26+ Wonderful Things To Do In Philly This Week, July 10-16

Bastille Day at Eastern State Penitentiary, Lancaster Avenue Jazz Festival, Parks on Tap at the Schuylkill Banks and more...

It’s shaping up to be a busy week in Philadelphia as some of July’s biggest events hit the city.

The weekend starts off with the epic (yes, epic!) Bastille Day Festival at Eastern State Penitentiary. The event is a Philly favorite and promises a playful re-creation of the 1789 storming of the Bastille in Paris, flying Tastykakes and food and drink specials at avenue restaurants to boot.

In West Philly, live music is the theme as the Lancaster Avenue Jazz Festival returns with a full day of free music on Saturday.

For most of the week, Parks on Tap returns to the Schuylkill Banks for five days of prime waterfront views, delicious barbecue, cold drinks, games and more.

Read on for our guide to this weekend in Philly.

Spruce Street Harbor Park

Spruce Street Harbor ParkPhoto by L. Berckey 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 Ceramic Animal and Satellite Hearts 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

MidwayPhoto by M. Stanley for DRWC

Those who have been itching to hop aboard some carnival-inspired rides should head to The Midway, a boardwalk-inspired attraction at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest. Stop by this week to ride the new swinging ship ride, 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 4
Where:Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Pay as you go

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The Best Beer Gardens in Philadelphia

Morgan's PierPhoto by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

Summertime is beer garden season in the city and luckily, Philadelphia is home to a slew of great beer gardens. This week, check out Independence Beer Garden, Spruce Street Harbor Park, Uptown Beer Garden, Morgan’s Pier (above), 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 Morgan’s Pier, 221 N. Columbus Boulevard
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:Daily through November 12
Where:Race Street Pier, Race Street & N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

www.delawareriverwaterfront.com

Science After Hours at The Franklin Institute: The Sixties

The Franklin Institute heads back to the 1960s as Science After Hours returns for its July edition this Tuesday night. Learn about the leaps and bounds in science made during the ’60s, in addition to the tumultuous times, at a performance featuring live video footage. Also dance along to throwback music and enjoy food and drinks on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Science After Hours at The Franklin Institute: The Sixties

When:Tuesday, July 11, 7-10 p.m.
Where:The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street
Cost:$20, general admission; $15, members

www.fi.edu

Center City Sips

Looking for a spot for happy hour this week? You’re in luck. This Wednesday, Center City Sips returns with $5 cocktails, $4 wine, $3 beer and half-priced appetizers at spots like Sampan, SkyGarten, Marathon Grill (above), Bar Bombon, Independence Beer Garden, Vintage Wine Bar, Chops at the Comcast Center and more. The deal runs from 5 to 7 p.m.

Center City Sips

When:Wednesday, July 11, 5-7 p.m.
Where:Various locations including Marathon Grill, 1818 Market Street
Cost:Pay as you go; $5 cocktails, $4 wine, $3 beer, half-priced appetizers

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Parks On Tap at the Schuylkill Banks

Parks On TapPHOTO BY A. YEE FOR FAIRMOUNT PARK CONSERVANCY

Parks on Tap returns to a fan favorite spot from last year — the Schuylkill Banks. Starting this Wednesday (and continuing for an extended run from July 12-16 and July 19-23), the green space along the river will be home to hammocks, games, food and a bevy of drinks (cocktails, beer, wine, soda and more). Beyond food and drinks, guests can stop by for a donation-based yoga class on Thursday night, July 13.

Parks On Tap at the Schuylkill Banks

When:July 12-16 and 19-23
Where:Schuylkill Banks, 2501 Walnut Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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BalletX Summer Series

This week, BalletX wraps its 2016-2017 season with its highly anticipated Summer Series. The work features two world-premiere performances that combine classic ballet with modern dance.

BalletX Summer Series

When:July 12-16
Where:Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street
Cost:$27 and up

www.balletx.org

Heineken Green Room: The Pink Party Featuring Cam’ron and Astro 8000 at Underground Arts

Grammy Award-nominated musician Cam’ron takes the stage at Underground Arts this Wednesday night as part of the Heineken Green Room series of concerts. Hear the Harlem-born rapper perform songs like Hey Ma and Oh Boy. DJ Astro 8000, a Philly-based DJ, will perform for guests, too.

Heineken Green Room: The Pink Party Featuring Cam’ron and Astro 8000 at Underground Arts

When:Wednesday, July 12, 9 p.m.
Where:Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street
Cost:Free with RSVP

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Bar Amis Grand Opening Block Party

To celebrate the grand opening of Bar Amis (formerly Lo Spiedo), the folks behind the restaurant are presenting an al fresco barbecue featuring bites from the new restaurant (sandwiches, salads, chicken wings, toasts and more), summer-inspired sips, games, live music and more.

