25+ Marvelous Things To Do In Philly This Week, July 16-22

The Oval+ opening day, 10 free outdoor movies, SmörgåsBeer, FIGMAGO and more...

Start gearing up for a jam-packed week of alfresco concerts, outdoor movie screenings, new attraction openings and dining deals in Philadelphia.

Starting this week, seasonal park and beloved outdoor attraction The Oval+ returns for a fifth summer of community programming, public art, a beer garden, special events and activities at Eakins Oval across from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. New this year: an extended pedestrian promenade that runs almost half the length of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Diners looking for deals are in luck as University City Dining Days runs through Sunday and two neighborhood restaurant weeks — one in Ardmore, the other in Ambler — kick off on Monday.

Elsewhere, more than 90 Center City bars and restaurants offer food and drink specials this and every Wednesday during the summer for Center City Sips, and nearly 40 participating eateries do the same in Old City on Thursday for Old City Eats.

Two excellent performing arts shows — the BalletX Summer Series and Mamma Mia! at the Walnut Street Theatre — end their respective runs this Sunday, while a new interactive art installation and dance performance hybrid FIGMAGO opens on Friday.

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

BalletX Summer Series

BalletX, the city’s contemporary ballet troupe, presents a show made up of three world-premiere performances at the Wilma Theater. See the lively, fast-paced dance show before the Summer Series ends on Sunday.

BalletX Summer Series

When:Through Sunday, July 22 (select dates)
Where:The Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad Street
Cost:$25 and up

www.balletx.org

Celebration of Black Arts

Visitors looking at art at Art SanctuaryPhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Art Sanctuary’s Celebration of Black Arts runs all month long with a variety of programs that honor Black writing, Black art and Black music in Philadelphia. Events at Art Sanctuary this week include a music-writing workshop with Philly songwriter and producer Carvin G. Haggins (Monday), a dance workshop with popular local dance instructors (Thursday), a writing workshop for the homeless with One Step Away (Friday), a kids day with youth programming (Saturday) and an African-inspired yoga class with ODUNDE365 (Sunday). All events are free to attend.

Celebration of Black Arts

When:Through Tuesday, July 31
Where:Various locations including Art Sanctuary, 628 S. 16th Street
Cost:Free (donations accepted)

www.celebrationofblackwriting.org

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. On Thursday from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., premium cable network HBO brings its summer event series, Mixtapes and Roller Skates, to Blue Cross RiverRink. Make sure to RSVP. Entry will be granted based on capacity for confirmed RSVPs only.

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

Summer Sounds series at Spruce Street Harbor Park in PhiladelphiaPhoto by J. Fusco 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 Gil Scott Heron at FringeArts on Wednesday, Frankie Vado and DJ Caliph-NOW perform for the next edition of the weekly Waterfront Sessions at Spruce Street Harbor Park on Thursday and Summer Sounds on the Square kicks off at Franklin Square with a performance by The Philly POPS 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. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

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Spruce Street Harbor Park

People hanging out on the floating barge at Spruce Street Harbor ParkPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

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.

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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University City Dining Days

Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

University City’s popular restaurant week runs through Sunday with meal deals at some of the neighborhood’s hot spots. Score multi-course meals for $15 to $35 (depending on the restaurant) at spots like Dock Street Brewery (pictured), Dim Sum House, Han Dynasty, CoZara, Pod, Walnut Street Cafe and more. More than 30 restaurants are participating in the deal-fueled promotion.

University City Dining Days

When:Through Sunday, July 22
Where:Various locations including Dock Street Brewery, 701 S. 50th Street
Cost:$15, $25 or $35 per person

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Ardmore Restaurant Week and Ambler Restaurant Week

Two Countryside neighborhoods — Ardmore and Ambler — offer dining deals this week during their respective restaurant weeks. In Ardmore, diners can score three-course prix-fixe meals (lunch or dinner) for $15, $25 or $35 at 16 participating restaurants from July 16-29. Menu prices vary at more than a dozen participating eateries in Ambler for its restaurant week, which runs July 16-23.

