A Night-By-Night Guide To Summer In Philadelphia

More than 70 ways to spend your summer nights...

The later the sun sets, the longer the evenings seem to last — and that’s just fine with us since Philadelphia heats up from twilight to midnight (and later) with summer fun galore.

On any given night of the week, there’s tons of after-dark good times to be had, ranging from free movie nights and cool concert series to dance parties at outdoor bars and deal-fueled happy hours.

We’ve rounded up more than 70 (!) ways for you to spend your summer nights in Philadelphia before the late-sunset-season ends for the year.

We’ve broken our guide up by day of the week for easy scanning. To jump to a specific day of the week, click here:


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Read on for our night-by-night guide to summer in Philly.

Rooftop Bars

Assembly Rooftop LoungePhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Sipping drinks al fresco while taking in prime city views is an ideal way to spend an evening in Philly. Luckily, there are a ton of rooftop bars that offer stellar skyline views (we’re talking about you, Bok Bar and Assembly Rooftop Lounge), cold drinks and great food.

Rooftop Bars

When:Throughout the summer
Where:Various locations including Bok Bar, 800 Mifflin Street
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

If summer in Philly could be summed up in one (er, two) words, those words would be beer gardens. Spend your nights in Philly enjoying food and drinks in a breezy beer garden like Morgan’s Pier, the roving Parks on Tap, Independence Beer Garden (above), the PHS Pop Up Gardens and more.

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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Outdoor Movie Nights

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There are outdoor movie nights (most of which are free!) all over Philadelphia throughout the summer months. Popular spots to catch an al fresco flick include the Schuylkill Banks at the Walnut Street Bridge, Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing (above) and La Peg at FringeArts.

Outdoor Movie Nights

When:Throughout the summer
Where:Various locations including the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Varies

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Spruce Street Harbor Park

Spruce Street Harbor ParkPhoto by Matt Stanley for DRWC

Every night of the week, Spruce Street Harbor Park offers everything from games and beer to tacos and hammocks. The waterfront hotspot promises a beer garden, a number of food vendors, arcade games and more. Plus, it’s open until 11 p.m. on weekdays (Sunday through Thursday) and 1 a.m. on weekends (Friday and Saturday).

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 by Matt Stanley for DRWC

This summer, Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest is home to mini-golf, a shore-style restaurant, riverfront drinking, outdoor roller skating and, new for 2017, The Midway, which includes a number of carnival games and rides (including a Ferris wheel from July 24-August 14!).

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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MONDAY

Free Yoga at Race Street Pier

YogaPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Mondays at 6 p.m. (and every night Monday through Thursday), Race Street Pier welcomes yogis for free sun salutations. (Yes, free yoga classes!) Yoga students of all levels are invited to attend this class, and are simply asked to bring their own yoga mat and water bottle.

Free Yoga at Race Street Pier

When:Monday-Thursday through November 4, 6-7 p.m.
Where:Race Street Pier, Race Street & N. Columbus Blvd
Cost:Free

www.delawareriverwaterfront.com

Movie Mondays at the Trocadero Theatre

Every Monday night, the Trocadero Theatre in Chinatown hosts a deal-fueled movie night featuring everything from classic blockbusters to new releases. Entry is just $3 a pop, and that money goes toward the price of your first drink (they serve both alcohol and soda) or a snack. Past screenings have included Get Out, Trainspotting and La La Land.

Movie Mondays at the Trocadero Theatre

When:Mondays, 8 p.m.
Where:Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch Street
Cost:$3 entry; pay-as-you-go food and drinks

www.thetroc.com

Margarita Mondays at PHS Pop Up Garden South Street

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Few things scream summer more than frozen margaritas, and on Monday nights, the PHS Pop Up Garden on South Street has all of your frozen margarita needs covered. The summer-only beer garden offers up deals on frozen margaritas and botanical cocktails on Monday nights from 5 to 7 p.m. as part of its recurring Margarita Monday special.

Margarita Mondays at PHS Pop Up Garden South Street

When:Mondays through September 25, 5-7 p.m.
Where:PHS Pop Up Garden South Street, 1438 South Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.phsonline.org

Mardi Gras Mondays at PHS Pop Up Garden University City

University City’s new PHS Pop Up Garden celebrates Monday with a weekly Mardi Gras-themed party featuring deals on food and drink (cocktails, margaritas and more) from 4 to 6 p.m.

