27 Fantastic Things To Do In Philly This Week, June 11-17

Grand opening of the Rail Park, the Clark Park Music and Arts Festival, Juneteenth Festival in Germantown and so much more...

Heads up, Philly: This week’s full of huge cultural celebrations, arts and music festivals, historical bashes and plenty of reasons to go outside and enjoy summer in the city.

In Center City, the first phase of the city’s eagerly anticipated Rail Park opens on Thursday, as does the urban agriculture project Farm for the City.

The popular Art for the Cash Poor art festival brings a thoughtfully curated list of vendors to a new location in Callowhill, while the Clark Park Music and Arts Festival returns with live music, a pop-up art gallery and flavorful food truck fare in West Philly.

For history buffs, the Betsy Ross House celebrates Flag Day with special events and programming all week and Historic Germantown honors Juneteenth with a parade and festival.

And, of course, Historic District attractions like Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, Spruce Street Harbor Park and the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival offer open-air entertainment for all ages.

Check out all of our picks for this week in Philly, below.

Flag Fest 2018 at the Betsy Ross House

Betsy Ross HousePhoto courtesy the Betsy Ross House

The Besty Ross House and Historic Philadelphia, Inc. fete the American flag for a full week with Flag Fest 2018. Festival activities include daily flag-raising ceremonies, a free outdoor jazz concert (Wednesday), free admission to the Betsy Ross House (Thursday), a pop-up evening beer garden in the Betsy Ross House courtyard (also on Thursday), a BYOB, ticketed screening of Wonder Woman (Friday) and a day-long carnival with games, a magic show and circus performers (Saturday).

Flag Fest 2018 at the Betsy Ross House

When:Through Saturday, June 16
Where:Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch Street
Cost:$5, adults; $4, children, seniors, military and students

www.historicphiladelphia.org

Philadelphia Black Restaurant Week

Tasties, Booker's Restaurant and Bar and seven more eateries offer special deals for the first-ever Philadelphia Black Restaurant Week. Choose from casual ($15-25) or fine dining ($35-$45) menus featuring delicious African-American, African and Caribbean cuisine at participating restaurants through Sunday. Special events peppered through the week include a four-course dinner (with wine pairings) prepared by chef Kurt Evans of South restaurant at the African American Museum in Philadelphia (Tuesday) and a cocktail competition at Haute Lounge in Center City (Thursday).

Philadelphia Black Restaurant Week

When:Through Sunday, June 17
Where:Various locations including Booker's Restaurant & Bar, 5021 Baltimore Avenue
Cost:Pay as you go

www.phillybrw.com

Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

Chinese Lantern FestivalPhoto by J. Fusco for Tianyu

Led by a 200-foot-long dragon, 28 all-new colorful lantern sculptures — featuring over 15,000 twinkling LED lights — have overtaken Franklin Square for the third year as have live performances, a Dragon Beer Garden and food, drink and Chinese artisanal crafts vendors.

Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

When:Through Saturday, June 30
Where:Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th Street
Cost:$18, adults; $15, seniors and military; $12, youth

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Center City Sips

Center City Sips at ChopsPhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Get together with friends for the happiest of happy hours on Wednesday for Center City Sips. Score $4 glasses of beer, $5 glasses of wine, $6 cocktails and half-priced appetizers at over 90 bars and restaurants from 5 to 7 p.m. Sips patrons who stay after happy hour at more than 25 select establishments can enjoy 15 percent off dinner. (Check individual bar and restaurant specials here to see which eateries offer post-Sips deals.)

Center City Sips

When:Through Wednesday, August 29 (Wednesdays only)
Where:Various locations including CHOPS Restaurant and Bar, 1701 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
Cost:$6 cocktails, $5 wine, $4 beer, half-priced appetizers, 15 percent off dinner at select locations

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Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

Blue Cross RiverRink SummerfestPhoto courtesy Blue Cross RiverRink

Take a friend, a date or the whole family to Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest for a spin on the outdoor roller skating rink, a game of mini-golf, a ride on the Ferris wheel or a delicious bite to eat in the lodge.

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

When:Through Monday, September 3
Where:Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free; pay-as-you-go food and drink

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Summer Sounds in the Historic District

Summer Sounds at Spruce Street Harbor ParkPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

This summer, visitors to Philadelphia's Historic District can enjoy more than 50 live musical performances as part of Summer Sounds in the Historic District, a series of long-popular concerts and new programming curated by VISIT PHILADELPHIA. Who Got the Jazz pays tribute to Ella Fitzgerald at the Betsy Ross House on Wednesday and Joshua Howard and DJ Rocdaspot perform riverside on Thursday for the next edition of Spruce Street Harbor Park's weekly Waterfront Sessions. Also at Spruce Street Harbor Park: Jazz in the Park presents Tara + DM Hotep Middleton and Tim Brey on Sunday.

