23 Excellent Things To Do In Philadelphia This Week, August 13-19

Final days for The Oval+, Summer Sounds in the Historic District, Night Out Restaurant Week and more...

It’s shaping up to be another jam-packed summer week full of fun things to do in Philadelphia.

The Oval+’s 2018 season ends this week. Check out all the seasonal park has to offer — the misting pavilion, the giant sandbox, the beer garden, the weekly programming — before it wraps up for the year on Sunday.

The Philadelphia Folk Festival brings thousands to Old Pool Farm — about 35 miles outside of the city in Schwenksville, Pennsylvania — for four days of folk music performances, food and family activities in a pastoral setting.

Live music fills every corner of the city this week as well, with a host of beloved alfresco concert series (Who Got the Jazz, Smooth Jazz Summer Nights, Summer Sounds on the Square) taking place in Old City and along the Delaware River waterfront throughout the week for Summer Sounds in the Historic District.

Two giant cultural festivals — the Festival of India and the Caribbean Festival — bring revelers to Penn’s Landing to celebrate diversity and to enjoy delicious and authentic food, live performances, local vendors and more.

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

Night Out Restaurant Week

MoshuluPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Some of the most popular eateries on the Delaware River waterfront and in Fishtown and Northern Liberties serve up meal deals during the annual Night Out Restaurant Week. Score multi-course meals for a deal at spots like Cheu Noodle Bar, Jerry's Bar, Moshulu (above) and more before the promotion ends on Sunday.

Night Out Restaurant Week

When:Through Sunday, August 19
Where:Various locations including Moshulu, 401 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Cost:$30-$35, dinners; $15-$20, lunches

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Last Chance: Cirque du Soleil Presents VOLTA at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center

For one more week, Cirque du Soleil entertains audiences with awe-inspiring acrobatics set to a rousing score at The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pennsylvania. See VOLTA before the mesmerizing show ends its run on Sunday.

Last Chance: Cirque du Soleil Presents VOLTA at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center

When:Through Sunday, August 19 (select dates)
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 by Matt Stanley for Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

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

Smooth Jazz Summer NightsPhoto 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 Lee Morgan and Sade at FringeArts (Wednesday); Smooth Jazz Summer Nights presents guitarist Adam Hawley at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing (Friday); country trio April Mae & The June Bugs perform at Franklin Square for the Summer Sounds on the Square series (Saturday); and saxophonist Korey Riker and trombonist Ernest Stuart each play sets at Spruce Street Harbor Park for August's Jazz in the Park show (Sunday).

Summer Sounds in the Historic District

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

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Spruce Street Harbor Park

SSHPPhoto by M. Fischetti 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. 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

BB&T PavilionPhoto courtesy BB&T Pavilion

Big-name acts roll in to Philly this week for concerts at major venues across the city. This week's lineup includes Pentatonix at BB&T Pavilion (Tuesday), Keith Sweat, Johnny Gill, Ralph Tresvant and Major at the Dell Music Center (Thursday), CAKE and Ben Folds at the Mann Center (Thursday) and Old Dominion at Citizens Bank Park (following the Phillies game on Friday).

Concerts in Philadelphia

When:Dates and times vary
Where:Various locations including BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Boulevard, Camden
Cost:Varies by event

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Outdoor Movie Nights

Movie Night at The Oval+Photo by A. Yee for Visit Philadephia

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 Wet Hot American Summer at Haas Biergarten (Wednesday), The LEGO Batman Movie at Ryerss Museum & Library (Wednesday), A Wrinkle in Time at Penn's Landing (Thursday) Inside Out at Pennypack Park (Friday), Chicago at The Piazza (Friday), Coco in Clark Park (Friday) Creed at The Oval+ (Friday), The Greatest Showman at Dilworth Park (Friday), Black Panther at Triangle Park (Saturday) and more.

Outdoor Movie Nights

When:Dates and times vary
Cost:Varies by event

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La NOCHE featuring Rebolu at the Kimmel Center

The exterior of the Kimmel Center in PhiladelphiaPhoto by P. Meyer for Visit Philadelphia

The Kimmel Center's free monthly jam session La NOCHE kick starts the week with plenty of rhythm and dance-ready grooves. At this installment, Afro-Colombian musical ensemble Rebolu performs traditional and original Colombian music following the La NOCHE band's set.

