28 Terrific Things To Do In Philly This Week, August 27 – September 3

Labor Day Weekend, Made in America, Final days for Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and more...

It’s the unofficial last week of summer, 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 in South Philly (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 also the final week for beloved seasonal attraction Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest. 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 and see the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation’s Labor Day fireworks show — following a concert by the U.S. Army Band Downrange at Penn’s Landing —  on Saturday night.

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

Last Chance: Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

Blue Cross RiverRink SummerfestPhoto courtesy Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

This week brings the last days of the season for the fun-filled Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest. Head to the Delaware River waterfront destination by Monday, September 3 — its last day open — for boardwalk eats, craft beer and cocktails, roller skating, mini-golf, arcade games, and the 60-foot-tall Ferris wheel.

Last Chance: 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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Last Chance: Summer Exhibitions

National Museum of American Jewish HistoryPhoto by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Don’t miss the opportunity to check out six of this summer’s biggest exhibitions before they all close in the coming week. Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music at the National Museum of American Jewish History runs through Sunday. Modern Times: American Art 1910-1950 and Art Splash: Bright Lights, Little City at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Renoir: Father and Son/Painting and Cinema at the Barnes Foundation, Game Masters at The Franklin Institute and Photo Pop Philly at the Philadelphia Building all wrap up on Monday, September 3.

Last Chance: Summer Exhibitions

When:September 2-3
Where:Locations include National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall E.
Cost:Varies by event

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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

Enjoy the last couple weeks 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 Dizzy Gillespie at Spruce Street Harbor Park (Wednesday); hip-hop group Hardwork Movement and DJ RB Ricks perform at the next edition of the weekly Waterfront Sessions at Spruce Street Harbor Park (Thursday); Smooth Jazz Summer Nights presents the two-time Grammy award-nominated duo The Baylor Project at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing (Friday); and genre-blending city folk band Black Horse Motel jams at Franklin Square for the final Summer Sounds on the Square performance (Saturday).

Summer Sounds in the Historic District

When:Through Friday, September 7 (select dates)
Where:Various locations including Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

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Spruce Street Harbor Park

SSHPSpruce Street Harbor Park | Photo courtesy Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

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 lights. 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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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 Coco at Smith Playground (Monday), Lion King at Shuler Playground (Wednesday), Despicable Me 3 at Penn’s Landing (Thursday), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 at The Piazza (Thursday), Moana at Upper Roxborough Reservoir Preserve (Thursday), Peter Rabbit at Bartram’s Garden (Friday) and two screenings of Black Panther, one at Clark Park and the other at Emanuel Recreation Center (both on 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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#TrashcanTakeover: Less Trash, More Art

#TrashcanTakeover art in PhillyPhoto by Eric Dale for Rory

Original works of art by 18 Philadelphia artists replace less-inspiring ads on trashcans in the Rittenhouse neighborhood for #TrashcanTakeover, an initiative that aims to spark conversation about how brands can use public space for messaging more effectively while showcasing local artists' work in the process. See all the artwork in person by scoping out the spots on this map or view the exhibition digitally on its official Instagram feed.

#TrashcanTakeover: Less Trash, More Art

When:Ongoing
Where:Various locations, including corner of 19th street and Rittenhouse Square
Cost:Free

www.instagram.com/trashcantakeover

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals & vs. Chicago Cubs at Citizens Bank Park

Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank ParkPhoto courtesy the Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillies end August and kick off September with two three-game series at Citizens Bank Park. Watch as the team continues to chase down a playoff spot at games against the Washington Nationals at the onset of the week and against the Chicago Cubs over Labor Day weekend.

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals & vs. Chicago Cubs at Citizens Bank Park

When:August 27 - September 2
Where:Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way
Cost:$17 and up

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City Fitness Commotion at The Fillmore

The FillmorePhoto Courtesy The Fillmore

Celebrate City Fitness’s 11th birthday at a very special fitness-and-dance party at The Fillmore on Monday night. Come out for the spectacle and see three DJs spin high-energy music for the Commotion group workout (participant tickets are sold out but general admission tickets are still available) followed by a live performance by renowned dance-pop artist and Philly native Mike Taylor.

