23 Awesome Things To Do In Philly This Week, July 23-29

East Passyunk Car Show and Street Festival, XPoNential Music Festival, Parks on Tap at Pastorius Park and more...

July ends on a high note as a bevy of hot-ticket shows, big summer festivals, cultural celebrations, free outdoor concerts and more go down in Philadelphia.

The last full week of programming for the Celebration of Black Arts doesn’t disappoint thanks to a grand finale block party and festival on Saturday that promises food, entertainment, vendors, art and dancing.

The three-day XPoNential Music Festival lands at venues across the Delaware River along the Camden waterfront on Friday, with exciting acts like David Byrne, The War on Drugs and Bermuda Triangle (featuring Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, Becca Mancari and Jesse Lafser) on the bill.

From Wednesday to Sunday, Shakespeare in Clark Park — a summer staple — delights crowds in the giant West Philly park with free performances of Twelfth Night.

Nearby in West Fairmount Park, The Philadelphia Orchestra has a busy week at The Mann Center performing symphonic music to a screening of NFL Films’ highlights of the Philadelphia Eagles’ championship season (Tuesday, with an appearance by Eagles center Jason Kelce!), the score to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Thursday) and a collection of works by noted composer George Gershwin (Friday).

The jam-packed week ends with ample opportunities to marvel at nearly 200 classic, antique and custom cars at one of the summer season’s largest and most popular annual events, the East Passyunk Car Show and Street Festival, on Sunday.

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

Celebration of Black Arts

The African American MuseumPhoto courtesy the African American Museum

Art Sanctuary’s Celebration of Black Arts — which honors Black writing, art and music in Philly — has a big week, including two huge events. At The African American Museum in Philadelphia on Friday, the HBCU Film Screenings & Panel Discussion Workshop features films by Stanley Nelson and from Historically Black Colleges and Universities. A festive block party — the grand finale! — celebrating Black arts and Art Sanctuary’s 20th birthday takes place on Saturday at Art Sanctuary. Expect food, entertainment, vendors, art and dancing. All events are free to attend.

Celebration of Black Arts

When:Through Tuesday, July 31
Where:Various locations including The African American Museum, 701 Arch Street
Cost:Free (donations accepted)

www.celebrationofblackwriting.org

Cirque du Soleil presents VOLTA at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center

VOLTA by Cirque du SoleilPhoto courtesy Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil entertains audiences with awe-inspiring acrobatics set to a rousing score for VOLTA, now at The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA. The show runs through Sunday, August 19.

Cirque du Soleil presents VOLTA at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center

When:July 12 - August 19
Where:The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Avenue, Oaks
Cost:$49 and up

www.phillyexpocenter.com

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

Blue Cross RiverRink SummerfestPhoto courtesy Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest draws crowds eager to experience Philadelphia’s only outdoor roller skating rink and The Midway, featuring a light-up 60-foot-tall Ferris wheel, an enchanting carousel, fun boardwalk games and a nine-hole mini-golf course. Between all the fun and games, guests can chow down on fare from Chickie’s and Pete’s Waterfront Crab Shack, Franklin Fountain Clubhouse Cabin and other food vendors. Bars set up around Summerfest pour local beers and cocktails as well.

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

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

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Summer Sounds in the Historic District

This summer, visitors to Philadelphia’s Historic District can enjoy 50-plus live musical performances as part of Summer Sounds in the Historic District, a series of long-popular concerts and new programming sponsored in part by VISIT PHILADELPHIA. This week at Spruce Street Harbor Park, Who Got the Jazz pays tribute to Duke Ellington and Marvin Gaye on Wednesday and TJ Kong and Birdie Busch perform for the next edition of the weekly Waterfront Sessions on Thursday. Over at Franklin Square, soulful blues singer and musician Queen Esther performs for Summer Sounds on the Square on Saturday.

