer Garden and more.

Center City Sips

When:Wednesday, July 19, 5-7 p.m.
Where:Various locations including Kimmel Center, 300 Broad Street
Cost:Pay as you go; $5 cocktails, $4 wine, $3 beer, half-priced appetizers

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Parks on Tap

Parks On TapPhoto courtesy Fairmont Park Conservancy

Roving beer garden Parks On Tap continues this week at two different locations: Jefferson Square Park and Lemon Hill. Enjoy specials on drinks and relax with your friends at what’s become one of the summer’s most fun attractions.

Parks on Tap

When:Jefferson Square Park: Through July 30; Lemon Hill: July 26-August 6
Where:Jefferson Square Park, 4th Street and Washington Avenue and Lemon Hill, Lemon Hill Drive
Cost:Pay as you go

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Nie Yuehua Pop-Up Exhibition at the Asian Arts Initiative

This week, the Asian Arts Initiative welcomes a special pop-up exhibition featuring impressive works by Nie Yuehua, a Beijing-based painter. Throughout the week, enjoy the chance to admire her works as well as attend an opening celebration and an art auction on July 27.

Nie Yuehua Pop-Up Exhibition at the Asian Arts Initiative

When:July 26-28
Where:Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine Street
Cost:Free

www.asianartsinitiative.org

Shakespeare in Clark Park: Coriolanus

Shakespeare in Clark ParkPhoto courtesy Shakespeare in Clark Park

For more than a decade, Shakespeare in Clark Park has transformed West Philly’s favorite urban oasis into a high-quality theater for the people. Each year, hundreds of folks make their way to the park’s natural bowl to watch professional actors bring classic Shakespeare works to life. Roman tragedy Coriolanus is on the ticket for this year’s show.

Shakespeare in Clark Park: Coriolanus

When:July 26-30
Where:Clark Park, 4300-4398 Baltimore Avenue
Cost:Free

www.friendsofclarkpark.org

Broadway Philadelphia Presents: Wicked at the Academy of Music

One of Broadway’s biggest musicals makes its way to Philadelphia for a month-plus run at the Academy of Music. Starting this Thursday, Wicked fills the stage at the Avenue of the Arts theater with a story about Oz before Dorothy. Be prepared to groove along to favorite show tunes like Popular, Defying Gravity and more.

Broadway Philadelphia Presents: Wicked at the Academy of Music

When:July 26-August 27
Where:Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost:$29 and up

www.kimmelcenter.org

Old City Eats

Caribbean Cuisine Week at Cuba LibrePhoto courtesy Cuba Libre

Thursday night brings the return of Old City Eats, a neighborhood-wide food and drink event that features great deals at some of Old City’s most popular spots — the Victoria Freehouse, Revolution House, High Street on Market and more. The event runs from 5 to 8 p.m. and features $4 beer specials, $5 cocktails and food deals.

Old City Eats

When:Thursday, July 27, 5-8 p.m.
Where:Various locations including Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, 10 S. 2nd Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Free Screening of Ratatouille at the Schuylkill Banks

Schuylkill BanksPhoto courtesy Schuylkill Banks

Pack a picnic dinner and head down to the Walnut Street Bridge along the Schuylkill Banks for a free screening of the all-ages flick Ratatouille. The film will start at sunset, which is about 8:20 p.m. this Thursday night. Stop by early to take part in a pre-screening raffle and to enjoy complimentary snacks and drinks.

Free Screening of Ratatouille at the Schuylkill Banks

When:Thursday, July 27, 8:20 p.m.
Where:Schuylkill Banks, 2501 Walnut Street
Cost:Free

www.schuylkillbanks.org

Free Screening of Purple Rain at Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing

Screenings Under The StarsPhoto by Matt Stanley for DRWC

The free movie nights continue at Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing this Thursday night with a screening of the Prince classic Purple Rain. The movie is expected to start at about 8:30 p.m.

Free Screening of Purple Rain at Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing

When:Thursday, July 27, 8:30 p.m.
Where:Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

www.delawareriverevents.com

Philadelphia Wine and Cocktail Festival

More than 80 wines, whiskeys, bourbons, vodkas and tequilas are the focal point of the Philadelphia Wine and Cocktail Festival. The evening festival hits Sugarhouse Casino this Thursday night for a full evening of drink samples, opportunities to learn more about specific beverages, live music and more. An array of cheese samples will also be available for guests.

Philadelphia Wine and Cocktail Festival

When:Thursday, July 27, 6:30-9:30 p.m
Where:SugarHouse Casino, 1001 N. Delaware Avenue
Cost:$59.50, VIP; $39.50, general admission

www.phillywineandcocktails.com

The Boys of Summer

The Speedo-clad come out in full force for Philly Gay Calendar’s Boys of Summer weekend, a series of events taking place throughout the city in late July. The itinerary includes the Oasis Pool Party at Monarch Beach Club, a daytime block party outside Tavern on Camac and the sexy main event that’s practically swimming with buff lifeguards at Voyeur Nightclub.

The Boys of Summer

When:July 27-30
Where:Various locations including Voyeur Nightclub, 1221 Saint James Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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XPoNential Music Festival

XPoNential FestivalPhoto courtesy WXPN

WXPN, the public radio station of the University of Pennsylvania, brings together musical legends and up-and-coming performers at Wiggins Park and the BB&T Pavilion on the Camden Waterfront for the XPoNential Music Festival. This year’s bands include Wilco, Spoon and Amos Lee with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

XPoNential Music Festival

When:July 28-30
Where:BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Boulevard, Camden and Wiggins Park, 1 Wiggins Park, Camden
Cost:$70-$247

www.xpnfest.org

Pictures in the Park at Dilworth Park: Central Intelligence

It’s week two for Dilworth Park’s free movie nights. This Friday night, check out a free screening of Central Intelligence, a comedy starring The Rock and Philly’s own Kevin Hart. Drinks (cocktails, beer, wine and soft drinks) will be available for purchase throughout the movie.