La NOCHE featuring Rebolu at the Kimmel Center

When:Monday, August 13, 8 p.m.
Where:Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:Free

www.kimmelcenter.org

Barnes Jawn(t)s at the Barnes Foundation

The Barnes FoundationPhoto by B. Krist 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 queer Latinx social worker and executive director of Women's Medical Fund Elicia Gonzales and Spirited Tattoo owner and tattoo artist Jasmine “Jas” Morrell.

Barnes Jawn(t)s at the Barnes Foundation

When:Tuesday, August 14, 6-6:45 p.m.
Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:$10

www.barnesfoundation.org

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Boston Red Sox & New York Mets

The Phillies are riding high in the National League East! The team-to-beat has a big week at home, with two games against the always-competitive Boston Red Sox and five games — including a doubleheader on Thursday! — against division rivals the New York Mets. Guests at Friday's game can stick around afterward for the free postgame concert by award-winning country music band Old Dominion.

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Boston Red Sox & New York Mets

When:August 14-19
Where:Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way
Cost:$17 and up

www.mlb.com

Center City Sips

People at the Balcony Bar at the Kimmel CenterPhoto by P. Meyer 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 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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Last Chance: The Oval+

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

The Oval+, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway's resident seasonal park, ends its summer season on Sunday. Enjoy the 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 one last time before closing day. Special programming this week includes free kickboxing and yoga classes (Wednesday), a jewelry-stamping workshop (Thursday), a free screening of Creed (Friday), a 3D-model-assembly challenge (Saturday) and a kid-friendly DJ dance party in the beer garden (Sunday). The Rodin Museum's Garden Bar and the Barnes Foundation's Canopy at the Barnes, two nearby seasonal attractions that opened in conjunction with The Oval+, close on Sunday as well.

Last Chance: 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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Parks on Tap at Lemon Hill

Parks On Tap at Lemon Hill MansionPhoto courtesy Parks On Tap

Come out to Parks on Tap this week for fresh-air brews and scenic views of the Center City skyline, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Schuylkill River at Lemon Hill in Fairmount Park. The roving beer garden series posts up from Wednesday through Sunday in the green space outside this historic mansion and Fairmount Park landmark. Events this week include a charitable happy hour from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday to support Lemon Hill Park and a free yoga class from 6-7 p.m. on Thursday.

Parks on Tap at Lemon Hill

When:August 15-19
Where:Lemon Hill Mansion, 1 Lemon Hill Drive
Cost:Pay as you go

www.parksontap.com

Old City Eats

Outdoor seating at Keating's Rope & Anchor Bar + KitchenPhoto courtesy Keating's Rope & Anchor Bar + Kitchen

Old City Eats provides half-priced appetizers and drink specials to patrons of participating Old City bars and restaurants — including Stratus Rooftop Lounge, Glory Beer Bar & Kitchen, JJ Bootleggers and Keating's Rope & Anchor Bar + Kitchen (above) — every Thursday this summer from 5 to 8 p.m.

Old City Eats

When:Thursdays, June 21 - August 30, 5-8 p.m.
Cost:Pay as you go

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Philadelphia Folk Festival

Philadelphia Folk FestivalPhoto by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Folk Festival returns for a full weekend of live music in Schwenksville, Pennsylvania. Presented by the Philadelphia Folksong Society, the festival turns a working farm into a center for performances, crafts and fun for the whole family. Performers this year include Patty Griffin, Valerie June, Riders in the Sky and actor Jeff Daniels.

Philadelphia Folk Festival

When:August 16-19
Where:Old Pool Farm, 1323 Salford Station Road, Schwenksville
Cost:$25 and up

www.pfs.org

Mustard Seed Film Festival

The Mustard Seed Film Festival celebrates South Asian filmmakers and South Asian stories with screenings of short films, feature-length flicks, documentaries and special events — including a South Asian Drag Night at Asian Arts Initiative with performers from New York, Boston and Philly. The lineup this year features 17 films, including a documentary about one of the last shepherdesses living with her flock in the Gya-Miru valley in Ladakh (La Bergère des Glaces) and a short about a woman's shamanic journey guided by a dream therapist (Entelechy).