Mardi Gras Mondays at PHS Pop Up Garden University City

When:Mondays through September 25, 4-6 p.m.
Where:PHS Pop Up Garden University City, 3600 Filbert Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.phsonline.org

Lobster Clambake at Red Owl Tavern

People eating al fresco at Red Owl TavernPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Through Labor Day, Red Owl Tavern takes taste buds on a trip to the shore without stepping foot outside of Philadelphia. On Monday nights, the restaurant’s popular lobster clambake dinner — consisting of a one-pound steamed lobster, mussels, clams, corn, shrimp and potatoes — is available for $25 a pop. How’s that for a deal?

Lobster Clambake at Red Owl Tavern

When:Mondays through September 4
Where:Red Owl Tavern, 433 Chestnut Street
Cost:$25

www.redowltavern.com

Monday Jazz Jam at World Cafe Live

How about some free jazz to kick off the workweek? Every Monday night, World Cafe Live hosts a performance by its house jazz band and then welcomes jazz musicians from the area to the stage.

Monday Jazz Jam at World Cafe Live

When:Mondays, 5:30-7 p.m.
Where:World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street
Cost:Free

www.worldcafelive.com

Tigerbeats at The Barbary

Want to dance? Revelers should head to The Barbary in Fishtown on Monday nights for its recurring Tiger Beats dance party, which features a range of indie and throwback music.

Tigerbeats at The Barbary

When:Mondays, 10 p.m.
Where:The Barbary, 951 Frankford Avenue
Cost:No cover; pay-as-you-go drinks

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TUESDAY

Yoga on the Banks

On Tuesday nights, yogis of all levels can head to the Schuylkill Banks by the Walnut Street bridge for a donation-based yoga class along the river. Guests are asked to make a $5 donation to attend.

Yoga on the Banks

When:Tuesdays, 6-7 p.m.
Where:Schuylkill Banks, 2501 Walnut Street
Cost:Free ($5, suggested donation)

www.schuylkillbanks.org

Free Yoga at Race Street Pier

For some almost-mid-week peace, head out to Race Street Pier for its free yoga class on Tuesday nights. The yoga class is bring-your-own mat and does not require any type of pre-registration.

Free Yoga at Race Street Pier

When:Monday-Thursday through November 4, 6-7 p.m.
Where:Race Street Pier, Race Street & N. Columbus Blvd
Cost:Free

www.delawareriverwaterfront.com

Game Night at Morgan’s Pier

Tuesday night is game night at Morgan’s Pier as the waterfront bar hosts bingo, quizzo and baggo from 6 to 10 p.m. The event starts with bingo (and drink specials!) at 6 p.m. and continues with a quizzo/baggo combination game at 8 p.m.

Game Night at Morgan’s Pier

When:Tuesdays through September 19, 6-10 p.m.
Where:Morgan’s Pier, 221 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Pay as you go

www.morganspier.com

Taco Tuesday at PHS Pop Up Garden University City

PHS Pop-Up GardenPhoto courtesy Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

Tacos from South Philly’s Cafe Ynez are the focal point at Taco Tuesday at the PHS Pop Up Garden in University City. From 4 to 6 p.m., feast on pork, chicken and/or brisket tacos and enjoy cold drinks to boot.

Taco Tuesday at PHS Pop Up Garden University City

When:Tuesdays through September 26, 4-6 p.m.
Where:PHS Pop Up Garden University City, 3600 Filbert Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.phsonline.org

All-You-Can-Eat Crabs at Warmdaddy’s

For $24.95 per person, Warmdaddy’s guests can dine on all-you-can-eat crabs on Tuesday nights. The seafood feast comes complete with your choice of two sides. Note that the price does not include drinks, tax or gratuity.

All-You-Can-Eat Crabs at Warmdaddy’s

When:Tuesdays, 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Where:Warmdaddy’s, 1400 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:$24.95 per person

www.warmdaddys.com

Brewsday Tuesday at PHS Pop Up Garden South Street

Sip beer and groove to live music at the PHS Pop Up Garden South Street’s recurring Brewsday Tuesday event. Every week, beers from a different visiting brewery are on special while different local groups take the stage.

