The best free events in Philadelphia this weekend and next

By on August 6, 2021 0


📅 This calendar is updated every Friday with the best events of the week. You can always find it on inquirer.com/freecalendar. For other major events, see our Event calendar and children’s calendar.

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Here are some great ways to keep yourself busy this week for free:

(Community / in person / multiple days) Philadelphia reopens! Now you are able to do (essentially) all of the things that you missed in the past 16 months. But it is really only safe for people who have been vaccinated to visit reopened places and attend events in person. Make a plan to get vaccinated; there are many places in Pennsylvania and New Jersey – CVS, Rite Aid, neighborhood recreation centers, etc. – where you can get your free COVID-19 vaccine. (phila.gov)

(Community / in person / arts / shopping) A food and art lover’s dream, First Friday covers various neighborhoods and is packed with free performances, open galleries, and delicious local bites. Approach one neighborhood at a time with notable stops at FDR Park for all-you-can-eat dance lessons, a Bob Marley jazz tribute at the Barnes Foundation, art shows at Cherry Street Pier, and a multi-artist exhibit only in summer at Axiom Gallery in the old town. (August 6, various locations)

(Film / in person / outside) Wakanda forever. University City District Launches 2021 Clark Park Series Films With Black Panther. Free registration is required and three seating areas have been designated: COVID-19 safety seats (for vulnerable groups, recommended for young children), fully immunized, and open seats. Keep in mind that screenings depend on good weather and can be canceled or postponed if conditions are not good. (August 6, 7 p.m., 4301 Chester Ave, eventbrite.com)

(Shopping / in person / outdoors / kid friendly) Add new additions to your flowering houseplant collection this weekend. Join various Black and AAPI owned stores for a day of educational plants, shopping and plant demonstrations. This event includes indoor and outdoor activities. (August 7, 12 pm-4pm, 54 Maplewood Shopping Center, blackandplanted.com)

(Seasonal / in person / kid friendly) August is National Fishing Month. Celebrate at Linvilla Orchards with peach picking, hay walks, face painting, games and more. This year’s festival features over 5,000 plants and eight variations of sunflowers, all locally grown on the farm. (August 7, 137 W. Knowlton Road., linvillaorchards.com)

(Performance / in person / community) Ready to kick-start (and encourage) a notch? For the first time in over a year, the Philly Freedom Band is teaming up with Philly’s Elite Cheer for a live performance in the heart of Gayborhood. Donations are accepted through Venmo and benefit Philly Cheer Elite and the Philadelphia Freedom Band. (August 7, 7 p.m., 330 S. 13th Street, facebook.com)

(Community / in person) Stop by to play or learn the game of Mahjong with Philly Mahjong Club. While playing, enjoy bites from Thirsty Dice Kitchen and drinks from the bar. Mask yourself and bring your competitive side to play. (August 7, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., 1642 Fairmount Avenue, thirsty.com)

(Community / in person) Celebrate the furry friend of your life at Petapalooza. The Chestnut Hill Business District and Weavers Way Co-op are teaming up to bring you a day of fun activities, games and prizes for humans and furry friends. No pet? No problem. Pet adoption and rescue agencies will be on hand to match pets with their new homes forever. Participating restaurants will open for “Yappy Hour,” with special offers for humans and their pets. (August 8, 11 am-2pm, Along Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill, chestnut.com)

(Music / in person) On Wednesday evening, the Trolley Portal Garden in Philly will be filled with sounds of Latin music, featuring traditional genres from Cuba, Mexico, Colombia and other parts of Latin America during the free concert . Grab your dancing shoes and enjoy this evening of live music. (August 11, 7 p.m., 4000 Baltimore Ave, collegecitydistrict.org)

(Books / in person / kid friendly) The only thing better than finding a small bookcase (one of those outdoor cabinets with free books) is finding a small bookcase with a read aloud. The final story hour of the Tacony Creek Park season comes this Thursday, just in time to start thinking about that playlist kids were supposed to work on all summer. 3-8 years old. (August 12, 10 am-11am, Gateway to I Street and Ramona Avenue, ttfwatershed.org)

(Community / in person) The Philadelphia Fashion Incubator (PFI) celebrates its 10th anniversary with a new exhibit featuring work by PFI alumni and designers in residence. Taking place at the InLiquid Gallery, the exhibit runs from August 2 to September 10 and also promises items available for purchase. (Until September 10, 1400 North American Street, Gallery 108, philadelphiafashionincubator.com)

(Story Time / In-Person / Kid-Friendly) The Cherry Hill Recreation Department and Public Library hosted outdoor children’s book readings at historic Croft Farm every Friday morning until mid- August. After that, it’s a food truck on Friday. BYO picnic blanket. 2-7 years. (from Friday to August 13, from 10:30 am to 11:00 am, 100 Bortons Mills Road, Cherry Hill, Cherryhill-nj.com)

(Seasonal / in-person / outdoors) On Fridays this summer, fireworks light up the skies over Wildwood. The show is free and can be easily viewed throughout the Wildwood Boardwalk. (Until September 3, Wildwood Boardwalk, wildwoodsnj.com)

(Fitness / in person / in class) Grab a mat, water, and towel, and head to Race Street Pier for a social distance yoga class. Three Queens Yoga Studio runs classes at the scenic Race Street Pier. Free yoga takes place most Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays until September 26. (Until September 26, Race Street and N. Columbus Blvd., delawareriverwaterfront.com)

(Seasonal / in person / outdoors / kid friendly) A sure sign of summer is the return of Spruce Street Harbor Park. Visit the ephemeral park by the water to eat and drink on the lawn or at the bar of the floating barge. Other activities include lounging in one of Spruce Street’s many colorful hammocks or playing one or two arcade games. (Until September 26, delawareriverwaterfront.com, 301, boulevard Saint-Christophe Colomb.)

(Music / in person / outdoors / over several days) From Wednesday to the end of August, Dilworth Park hosts local dance troupes and musical ensembles for free weekly outdoor concerts. Masks and social distancing required; food and drinks available at onsite cafe. (from Wednesday to August 25, 1 S. 15th St., centrecityphila.org)

(Biking / in person / multi-day / kid-friendly) Volunteers have carved out the spaces between the man-made hills along Parkside, and the track is ready for cycling. You don’t need to have your own mountain bike, BMX bike or even your helmet – these are available on loan, free of charge. Closed shoes, masks and for riders under 18, signed waiver required. 5 years and over, with days of 5 years and under to be announced. (Tuesday to Saturday until October 30, from noon to 5 p.m., depending on the weather and the availability of volunteers, Parkside Avenue N., phillypumptrack.org)

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