25 Terrific Things To Do In Philly This Week, July 9-15

The final Bastille Day celebration, Pizzadelphia Pizza Festival, Taylor Swift at Lincoln Financial Field and more...

It’s shaping up to be another beautiful — and busy! — week in Philadelphia.

Eastern State Penitentiary holds its last Bastille Day celebration — one of the city’s most beloved annual free events — this week. Revelers can bid adieu to Marie Antoinette and indulge in free-falling Tastykakes one last time at the party just outside the historic prison’s walls on Saturday.

Speaking of free events, six free outdoor movie screenings go down at parks and other outdoor venues this week. From the classic Casablanca to the box office smash hit Black Panther, there’s something for every type of cinephile.

The live entertainment lineup this week features some big-name headliners, including Taylor Swift at Lincoln Financial Field, Ms. Lauryn Hill at Festival Pier and Kevin Hart at BB&T Pavilion.

Also this week: The BalletX Summer Series kicks off, monthly free jam session La NOCHE returns to the Kimmel Center, creative events and workshops continue for the Celebration of Black Arts and the first-ever Pizzadelphia Pizza Festival lands at The Navy Yard.

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

Celebration of Black Arts

Art SanctuaryPhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Art Sanctuary’s Celebration of Black Arts is back with variety of programs that honor Black writing, Black art and Black music in Philadelphia. Panel discussions, writing, dance and wellness workshops, film screenings and more events take place throughout the celebratory month. Events this week include a music-writing workshop with Philly songwriter and producer Carvin G. Haggins (Thursday), a writing workshop for authors with Harlem Book Fair founder Max Rodriguez and HBCU students and alumni (Saturday) and a dance workshop with popular local dance instructors (Sunday).

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. 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

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 Nina Simone at the Philadelphia History Museum on Wednesday and Radiator Hospital and Yoni Kroll perform on Thursday for the next edition of the weekly Waterfront Sessions at Spruce Street Harbor Park on Thursday. On Sunday, Jazz in the Park at Spruce Street Harbor Park presents Julian Hartwell and Chris Stevens.

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

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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Outdoor Movie Screenings in Philadelphia

Screenings Under the StarsPhoto by M. Stanley for Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

Residents and visitors can catch movie screenings in parks and other alfresco venues throughout the area all summer long. This week's schedule includes Despicable Me 3 at Penn Treaty Park (Tuesday), Men in Black at FringeArts (Wednesday), Rocky at The Schmidt's Commons (Thursday), Casablanca on the Schuylkill Banks at the Walnut Street Bridge (Thursday), Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle at Penn’s Landing (Thursday) and Black Panther at Overington Park (Saturday).

Outdoor Movie Screenings in Philadelphia

When:Varies by event
Where:Various locations including Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

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La NOCHE Featuring Orquesta El Macabeo at the Kimmel Center

The Kimmel Center’s free monthly jam session La NOCHE kick starts the week with plenty of rhythm and grooves to dance to on Monday. At this installment, the Puerto Rican salsa scene’s Orquesta el Macabeo performs its high-energy salsa gorda music following the La NOCHE band’s set.

La NOCHE Featuring Orquesta El Macabeo at the Kimmel Center

When:Monday, July 9, 8 p.m.
Where:Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:Free

www.kimmelcenter.org

Center City Sips

People hanging out at Balcony Bar in PhiladelphiaPhoto courtesy Kimmel Center

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 Balcony Bar @ The Kimmel, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:$4 glasses of beer; $5 glasses of wine; $6 cocktails; half-priced appetizers

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Parks on Tap at Glendinning Rock Garden

Parks on Tap at Belmont PlateauPhoto by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

Raise a glass to the sunny days ahead with fresh-air brews and bites at Glendinning Rock Garden, 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 hidden gem of a park — complete with plenty of greenery and tiny waterfalls — located along the Schuylkill River under the West Girard Overpass.

Parks on Tap at Glendinning Rock Garden

When:July 11-15
Where:Glendinning Rock Garden, Brewery Hill Drive
Cost:Pay as you go

www.parksontap.com

BalletX Summer Series

BalletX, the city’s contemporary ballet troupe, presents a show made up of three world-premiere performances. Running at The Wilma Theater, the Summer Series performance promises live music, fast-paced movements and more.

