Weekend Picks: First Friday, Smooth Jazz Concert, Friday Night Lights Fireworks, 2nd Street Festival In Northern Liberties And Much More

Take a trip to the gorgeous Longwood Gardens, head to Northern Liberties for First Friday followed by Saturday's 2nd Street Fest and enjoy a picnic in any of Philadelphia's lush parks. (Photo credits, clockwise from top left: by Roman Blazic courtesy Penn Treaty Park, courtesy Piazza at Schmidts, courtesy Longwood Gardens, courtesy Girard Fest)

This weekend starts off with First Friday in neighborhoods all over the city, in addition to round two of the new Friday Night Lights fireworks series on Penn’s Landing.

The summer festivities continue with the blockbuster 2nd Street Festival in Northern Liberties, a seven-block music- and food-filled extravaganza back for its fourth time around.

Read on, below, for our top picks for this weekend.

Friday, August 3

First Friday in ManayunkKennett SquareOld CityDoylestownNorthern Liberties, on Frankford Avenue and Chestnut Hill

“Smooth Jazz Summer Nights” Free Concert Series Kicks Off, Followed By Fireworks

“Fantastic Fridays” at Penn Treaty Park

WHYY To Exclusively Air The Barnes Collection Documentary

“Twilight in Arcadia”: Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

BlackStar Film Festival (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Little Baby’s Ice Cream Grand Opening

Watermelon Day at City Tap House

Vintage Sidewalk Market at 2nd and Arch

WXPN “Funky Friday Dance Party” with David Dye at the National Constitution Center

Jerry Garcia Bday Bash at North Bowl

“Art at Le Meridien” Featuring Sandra Benhaim (Fri, Sat, Sun) — Opening Day!

Morris Arboretum’s Friday Night Outdoor Summer Concert Series

Roundup: Top Picks For Fresh Summertime Happy Hours In Philadelphia

Paper Play exhibition at the Asian Arts Initiative

Friday Night Fireworks in New Hope and Lambertville

Bistrot La Minette Movie Under the Stars

Moonlight Movies In Mt. Airy

“Hot! August! Night!” at Grizzly Grizzly

Roundup: Top Picks For Late-Night Deals For Food and Drink at Philadelphia Restaurants

Saturday, August 4

Phoenixville’s Third Annual Green Earth Festival

The 4th Annual Victory BrewBQ

Roundup: Water Sports And Attractions To Help You Beat The Heat

Midnight Movies on South Street at the TLA

Visit the Barnes and get discounted tickets to Gauguin, Cézanne, Matisse: Visions of Arcadia at the PMA (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Crab Fest at Chaddsford Winery

Diplo’s Mad Decent Block Party

Sunshine Painting in the Vineyard at Penns Woods Winery

Roundup: Top Picks For Late-Night Deals For Good Eats And Drinks At Philadelphia Restaurants

Weekend Picks continues below.

Mural Arts Community Paint Day: Imagining Frankford

Buy One, Get One Free Sale at Smak Parlour (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Philadelphia Spinners playoff game at Franklin Field

Kinross Trunk Show at Knit Wit (Fri, Sat, Sun)

KidsInCenterCity.com Saturday Playdate with The Grateful Dad Band

Act II Playhouse’s Free Range Thinking (Fri, Sat, Sun)

“Maurice Sendak and Stephen Colbert: Interviews, Objects…and Poles!” (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Get Federal Donuts at Morgan’s Pier! (Sat, Sun)

Champagne Saturdays at Arcadia’s Rittenhouse Location

Bring-Your-Own-Dog Brunch at Square 1682

Race Street Pier Summer Film Series

Paddle Penn’s Landing (Sat, Sun)

Sunday, August 5

The Blockbuster Fourth Annual 2nd Street Festival: Our Guide

Uwishunu’s Alfresco Dining Guide 2012

Quince Productions’ 2nd Annual GayFest (Fri, Sat, Sun)

The 5th Annual ACANA Festival at Penn’s Landing

The Swedish American Line at the American Swedish Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Phans Feeding Families Pre-Game Party for Philabundance at Citizens Bank Park

Brian Anthony Wilson (of “The Wire”) Swingin’ the Standards at the Adrienne

Offering Of The Angels: Treasures From The Uffizi at the Michener Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Light Installations by Bruce Munro at Longwood Gardens (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times at the Franklin Institute (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Neon Art: Folk, Found and Fine at the Philadelphia Center for Architecture (Fri, Sat, Sun)

New Rita’s exhibit and flavor at the Please Touch Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Craft Spoken Here at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Glowgolf at King of Prussia Mall (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Bike Rentals in Fairmount Park are open

Prom: Photographs by Mary Ellen Mark at the Perelman Building (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Maya.2012: Lords of Time at the Penn Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

“Run! The Super-Athletes of the Sierra Madre” at the Penn Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen at the National Constitution Center (Fri, Sat, Sun)

On My Honor: 100 Years of Girl Scouting at the National Constitution Center (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Morris Arboretum’s Garden Railway (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Gauguin, Cézanne, Matisse: Visions of Arcadia at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Fri, Sat, Sun)

To Bigotry No Sanction: George Washington & Religious Freedom at the National Museum of American Jewish History (Fri, Sat, Sun)


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