Brewsday Tuesday at PHS Pop Up Garden South Street

When:Tuesdays through September 26, 5-7 p.m.
Where:PHS Pop Up Garden South Street, 1438 South Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.phsonline.org

Viewtiful Tuesdays at One Liberty Observation Deck

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It’s no secret that some of the best views of the city can be found at One Liberty Observation Deck, Philly’s sky-high attraction. On Tuesday nights, photographers and videographers can capture the beauty of the views and the sunset at the spot’s weekly Viewtiful Tuesdays, when those wishing to capture the moment on film can bring their cameras and tripods and mix and mingle with other photographers and videographers.

Viewtiful Tuesdays at One Liberty Observation Deck

When:Tuesdays at sunset (about 8:30 p.m. in July, 8 p.m. in August)
Where:One Liberty Observation Deck, 1650 Market Street #5700
Cost:Free after general admission

www.phillyfromthetop.com

WEDNESDAY

Center City Sips

Looking for a spot for happy hour this summer? You’re in luck. On Wednesdays through August 30, 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 weekly from 5 to 7 p.m.

Center City Sips

When:Wednesdays through August 30, 5-7 p.m.
Where:Various locations including Marathon Grill, 1818 Market Street
Cost:$3 beer, $4 wine, $5 cocktails and half-priced appetizers

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Passyunk Passeggiata

Wednesdays along East Passyunk Avenue mean food specials, drink deals and shopping events as part of the weekly Passyunk Passeggiata, an evening shopping and dining event. Guests can enjoy extended happy hour at spots like Bing Bing Dim Sum, Le Virtu, Vin Cafe and more.

Passyunk Passeggiata

When:Wednesdays through November 22, 3-8 p.m.
Where:Passyunk Avenue
Cost:Pay as you go

www.visiteastpassyunk.com

Parks on Tap

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Every week, the roving beer garden that is Parks on Tap pops up at a different park with cold drinks, barbecue, games and plenty of space for outdoor lounging. In the coming weeks, guests can visit the pop-up beer garden at spots like Penn Treaty Park, Schuylkill Banks (above), Clark Park, Lemon Hill and more.

Parks on Tap

When:Wednesday-Sunday, through October 1
Where:Various locations including Schuylkill Banks, 2501 Walnut Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Movie Night at Haas Biergarten at La Peg

On Wednesday nights this summer, throwback flicks fill the outdoor movie screen at Haas Biergarten at La Peg. Upcoming films include Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Clueless, The Breakfast Club and Independence Day. Movies start at dusk and are completely free to attend, while food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Movie Night at Haas Biergarten at La Peg

When:Wednesdays through August 30, 8:30 p.m.
Where:La Peg, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

www.fringearts.com

Free Yoga at Race Street Pier

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Enjoy a free yoga class along the Delaware River at 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Be sure to bring your own yoga mat to the class.

Free Yoga at Race Street Pier

When:Monday-Thursday through November 4, 6-7 p.m.
Where:Race Street Pier, Race Street & N. Columbus Blvd
Cost:Free

www.delawareriverwaterfront.com

Twin Lobster Dinner at Oyster House

This summer, Oyster House brings back a favorite summertime special with its 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.

Twin Lobster Dinner at Oyster House

When:Wednesdays through August 30
Where:Oyster House, 1516 Sansom Street
Cost:$30

www.oysterhousephilly.com

Wellness Wednesdays at the Oval

The OvalPhoto by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

The Oval kicks off its week with free fitness classes on Wednesday evenings. Guests of the pop-up park can enjoy free power yoga classes and free kickboxing classes.

Wellness Wednesdays at the Oval

When:Wednesdays through August 20
Where:The Oval, 2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free

www.theovalphl.org

Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Every Wednesday evening, the Philadelphia Museum of Art offers a deal on museum admission as part of its pay-what-you-wish on Wednesday promotion. Starting at 5 p.m., guests can enjoy al fresco yoga classes in the Sculpture Garden, after-hours tours of the main building, crafts, pay-as-you-go drinks, performances and more.

Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

When:Wednesdays, 5-8:45 p.m.
Where:Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Pay what you wish

www.philamuseum.org

Dining Under the Stars in Media

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Throughout the summer and into the fall, the businesses in downtown Media come together for the weekly Dining Under the Stars event. Every Wednesday, State Street from Jackson to Orange streets closes to vehicular traffic and opens up to al fresco dining, drinking and shopping. Guests can visit spots like Spasso Italian Grill, Iron Hill Brewery, Azie and more to enjoy the promotion.

Dining Under the Stars in Media

When:Wednesdays through September 27, 5-11 p.m.
Where:State Street from Orange to Jackson streets, Media
Cost:Pay as you go

www.visitmediapa.com

BYOB Wednesday Nights at the PFS Roxy Theater

On Wednesday nights, the Philadelphia Film Society’s Roxy Theater invites all guests to BYOB — yup, bring a bottle of your choice of wine or beer — to the movies. The BYOB special applies to all films starting after 7 p.m. on Wednesdays.

BYOB Wednesday Nights at the PFS Roxy Theater

When:Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
Where:PFS Roxy Theater, 2023 Sansom Street
Cost:$3

www.filmadelphia.org

THURSDAY

Old City Eats

Old CityPhoto by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

Old City Eats returns for another year of deals on food and drinks at more than 25 neighborhood restaurants. On Thursdays through August 31, Old City dwellers can visit spots like High Street on Market, Khyber Pass Pub, Red Owl Tavern, National Mechanics and more for happy hour deals.

Old City Eats

When:Thursdays through August 31, 5-8 p.m.
Where:Various locations including High Street on Market, 308 Market Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Screenings Under the Stars at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing

Movie Night DRWCPhoto by Matt Stanley for DRWC

One of the most popular al fresco movie nights of the summer is perhaps the free Screenings Under the Stars at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. Upcoming screenings include Beauty and the Beast, Sing, Purple Rain and more. Guests are encouraged to pack picnic blankets and beach chairs to fully enjoy the screening.

Screenings Under the Stars at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing

When:Thursdays through August 31, Dusk
Where:Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

www.delawareriverwaterfront.com

Parks on Tap

Enjoy al fresco drinks and food in one of the city’s great parks as Parks on Tap returns for another year of outdoor fun. Stop by spots like the Schuylkill Banks, Lemon Hill, Penn Treaty Park and more to take full advantage of the roving beer garden.

Parks on Tap

When:Wednesday-Sunday, through October 1
Where:Various locations including Schuylkill Banks, 2501 Walnut Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Free Yoga at Race Street Pier

Race Street PierPhoto by Matt Stanley

Monday through Thursday nights, Race Street Pier wlecomes yogis of all fitness levels out for a free yoga class at 6 p.m. Guests are simply asked to bring their own water bottle and yoga mat.

Free Yoga at Race Street Pier

When:Monday-Thursday through November 4, 6-7 p.m.
Where:Race Street Pier, Race Street & N. Columbus Blvd
Cost:Free

www.delawareriverwaterfront.com

Tippler’s Tour: Ben’s Kites and Flights in Philadelphia’s Historic District

Ready to drink your way through Philadelphia’s history? Reserve a spot on a Tippler’s Tour: Colonial Pub Crawl, which runs on Thursday nights through August 10. A costumed guide leads this weekly event, which includes visits to three modern-day watering holes and one Colonial tavern.

Tippler’s Tour: Ben’s Kites and Flights in Philadelphia’s Historic District

When:Thursdays through August 10, 5:30 p.m.
Where:Various locations including City Tavern, 138 S. 2nd Street
Cost:Adults, $50; Students, seniors and military, $45

www.historicphiladelphia.org

Parks on Tap Jr.: Culture on Tap at City Hall Courtyard

On Thursday evenings, Parks on Tap teams up with the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy for a drink-fueled concert series featuring everything from live jazz to rock. The concerts generally run for about an hour, but the beer garden is open in the courtyard of City Hall from 4 to 9 p.m.

Parks on Tap Jr.: Culture on Tap at City Hall Courtyard

When:Thursdays through August 31, 4-9 p.m.
Where:Philadelphia City Hall, 1401 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
Cost:Pay as you go

www.creativephl.org

Essence of Entertainment Concert Series at the Dell Music Center

The DellPhoto courtesy The Dell Music Center

The Dell Music Center hosts renowned R&B musicians for its Essence of Entertainment concert series on Thursday nights. Upcoming concerts feature Fantasia, Babyface, Erykah Badu and more. Tickets are required for the shows.

