26+ Wonderful Things To Do In Philly This Week, August 7-13

Night Market Roxborough, Festival of India, The Oval+ and more...

Rest up, Philly: It’s another super-busy summer week!

This Thursday night, super-popular food truck festival Night Market Philadelphia returns with eats from 50-plus mobile vendors, cold beer, live music and general neighborhood merriment. The festival heads to Roxborough for this August edition.

On Saturday, the Festival of India hits Penn’s Landing with a full day of celebrations of Indian culture via food, music, performances and shopping. The festival is part of the recurring PECO Multicultural Series.

Also this week? Center City Sips, outdoor movie nights, Erykah Badu at the Dell Music Center and so much more.

Check out our guide to this week in Philly.

Beer Gardens

Frankford HallPhoto courtesy Frankford Hall

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 (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 Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Avenue
Cost:Pay as you go

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The Oval+

The OvalPhoto courtesy The Oval+

The Oval+, a summertime-only pop-up park on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, continues to entertain guests this week with a ton of great activities. The temporary park is open from Wednesday to Sunday this week with free fitness classes like yoga and kickboxing as well as games, food trucks, beer (in a shaded beer garden!) and more. Enjoy live music on Thursday night, a free screening of Spaceballs on Friday night, quizzo on Saturday and more.

The Oval+

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

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Spruce Street Harbor Park

Spruce Street Harbor ParkPhoto by C. Kendig for DRWC

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, a movie night on Sunday evening 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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Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and The Midway

Blue Cross RiverRink SummerfestPhoto by Matt 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 waterfront to hop aboard one of the amusement park-style rides (including the 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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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

Broadway Philadelphia Presents: Wicked at the Academy of Music

WickedPhoto by Joan Marcus

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

Center City Sips

The countdown is on — there are only four Wednesdays left to enjoy Center City Sips (including this Wednesday evening). Be sure to stop by for deals on food and drinks at spots like Independence Beer Garden, Aldine, Balcony Bar at the Kimmel Center, Franky Bradley’s, Blue Duck on Broad, SkyGarten and more from 5 to 7 p.m.

Center City Sips

When:Wednesday, August 9, 5-7 p.m.
Where:Various locations including SkyGarten, 1717 Arch Street
Cost:Pay as you go; $5 cocktails, $4 wine, $3 beer, half-priced appetizers

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Parks on Tap at Aviator Park and Gorgas Park

Parks On TapPhoto courtesy Fairmont Park Conservancy

The popular roving beer garden Parks on Tap pops up at not one, but two public parks this week — Aviator Park in Center City and Gorgas Park in Roxborough. Wednesday through Sunday, visit either park for cold drinks, barbecue-style eats and plenty of spots for al fresco hang outs.

Parks on Tap at Aviator Park and Gorgas Park

When:Aviator Park, August 9-13; Gorgas Park, August 9-13
Where:Aviator Park, 1900-1958 Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Gorgas Park, 6300 Ridge Avenue
Cost:Pay as you go

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Dashboard Confessional and All-American Rejects at Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing

Festival PierPhoto courtesy of Festival Pier

Two of the biggest American emo bands head to Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing this Wednesday night. Visit the waterfront stage for a live show from Dashboard Confessional and All-American Rejects.

Dashboard Confessional and All-American Rejects at Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing

When:Wednesday, August 9, 7 p.m.
Where:Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing, 601 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:$26 and up

www.lnphilly.com

Old City Eats

Continental Old CityPhoto by C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia

Another evening of food- and drink-filled happy hour hits Old City this Thursday night. Running from 5 to 8 p.m., the recurring event promises food and drink deals at some of the neighborhood’s most-frequented spots, including The Little Lion, High Street on Market, Revolution House, Red Owl Tavern, Capofitto and more.

Old City Eats

When:Thursday, August 10, 5-8 p.m.
Where:Various locations including The Continental, 138 Market Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Night Market: Roxborough

Night Market PhiladelphiaPhoto courtesy Night Market Philadelphia

Night Market Philadelphia continues in its seventh year as one of the best celebrations in Philly of street food and city neighborhoods. This month, the food truck frenzy heads to Roxborough. Located adjacent to Manayunk, the area has a bit more space than Philly’s other neighborhoods, which makes it perfect for an al fresco summer soiree of outdoor eats and entertainment.


Night Market: Roxborough

When:Thursday, August 10, 6-10 p.m.
Where:Ridge Avenue and Green Lane
Cost:Pay as you go

www.thefoodtrust.org

Screenings Under The Stars: Kong: Skull Island

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

The al fresco movie nights at Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing start up for August with a screening of Kong: Skull Island. The movie follows a team of adventurers and scientists as they discover the mythical island of Kong and fight for their survival.