Bar Amis Grand Opening Block Party

When:Wednesday, July 12, 5-9 p.m.
Where:Bar Amis, 4503 S. Broad Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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University City Dining Days

Dim Sum HousePhoto courtesy Dim Sum House

Dining Days returns to University City for its 13th year of fantastic, prix-fixe, three-course dinners at the top eating destinations in the neighborhood. With meals ranging from $15 to $35 per person, Dining Days delivers the perfect opportunity to try the charming BYOBs, international dining and craft beer bars in University City.

University City Dining Days

When:July 13-23
Where:Various locations including Dim Sum House, 3939 Chestnut Street
Cost:$15, $25 or $35 depending on the restaurant

www.universitycity.org

Screenings Under The Stars: La La Land

Movie Night DRWCPhoto by Matt Stanley for DRWC

One of the year's biggest blockbusters, La La Land, fills the giant movie screen at Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing this Thursday night. Stop by to watch the flick — and pack a blanket, a low-back beach chair and some snacks while you’re at it.

Screenings Under The Stars: La La Land

When:Thursday, July 13, 8:30-11 p.m.
Where:Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

www.delawareriverwaterfront.com

River Alive Night at the Independence Seaport Museum

Update: This event has been cancelled. The Independence Seaport Museum brings back its 21-plus River Alive Night this Thursday night. At this month’s event, learn how to survive on a deserted island via hands-on activities, demonstrations, crafts and more. Your first drink is included in the price of admission; all drinks after that are available on a pay-as-you-go basis.

River Alive Night at the Independence Seaport Museum

When:Thursday, July 13, 6-9 p.m. Cancelled
Where:Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:$18, general admission; $14, members

www.phillyseaport.org

Rebel Seed Summer Cider Garden at the Betsy Ross House

If you like your history with a side of booze (and who doesn’t?), check out the Betsy Ross House’s first-ever summer cider garden. From 6 to 10 p.m. this Thursday night, enjoy locally brewed ciders from Rebel Seed (based out of Delaware), eats from the Cow and the Curd and live music. Admission to the cider garden is completely free.

Rebel Seed Summer Cider Garden at the Betsy Ross House

When:Thursday, July 13, 6-10 p.m.
Where:Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch Street
Cost:Free admission; pay-as-you-go drinks and snacks

www.historicphiladelphia.org

Movie Night at Schuylkill Banks: The Big Lebowski

Bring your picnic blankets down to the Schuylkill River waterfront for a free screening of The Big Lebowski this Thursday night. The film is expected to start at about 8:30 p.m., and guests are encouraged to bring snacks to enjoy throughout the film. Before the movie, enjoy snacks and drinks on a first-come, first-served basis and a pre-show raffle to win gift cards from Philadelphia Runner.

Movie Night at Schuylkill Banks: The Big Lebowski

When:Thursday, July 13, 8 p.m.
Where:Schuylkill Banks, 2501 Walnut Street
Cost:Free

www.schuylkillbanks.org

Martha Graham Cracker’s Made in Philadelphia Festival

Johnny Brenda'sPhoto by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Some of Philly’s favorite performers take the stage at the two-day Made in Philadelphia Festival at Johnny Brenda’s. Curated by Martha Graham Cracker (the city’s resident drag queen), the performance-based festival features Johnny Showcase (a much-loved soul group), a teenage Judas Priest cover band and more.

Martha Graham Cracker’s Made in Philadelphia Festival

When:July 14-15
Where:Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 Frankford Avenue
Cost:$15 and up

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Blobfest

BlobfestPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Every July, cult film fans flock to the historic Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville for Blobfest, a three-day horror-movie extravaganza. Many scenes from the 1958 horror/science-fiction movie The Blob were filmed at the Colonial Theatre and in Phoenixville, and every year, locals celebrate their place in movie history with a weekend-long street party and several screenings of the film.

Blobfest

When:July 14-16
Where:The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge Street, Phoenixville
Cost:Pay as you go

www.thecolonialtheatre.com

Bastille Day at Eastern State Penitentiary

Bastille DayPhoto by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

The masses storm the castle on Eastern State Penitentiary’s Bastille Day, as re-enactors and audience members playfully recreate the storming of the Bastille. Emceed by “Edith Piaf,” Philly’s version of this historic event includes in-drag cabaret performances, dancing baguettes and Marie Antoinette tossing more than 3,000 Tastykakes out to the crowd.

Bastille Day at Eastern State Penitentiary

When:Saturday, July 15, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where:Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue
Cost:Pay as you go

www.easternstate.org

Lancaster Avenue Jazz Festival

Photo Courtesy Lancaster Ave Jazz and Arts Festival

Spend the day in West Philadelphia’s Powelton Village during the 11th annual Lancaster Avenue Jazz and Arts Festival. From noon until 7 p.m., enjoy live performances, activities, local arts, food trucks and family-oriented activities at Saunders Park Green.

