19 Fabulous Things To Do In Philly This Week, August 20-26

Patti LaBelle at the Dell Music Center, Fonthill Castle Beer Fest, Twilight in the Gardens and more...

It’s the unofficial last week of summer (tear!), and Philly’s prepared to send off the season in a big way.

Labor Day weekend caps off this week, and it’s without a doubt one of the busiest — and most exciting! — times in Philadelphia.

On the major festival front, Made in America returns on Saturday and Sunday with Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, Post Malone, Meek Mill and more of the biggest names in hip-hop, EDM, pop and R&B slated to perform at the epic two-day event.

Other big fests landing in Philly this week include D’ussé Palooza at the Theatre of Living Arts (Friday), Labor Day Volksfest at Canstatter-Verein (Friday-Monday, September 2), Afrofest at Theatre of the Living Arts (Sunday), the Green & Organic Festival at Penn’s Landing (Sunday) and the Bok to School Beer Fest at Bok (Monday, September 3).

Two of Philly’s popular summertime happy hour series, Center City Sips and Old City Eats, end their respective seasons this week. Get out and enjoy the hard-to-beat happy hour deals one more time before both of the series wrap up for 2018.

It’s the final week open for beloved seasonal attraction Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest as well. Head to the Delaware River waterfront destination for boardwalk eats, roller skating, carnival games and more before it closes on Labor Day.

Last but not least, it wouldn’t be a holiday week in Philly without a spectacular pyrotechnic presentation of sorts. Grab a spot along the Delaware River Waterfront and see the Independence Seaport Museum’s Labor Day fireworks show on Saturday night.

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

Blue Cross RiverRink SummerfestPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest draws crowds to Philadelphia's only outdoor roller skating rink and The Midway, featuring a 60-foot-tall Ferris wheel, a carousel, boardwalk games and a mini-golf course. Guests can also chow down on fare from Chickie's and Pete's Waterfront Crab Shack, Franklin Fountain Clubhouse Cabin and other food vendors while bars set up around the attraction pour local beers and cocktails. This Thursday, Chickie's and Pete's hosts Unlimited Crab Night, offering unlimited snow crabs, crab corn and red potatoes to guests for $39.95. Dinner tickets are sold on site and seating is first come, first served.

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

Penn's LandingPhoto by M. Stanley for Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

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 sponsored in part by VISIT PHILADELPHIA. This week, Who Got the Jazz pays tribute to Grover Washington and Stevie Wonder at Franklin Square (Wednesday); rock singer-songwriter Rosali, DJ Playin' Possum and DJ Alina all perform at the next edition of the weekly Waterfront Sessions at Spruce Street Harbor Park (Thursday); Smooth Jazz Summer Nights presents R&B and soul singer-songwriter Leela James at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing (Friday); and American roots music ensemble Fish Harmonics perform at Franklin Square for the Summer Sounds on the Square series (Saturday).

Summer Sounds in the Historic District

When:Through Friday, September 7 (select dates)
Where:Various locations including Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

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Spruce Street Harbor Park

People walking the boardwalk and playing games at Spruce Street Harbor Park in PhiladelphiaPhoto by M. Stanley for DRWC

This beloved beer garden and relaxing waterfront hangout gives visitors a chance to lounge in 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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Concerts in Philadelphia

Mann Center For The Performing ArtsPhoto Courtesy The Mann Center For The Performing Arts

Hotly anticipated concerts go down throughout the week in venues big and small across Philly. This week's lineup includes Jeff Lynne's Electric Light Orchestra at the Wells Fargo Center (Friday), Passafire at The Foundry (Friday), Donavon Frankenreiter at the Theatre of Living Arts (Friday) and Smokey Robinson at the Mann Center (Saturday).

Concerts in Philadelphia

When:Dates and times vary
Where:Various locations including the Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Avenue
Cost:Varies by event

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Outdoor Movie Nights

Clark ParkPhoto courtesy University City District

Summer in Philly isn't complete without a visit to a great pop-up outdoor movie screening. This week's schedule includes three screenings of Black Panther (at the Dell Music Center on Tuesday, Hart Park on Thursday and Cliveden Park on Saturday), two screenings of Coco (at Penn's Landing on Thursday and Benson Park on Saturday) Ferris Bueller's Day Off at Manayunk's Stroll The Street event (Thursday), Wonder Woman at Dilworth Park (Friday), The Greatest Showman at the Water Tower Recreation Center in Chestnut Hill (Friday) and A Wrinkle In Time at Clark Park (Friday).

