24 Amazing Things To Do In Philly This Week, July 30 – August 5

2nd Street Festival, Beyonce and Jay-Z at Lincoln Financial Field, BlackStar Film Festival and more...

Big summer festivals, huge stadium shows, enriching arts-and-culture happenings and more exciting events go down this week to jump-start August in Philadelphia.

The lauded BlackStar Film Festival returns to showcase films by Black creators and films about the Black experience for four days. The fest lineup promises dozens of feature-length and short-film screenings as well as enlightening panel discussions with artists and experts at the Lightbox Film Center, the Pearlstein Gallery, the Institute of Contemporary Art and more venues citywide.

Another huge and beloved annual festival, the 2nd Street Festival in Northern Liberties, takes place this Sunday. Loads of bars, restaurants and shops on 2nd Street (and beyond!) take the fun curbside for a 10-hour celebration complete with local beer, festival-ready food, live music, games and shopping.

The live entertainment lineup this week features some big-name headliners, with Beyonce and Jay-Z performing at Lincoln Financial Field, Keith Urban rocking at BB&T Pavilion and Radiohead closing out their tour with two shows at the Wells Fargo Center.

Other event highlights this week include the annual ACANA African Festival at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, more than 10 free outdoor movie screenings, the Peach Festival at Linvilla Orchards, VISIT PHILADELPHIA’s Homesick Philly Food Truck Tour kickoff at Dilworth Park and Alumni Weekend at Citizens Bank Park, where the Philadelphia Phillies celebrate the 10th anniversary of their 2008 World Series victory.

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

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

Blue Cross RiverRink SummerfestPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

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, 2018
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

Latin Nights at the LodgePhoto by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

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, Who Got the Jazz pays tribute to Charlie Parker at the African American Museum in Philadelphia (Wednesday); the final Latin Nights at the Lodge party features Dance Republic, DJ Kevin Ngo and DJ Jeison Moreno at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest (Thursday); rock band Restorations and DJ Cosmo Baker perform for the next edition of the weekly Waterfront Sessions (Thursday); DJs Yolo Ono and Josh BWC spin at FringeArts for We Got the Beats (Friday); Smooth Jazz Summer Nights kicks off with saxophonist Boney James at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing (Friday); and acoustic blues musician Norman Taylor performs at Franklin Square for the Summer Sounds on the Square series.

Summer Sounds in the Historic District

When:Through Friday, September 7 (select dates)
Where:Various locations including Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

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Spruce Street Harbor Park

SSHPPhoto courtesy Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

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, 2018
Where:Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free; pay-as-you-go food and drink

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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 through Sundays, July 18 through fall 2018
Where:825 Bainbridge Street
Cost:$24-$38, adults; $16, youth 12 and under

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Outdoor Movie Nights

Movie Night at The Schmidt's CommonsPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Summer in Philly isn't complete without a visit to one of the great pop-up outdoor movie screenings during the warm-weather months. This week's schedule includes Austin Powers in Goldmember at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing (Thursday), Murder on the Orient Express at The Schmidt's Commons (Thursday), Black Panther on the Schuylkill Banks at Grays Ferry Crescent (Thursday), Black Panther — again! — at Dilworth Park (Friday) and Invaders from Space at the Betsy Ross House.

Outdoor Movie Nights

When:Dates and times vary
Where:Various locations including The Schmidt's Commons, 1001 N. 2nd Street
Cost:Varies by event

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Concerts in Philadelphia

Beyonce and Jay-ZPhoto courtesy Beyonce

Big-name acts roll in to Philly this week for concerts at major venues across the city. This week's jam-packed lineup includes Beyonce and Jay-Z at Lincoln Financial Field (Monday), Radiohead at the Wells Fargo Center (Tuesday and Wednesday), Erykah Badu and Talib Kweli at Dell Music Center (Thursday) and Keith Urban at BB&T Pavilion (Friday).

Concerts in Philadelphia

When:Dates and time vary
Where:Various locations including the Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street
Cost:Varies by event

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10th Annual Beer Summit on Race Relations at Reading Terminal Market

Nonprofit organization Global Citizen hosts this event for civically engaged citizens to meet and discuss race relations and how to break down barriers in Philadelphia and throughout the nation. Beer, soft drinks and snacks are provided at this enlightening and productive dialogue, which is modeled after President Barack Obama's 2009 meeting with an African-American professor from Harvard University and the police officer who arrested him to discuss an incident that set off a national debate. Space is limited, so be sure to register in advance.

10th Annual Beer Summit on Race Relations at Reading Terminal Market

When:Monday, July 30 6:30-8:30 p.m,
Where:Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th Street
Cost:Free

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Homesick Philly Tour Kickoff at Dilworth Park

Kicking off in Dilworth Park on Tuesday before heading to events and festivals in major cities along the East Coast, this roving food truck tour encourages festival- and event-goers to reminisce about their time in Philly by enjoying creations from top Philadelphia chefs: Jennifer Carroll and Billy Riddle of the new Spice Finch; Marcie Turney of Lolita, Barbuzzo, Bud & Marilyn's, Little Nonna's and Jamonera; and Kurt Evans of SOUTH Kitchen & Jazz Parlor.

