26+ Awesome Things To Do In Philly This Week, August 14-20

Final week for The Oval+, Chestnut Hill Restaurant Week, Philadelphia Caribbean Festival and more...

The season of long days and nights is still upon us, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate the warm weather and the late sunsets in the coming days.

This week marks the final week of The Oval+, the fun pop-up park that’s taken over Eakins Oval on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The park, which will be open from Wednesday through Sunday, has a number of special events lined up, including a movie night, a Sunday dance party and more.

A number of favorite summertime-only events return for another week of al fresco fun, too. Check out Center City Sips, outdoor movie nights at Clark Park, Dilworth Park and Penn’s Landing, free yoga at Race Street Pier and more.

On Sunday, the Philadelphia Caribbean Festival hits the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing with a full day of celebrations of 14 Caribbean countries. Look forward to a variety of authentic eats, frosty drinks, performances and shopping.

Read on for our guide to this week in Philly.

Final Week of The Oval+

The Oval+Photo courtesy Fairmount Park Conservancy

This week marks the final week of The Oval+, a popular pop-up park that's just steps away from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Wednesday through Sunday, stop by to enjoy cold drinks under the tree-shaded beer garden, eats from the rotating roster of food trucks, giant games, a cool art installation, music and more. On Saturday night, be sure to stop by for the park's final outdoor movie screening of the season — Invincible.

Final Week of The Oval+

When:August 16-20
Where:The Oval, 2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Pay as you go

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Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and The Midway

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest's Ferris WheelPhoto by M. Stanley for DRWC

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 popular warm-weather park to hop aboard one of the amusement park-style rides (including the 60-foot-tall Ferris wheel, back 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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Spruce Street Harbor Park

SSHPPhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

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

PHS Pop-Up GardenPhoto courtesy Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

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, Frankford Hall, the PHS Pop Up Gardens (shown 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 PHS Pop-Up Garden UCity Square, 36th and Filbert streets
Cost:Pay as you go

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Broadway Philadelphia Presents: Wicked at the Academy of Music

Broadway box office smash Wicked aims to put a spell on you this month at the Academy of Music. One to two showings are set to take place most days through August 27. Tickets can be purchased online by clicking the button below.

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

Yoga at Race Street PierPhoto courtesy Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

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

Navy Yard Al Fresco

Food trucks, live music, games, beer and shopping converge on the Central Green at the Navy Yard for an evening of al fresco fun. The event runs from 4 to 7 p.m. and admission is completely free. Food, drinks and activities are available on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Navy Yard Al Fresco

When:Wednesday, August 16, 4-7 p.m.
Where:Central Green, Intrepid Avenue & Rouse Boulevard
Cost:Pay as you go

www.navyyard.org

Center City Sips

In the summertime, Wednesday nights in Philly are arguably the best night of the week to grab an after-work drink. This Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m., enjoy food and drink deals at more than 80 spots in the city as Center City Sips returns to beer bars, cocktail spots, beer gardens, restaurants and more.

Center City Sips

When:Wednesday, August 16, 5-7 p.m.
Where:Various locations including Pagano’s Market and Bar, 2001 Market Street
Cost:$5 cocktails, $4 wine, $3 beer, half-priced appetizers

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Come Together Dance Festival

Koresh Dance Company at the Come Together Dance FestivalPhoto by Bicking Photography

Every year, Koresh Dance Company presents the giant Come Together Dance Festival, an event that runs for five days and features more than 40 dance troupes from the area and beyond. The festival returns this week, Wednesday through Sunday, for performances ranging from ballet and tap to jazz and modern dance.

Come Together Dance Festival

When:August 16-20
Where:Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad Street
Cost:$23-$99

www.koreshdance.org

Parks on Tap at Penn Treaty Park

Parks On TapPhoto courtesy Fairmont Park Conservancy

Fishtown’s huge Penn Treaty Park welcomes pop-up beer garden fans for this week’s edition of Parks on Tap. Running Wednesday through Sunday, the roving beer garden fills the park with cold beer, spiked slushies, barbecue, games and plenty of spaces to hang out around the waterfront park.

Parks on Tap at Penn Treaty Park

When:August 16-20
Where:Penn Treaty Park, 1301 N. Beach Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Philadelphia Folk Festival

Philadelphia Folk FestivalPhoto by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

The hills of Schwenksville, PA, come alive every summer with the sound of folk music during the long-running Philadelphia Folk Festival at Old Pool Farm in Montgomery County. Now in its 56th year, the festival features a jam-packed lineup of live music (including Graham Nash, Old Crow Medicine Show and more), workshops, all-ages activities and tons of food and drink options.

