For the thirsty beer connoisseur or the casual drinker, Philly Beer Week, Parks On Tap in Matthias Park and the kick-off of Center City Sips provide numerous options to be social and enjoy a tasty cold one.
Historic District crowd-pleasers like the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival, Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and Spruce Street Harbor Park continue this week with fun for the whole family.
Get out and do some shopping while supporting local businesses, artists, restaurants and vendors at [email protected] Summer Market and the Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll.
Cheer on the hometown Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park as they attempt to sweep the visiting Milwaukee Brewers in a three-game series.
Show your pride at the PrideDay LGBT Pride Parade and Festival and The Philadelphia Dyke March in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection.
Plus, don’t miss openings of the Balcony Bar at The Kimmel Center and the Revolution Place exhibit at the Museum of the American Revolution as well as the final performances — and Saturday’s massive Street Fair! — from the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA).
Check out all of our picks for this week in Philly, below.
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Philly Beer Week
The 11th annual celebration of the city’s vibrant beer culture features more than 350 events ranging from tastings of locally crafted brews in cozy neighborhood taprooms to educational offerings such as guided tastings, lectures and prix-fixe beer-pairing dinners. The event runs all seven days this week, with highlights including a craft-beer-and-kayak excursion on the Schuylkill River at Beer and Boats at Bartram’s Garden(Thursday), a Canwood Derby at Good Dog Bar (Friday) and the Fishtown FestivAle(complete with fireworks!) on Saturday.
Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA)PHOTO BY JUAN ROBERT FOR PIFA
Get in on the action during the final week of the epic Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA), which transfixes audiences with more than 30 shows at venues and public spaces citywide this week. Performances to note this week: Part II of Taylor Mac’s thrilling spectacle A 24-Decade History of Popular Music (Saturday) — which lasts an astonishing 12 hours — and Cristal Palace by Transe Express, an outdoor dance party on the banks of the Schuylkill River featuring musicians and acrobats atop a giant chandelier.
Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin SquarePHOTO BY J. FUSCO FOR TIANYU
Led by the 200-foot-long dragon, 28 all-new brilliantly colorful illuminated lantern sculptures have overtake Franklin Square during the annual Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival, featuring more than 15,000 LED lights. Live performances (like Chinese acrobatics), a beer garden and food, crafts and shopping round out the ticketed experience.
Blue Cross RiverRink SummerfestPHOTO COURTESY BLUE CROSS RIVERRINK SUMMERFEST
Take a friend, a date or the whole family to Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest for a spin on the outdoor roller skating rink, a game of mini-golf, a ride on the Ferris wheel or a delicious bite to eat in the lodge. Plus, this Thursday, don’t miss Latin Nights at the Lodge, featuring DJs, dance lessons and live performances for just $5.
Summer Sounds in the Historic DistrictPHOTO COURTESY SPRUCE STREET HARBOR PARK
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 concert curated by VISIT PHILADELPHIA. This week, don’t miss A Tribute to Miles Davis and Aretha Franklin at the African American Museum (Wednesday), Waterfront Sessions featuring Harmony Woods and DJ John Vettesse at Spruce Street Harbor Park (Thursday) and Latin Nights at the Lodge at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest (Thursday).
Spruce Street Harbor ParkPHOTO COURTESY DELAWARE RIVER WATERFRONT CORPORATION
One of the city’s most beloved waterfront hangouts comes complete with colorful hammocks, Adirondack chairs, cold drinks, amazing food options and twinkling light fixtures. Guests can also enjoy weekly and monthly live entertainment, including performances from Harmony Woods and DJ John Vettesse on Thursday as part of the space's Waterfront Sessions series.
Free Admission for National Day at the American Swedish Historical MuseumPHOTO COURTESY AMERICAN SWEDISH HISTORICAL MUSEUM
This Wednesday, celebrate Swedish National Day at South Philly's American Swedish Historical Museum. On the docket: free admission, guided tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and a complimentary Swedish dessert treat.
Season Opening of Balcony Bar at the Kimmel Center for the Performing ArtsPHOTO COURTESY THE KIMMEL CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
The Balcony Bar @ The Kimmel promises the “best happy hour above Broad Street” from the second-story balcony of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. The spot offers beautiful views and a snack-centric menu of mixed Spanish olives, smoked eggplant hummus and whipped feta along with affordably priced beer, wine and drinks from 5 to 7 p.m. in conjunction with Center City Sips.
Sittin’ In featuring Rare Essence at the Kimmel Center
Don’t miss the chance to dance and experience great live music — for free! — at Sittin’ In at the Kimmel Center. This week, Rare Essence, Washington D.C.’s premier go-go band, brings the funk and then some.
Parks on Tap at Matthias Baldwin ParkPHOTO COURTESY FAIRMONT PARK CONSERVANCY
This week, roving beer garden series Parks on Tap heads to Matthias Baldwin Park in the Spring Garden neighborhood. From Wednesday through Sunday, sip and sup alfresco at the site that once was home to the Baldwin Locomotive Works. On Wednesday, note that half of the evening’s proceeds go directly to support Matthias Baldwin Park. On Thursday, stop by for free yoga in the park with Roots2Rise.
Season Kickoff of Center City SipsPHOTO BY J. FUSCO FOR VISIT PHILADELPHIA
Happy hour in Philadelphia gets even happier during Center City Sips, a summertime Wednesday evening tradition that offers drink and appetizer specials at select bars and restaurants. Harp & Crown, Franky Bradley’s and City Tap House Logan Square are just a few of the more than 90 establishments to choose from to celebrate making it more than halfway through the work week.