Essence of Entertainment Concert Series at the Dell Music Center

When:Thursdays through August 24, 7 p.m.
Where:Dell East Music Center, 2400 Strawberry Mansion Drive
Cost:Varies

www.mydelleast.com

Pairings on the Parkway at Sister Cities Park

Summer fun arrives at Sister Cities Park in the form of live music and picnic dinners as Pairings on the Parkway returns for another season. Each week, a different acoustic artist is featured while guests enjoy wine by the bottle from Chaddsford Winery and grilled fare from the on-site Logan Square Cafe.

Pairings on the Parkway at Sister Cities Park

When:Thursdays through August 31, 5-8 p.m.
Where:Sister Cities Park, 210 N. 18th Street
Cost:Free

www.ccdparks.org

All-You-Can-Eat Snow Crabs at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

New this year, Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest serves up all-you-can-eat snow crabs on Thursday nights for $39.95 per person. Guests can enjoy unlimited snow crab legs, potatoes and corn on Thursdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Interested in attending? Be sure to register online in advance.

All-You-Can-Eat Snow Crabs at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

When:Thursdays through August 31, 6:30-9 p.m.
Where:Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Cost:$39.95 per person

www.chickiesandpetes.com

Movie Nights at the Schuylkill Banks

The Schuylkill River Development Corporation keeps up its outdoor summer movie tradition as it hosts free movie screenings at the grassy area by the Walnut Street Bridge on select Thursday nights and at South Philly’s Grays Ferry Crescent on the other Thursday nights. Upcoming screenings include Jaws, Hidden Figures and Finding Dory. Be sure to take note of the film’s screening location (either Walnut Street Bridge or Grays Ferry Crescent) before heading out.

Movie Nights at the Schuylkill Banks

When:Thursdays through August 10, Dusk
Where:Schuylkill Banks, 2501 Walnut Street and Grays Ferry Crescent, 34th and Walnut streets
Cost:Free

www.schuylkillbanks.org

Waterfront Sessions Live Music Series at Spruce Street Harbor Park

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Notable local talent takes the stage at every Thursday this summer during Spruce Street Harbor Park's Waterfront Sessions Live Music Series. Hang with friends and enjoy a drink and some food from the waterfront stands while catching indie rockers and singer-songwriters.

Waterfront Sessions Live Music Series at Spruce Street Harbor Park

When:Thursdays through August 31, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Where:Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

www.delawareriverwaterfront.com

Stroll the Street in Manayunk

Starting at 5 p.m., dozens of restaurants and business in Manayunk celebrate Thursday night with deals on food and drinks, sales at shops, live music and more for the summertime-only Stroll the Street event.

Stroll the Street in Manayunk

When:Thursdays through September 7, 5 p.m.-sundown
Where:Main Street, Philadelphia
Cost:Pay as you go

www.manayunk.com

Illuminated Fountain Shows at Longwood Gardens

Fresh off a major renovation, the fountains at Longwood Gardens illuminate the sky Thursday through Saturday nights with Illuminated Fountain Performances. The performances, each set to music, run for about 30 minutes starting at 9:15 p.m.

Illuminated Fountain Shows at Longwood Gardens

When:Thursday-Saturday through September 30, 9:15 p.m.
Where:Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square
Cost:Free after general admission

www.longwoodgardens.org

FRIDAY

Parks on Tap

Different public parks throughout the city (Penn Treaty Park, Clark Park and more) host the roving Parks on Tap beer garden on different weeks in the summer and into the fall. Stop by in the evening to enjoy cold drinks, hot food and plenty of space for lounging.

Parks on Tap

When:Wednesday-Sunday, through October 1
Where:Various locations including Schuylkill Banks, 2501 Walnut Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Parks on Tap Jr.: Barks on Tap

Bring your four-legged friend to the bar (well, outdoor bar) on Friday nights as Parks on Tap Jr. presents Barks on Tap, a happy hour taking place at different dog parks — Schuylkill River Dog Run, Pretzel Park Dog Run and more — in the area.

