32 Things to Do This Summer

Because if we offered you fewer options, you might get bored.

By Erica Palan
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Philadelphia Slam Dunk Showdown

If You Think Baseball Is Really Boring:

The Philly Roller Girls: Girls on roller skates beat the crap out of each other at 30 miles per hour.

2010 Warrior Cup Championship, Sat., July 10, 6pm. $15. Class of 1923 Arena, 3130 Walnut St. 215.898.1923. phillyrollergirls.com

Philadelphia Slam Dunk Showdown: It’s sort of like America’s Got Talent , except everyone’s talent is slam dunking and instead of Howie Mandel, LeBron James judges.

Sat., June 26, 11am. Free. Penn’s Landing, 121 N. Columbus Blvd. 215.592.1914. nba.com/dunk

Dragon Gate Professional Wrestling: Japanese-style wrestling. Which is based off Mexican-style wrestling. Either way: big dudes in little pants rolling around.

Sat., July 24, 8pm. $20-$75. The Arena, 7 W. Ritner St. 267.687.7560. thearena.biz

Rock Paper Scissors: Perhaps more “competition,” than “sport,” Philly’s RPS league meets several times a week, but we like Dirty Franks better than their other spots.

Every Tues., 9pm. $1. Dirty Franks, 13th and Pine sts. 215.732.5010. rpscityleague.com

Liberty Figure Skating Club of Philadelphia’s Summer Competition: Maybe you’ll discover the next Michelle Kwan.

Tues., July 13-Fri., July 17. Free. IceWorks Skating Complex, 3100 Dutton Mill Rd., Aston. 215.233.1399. libertyskating.org

If You’re Not Xenophobic:

Ukranian Festival

Sun., Aug. 22, noon. $15. Ukranian-American Sport Center, County Line and Lower State roads, Horsham. 215.343.5412. tryzub.org

Pennsylvania Dutch Festival

Thurs., Aug. 12-14, 8am. Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Arch sts. 215.922.2317. readingterminalmarket.org

ACANA African Festival

Sat., Aug. 7, 2pm-8pm. Free. Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Chestnut St. and Columbus Blvd. 215.928.8801. pennslandingcorp.com

Festival of India

Sun., Aug. 15, noon-6pm. Free. Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Chestnut St. and Columbus Blvd. 215.928.8801. pennslandingcorp.com

If You Wanna Party:

Belle & Sebastian Dance Party Put on your dancing shoes for Philebrity’s sixth annual convention of sweaty people in ugly clothes listening to mediocre music.

Sat., July 24, 10pm. National Mechanics, 22 S. Third St. 215.701.4883. philebrity.com

First Person Arts Summer Grand Slam and Block Party Swing by early for the three B’s: booze, barbecue and bands; the story slam kicks off at 8 p.m.

Sat., July 24, 5pm. $12-$30. Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St. firstpersonarts.org

Jersey Shore Party at Zahav Nine of Philly’s best chefs—including Zahav’s Michael Solomonov, Percy Street’s Erin O’Shea and Mémé’s David Katz—prepare classic boardwalk food like hot dogs and ice cream sandwiches to the smooth sounds of a Journey cover band. All this without the annoyance of beach tags.

Thurs., July 1, 5pm. $25. Zahav, 237 St. James Place, 215.625.8800. zahavrestaurant.com

Mad Decent Block Party One of the few times when it’s totally OK to kick off your shoes and dance in the streets—and to the tunes of the city’s best DJs!

Sat., July 31, 11am-8pm. Free. 12th and Spring Garden sts. maddecent.com

Sex Dwarf Beach Party DJs Robert Drake and Marilyn Thomas’s Sex Dwarf party is one of the best (and only) places in Philly to shake your rump to New Wave. Now, do it in a Hawaiian shirt.

Fri., July 2, 9pm. $5. Fluid, 613 S. Fourth St. 215.629.3686. fluidnightclub.com

If You Treasure Other People’s Trash:

Uhuru Flea Market

Sat., Aug. 7, 9am-5pm. Liberty Lands Park, Third and Poplar sts. uhurufleamarket.blogspot.com

Seger Park Flea Market

Sat., June 19, 9am-5pm. Seger Park, 10th and South sts. philafleamarkets.org

Punk Rock Flea Market

Sat., July 25, 10am. Punk Rock Flea Market Dome, 461 N. Ninth St. 215.821.7575. r5productions.com

Giant Neighborhood Yard Sale

Sat., June 26, 10am-3pm. Side lot at Memphis Taproom, Memphis and Cumberland sts. 215.425.4460. memphistaproom.com

If You Enjoy Hearing White People Talk About Their Literary Achievements:

Mary Roach , author of Stiff, Spook and Bonk.

