Tonight Picks: Papal-Inspired Events Across The City, Free Music At Spruce Street Harbor Park, Manayunk Restaurant Week And More

As we inch towards Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia, the city celebrates with more and more events in his honor — from a show on the Comcast video wall and a light show at the Basilica Dome to the World Meeting of Families film festival and the PECO crown light show.

For non-Pope-related events, head to Spruce Street Harbor Park as it ends its waterfront sessions series, a free concert event, with live music featuring Johnny Showcase and Darla.

Our top picks for tonight, below.

World Meeting of Families Film Festival

What: Tonight, the World Meeting of Families continues with a screening of Wide Awake at 8 p.m. the Kimmel Center, which will feature an introduction by M. Night Shyamalan, the write and director of the film. Before Wide Awake, you can catch a screening of The Way.
When: Thursday, September 24
Where: Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Broad and Spruce streets
Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for children

Manayunk Restaurant Week

What: Manayunk celebrates its dining scene with Manayunk Restaurant Week, which means $15, $25 or $35 dinner deals at more than 15 eateries.
When: Thursday, September 24
Where: Participating Restaurants
Cost: $15, $25 or $35 plus tax and tip

Illumination of the Basilica Dome

What: The huge dome of the Basilica of Saint Peter and Paul on the parkway will be lit nightly with changing imagery as part of the interactive installation revolving around Pope Francis’ favorite devotions, Mary, Undoer of Knots.
When: Nightly through September 27
Where: Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Free

Waterfront Sessions at Spruce Street Harbor Park

What: Spruce Street Harbor Park closes out its free music series with a concert by Johnny Showcase and Darla this evening.
When: Thursday, September 24, 8-10 p.m.
Where: Spruce Street Harbor Park, Columbus Boulevard at Spruce Street
Cost: Free

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Just in time for the upcoming papal visit, the Lit Brothers Building lights up every evening at dusk.

More events, below.

PECO Crown Lights Show

What: In honor of the papal visit, the crown lights of the PECO building will be illuminated with a special five-minute show featuring video and animation of iconic images from across the region.
When: Thursday, September 24, show visible at the top of each hour, 5 p.m.-9 a.m.
Where: 2301 Market Street
Cost: Free

Lit Brothers Building Illumination

What: Just in time for Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia, the Lit Brothers Building at 7th and Market streets unveiled a digital light display.
When: Nightly at dusk
Where: Market Street between 7th and 8th streets
Cost: Free

Eternally Rome at The Comcast Center

What: Nightly through September 27, Eternally Rome, a unique-to-Philadelphia high-tech show will be screened on the world’s largest four-mm LED video displays at the Comcast Center in honor of the papal visit.
When: Thursday, September 24, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., at the top of every hour; No shows on weekdays at 5 p.m.
Where: The Comcast Center lobby, 1701 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
Cost: Free

Beer Gardens

What: Cozy up with a pumpkin beer and some food at one of the city’s beer gardens like Independence Beer Garden, Morgan’s Pier, Uptown Beer Garden and more.
When: Thursday, September 24
Where: Various Locations
Cost: Pay as you go



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