Screenings Under The Stars: Kong: Skull Island

When:Thursday, August 10, 8:30-11 p.m.
Where:Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

www.delawareriverwaterfront.com

Essence of Entertainment Series: Erykah Badu and Ro James at the Dell Music Center

R&B songstress Erykah Badu takes the stage at the Dell Music Center for the attraction’s Essence of Entertainment summer concert series. Returning on Thursday night, the al fresco show kicks off at 8 p.m. Tickets start at just $32.

Essence of Entertainment Series: Erykah Badu and Ro James at the Dell Music Center

When:Thursday, August 10, 8 p.m.
Where:Dell Music Center, 2400 Strawberry Mansion Drive
Cost:$32 and up

www.livenation.com

Free Screening of Jaws at the Walnut Street Bridge at the Schuylkill Banks

Movie Nights at the Schuylkill BanksPhoto courtesy Schuylkill Banks

It’s the final week (tear!) for the Schuylkill Banks’ free movie nights. The season wraps with a screening of Jaws along the Schuylkill River. (Good thing the Schuylkill isn’t home to sharks!) The film is slated to start at 8 p.m., but guests can stop by a little early to take part in a pre-show raffle and to enjoy free snacks.

Free Screening of Jaws at the Walnut Street Bridge at the Schuylkill Banks

When:Thursday, August 10, 8 p.m.
Where:Schuylkill Banks, 2501 Walnut Street
Cost:Free

www.schuylkillbanks.org

Little Rebels Cider & Wine Garden at the Betsy Ross House

Betsy Ross HousePhoto by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

If you like your history with a side of booze (and who doesn’t?), check out the Betsy Ross House’s 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 local food trucks and live music. Admission to the cider garden is completely free.

Little Rebels Cider & Wine Garden at the Betsy Ross House

When:Thursday, August 10, 6-10 p.m.
Where:Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.historicphiladelphia.org

Free Screening of Singin’ In The Rain at Clark Park

Note: This event has been postponed due to inclement weather. It’s week two for Clark Park’s outdoor movie series. This Friday night, visit the verdant West Philly park for a screening of the beloved musical Singin’ in the Rain and a pre-show dance lesson led by the folks at Dancing Classrooms.

Free Screening of Singin’ In The Rain at Clark Park

When:Friday, August 11, dusk Note: This event has been postponed due to inclement weather.
Where:Clark Park, 4300-4398 Baltimore Avenue
Cost:Free

www.universitycity.com

Smooth Jazz Summer Nights: Peter White at Penn’s Landing

Smooth Summer Jazz NightsPhoto courtesy DRWC

Another summer series — Smooth Jazz Summer Nights at Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing — makes its week-two return this Friday night. This Friday night, head out for live jazz along the waterfront from Peter White, a major player in the contemporary jazz scene. Bonus: It’s completely free to attend.

Smooth Jazz Summer Nights: Peter White at Penn’s Landing

When:Friday, August 11, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Where:Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

www.delawareriverevents.com

Brooklyn Brewery Beer Mansion Philly

Held at The Woodlands Cemetery and Mansion, the Brooklyn Brewery Beer Mansion Philly brings a fun night of drinking, eating, live-music listening, game playing and more to West Philadelphia. Inside the mansion, a handful of rooms will be set up to offer festival-goers different varieties of beer, like "The Darkness" room, which will feature porters, stouts and robust browns, and the "Tart of the Tropics" room, to feature weisse beer, sours and crisp pilsners. Eater will handpick local food vendors, such as Revolution Taco and Bar Amis, to provide food for the event.

Brooklyn Brewery Beer Mansion Philly

When:August 11-12
Where:The Woodlands Mansion, 4000 Woodland Avenue
Cost:$65 per person

www.brooklynbrewerymash.com

Festival of India

Festival of IndiaPhoto courtesy of D. Bovitt for DRWC

Festival of India, hosted by the Council of Indian Organizations (CIO) of Greater Philadelphia, celebrates India’s Independence Day while highlighting the vibrant Indian-American community. Now in its 22nd year, the free festival is a colorful panorama of art, music, dance and cuisine.