Tues., Aug. 3. 7:30pm. Free. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. 215.686.5322. freelibrary.org

Jennifer Weiner , author of In Her Shoes, Fly Away Home and other books your female friends read on the beach.

Wed., July 14, 7:30pm. Free. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. 215.686.5322. freelibrary.org

Rosanne Cash , author of Composed.

Thurs., Aug. 12. 7:30pm. Free. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. 215.686.5322. freelibrary.org

David Mitchell , author of The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet.

Tues., July 13, 7:30pm. Free. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. 215.686.5322. freelibrary.org

Robert K. Wittman , author of Priceless.

Tues., June 22, 7:30pm. Free. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. 215.686.5322. freelibrary.org

If You’re Gay(-friendly):

Intro to LGBT Square Dance

Tues., July 20, 7pm. $5. Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion, 2111 Sansom St. iagsdc.org/indsquares

Rainbow Boogie: The World’s Only Gay Skydiving Event

Aug. 26-Aug. 29. Prices vary, depending on the jump. Skydive Cross Keys, 300 Dahlia Ave., Williamstown, N.J. rainbowskydive.com

The Real L Word premiere at Sisters

Sun. June 20, 8pm. $10. 1320 Chancellor St. 215.735.0735. sistersnightclub.com

If You Like Movies and Mosquito Bites:

Liberty Lands Summer Movie Series Clueless on Aug. 10! Classic Popeye cartoons on July 27!

Every Tues. beginning June 22. 9pm. Free. Liberty Lands Park, Third and Poplar sts. nlna.org

Screenings Under the Stars This year’s selections include some stinkers (Star Trek on July 22), but Coraline screens on Aug. 12 and Fantastic Mr. Fox on Aug. 19.

Every Thurs. in July and Aug. 8:30pm. Free. Penn’s Landing, 301 S. Columbus Blvd. 215.922.2FUN. pennslandingcorp.com

Dinner and a Movie at Bistrot La Minette Chef Peter Woolsey’s French cafe screens films in the small courtyard where diners can enjoy outside seating. See Coco Before Chanel on June 28 and July 1, and other French films throughout the summer.

Throughout the summer. Call for dinner reservations. Bistrot La Minette, 623 S. Sixth St. 215.925.8000. bistrotlaminette.com

Philadelphia Underground Film Festival The details on this are emerging slowly, but we can say one thing for sure: If watching movies at the Piazza is as much fun as watching playoff games, it’ll be a hell of a time. See a selection of videos from SXSW first and stay tuned for other summer screenings.

Fri., June 18, 8:30pm. Free. Piazza at Schmidts, N. Second St. and Germantown Ave. 215.964.9227. atthepiazza.com

If You’ve Got a Gas Guzzler:

Great Allentown Fair There’s no other place in the world where you can see Justin Bieber, Rush, a demolition derby and cows all in the same spot. Plus: Carnies!

Aug. 31-Sept. 6. Prices vary based on show. Allentown Fairgrounds,302 N. 17th St., Allentown. 610.433.7541. allentownfairpa.org

Musikfest Even though Lynyrd Skynyrd and Styx play every year, Musikfest is one of the more fun events in the Lehigh Valley. The Avett Brothers are a high point on the schedule.

Aug. 6-Aug. 15. Prices vary based on show. 22 W. Broad St., Bethlehem. 610. 861.8657. musikfest.org

Mr. Belding Karaoke Reading Phillies No, seriously. Mr. Belding is hosting pre-game karaoke before the Reading Phillies game.

Wed., June 23, 5pm. Happy hour: Pay as you go. Game tickets: $8-$11. FirstEnergy Stadium, 1900 Centre Ave., Reading. 610.370.BALL. readingphillies.com

Das Awkscht Fescht One of the largest classic car shows in the nation, Das Awkscht Fescht is the only reason you should ever venture to Macungie, Pa.

Aug. 6-Aug. 8. $2-$7. Macungie Memorial Park, 50 N. Poplar St., Macungie. 610.967.2317. awkscht.com

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