20+ Excellent Things To Do In Philly This Week, June 5-11

Center City Sips, Philly Beer Week, Silent Philly Party and more...

Summer is heating up, and the week’s lineup of events in Philly is downright hot.

Center City District Sips makes its triumphant annual return this week, as does the All-City Jazz Festival and the Odunde Festival.

A larger-than-life statue is set to take up residence on Kelly Drive, and the Ghostbusters will be fighting evil spirits in the shadow of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.

It’s all happening in Philly.

Read on for our guide to the week in Philly.

Free Yoga at Race Street Pier

Race Street PierPhoto by Matt Stanley for DRWC

Bring your yoga mat down to the waterfront for free daily yoga classes (weather permitting) at Race Street Pier. Classes run from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Monday through Friday, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday (yes, there are two classes Monday through Thursday!) and 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Free Yoga at Race Street Pier

When:Daily through November
Where:Race Street Pier, Race Street & N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

www.delawareriverwaterfront.com

Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

Chinese Lantern FestivalPhoto by J. Fusco for Tianyu

The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival continues this week in Franklin Square, stunning crowds with more than 25 handcrafted lanterns that illuminate when the sun sets. The after-dark festival also features Asian-inspired food and drink options (in the Dragon Beer Garden and beyond), live performances (including acrobatics and plate spinning), a pop-up market and more. And — just announced — the festival will be extended for an additional week of illumination. Awesome!

Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

When:Through Sunday, June 18
Where:Franklin Square, 200 6th Street
Cost:$17, adults; $15, seniors and military personnel; $12, youth ages 13-18; free, kids 12 and under

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Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

Blue Cross RiverRink SummerfestPhoto by Matt Stanley for DRWC

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, Spruce Street Harbor Park’s sister site, is back, transforming the Delaware River Waterfront into a warm-weather oasis with an outdoor roller rink, nine-hole mini-golf course, outdoor bowling alley and food and drinks from Franklin Fountain, Chickie’s and Pete’s and more.

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

When:May 26-September 3
Where:Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Pay as you go

www.delawareriverwaterfront.com

Broadway Philadelphia Presents Motown the Musical

Motown The MusicalPhoto by Joan Marcus

This week, the Academy of Music welcomes Motown the Musical to its stage for multiple nights of soulful classics. Presented by Broadway Philadelphia, the performance promises to be affordable for all, with tickets starting at just $20.

Broadway Philadelphia Presents Motown the Musical

When:Through Sunday, June 11
Where:Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost:$20-$117

www.kimmelcenter.org

Philly Beer Week

Craft beerPhoto by C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia

It’s the largest beer celebration in the U.S. — and it's in Philadelphia. Lasting 10 days and nights, Philly Beer Week — celebrating its 10th year in 2017! — attracts people from all over for events ranging from tastings of locally crafted brews in cozy neighborhood taprooms to educational offerings such as guided tastings, lectures and prix-fixe beer-pairing dinners.

Philly Beer Week

When:Through Sunday, June 11
Where:Various locations including The Fillmore, 29 E. Allen Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.phillylovesbeer.org

Sweden's National Day at the American Swedish Historical Museum

Celebrate Swedish National Day in Philadelphia with free admission, guided tours and a special summer dessert treat at the American Swedish Historical Museum.

Sweden's National Day at the American Swedish Historical Museum

When:Tuesday, June 6, 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
Where:American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Avenue
Cost:Free

www.americanswedish.org

Philly Beer Week Pick: Ancient Brews Book Party & Raven Society Rooftop Biergarten

Spend Tuesday evening hanging out on the skyline terrace at the Free Library of Philadelphia with the Raven Society, the Free Library of Philadelphia’s young friends group, and Sam Calagione, founder and owner of Dogfish Head and recent James Beard Award recipient along with Patrick E. McGovern, author of Ancient Brews: Rediscovered and Re-created.

Philly Beer Week Pick: Ancient Brews Book Party & Raven Society Rooftop Biergarten

When:Tuesday, June 6, 6-9 p.m.
Where:Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine Street
Cost:$35, $40, $125

www.phillylovesbeer.org

Philly Beer Week Pick: Art on Beer

Do you judge a beer by its label? Head to Frankford Hall this week to hear from the artists behind the labels of breweries including Tröegs, Neshaminy Creek, Hill Farmstead, Mikkeller, Forest & Main and Highway Manor. A $20 ticket includes a beer and the panel discussion, with 20% of ticket proceeds going to a Philadelphia-based nonprofit that supports art classes & supplies.

