22+ Excellent Things To Do In Philly This Week, August 28-September 4

Mega music festivals, pop-up beer gardens, free outdoor movies and more...

Get excited, Philly: August ends with a bang this week thanks to huge happy hours, free movie nights and even a giant fireworks show (!).

This Wednesday night marks the final week of the season for Center City Sips, the super-popular neighborhood-wide happy hour that offers $5 cocktails, $4 wine and $3 beer at more than 80 bars and restaurants.

This week also welcomes a bevy of outdoor movie nights. Look forward to everything from kids’ favorites to some of the year’s biggest films at Commerce Square, Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Clark Park and more.

Labor Day weekend arrives with a ton of great events all across the city, including a Labor Day fireworks show on the Delaware River, free museum admission, the two-day Made in America Festival, the Blue Corn Organic and Green Festival at Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing and more. Click here for a full guide to Labor Day in Philly.

In celebration of the Labor Day holiday, our Picks of the Week post will run through Monday, September 4 for optimal holiday planning.

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

Beer Gardens

People at the PHS Pop Up GardenPhoto courtesy PHS Pop Up Garden

Summertime is meant for visiting beer gardens! Luckily, Philadelphia is home to a slew of great ones, including Independence Beer Garden, Spruce Street Harbor Park, Uptown Beer Garden, Morgan’s Pier, the PHS Pop Up Gardens (above) 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 location PHS Pop Up Garden South Street, 1438 South Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Spruce Street Harbor Park

Spruce Street Harbor ParkPhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Recognized by national press as one of the best places to visit in Philly, the super-popular park Spruce Street Harbor Park features tree-slung hammocks, magical lights, oversize games, floating gardens, amazing food from popular Philly restaurants and refreshing drinks. Look forward to special events throughout the week, including a pop-up shopping market on Saturday 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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Free Yoga at Race Street Pier

Every day of the week, Race Street Pier is home to a free yoga class for yogis of all levels to check out. 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

Free Screening of La La Land at Commerce Square

The week starts off with a free screening of La La Land on the giant screen at Commerce Square. Presented by DuJour Catering, the movie can be paired with $6 margaritas from an outdoor bar, light bites from DuJour Catering and one-minute massages at massage chairs throughout the Market Street space.

Free Screening of La La Land at Commerce Square

When:Monday, August 28, 6-9 p.m.
Where:One Commerce Square, 2005 Market Street
Cost:Free

www.dujourphilly.com

Final Center City Sips of the Season

Center City Sips ends its 2017 season this Wednesday night after one last evening of $5 cocktails, $4 glasses of wine and $3 pints of beer at some of the neighborhood’s most bustling spots. Enjoy the deal at bars like City Tap House, SkyGarten, Independence Beer Garden, Bar Bombon and more.

Final Center City Sips of the Season

When:Wednesday, August 30, 5-7 p.m.
Where:Various locations including Balcony Bar at The Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:$5 cocktails, $4 wine, $3 beer, half-priced appetizers

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Parks on Tap at Clark Park and Cliveden Park

Photo by Albert Yee

Concession trucks meet permanent parks during Parks on Tap, a roving beer garden stopping at 20 Philly parks this summer and fall. The program takes advantage of lush extant spaces and Philly’s wealth of mobile suppliers to bring trucks serving up light fare, craft beer and other adult beverages to various spots, which over Labor Day weekend include Clark Park and Cliveden Park.

Parks on Tap at Clark Park and Cliveden Park

When:Clark Park, August 30-September 4 and Cliveden Park, August 30-September 4
Where:Clark Park, 4300-4398 Baltimore Avenue and Cliveden Park, 6415 Musgrave Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Grand Opening of the Pub at the Porch

Starting this week, and running into the fall, The Porch at 30th Street Station will be home to an al fresco pub Wednesday through Friday evenings. Open from 4 to 9 p.m., the pop-up pub will be operated by 30th Street Station’s Bridgewater Pub and will feature bar fare, beer, wine and cocktails.

Grand Opening of the Pub at the Porch

When:Thursday, August 31, 4-9 p.m.
Where:The Porch at 30th, 2901-2949 Market Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.universitycity.org

Final Old City Eats

The Little LionPhoto courtesy The Little Lion

This Thursday marks the final night of the season for Old City Eats, a happy hour promotion featuring deals on food and drinks at some of the top restaurants and bars in the neighborhood. From 5 to 8 p.m., places like Capofitto, Lucha Cartel and High Street on Market serve $4 featured beers, $5 featured cocktails and half-priced appetizers.

Final Old City Eats

When:Thursday, August 31, 5-8 p.m.
Where:Various locations including Red Owl Tavern, 433 Chestnut Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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End of Summer Beer Garden at The Mütter Museum

The Mütter Museum brings back its summer beer garden for an end-of-summer party this Thursday night. From 6 to 10 p.m., enjoy full access to the museum of oddities and snacks and drinks in the Benjamin Rush Medicinal Garden. Light bites are included in the price of admission, and drinks must be purchased from a cash bar. Tickets are available online.

End of Summer Beer Garden at The Mütter Museum

When:Thursday, August 31, 6-10 p.m.
Where:The Mütter Museum, 19 S. 22nd Street
Cost:$12, general admission; $5, members; free, College of Physicians fellows

www.muttermuseum.org

Free Screening of Sing at Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing

The free movie nights at Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing end for the season this Thursday night with a free screening of Sing on the waterfront movie screen. The film is slated to start at dusk, which is about 8 p.m. this week.

Free Screening of Sing at Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing

When:Thursday, August 31, 8:30-11 p.m.
Where:Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

www.delawareriverevents.com

First Friday

First FridayPhoto by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

The Friday of Labor Day weekend brings plenty of opportunities to check out art galore – for free. Enjoy First Friday, which fills the streets of Old City and Fishtown with art excursions of every kind.

