Things to do in Philly this weekend, July 26 to 28

Holli Stephens
July 26, 2019 - 11:08 am
The Mann Center

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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.



Adventure Aquarium
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EVENT: Shark Summer

DATE: Through Sept. 2

WHERE: Adventure Aquarium, 1 Riverside Drive, Camden, N.J.

DETAILS: The second annual Shark Summer kicked off on July 25, just in time to celebrate Discovery Shark Week. The museum debuts a brand new baby sandbar shark exhibit (doo, doo, doo, doo, doo) exhibit!

PRICE: Shark Summer tickets are included in general admission. Adult tickets are $29.99; children $21.99


EVENT: KYW Newsradio's Flashpoint at Philly Podcast Festival

DATE/TIME: Saturday, 11 a.m.

WHERE: Indy Hall, 399 Market St., #360, Philadelphia

DETAILS: KYW Newsradio community affairs reporter Cherri Gregg takes Flashpoint out of the studio and directly to the people. She'll record her latest show in front of a live audience at Indy Hall in Old City as part of the Philadelphia Podcast Festival. It's free to attend. You'll also have the chance to win a $50 Hand and Stone gift card as well as a SNAP Kitchen gift card



EVENT: KYW Newsradio's Gone Cold at Philly Podcast Festival

DATE/TIME: Saturday, 2 p.m.

WHERE: Indy Hall, 399 Market St., #360, Philadelphia

DETAILS: We want you to join us for a special episode of KYW Newsradio's true crime podcast, Gone Cold, which will be recorded live in front of an audience as part of the Philadelphia Podcast Festival. Hosts Kristen Johanson and Tom Rickert will deliver an insightful show that will pique the interest of any CSI enthusiast. Attendees will enjoy:  

  • Updates on every case they've ever covered, including some recent developments and a progress report from homicide detectives;
  • A nerd-out session with two crime scene investigators;
  • An opportunity to ask Tom and Kristen questions about the podcast or specific cases.



EVENT: KYW Newsradio's Beer and Booze Broz at Philly Podcast Festival

DATE/TIME: Sunday, 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Tattooed Mom, 530 South St., Philadelphia

DETAILS: KYW Newsradio's beer enthusiasts, the Beer and Booze Broz,  are hopped up about bringing their podcast to a live audience in one of Philly's most iconic bars, and they want you to be there. The event includes:

  • A star-studded lineup of craft beer heavyweights and local brewers, like Double Nickel, Bluebird Distilling, Urban Village Brewing, and more;
  • Games, prizes, and local beer trivia;
  • A chance to ask Paul and John questions about the podcast or the local beer scene on the live show.



East Passyunk Car Show
Kory Aversa

EVENT: East Passyunk Car Show & Street Festival

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

WHERE: East Passyunk Avenue, South Philadelphia

DETAILS: Cruise on down to South Philly's largest summer festival and block party. The festival includes live music and DJs, a free moon bounce and kids entertainment, the Bang! Boom! CRAFT! Show at the Fountain, street food and drinks, plus up to 200 antique, show, classic and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles.

PRICE: Free to attend; $20 for participating cars


EVENT: XPoNential Music Festival

DATE: Friday through Sunday

WHERE: BB&T Pavilion, Wiggins Park, Camden, N.J.

DETAILS: The XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru features three stages, more than 30 performers, and an eclectic line-up of established and up-and-coming artists heard on WXPN 88.5FM. 

PRICE: Three-day passes start at $170; single-day passes also available 


EVENT: A Conversation with Billie Jean King and Friends

DATE/TIME: Friday, 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Hagan Arena, Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia

DETAILS: Four remarkable women who are champions in equality in sports — Billie Jean King, Venus Williams, Lindsey Harding, and Valerie Camillo — will gather in Philadelphia for a special intimate event, presented by Luna Bar.

PRICE: $125 — ticket includes conversation, wine tasting, tennis match



Tired Hands
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EVENT: Philadelphia Potter Crawl 2019

DATE/TIME: Saturday, 1 to 9 p.m.