Outdoor Movie Nights

When:Dates and times vary
Where:Various locations including Clark Park, 4300-4398 Baltimore Ave
Cost:Varies by event

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Barnes Jawn(t)s at the Barnes Foundation

Exterior of the Barnes Foundation with the Philadelphia skyline in the backgroundPhoto by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

Local Philadelphians with diverse backgrounds, interests and occupations who are unassociated with the Barnes Foundation lead informal-yet-informative, off-the-cuff, anything-goes tours of the museum's galleries during this engaging series. This Tuesday's tour guides include Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse owner Ariell R. Johnson, performance artist and professor Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews, and pastor and faith-based community organizer the Rev. Nicolas O'Rourke.

Barnes Jawn(t)s at the Barnes Foundation

When:Tuesday, August 21, 6-6:45 p.m.
Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:$10

www.barnesfoundation.org

Center City Sips

Time RestaurantPhoto by A. Ricketts 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 5-7 p.m. More than 25 select establishments offer 15 percent off dinner to Sips patrons who stay after happy hour. (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 TIME Restaurant, 1315 Sansom Street
Cost:$4 glasses of beer; $5 glasses of wine; $6 cocktails; half-priced appetizers

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Parks on Tap at Penn Treaty Park

People looking out at the Delaware River from Penn Treaty Park in PhiladelphiaPhoto by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Come out to Parks on Tap this week for fresh-air brews and scenic views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and the Delaware River at Penn Treaty Park in Fishtown. The roving beer garden series posts up from Wednesday through Sunday near the water in the southern part of the park in a sprawling open field. Events this week include a free yoga class from 6-7 p.m. on Thursday and the Summer Ain't Over Dance Party featuring Deja Groove on Saturday from 6-9 p.m.

Parks on Tap at Penn Treaty Park

When:August 22-26
Where:Penn Treaty Park, 1301 N. Beach Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.parksontap.com

5th Annual Dog Days of Summer at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Philadelphia

Photo by Chris Fascenelli

The Kimpton Hotel Monaco starts celebrating cuddly canines a few days ahead of National Dog Day (August 26) on Thursday with the fifth annual Dog Days of Summer event, featuring for-donation dog washes, delicious water ice from Rita's Italian Ice, a pet-friendly happy hour on Red Owl Tavern's patio and more. The event benefits Saved Me, a local no-kill shelter.

5th Annual Dog Days of Summer at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Philadelphia

When:Thursday, August 23, 5-8 p.m.
Where:Kimpton Hotel Monaco Philadelphia, 433 Chestnut Street
Cost:Free to attend; pay-as-you-go food and drink

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Old City Eats

Old City Eats provides half-priced appetizers and drink specials to patrons of participating Old City bars and restaurants — including High Street on Market, Khyber Pass Pub, Tuna Bar and Royal Boucherie — 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 Tuna Bar, 205 Race Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Aqimero Celebrates the Festival of La Paloma at The Ritz-Carlton

Aqimero channels all the flavor and energy of Madrid's La Paloma Festival for this lively event on Thursday evening. Guests can enjoy the region's delicious food and drink — think authentic Spanish tapas and cuisine, a suckling-pig station, sangria and handcrafted Paloma cocktails — along with Latin music and games from 6-9 p.m. at the restaurant and bar located in the lobby of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Proceeds from the festival games go toward the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Aqimero Celebrates the Festival of La Paloma at The Ritz-Carlton

When:Thursday, August 23, 6-9 p.m.
Where:Aqimero, The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia, 10 Avenue Of The Arts
Cost:$45

www.aqimero.com

Patti LaBelle & Gregory Porter at the Dell Music Center

Patti LaBellePhoto courtesy Patti LaBelle

Renowned songstress Patti LaBelle returns to her hometown to perform an alfresco concert at Fairmount Park's Dell Music Center. LaBelle will be joined by Gregory Porter, a jazz singer-songwriter. Interested in two free lawn seat tickets? Enter this contest by answering the question "What is something that you love about living in Philly?" for a chance to win a pair tickets to the show, plus get two free drink tickets, a branded blanket and access to the Visit Philadelphia VIP Lounge, where contest winners can enjoy soft pretzels, Tastykakes, water ice and interactive photo spots.

