26 Spectacular Things To Do In Philadelphia This Week, August 6-12

Philly Free Streets, Night Market in Kensington, Night Out Restaurant Week and more...

The first full week of August brings cultural celebrations, dining deals, hotly anticipated neighborhood events and more to Philadelphia.

The epic Philly Free Streets returns on Saturday to provide walkers, runners and bikers with five vehicle-free hours on North Broad Street between City Hall and Erie Avenue. Now in its third year, the beloved event highlights Philadelphia’s walkability and promotes active transportation alternatives while also showcasing the vibrancy of the neighborhoods the route runs through.

Over in Kensington, the Night Market — The Food Trust’s popular four-times-a-year street-food festival — fills the intersection at Frankford Avenue and York Street on Thursday with food trucks, live music and endless evening entertainment.

Speaking of evening entertainment, tons of outdoor movie nights take place this week. Catch popular films like Silver Linings Playbook, Black Panther, Ready Player One and Back to the Future at different venues citywide.

Other event highlights this week include Jamaica’s 56th Independence Celebrations & Tribute to Bob Marley at the Big Yard Entertainment Complex in Southwest Philly, the Peach Festival at Peddler’s Village, the pop-up beach on North Broad Street and the start of the annual Night Out Restaurant Week.

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

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

The Ferris wheel at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest in PhiladelphiaPhoto 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. 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

Photo by M. Stanley for Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

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 Herbie Hancock at the Hill-Physick House (Wednesday); genre-blending collective Killiam Shakespeare and DJ Lean perform for the next edition of the weekly Waterfront Sessions at Spruce Street Harbor Park (Thursday); Smooth Jazz Summer Nights presents saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing (Friday); and bluegrass band The Jersey Corn Pickers performs 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. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

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Spruce Street Harbor Park

People lounging i hammocks at Spruce Street Harbor Park in PhiladelphiaPhoto courtesy Spruce Street Harbor Park

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

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

Big-name acts roll in to Philly this week for concerts at major venues across the city. This week's lineup includes Phish at BB&T Pavilion (Tuesday and Wednesday), The Diplomats at the Electric Factory (Thursday), Wiz Khalifa and Rae Sremmurd at BB&T Pavilion (Friday), Jeremih and Teyana Taylor at Union Transfer (Friday), 311 and The Offspring at Festival Pier (Friday) and Gladys Knight at The Mann Center (Sunday).

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

Screening Under The Stars at Penn's LandingPhoto By M. Stanley for Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

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 Before Hollywood: Philadelphia and the Birth of the Movies at Sister Cities Park (Tuesday), The Parent Trap in the Haas Biergarten at FringeArts (Wednesday), The Prophet at Mifflin Square Park (Wednesday), Black Panther at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing (Thursday), Silver Linings Playbook at The Piazza (Thursday), Star Wars: The Force Awakens at Pennypack on the Delaware Park (Thursday), Ready Player One at Dilworth Park (Friday), Back to the Future at Clark Park (Friday), Wayne's World at The Oval+ (Friday) and Black Panther (again!) at Bartram’s Garden (Friday).

Outdoor Movie Nights

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

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Barnes Jawn(t)s at the Barnes Foundation

A tour guide at the Barnes FoundationPhoto courtesy Barnes Foundation

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 co-founder of the Black and Brown Workers Collective Shani Akilah, interdisciplinary performance artist and professor Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews and communications director of the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives and co-founder of the Bechdel Test Fest Mo Manklan. Tours are just $10 per person.

Barnes Jawn(t)s at the Barnes Foundation

When:Tuesday, August 7, 6-6:45 p.m.
Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:$10

www.barnesfoundation.org

Parkway 100: The Rise of the Rocky Steps

People jumping up and down on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of ArtPhoto by Visit Philadelphia

Join Steadicam inventor Garrett Brown, Rocky Statue sculptor A. Thomas Schomberg, Greater Philadelphia Film Office executive director Sharon Pinkenson and Rocky Stories author Michael Vitez on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art for a lively discussion about how the landmark reached icon status, followed by a free movie screening of the documentary Before Hollywood: Philadelphia and the Birth of the Movies nearby in Sister Cities Park with the film's producer and director. Guests should bring chairs or blankets for the screening. Wine from Chaddsford Winery, craft beer and snacks are pay-as-you-go.

Parkway 100: The Rise of the Rocky Steps

When:Tuesday, August 7; Philadelphia Museum of Art: 6:30-7:45 p.m.; Sister Cities Park: 8:15-9:30 p.m.
Where:Various locations including steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free

www.parkway100.org

Center City Sips

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 the 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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Brasil Summerfest Philadelphia at World Cafe Live

Brasil Summerfest, a popular festival showcasing contemporary Brazilian culture, music, food and film in New York City, debuts in Philadelphia on Wednesday at World Cafe Live with performances by Xenia França, Ava Rocha, NEGRO LEO and DJ Eduardo Brechó. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the music starts at 8 p.m. Deal alert: Uwishunu.com readers can use the promo code VISIT15 and save $5 on the ticket price!