WHERE: Old City, various locations

DETAILS: We solemnly swear that we are up to no good. Calling all muggles, wizards, squibs and elves: Grab your cloaks, brooms, owls and wands, and get ready for the wizarding bar event of the year. We’re casting a spell on the best bars in Old City, so come celebrate the wonderful world of magic and wizardry.

PRICE: $20 online; $30 day of event


EVENT: SmörgåsBeer

DATE/TIME: Saturday, 6 to 9 p.m.

WHERE: American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia

DETAILS: SmörgåsBeer partygoers can play trivia and lawn games as well as a traditional Swedish “tipsrunda,” or quiz walk, through the museum. There is no better way to pass a summer evening than tasting new beers, ciders and more, challenging friends to unique games, and dancing the night away to great music. Amazing prizes for fun experiences will also be raffled throughout the evening.

PRICE: $30 in advance; $35 at the door


EVENT: Last chance for Ardmore Restaurant Week

DATE: Through Sunday

WHERE: Various locations

DETAILS: Ardmore Restaurant Week includes two full weeks of dining deals, plus the introduction of lunch specials. This year’s event serves up fixed-price lunch and dinner menus at 21 restaurants around the Montgomery County town.

PRICE: Two-course lunches for $10 or $15; three-course dinners for $15, $25 or $35



Boathouse Row
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EVENT: 9th annual Tidal Schuylkill Boat Parade

DATE/TIME: Saturday, 11a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindenbergh Blvd., Philadelphia 

DETAILS: Calling all gussied-up sailors, tricked-out skiff masons, heavily adorned floaters and costumed-paddlers: Decorate anything that floats and bring it to the Bartram’s Garden Community Boathouse to be in our parade! No boat? We will have our entire fleet of kayaks and rowboats available for free for folks who want to join the parade. Trophies will be awarded for the most fabulous costumes, best-decorated boat, leakiest boat, and everything in between. Activities will include music, food, games, face painting, tarot card readings, a floating ice cream parlor and more.



EVENT: "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back" In Concert

DATE/TIME: Friday, 8 p.m.

WHERE: The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Ave., Philadelphia

DETAILS: The Mann is thrilled to present "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back" live in concert. The Philadelphia Orchestra will play John Williams' iconic musical score live as the film is projected on three giant screens.

PRICE: $25 to $98, plus $5 for tickets purchased the day of


EVENT: July Twilight in the Gardens

DATE/TIME: Friday, 7 to 10 p.m.

WHERE: Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, 1020 South St., Philadelphia

DETAILS: Spend a warm summer evening at Magic Gardens at the July Twilight in the Gardens event. This month’s performer is The After Hours Trio, a Philadelphia-based jazz group made up Najwa Parkins on vocals, Dan Hanrahan on guitar, and Justin Sekelewski on bass. Their smooth mix of jazz standards and original compositions will relax your soul and get your feet tapping.

Teaching Artist Sophia Ambrosino is looking to help shift the food system in a more sustainable direction through food education. At this month’s event, she will help guests decorate their own flower pots to with fill with Bennett Compost soil and basil plants. Use a variety of materials, including paint, sequence, and compostable glitter to make your flower pot your own work of art.

Twilight in the Gardens is a BYOBBS event (Bring Your Own Booze, Blanket, and Snacks), and guests are encouraged to relax and picnic in the space.

PRICE: $20 for adults; $16 for students/seniors; $12 for members


EVENT: Shakespeare in Clark Park

DATE/TIME: Through Sunday; shows at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Clark Park, Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia

DETAILS: It's a mad, mad world. Once beloved, King Lear has begun his descent into insanity, dividing his kingdom between his daughters and setting off a series of tragic events. In King Lear's world, it is not only the royals who suffer, but the whole kingdom.

Shakespeare in Clark Park brings to life the classic tale of power and madness with a company of Philly's favorite actors, including Brian Anthony Wilson and Charlotte Northeast with live musical scoring in partnership with Play on, Philly!

Should the weather gods determine that they want to bring us a tempest, the show will go on at the Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St.