Ardmore Restaurant Week and Ambler Restaurant Week

When:Ardmore Restaurant Week: July 16-29; Ambler Restaurant Week: July 16-23
Where:Various locations including Restaurant Marokko, 54 E. Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore
Cost:Varies by restaurant

www.destinationardmore.com

Outdoor Movie Screenings in Philadelphia

Schuylkill BanksPhoto courtesy Schuylkill Banks

Residents and visitors can catch movie screenings in parks and other alfresco venues throughout the area all summer long. This week's schedule includes Con Air at Haas Biergarten (Wednesday), Star Wars: The Last Jedi at Burholme Park (Wednesday), Mission: Impossible III at Penn’s Landing (Thursday), The Sound of Music at The Schmidt’s Commons (Thursday), Coco on the Schuylkill Banks at Grays Ferry Crescent (Thursday), Wonder Woman at Manayunk’s Stroll the Street event (Thursday), The Last Jedi at Dilworth Park (Friday), Star Wars: A New Hope with The Philadelphia Orchestra (!) at The Mann Center (Friday), The Jungle Book at Bartram’s Garden (Friday) and Hugo at Trolley Car Diner (Saturday).

Outdoor Movie Screenings in Philadelphia

When:Dates and times vary
Where:Various locations including Schuylkill Banks at Grays Ferry Crescent near Wharton Street
Cost:Varies by event

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Concerts in Philadelphia

A concert at Festival Pier in PhiladelphiaPhoto courtesy Festival Pier

Big-name acts roll in to Philly this week for concerts at major venues across the city. The lineup at Festival Pier includes Coheed and Cambria and Taking Back Sunday (Wednesday), Arcade Fire (Thursday), Beck (Friday) and the Radio 104.5 July Block Party (Sunday). Chris Brown (Wednesday) and Weezer and Pixies’ joint tour (Saturday) hit BB&T Pavilion, while Ne-Yo and special guest Lyfe Jennings take the stage at Dell Music Center (Sunday).

Concerts in Philadelphia

When:Varies by event
Where:Various locations including Festival Pier, 601 N. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Varies by event

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Last Chance: Mamma Mia! at the Walnut Street Theatre

Mamma Mia at the Walnut Street TheatrePhoto courtesy Walnut Street Theatre

Don’t miss the chance to hear ABBA’s biggest hits (Dancing Queen!, Super Trouper!) fill the Walnut Street Theatre this week as the musical Mamma Mia unfolds on the stage. The show runs through Sunday at the historic theater.

Last Chance: Mamma Mia! at the Walnut Street Theatre

When:Through Sunday, July 22
Where:Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut Street
Cost:$20-$97

www.walnutstreettheatre.org

Now Open: Spice Finch in Rittenhouse Square

Jennifer Carroll and Billy Riddle serve as co-executive chefs and partners at Spice Finch, their new bistro and cocktail bar that recently opened in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood. Serving just dinner for now (with breakfast, brunch and lunch service to come), guests can enjoy Mediterranean-inspired fare — think stuffed grape leaves, charred carrot hummus and date-braised lamb shank — in an airy setting with art-deco-inspired furnishings.

Now Open: Spice Finch in Rittenhouse Square

When:Now open
Where:Spice Finch, 220 S. 17th Street

www.spicefinchphilly.com

Game Of Thrones Murder Mystery at Evil Genius Beer Company

It definitely doesn’t feel like winter is coming outside, but that won’t be the case inside Evil Genius Beer Company on Monday when the popular Fishtown brewery transforms its tasting room into the Red Keep for a special Game of Thrones-themed Murder Mystery event. Spectator tickets are sold out, but guests who want to play along can still purchase participant tickets and get in on fun.

Game Of Thrones Murder Mystery at Evil Genius Beer Company

When:Monday, July 16, 6-9 p.m.
Where:Evil Genius Beer Company, 1727 N. Front Street
Cost:$90, participants

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The Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann Center

The Mann Center for the Performing ArtsThe Mann Center | Photo by Dan Drufovka

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, the renowned group performs a knockout score of some of Tchaikovsky’s most impressive works. The show ends with a rousing performance of the 1812 Overture and a spectacular fireworks show. The next night, the orchestra returns to perform some of Leonard Bernstein’s greatest hits — and premiere a new work based on the story of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and Bernstein's West Side Story — to commemorate the noted composer’s centennial. (Get more Bernstein at the National Museum of American Jewish History’s exhibit, open through September 2.)

The Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann Center

When:July 17-18
Where:The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Avenue
Cost:$20-$55, Tchaikovsky; $20-$45, Bernstein

www.manncenter.org

Wild Nights: A Night in the Tropics at Philadelphia Zoo

Attention, party animals! Head to the Philadelphia Zoo on Tuesday for Wild Nights, the attraction’s newest event series for the 21-and-over set. In addition to enjoying some adult beverages and delicious food, guests can meet some of the zoo’s animals, chat with keepers and take part in conservation-themed activities.

Wild Nights: A Night in the Tropics at Philadelphia Zoo

When:Tuesday, July 17, 6-9 p.m.
Where:Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Avenue
Cost:$15, member; $18, non-members

www.philadelphiazooevents.com

Quaker City Mercantile's BOKYARD BBQ at Bok Bar

Bok BarPhoto by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

Quaker City Mercantile — the creators of Hendrick’s Gin and revivers of Narragansett Beer — present Quaker City Shrubs, a new sparkling alcoholic beverage that’s a crisp, tangy alternative to beer. Taste the refreshing (and low-calorie!) new offering while enjoying DJ beats and BBQ bites at the brand’s release party on Tuesday at the sky-high Bok Bar in South Philly.

Quaker City Mercantile's BOKYARD BBQ at Bok Bar

When:Tuesday, July 17, 6-9 p.m.
Where:Bok Bar, 800 Mifflin Street
Cost:Free, RSVP required

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Center City Sips

Center City SipsPhoto By M. Fischetti 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 CHOPS Restaurant and Bar, 1701 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
Cost:$4 glasses of beer; $5 glasses of wine; $6 cocktails; half-priced appetizers

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Parks on Tap at Burholme Park

People hanging out at Parks on Tap in PhiladelphiaPhoto by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

From Wednesday through Sunday, the roving beer garden series Parks on Tap pops up at Burholme Park in Northeast Philadelphia, right in front of the striking Robert W. Ryerss Museum and Library. Wednesday brings a charitable happy hour (with half of the proceeds going to support the park),free museum tours of the lavish former home-turned-museum-and-library from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and offer and special cupola tours for $5. A free screening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi starts at 8:30 p.m. near the Parks on Tap setup on Wednesday as well. On Thursday, a free yoga class courtesy of Roots2Rise takes place at the park from 6 to 7 p.m.

Parks on Tap at Burholme Park

When:July 18-22
Where:Burholme Park, 1400 Cottman Avenue
Cost:Pay as you go

www.parksontap.com

Opening: FIGMAGO and FIGMAGO: Alive

FigmagoImage courtesy FIGMAGO

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 will be open Wednesdays through Sundays through the fall, with 10 FIGMAGO: Alive performances scheduled each week during select times on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Opening: FIGMAGO and 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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Really Funny Comedians (Who Happen to Be Women) at Punch Line Philly

Punchline PhillyPhoto courtesy Punchline Philly

A number of funny ladies take the stage at Punch Line Philly on Wednesday for Really Funny Comedians (Who Happen to Be Women), a stand-up show that puts the spotlight on female comedians and showcases their side-splitting work.

Really Funny Comedians (Who Happen to Be Women) at Punch Line Philly

When:Wednesday, July 18, 8 p.m.
Where:Punch Line Philly, 33 E. Laurel Street
Cost:$17

www.punchlinephilly.com

South Street Safari at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens hosts its first-ever neighborhood scavenger hunt around South Street and Bella Vista on Thursday. Starting at the gardens, groups of up to five people (dogs are welcome, too!) get a map and set out in search of depictions of animals within Isaiah Zagar’s mosaics. It’s free to participate in the scavenger hunt, and any donations go to Morris Animal Refuge.