Festival of India

When:Saturday, August 12, 1-7 p.m.
Where:Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

www.delawareriverevents.com

Peach Festival at Peddler's Village

Peddler's VillagePhoto by A. Sinagoga for Visit Philadelphia

August is National Peach Month, so Peddler’s Village is celebrating with a weekend festival devoted to the sweet, juicy fruit. The annual Peach Festival and Summer Sidewalk Sale at Peddler’s Village is a peach-lover’s paradise with a ton of peachy treats, all-ages fun and live music. Pick up locally grown peaches while you're there and score deals on clothing, home goods, accessories and more at the sidewalk sale.

Peach Festival at Peddler's Village

When:August 12-13
Where:Peddler's Village, 2400 Street Road, New Hope
Cost:Pay as you go

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Philly Mojito March

Fans of mojitos — and fans of a good party — should purchase tickets to the Philly Mojito March, an event that celebrates the delicious rum-based drink with an eight-stop bar crawl. The crawl runs from noon to 10 p.m., and tickets include one mojito at all eight stops. Those who fancy more can take advantage of mojito drink specials at participating bars. The bar crawl starts with registration at Fox & Hound.

Philly Mojito March

When:Saturday, August 12, noon-10 p.m.
Where:Various locations including Fox & Hound, 1501 Spruce Street
Cost:$65

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Second Saturday in Historic Germantown

Johnson House Historic SitePhoto by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

The 16 sites and museums of Historic Germantown all open their doors this Saturday for the neighborhood’s seasonal Second Saturday event. Enjoy self-guided tours of places like Johnson House Historic Site (a stop on the Underground Railroad), Cliveden (the location of the Battle of Germantown), Wyck (a beautiful garden) and more. The event runs from noon to 4 p.m. this Saturday.

Second Saturday in Historic Germantown

When:Saturday, August 12, noon-4 p.m.
Where:Various locations including Johnson House Historic Site, 6306 Germantown Avenue
Cost:$25 and up

www.freedomsbackyard.com

Jazz on the Ave Music Festival

The Jazz on the Ave Music Festival celebrates North Philadelphia’s rich jazz history with a full day of live music at Broad Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue. Festival attendees can enjoy music on two stages, bites from local vendors, shopping, crafts and more. Admission to the fest is completely free.

Jazz on the Ave Music Festival

When:Saturday, August 12, noon-8:30 p.m.
Where:Broad Street & Cecil Moore Avenue
Cost:Free

www.jazzontheavephilly.com

Happy Hour at Museum of American Revolution

The Museum of the American Revolution teams up with the Young Friends of Independence National Historical Park for an evening of food and drink deals in the Museum’s Cross Keys Cafe and after-hours tours of the historic First Bank. Admission is free, but is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Happy Hour at Museum of American Revolution

When:Saturday, August 12, 5 p.m.
Where:Museum of The American Revolution, 101 S. 3rd Street
Cost:Free registration required; pay-as-you-go food & drink

www.amrevmuseum.org

Bug Fest at the Academy of Natural Sciences

Academy of Natural SciencesPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Bugs are the theme of the weekend at the Academy of Natural Sciences as the two-day Bug Fest returns to the museum’s exhibition halls. The festival features discussions with scientists, buggy crafts, opportunites to view real-life specimens from across the world and even the option to eat bugs. Access to this event is included in the price of general admission.

Bug Fest at the Academy of Natural Sciences

When:August 12-13
Where:The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:$17.95, adults; $14.95, seniors, students and military; $13.95, kids

www.ansp.org

Parks On Tap Jr.: Twilight Music Festival

Parks on Tap Jr.’s weekly music-and-beer festival, the Twilight Music Festival, returns to the dragon boat docks along Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive this Sunday afternoon and evening. Visit the riverfront location for cold drinks, good food and live music from Grandchildren.

Parks On Tap Jr.: Twilight Music Festival

When:Sunday, August 13; Beer garden, 4-10 p.m., Concert, 7-9 p.m.
Where:Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Cost:Pay as you go

www.twilightmusicfest.com

Philly S.E.E.D. Festival

The city’s first and only vegan celebration, S.E.E.D. (Sustainable Everyday Edibles and Drinkables) includes three hours of cruelty-free eating and drinking as well as vendors with vegan goods. Twenty percent of proceeds benefit the Humane League of Philadelphia.

Philly S.E.E.D. Festival

When:Sunday, August 13, 3-6 p.m.
Where:SugarHouse Casino, 1001 N. Delaware Avenue
Cost:$35 and up

www.phillyseed.com

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:August 13-18
Where:Various locations including Campbell’s Place, 8337 Germantown Avenue
Cost:$15, lunch; $30, dinner

www.chestnuthillpa.com

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