Outdoor Nighttime Events
Indie Film Series
Every Wednesday night, you’ll have a chance to discover a new local indie filmmaker well before they get picked up on Hollywood’s radar. Prior to the screenings, a guest speaker will introduce and discuss each film. The series begins June 15 with “Hopes & Fears,” a local film highlighting the good, the bad and the beautiful in Philly. Local R&B/jazz singer Jeannie Brooks will also hold an exclusive performance before the screening at about 6:45 p.m.
Every Wed. through Aug. 31. 7:30pm. Free. Headhouse Square, 122 Lombard St. 215.922.1223. southstreet.com
Smooth Jazz Summer Nights
Cap off a sweaty Friday night with some cool, smooth jazz. The Toronto-based group Four 80 East will kick off the season with their unique blend of R&B, soul and jazz. It’ll culminate with a performance by Philly native and Jay Leno’s former sidekick, Kevin Eubanks.
Every Fri., Aug. 6-27. 7:30pm. Free. Great Plaza at Penns Landing, Columbus Blvd. at Chestnut St. 215.928.8801. delawareriverevents.com
“Glendi” is Greek for “party” and that’s exactly Midtown Village’s newest Greek restaurant will be throwing every Thursday night throughout summer. Creating the feel of a Grecian street fair, the series will feature a different lineup of local musical guests, art showings, dance groups and fashion exhibits each week.
Every Thurs., 9pm. Free. Opa, 1311 Sansom St. 215.545.0170. opaphiladelphia.com
Screenings Under The Stars
Catch a popular film every Thursday night on the RiverStage’s massive screen. They have several Academy Award-winning titles lined up for July like The King’s Speech, 127 Hours and The Social Network. You might not actually be able to see the stars, but at least you’ll have the scenic backdrop of the waterfront.
Every Thurs., July 7-Aug. 25. 8:30pm. Free. Great Plaza at Penns Landing, Columbus Blvd. at Chestnut St. 215.928.8801. delawareriverevents.com
Summer Nights Garden Music Series
All summer long, an eclectic mix of musicians will be bringing the cultural collections inside the Penn Museum to life outdoors in their beautiful garden. The musical stylings will range from reggae and Afro-beat to Irish folk and Mid-East fusion. Arrive early and tour the museum for just $5.
Every Wed., June 22-Aug. 24. 8pm. $5. Penn Museum, 3260 South St. penn.museum
Concerts at the Piazza
Once again, PW is treating city-dwellers to it's free summer concert series, each show featuring two to three acts. Shaking things up a bit, we'll be holding them at the Piazza this year. To keep you in suspense, we won't name any names just yet, but we can tell you we've got a national contemporary band in mind as well as a major player in the local scene.
Wed. Aug. 17 & 24. 6pm. Free. The Piazza, 1015 N. Second St. philadelphiaweekly.com
Philly F/M Festival
Gritty, old Philadelphia is the most bike-riding big city in America. According to the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, biking in Philadelphia has exploded since 2000, when the rate was just .86 percent, nearly doubling between 2005 and 2008 alone.
Years ago, local theater companies closed up shop in mid-June and headed off to the beach, the mountains or wherever theater folk go during the summer to inspire their creative juices. Thankfully, times have changed and stages are busy this summer with an abundance of exciting productions.
While the allure of leisure and fun in the sun will have most Philadelphians high-tailing it to the shore, planning much-needed vacations or enjoying the plethora of outdoor activities this summer, Kawana Love, founder of B. Coleman Black Wings A’eronautique Club, will spend her summer weekends leading a group of inner-city youth down an unconventional path.
PW's 2015 Philly Spring Guide