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 courtesy Spruce Street Harbor Park

This beloved beer garden and relaxing waterfront hangout gives visitors a chance to sit back on colorful hammocks or Adirondack chairs while sipping on a refreshing beverage both during the day and at twilight under tons of twinkling light fixtures. Vendors serving pizza, burgers, tacos, ice cream and more of the fare they’re best known for include Harborside Pizza, Froman’s, Village Burger, Distrito, Chickie’s and Pete’s and Franklin Fountain. Three bars around the park offer a variety of local craft beers, cocktails and wine for the 21-and-over crowd. Every Saturday at the attraction, Art Star curates a handmade craft market and Greensgrow Farms sells fresh local produce and plants.

Spruce Street Harbor Park

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

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Outdoor and Indoor Movie Screenings in Philadelphia

Screenings Under The StarsPhoto By M. Stanley For DRWC

Residents and visitors can catch movie screenings in parks and other alfresco venues throughout the area all summer long. This week's schedule includes Star Wars: The Last Jedi at Penn's Landing (Thursday), Wonder Woman at The Schmidt’s Commons (Thursday), Moana on the Schuylkill Banks at the Walnut Street Bridge (Thursday), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban with The Philadelphia Orchestra (!) at The Mann Center (Thursday), Elf (in celebration of Christmas in July) at Manayunk’s Stroll the Street event (Thursday), Jurassic Park at the King of Prussia Town Center (Thursday), Battle of the Sexes at The Oval+ (Friday) and Ratatouille at New Covenant Campus in Mt. Airy (Friday). Big indoor film screenings this week include Jaws at The Trocadero (Monday) and The Fall of the House of Usher at the Mütter Museum (Thursday).

Outdoor and Indoor Movie Screenings in Philadelphia

When:Dates and times vary
Where:Various locations including Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Varies by event

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Concerts in Philadelphia

The Electric FactoryPhoto courtesy the Electric Factory

Big-name acts roll in to Philly this week for concerts at major venues across the city. This week's jam-packed lineup includes Raphael Saadiq at Union Transfer (Tuesday), Kesha and Macklemore's joint show at BB&T Pavilion (Wednesday), Charlie Wilson and Avery Sunshine at Dell Music Center (Thursday), Styles P at Voltage Lounge (Thursday), Panic! at the Disco at Wells Fargo Center (Friday), the Smashing Pumpkins at Wells Fargo Center (Saturday), This is Hardcore Fest at the Electric Factory (Friday-Sunday) and Billy Joel at Citizens Bank Park (Friday).

Concerts in Philadelphia

When:Dates and time vary
Where:Various locations including Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th Street
Cost:Varies by event

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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park

Citizens Bank ParkPhoto by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Batter up! The rising Philadelphia Phillies aim to defeat the NL West's team-to-beat, the Los Angeles Dodgers, in a three-game home series starting on Monday at Citizens Bank Park.

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park

When:July 23-25
Where:Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way
Cost:$18 and up

www.mlb.com

The Philadelphia Orchestra at The Mann Center

Summertime at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts means tons of great alfresco performances by visiting and local musicians, including The Philadelphia Orchestra. On Tuesday, Philadelphia Eagles fans can relive the team's incredible 2017-2018 run and Super Bowl victory at A Championship Season. Hosted by “Voice of the Eagles” Merrill Reese, three giant screens play NFL Films’ compilation of highlights from the Eagles' banner season as the orchestra — with special guest Eagles center Jason Kelce on the baritone saxophone! — performs the highlight reel's symphonic music live. On Friday, the orchestra returns to perform music from Porgy and Bess and other works by noted composer George Gershwin for A Night of Gershwin.