Philadelphia Folk Festival

When:August 17-20
Where:Philadelphia Folk Festival, 1323 Salford Station Road, Schwenksville
Cost:$65-$260

www.pfs.org

Dîner en Blanc

Diner en BlancPhoto by Georgi Anastasov Photography

Get excited: Dîner en Blanc, one of summer’s biggest spectacles, returns on Thursday, August 17 at a to-be-announced iconic location. Last year’s event was on the beautiful steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; expect this year’s location to be equally as beautiful. Note that registration is required and is currently full, but keep an eye out for thousands and thousands of white-clad revelers cavorting through the city this Thursday. To sign up for information on next year's event, click here.

Dîner en Blanc

When:Thursday, August 17
Where:To be announced
Cost:Lottery Registration, Free; Dîner En Blanc tickets, $49 per person

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La La Land in Concert at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts

One of last year’s biggest films, La La Land, gets a live accompaniment by the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia this Thursday night as the talented group performs the film’s score as the movie plays on the big screen. Tickets start at $25 for this sure-to-be popular show.

La La Land in Concert at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts

When:Thursday, August 17, 7:30 p.m.
Where:The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Avenue
Cost:$25-$65

www.manncenter.org

Free Screening of Dirty Dancing at The Schmidt’s Commons

The Schmidt's CommonsPhoto Courtesy Schmidt's Commons

A classic summer film is the star of the evening at The Schmidt’s Commons’ movie night this week. Stop by the Northern Liberties hub for a free screening of Dirty Dancing and pay-as-you-go food and drinks from Commons’ bars and restaurants.

Free Screening of Dirty Dancing at The Schmidt’s Commons

When:Thursday, August 17, 7-9 p.m.
Where:The Schmidt’s Commons, 1001 N. 2nd Street
Cost:Free

www.theschmidtscommons.com

Free Screening of Beauty and the Beast at Great Plaza at Penn's Landing

Photo by Matt Stanley for DRWC

The al fresco movie nights at Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing continue with a free screening of Beauty and the Beast. The film is a live-action remake of the Disney classic.

Free Screening of Beauty and the Beast at Great Plaza at Penn's Landing

When:Thursday, August 17, 8:30-11 p.m.
Where:Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

www.delawareriverwaterfront.com

Adult Night at LEGOLAND Discovery Center

The new LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Plymouth Meeting welcomes only those over the age of 18 for an evening of grown-up LEGO fun. Leave the little ones at home and try your hand at building LEGO masterpieces while touring the impressive space. Admission is $19 per person, and tickets are available online.

Adult Night at LEGOLAND Discovery Center

When:Thursday, August 17, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Where:LEGOLAND® Discovery Center, 500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting
Cost:$19

www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com

Free Screening of Hidden Figures at Clark Park

UPDATE: This event has been postponed until September 22. Clark Park’s outdoor movie series continues this Friday night with a free screening of Hidden Figures. The award-winning film follows three African-American female NASA staff members in the 1960s on their journey to equality.

Free Screening of Hidden Figures at Clark Park

When:Friday, August 18, dusk Friday, September 22
Where:Clark Park, 4300-4398 Baltimore Avenue
Cost:Free

www.universitycity.com

Night Out Restaurant Week

Photo By B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia

This August, 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:August 18-27
Where:Various locations including the Moshulu, 401 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:$20, lunch; $35, dinner

www.nightoutrestaurantweek.com

Free Screening of Avengers Age of Ultron at Dilworth Park

Catch a free screening of Avengers Age of Ultron 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 Avengers Age of Ultron at Dilworth Park

When:Friday, August 18, 8:30-10:30 p.m.
Where:Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street
Cost:Free

www.centercityphila.org

Smooth Jazz Summer Nights: Grace Kelly

Photo by M. Stanley For DRWC

UPDATE: This event has been postponed until August 25. Free jazz is the theme of the evening at Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing this Friday night as the attraction hosts its Smooth Jazz Summer Nights. This week, enjoy a show by Grace Kelly, a talented saxophonist, singer and composer.

Smooth Jazz Summer Nights: Grace Kelly

When:Friday, August 18, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, August 25
Where:Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

www.delawareriverevents.com

Mustard Seed Film Festival

This Friday night, the Mustard Seed Film Festival kicks off with a showcase of works by South Asian filmmakers or starring South Asian actors. The festival starts on Friday with an opening-night party, performance and screening on the 1100 block of Pearl Street and continues with feature-length films and shorts that celebrate the South Asian culture.