City Fitness Commotion at The Fillmore

When:Monday, August 27, 7-10 p.m.
Where:The Fillmore, 29 E. Allen Street
Cost:$10 and up

www.cityfitnessphilly.com

Mt. Airy Supper Sessions on the Avenue

Mt. Airy Supper Sessions on the AvenuePhoto Courtesy Go Mt. Airy

Calling all foodies: Head out to Mt. Airy’s Supper Sessions on the Avenue series for a chance to check out Germantown Avenue’s great food-and-drink scene! Ten restaurants, including Chef Ken’s Cafe, Cresheim Valley Grain Exchange and Earth Bread + Brewery, serve up their delicious eats alfresco on Germantown Avenue every other Wednesday night. Be sure to stick around for live music, kids activities and more.

Mt. Airy Supper Sessions on the Avenue

When:Wednesday, August 29, 5-10 p.m.
Where:7800 Germantown Avenue
Cost:Pay-as-you-go

www.gomtairy.com

Parks on Tap at Clark Park

Parks On TapPhoto courtesy Fairmount Park Conservancy

Roving beer garden series Parks on Tap pops up in Clark Park from Wednesday through the Labor Day holiday. Swing by for fresh-air bites and brews in this tree-covered, nine-acre public space in the heart of University City. Events hosted at the park this week include a charitable happy hour from 5-7 p.m. to support Clark Park on Wednesday, a free yoga class from 6-7 p.m. on Thursday, a free screening of Black Panther from 7-10 p.m. on Friday and the sixth annual Philadelphia Pagan Pride Day from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Parks on Tap at Clark Park

When:August 29 - September 3
Where:Clark Park, 4300-4398 Baltimore Avenue
Cost:Pay-as-you-go

www.parksontap.com

Last Chance: Center City Sips

Balcony Bar at the Kimmel Center for the Performing ArtsPhoto courtesy the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Cheers to the end of summer at the last Center City Sips happy hour of the season this Wednesday. Score $4 glasses of beer, $5 glasses of wine, $6 cocktails and half-priced appetizers at more than 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.)

Last Chance: Center City Sips

When:Wednesdays, June 6 - August 29, 5-7 p.m.
Where:Various locations including Balcony Bar, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:$4 glasses of beer; $5 glasses of wine; $6 cocktails; half-priced appetizers

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Last Chance: Old City Eats

Like Center City Sips, Old City Eats unfortunately ends its 2018 happy hour series this week. Get half-priced appetizers and drink specials from Old City bars and restaurants — including High Street on Market, Farmicia Food & Tonics, Cuba Libre and National Mechanics — one last time on Thursday from 5-8 p.m.

Last Chance: Old City Eats

When:Thursdays, June 21 - August 30, 5-8 p.m
Where:Various locations including FARMiCiA, 15 S. 3rd Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Labor Day Weekend in Philadelphia

Tall ships at Penn's Landing for Sail PhiladelphiaPhoto by M. Stanley for Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

Summer gets a proper send-off this Labor Day weekend with tons of fantastic events at both indoor and outdoor attractions around the city. Read our complete guide to Labor Day weekend for more details about the fabulous fireworks shows, massive concerts, major food-and-drink festivals and more going down over the long holiday weekend.

Labor Day Weekend in Philadelphia

When:August 31 - September 3
Where:Various locations including Penn's Landing
Cost:Varies by event

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D’ussé Palooza

D’ussé PaloozaPhoto courtesy D’ussé Palooza

Formerly known as Hennypalooza, D’ussé Palooza — one of the biggest cross-country fests in the nation — lands in Philly on Friday for one hyped-up night of unrivaled entertainment. Enjoy complimentary D’ussé cocktails (while supplies last); music by Jahlil Beats, Austin Millz, Diamond Kutz, DJ Omega and DJ Aye Boogie; and a crowd full of energy at the the Theater of Living Arts.

D’ussé Palooza

When:Friday, August 31, 5 p.m.
Where:Theatre of The Living Arts, 334 South Street
Cost:$52 and up

www.dussepalooza.com

House of Bottles

Premier nightlife event House of Bottles delivers the ultimate party on Friday at one of the newest nightclubs in Philly, NOTO. The event features entertainment by DJ AMH, DJ HBK, DJ Caution and DJ NiteCrawler, a top-shelf open bar and complimentary hors d'oeuvres all night.