Brasil Summerfest Philadelphia at World Cafe Live

When:Wednesday, August 8, 8 p.m.
Where:World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street
Cost:$20

www.worldcafelive.com

Parks on Tap in Dickinson Square

Parks On TapPhoto courtesy Fairmont Park Conservancy

Raise a glass to summer in the city with fresh-air brews and bites at Dickinson Square, 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 three-acre Pennsport park in the shade of large, lush trees. Events at this location include a free yoga class from 6-7 p.m. on Thursday and two interactive cooking demonstrations using fresh, healthy produce from the park's recurring farmers market — set up next to Parks on Tap — from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Parks on Tap in Dickinson Square

When:August 8-12
Where:Dickinson Square Park, Tasker & S. 4th streets
Cost:Pay as you go

www.parksontap.com

The Oval+

Children playing at The Oval+ park in PhiladelphiaPhoto by A. Yee for Fairmount Park Conservancy

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 and yoga classes (Wednesday), quizzo and the Bright Radio Game Show music game show (Saturday) and a kid-friendly DJ dance party in the beer garden (Sunday).

Institutions along the Parkway are activating their outdoor spaces as well for The Oval+'s season. That includes 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

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 Red Owl Tavern, Khyber Pass Pub, Bleu Martini and Royal Boucherie — 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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The Little Rebel Beer Garden Series at the Betsy Ross House

People enjoying the Little Rebel Beer Garden at the Betsy Ross HousePhoto courtesy the Betsy Ross House

A lively beer garden — presented by popular South Philly watering hole Devil's Den — pops up in the courtyard of this historic landmark once a month through fall. Guests can enjoy tasty food truck bites, refreshing local brews and after-hours tours of the house for just $5 on Thursday from 5-10 p.m.

The Little Rebel Beer Garden Series at the Betsy Ross House

When:Thursday, August 9, 5-10 p.m.
Where:Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.historicphiladelphia.org

Night Market Philadelphia: Kensington

People having fun at Night Market PhiladelphiaPhoto courtesy The Food Trust

It's back! Night Market, The Food Trust’s popular street-food festival, heads to Frankford Avenue and York Street in Kensington on Thursday. Expect live music and entertainment by Frankie Vado, Max Swan and Philadelphia Argentine Tango School plus a ton of food truck fare from local favorites and new-to-Night-Market vendors like Dim Sum House, Puyero Venezuelan Flavor and Double Trouble Waffles and French Toast. Attendees should keep their eyes peeled for select vendors with bright-orange Caviar signs, as those eateries (including Federal Donuts and Weckerly's) are offering off-the-menu items.

Night Market Philadelphia: Kensington

When:Thursday, August 9, 6-10 p.m.
Where:Frankford Avenue and York Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.thefoodtrust.org

Yards Brewing Company Warehouse Party

The folks at Yards Brewing Company invite guests to their warehouse for a free concert, free Yards swag and beer specials all night — including one free beer for each attendee! — to celebrate the brewery's Best of Philly 2018 accolades (Reader Poll: Best Local Brewery winner and Best Brewpub winner) from Philadelphia magazine. Enjoy music by Marah, Hardwork Movement and TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb on Thursday from 6-11 p.m.

Yards Brewing Company Warehouse Party

When:Thursday, August 9, 6-11 p.m.
Where:Yards Brewing Company, 500 Spring Garden Street
Cost:Free, pay-as-you-go food and drink

www.yardsbrewing.com

Market to Table: Chef Tour and Dinner Featuring Kevin Sbraga

Reading Terminal MarketPhoto by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Join critically acclaimed chef and Top Chef winner Kevin Sbraga at Reading Terminal Market's first Market to Table: Chef Tour and Dinner, a new after-hours culinary series where noted chefs help guests shop at the market for ingredients, lead a cooking demonstration with the newly purchased ingredients and prepare a multi-course dinner for the group in the market's open kitchen. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own wine to pair with Chef Sbraga's dinner menu, which includes dishes like a summer tomato salad with arugula pesto and grilled swordfish with lemon caper sauce.

Market to Table: Chef Tour and Dinner Featuring Kevin Sbraga

When:Friday, August 10, 5-8 p.m.
Where:Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th Street
Cost:$100

www.readingterminalmarket.com

Silent Philly Party at City Hall

Three DJs spin different genres of music while guests flip back and forth between sets using noise-cancelling headphones at this silent dance party at City Hall.