Patti LaBelle & Gregory Porter at the Dell Music Center

When:Thursday, August 23, 7 p.m.
Where:Dell Music Center, 2400 Strawberry Mansion Drive
Cost:$35-$75

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Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out at the Wells Fargo Center

Get ready for improv comedy and hyperactive games courtesy of musician and actor Nick Cannon and the Wild 'N Out crew on Thursday night when show's tour makes a stop at the Wells Fargo Center. Musical guests include Yo Gotti, YFN Lucci and BlocBoy JB.

Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out at the Wells Fargo Center

When:Thursday, August 23, 8 p.m.
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street
Cost:$31 and up

www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com

Clues and Booze and Chews at Cliveden

Exterior of Cliveden in Germantown in PhiladelphiaPhoto courtesy Cliveden

Spend Friday evening solving riddles and sipping drinks at Cliveden in Germantown during Clues and Booze and Chews. The 21-and-older scavenger hunt starts at 7 p.m., but guests can arrive as early as 6 p.m. for mini-tours of Cliveden's main house. Two drink tickets are included with the price of admission.

Clues and Booze and Chews at Cliveden

When:Friday, August 24, 6-9 p.m.
Where:Cliveden, 6401 Germantown Avenue
Cost:$25 (price of admission includes the game and two drink tickets)

www.cliveden.org

Twilight in the Gardens at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia Magic GardensPhoto courtesy Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

BYOB to Philadelphia's Magic Gardens on Friday evening for the 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: The Influence of Art Environments on Isaiah Zagar, groove to bluegrass-folk-jazz collective Noggin Hill and create hanging plant holders using macrame rope and decorated flower pots.

Twilight in the Gardens at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

When:Friday, August 24, 7-10 p.m.
Where:Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, 1020 South Street
Cost:$20, adults; $16, students and seniors; $12, members

www.philadelphiasmagicgardens.org

Citadel Country Spirit USA in Chester County's Brandywine Valley

Toby KeithPhoto courtesy Chester County Conference & Visitors Bureau

Some of the biggest names in country music head to the Brandywine Valley for the three-day Citadel Country Spirit USA, a brand-new music festival. The lineup features Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Jake Owen, Alabama and more.

Citadel Country Spirit USA in Chester County's Brandywine Valley

When:August 24-26
Where:5 Nantmeal Road, Glenmoore
Cost:$89 and up

www.countryspiritusa.com

Fonthill Castle Beer Fest

A man with a mustache pours a beer at Fonthill CastlePhoto courtesy the Mercer Museum

Brewers from around the country head to Fonthill Castle in Doylestown for the attraction's annual Beer Fest (which doubles as a fundraiser for Fonthill's educational programs). More than 35 craft beers and tasty food pairings will be available throughout the afternoon.

Fonthill Castle Beer Fest

When:Saturday, August 25, 2-5 p.m.
Where:Fonthill Castle, 525 E. Court Street, Doylestown
Cost:$100, VIP; $60, general admission; $55, members; $25, designated driver

www.mercermuseum.org

Ukrainian Folk Festival at Ukrainian American Sport Center in Horsham

Traditional Ukrainian food, drinks and performances return to Horsham for the town's annual Ukrainian Folk Festival, a celebration of Ukraine's independence. Festival guests can enjoy spirited performances, tasty grub, shopping and music all day long.

Ukrainian Folk Festival at Ukrainian American Sport Center in Horsham

When:Sunday, August 26, noon
Where:Ukrainian American Sports Center, 1 Lower State Road, North Wales
Cost:$15, students; $10, kids under 15

www.tryzub.org

Collective Conscious: The Art of Social Change Open House & Art Talk at the African American Museum in Philadelphia

The African American Museum in Philadelphia's latest exhibition, Collective Conscious: The Art of Social Change, wraps up on Sunday. Explore the thought-provoking exhibition, participate in a “Build Your Black Future” art activity with Collective Conscious artist Lavett Ballard and hear other Collective Conscious artists Russell Craig, Keir Johnston, James Maurelle and Tieshka K. Smith discuss the present-day state of art and activism with WURD radio host Stephanie Renee at this free, all-ages event.

Collective Conscious: The Art of Social Change Open House & Art Talk at the African American Museum in Philadelphia

When:Sunday, August 26, 3-6 p.m.
Where:The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street
Cost:Free

www.aampmuseum.org

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