Summer Sounds in the Historic District

When:Through Friday, September 7 (select dates)
Where:Various locations including Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

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Spruce Street Harbor Park

Spruce Street Harbor ParkPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Enthusiasts of riverside chilling can't get enough of the comfy hammocks, patio games, boardwalk pizza, floating gardens, draft beer, cocktails and cool breezes at this popular Penn's Landing pop-up.

Spruce Street Harbor Park

When:Through Sunday, September 30
Where:Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free; pay-as-you-go food and drink

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Screening: Quest at the Kimmel Center

Quest at the Kimmel CenterPhoto courtesy the Kimmel Center

The Kimmel Center hosts a screening of this intimate, critically acclaimed documentary that follows the life of music producer Christopher “Quest” Rainey, his tight-knit family and the community of hip-hop artists he mentors over the course of nearly a decade in North Philadelphia. A discussion with the filmmakers and the Rainey family will follow.

Screening: Quest at the Kimmel Center

When:Tuesday, June 12, 6:30 p.m.
Where:Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:Free with RSVP

www.kimmelcenter.org

A Taste of Kensington: A Benefit For the Greensgrow Community Kitchen

Local urban agriculture organization Greensgrow Farms hosts this special benefit in support of its incubator space for food entrepreneurs in the region. Guests can sample signature dishes and farm-to-table bites from local chefs, sip on local beer and signature cocktails and enjoy live music and a silent auction.

A Taste of Kensington: A Benefit For the Greensgrow Community Kitchen

When:Wednesday, June 13, 6-10 p.m.
Where:Greensgrow Farms, 2501 E. Cumberland Street
Cost:$55 and up

www.greensgrow.org

Parks on Tap at Belmont Plateau

From Wednesday through Sunday, the roving beer garden series Parks on Tap makes a home for itself at the scenic and historic Belmont Plateau in West Fairmount Park. Special events on-site this week include a Roots2Rise free yoga class and a happy hour hosted by Belmont Plateau Trails Alliance (with half of the proceeds will go to support Belmont Plateau), both on Thursday. On Saturday, participants in the three-and-a-half-hour Historic Fairmount Park Scavenger Hunt can stop by Parks on Tap afterward and receive one free drink.

Parks on Tap at Belmont Plateau

When:June 13-17
Where:Belmont Plateau, 1800 Belmont Mansion Drive
Cost:Free; pay-you-you-go food and drink

www.parksontap.org

Broadway Philadelphia Presents Aladdin at the Academy of Music

Broadway Philadephia's AladdinPhoto by Deen van Meer

The shining, shimmering, splendid Broadway stage adaptation of the hit Disney film Aladdin soars into Philly this week for a limited time. Hear all the incredible songs from the film — plus some new ones! — performed live by the terrific touring cast at the Academy of Music.

Broadway Philadelphia Presents Aladdin at the Academy of Music

When:June 13 - July 1 (select dates)
Where:Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost:$20 and up

www.kimmelcenter.org

Stars and Stripes Festival in Philadelphia's Historic District

Photo by M. Kennedy for Historic Philadelphia, Inc.

Commemorate the U.S. Army's 243rd anniversary and the American flag's 241st birthday at the annual Stars and Stripes Festival on Thursday. Expect an assortment of activities — from flag raisings to a patriotic parade to a skydiving demonstration — throughout the day at the National Constitution Center, the Betsy Ross House, Independence Hall and more institutions in Philadelphia's Historic District.

Stars and Stripes Festival in Philadelphia's Historic District

When:Thursday, June 14
Where:Various locations including the Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch Street
Cost:Most events are free and open to the public

www.constitutioncenter.org

Grand Opening of Phase I of The Rail Park

Path at The Rail Park in PhiladelphiaPhoto courtesy The Rail Park

The wait is over! The first phase of the Rail Park — the hotly anticipated elevated park and recreational pathway funded and built by Center City District — opens on Thursday to add a quarter-mile stretch of urban greenspace to Philadelphia. Look forward to lush plants and trees, public art by local artists, plenty of seating and space for gathering, bench-style swings and first-rate elevated city views.