The Philadelphia Orchestra at The Mann Center

When:July 24 & 26
Where:The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Avenue
Cost:$25 and up

www.manncenter.org

Center City Sips

Independence Beer GardenPhoto courtesy Center City District

Get together with friends for the happiest of happy hours on Wednesdays throughout the summer during 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:Wednesdays, June 6 - August 29, 5-7 p.m.
Where:Various locations including Independence Beer Garden, 100 S. Independence Mall W.
Cost:$4 glasses of beer; $5 glasses of wine; $6 cocktails; half-priced appetizers

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Parks on Tap at Pastorius Park

Parks On TapPhoto by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

Raise a glass to summer in the city with fresh-air brews and bites at Pastorius Park, one of the seven new locations in the Parks on Tap rotation this year. The roving beer garden series posts up from Wednesday through Sunday at this peaceful 16-acre green space located in Chestnut Hill. Events this week include a charitable happy hour from 5-7 p.m. with half of the proceeds going to support the park (Wednesday), a free concert with singer-songwriter Ben Arnold (Wednesday) and a free yoga class from 6-7 p.m. (Thursday).

Parks on Tap at Pastorius Park

When:July 25-29
Where:Pastorius Park, 200 W. Hartwell Lane
Cost:Pay as you go

www.parksontap.com

Shakespeare in Clark Park

Shakespeare in Clark ParkPhoto courtesy Shakespeare in Clark Park

A summer staple returns to Clark Park this week as Shakespeare in Clark Park fills the giant West Philly park with alfresco (and free!) performances of Twelfth Night. The five performances feature not only talented local actors, but also student musicians who provide a rock-inspired soundtrack to Shakespeare’s storied tale.

Shakespeare in Clark Park

When:July 25-29
Where:Clark Park, 4300-4398 Baltimore Avenue
Cost:Free

www.shakespeareinclarkpark.org

The Oval+

The Oval+, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway’s resident seasonal park, is officially open for the summer across the street from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Wednesdays through Sundays, visitors can enjoy a new extended pedestrian promenade that runs almost half the length of the Parkway, an 800-square-foot misting pavilion, cold drinks in a tree-shaded beer garden and food truck fare. Special programming this week includes free kickboxing, dance fitness and yoga classes (Wednesday), a silent disco with Silent Philly (Thursday), a screening of Battle of the Sexes (Friday) and a kid-friendly DJ dance party in the beer garden (Sunday).

The Oval+

When:Wednesdays through Sundays, July 20 - August 19
Where:The Oval, 2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free; pay-as-you-go food and drink

www.theovalphl.org

FIGMAGO & FIGMAGO: Alive

Internationally recognized public art studio Meg Saligman Studio and revered dance company Brian Sanders’ JUNK join forces for a new immersive, experiential attraction. FIGMAGO takes viewers on a journey through muralist Meg Saligman’s studio and creative mind, featuring secret passageways, 3D murals and hands-on exploration. FIGMAGO: Alive takes FIGMAGO to the next level, incorporating choreography and performance art by Brian Sanders’ JUNK into the exhibit. FIGMAGO is open Wednesdays through Sundays through the fall, with 10 FIGMAGO: Alive performances scheduled each week during select times on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

FIGMAGO & FIGMAGO: Alive

When:Wednesdays to Sundays, July 18 - Fall 2018
Where:825 Bainbridge Street
Cost:FIGMAGO: $24, adults; $16, children 12 and younger; FIGMAGO: Alive; $38

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Old City Eats

Old City EatsPhoto courtesy Continental Old City

Old City Eats provides half-priced appetizers and drink specials to patrons of participating Old City bars and restaurants — including Capofitto, Buffalo Billiards, Red Owl Tavern, Stratus Rooftop Lounge and the Continental Restaurant and Martini Bar — every Thursday this summer from 5 to 8 p.m.

Old City Eats

When:Thursdays, June 21 - August 30, 5-8 p.m.
Where:Various locations including The Continental Restaurant and Martini Bar, 138 Market Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Twilight in the Gardens at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia's Magic GardensPhoto courtesy Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

BYOB to Philadelphia's Magic Gardens on Friday evening for its monthly after-hours Twilight in the Gardens series. Guests can go on mini-tours of the space, check out the current gallery exhibit Outsider Inspirations, enjoy a performance from funk band Mixed People and learn how to craft retro paper dolls.