House of Bottles

When:Friday, August 31, 10 p.m.
Where:NOTO, 1209 Vine Street
Cost:$50

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Draken Harald Hårfagre at Penn's Landing

The Draken Harald Hårfagre, the world’s largest operating Viking ship, sails into Penn’s Landing (for the first time ever!) over Labor Day weekend. The ship arrives on Friday and docks on the Delaware River waterfront for seven days, during which guests can go on deck tours, see a screening of the new Draken documentary, explore the pop-up Draken Village, attend a lecture about the ship’s adventures led by the captain and more.

Draken Harald Hårfagre at Penn's Landing

When:August 31 - September 6
Where:Penn's Landing
Cost:$14, adults (ages 16 and over); $7, child (ages 5-15); free, children (ages 4 and under)

www.drakenhh.com

Labor Day Fireworks on the Delaware River

FIreworks along the Delaware River waterfrontPhoto courtesy M. Stanley for DRWC

Following a rollicking end-of-summer concert featuring the U.S. Army Band Downrange at Penn’s Landing, a fabulous fireworks show lights up the sky above the Delaware River on Saturday evening to commemorate Labor Day. Take in the spectacular views from the Independence Seaport Museum's second-floor terrace bar Deck, Spruce Street Harbor Park or one of these other awesome vantage points along the waterfront.

Labor Day Fireworks on the Delaware River

When:Saturday, September 1, 9:30 p.m.
Where:Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

www.phillyseaport.org

College Football Season Opener: Temple vs. Villanova at Lincoln Financial Field

College football season is back! Head to Lincoln Financial Field for the Temple Owls’ first game of the season against non-conference opponents and neighbors the Villanova Wildcats.

College Football Season Opener: Temple vs. Villanova at Lincoln Financial Field

When:Saturday, September 1, noon
Where:Lincoln Financial Field, 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way
Cost:$30 and up

www.owlsports.com

Made In America

Photo by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

Made in America, one of Philadelphia’s most popular music festivals, hits the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for another year of live music from some of the biggest names in hip-hop, EDM, rock and pop. The festival runs this Saturday and Sunday with performances by Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, Post Malone, Meek Mill, Diplo, Zedd, Alessia Cara and more. After the day’s performances, hit up one of many after-parties at venues across the city. Options include Meek Mill at NOTO, Grits & Biscuits at the Theatre of Living Arts and Drake & Rihanna vs Jay Z & Beyoncé "Made in America" After Party at the Foundry on Saturday; and Ty Dolla $ign at NOTO, Mad Decent Presents Diplo and Friends at The Fillmore and Everybody Is Somebody: Made In America After Party ft. Mir Fontane at the Foundry on Sunday.

Made In America

When:September 1-2
Where:Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:$175 and up

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Labor Day Volksfest at Canstatter-Verein

Grab your lederhosen and head to Canstatter-Verein this weekend to experience the oldest German Volkfest in the United States! From Saturday to Monday, the Canstatter German society in Torresdale hosts the 146th annual Labor Day Volksfest, a three-day Oktoberfest party complete with lots of German beer, food, music, crafts and more.

Labor Day Volksfest at Canstatter-Verein

When:September 1-3
Where:Cannstatter Volkfest-Verein, 9130 Academy Road
Cost:$6 and up

www.cannstatter.org

Back to School! Kids Get In Free at the Museum of the American Revolution

Museum of the American RevolutionPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Back-to-school prep is anything but a bummer at the Museum of the American Revolution’s Back To School! weekend. From Saturday through Monday, kids 12 and under receive free admission to the museum plus a free back-to-school pack, complete with colored pencils, an eraser, a history-themed coloring book and a pocket-sized Declaration of Independence.

Back to School! Kids Get In Free at the Museum of the American Revolution

When:September 1-3
Where:Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. 3rd Street
Cost:Free, kids; regular admission, adults

www.amrevmuseum.org

End of Philadelphia’s Historic District Programming for 2018 Season

Once Upon A NationPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Some of the fun summer programming in Philadelphia’s Historic District wraps up for the season over Labor Day weekend, including the Once Upon a Nation free storytelling sessions, the free Military Muster events at Signer’s Garden (at Fifth and Chestnut streets), Storytime in the Square at Franklin Square and more. Experience some of the city’s most popular history-based entertainment one more time before the 2018 season comes to a close.