South Street Safari at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

When:Thursday, July 19, 6-8:30 p.m.
Where:Various locations including Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, 1020 South Street
Cost:Free (donations accepted)

www.phillymagicgardens.com

Old City Eats

Red Owl Tavern | Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Old City Eats provides half-priced appetizers and drink specials to patrons of participating Old City bars and restaurants — including Amada, Royal Boucherie, Old City Beer Garden and National Mechanics — 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 Red Owl Tavern, 433 Chestnut Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Puma Bloodlines: Puma GV Special Launch Event

To celebrate the re-launch of one its most iconic sneakers (the GV Special), Puma is hosting a special event throughout Center City on Friday. Four select SEPTA Market-Frankford Line stations — 30th Street, 15th Street, 13th Street and 5th Street — play host to celebrations featuring free music and snacks, including cheesesteaks from Sonny's Famous Steaks (at 15th Street), water ice from John's Water Ice (at 13th Street) and more, from 3:30-7 p.m. Attendees who check in at 30th Street Station and then visit the other three stops receive a pair of PUMA GV Specials at a block party in Franklin Square. Also at the block party: performances from Philly hip-hop legend Freeway and DJ Matthew Law.

Puma Bloodlines: Puma GV Special Launch Event

When:Friday, July 20, 3:30-7 p.m.
Where:Various locations including 30th Street Station, 2955 Market Street
Cost:Free; entrance to platforms requires a SEPTA train pass

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Artist Bash: Historical Memory at the Barnes Foundation

People dancing at Artist Bash at the Barnes FoundationPhoto by Michael Perez

The Barnes Foundation's three-times-a-year event Artist Bash is back this Friday night with a collection of performances of traditional art forms that reflect America's diverse populace. Attendees can enjoy music by National Poetry Slam champion G Yamazawa, flamenco by La Éimi, Afro–Puerto Rican bomba and plena featuring Los Bomberos de la Calle, tap dancing by Khalil Munir and more. Tickets, which include access to the attraction's permanent collection and a Renoir special exhibit, cost just $10.

Artist Bash: Historical Memory at the Barnes Foundation

When:Friday, July 20, 8-11 p.m.
Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:$10

www.barnesfoundation.org

Philadelphia Phillies vs. San Diego Padres at Citizens Bank Park

Citizens Bank Park at dusk in PhiladelphiaPhoto courtesy Philadelphia Phillies

Following a short break after the MLB Home Run Derby on Monday and MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, the red-hot Phillies return to Citizens Bank Park on Friday with hopes of sweeping a three-game series against the San Diego Padres to remain at or near the top of the NL East.

Philadelphia Phillies vs. San Diego Padres at Citizens Bank Park

When:July 20-22
Where:Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way
Cost:$18 and up

www.mlb.com

Opening: The Oval+

The Oval +Photo by A. Yee for Fairmount Park Conservancy

The Oval+, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway’s resident pop-up park, opens for the summer on Friday across the street from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. 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, eats from a rotating roster of food trucks, games and special programming like free movie nights, concerts and more.

Opening: The Oval+

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

www.theovalphl.org

Opening: Rodin Museum Garden Bar

Beginning on Friday, guests at the Rodin Museum can spend select summer evenings sipping beer and wine in the museum’s picturesque sculpture garden. The new-for-2018 Garden Bar will be open Wednesdays through Fridays from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 3 to 8 p.m. through Sunday, August 19. Exciting bonus: The gallery will stay open for guests to explore until 8 p.m. on these days, too!

Opening: Rodin Museum Garden Bar

When:July 20 - August 19
Where:Rodin Museum, 2151 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free; Pay-as-you-go drink

www.rodinmuseum.org

SmörgåsBeer at the American Swedish Historical Museum

Exterior of the American Swedish Historical MuseumPhoto courtesy American Swedish Historical Museum

Try a variety of regional and international beers and traditional and modern Swedish food on Saturday at the American Swedish Historical Museum’s SmörgåsBeer in FDR Park. Participating breweries include Yards Brewing Company, Saint Benjamin Brewing Company, Sterling Pig Beer, Brooklyn Brewery, Liquid Alchemy Beverages, Swedish Rekorderlig Cider and more. Aside from the sips, attendees can enjoy trivia, lawn games and a traditional Swedish tipsrunda, or quiz walk, through the museum.

SmörgåsBeer at the American Swedish Historical Museum

When:Saturday, July 21, 5-8 p.m.
Where:American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Avenue
Cost:$30 in advance; $35 at the door

www.americanswedish.org

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