[email protected] Summer MarketPHOTO BY A. RICKETTS FOR VISIT PHILADELPHIA
Enjoy an evening of shopping and learn more about the BOK creative community, comprising folks making jewelry, clothing, ceramics, glassware, skincare products and more. The event features food, drink and music by BOK tenants, and even a raffle for a chance to win $300 in products from participating vendors.
Baltimore Avenue Dollar StrollPHOTO COURTESY UNIVERSITY CITY DISTRICT
Looking for a bargain? During University City’s Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll, local restaurants and businesses offer attendees bites to eat, pet supplies, theater tickets and other goods for the incredibly reasonable price of $1. Participating businesses for the summer version of this annual event include Milk and Honey Market, Dock Street Cannery and Little Baby’s Ice Cream, among others. Plus, live music and family entertainment make a visit to the Baltimore Avenue business corridor well worth the trip.
Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Wall Ball & After Party
Celebrate the beautiful contributions of Mural Arts and help raise funds for their collaborative public art projects and innovative art education programs at their annual Wall Ball, featuring delicious food, music, an AI-based photo booth, an art auction and so much more. Stay for the after party to enjoy beer and cocktails, dancing and late-night snacks.
Free Admission at Simeone Foundation Auto MuseumPHOTO COURTESY SIMEONE FOUNDATION AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM
Rev up your weekend at the 10th Anniversary Celebration at South Philly's Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum. There's no excuse to miss out on this truly amazing collection of racing and sports cars thanks to free admission, giveaways, driving demonstrations and raffles to ride shotgun during said driving demonstrations.
Philadelphia Phillies vs. Milwaukee Brewers at Citizens Bank ParkPHOTO BY M. KENNEDY FOR VISIT PHILADELPHIA
Batter up! Get outside to catch the red-hot Milwaukee Brewers take on the hungry Phightin’ Phils in a three-game series on their home turf at Citizens Bank Park as the Phillies vie for first place in the National League East.
Opening: Revolution Place at the Museum of the American RevolutionPHOTO COURTESY MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
At the brand-new Revolution Place exhibit at the Museum of the American Revolution, kids and families can step back in time into four recreated environments: a military encampment, a home, a tavern and an 18th-century meeting house. With the aid of experiential elements, touch screens, reproductions and special programming set against colorful murals, visitors are able to immerse themselves in Revolutionary War-era Philadelphia life.
Celebrate and learn more about vegan and whole-food-plant-based lifestyles at the revival of VegFest. Vendors and exhibitors of vegan food, art and other goods set up shop at Bainbridge Green for this fabulous day that also features live music, speakers and cooking demonstrations. Participating purveyors include Macro Vegetarian, Baba’s Brew, Freakin’ Vegan and many more.
PIFA Pick: PIFA Street FairPHOTO COURTESY PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
Once again, PIFA ends with a fabulous free block party that takes over Broad Street (between City Hall and South Street) with compelling street performances, interactive experiences, live performances, delicious street-fare food, carnival rides and more. Highlights include a Ferris wheel on Broad Street, virtual reality swings, the Olympic Dream High Dive Show and pop-up performances throughout the grounds.
Philly Beer Week Pick: Fishtown FestivAlePHOTO COURTESY FISHTOWN FESTIVALE
Now in its 7th year, Fishtown FestivALE is a day-long celebration of the neighborhood’s burgeoning restaurant and nightlife scene as well as its local artists and designers, creative firms and retailers. Fishtown FestiALE offers live music on three stages, delicious eats from 20 restaurants and food trucks, shopping from more than 70 vendors, activities, fireworks and BEER.
Philadelphia Dyke MarchPHOTO COURTESY PHILADELPHIA DYKE MARCH
The Philadelphia Dyke March draws hundreds for a proud march through Center City that spotlights Philly’s lesbian community and their allies. Afterward, participants can enjoy free water ice, live music and more in Kahn Park.
WXPN Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul at World Cafe Live
Go soul-searching with Fairfield Four & Campbell Brothers at World Café Live as part of the WXPN Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul series. The show is free, but RSVP is required ahead of time.
Fish Tank at The Fillmore
Grab a beer and a seat at a picnic table outside and drink like a fish while taking in some great tunes at the brand-new Fish Tank, located outside The Fillmore. Saturday features Do You Wanna Boogie? presented by DJ Francisco Collazo. On Sunday, pass the 40 and flap those gills for Sparkling Ice Mystery Fruit Flavor Presents … An Afternoon of Unexpected Events hosted by flygirrl.
Odunde FestivalPHOTO BY A. RICKETTS FOR VISIT PHILADELPHIA
The East Coast’s largest and the country’s longest, continuously running African-American street festival returns for its 43rd year, with thousands in attendance. The annual commemoration of the Yoruba New Year includes a noontime spiritual procession to the Schuylkill River, and continues with live music and dance, 100 arts and craft and food vendors and more.
PrideDay LGBT Pride Parade and FestivalPHOTO BY J. FUSCO FOR VISIT PHILADELPHIA
The city’s 30th annual LGBT pride festival begins with a parade from the heart of the Gayborhood to Penn’s Landing, where there’s live music, food, drink, free health screenings, over 80 community groups and vendors participating and headliner Margaret Cho.