Pictures in the Park at Dilworth Park: Central Intelligence

When:Thursday, July 27, 8:30-10:30 p.m.
Where:Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street
Cost:Free

www.centercityphila.org

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann Center

The MannPhoto courtesy Mann Center for the Performing Arts

The Mann Center welcomes Harry Potter fans for a fun screening of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets that comes with live accompaniment by the Philadelphia Orchestra. The orchestra will perform the film’s exquisite score as the movie plays on the big screen. Tickets are required for entry.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann Center

When:Friday, July 28, 7:30 p.m.
Where:The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Avenue
Cost:$25 and up

www.manncenter.org

PhilaDANCO and the Black Pearl Orchestra at the Dell Music Center

UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, this event has been postponed until Monday, July 31. As part of the African American Museum’s PhilAesthetic: The African American Museum in Philadelphia Celebrates the Black Arts Movement exhibition, the museum teams up with the Dell Music Center (and a number of the city’s performing arts organizations) for a show featuring PhilaDANCO and the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra. Expect exciting dance performance and classical music.

PhilaDANCO and the Black Pearl Orchestra at the Dell Music Center

When:Friday, July 28, 7 p.m. Monday, July 31, 8 p.m.
Where:Dell East Music Center, 2400 Strawberry Mansion Drive
Cost:$10 and up

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Final Fridays at the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Wild

Philadelphia Museum of ArtPhoto courtesy the Philadelphia Museum of Art

In celebration of its marquee Wild exhibition, the Philadelphia Museum of Art closes out this month’s Friday night parties with a special event that centers on art conservation and the conservation of the environment. Throughout the evening, groove along to live music, listen in on a discussion about conservation, learn about landscape painting and more. Access to this Friday night event is included in the price of museum admission.

Final Fridays at the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Wild

When:Friday, July 28, 5-8:45 p.m.
Where:Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:$20, adults; $18, seniors; $14, students and youth (13-18); free, children 12 and under

www.philamuseum.org

The Philly Ice Cream Scoop at Reading Terminal Market

Summer’s favorite sweet treat gets a day of its own at Reading Terminal Market this Saturday. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., all things ice cream take the spotlight at the dining destination with ice cream samples from some of the city’s best ice cream producers (Franklin Fountain, Zsa’s, Lil’ Pop Shop, Little Baby’s Ice Cream), ice cream specials at merchants, arts and crafts, shopping and more.

The Philly Ice Cream Scoop at Reading Terminal Market

When:Saturday, July 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where:Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.readingterminalmarket.org

Smorgasbeer at the American Swedish Historical Museum

The American Swedish Historical Museum welcomes you to a summer evening of beer and food sampling featuring local Philly lagers, ales, stouts and more paired alongside Swedish eats like meatballs, cheeses and sausages. While there, festival-goers are encouraged to take a tour of the museum and enjoy nearby FDR Park.

Smorgasbeer at the American Swedish Historical Museum

When:Saturday, July 29, 5-9 p.m.
Where:American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Avenue
Cost:$30

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Philadelphia Dance Day

Heads up! There’s a citywide dance party happening this week — and it’s completely free to attend. Throughout the day, a number of venues in the city — including the Ethical Society of Philadelphia and Major Movement Studio — welcome dancers of all levels for workshops in tap, salsa, barre, zumba and more. Once evening hits, a number of donation-based performances will fill the Ethical Society.

Philadelphia Dance Day

When:Saturday, July 29
Where:Various locations including Philadelphia Ethical Society, 1906 Rittenhouse Square
Cost:Free

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Mural Arts Presents Radio Silence

UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, this event has been postponed until Sunday, July 30. This Sunday night, Independence Mall welcomes a special live broadcast that celebrates Iraqi culture through food, performances and discussion. The event also recognizes Iraqi refugees and American Iraq War veterans as they tell their stories about life in Iraq. The broadcast serves as the kickoff event of a 10-episode radio show that will debut in August. The event is free to attend, but those planning to check out this event are asked to register online.

Mural Arts Presents Radio Silence

When:Saturday, July 29, 6-9 p.m. Sunday, July 30, 6 p.m.
Where:Independence Mall, Chestnut Street from 5th to 6th streets
Cost:Free

www.muralarts.org

East Passyunk Car Show and Street Festival

Photo courtesy Visit Easy Passyunk

A shout out to South Philly’s sock-hoppin’ heritage, the annual East Passyunk Car Show and Street Festival brings together revelers, food, music and some of the hottest classic cars you’ve ever seen. Browse more than 100 antique, show, muscle and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles lined up along Passyunk Avenue.

East Passyunk Car Show and Street Festival

When:Sunday, July 30, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where:East Passyunk Avenue (Between Broad and Dickinson streets)
Cost:Free; food and drink pay as you go

www.visiteastpassyunk.com

Final Week for American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition at the National Constitution Center

American Spirits at National Constitution CenterPhoto courtesy National Constitution Center

Catch the popular American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition before it departs from the National Constitution Center this week. Sunday, July 30 marks the final day for this fascinating exhibition. The 5,000-square-foot display includes over 100 rare artifacts from the temperance movement, including a hatchet used by Carrie Nation, original ratification copies of the 18th and 21st amendments and a Prohibition Bureau Badge issued by the Department of Justice.

Final Week for American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition at the National Constitution Center

When:Through Sunday, July 30
Where:National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street
Cost:$17.50, adults; $14, youth (6-18); free for members

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