24+ Terrific Things To Do In Philly This Week, August 21-27

Night Out Restaurant Week, Pride Night at Citizens Bank Park, Michael Jackson Night at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and more...

It’s another week of amazing summer fun all over Philadelphia.

In Fishtown and Northern Liberties, Night Out Restaurant Week continues at restaurants like the Moshulu, Kensington Quarters, Cantina Dos Segundos and more.

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest hosts a fun-filled dance party this week as its Michael Jackson Night returns for another year of dancing, music and even an MJ impersonator.

Fans of Broadway should scoop up tickets for Wicked at the Academy of Music — the show wraps up this Sunday, August 27.

Read on for our guide to this week in Philly.

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and The Midway

Blue Cross RiverRink SummerfestPhoto courtesy Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest continues to entertain guests on the Delaware River waterfront with everything from roller skating to arcade games. Make plans to head down to the popular warm-weather park to hop aboard one of the amusement park-style rides (including the 60-foot-tall Ferris wheel), 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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Night Out Restaurant Week

La PegPhoto courtesy La Peg

This week, select restaurants throughout Philadelphia offer exciting lunch and dinner specials as part of the annual Night Out Restaurant Week. Diners will be privy to three courses per person for a set price — $20 for lunch and $35 for dinner. Take note: All restaurants will offer a dinner option but only select restaurants will offer lunch.

Night Out Restaurant Week

When:Through August 27
Where:Various locations including La Peg, 140 N Christopher Columbus Blvd
Cost:$20, lunch; $35, dinner

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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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Beer Gardens

People at Morgan's Pier on the Delaware River Waterfront in PhiladelphiaPhoto by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

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 (above), 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 Morgan’s Pier, 221 N Christopher Columbus Blvd
Cost:Pay as you go

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Broadway Philadelphia Presents: Wicked at the Academy of Music

WickedPhoto by Joan Marcus

It’s the final week to check out Broadway box office smash Wicked at the Academy of Music. The musical tells the story of Oz — before Dorothy made her way to the magical land — through catchy tunes and impressive dancing. The show closes this Sunday, August 27.

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

Free Yoga at Race Street Pier

Free Yoga at Race Street PierPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

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

Best Places to Watch the Partial Solar Eclipse in Philadelphia

Sun sets over the Philadelphia skylinePhoto by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Get ready to turn those (glasses-protected) eyes to the sky — a rare solar sensation is about to hit the U.S. On Monday, August 21, a total solar eclipse will travel across the country, from coast to coast, for the first time in almost 100 years. The total eclipse — where the moon completely obscures the sun — is on a narrow trajectory from Oregon to South Carolina, so Philadelphia will only experience a partial eclipse. However, that doesn’t mean you won’t want to get out there and check it out — a full 80% of the sun will be covered here during maximum coverage at 2:44 p.m. There are plenty of spots to catch the spectacle, including The Franklin Institute, Wagner Free Institute of Science and the Independence Seaport Museum. Click here for our full where-to-watch guide.

Best Places to Watch the Partial Solar Eclipse in Philadelphia

When:Monday, August 21, 1:21-4:01 p.m.
Where:Various locations including The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street
Cost:Various prices

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Science After Hours: Don’t Try This at Home at The Franklin Institute

The Franklin InstitutePhoto courtesy The Franklin Institute

On Tuesday night, The Franklin Institute welcomes 21-plus guests for its August edition of Science After Hours. Guests can enjoy science-based quizzo, cool science demonstrations, a silent disco dance party and so much more.

Science After Hours: Don’t Try This at Home at The Franklin Institute

When:Tuesday, August 22, 7-10 p.m.
Where:The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street
Cost:$20, general admission; $15, members

www.fi.edu

Pride Night at Citizens Bank Park

Philadelphia PhilliesPhoto courtesy Philadelphia Phillies

LGBTQ sports fans fill a whole section at Citizens Bank Park for Pride Night. Allies and gay-friendly organizations are welcome to join the community for the game, which sees the Philadelphia Phillies take on the Miami Marlins.