Lancaster Avenue Jazz Festival

When:Saturday, July 15, noon-7 p.m.
Where:Saunders Park, 3827 Powelton Avenue
Cost:Free

www.lancasteravejazzfest.com

Bluegrass and Blueberries Festival at Peddler’s Village

Peddler's VillagePhoto by A. Sinagoga for Visit Philadelphia

July marks National Blueberry Month and Peddler’s Village celebrates with a weekend of music and family fun. The free Bluegrass and Blueberries Festival brings two days of live entertainment and blueberry-themed treats — including pies, muffins, preserves and blueberry beverages — to the charming countryside shopping destination.

Bluegrass and Blueberries Festival at Peddler’s Village

When:July 15-16
Where:Peddler’s Village, 2400 Street Road, New Hope
Cost:Pay as you go

www.peddlersvillage.com

Diamond Street Festival

Music, games, free food, comedy shows and al fresco festival fun take the spotlight at the Diamond Street Festival this Saturday. The Diamond Street community is invited out to celebrate the neighborhood with area businesses and professionals at this free, afternoon-long festival.

Diamond Street Festival

When:Saturday, July 15, noon-6 p.m.
Where:Diamond Street from 16th to 18th streets
Cost:Free

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Summerfest Live! at XFINITY Live!

Soak in summer’s rays at SummerFest Live! at XFINITY Live!, South Philadelphia’s dining and entertainment destination located across the street from Citizens Bank Park. Throughout the afternoon, enjoy cold beer, snacks, music and more.

Summerfest Live! at XFINITY Live!

When:Saturday, July 15, 3-7 p.m.
Where:XFINITY Live!, 1100 Pattison Avenue
Cost:$20 and up

www.xfinitylive.com

Clark Park Music and Arts Festival


Local art, local music and local food are the themes at the Clark Park Music and Arts Festival. Returning this Saturday for a full day (11 a.m. to sundown!) of tunes, the festival features free music from Philly favorites like West Philadelphia Orchestra, The Dead Milkmen and more.

Clark Park Music and Arts Festival


When:Saturday, July 15, 11 a.m.-sundown
Where:Clark Park, 4300-4398 Baltimore Avenue
Cost:Pay as you go

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Final Week for 1917: How One Year Changed the World at National Museum of American Jewish History

Photo By: C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia

Travel back 100 years to when the world underwent major political and cultural changes by checking out 1917: How One Year Changed the World at the National Museum of American Jewish History. The exhibition, which closes on Sunday, includes artifacts like an original draft of the Balfour Declaration, Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis' judicial robes and more.

Final Week for 1917: How One Year Changed the World at National Museum of American Jewish History

When:Through July 16
Where:National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall E.
Cost:$12, adults; $11, seniors (65 & up) and youth (13-21 or college ID); free for children (12 & under), members and active military (with ID)

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Beard Fest 2: Return of the Beards

This Sunday, the Philadelphia Beard Festival hits The Schmidt's Commons with a day of food, drinks and a full-blown beard competition. Beard-centric fun includes a bearded charity date auction, a beard-themed music video series and beard grooming. Beyond beard events, the festival also promises whiskey tastings, cold drinks from an on-site beer garden, axe throwing, outdoor games, food trucks, shopping from vendors and more. General admission to the festival is $15 a pop.

Beard Fest 2: Return of the Beards

When:Sunday, July 16, 1-7 p.m.
Where:The Schmidt’s Commons, 1001 N. 2nd Street
Cost:$15, general admission

www.theschmidtscommons.com

Reggae in the Park at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts

The MannPhoto by Derek Brad Photography

Favorite reggae artists like Ziggy Marley, Beres Hammond, Sizzla and Capleton take the stage at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts for the fifth-annual Reggae in the Park music festival. In addition to music, festival guests can expect Caribbean-inspired eats, shopping and prime views of the city skyline.

Reggae in the Park at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts

When:Sunday, July 16, 1 p.m.
Where:The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Avenue
Cost:$39.50 and up

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Latin Roots Live! Presents NUEVOFEST at FringeArts

Eight different Latin musicians take the al fresco stage at FringeArts for Latin Roots Live!’s NUEVOFEST. The free, outdoor concert starts at 2 p.m. and features a number of alternative Latin musicians, including Tribu Baharú (a six-piece, Afro-champeta music group) and Balún (an electronic band) and more.

Latin Roots Live! Presents NUEVOFEST at FringeArts

When:Sunday, July 16, 2 p.m.
Where:FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free with RSVP

www.fringearts.com

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