24+ Terrific Things To Do In Philly This Week, July 31-August 6

BlackStar Film Festival, 2nd Street Festival, free first Sunday at the Barnes and more...

The first few days of August arrive with a giant street festival in one of the city’s most bustling neighborhoods, after-hours museum events, days of free museum admission, film festivals, happy hours and so much more.

Starting Wednesday, BlackStar Film Festival kicks off with four days of film screenings, panels, parties and discussions about the black experience in film. The acclaimed film festival continues through Sunday at venues across the city.

On Sunday, the giant 2nd Street Festival returns to Northern Liberties with more than 250 vendors offering up food, drinks, handmade items and more.

Also this week? Center City Sips, free admission to the Barnes Foundation, the debut of a waterfront jazz series and so much more.

Check out our guide to this week in Philly.

The Oval+

The Oval+Photo courtesy The Oval+

The Oval+, a summertime-only pop-up park on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, continues to entertain guests this week with a ton of great activities. 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. Enjoy live music on Thursday night, a free screening of Up 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

Uptown Beer GardenPhoto courtesy Uptown Beer Garden

Summertime is meant for visiting beer gardens! Luckily, Philadelphia is home to a slew of great great ones, 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 for summer 2017.

Beer Gardens

When:Throughout the summer
Where:Various locations including Uptown Beer Garden, 1735 Market Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Spruce Street Harbor Park

Spruce Street Harbor ParkPhoto courtesy Spruce Street Harbor Park

The super popular 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 (including the Ferris wheel, back from August 1 through September 4!), 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 4
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

Broadway Philadelphia Presents: Wicked at the Academy of Music

WickedPhoto by Joan Marcus

It’s week two for Wicked, one of Broadway’s biggest recent hits. Learn the story behind the magical world of Oz (before Dorothy) by way of song and dance. The show runs from Tuesday through Sunday this week.

Broadway Philadelphia Presents: Wicked at the Academy of Music

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

www.kimmelcenter.org

Center City Sips

It's the final month for Center City Sips, the neighborhood-hide happy hour that draws crowds for deals on food and drinks to brighten any mid-week blues. From 5 to 7 p.m. this Wednesday night, visit spots like Aldine, Independence Beer Garden, Blue Duck on Broad, Bar Bombon (above), Balcony Bar at the Kimmel Center, Paganos Market and Bar, Opa and more for $5 cocktails, $4 wine, $3 beer and half-priced snacks.

Center City Sips

When:Wednesday, August 2, 5-7 p.m.
Where:Various locations including Bar Bombon, 133 S. 18th Street
Cost:Pay as you go; $5 cocktails, $4 wine, $3 beer, half-priced appetizers

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Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival

Philadelphia Women Theater FestivalPhoto courtesy Philadelphia Women's Theater Festival

This year marks the third year for the Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival. The event kicks off on Wednesday night with an Opening Night Cabaret and continues throughout the week and weekend with a number of premiere performances, including Hear Me War, a story that follows an all-women group as they march on Washington.

Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival

When:August 2-6
Where:The Caplan Studio Theater at the University of the Arts, 211 S. Broad Street
Cost:$10-$35

www.phillywomenstheatrefest.org

A Midsummer’s Eve Celebrating Life, Love, and Tu B’Av at the National Museum of American Jewish History

The Young Friends of the National Museum of American Jewish History celebrate Tu B’Av — the Jewish holiday of love — with a Wednesday night party featuring after-hours tours of the museum’s collection, snacks, drinks and more. Guests are encouraged to wear summer-soiree-style attire.

A Midsummer’s Eve Celebrating Life, Love, and Tu B’Av at the National Museum of American Jewish History

When:Wednesday, August 2, 8-11 p.m.
Where:National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall E.
Cost:$30 and up

www.nmajh.org

California Dreamin’ Mini Beer Fest at Morgan’s Pier

Morgan's PierPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Morgan’s Pier serves up California-made beers this Wednesday night for its recurring series of beer festivals. A $10 ticket gets you a 12-ounce pour of the featured beers from The Golden State. Tickets are available online.

California Dreamin’ Mini Beer Fest at Morgan’s Pier

When:Wednesday, August 2, 5-9 p.m.
Where:Morgan’s Pier, 221 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:$10

www.morganspier.com

Parks on Tap at Aviator Park and Lemon Hill

Parks On TapPhoto by Albert Yee for Fairmount Park Conservancy

Parks on Tap, the city’s resident roving beer garden, opens at Aviator Park (right next to Logan Square) for an extended run (this week and next) and also pops up in Lemon Hill for a week at the historic site. Guests can enjoy al fresco eats, drinks and hanging out. Plus, on August 3, guests can stop by Aviator Park for a donation-based yoga class.