Philly Beer Week Pick: Art on Beer

When:Tuesday, June 6, 7-9 p.m.
Where:Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Avenue
Cost:Pay as you go

www.phillylovesbeer.com

Center City District Sips Kickoff

Uptown Beer GardenPhoto By M. Fischetti For Visit Philadelphia

Starting on June 7, every Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. patrons can partake in $5 cocktails, $4 wine, $3 beer and half-priced appetizers at more than 50 bars and restaurants all over Center City.

Center City District Sips Kickoff

When:Wednesdays from 5-7 p.m., June 7 through August 30
Where:Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street
Cost:$5 cocktails, $4 wine, $3 beer and half-priced appetizers

www.dilworthpark.org

The Magnificent DJ Jazzy Jeff at NOTO

DJ Jazzy Jeff, one of Philly's favorite sons, keeps the post-SIPS Wednesday night party going at NOTO — Not of the Ordinary — with a not-to-be-missed set. Tickets start at $20 at doors open at 9:30 p.m.

The Magnificent DJ Jazzy Jeff at NOTO

When:Wednesday, June 7, 9:30 p.m.
Where:NOTO, 1209 Vine Street
Cost:$20

www.notophl.com

Photo Op with Kevin Hart — I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons

Now's your chance to meet superstar comedian Kevin Hart, Philly. This Wednesday, the Philly-born comedian welcomes fans to join him at Parkway Central Library for a photo op and a signing of his new book, I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons. Tickets are $27 per person and include the signing, the photo and admission to the event.

Photo Op with Kevin Hart — I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons

When:Wednesday, June 7, 5 p.m.
Where:Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine Street
Cost:$27

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Outdoor Movie Night at La Peg at FringeArts

FringeArtsPhoto by J. Lawrence for Visit Philadelphia

When the sun goes down the stars go up on the big screen at Le Peg at FringeArts. This week, check out the 1984 classic sci-fi comedy Ghostbusters. Admission is free; food and drink are available for purchase.

Outdoor Movie Night at La Peg at FringeArts

When:Wednesday, June 7, 8:30 p.m.
Where:FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free; food & drink available for purchase

www.fringearts.com

Philly Beer Week Pick: Beer Lab at the Franklin Institute

Beer, that delightful fermented beverage, takes a good bit of hard science to properly brew. The Franklin Institute combines brains with brews during this interactive Philly Beer Week event. The evening will feature hands-on tutorials from area brewers and scientists, who will explain just what goes into making the perfect pint. Samples included, of course.

Philly Beer Week Pick: Beer Lab at the Franklin Institute

When:Wednesday, June 7, 7-10 p.m.
Where:The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street
Cost:$30, non-members; $25 Franklin Institute members; $15 add-on for VIP

www.fi.edu

Big Bling Free Welcome Event

Big Bling, a colossal outdoor sculpture from acclaimed artist Martin Puryear, is set to begin a temporary residence on Kelly Drive. Celebrate its arrival at a free welcome event this week, or cruise by to see it sometime over the next six months.

Big Bling Free Welcome Event

When:Thursday, June 8, 4:30-7 p.m.; statue on display for six months
Where:Kelly Drive, between Fountain Green Drive and Girard Avenue Bridge
Cost:Free

www.apa.com

Philly Beer Week Pick: Beer and Boats Party on the Schuylkill River

Take a break from the bar and celebrate Philly Beer Week on the Schuylkill River at beautiful Bartram's Garden. A $15 ticket scores attendees their first beer and a boat or kayak excursion out onto the Schuylkill River. Yup, all instruction and equipment is provided and kiddos boat for free with a parent or guardian! Breweries include Evil Genius, Dock Street, Quaker City Malting Co., Cartesian Brewing. and Highway Manor Brewing Co.

Philly Beer Week Pick: Beer and Boats Party on the Schuylkill River

When:Thursday, June 8, 4-8 p.m.
Where:Bartram's Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Boulevard
Cost:$15, general admission; $10, Bartram’s Garden members

www.bartramsgarden.org

All-City Jazz Festival at the Kimmel Center

Ten school jazz bands are set to perform at this free, daylong music event. The program also includes jazz education sessions from leading artists and professionals.