Homesick Philly Tour Kickoff at Dilworth Park

When:Tuesday, July 31
Where:Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street
Cost:Free; pay-as-you-go food and drink

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Barnes Jawn(t) at the Barnes Foundation

The Barnes FoundationPhoto courtesy The Barnes Foundation

Local Philadelphians with diverse backgrounds, interests and occupations unassociated with the Barnes Foundation lead informal-yet-informative, off-the-cuff, anything-goes tours of the museum's galleries during this engaging series. Tuesday's tour guides include co-founder of the Black and Brown Workers Collective Shani Akilah; communications director of the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives and co-founder of the Bechdel Test Fest Mo Manklang; Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse owner Ariell R. Johnson; and Spirited Tattoo owner and tattoo artist Jasmine “Jas” Morrell. Note that tours are just $10 per person.

Barnes Jawn(t) at the Barnes Foundation

When:Tuesday, July 31, 6-6:45 p.m.
Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:$10

www.barnesfoundation.org

Center City Sips

Maison 2018Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

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 Maison 2018, 208 S. 13th Street
Cost:$4 glasses of beer; $5 glasses of wine; $6 cocktails; half-priced appetizers

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Guava Lava: Brian Giniewski x Dock Street Brewery Release Party at the Bok Bar

Dock Street Brewery and ceramic artist Brian Giniewski have teamed up for Guava Lava, a hazy pale ale conditioned on pink guava puree that features can art from Giniewski. Sip on the brew, admire stellar skyline views and peruse a pop-up shop of Giniewski's work at a special release party this Wednesday at Bok Bar.

Guava Lava: Brian Giniewski x Dock Street Brewery Release Party at the Bok Bar

When:Wednesday, August 1, 5-8 p.m.
Where:Bok Bar, 800 Mifflin Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Parks on Tap at Mount Pleasant

Parks on TapPhoto courtesy Parks on Tap

From Wednesday through Sunday, the roving beer garden series Parks on Tap pops up in East Fairmount Park outside the historic Mount Pleasant mansion. Enjoy bites and sips on a lush hilltop along with fantastic views of the elegant country estate and the Schuylkill River. Events at this location include a charitable happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. (with half of the proceeds going to support Mount Pleasant Park) and a free yoga class courtesy of Roots2Rise from 6 to 7 p.m., both on Thursday.

Parks on Tap at Mount Pleasant

When:August 1-5
Where:Mount Pleasant Mansion, 3800 Mount Pleasant Drive
Cost:Pay as you go

www.parksontap.com

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, yoga and learn-to-ride biking classes (Wednesday), a silent disco with Silent Philly (Thursday), a screening of Karate Kid (Friday), quizzo (Saturday) and a kid-friendly DJ dance party in the beer garden (Sunday).

Institutions along the Parkway are activating their outdoor space as well for The Oval+'s season, with the Rodin Museum's Garden Bar in its picturesque sculpture garden and the Barnes Foundation's Canopy at the Barnes, featuring cafe-style seating, lounge areas, and live music from the Philadelphia Jazz Project (Thursday afternoons) in the shade of a mesh canopy hung from the trees lining the Parkway outside of the museum.

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

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Old City Eats

High Street on MarketPhoto courtesy High Street on Market

Old City Eats provides half-priced appetizers and drink specials to patrons of participating Old City bars and restaurants — including Amada, Chez Ben Bistro, Farmicia Food & Tonics, Sto's Bar and High Street on Market — 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 High Street on Market, 308 Market Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Turn Up the Trans*mission at Tattooed Mom

Tattooed Mom hosts this lively variety show to give transgender, non-binary and/or gender non-conforming performers a space to share their art and experiences with the local community. Expect burlesque, drag, singing, spoken-word and other performances from local and visiting artists. All donations go directly to the performers and crews.

Turn Up the Trans*mission at Tattooed Mom

When:Thursday, August 2, 7-10 p.m.
Where:Tattooed Mom, 530 South Street
Cost:Donations suggested

www.tattooedmomphilly.com

4th Annual Philadelphia Women's Theatre Festival: Motherhood in Theatre

Philadelphia Women's Theatre FestivalPhoto courtesy Philadelphia Women's Theatre Festival

At this year's Philadelphia Women's Theatre Festival, the events and performances center on the theme of motherhood in hopes of creating a space where motherhood is supported in the arts world. Festival events include a play about a mother's intuition, an intergenerational story about mothers and daughters and a motherhood reading series.