Parks on Tap Jr.: Barks on Tap

When:Fridays through August 25, 4-9 p.m.
Where:Various locations including Pretzel Park, Philadelphia
Cost:Pay as you go

www.parksontap.com

Friday Nights at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

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There’s live music, food, drinks and lots of art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s weekly Friday night event. The event runs all year long and welcomes different performers and different events each week. Note that on the final Friday of the month, the museum goes all out with a special theme, with summer themes including Wild and Last Chance Summer Dance.

Friday Nights at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

When:Fridays, 5-8:45 p.m.
Where:Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free after admission

www.philamuseum.org

Friday Night Jazz at Cedar Park

West Philly’s verdant Cedar Park neighborhood invites one and all to pack a picnic and spend the evening outdoors during Fridays throughout the summer. Groove to smooth jazz and unwind in the relaxing park setting.

Friday Night Jazz at Cedar Park

When:Fridays through July 28, 6-8 p.m.
Where:Cedar Park, 49th Street and Baltimore Avenue
Cost:Free

www.cedarparkneighbors.org

Smooth Jazz Summer Nights at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing

Smooth Jazz Summer NightsPhoto By M. Stanley For DRWC

Kick off your weekends in August with the annual jazz series at Penn’s Landing. The free, outdoor concerts put the spotlight on renowned jazz and blues musicians from across the globe, creating fun performances every Friday.

Smooth Jazz Summer Nights at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing

When:Fridays from August 4-25, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Where:Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

www.delawareriverwaterfront.com

Night Arts Market at The Lot at North Bowl

North Bowl recently transformed its parking lot into a full-blown outdoor hangout with a bar, games and even some special Friday night events. On Fridays this summer, stop by from 3 to 5 p.m. for early happy hour and from 6 to 9 p.m. for a weekly Night Arts Market, featuring shopping, music, drinks and more.

Night Arts Market at The Lot at North Bowl

When:Fridays through August 18, 3-9 p.m.
Where:North Bowl, 909 N. 2nd Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.northbowlphilly.com

Food and Flicks Fridays at The Oval

The OvalPhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

The Oval opens in July and is slated to host free Friday night movies this summer. Stay tuned for more information on The Oval’s 2017 movie season.

Food and Flicks Fridays at The Oval

When:Fridays through August 20, Dusk
Where:The Oval, 2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free

www.theovalphl.org

Pictures in the Park at Dilworth Park

Spend Friday evenings watching movies on the big screen in Dilworth Park located just outside of City Hall. On Friday nights from July 21 through August 25, catch favorite films like Trainwreck, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Jurassic World. The films are completely free to watch.

Pictures in the Park at Dilworth Park

When:Fridays from July 21-August 25, 8:30-10:30 p.m.
Where:Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street
Cost:Free

www.centercityphila.org

Movie Nights in Clark Park

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Clark Park in West Philly hosts Friday night movie screenings this August complete with food and drinks from a rotating list of local vendors. The series also includes special programming paired with each movie, ranging from dance performances to drawing sessions to a "Life in Space" conversation led by The Franklin Institute. The screenings are free and guests are encouraged to bring beach chairs and picnic blankets. Screenings include E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Moana.

Movie Nights in Clark Park

When:Fridays from August 4-September 1, 8 p.m.
Where:Clark Park, 4300-4398 Baltimore Avenue
Cost:Free

www.universitycity.org

Movie Nights at Pleasant Playground in Mt. Airy

On Friday nights, Pleasant Playground in Mt. Airy hosts family-oriented outdoor movie screenings, including showings of Zootopia, Finding Dory and more. Guests are invited to arrive early for a storytelling session and book swap at 6:30 p.m. and to enjoy eats from a variety of food trucks.

Movie Nights at Pleasant Playground in Mt. Airy

When:Fridays through August 11, Dusk
Where:Pleasant Playground, 6720 Boyer Street
Cost:Free

www.mtairyusa.org

Illuminated Fountain Shows at Longwood Gardens

Fountains at night at Longwood GardensPhoto courtesy Longwood Gardens

For a true site to top off your night, head to Longwood Gardens for its spectacular Illuminated Fountain Performances. The performances, each set to music, run for about 30 minutes starting at 9:15 p.m.

