Weekend Picks: The Bastille Day Festival At Eastern State Penitentiary, Hispanic Fiesta At Penn’s Landing, QFest Kick-Off Events And More

In addition to tons of great weekend events, this weekend brings a bunch of Bastille Day feasts and parties to Philadelphia. (Photo by Darryl Moran for Eastern State Penitentiary)

Who’s ready for the weekend?

Fun events abound this Friday, Saturday and Sunday as Bastille Day events explode around the city. Eastern State Penitentiary hosts its annual Bastille Day Festival, a day of campy live performances, historic reenactments and lots and lots of Tasty Kakes, and numerous bars and restaurants host French-themed feasts or after-parties.

In addition to French-centric events, other exciting happenings are set for today, tonight and the upcoming days. Think outdoor movie screenings, theater performances, shopping events and even a waterfront festival.

Our top picks for this weekend, below.

Friday, July 12

Top Pick: Philadelphia QFest 2013 (Fri, Sat, Sun)

The Awesome Fest Presents E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial at Eakins OvalCANCELED

Fairmount Goes French Wheel of Fortune Night

Kronenbourg Beer Tastings

Moore College of Art and Design’s Film al Fresco

The QFest’s Where I Am and Post-Screening Reception

The Trestle Inn’s Friday Nite Backyard BBQ

BalletX presents Beautiful Decay (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Blobfest (Fri, Sat, Sun)

International House Philadelphia Presents Totally Terrible 80s! — Xanadu

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

A Summer Season of Shakespeare at West Pikeland Cultural Center

Friday Night Jazz in Cedar Park

Serrano Street Fare Menu (Fri, Sat)

OpenAccessPhilly Presentation at 3rd Ward Philadelphia

Imaginings of Nature Opening Reception at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

Eraserhood Forever (And Ever) at PhilaMOCA

Citywide Special at Little Baby’s Ice Cream — Fishtown

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

Beyond the Garden Gates at Longwood Gardens

Saturday, July 13

Top Pick: Bastille Day Festival at Eastern State Penitentiary

Top Pick: Bastille Day After-Party

Top Pick: Hispanic Fiesta at Penn’s Landing (Sat, Sun)

Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party at the Piazza

Laurel Hill Cemetery Presents Cinema in the Cemetery — House on Haunted Hill

Our Top Picks for Brunch

Extended Hours at The Barnes Foundation (Sat, Sun)

Saturday Afternoon Fish Fry at Oyster House

Sugarhouse Casino’s Waterfront Concert Series (Fri, Sat)

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

Merrell Down & Dirty Mud Run

Benefit Exhibition for BalletX Brunch and Panel at Bridgette Mayer Gallery

The QFest’s Beautiful Something Script Reading

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

East Passyunk’s Second Saturday

More picks, below.

International House presents The Janus Collection: The Earrings of Madame de…

Opening Reception for Illumination at the James Oliver Gallery

Sidewalk Sizzle And Ice Cream Freeze at Reading Terminal Market

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

Media’s 7th Annual Bastille Day Celebration

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

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

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

PHAIR Open-Air Market

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

All About Butterflies at Morris Arboretum

2013 Major League Ultimate Frisbee Championship at Franklin Field

Sunday, July 14

Top Pick: Our Top Picks for Bastille Day Celebrations (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: Bastille Day Brunch at London Grill

Top Pick: Bluegrass And Blueberries Festival at Peddler’s Village (Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: Bartram’s Garden Ice Cream Tour

The Alliance Française de Philadelphie Presents Bastille Day at the Independence Seaport Museum

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

Brooklyn Flea Philly

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

Second Sunday in Chestnut Hill

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Chicago White Sox (Fri, Sat, Sun)

The QFest Presents The GO DOC Project at the Ritz East

Our Top Picks for Summer Barbecue (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Yoga on the Race Street Pier

Red, White and Blue Summer Sale at Bus Stop Boutique

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

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

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

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

Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends Weekend at Morris Arboretum

Animus — Philadelphia’s Belly Dance Spectacular at World Cafe Live

The Color Run 5k

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


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