Pride Night at Citizens Bank Park

When:Tuesday, August 22, 4:05 p.m.
Where:Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way
Cost:$17 and up

www.mlb.com

Center City Sips

People at Center City Sips at Pagano's Market & BarPhoto courtesy Pagano's Market & Bar

It’s the second-to-last week for Center City Sips, which returns to more than 80 bars and restaurants in the city this Wednesday night. From 5 to 7 p.m., places like SkyGarten, Independence Beer Garden, Blue Duck on Broad, Pagano’s Market & Bar (above) and Tequila’s will be serving up $5 cocktails, $4 wine, $3 beer and half-priced appetizers in celebration of the citywide happy hour.

Center City Sips

When:Wednesday, August 23, 5-7 p.m.
Where:Various locations including Pagano’s Market & Bar, 2001 Market St
Cost:$5 cocktails, $4 wine, $3 beer, half-priced appetizers

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Parks On Tap: Clark Park and Penn Treaty Park

Parks On TapPhoto courtesy Fairmount Park Conservancy

This week, Clark Park and Penn Treaty Park are both home for the pop-up roving beer garden Parks on Tap. Visit either the Fishtown or West Philly park for cold drinks, good food and games all week long.

Parks On Tap: Clark Park and Penn Treaty Park

When:Penn Treaty Park, August 23-27; Clark Park, August 23-27 and August 30-September 4
Where:Clark Park, 4300-4398 Baltimore Avenue and Penn Treaty Park, 1301 N. Beach Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Old City Eats

Center City Restaurant Week - High Street on MarketPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Next Thursday marks the final week for Old City Eats, a Thursday-only happy hour in the neighborhood. Guests can enjoy $5 seasonal cocktails and a $4 beer selection at some of the most popular spots in the neighborhood, including Red Owl Tavern, Revolution House and The Little Lion.

Old City Eats

When:Thursday, August 24, 5-8 p.m.
Where:Various locations including High Street on Market, 308 Market Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Black Aesthetics: Philadelphia and the Black Arts Movement at African American Museum in Philadelphia

African American MuseumPhoto by M. Edlow for African American Museum in Philadelphia

In celebration of PhilAesthetic: 40 Years of Collecting African American Art, the African American Museum hosts an interesting panel discussion about the Black Arts Movement and how the political climate in 1965 had an impact on black art, poetry, literature and more.

Black Aesthetics: Philadelphia and the Black Arts Movement at African American Museum in Philadelphia

When:Thursday, August 24, 6-8 p.m.
Where:The African American Museum, 701 Arch Street
Cost:Free with RSVP

www.aampmuseum.org

Free Screening of The LEGO Batman Movie at Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing

Screenings Under The Stars at the Great Plaza at Penn's LandingPhoto by M. Stanley for DRWC

This Thursday night, Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing welcomes film buffs for a free screening of The LEGO Batman Movie. Don’t forget to pack low beach chairs and a picnic dinner!

Free Screening of The LEGO Batman Movie at Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing

When:Thursday, August 24, 8:30-11 p.m.
Where:Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

www.delawareriverwaterfront.com

Battle of the Burger at The Schmidt’s Commons

Six area restaurants duke it out for the title "best burger in Philadelphia" at the Battle of the Burger at The Schmidt’s Commons. Returning this Thursday night, guests can sample burgers from Lumpy Magee’s Pub and Grub, The Union Tap, Maggie’s Waterfront Cafe and more spots while enjoying Budweiser, lawn games and live music.

Battle of the Burger at The Schmidt’s Commons

When:Thursday, August 24, 5:30-8 p.m.
Where:The Schmidt’s Commons, 1001 N. 2nd Street
Cost:$40 per person

www.theschmidtscommons.com

Hotel Monaco’s Dog Days of Summer

Bring your four-legged friend to Hotel Monaco for a free bath this Thursday night in anticipation of National Dog Day. Dogs (and their owners) can meet adoptable dogs, enjoy dog-friendly happy hour al fresco and scoop up free giveaways.

Hotel Monaco’s Dog Days of Summer

When:Thursday, August 24, 5-8 p.m.
Where:Hotel Monaco, 433 Chestnut Street
Cost:Free, dog washes; donations accepted

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Smooth Jazz Summer Nights at Penn’s Landing: Lin Rountree and Grace Kelly

Smooth Summer Jazz NightsPhoto courtesy DRWC

Both Lin Rountree and Grace Kelly will perform tonight for the final Smooth Jazz Summer Nights concert series of the season. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and features a full evening of live (and free!) music. Those interested in attending are asked to arrive around 7 p.m. to secue their spot

Smooth Jazz Summer Nights at Penn’s Landing: Lin Rountree and Grace Kelly

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

www.delawareriverevents.com

Free Screening of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 at Dilworth Park

Catch a free screening of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 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.