First Friday

When:Friday, September 1
Where:Meadowsweet Mercantile, 47 N. 2nd Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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HennyPalooza

This Saturday, the Trocadero Theatre welcomes HennyPalooza, a ticketed concert that features a range of talented musicians — and plenty of Hennessy.

HennyPalooza

When:Friday, September 1, 4 p.m.
Where:Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch Street
Cost:$50

www.thetroc.com

Havana Nights: A Celebration of Cuban Music and Food at World Cafe Live

People at World Cafe Live in West PhiladelphiaPhoto courtesy World Cafe Live

On the first day of each month, World Cafe Live hosts Havana Nights: A Celebration of Cuban Music and Food. This month’s edition presents local ensemble Conjunto Philadelphia, performing the music of Pre-Revolutionary Cuba. The free event features a variety of food and drink specials and is open to those 21 and up.

Havana Nights: A Celebration of Cuban Music and Food at World Cafe Live

When:Friday, September 1, 7 p.m.
Where:World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street
Cost:Free

www.worldcafelive.com

Free Screening of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them at Clark Park

For the first Friday of the month, Clark Park hosts a free screening of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, which is slated to start at dusk. Before the film starts, staff from the University City Arts League will help children create monster and beast finger puppets.

Free Screening of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them at Clark Park

When:Friday, September 1, 8 p.m.
Where:Clark Park, 4300-4398 Baltimore Avenue
Cost:Free

www.universitycity.org

Labor Day Weekend in Philadelphia

MoARPhoto by J. Fusco for the Museum of the American Revolution

Philadelphia hosts a set of awesome happenings over Labor Day weekend. Enjoy free museum admission, fireworks, nighttime events and more. For a full guide to Labor Day weekend in Philly, click here.

Labor Day Weekend in Philadelphia

When:September 1-4
Where:Various locations including the Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. 3rd Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Made in America Festival

Made in AmericaPhoto by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

The Budweiser Made in America Festival is a massive musical celebration that takes over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway during Labor Day weekend. This summer, Jay-Z, J. Cole and The Chainsmokers will headline the two-day festival, which also features an array of other artists curated by Jay-Z.

Made in America Festival

When:September 2-3
Where:Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:$153 and up

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Labor Day Volksfest at Canstatter-Verein

Every Labor Day weekend, the Cannstatter Volkfest Verein hosts a lively three-day-long Volksfest and Oktoberfest party. Enjoy a holiday weekend filled with tasty eats, live entertainment and German beer of all sorts.

Labor Day Volksfest at Canstatter-Verein

When:September 2-4
Where:Cannstatter Volkfest Verein, 9130 Academy Road
Cost:Pay as you go

www.cannstatter.org

Blue Corn Organic and Green Festival at Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing

The Blue Corn Organic and Green Festival presents a new addition to PECO’s summer series of multicultural festivals on the Delaware waterfront at Penn’s Landing. The free festival will feature Aztec dance, music, vendors, food, crafts and more.

Blue Corn Organic and Green Festival at Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing

When:Sunday, September 3, 1-6 p.m.
Where:Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

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Labor Day Fireworks on the Delaware River

Fireworks Penn's LandingPhoto courtesy of DRWC

Make the holiday weekend extra festive by catching a grand fireworks show outside the Independence Seaport Museum on Sunday, September 3. The museum will open up its second-floor terrace and third-story rotunda balcony, where guests can enjoy live music and refreshments in addition to the evening’s colorful display set to sweep the skies at 9:30 p.m. Click here for a where-to-watch guide.

Labor Day Fireworks on the Delaware River

When:Sunday, September 3, 9:30 p.m.
Where:Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

www.delawareriverevents.com

Final Week for Magic in the Ancient World at the Penn Museum

Penn MuseumPhoto courtesy Penn Museum

Sunday, September 3 is the final day to view the Penn Museum’s feature exhibition, Magic in the Ancient World. Museum-goers are invited to discover how magic permeated the daily lives of ancient cultures, including those of Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome and Egypt, and to explore a presentation of objects associated with magical practices from the Penn Museum’s own collections.

Final Week for Magic in the Ancient World at the Penn Museum

When:Through September 3
Where:Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Cost:$20, adults; $18, senior citizens; $15, children and students; $5, active military; Free, members, PennCard holders and children under 5

www.penn.museum

Free First Sunday at the Barnes Foundation

Photo By R. Kennedy For Visit Philadelphia

Every first Sunday of the month (including September 3!), the Barnes Foundation offers free admission and programming. Tickets are limited and cannot be reserved in advance, so plan on arriving early to snag timed tickets, which are available onsite starting at 9 a.m.

Free First Sunday at the Barnes Foundation

When:Sunday, September 3, 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

Philadephia Museum of ArtPhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

The first Sunday of the month falls during Labor Day weekend, inviting you to take advantage of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s pay-what-you-wish admission. As one of the largest art museums in the country, you could spend all Sunday here, viewing works from artists like Cézanne, Picasso and many, many more.

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

When:Sunday, September 3
Where:Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Pay what you wish

www.philamuseum.org

Final Day for Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and The Midway

Blue Cross RiverRink SummerfestPhoto courtesy Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

September brings the last few days to enjoy the fun-filled Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, so be sure to get out to the Delaware River waterfront destination and take advantage of Philly’s first outdoor roller skating rink. While you’re there, play a round of mini-golf, try your luck at the arcade, enjoy a variety of eats and drinks and check out the Midway, Summerfest’s carnival-style amusement park featuring rides (including a 60-foot-tall Ferris wheel), games and more!

Final Day for 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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