Grand Opening of Phase I of The Rail Park

When:Opens Thursday, June 14
Where:The Rail Park, Broad and Noble streets to 11th and Callowhill streets
Cost:Free

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The Devil Inside Me at Laurel Hill Cemetery

Laurel Hill CemeteryPhoto courtesy Laurel Hill Cemetery

Calling all true-crime obsessives: Learn about the lesser-known, darker history of Philadelphia — including what Laurel Hill Cemetery and one of the most notorious serial killers of all time have in common — at The Devil Inside Me, an outdoor lecture on the history of serial and mass murder in the City of Brotherly Love. (Note: This presentation includes graphic content that may be unsettling for some attendees.)

The Devil Inside Me at Laurel Hill Cemetery

When:Thursday, June 14, 6-8:30 p.m.
Where:Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Avenue
Cost:$20

www.thelaurelhillcemetery.org

Art for the Cash Poor & Kickoff Party

Art For The Cash PoorPhoto by Skye Curry

Find cool works for more-than-fair prices at the annual Art for the Cash Poor art festival. Love City Brewing Company hosts the kickoff party on Friday, where guests can see a sneak peek of select artists' works ahead of Saturday's festival. Held at a new outdoor location in Callowhill along 10th Street, the festival showcases talented designers, artists and craftspeople who are carefully screened for quality and handpicked by the showrunners to sell directly to consumers. Kate Dressed Up, Poppy and more local musicians serve up the live entertainment at the block-party-style fest this year.

Art for the Cash Poor & Kickoff Party

When:Kickoff Party: Thursday, June 14, 6-9 p.m.; Art For The Cash Poor: Saturday, June 16, noon-6 p.m.
Where:Kickoff Party: Love City Brewing, 1023 Hamilton Street; Art for the Cash Poor: 10th Street from Buttonwood Street to Hamilton Street
Cost:Kickoff Party: $40 and up; Art For The Cash Poor: Pay as you go

www.inliquid.org

Bring Back the Beat: A Reconstruction | A Salute To Lady B at the African American Museum

African American MuseumPhoto By: J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

The prolific history of Philly hip-hop is the focus of two documentaries premiering on Friday at The African American Museum in Philadelphia for Black Music Month. First up is A Salute to Lady B, the never-before-screened tribute to Philly's longest-running hip-hop radio show host, followed by Bring the Beat Back: A Reconstruction, an oral history-esque documentary of the birth of hip-hop in Philly as told by MC Breeze, Schooly D, DJ Jazzy Jeff and other pioneers.

Bring Back the Beat: A Reconstruction | A Salute To Lady B at the African American Museum

When:Friday, June 15, 6:30 p.m.
Where:The African American Museum, 701 Arch Street
Cost:$7 and up

www.aampmuseum.org

Grand Opening of PHS Farm for the City at Thomas Paine Plaza

PHS Farm for the CityPhoto courtesy Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

Beginning Friday, this interactive public agriculture project transforms a concrete public plaza across from City Hall into a working farm and green space. The farm, created by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society with support from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, helps feed those in need at Broad Street Ministry and hosts public forums, gardening workshops and community dinners.

Grand Opening of PHS Farm for the City at Thomas Paine Plaza

When:June 15 - September 30
Where:Thomas Paine Plaza, 1401 JFK Boulevard
Cost:Free

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Historic Fairmount Park Scavenger Hunt

Fairmount Park ConservancyPhoto courtesy Fairmount Park Conservancy

The Historic Fairmount Park Scavenger Hunt returns for a second year on Saturday. Teams of two to five people can compete for prizes while exploring the park and six historic houses to learn more about the area's architecture and history.

Historic Fairmount Park Scavenger Hunt

When:Saturday, June 16, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where:Various locations including Lloyd Hall, 1 Boathouse Row
Cost:$20 and up

www.myphillypark.org

Fine Art and Craft Festival at Dilworth Park

Dilworth ParkPhoto courtesy Center City District

Over 20 local crafters fill Center City's Dilworth Park on Saturday to showcase their handmade jewelry, art, trinkets, illustrations, photography prints and more at the first-ever Fine Art & Craft Fair. Shop till you drop from 11 a.m. through 6 p.m.