4th Annual Philadelphia Women's Theatre Festival: Motherhood in Theatre

When:August 2-5
Where:Music Theatre Philly, 262 S. 12th Street
Cost:Varies by event

www.phillywomenstheatrefest.org

BlackStar Film Festival

BlackStar Film FestivalPhoto by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

Hailed as the “Black Sundance,” the BlackStar Film Festival celebrates films by Black creators and films about the Black experience. Returning this year from Thursday through Sunday, the fest lineup includes an opening reception for filmmakers, artists and cinema fans at Johnny Brenda's (Thursday); the world premiere of the new HBO late-night mini-series Random Acts of Flyness (Friday); the Philadelphia premiere of the feature film Jinn (Saturday); a conversation with Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Bradford Young (Solo, Arrival, Selma) and Rashid Shabazz of Color of Change (Saturday); and dozens more screenings and events.

BlackStar Film Festival

When:August 2-5
Where:Various locations including International House - Lightbox Film Center, 3701 Chestnut Street
Cost:Varies by event

www.blackstarfest.org

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Florida Marlins

Photo courtesy Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies hope to stay hot and come out on top of the NL East after a four-game series against the Florida Marlins. The three weekend games find the Phils celebrating the 10th anniversary of their 2008 World Series victory. At Friday's game, outfielder and World Series champion Shane Victorino will retire as a member of the Phillies, while Saturday's game includes Wall of Fame inductions for the late Roy Halladay and Phils exec Pat Gillick. Sunday's game includes a huge reunion of 25 players, coaches and staff from the 2008 team.

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Florida Marlins

When:August 2-5
Where:Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way
Cost:$18 and up

www.mlb.com

First Friday in Philadelphia

First FridayPhoto by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

On the first Friday evening of every month, the streets of many neighborhoods in Philadelphia fill with arts lovers of all kinds who wander among the countless art galleries, studios, shops and restaurants. This week, Old City, Fishtown, Christ Church, Roxborough Pocket Park, Farm for the City, North Bowl, the Barnes Foundation, Colorspace Labs and more have First Friday festivities planned.

First Friday in Philadelphia

When:Friday, August 3
Where:Various locations including Christ Church, 20 N. American Street
Cost:Varies by event

www.oldcitydistrict.org

Deco on the Delaware at the Glen Foerd Estate

Deco on the Delaware at Glen Foerd on the DelawarePhoto by Iva B. Photography

Lovers of Jazz Age aesthetics flock to this annual 1920s-inspired lawn party and non-profit fundraiser at the historic riverfront Glen Foerd Estate. Highlights include lively jazz music, picnic-style food, specialty cocktails, dance performances, a homemade-pie-baking contest and a fashion contest.

Deco on the Delaware at the Glen Foerd Estate

When:Saturday, August 4, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where:Glen Foerd On the Delaware, 5001 Grant Avenue
Cost:$45 and up

www.decoonthedelaware.com

Peach Festival at Linvilla Orchards

Costumed characters and entertaining performers visit Linvilla Orchards on Saturday for the attraction's annual Peach Festival. Guests can dance along to music and enjoy tasty snacks while picking fresh white peaches.

Peach Festival at Linvilla Orchards

When:Saturday, August 4, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Where:Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Road, Media
Cost:Varies by activity

www.linvilla.com

Trevor Noah at Parx Casino

Trevor Noah, comedian and host of The Daily Show, takes the stage at the Xcite Center twice on Saturday — at 7 p.m. and again at 10 p.m. — to perform the hilarious stand-up comedy the entertainer is best known for.

Trevor Noah at Parx Casino

When:Saturday, August 4, 7 & 10 p.m.
Where: Parx Casino, 2999 Street Road, Bensalem
Cost:$50 and up

www.parxcasino.com

ACANA Festival

Photo by J. Krolik for DRWC

African musicians and dance performers hit the stage at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing for the annual ACANA African Festival. The fest runs from 2 to 8 p.m. on Sunday and promises to entertain guests with performances, authentic African food, free activities and more.

ACANA Festival

When:Sunday, August 5, 2-8 p.m.
Where:Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free; pay-as-you-go food and drink

www.acanafest.org

2nd Street Festival

2nd Street FestivalPhoto by Danya Henninger for ImagicDigital.com

The 10-hour-long 2nd Street Festival is a Northern Liberties favorite that returns to the city on Sunday. The bars, restaurants and shops of 2nd Street (and beyond!) take the fun outside for a full day of local beer, festival-ready food, live music, games, shopping and more. Festival participants include neighborhood favs El Camino Real, Cantina dos Segundos, Jerry's Bar, North Bowl, Weckerly's and Standard Tap as well 21 food trucks.

2nd Street Festival

When:Sunday, August 5, noon - 10 p.m.
Where:2nd Street from Green Street to Germantown Avenue
Cost:Free; pay-as-you-go food and drink

www.2ndstfestival.org

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