Jackie Evancho. The 12-year-old operatic sensation takes her popular PBS program to the live stage. Aug. 25, 8pm. $45-$100. The Mann, 5201 Parkside Ave. 215.878.0400. manncenter.org
Smokey Robinson. One of the most beloved and influential figures in the history of pop music, Robinson will be teams up with well-known actor/comedian Sinbad for an unforgettable night of music and laughs. Aug. 26, 8pm. $25-$69. Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Ave. manncenter.org
MTC Summer Camps Concert / Kids Rock for Kids Benefit. Come help kids support kids in this family-friendly atmosphere featuring rock bands from the Music Training Centers’ Rock 101 program. Proceeds help causes such as Ashley’s Angels and Alex’s Lemonade. Aug. 29, 7pm. $8. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. worldcafelive.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.
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.
An eclectic melting pot of Philly’s smaller neighborhoods, Center City has the most to offer with the greatest variety.
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