Parks on Tap at Aviator Park and Lemon Hill

When:Aviator Park, August 2-6 and August 9-13; Lemon Hill, August 2-6
Where:Aviator Park, 1900-1958 Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Lemon Hill, Sedgley Drive and Lemon Hill Drive
Cost:Pay as you go

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BlackStar Film Festival

Photo By M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Hailed by Ebony magazine as “the black Sundance,” the BlackStar Film Festival screens artistically excellent independent films about the global black experience and films by people of color.
 Rooted at venues in University City, BlackStar will screen more than 60 films at three different locations, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Pearlstein Gallery and the Lightbox Film Center.

BlackStar Film Festival

When:August 3-6
Where:Various locations including the Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S. 36th Street
Cost:$6-$150

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Old City Eats

Red Owl TavernPhoto By J. Fusco For Visit Philadelphia

Another evening of food- and drink-filled happy hour hits Old City this Thursday night. Running from 5 to 8 p.m., the recurring event promises food and drink deals at some of the neighborhood’s most-frequented spots, including The Little Lion, High Street on Market, Revolution House, Red Owl Tavern (above), Capofitto and more.

Old City Eats

When:Thursday, August 3, 5-8 p.m.
Where:Various locations including Red Owl Tavern, 433 Chestnut Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Philadelphia Magazine’s Best of Philly Soiree

Philadelphia Magazine’s annual Best of Philly Soiree returns to Dilworth Park this Thursday night with live music, tasty bites and cold drinks from some of Philly’s best. Throughout the evening, guests can enjoy samples from Vernick, Fork, Russet, Blue Duck Sandwich Co., Tinto and more while taking in sweeping views of City Hall. Tickets are required for entry to the party — VIP tickets are $165 and general admission tickets are $99.

Philadelphia Magazine’s Best of Philly Soiree

When:Thursday, August 3; VIP, 5:30 p.m., General Admission, 6:30 p.m.
Where:Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street
Cost:$99, general admission; $165, VIP

www.phillymag.com

Movie Night at Schuylkill Banks at the Grays Ferry Crescent: Hidden Figures

This Thursday night, the Schuylkill Banks at the Grays Ferry Crescent hosts a free screening of Hidden Figures, an award-winning film about three African-American women who worked at NASA in the 1960s. The film is slated to start at 8:15 p.m., but before the movie, guests are encouraged to stop by early to take part in a pre-show raffle and to enjoy complimentary snacks and drinks.

Movie Night at Schuylkill Banks at the Grays Ferry Crescent: Hidden Figures

When:Thursday, August 3, 8:15 p.m.
Where:Schuylkill Banks by the Grays Ferry Crescent, Entrance at Wharton Street
Cost:Free

www.www.schuylkillbanks.org

Screenings Under The Stars: Magnificent Seven

Photo by M. Stanley for DRWC

The al fresco movie nights at Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing start up for August with a screening of Magnificent Seven. The recent release follows a group of people as they adventure through the Wild West. The flick is expected to start around 8:30 p.m.

Screenings Under The Stars: Magnificent Seven

When:Thursday, August 3, 8:30-11 p.m.
Where:Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

www.delawareriverwaterfront.com

First Friday Movie Nights Under the Stars & Stripes at the Betsy Ross House

Betsy Ross HousePhoto by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

The Betsy Ross House celebrates First Friday with film and after-hours access to its historic site. Guests of the attraction can enjoy self-guided tours of the home, a screening of Earth vs. The Spider and pre-movie trivia. Admission is $5 per person.

First Friday Movie Nights Under the Stars & Stripes at the Betsy Ross House

When:Friday, August 4, 5-9 p.m.
Where:Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch Street
Cost:Free

www.historicphiladelphia.org

First Friday in Philadelphia

First FridayPhoto by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

Frist Friday arrives in Philadelphia with a slew of great events throughout many of the city's neighborhoods and at major cultural attractions. Jump start the weekend with a visit to Elfreth's Alley's Bits & Bites of History (a beer tasting and discussion about Benjamin Franklin's connections to the alley), the grand opening of allTURNatives: Form + Spirit 2017 at the Center for Art in Wood, a First Friday Salsa Night at the Schmidt's Commons and more. Click here for a guide to Old City's First Friday events.