End of Philadelphia’s Historic District Programming for 2018 Season

When:September 1-3
Where:Locations include Once Upon A Nation, 600 Chestnut Street
Cost:Varies by event

www.historicphiladelphia.org

Waterfront Day

Penn's Landing DayPhoto courtesy Aaron Raysor Photography

The Spirit of Philadelphia and attractions along the Delaware River waterfront partner for the second annual Waterfront Day, a day-long event featuring a pop-up rooftop beer garden on the Spirit of Philadelphia cruise ship, live entertainment, deals from several waterfront attractions and the world’s largest Viking ship, Draken Harald Hårfagre, docked outside of the Independence Seaport Museum for visitors to explore. Awesome Waterfront Day deals include $3 off skating all day at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, buy one, get one free traditional hot dogs at Froman’s at Spruce Street Harbor Park, $5 select frozen drinks at Keating’s Rope & Anchor and more. The Spirit of Philadelphia’s rooftop beer garden is free to enter and open to the public from 3 to 5:30 p.m.

Waterfront Day

When:Sunday, September 2
Where:Spirit of Philadelphia, 401 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

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Free First Sundays at Philadelphia Museums

Photo courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art

On Sunday, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Barnes Foundation and the Woodmere Art Museum all offer guests free or pay-what-you-wish admission for the day to mark the first Sunday of a new month. Tour soon-to-close major exhibitions (Renoir at the Barnes, Modern Times at the Philadelphia Museum of Art), enjoy art-making activities and live performances at the Barnes for PECO Free First Sunday Family Day or explore works dedicated to Philadelphia art and artists at the Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill.

Free First Sundays at Philadelphia Museums

When:Sunday, September 2
Where:Locations include Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free

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Party in the Park at the Dell Music Center

Crowd at the Dell Music CenterPhoto courtesy the Dell Music Center

Celebrated classic R&B group and Philadelphia natives Maze featuring Frankie Beverly get the Dell Music Center grooving alongside The Whispers for the Party in the Park on Sunday evening. Come out for an energizing evening of ’80s R&B hits at this 5,000-seat open-air amphitheater located in Fairmount Park.

Party in the Park at the Dell Music Center

When:Sunday, September 2, 7 p.m.
Where:The Dell Music Center, 2400 Strawberry Mansion Drive
Cost:$40 and up

www.thedellmusiccenter.com

Afrofest

This massive African-Caribbean festival and party tour returns to the Theatre of Living Arts on Sunday for fans of afrobeats, hip-hop, dancehall, soca and kompa music. Last year’s event sold out, so be sure to get tickets ahead of time!

Afrofest

When:Sunday, September 2, 10 p.m.
Where:Theatre of The Living Arts, 334 South Street
Cost:$20 and up

www.livenation.com

PECO Multicultural Series: Blue Corn Lifestyle: Green & Organic Festival at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing

Cultures from all over the world gather during the Green & Organic Festival at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing to celebrate with performances, music, food and more. The festival — which is part of the PECO Multicultural Series at Penn’s Landing — serves as both a cultural celebration and a promotion for sustainable living. Bok to School Beer Fest

PECO Multicultural Series: Blue Corn Lifestyle: Green & Organic Festival at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing

When:Sunday, September 2, noon - 5 p.m.
Where:Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

www.bluecornlifestyle.com

Bok to School Beer Fest

Bok BarPhoto by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

Spend Labor Day in the gymnasium of a former vocational school sipping beer from local breweries for a good cause at the Bok to School Beer Fest. Expect a menu featuring new takes on after-school snacks, as well as beer from Sly Fox Brewing Company, Conshohocken Brewing Company and Yards Brewing Company. Also on tap: a raffle with prizes from Crime & Punishment Brewing Company, Fermentery Form, Urban Jungle and more. All of the proceeds go toward spinal cord-injury research and quality-of-life programs.

Bok to School Beer Fest

When:Monday, September 3, 6-10 p.m.
Where:Bok, 1901 S. 9th Street
Cost:$40

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