Mustard Seed Film Festival

When:August 18-20
Where:Various locations including the Asian Arts Initiative,
Cost:$10 per screening

www.mustardseedfilmfest.org

Crayfish Party at the American Swedish Historical Museum

Looking for a fun Friday night dinner? Head to the American Swedish Historical Museum for a Crayfish Party featuring all-you-can-eat crayfish, Swedish meatballs, cheese pie and a glass of Akvavit.

Crayfish Party at the American Swedish Historical Museum

When:Friday, August 18, 6:30 p.m.
Where:American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Avenue
Cost:$60, general admission; $50, ASHM and SACC Philadelphia members

www.americanswedish.org

Chestnut Hill Restaurant Week

From August 13 through 18, visit picturesque Chestnut Hill for $15 lunch deals and $30 dinner deals during Chestnut Hill Restaurant Week. Head to spots like Paris Bistro, Mica and Chestnut Hill Brewing Company to take advantage of the deal.

Chestnut Hill Restaurant Week

When:Through August 18
Where:Various locations including Campbell’s Place, 8337 Germantown Avenue
Cost:$15, lunch; $30, dinner

www.chestnuthillpa.com

40th Street Summer Series: Worldtown Soundsystem

Live music fills the al fresco space at 40th and Walnut streets for the annual 40th Street Summer Series, taking place once a month every month this summer. August brings to the stage Worldtown Soundsystem, a high-energy, eight-piece live house music ensemble that seeks to liven up electronic dance music with global rhythms and soul music.

40th Street Summer Series: Worldtown Soundsystem

When:Saturday, August 19, 6 p.m.
Where:40th Street & Walnut Street
Cost:Free

www.universitycity.org

Super Solar Saturday: Family, Friends & Art Day at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts

The MannPhoto by Derek Brad Photography

On Saturday, the Mann Center for the Performing Arts turns into a hub for solar exploration (on the ground, of course) in celebration of the quickly approaching Total Solar Eclipse (August 21). Throughout the day, guests can enjoy immersive virtual reality with The Franklin Institute, stargaze through NASA-grade telescopes, try out hands-on science experiments with the Please Touch Museum, watch live performances and hear from science professionals. The fun wraps up with a free screening of Hidden Figures. Best of all? This event is completely free to attend.

Super Solar Saturday: Family, Friends & Art Day at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts

When:Saturday, August 19, 12:30-9 p.m.
Where:The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Avenue
Cost:Free; registration required

www.manncenter.org

Victory BrewBQ at Parkesburg Brewpub

Victory Brewing Company ParkesburgPhoto courtesy Victory Brewing Company

Hosted at Victory Brewing Company’s Parkesburg Brewpub, the Victory BrewBQ brings a heated competition between pit masters battling it out to achieve awards for best chicken and ribs. The hot BBQ gets paired with cold beer for a dreamy culinary event you won’t want to miss.

Victory BrewBQ at Parkesburg Brewpub

When:Saturday, August 19, 1-6 p.m.
Where:Victory Brewing Company @ Parkesburg, 3127 Lower Valley Road, Parkesburg
Cost:Free

www.victorybeer.com

Philadelphia Caribbean Festival

Penn's LandingPhoto by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

All day long on Sunday, August 20, Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing welcomes Caribbean-centric celebrations for PECO Multicultural Series’ annual Philadelphia Caribbean Festival. The festival celebrates 14 Caribbean countries with music, live performances, shopping and plenty of food, including curried goat, jerk chicken, roti, Caribbean slaw, codfish cakes and more.

Philadelphia Caribbean Festival

When:Sunday, August 20, noon-8 p.m.
Where:The Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Pay as you go

www.delawareriverevents.com

Bounce, Skate, Roll with King Britt at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

DRWCPhoto courtesy Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

King Britt, a Philly-based DJ and music producer, takes to the Delaware River waterfront for an evening of music and summer fun. King Britt will provide the soundtrack (think hip-hop, R&B and summertime classics) as RiverRink Summerfest dwellers roller skate, dine or drink.

Bounce, Skate, Roll with King Britt at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

When:Saturday, August 20, 7-10 p.m.
Where:Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Pay as you go

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Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing

Radio 104.5’s epic summer block parties return this Sunday with a full day of live music from Vance Joy, Portugal, The Man, Judah and the Lion and more. Note that free tickets are required. For information on ticket giveaways, check here.

Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing

When:Sunday, August 20
Where:Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing, 601 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free; tickets required

www.radio1045.iheart.com

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