Illuminated Fountain Shows at Longwood Gardens

When:Thursday-Saturday through September 30, 9:15 p.m.
Where:Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square
Cost:Free after general admission

www.longwoodgardens.org

Canstatter Volkfest-Verein Biergarten

Every Friday night, live bands, cold brews and delicious eats descend on Canstatter Volkfest-Verein’s five-acre park. As one of the oldest and largest German-American clubs in Philadelphia, its taps are sure to include at least a few German options.

Canstatter Volkfest-Verein Biergarten

When:Fridays through October 27, 5-10 p.m.
Where:Cannstatter Volkfest Verein, 9130 Academy Road
Cost:Pay as you go

www.cannstatter.org

Four Dollar Friday Rooftop Happy Hour at South Bowl

On Friday nights in the summer months, the roofdeck at South Bowl opens up to 21-plus guests with a fun-filled happy hour featuring $4 food and drink deals (wine, beer, cocktails, bao buns, sliders and more) and cool music from local DJs. The happy hour party runs weekly from 4 to 7 p.m.

Four Dollar Friday Rooftop Happy Hour at South Bowl

When:Fridays, 4-7 p.m.
Where:South Bowl, 19 E. Oregon Avenue
Cost:Pay as you go food and drinks

www.southbowlphilly.com

SATURDAY

Parks on Tap

The summer months are meant for enjoying food and drinks al fresco. Luckily, Parks on Tap — the city’s popular roving beer garden that moves from park to park throughout the summer months — is back for another year of beer, cocktails, wine, food and games at your favorite local park.

Parks on Tap

When:Wednesday-Sunday, through October 1
Where:Various locations including Schuylkill Banks, 2501 Walnut Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Saturday Summer Happy Hour at Mission Taqueria

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A beach-themed happy hour fills the trendy Mission Taqueria on Saturday nights in the summer months. From 4 to 6 p.m., enjoy deals on tacos, frozen margaritas, beer, piña coladas, ice cream and more.

Saturday Summer Happy Hour at Mission Taqueria

When:Saturdays, 4-6 p.m.
Where:Mission Taqueria, 1516 Sansom Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.missiontaqueria.com

Quizzo at the Oval

Beyond the beer garden, games and food trucks, The Oval hosts free quizzo with Johnny Goodtimes at the beer garden from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturdays.

Quizzo at the Oval

When:Saturdays through August 20, 4-6 p.m.
Where:The Oval, 2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free

www.theovalphl.org

Movie Nights at Trolley Car Diner in Mt. Airy

Enjoy old-school favorites like mac and cheese, homemade doughnuts and pie, meatloaf and more alongside free movie screenings every Saturday through August 12 at the Trolley Car Diner in Mt. Airy. Movies begin at 8:30 p.m., but come early for a delicious dinner at the diner.

Movie Nights at Trolley Car Diner in Mt. Airy

When:Fridays through August 12, Dusk
Where:Trolley Car Diner & Deli, 7619 Germantown Avenue
Cost:Free

www.mtairyusa.org

DJ Night at Stratus Rooftop Lounge

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Rooftop dance parties are the theme at Stratus Rooftop Lounge’s recurring DJ Night, which goes down on Saturdays in the warm-weather months. In the coming weeks, dance to everything from hip-hop to EDM on the Old City rooftop.

DJ Night at Stratus Rooftop Lounge

When:Saturdays, 8 p.m.
Where:Stratus Rooftop Lounge, 433 Chestnut Street
Cost:Varies

www.stratuslounge.com

Illuminated Fountain Shows at Longwood Gardens

Thursday through Saturday nights, the recently renovated fountains at Longwood Gardens turn into a full-fledged light show (set to music!) for Illuminated Fountain Performances. The performances run for about 30 minutes and start at 9:15 p.m.

Illuminated Fountain Shows at Longwood Gardens

When:Thursday-Saturday through September 30, 9:15 p.m.
Where:Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square
Cost:Free after general admission

www.longwoodgardens.org

Saturnia at The Trestle Inn

Looking to put on your go-go boots? Look no further than The Trestle Inn, which hosts a weekly Saturday night dance party, which promises disco music and a late-night happy hour from 11 p.m. to midnight.