Twilight in the Gardens at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

When:Friday, July 27, 7-10 p.m.
Where:Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, 1020 South Street
Cost:$20, adult; $16 seniors and students

www.philadelphiasmagicgardens.org

AfroTaino Presents Afro Disco at World Cafe Live

Get ready to groove to Afro, Latin, soul and house beats by DJ Rahsaan at this lively dance party. Presented by AfroTaino, Afro Disco takes place in the space upstairs at World Cafe Live.

AfroTaino Presents Afro Disco at World Cafe Live

When:Friday, July 27, 8 p.m.
Where:World Cafe Live , 3025 Walnut Street
Cost:$5

www.worldcafelive.com

XPoNential Music Festival

XPoNential Music FestivalPhoto courtesy XPoNential Music Festival

WXPN, the public radio station of the University of Pennsylvania, brings together musical legends and new performers for the three-day XPoNential Music Festival at multiple venues along the Camden River waterfront. Featured performers include David Byrne, The War on Drugs, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Sylvan Esso and Margo Price.

XPoNential Music Festival

When:July 27-29
Where:BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Boulevard, Camden
Cost:$40 and up

www.xpnfest.org

PHILADANCO & Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra at the Dell Music Center

PhiladancoPhoto courtesy Philadanco

Two diverse arts organizations — Philadelphia's lauded professional dance company PHILADANCO and the celebrated Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra — come together for a night of fantastic dance, music and community engagement at the Dell Music Center.

PHILADANCO & Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra at the Dell Music Center

When:Friday, July 27, 8 p.m.
Where:The Dell Music Center, 2400 Strawberry Mansion Drive
Cost:$10 and up

www.thedellmusiccenter.com

Pennsylvania Care Health Fest at Penn's Landing

The Pennsylvania Care Health Fest draws an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 people to Penn’s Landing for the nation’s largest urban health festival on Saturday. The event includes a free concert with performances from T.I., SWV, Sister Nancy, Dru Hill, Estelle, Lenny Williams ​and more in addition to medical health screenings, eye examinations and access to dental resources. Register for free tickets for the concert here.

Pennsylvania Care Health Fest at Penn's Landing

When:Saturday, July 28, noon - 8 p.m.
Where:Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free; free tickets with RSVP required for concert

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Bristol Puerto Rican Day Festival

Bristol Puerto Rican Day FestivalPhoto courtesy Puerto Rican Cultural Association of Bucks County

This daylong celebration in Bristol begins with a procession followed by live music and dance performances, an array of authentic eats and more.

Bristol Puerto Rican Day Festival

When:Saturday, July 28, noon - 8 p.m.
Where:Bristol Wharf, 100-148 Basin Park, Bristol
Cost:Free

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Kittydelphia at Power Plant Productions in Old City

Cat lovers, rejoice! Kittydelphia, the self-proclaimed "pop-up cat fair", brings adoptable cats, meet-and-greets with famous internet cats and vendors selling feline-themed goods and cat toys to Old City. Donations benefit the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).

Kittydelphia at Power Plant Productions in Old City

When:July 28-29
Where:Power Plant Productions, 230 N. 2nd Street #3a
Cost:Free; suggested donation at door

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East Passyunk Car Show and Street Festival

East Passyunk Car ShowPhoto by Kory Aversa for Aversa PR

More than 175 classic, antique and custom cars line East Passyunk Avenue for the neighborhood’s annual Car Show and Street Festival. Guests can marvel over the impressive cars along the avenue while enjoying a giant craft market at the Singing Fountain, alfresco eats and drinks from neighborhood businesses, live music and more.

East Passyunk Car Show and Street Festival

When:Sunday, July 29, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where:East Passyunk Avenue from Dickinson to Broad streets
Cost:Free to attend; pay-as-you-go food and drink

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