Free Screening of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 at Dilworth Park

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

www.centercityphila.org

Free Screening of Moana at Clark Park

Clark Park Movie NightPhoto by Ben Tran for University City District

Clark Park’s outdoor movie series continues this Friday night with a free screening of one of the year’s most popular children’s films, Moana. Before showtime (dusk), the South Pacific Island Dancers will perform for guests.

Free Screening of Moana at Clark Park

When:Friday, August 25, dusk
Where:Clark Park, 4300-4398 Baltimore Avenue
Cost:Free

www.universitycity.org

Franklin Square Food Truck Fest

Franklin SquarePhoto by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

A $10 entry fee gets you one drink and access to delicious eats at food trucks like The Cow and the Curd, Philly Fry, Bonjour Creperie, Loco Gringo Taco and more at Franklin Square's Food Truck Fest. The event runs from noon to 5 p.m. this Saturday and also promises cold drinks, live music, games and more.

Franklin Square Food Truck Fest

When:Saturday, August 26, noon-5 p.m.
Where:Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th Street
Cost:$10, admission; pay as you go, food trucks

www.historicphiladelphia.org

Michael Jackson Night at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

Fans of Michael Jackson should head to Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest to groove along to some of Michael Jackson’s biggest hits while roller skating, playing mini-golf or lounging al fresco. In the evening, from 6 to 9 p.m., there will even be a Michael Jackson impersonator performing to songs like P.Y.T. and Thriller.

Michael Jackson Night at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

When:Saturday, August 26, 4-9 p.m.
Where:Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free, admission; pay as you go, food, rollerskating and games

www.delawareriverwaterfront.com

National Women’s Equality Day with Vision 2020

August 26 marks the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. Drexel University’s Vision 2020 marks the day with a full morning of programming celebrating the monumental anniversary. Enjoy a women’s history scavenger hunt throughout Independence National Historical Park and a toast at the Independence Visitor Center.

National Women’s Equality Day with Vision 2020

When:Saturday, August 26, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where:Independence National Historical Park
Cost:Free

www.drexel.edu

The Recipe at Punch Line Philly

Punch Line PhillyPhoto courtesy Punch Line Philly

Soul food and soul music are the theme of the day this Sunday at The Recipe at Punch Line Philly. For $20, guests can enjoy endless soul food from Tasties, soul-inspired music from the 1960s-1990s and a one-hour open bar.

The Recipe at Punch Line Philly

When:Sunday, August 27, 2 p.m.
Where:Punch Line Philly, 33 E. Laurel Street
Cost:$20

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Parks on Tap Jr.: Twilight Music Festival Presents The Dove and the Wolf

This Sunday marks the final week for Parks on Tap’s Twilight Music Festival, an evening of live music and cold drinks along the Schuylkill River. Taking place at the Dragon Boat Dock along Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, this week’s festival promises a free show by The Dove and the Wolf.

Parks on Tap Jr.: Twilight Music Festival Presents The Dove and the Wolf

When:Sunday, August 27, 4-9 p.m.
Where:1233 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Cost:Pay as you go

www.twilightmusicfest.com

Obon Festival and Japanese Flea Market at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

Shofuso Japanese House & GardenPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden welcomes guests for the fifth-annual Obon Festival and Japanese Flea Market this Sunday afternoon. Throughout the day, guests can enjoy Japanese arts and crafts, tours of the beautiful house and garden, performances, shopping and food. Admission to the festival is completely free.

Obon Festival and Japanese Flea Market at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

When:Sunday, August 27, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where:Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, Lansdowne Dr & Horticultural Drive
Cost:Free

www.japanesehouse.org

Ukrainian Folk Festival

The Ukrainian Folk Festival returns to Philly for the 26th year with a day of traditional Ukrainian music, dancing, food and drinks. This year’s festival features eight different performances, ranging from dance to an orchestral concert to live reenactments.

Ukrainian Folk Festival

When:Sunday, August 27, noon
Where:Ukrainian American Sports Center, 1 Lower State Road, North Wales
Cost:$15, general admission; $10, students; free, children 15 and under

www.valleyforge.org

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