Mustard Seed Film Festival

When:August 16-19
Where:Various locations including the Drexel URBN Annex, 3401 Filbert Street
Cost:$8 and up

www.mustardseedfilmfest.org

Diner en Blanc Philadelphia

Diner en BlancPhoto by Georgi Anastasov Photography

Thousands of people, clad in all-white attire, flock to a secret location in Philadelphia once a year for Dîner en Blanc, an elegant outdoor dinner party and social event that takes place in many cities around the world. Last year's event was held in Franklin Square and had a record attendance, and this year's dinner promises to be even larger and just as lovely. Note that registration is required and the event is currently full, but keep an eye out for thousands of revelers outfitted in white cavorting through the city. It's quite a sight to see! To sign up for information on next year's event, click here.

Diner en Blanc Philadelphia

When:Thursday, August 16
Where:Location TBA
Cost:Sold out

www.dinerenblanc.com

Films at AAMP: Wall Writers with Graffiti Legend Cornbread at The African American Museum

The documentary Wall Writers: Graffiti in its Innocence tells the story of the birth of American graffiti in Philadelphia and New York City and features interviews and commentary from early pioneers of the art form, journalists, historians and more. Catch a special screening of the film followed by an engaging conversation with Philadelphia graffiti legend Cornbread at The African American Museum in Philadelphia on Friday.

Films at AAMP: Wall Writers with Graffiti Legend Cornbread at The African American Museum

When:Friday, August 17, 6:30-9 p.m.
Where:The African American Museum, 701 Arch Street
Cost:$7, advance; $12, door; free, members

www.aampmuseum.org

The Beach on North Broad

For the second weekend in a row, the front lawn of Leon H. Sullivan Human Services Center transforms into a 1,500-square-foot beach, complete with 50 tons of sand, Adirondack chairs, umbrellas and a variety of beach games and activities. On Saturday, the beach hosts a free outdoor movie night featuring The Wiz. Skip the shore traffic and enjoy summer fun at this pop-up paradise on North Broad and Master streets.

The Beach on North Broad

When:August 18-19
Where:Leon H. Sullivan Building, 1415 N. Broad Street
Cost:Free

www.northbroad.org

Drumming Up Attention: Celebrate Revolutionary Fifers and Drummers at the Museum of the American Revolution

Fife band at the Museum of the American RevolutionPhoto courtesy Museum of the American Revolution

The Museum of the American Revolution pays tribute to the fifers and drummers of the Revolutionary Way with this free open-air party located on the museum's outdoor plaza. The afternoon event features live performances by the Fifes and Drums of the Old Barracks, fife-and-drum demonstrations, free toy fifes for the first 300 guests and more. Admission to the museum is not included.

Drumming Up Attention: Celebrate Revolutionary Fifers and Drummers at the Museum of the American Revolution

When:Saturday, August 18, 11 a.m.
Where:Outdoor plaza of the Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. 3rd Street
Cost:Free (museum admission not included)

www.amrevmuseum.org

PECO Multicultural Series: Festival of India at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing

Festival of IndiaPhoto courtesy Festival of India

Celebrations of Indian culture are the theme of the day at the annual Festival of India at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing. Part of the PECO Multicultural Series, the afternoon-long event features live performances, local vendors and delicious Indian food.

PECO Multicultural Series: Festival of India at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing

When:Saturday, August 18, noon - 7 p.m.
Where:Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free; pay-as-you-go food and drink

www.indiacouncil.org

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 Free Library of Philadelphia — Walnut Street West branch at 40th and Walnut streets. This Saturday's concert features The York Street Hustle, a ten-piece soul music band playing tunes from the 1960s. Classical Indian Bharatanatyam dance group Three Aksha opens the show.

40th Street Summer Series

When:Saturday, August 18, 6 p.m.
Where:Behind the Free Library of Philadelphia - Walnut Street West branch, 40th & Walnut streets
Cost:Free

www.universitycity.org

PECO Multicultural Series: Caribbean Festival at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing

The countries that make up the Caribbean are celebrated with a giant (and free-to-enter) festival at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. Guests can browse handmade crafts and stations from local vendors, enjoy Caribbean-inspired performances and munch on authentic food.

PECO Multicultural Series: Caribbean Festival at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing

When:Sunday, August 19, noon - 8 p.m.
Where:Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free; pay-as-you-go food and drink

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