Saturnia at The Trestle Inn

When:Saturdays, 10 p.m.
Where:The Trestle Inn, 339 N. 11th Street
Cost:$5

www.thetrestleinn.com

Silk City Saturdays with DJ Deejay

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A true dance party takes over Silk City on Saturday nights as DJ DeeJay spins everything from the latest Justin Bieber and Pitbull songs to Motown classics.

Silk City Saturdays with DJ Deejay

When:Saturdays, 9:30 p.m.
Where:Silk City, 435 Spring Garden Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.silkcityphilly.com

DJ Night at Morgan’s Pier

From 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday nights, different DJs spin hip-shaking tunes along the Delaware River waterfront at riverfront beer garden Morgan’s Pier.

DJ Night at Morgan’s Pier

When:Saturdays though September 29, 10 p.m.
Where:Morgan’s Pier, 221 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:$5

www.morganspier.com

SUNDAY

The Dutch Pop-Up at Bok Bar

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Joncarl Lachman and Lee Styer of The Dutch in Pennsport bring their tasty fare to a Sunday pop up (occuring most Sundays this summer) at Bok Bar from noon to 10 p.m. Featured food ranges from oysters and burgers. Meal plans — check!

The Dutch Pop-Up at Bok Bar

When:Sundays, noon-10 p.m.
Where:Bok Bar, 800 Mifflin Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.bok-bar.com

Parks on Tap

Enjoy cold drinks at different Philly parks (depending on the week) at the roving Parks on Tap beer garden. Who said Sunday can’t be a fun day?

Parks on Tap

When:Wednesday-Sunday, through October 1
Where:Various locations including Schuylkill Banks, 2501 Walnut Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Parks on Tap Jr.: Twilight Music Festival

This summer, the Twilight Music Festival (a series of live concerts and a pop-up beer garden) debuts along MLK Drive near the dragon boat docks. The concerts run from 7 to 9 p.m. and feature notable local talent like Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Bardo Pond and more. The pop-up beer garden is open before, during and after the show from 4 to 9 p.m.

Parks on Tap Jr.: Twilight Music Festival

When:Sundays through August 27, Beer garden, 4-9 p.m.; Concerts, 7-9 p.m.
Where:1233 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Cost:Free

www.twilightmusicfest.com

Free Yoga at The Schmidt’s Commons

Take part in a free yoga class on Sunday nights at The Schmidt’s Commons in Northern Liberties. The class starts at 5 p.m. and runs for a full hour.

Free Yoga at The Schmidt’s Commons

When:Sundays through August 27, 5-6 p.m.
Where:The Schmidt’s Commons, 1001 N. 2nd Street #21
Cost:Free

theschmidtscommons.com

$2 Beer and Bowling Night at North Bowl

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Bowl with the best of them at North Bowl’s weekly late-night happy hour. Every Wednesday from 10 p.m. to close, take advantage of $2 games, shoe rental and featured beer.

$2 Beer and Bowling Night at North Bowl

When:Sundays, 10 p.m.
Where:North Bowl, 909 N. 2nd Street
Cost:$2 bowling and $2 select beers

www.northbowlphilly.com

Sunset Live at Morgan’s Pier

Take in beautiful sunset views while listening to live music during the Morgan’s Pier Sunset Live acoustic concert series. The concerts run from 3 to 7 p.m. on Sundays during the beer bar’s 2017 season.

Sunset Live at Morgan’s Pier

When:Sundays through September 27, 3-7 p.m.
Where:Morgan’s Pier, 221 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:$5

www.morganspier.com

Sunday Karaoke at Bob and Barbara’s

The weekend ends on a high note (literally) at Bob and Barbara’s weekly Sunday karaoke party. Starting at 9 p.m., guests can sing their hearts out to throwback tunes, modern hits and one-hit wonders at the Graduate Hospital dive.

Sunday Karaoke at Bob and Barbara’s

When:Sundays, 9 p.m.
Where:Bob and Barbara’s Lounge, 1509 South Street
Cost:Free admission

www.bobandbarbaras.com

Sunday School at Tria

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One wine, one cheese and one beer are available on the cheap on Sunday evenings at all Tria Cafe locations (Rittenhouse and Washington Square). Each week, a different beverage and cheese is featured.

Sunday School at Tria

When:Sundays
Where:Tria Cafe Locations; 123 S. 18th Street and 1137 Spruce Street

www.triaphilly.com

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