Tonight Picks: Free Screening Of The Hunger Games At Penn’s Landing, Pairings On The Parkway At Sister Cities, Beer Garden At The Oval, The Awesome Fest At Drexel Park, The Members Show At Crane Arts And More

While it may not be the weekend quite yet (but almost!), this evening in Philadelphia is full of movie screenings all over the city, live performances in multiple neighborhoods, a BYOB wine pairing event at Sister Cities Park and more. (Photo by B. Krist for GPTMC)

Summer evenings always bring a fair share of entertainment, and tonight is no different.

Numerous parks and public spaces around Philadelphia are hosting outdoor movies, live music, BYOB events and much more.

In addition to outdoor fun, bars, museums and art galleries hold their own this evening, as well. Grab your friends and start your weekend a little early.

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Our top picks for this evening, below.

Screenings Under the Stars Presents The Hunger Games: Catch a free outdoor screening this evening. Screenings Under the Stars at Penn’s Landing presents The Hunger Games, one of last year’s most popular films. Tonight’s movie begins at 8:30 p.m., attendees are encouraged to bring picnics and blankets to ensure maximum movie watching comfort.

When: Thursday, August 8, 8:30 p.m.
Where: Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street
Cost: Free

Pairings on the Parkway: Wine, cheese and music take over Sister Cities Park this evening as part of its Pairings on the Parkway event. Relax with a bottle of your favorite wine (BYOB!) and enjoy perfect pairings suggested by the trained professionals at Milk and Honey Market. In addition to wine and small bites, enjoy a live performance from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the park.

When: Thursday, August 8, 5-8 p.m.
Where: Sister Cities Park, 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Pay as you go

The Members Show Opening Reception at the Crane Arts Building: Tonight at the Crane Arts Building, an exciting new exhibition kicks off. Three of the resident art studios, InLiquid, the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center and Second State Press, showcase more than 200 works in one exhibition entitled The Members Show. The exhibit is slated to take place in the Icebox gallery space and features a variety of mixed media installations. Check out the exhibit tonight at its opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Mix and mingle with some of the artists and other art-loving Philadelphians.

When: Thursday, August 8, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Crane Arts Building, 1400 N. American Street
Cost: Free

The Awesome Fest Presents A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors at Drexel Park: The Awesome Fest hosts another awesomely ’80s film this evening at Drexel Park. It’s the second to last Awesome Fest film screening at Drexel Park, so be sure to get out and enjoy the free film. The screening begins at 9 p.m., be sure to bring your camera, Drexel Park boasts spectacular skyline views.

When: Thursday, August 8, 9 p.m.
Where: Drexel Park, 32nd Street and Powelton Avenue
Cost: Free

Beer Garden at The Oval: It’s another exciting night at The Oval, the outdoor oasis on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Tonight welcomes the The Oval’s popular beer garden, a weekly evening event this summer. In addition to being an alfresco space to enjoy a variety of frosty brews, the beer garden features live music curated by the Trocadero and games like bocce ball and a cornhole toss.

When: Thursday, August 8, 5-9 p.m.
Where: The Oval, 2601 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Pay as you go

For more picks, see below.

The Dell Music Center’s Essence of Entertainment Concert: Tonight, rain or shine, the show goes on at the Dell Music Center’s Essence of Entertainment concerts. Bell Biv Devoe, SWV and Dru Hill take the stage for a rocking concert set to begin at 8 p.m. Tickets ring in at an affordable $25 to $40, and are available online.

When: Thursday, August 8, 8 p.m.
Where: The Dell Music Center, Ridge Avenue and Huntingdon Street
Cost: $25-$40

Free Screening of Dirty Dancing at City Tap House: A true summer classic fills the movie screen at City Tap House tonight. Catch a screening of Dirty Dancing and a tasty pair up with Brewery Ommegang at 8 p.m. In addition to craft beer, popcorn and other snacks will be available for purchase as well. The screening will be located on the patio, and in the case of rain, the film moves inside.

When: Thursday, August 8, 8 p.m.
Where: City Tap House, 3925 Walnut Street
Cost: Free

String Band Music Under the Stars: Every Thursday through September, The Mummers Museum hosts string bands in a series of free evening outdoor concerts. Guests are invited to enjoy soda, hot dogs and Philly soft pretzels while grooving to the provided tunes. In the case of rain, step inside the museum where the same merriment abounds. Tonight’s performance features the Hegeman string band and begins at 7 p.m. Get ready to show off your finest mummers strut.

When: Thursday, August 8, 7 p.m.
Where: Mummers Museum, 1100 S. 2nd Street
Cost: Free

Films at the Fish: This evening, visit the Walking Fish Theatre on Frankford Avenue to support Philly film at the Films at the Fish event. For $7, beginning at 8 p.m., catch a number of short films followed by a feature presentation. This month’s feature is Locomotive, a film about a down-on-his-luck musician.

When: Thursday, August 8, 8 p.m.
Where: Walking Fish Theatre, 2509 Frankford Avenue
Cost: $7

Tippler’s Tour Colonial Pub Crawl: Explore historic Philadelphia by way of colonial pubs on the weekly Tippler’s Tour Pub Crawl. The tour leaves from the Historic Philadelphia Center at 5:30 p.m. and takes guests around Old City with stops at National Mechanics, Red Owl Tavern at the Hotel Monaco, Salon 401 at Omni Hotel and City Tavern. Along the way, a tour guide takes guests from pub to pub and tells tales from the colonial era.

When: Thursday, August 8, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Tour leaves from the Historic Philadelphia Center, 600 Chestnut Street
Cost: Adults $40; Seniors, Students, Military $35


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