Tonight Picks: The Grand Opening Of The Oval, An Advanced Screening Of Crystal Fairy Starring Michael Cera At Liberty Lands Park, Center City Sips And More

It's a perfect summer evening out there, get outside and take advantage of one of the many events going on tonight in the city. (Photo by B. Krist for GPTMC)

With no rain or thunderstorms on the horizon, it’s the perfect night to get outside and explore the City of Brotherly Love.

Tonight sees the debut of an eight-acre “Park on the Parkway” with outdoor fun for folks of all ages, Center City Sips, Pay-What-You-Wish admission at numerous museums and the outdoor premiere of Michael Cera’s recent Sundance Film Festival hit Crystal Fairy. This evening offers a number of varied happenings for everyone.

Our top picks for tonight, below.

The Grand Opening of The Oval: Today, The Oval, an eight-acre “Park on the Parkway” opens its grassy lawns, giant play spaces and daily programming to the public. Visit the converted parking lot complete with a giant beach-like area containing mass amounts of sand and a boardwalk. The outdoor space also boasts games like volleyball, ping pong and chess and a rotating food truck lineup. From 7 to 8:30 p.m., two percussion ensembles are set to take the stage (for free!), the first is a performance by Kensington CAPA, and the second is a show by the Japanese Kyo Daiko Drummers. The Oval remains open until 9 p.m. tonight. Head down to the Parkway and check it out!

When: Wednesday, July 27, until 9 p.m.
Where: Eakins Oval, 24th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Free

Philadelphia Premiere of Crystal Fairy Starring Michael Cera: Hot off the press from the Sundance Film Festival, Crystal Fairy premieres in Philadelphia as part of The Awesome Fest’s free outdoor film screenings. Tonight’s screening is more than two weeks before the film’s theater preview. Cool! Crystal Fairy, starring Michael Cera, begins at 9 p.m. this evening. Come hungry, the Cherry Bomb Bus food truck will be serving up eats inspired by the film.

When: Wednesday, July 17, 9-10:30 p.m.
Where: Liberty Lands Park, 926 N. American Street
Cost: Free

Center City Sips: Nearly 100 of Center City’s bars and restaurants are wishing you a happy Wednesday with discounted drinks and appetizers as part of the hugely popular Center City Sips event. Indulge in $5 cocktails, $4 wine, $3 beer and half-priced appetizers at participating restaurants. Many participating restaurants even offer a dinner discount of 15 percent to Center City Sips-ers. The full list of participating bars and restaurants and their specials is available here.

When: Wednesday, July 17, 5-7 p.m.
Where: Participating restaurants
Cost: $5 cocktails, $4 wine, $3 beer and half-priced appetizers

Summer Vacation Wednesdays at Twenty Manning Grill: Every Wednesday evening this summer, Twenty Manning Grill provides Philadelphians with a quick international getaway…for your taste buds. From 5 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday evening, a different country takes the spotlight with themed cocktails and bites. Tonight, indulge in spicy Singaporean fare with “friendly hour” specials and a $25 tasting menu.

When: Wednesday, July 17, 5-7 p.m.
Where: Twenty Manning Grill, 261 S. 20th Street
Cost: Pay as you go

Garden Sips at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens: Sip red wine, white wine or a few speciality cocktails among the impressive mosaic sculpture garden at South Street’s Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens. The Garden Sips event, set to run from 6 to 9 p.m. benefits ART/GAGE, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens’ annual summer arts festival that brings local artists and entertainers to multiple blocks of South Street. This year’s event is bound to be epic as it lines up with the South Street Night Market. Admission to tonight’s event is $5 per person, and drink tickets are $3 each. Guests are also invited to make their own duct tape wallets or bracelets and take part in behind-the-scene Magic Gardens tours.

When: Wednesday, July 17, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, 1020 South Street
Cost: $5 admission and $3 drink tickets or $15 for unlimited beverages

Ensemble Novo’s Blue Night Album Release Show at Time: Tom Moon, the former music critic at the Philadelphia Inquirer and current contributor to NPR’s All Things Considered is performing a free show this evening at Midtown Village’s Time. Tom Moon and his band, Ensemble Novo, are set to release their new album, Blue Night, tonight with an album release show for all. Entry to the show is completely free, but guests are invited to purchase the brand new album at the event.

When: Wednesday, July 17, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.
Where: Time, 1315 Sansom Street
Cost: Free

P.M. @ Penn Museum Summer Nights Concert Series: Live music fills the University City air at P.M. at the Penn Museum’s Summer Night Concert Series. For $5 (and at no cost for members and students), guests have access to the Penn Museum’s collection and a concert by Zydeco-A-Go-Go, a New Orleans rhythm and blues band.

When: Wednesday, July 17, 5-8 p.m.
Where: Penn Museum, 3620 South Street
Cost: $5

Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Discover the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s extensive collection at whatever price you choose to pay at its Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday event. From 5 to 8:45 p.m., explore the collection housed in the main building which includes art ranging from works by modern artists to art from thousands and thousands of years ago. An assortment of activities abound; including a variety of themed tours throughout the museum and discussions on different kinds of art. Also visit the PMA’s brand new Terrace Bar, which boasts alfresco tables overlooking the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and food and drinks from Stephen Starr Events. For those looking to save a buck or two, happy hour runs from 5 to 7 p.m. Enjoy $4 domestic beers and $1 off glasses of wine.

When: Wednesday, July 17, 5-8:45 p.m.
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Pay-What-You-Wish

Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday at the National Museum of American Jewish History: All summer long, the National Museum of American Jewish History welcomes guests at whatever price they’d like to pay on Wednesday evenings. Visit NMAJH for a look at its extensive collection and exhibits with complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres from the museum’s Pomegranates Cafe.

When: Wednesday, July 17, 5-8 p.m.
Where: National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall E.
Cost: Pay-What-You-Wish

City Hall Presents: Tasty fare from food trucks and live performances come together as part of City Hall’s weekly Summer Concerts in the Courtyard Series. Tonight, Usiloquy Dance Designs performs traditional Indian dance mixed with interesting narration and costumes for the Center City audience. Get there early to grab a good spot. RSVP here. Come with an appetite, every Wednesday evening, food trucks gather to serve concert goers.

When: Wednesday, July 17, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Where: City Hall, 1 Penn Square
Cost: Free

Maryland Crab Fest at Cedar Point Bar and Kitchen: Indulge in a Maryland crab feast tonight at Cedar Point Bar and Kitchen in Fishtown. The neighborhood spot is bringing a plethora of Maryland crabs in for an evening of crab-themed dishes. Yum. Also enjoy a lofty beer selection from some of Maryland’s most loved breweries. The seafood extravaganza begins at 5 p.m.

When: Wednesday, July 17, 5 p.m.
Where: Cedar Point Bar and Kitchen, 2370 E. Norris Street
Cost: Pay as you go

Twin Lobster Dinners at Oyster House: Nosh on fresh lobster at Oyster House as it brings back its popular twin lobster dinner for the summer. The meal is the perfect light dinner for two, or a very filling meal for one. The all-time favorite event provides guests with two steamed lobsters weighing in at one-pound each and corn on the cob for $26.

When: Wednesday, July 17, 5-10 p.m.
Where: Oyster House, 1516 Sansom Street
Cost: $26


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