2014’s summer of free entertainment in Philadelphia

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PW's Summer Guide this week is packed to the gills with entertainment & culture to enjoy all season long. "But wait!" you cry. "Those fun things all cost money! And lately there ain't been much work, on account of the economy!" We hear you, O fellow denizen of these tough times, and we've got your back: Here are 50 things to do in Philly this summer that do not require a ticket for admission.


Summer Concert Series at Penn’s Landing. Friday nights, all summer long. The Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 Columbus Blvd. visitphilly.com/events/philadelphia/summer-concert-series-at-penns-landing/

PECO Multicultural Series at Penn’s Landing.
June 14, June 15, July 12-13, Aug. 2, Aug. 3, Aug. 16-17. The Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 Columbus Blvd. visitphilly.com/events/philadelphia/peco-multicultural-series-at-penns-landing/

XFINITY Live! Summer Music Concerts: The Hooters. The Hooters. June 14, 8pm. XFINITY Live,100 Pattison Ave. 267.443.6415. xfinitylive.com

2014’s Pastorius Park Summer Concerts Series. Wednesdays, June 18-July 30. Pastorius Park, corner of Millman St. and Hartwell Lane. chestnuthill.org

Make Music Philly Day. June 21. Various locations. makemusicphilly.org

Clark Park Music & Arts Festival. June 21, noon-8pm. Clark Park, 4398 Chester Ave. facebook.com/ClarkParkFest

Hip Hop for Philly featuring Wale. June 27, 7pm. Trocadero Theater, 1003 Arch St. aidseducationmonth.org/events/hip-hop-for-philly-on-national-hiv-testing-day-2014/

Neighborhood Concert with the Philadelphia Orchestra. July 1, 8pm. The Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 Columbus Blvd. philorch.org

Wawa Welcome America Fest. July 4, noon-11pm. Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 20th St. to Eakins Oval. welcomeamerica.com

Lancaster Avenue Jazz & Arts Festival. July 19, noon-7pm. Saunders Park, 39th St. and Powelton Ave. lancasteravejazzfest.com

PW’s Concerts in the Park. Aug. 13 and Aug. 20, 6-9pm. Rittenhouse Park, 18th and Walnut St. philadelphiaweekly.com


Living News. Through June 13. National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St. 215.409.6600. constitutioncenter.org/livingnews

Hip-Hop Hamlet. June 18, 6pm. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkw. philamuseum.org/wednesdaynights

Earnestness #2. June 20-21, various times. Headlong Studios, 1170 S. Broad St. redactedtheater.org

Shakespeare in Clark Park. July 30-August 3. Clark Park, 4398 Chester Ave. shakespeareinclarkpark.org

Love Labour’s Lost. July 31-Aug 17.  URBN Annex Black Box Theater at Drexel University, 3401 Filbert St. phillyshakespeare.org


No Slam Dancing. June 7, 6pm. Tattoed Mom, 530 South St. 215.238.9880. tattooedmomphilly.com

Bedfellows 2. June 12, 7:30pm. L'Etage, 624 S. Sixth St. 215.592.0656. facebook.com/events/1417326681879018/

Alice Goffman. June 16, 7:30pm. Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine St. 215.567.4341. freelibrary.org

Jennifer Weiner. June 19, 7:30pm. Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine St. 215.567.4341. freelibrary.org

Romance Panel featuring Megan Hart. June 30, 7:30pm. Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine St. 215.567.4341. freelibrary.org

Ian Doescher. July 8, 7:30pm. Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine St. 215.567.4341. freelibrary.org

Brando Skyhorse. July 29, 7:30pm. Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine St. 215.567.4341. freelibrary.org

Hampton Sides. Aug. 7, 7:30pm. Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine St. 215.567.4341. freelibrary.org

Poetry Aloud. Aug. 22, 7:15pm. Big Blue Marble Bookstore, 551 Carpenter Lane. madpoetssociety.com


