Ali Ryerson. Perhaps today’s most versatile jazz flutist is making a stop in Philly to share her talent alongside a quintet of brilliant jazz performers. July 14, 8pm and 10pm. $20-$22. Chris’ Jazz Café, 1421 Sansom St. 215.568.3131. chrisjazzcafe.com
The Big FAUX 4 with Misstallica. What’s better than Metallica? An all-chick Metallica tribute band! With special guest Show No Mercy. July 14, 7pm. $12. TLA, 334 South St. 215.922.1011. tlaphilly.com
The Murder at the Art Museum. Play the role of Sherlock and Watson as you help solve the mystery of the murdered museum curator. Studying the clues and secrets left throughout the Art Museum, your team of three or more will work together to figure out who the real culprit is. July 14, 2pm. $38. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. watsonadventures.com
Hispanic Fiesta. Two full days of entertainment and Latin-American cuisine will be featured during this free festival. July 14-15, 2pm. Free. Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Blvd. at Chestnut St. delawareriverevents.com
Hank’s Cadillac. Soak up the outdoors as this five-piece group plays all your favorite country jukebox tunes. July 18, 7:30pm. Free. Kahn Park, 1100 Pine St. 215.592.0481. kahnpark.org
Masami and the Funk Faces. Join Philadelphia-based funk artist Masami Kuroki and his band as they rock the Barnes. July 20, 7pm. Free with admission. The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. 866.849.7056. barnesfoundation.org
Rajiv Chandrasekaran. Senior correspondent and former Baghdad bureau chief for the Washington Post, Rajiv Chandrasekaran’s Little America illustrates the power struggle between President Obama and the military to rebuild Afghanistan. July 24, 7:30pm. Free. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. freelibrary.org
Jackson Browne. Having first hit the Billboard charts in the 1970s with hits like “Running on Empty” and “Doctor My Eyes,” Browne performs classic, feel-good rock. July 25, 8pm. $40-$89. Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St. 215.893.1999. kimmelcenter.org
Radio 104.5 Unity Tour. Featuring 311 and Slightly Stoopid with Soja. July 27, 6:30pm. $49.50. The Festival Pier, Columbus Blvd. and Spring Garden St. 215.928.8801. delawareriverevents.com
Philadelphia Orchestra Free Neighborhood Concert. The Philadelphia Orchestra returns for the fifth time to the RiverStage for a free concert followed by fireworks. July 27, 8pm. Free. RiverStage at the Great Plaza, Penns Landing, Columbus Blvd. between Market St. and Walnut St. 215.928.8801. delawareriverevents.com
Negin Farsad. Last year, this writer, comedian and filmmaker embarked on a tour of the Midwest with other Muslim-American comics and filmed the experience for a hilarious documentary, The Muslims are Coming! Check her out this month before the film is released. July 28, 7pm. $10. Raven Lounge, 1718 Sansom St. ravenlounge.com
The Art of Darkness Scavenger Hunt. Attendees will search the Art Museum for items such as dragons with bad breath, a deadly musical fruit, a botched tonsillectomy, a devil terrorizing church ladies and more. July 28, 2pm. $38. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Ben Franklin Pkwy. 215.684.7602. watsonadventures.com
ART/GAGE: Celebrate Philly Creativity. Celebrating all the creativity this fine city of ours has to offer, Philadelphia Magic Gardens’ annual all-day event features music, dance, poetry, fine arts and interactive activities for all ages. July 28, noon. $6-$15. Philadelphia Magic Gardens, 1020 South St. 215.733.0390. phillymagicgardens.org
Hot Club of Detroit. These five jazz guitar extraordinaires have made a name for themselves by taking the jazz classics of John Coltrane and Pat Martino and transforming them into pieces bursting with musical innovation. July 28, 8pm and 10pm. $20-$22. Chris’ Jazz Café, 1421 Sansom St. 215.568.3131. chrisjazzcafe.com
Philadelphia Dance Day. A full day of free workshops offering everything from ballet to pole dancing. The day ends with an open dance party at the Ethical Society Building. July 28, 10am. Various locations. 215.645.2717. philadelphiadanceday.com
The Betrayal of the American Dream. Authors of America: What Went Wrong, Donald Barlett and James Steele, present The Betrayal of the American Dream, showing why Americans are correctly worried about the economic future. Aug. 2, 7:30pm. Free. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. freelibrary.org
Derek Au and Darien Johnson. Inspired by tinware and origami, Derek Au’s ceramic pieces are sure to leave a lasting impression. Darien Johnson challenges how digital media defines a person’s notion of reality and interpretation of what is real. Aug. 3-Sept. 2. The Clay Studio, 137-139 N. 2nd St. 215.925.3453. theclaystudio.org
Tempesta di Mare: From Venice To Leipzig. At this First Friday event, attendees will listen to some of the music that inspired two of Germany’s greatest composers: Bach and Telemann. Aug. 3, 7pm. Free. The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. barnesfoundation.org
Smooth Jazz Summer Nights. Enjoy a relaxing summer evening listening to the sweet sounds of jazz followed by a breathtaking fireworks display over the water. Every Friday night in Aug. 7:30pm. Free. Penn’s Landing, Columbus Blvd. at Market St. 215.928.8801. delawareriverevents.com
Looking for summer excitement in your neighborhood—or an excuse to explore new parts of the city? Either way, you’re golden: Here’s our compass-based manual for locating the hottest fun to be found around Philly, one direction at a time!
OK, so maybe South Philly doesn’t have as many museums and theaters as Center City. It also lacks the bustling college scene of University City and all the super-trendy, “up-and-coming” allure of North Portfishington. Nevertheless, when you take a stadium complex, a beautiful green oasis, a vibrant arts community, and a slew of stellar dining establishments and mix them together into one giant melting pot, inevitably you wind up with a pretty awesome recipe for summertime amusement.
From the convenient entertainment hub that is NoLibs to the booming cultural mecca better known as North Portfishington, there are pretty much an endless supply of things for you to do, see, hear and eat this summer in North Philly.
Who’s ready to have too much fun in West Philly this summer? We are!
Unless you weren’t already convinced, hopefully we’ve proven to you by now that Philly is jam-packed with awesome summer events. But for a little suburban staycation, we threw in our top picks for events happening outside city limits.
Sunny enthusiasm, morbid fascination or retro nostalgia: Whatever mood you feel like cultivating in your culture, you can find it just inside the roundabouts-northerly edges of the Philadelphia city limits.
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