Silent Philly Party at City Hall

When:Friday, August 10, 9 p.m.
Where:City Hall, 1400 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
Cost:$20 and up

www.silentphilly.com

Night Out Restaurant Week

People eating at Cheu Fishtown in PhiladelphiaPhoto 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. From Friday through August 19, spots like Cheu Noodle Bar, Jerry’s Bar, the Moshulu and more plate multi-course meals for hard-to-beat prices.

Night Out Restaurant Week

When:August 10-19
Where:Various locations including Cheu Fishtown, 1416 Frankford Avenue
Cost:Pay as you go

www.nightoutrestaurantweek.com

Philly Free Streets

People walking and biking at Philly Free StreetsPhoto by Visit Philadelphia

Philly Free Streets returns for its third year of car-free festivities along some of the city’s most bustling streets. This year, the route runs from City Hall to Erie Avenue along North Broad Street — making for an eight-mile-long course (round trip) of vehicle-free streets. Along the way, guests find free activities and educational programming including an interactive-history scavenger hunt, chalk painting and fitness classes as well as the debut of The Beach on North Broad, a 1,500-square-foot man-made beach.

Philly Free Streets

When:Saturday, August 11, 8 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Where:North Broad Street from City Hall to Erie Avenue
Cost:Free

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

African American Museum in PhiladelphiaPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

The African American Museum in Philadelphia invites families to its Macy's Family Fun Day on Saturday for a variety of interactive programming and workshops aimed at empowering youth audiences. The first 250 guests receive free admission to the museum for this event, so show up early!

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

When:Saturday, August 11, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where:The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street
Cost:Free for the first 250 guests

www.aampmuseum.org

Puppy Yoga at The Logan Hotel

Practice yoga in the presence of adorable puppies — yes, puppies! — at this vinyasa flow group class at the Logan Hotel promoting the adoption of homeless dogs housed at Morris Animal Refuge. Leave with a clear mind — and perhaps a new cuddly canine.

Puppy Yoga at The Logan Hotel

When:Saturday, August 11, noon - 3 p.m.
Where:The Logan Philadelphia, 1 Logan Square
Cost:$20-25

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Second Saturday: Music in the Main House at Cliveden

Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

The history of Cliveden comes alive to the smooth sounds of a jazz score by Warren Oree and The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble at this special Second Saturday event. Inspired by the mansion's past, the music floods the halls of the historic mansion as guests roam the rooms during two 90-minute performances.

Second Saturday: Music in the Main House at Cliveden

When:Saturday, August 11, 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Where:Cliveden, 6401 Germantown Avenue
Cost:$15

www.freedomsbackyard.com

The Beach on North Broad

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 — for two weekends in August. Skip the shore traffic and enjoy summer fun at this pop-up paradise on North Broad and Master streets this Saturday — during Philly Free Streets! — and Sunday.

The Beach on North Broad

When:August 11-12 & 18-19
Where:Broad and Master streets
Cost:Free

www.northbroad.org

Peach Festival at Peddler’s Village

Peaches at the Peach Festival at Peddler's Village in Bucks CountyPhoto courtesy Peddler's Village

Peddler’s Village honors all-things peach this weekend during its annual Peach Festival. Guests of the two-day fest can enjoy peach treats, fresh peaches, live music and a sidewalk sale.

Peach Festival at Peddler’s Village

When:August 11-12
Where:Peddler's Village, 2400 Street Road, New Hope
Cost:Free; pay-as-you-go food and drink

www.peddlersvillage.com

Jamaica’s 56th Independence Celebrations & Tribute to Bob Marley

People having fun at the Jamaica's 56th Independence CelebrationsPhoto courtesy Jamaica Pennsylvania Association

Festivities surrounding the anniversary of Jamaica’s independence take place on Sunday at the Big Yard Entertainment Complex in Southwest Philly. Dancing contests, food and music are a smattering of the activities.

Jamaica’s 56th Independence Celebrations & Tribute to Bob Marley

When:Sunday, August 12, noon - 10 p.m.
Where:Big Yard Entertainment Complex, 6039 Passyunk Avenue
Cost:$20

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Chestnut Hill Restaurant Week

Paris Bistro and Jazz CafeParis Bistro & Jazz Cafe | Photo courtesy Paris Bistro & Jazz Cafe

Chestnut Hill's popular restaurant week begins on Sunday with $35 meal deals at neighborhood hot spots. Valley Green Inn, McNally's Tavern, Chestnut Hill Brewing Company and 11 more hot spots participate in this deal-fueled promotion.

Chestnut Hill Restaurant Week

When:August 12-17
Cost:Pay as you go

www.chestnuthillpa.com

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