All-City Jazz Festival at the Kimmel Center

When:Friday, June 9, 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Where:Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:Free

www.kimmelcenter.org

Pride Month Kickoff at City Hall

Happy Pride Month! Join in this City of Philadelphia kickoff to Pride Month with the Mayor's Office of LGBT Affairs, Mayor's Commission on LGBT Affairs and a host of Philly LGBT community organizations. The free afternoon-long event on the North Apron of City Hall celebrates Philly's LGBTQ community with speakers, performances, and much more. The program will include remarks from the Mayor and will conclude with the unveiling and raising of a brand-new Pride flag.

Pride Month Kickoff at City Hall

When:Thursday, June 8, 3-5 p.m.
Where:Philadelphia City Hall, 1401 JFK Boulevard
Cost:Free

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Chestnut Hill Plein Air Festival

This popular outdoor art competition returns to Chestnut Hill this week. Artists will line Germantown Avenue, create original works and compete for cash prizes. The day will also include crafts, live music and more family-friendly fun.

Chestnut Hill Plein Air Festival

When:Saturday, June 10, 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Where:Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill
Cost:Free

www.chestnuthillpa.com

Philly Beer Week Pick: Fishtown FestivAle

Beer festival alert! The restaurants of Frankford Avenue in Fishtown — including Johnny Brenda's, Frankford Hall and Fette Sau — team up to bring beer lovers the annual Fishtown FestivALE, an outdoor day-long beer carnival and block party with cold brews, fine food, live music and more.

Philly Beer Week Pick: Fishtown FestivAle

When:Saturday, June 10, noon-10 p.m.
Where:Johnny Brenda's, Frankford Hall, Fette Sau and more Frankford Avenue bars, Frankford and Girard avenues
Cost:Free admission; Pay as you go

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Shakedown Street Beer Festival

Now in its fourth year, Philly Beer Week Pick: Shakedown Street Beer Festival spreads the Beer Week love during this afternoon-long music event and beer fest at City Tap House University City. Splintered Sunlight, a Grateful Dead tribute band, headlines the music lineup and brews from Sierra Nevada, Terrapin , Fat Heads and more celebrate jam band culture.

Shakedown Street Beer Festival

When:Saturday, June 10, 1-6 p.m.
Where:City Tap House University City, 3925 Walnut Street
Cost:Free; Pay as you go food and drinks

www.ucity.citytap.com

7th Annual Organ Day at the Kimmel Center

Head to the Kimmel Center for a celebration of organ music. In addition to hearing free performances, guests can explore “Fred”, the largest mechanical pipe organ in a concert venue in the country, and enjoy demos, collaborations with Opera Philadelphia and more.

7th Annual Organ Day at the Kimmel Center

When:Saturday, June 10, 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Where:Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:Free

www.kimmelcenter.org

Silent Philly Party at City Hall

Put on a pair of headphones, pick a DJ-style and dance the night away at this after-dark party at — wait for it — City Hall! Onlookers might be perplexed by what they’re seeing (and not hearing!) but guests on the dance floor know what to do. Score tickets online now for what's sure to be a sell-out Silent Philly party.

Silent Philly Party at City Hall

When:Saturday, June 10, 10 p.m. until 2 a.m.
Where:City Hall, 1401 JFK Boulevard
Cost:$26

www.silentphilly.com

Odunde Festival

Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

Get ready for Odunde! Now in its 42nd year, the enormous festival will take over a dozen-block radius in Graduate Hospital on June 11, gathering hundreds of vendors from around the world. Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend this year’s Odunde Festival, a celebration of African American culture. Two stages will host a powerhouse roster of performers all day, alongside vendors selling jewelry, clothing, crafts, food and more.

Odunde Festival

When:Sunday, June 11, 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Where:South Street
Cost:Free

www.odundefestival.org

10th Annual Betsy Ross House Flag Festival

Betsy Ross HousePhoto by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

Celebrate Flag Day where the American flag was born: The Betsy Ross House. The weeklong festival kicks off on Sunday, June 11 and includes visits from Benjamin Franklin and George Washington, a naturalization ceremony, activities for kids and more.

10th Annual Betsy Ross House Flag Festival

When:June 11-17
Where:Betsy Ross House
Cost:Most activities are free, closing-day event included with admission

www.historicphiladelphia.org

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