Five Reasons Philadelphia is Just That Awesome!

Five Reasons Philadelphia is Just That Awesome!

Happy Friday, Philadelphia!! Can we get a TGIF!?

Here’s your Philly 5 Friday… FIVE reasons why Philadelphia is just that awesome!

Looking for something to do this weekend? Living in this great city, you shouldn’t have a problem. Here are 5 fun things you can only get in the city of brotherly love!

Philadelphia Dance Day

Saturday, July 27th marks the annual Philadelphia Dance Day with more than 20 free workshops and an evening dance party that includes more lessons, performances and open social dancing.
All dance enthusiasts – regardless of experience or coordination – are invited to join this event, which features a day full of free workshops designed to celebrate dance as a powerful platform for creative expression and physical activity.
You can get schooled in ballet, tango, hop-hop, swing, salsa and other popular dance genres, as well as learn dance-meets-fitness mash-ups, such as Zumba, bokwa, extreme ballet, aerobic jazz and cardio bellydance.
From kids ballet at 10 a.m. to burlesque fitness at 2 p.m., the entire day is filled with opportunities for all ages.

When: Saturday, July 27, 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
Where: Locations throughout the city; dance party is at the Ethical Society, 1906 Rittenhouse Square
Cost: Mostly free; dance party is $5
More info


XPoNential Music Festival

This festival is an awesome assortment of alternative rock set to play at two venues on the Delaware River waterfront in Camden, July 26-28.
On Friday, all of the action takes place at Wiggins Park. Kicking off at 5:30 p.m., a lineup of seven bands are set for the evening, with headliners Red Baraat going on at 9 p.m. and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros set for 9:50 p.m.
On Saturday and Sunday, concerts take place at both Wiggins Park and the Susquehanna Bank Center. At the park on Saturday, listen up for tunes from 10 bands from noon to when headliner John Butler Trio hits the stage at 6:45 p.m.
Saturday night at the Susquehanna Bank Center, groove to the indie-pop sounds of The Lumineers, Dr. Dog, Polica and Hey Marseilles starting at 8 p.m.
Sunday afternoon, the shows at Wiggins Park get going at noon and close out with a performance from Dawes schedule for 4:05 p.m.

When: July 26-28, Friday, 5-10:30 p.m.; Saturday, noon-11:30 p.m.; Sunday, noon 12-10 p.m.
Where: Wiggins Park (Mickle Street at Riverside Drive) and the Susquehanna Bank Center (1 Harbour Boulevard) in Camden, NJ
Cost: Daily tickets start at $50; Three-day passes start at $110
More info


Shakespeare In Clark Park presents The Tempest

West Philadelphia’s Clark Park transforms into a Shakespearean theater at the end of this month for the park’s annual Shakespeare in Clark Park event. This year’s show, The Tempest entertains open-air crowds from Wednesday, July 24 though Sunday, July 28.
Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and beach chairs to spread out along the massive green space. Also bring a flashlight for times of audience participation. All shows begin at 7 p.m.

When: July 24-28, 7 p.m.
Where: Clark Park, 43rd and Baltimore Avenue
Cost: Free
More info


Footloose and (Kevin) Bacon Fest! at the Oval

If you have not been to The Oval in front of the Art Museum yet, you need to go! The new pop-up park on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., through August 18, and has a jam-packed calendar of free daily educational programming, tons of free live entertainment, a daily lineup of food trucks and a weekly beer garden.
Highlight this weekend? Tonight! • Footloose and (Kevin) Bacon Fest!: Friday, July 26, 5-11 p.m. In yet another Awesome Fest film screening this week, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and the Fairmount Park Conservancy team up for (Kevin) Bacon Fest, with food trucks serving bacon-themed dishes, plus a pig roast from the new Cherry Bomb Bus. Participating vendors include Local 215, Chewy’s, Guerilla Ultima, Sweet Box Cupcakes, Mac Mart Cart, Vernalicious, Sum Pig and Little Baby’s Ice Cream. The bacon motif culminates in a screening of the actor’s well-loved movie, Footloose at 9 p.m.

When: Through August 18, Tuesday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Where: Eakins Oval, 2601 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Free
More info


University City Dining Days

Beginning on Thursday, July 18 and running through Thursday, August 1, 28 University City restaurants are opening their doors and boasting discounted dinner prices for the annual University City Dining Days event.
Restaurants in all parts of West Philly are gearing up to serve three course dinners to the masses.
The three course feasts are $15, $25 or $35 depending on the restaurant. Cocktails, wine and beer will be available for an additional cost.

When: July 18-August 1
Where: Participating restaurants
Cost: $15-$35 plus tax and gratuity
More info


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