BalletX Summer Series

When:July 11-22 (select dates)
Where:The Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad Street
Cost:$25 and up

www.balletx.org

University City Dining Days

DistritoPhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

University City’s popular restaurant week returns this week with meal deals at some of the neighborhood’s hot spots. From Thursday, July 12 through Sunday, July 22, University City residents and visitors can enjoy multi-course meals for $15 to $35 (depending on the restaurant) at spots like Dock Street Brewery, 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:July 12-22
Where:Various locations including Distrito, 3945 Chestnut Street
Cost:$15, $25 or $35 per person

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Cirque du Soleil presents VOLTA at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center

Cirque du Soleil comes to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pennsylvania to entertain audiences with awe-inspiring acrobatics set to a rousing score for VOLTA. The show opens on Thursday and runs through August 5.

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

Old City Eats

First FridayPhoto by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

Old City Eats provides half-priced appetizers and drink specials to patrons of participating Old City bars and restaurants — including High Street on Market, Tuna Bar and Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar — every Thursday this summer from 5-8 p.m.

Old City Eats

When:Thursdays, June 21 - August 30, 5-8 p.m.
Where:Various locations including Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, 10 S. 2nd Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Vans Warped Tour at BB&T Pavilion

Crowds at BB&T Pavilion in Camden, New JerseyPhoto courtesy BB&T Pavilion

It's the end of an era: The final Warped Tour holds court both outside in the parking lot and in the amphitheater at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden on Friday. Playing up nostalgia and discovery, performing acts include throwbacks like 3OH!3, Mayday Parade, The Maine and Simple Plan alongside newbies Grayscale, Yungblud and more.

Vans Warped Tour at BB&T Pavilion

When:Friday, July 13, 11 a.m.
Where:BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Boulevard, Camden
Cost:$30 and up

www.livenation.com

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill 20th Anniversary Tour at Festival Pier

In 1998, Fugees member Ms. Lauryn Hill released what would be her only album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, a highly acclaimed collection of songs that spanned R&B, hip-hop, soul and more. Hill pays tribute to the legendary album with a show — part of a huge 20th-anniversary tour — at Festival Pier on Friday.

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill 20th Anniversary Tour at Festival Pier

When:Friday, July 13, 6:30 p.m.
Where:Festival Pier at Penn's Landing, 601 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:$49 and up

www.festivalpierphilly.com

Taylor Swift at Lincoln Financial Field

Famous for larger-than-life stage shows with some of music's biggest names as surprise special guests, Taylor Swift brings her sultry pop album Reputation to life — along with famous smashes from her back catalogue like Love Story — at her two Philly shows on Friday and Saturday.

Taylor Swift at Lincoln Financial Field

When:July 13-14
Where:Lincoln Financial Field, 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way
Cost:$45 and up

www.lincolnfinancialfield.com

Blobfest

BlobfestPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Every July, cult film fans flock to the historic Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville for Blobfest, a three-day extravaganza. Many scenes from the 1958 horror/science-fiction movie The Blob were filmed at the Colonial Theatre and throughout Phoenixville, and every year, locals celebrate their place in movie history with a weekend-long street party and several screenings of the film.

Blobfest

When:July 13-15
Where:The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge Street, Phoenixville
Cost:Varies by event

www.thecolonialtheatre.com

Last Chance: Bastille Day at Eastern State Penitentiary

Bastille Day at Eastern State PenitentiaryPhoto courtesy Eastern State Penitentiary

After a 20-plus year run, Eastern State Penitentiary hosts its final Bastille Day celebration on Saturday. The attraction marks the final celebration with all of the fun events that you know and love — a drag show by the Bearded Ladies Cabaret, the throwing of 2,000 butterscotch krimpets off of the top of Eastern State Penitentiary by Marie Antoinette, street party revelry and a few final-year surprises.

Last Chance: Bastille Day at Eastern State Penitentiary

When:Saturday, July 14, 10 a.m.
Where:Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue
Cost:Free; pay-as-you-go food and drink

www.easternstate.org

Macy’s Family Fun Day at the African American Museum in Philadelphia

The African American Museum in PhiladelphiaPhoto by Visit Philadelphia

The African American Museum in Philadelphia invites families to its Macy's Family Fun Day on Saturday for a variety of interactive arts programming, including drumming workshops, a dance fit workshop and a hat-making workshop. Show up early: The first 250 guests receive free admission to the museum for this event.