First Friday: Old City Arts Association. The first Friday of every month, 5-9pm. Old City, Second St. oldcityarts.org

The Mural Mile. June 23, June 30, July 7, July 14, noon. Various locations. muralarts.org/sites/default/files/mural-mile-events.pdf

Wednesday Nights at Philadelphia Museum of Art. Every Wed. night. Philadelphia Musuem of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Prky. philamuseum.org/wednesdaynights

Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show. June 6-8. Rittenhouse Square, 18th and Walnut sts. rittenhousesquareart.com

Art for the Cash Poor. June 13-15. 6pm. Crane Arts, 1400 N American St. inliquid.org

West Park Arts Fest. June 14, 11am-5pm. Fairmount Park, 4021 Parkside Ave. westparkcultural.org/westparkartsfest

Manayunk Arts Festival. June 21-22. Main St., Manayunk. manayunk.com

Mural Arts Paint Day.
June 29, noon-4pm. Promise Zone, Mantua. welcomeamerica.com/preview/sunday-june-29th


Schuylkill Banks Movie Nights. June 12-Aug. 21. Schuylkill Banks, by the Walnut Street Bridge. schuylkillbanks.org

Film al Fresco. June 13, June 27, July 11, July 25. Aviator Park, 20th St. and the Parkway.  moore.edu/the-galleries-at-moore/programs/film-al-fresco/film-al-fresco-attend

The Awesome Fest Outdoor Movie Series. June 26, July 3, July 10, July 17, July 24, Aug. 7, Aug. 14. Clark Park, 4398 Chester Ave. http://universitycity.org/awesome-fest-outdoor-film-series

Philly @ The Movies.
July 1-2, 9pm. Rittenhouse Square, 18th and Walnut sts. welcomeamerica.com/preview/tuesday-july-1st/

Screening Under the Stars. Thursdays in July and August. The Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 Columbus Blvd. delawareriverwaterfront.com


Night Market Philadelphia. June 19. West Oak Lane, Ogontz Ave. http://thefoodtrust.org/night-market

Summer Pairings on The Parkway. Thursdays. Sister Cities Park, 5-8pm. milkandhoneymarket.com/events/summer-pairings-on-the-parkway/

National Doughnut Day. June 5. Krispy Kreme locations.  locations.krispykreme.com/75th/national-doughnut-day/

Philly VegFest. June 14, 11am-4pm. The Shambles, Second and Pine sts. thehumaneleague.com/phillyvegfest

Wawa Hoagie Day.
July 2, noon. Independence Visitor Center Lawn, Market St. between Fifth and Sixth sts.  welcomeamerica.com

Bastille Day Festival at Eastern State Penitentiary. July 12, 5:30pm. Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Ave. easternstate.org/bastille-day

Yoga at the Race Street Pier. Through August 31. Race Street Pier, N Columbus Blvd. delawareriverwaterfront.com

Free Self Defense Workshop. June 4-25. Urban Defence Center, 725 N. Sixth St. 267.974.0287. phillyurbandefense.com

East Passyunk Car Show and Street Festival. July 27, noon-5pm. East Passyunk Ave. visiteastpassyunk.com/events.htm

PHAIR. Saturdays, 10am-5pm. Headhouse Square, Second and Lombard sts. phillyphair.com

Pride Day Parade. June 8, noon. 13th and Locust sts. phillypride.org/pride.php

Odunde Festival. June 8. 23rd and South sts. odundefestival.org

Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll. June 19. Baltimore Avenue. http://universitycity.org/baltimore-ave-dollar-stroll

Liberty Block Party. June 28. The Shops at Liberty Place, 16th and Chestnut sts. welcomeamerica.com/preview/saturday-june-28th/

Philadelphia Dance Day. July 26. Various locations. philadelphiadanceday.com

2nd Street Festival. Aug. 3, noon-10pm. Northern Liberties. 2ndstfestival.org

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