First Friday in Philadelphia

When:Friday, August 4
Where:Various locations including Elfreth's Alley, 124-126 Elfreth's Alley
Cost:Pay as you go

Free Screening of E.T. in Clark Park

Clark Park Movie NightPhoto by Ben Tran for University City District

Starting this Friday night, University City District kicks off its Friday night movie series with a screening of E.T. Before the movie, members of the University City Arts League will lead a craft workshop for youngsters. In addition to the craft activity, snacks will be available for purchase from a number of local vendors. The film is slated to start at 8 p.m.

Free Screening of E.T. in Clark Park

When:Friday, August 4, 8 p.m.
Where:Clark Park, 4300-4398 Baltimore Avenue
Cost:Free

www.universitycity.org

Smooth Jazz Summer Nights: Fourplay at Penn’s Landing

Smooth Jazz at Penn's LandingPhoto courtesy of DRWC

This Friday night, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation’s series of free jazz concerts kicks off at Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. The series starts up with a free show by Fourplay, a jazz quartet that specializes in contemporary jazz. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m., but guests are encouraged to arrive by 7 p.m.

Smooth Jazz Summer Nights: Fourplay at Penn’s Landing

When:Friday, August 4, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Where:Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

www.delawareriverevents.com

Summertime: ’90s Dance Party at FringeArts

Some of the biggest hits of previous summers will fill the speakers at FringeArts for an indoor-outdoor dance party featuring favorite tunes from 1990s. Starting at 10:30 p.m., DJ Dame Luz will spin ’90s hip hop, dancehall, club and pop music. The party is 21-plus; drinks will be available for purchase throughout the evening.

Summertime: ’90s Dance Party at FringeArts

When:Friday, August 4, 10:30 p.m.-1:45 a.m.
Where:La Peg, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

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Pictures In The Park: Jurassic World at Dilworth Park

Catch a free screening of Jurassic World with City Hall as your backdrop as Dilworth Park welcomes movie fans for another edition of its al fresco movie nights. The flick starts at 8:30 p.m. and food and drinks (booze, too!) will be available for purchase from the on-site Dilworth Cafe.

Pictures In The Park: Jurassic World at Dilworth Park

When:Friday, August 4, 8:30-10:30 p.m.
Where:Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street
Cost:Free

www.centercityphila.org

2nd Street Festival

All afternoon and evening on Sunday, August 6, vendors close down North 2nd Street in Northern Liberties for the mega 2nd Street Festival, complete with beer gardens, food and three different stages set to host an array of musical performers. Be sure to come hungry and get excited for an afternoon al fresco.

2nd Street Festival

When:Sunday, August 6, noon-10 p.m.
Where:The Schmidt’s Commons, 1001 N. 2nd Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.2ndstfestival.org

ACANA African Festival at Penn’s Landing

ACANA FestivalPhoto by J. Krolik courtesy Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

The African Cultural Alliance of North America Inc. (ACANA) is proud to host the ACANA African Festival, an outdoor concert experience that brings artists, groups and dance troupes from around the African continent to perform. This free event also brings delicious African food as well as traditional and modern clothing, arts and crafts vendors.


ACANA African Festival at Penn’s Landing

When:Sunday, August 6, noon-8 p.m.
Where:Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

www.acanafest.org

Free First Sunday: Funk at the Barnes Foundation

On the first Sunday of the month, the Barnes Foundation offers up free admission to all guests on a first-come, first-served basis (read: arrive early to get your tickets!). This week, the museum hosts a slew of special programs on First Sunday under the theme of Funk. Enjoy live music from Wack Cheddar (a local funk band) and an outdoor boot camp.

Free First Sunday: Funk at the Barnes Foundation

When:Sunday, August 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free

www.barnesfoundation.org

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

Philadelphia Museum of ArtPhoto by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

Enjoy a deal on admission to the Philadelphia Museum of Art this Sunday as it hosts its pay-what-you-wish first Sunday event. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., guests can visit the galleries within the museum for any price they’d like to pay.

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

When:Sunday, August 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where:Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Pay what you wish

www.philamuseum.org

Jamaica’s 55th Independence Celebration

Photo by K. Gilper for Visit Philadelphia

On August 6, South Street welcomes the Jamaican Pennsylvania Association for a full day of festivities in celebration of Jamaica’s 55th year of independence. Festival-goers can taste test a wide range of Jamaican food, check out vendors displaying Jamaican fashion and arts and crafts, and win a prize for performing their favorite Bob Marley song.

Jamaica’s 55th Independence Celebration

When:Sunday, August 6, noon-8 p.m.
Where:Between Broad and 16th and South streets
Cost:Free

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