Fine Art and Craft Festival at Dilworth Park

When:Saturday, June 16, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where:Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street
Cost:Free

www.centercityphila.org

Clark Park Music and Arts Festival

Clark ParkPhoto by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Live music, creative art, flavorful bites and more come to Clark Park in West Philly for this annual festival celebrating the start of summer, the neighborhood community and local music and art. This year's festival features performances by Grandchildren, TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, EDO and more musicians, a pop-up art gallery showcasing work by local artists and over 50 craft vendors and food trucks.

Clark Park Music and Arts Festival

When:Saturday, June 16, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where:Clark Park, 4300-4398 Baltimore Avenue
Cost:Free; pay as you go

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Bloomsday at The Rosenbach

Photo courtesy the Rosenbach Museum

Celebrate Bloomsday — the international holiday for the novel Ulysses and its author, James Joyce — at a day-long, open-air public reading of the novel on the steps of the Rosenbach, where the original manuscript of the novel lives. Musical performances accompany the reading for added flare.

Bloomsday at The Rosenbach

When:Saturday, June 16, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where:The Rosenbach, 2008 Delancey Place
Cost:Free

www.rosenbach.org

Juneteenth Festival in Historic Germantown

Philadelphia Juneteenth FestivalPhoto courtesy Philadelphia Juneteenth Festival

Historic Germantown honors the ratification of the 13th Amendment with a parade along Germantown Avenue and a day of historical reenactments, tours, children's activities and food and drink at the Johnson House Historic Site.

Juneteenth Festival in Historic Germantown

When:Saturday, June 16, noon-8 p.m.
Where:Johnson House Historic Site, 6306 Germantown Avenue
Cost:Free

www.johnsonhouse.org

FringeA-Thon at The Schmidt's Commons

The Schmidt's Commons hosts an epic dance party and fundraiser to benefit FringeArts and Philly's vibrant arts scene from noon to midnight on Saturday. The 12-hour extravaganza — hosted by an entertaining “dance mom” — features sets from local DJs, pop-up performances, dance battles, games, giveaways and more.

FringeA-Thon at The Schmidt's Commons

When:Saturday, June 16, noon-midnight
Where:The Schmidt's Commons, 1001 N. 2nd Street
Cost:$35; free, children under 12

www.theschmidtscommons.com

PECO Multicultural Series: Islamic Heritage Festival

Part of the PECO Multicultural Series, the Islamic Festival at Penn's Landing kicks off with the Unity in Diversity Citywide Community Parade, featuring community organizations and schools, drill teams, youth organizations and other groups in a proud showcase of togetherness and diversity. Afterward, the day-long fest includes live entertainment, vendors, a health fair, games for kids and more.

PECO Multicultural Series: Islamic Heritage Festival

When:Saturday, June 16, 2 p.m.
Where:Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

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Meet the Author: Edgardo Miranda Rodríguez at Taller Puertorriqueño

Photo courtesy Taller Puertorriqueño

Comic book author Edgardo Miranda Rodríguez comes to Taller Puertorriqueño for a meet-and-greet and signing for his new comic, Ricanstruction: Reminiscing & Rebuilding Puerto Rico, which was created to support hurricane recovery in Puerto Rico. All proceeds from book sales will go toward organizations facilitating relief efforts.

Meet the Author: Edgardo Miranda Rodríguez at Taller Puertorriqueño

When:Saturday, June 16, 3-5 p.m.
Where:Taller Puertorriqueno, 2600 N. 5th Street
Cost:Free

www.tallerpr.org

Father's Day in Philadelphia

Celebrate Father's Day this weekend in Philadelphia, where families can spend quality time with Dad among the dinos at the Academy of Natural Sciences (on Sunday, fathers get in free!), have breakfast with special guest and Founding Father George Washington at the Museum of the American Revolution (on Saturday) or sit down for a special Father's Day dinner at Del Frisco's (Sunday).

Father's Day in Philadelphia

When:June 16-17
Where:Various locations including the Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. 3rd Street
Cost:Varies by event

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Radio 104.5 Birthday Show at BB&T Pavilion

Local alternative rock station Radio 104.5 is ready to blow out the candles and ring in its 11th year. To celebrate, the folks at the station are welcoming the most radio-friendly rock acts in the business — Thirty Seconds to Mars, Portugal. The Man, Walk The Moon, Chvrches and so many more — to the BB&T Pavilion in Camden. The festivities take place over two days this month, with the first performance going down this Sunday. (Imagine Dragons headlines the second show on Saturday, June 30.)

Radio 104.5 Birthday Show at BB&T Pavilion

When:Sunday, June 17, 1 p.m.
Where:BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Boulevard, Camden
Cost:$20 and up

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