Macy’s Family Fun Day at the African American Museum in Philadelphia

When:Saturday, July 14, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Where:The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street
Cost:Free for the first 250 guests

www.aampmuseum.org

Pizzadelphia Pizza Festival

Pizzeria Vetri, Nomad Pizza, Brigantessa, Pizza Brain and more local purveyors of pizza come together at The Navy Yard on Saturday for the Pizzadelphia Pizza Festival. Aside from delicious slices, visitors can expect DJ tunes, dough-tossing classes, life-size lawn games, cooking demos, activities for kids and more.

Pizzadelphia Pizza Festival

When:Saturday, July 14, noon - 5:30 p.m.
Where:The Navy Yard, 4747 S. Broad Street
Cost:$35 and up

www.pizzadelphiafest.com

Bring It! Live

The dancers from Bring It!, Lifetime’s popular reality dance show, take the stage at the Merriam Theater for a high-energy dance performance on Saturday featuring never-been-seen numbers and special programming. Audience members should bring their dancing shoes — audience participation is encouraged.

Bring It! Live

When:Saturday, July 14, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Where:Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad Street
Cost:$37.75 and up

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40th Street Summer Series

Photo courtesy University City District

On select Saturday nights throughout the warm-weather months, University City District welcomes talented musicians for a free performance on the lawn behind the Walnut Street Library at 40th and Walnut streets. This Saturday’s concert features Las Cafeteras, a Los Angeles-based group that specializes in Afro-Mexican music, and the Philadelphia Women's Slavic Ensemble, a West Philly community choir that performs Slavic folk music.

40th Street Summer Series

When:Saturday, July 14, 6 p.m.
Where:Behind the Walnut Street Library, 40th and Walnut streets
Cost:Free

www.universitycity.org

Kevin Hart: "The Irresponsible Tour" at BB&T Pavilion

Philly native and famous funny man Kevin Hart has been pretty busy selling out shows at venues all over the country since "The Irresponsible Tour" started last fall. The loud and proud Philadelphian makes a stop in Camden to perform his latest stand-up set on Saturday at 8 p.m.

Kevin Hart: "The Irresponsible Tour" at BB&T Pavilion

When:Saturday, July 14, 8 p.m.
Where:BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Boulevard, Camden
Cost:$37 and up

www.livenation.com

Bluegrass and Blueberries Festival at Peddler’s Village

Peddler’s Village celebrates National Blueberry Month with a full weekend of music, food and family fun. The two-day fest celebrates the seasonal fruit with tons of tasty blueberry-based treats, including pies, muffins, preserves and blueberry beverages. Visitors can also enjoy live bluegrass and country music and shop for artisan goods at local shops and from festival vendors.

Bluegrass and Blueberries Festival at Peddler’s Village

When:July 14-15
Where:Peddler's Village, 2400 Street Road, New Hope
Cost:Free, pay-as-you-go food and drink

www.peddlersvillage.com

FIFA World Cup 2018 Final Block Party at Brauhaus Schmitz

Brauhaus Schmitz World Cup partyPhoto courtesy Brauhaus Schmitz

The popular German bierhall and restaurant closes the 700 block of South Street for a huge World Cup viewing party on Sunday. The event starts at 10 a.m. for the 11 a.m. final match and is free to attend with pay-as-you-go food and drink. Seating is first come, first served, so get there early! After the match, stick around to enjoy the beer garden, food and more fun.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Final Block Party at Brauhaus Schmitz

When:Sunday, July 15, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Where:Brauhaus Schmitz, 718 South Street
Cost:Free; pay-as-you-go food and drink

www.brauhausschmitz.com

SOLD OUT: Nuevofest at World Cafe Live

Note: This event is sold out. Seven talented Latin-American musicians and bands make their way to World Cafe Live for the annual Nuevofest, a celebration of Latin music. Performing musicians will showcase everything from Cuban tunes and Afro-Caribbean beats to Colombian music and salsa. Best of all? Admission to this exciting concert is free (though guests are asked to RSVP).

SOLD OUT: Nuevofest at World Cafe Live

When:Sunday, July 15, 4-10 p.m.
Where:World Cafe Live Philadelphia, 3025 Walnut Street
Cost:Free; RSVP required

www.latinroots.org

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