Things to do in Philly this weekend, July 12 to 14

Holli Stephens
July 12, 2019 - 6:00 am

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Looking for something to do this weekend? We’ve got you covered.

Below, you'll find a wide selection of things to do in Philly, the burbs and neighboring states this weekend. 

Check back with KYW Newsradio weekly to plan your summer outings.



Chinese Lantern Festival
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EVENT: Chinese Lantern Festival

DATE/TIME: through July 14, 6 to 11 p.m. nightly

WHERE: Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth St.

DETAILS: The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square has been extended through July 14, featuring larger-than-life illuminated sculptures, performances, and one-of-a-kind photo opportunities.

PRICE: Adult tickets during the weekend are $20; $18 for seniors and kids ages 13 to 17; $12 for kids ages 3 to 12; and free for kids 2 and younger.


EVENT: Blobfest

DATE: July 12 to 14

WHERE: The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville 

DETAILS: The 20th annual Blobfest features a weekend of ’50s sci-fi film nostalgia. The weekend includes its annual Friday Night Run Out, Blob Ball, a Saturday street fair, and double features all weekend at The Colonial Theatre. Click here for complete event details.

PRICE: General admission tickets vary.



WHERE: SPIN Philadelphia, 211 S. 15th St.

DETAILS: SPIN Philadelphia, a pingpong bar in Center City, is celebrating Wimbledon with a three-day event, SPINBLEDON. People can watch the games, participate in pingpong tournaments, and more.

  • SPINBLEDON White Party: July 12, 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. Drinks will be at happy hour prices if you wear all white.
  • SPINBLEDON Kids Day: July 13, noon to 3 p.m. Kids can participate in pingpong instructional lessons with a pro, enjoy face-painting, dancing, and arts and crafts, and join in giveaways. A kid-friendly menu includes margherita flatbread, sliders, fry cone and a hop pop chicken cone, and mocktails. Kids 12 and under are free. Adults and kids 13 and older are $15. RSVPs are required.

PRICE: Free to attend


Barnes on the Block
Courtesy of the Barnes Foundation

EVENT: Barnes on the Block

DATE/TIME: July 14, 5 to 8 p.m.

WHERE: Barnes Foundation parking lot, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

DETAILS: The Barnes Foundation and Mural Arts teamed up for the third annual Barnes on the Block, featuring, art installations, live glass blowing, dancing, food trucks, and more.

PRICE: Free, but registration is encouraged; pay as you go


EVENT: Haddonfield Crafts & Fine Art Festival

DATE/TIME: July 13, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; July 14, noon to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Downtown Haddonfield, New Jersey

DETAILS: The 27th annual Haddonfield Crafts and Fine Art Festival features live music, a farmers market, activities for kids, and a wide range of art on display and for purchase by more than 250 artists. A curated selection of artisans will exhibit ceramics, glass, jewelry, wood, fiber, metal, paper, drawings, paintings, photography, and wearable art. The festival draws more than 100,000 attendees and is convenient by car or public transportation to visitors throughout the Delaware Valley.

PRICE: Admission and parking are free


EVENT: Ardmore’s Bastille Day Block Party

DATE/TIME: July 14, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: The Bercy, 7 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore

DETAILS: The daylong event features entertainment for the entire family, like:

  • Can can dancers from the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Bocce ball and corn hole.
  • Arts and crafts from MudRoom.
  • Food and drink specials from The Bercy, Delice et Chocolat, and Parlour ice cream.
  • Live music from 1 to 3 p.m., featuring French Cookin’, a New Orleans-style jazz band.
  • And for the adults, a French Wine Garden, sponsored by Veuve Clicquot! Taste wines from around the country for $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

PRICE: $20 to $25 for the French Wine Garden; pay as you go for food and drink



Cherry Street Pier
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EVENT: The Food Trust’s Market at Cherry Street Pier

DATE/TIME: July 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE: Cherry Street Pier, 121 N. Christopher Columbus Blvd.

DETAILS: This brand-new weekly market of local ingredients and fare comes from the people behind the Night Markets and features performance artists and indie retailers. It kicks off July 13 with fresh, affordable food from area culinary entrepreneurs, alongside some of Philadelphia’s best creative sellers. The market is open every Saturday through Nov. 16.

PRICE: Pay as you go


EVENT: Upper Merion Farmers Market 

DATE/TIME: July 12, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: King of Prussia Mall

DETAILS: Vendors can be found between Grand Lux Café and Neiman Marcus. The market is open every Friday in July.


EVENT: Cherry Hill Mall Restaurant Week

DATE: through July 14

WHERE: Cherry Hill Mall, 2000 Route 38

DETAILS: Select restaurants offer special menus at a fixed price, including Grand Luz Cafe, The Capital Grille, Seasons 52, Maggiano’s Little Italy, Bahama Breeze and Bistro at Cherry Hill. Prices vary.



Parks on Tap, a traveling beer garden, opened April 26.

EVENT: Parks on Tap

DATE: through July 14

WHERE: Pastorius Park, 200 W. Hartwell Lane, Chestnut Hill 

DETAILS: Enjoy pop-up beer gardens at different parks throughout the city. This week’s pop-up takes place at Pastorius Park.

PRICE: Pay as you go


EVENT: Trails on Tap

DATE/TIME: 5 to 9 p.m. on July 12; noon to 9 p.m. on July 13 and 14

WHERE: Valley Forge National Historical Park, Betzwood Picnic Trailhead 

DETAILS: Enjoy pop-up beer gardens at spots along the Schuylkill River Trail. This week’s pop-up takes place along the Betzwood Picnic Trailhead.

PRICE: Pay as you go


EVENT: Linvilla Orchards' annual Blueberry Festival

DATE/TIME: July 13, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

WHERE: Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Road, Media

DETAILS: With the local blueberry season in full swing, go blueberry picking at Linvilla, and even check out the blueberry pie eating contest. There will be kid-friendly entertainment, hayrides, train rides, barnyard animals, a farmers market, and some brews from Ship Bottom Brewery for adults.

PRICE: Pay as you go


EVENT: Second Saturday at the Rail Park

DATE/TIME: July 13, 5 to 8 p.m.

WHERE: The Rail Park, 1300 Noble St.

DETAILS: Join the Rail Park’s Second Saturday event, held throughout the summer for workshops, games, performances, and activities that will enliven this new public space.



EVENT: Jazz in the Park

DATE/TIME: July 14, 4 to 6 p.m.

WHERE: Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.

DETAILS: Grove to the rhythm of the beat alongside the boisterous yet mellow sounds of world-famous percussionist Arturo Stable.