Weekend Picks: Stay Cool With Beer Gardens At The Oval And On The Waterfront, A Hot Dog Cook-Off On South Street, Summer Ale Festival At The Zoo, The Lancaster Avenue Jazz And Arts Festival And More

Enjoy the weekend by the water, in air-conditioning or taking advantage of the host of activities this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. (Photo by J. Fusco for GPTMC)

Happy Friday, Philadelphia!

Though the dog days of summer are in full swing, the warmest summer temperatures of the season aren’t dampening this city’s summer-loving spirit.

This weekend, take full advantage of the ever-full calendar of events set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Start at The Oval, the new pop-up park on the Parkway, tonight with a beer garden, free concert and free movie, and keep the fun going through Sunday, when QFest closes with a bang.

With happenings both indoors and out, there’s plenty to keep you cool and occupied in Philadelphia. For a complete snapshot of summer fun, check out the Uwishunu Summer Guide for ways to spend the season in the city.

Read on for our picks for the weekend, below.

Friday, July 19

Top Pick: Our Guide to The Oval (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: University City Dining Days (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: The Awesome Fest presents The English Beat at The Oval

The Philadelphia Orchestra Performs at Longwood Gardens

The Trestle Inn’s Friday Nite Backyard BBQ

The QFest’s I Am Divine Extravaganza

Irka Mateo at The Barnes Foundation

Uber’s On-Demand Ice Cream

Moonlight Movies In Mt. Airy

Sunset Yoga at Laurel Hill Cemetery

DJ Juan MacLean at Morgan’s Pier

Mayhem Festival at Susquehanna Bank Center

My Dinner with Dito: A How to be Gay Cabaret at the Wilma Theater (Fri, Sat)

The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats at the National Museum of American Jewish History (Fri, Sat, Sun) — Opening Day!

Summer Flings at Act II Playhouse (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Glow: Living Lights at the Academy of Natural Science (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Wicked at the Academy of Music (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Art Splash at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Saturday, July 20

Top Pick: Lancaster Avenue Jazz and Arts Festival

Top Pick: Young Involved Philadelphia Summer Jam at The Oval

Top Pick: Dog Days of Summer Hot Dog Cook-off

Top Pick: 5th Annual Summer Ale Festival at the Philadelphia Zoo

Longwood Gardens’ Fireworks & Fountains: Music of Dmitri Shostakovich

A Midsummers Night with The Monkees at the Mann

Lil’ Wayne at Susquehanna Bank Center

Civil War Saturday at Fort Mifflin

Tango at the Parkway Central Library

Seafarin’ Saturday at Independence Seaport Museum

Free Mini-Golf at The Porch (Fri, Sat, Sun)

More picks for the weekend, below.

Black Bodies in Propaganda: The Art of the War Poster at the Penn Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Imaginings of Nature at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens (Fri, Sat, Sun)

The QFest’s Fall To Grace and Jim McGreevey Benefit

2nd Annual PHSH TANK Block Party at Kung Fu Necktie

Jennifer Bartlett: History Of The Universe At The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts ( Fri, Sat, Sun)

Turning Points at the Mercer Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Spring Exhibitions at The Galleries at Moore: 5 into 1, Lost Worlds on Television (The Artifacts) and Proximity (Fri, Sat) — Closing Day!

Tugboats: The Art of Dave Boone at the Independence Seaport Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center’s Contemporary Photography Competition And Exhibition (Fri, Sat)

Sunday, July 21

Top Pick: The QFest’s Closing Party

Top Pick: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged at Love Park

Dirty Laundry Kitchen’s Pop-Up Dinners and Brunches (Sat, Sun)

Yoga on Race Street Pier

Turk’s Head Music Festival in West Chester

Varga Bar’s Fourth Annual Crab Bake

Sundae with Miguel Migs at Morgan’s Pier

A Philly Tribute to George Harrison at the World Cafe Live

The Sidework Series at Metropolitan Gallery 250 (Sat, Sun)

The QFest’s Hot Guys with Guns

Ellsworth Kelly: Sculpture on the Wall at The Barnes Foundation (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Summer Show Off Exhibit at the Mt. Airy Art Garage (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Serpentine at the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Benefit Exhibition for BalletX at the Bridgette Mayer Gallery (Fri, Sat)

The 1968 Exhibit at the National Constitution Center (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Through the Looking Lens and Drawing Room at the American Philosophical Society Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Mighty Mike at the Adventure Aquarium (Fri, Sat, Sun)

CandyCoated Wonderland at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Fri, Sat, Sun)

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