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Philly Influencer’s Weekend Picks

Each weekend, we will post some of the most unique social and culture places to visit in addition to exciting events in and around the Philly area. We call it Philly Influencer’s Weekend Picks. If you attend any of these places or events, let us know how it went! Tweet us or email us at thephillyinfluencer@gmail.com.

Parks on Tap Jefferson Square Park

Where: Jefferson Square Park,

When: Friday & Saturday August 5th & 6th  1PM-11PM, Sunday, August 7th 12PM-10PM

Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, Fairmount Park Conservancy, & FCM Hospitality presents Parks on Tap at Jefferson Square Park. The park hosts local craft beers, food from Mitch Prensky of Global Dish Caterers and Scratch Biscuits, and live music. Saturday there will be outdoor yoga at noon. The various activities set in this calming atmosphere provides guests with a chance to enjoy good drinks, their favorite foods, and a fun experience.

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BlackStar Film Festival

Where: International House,  3701 Chestnut St.

When: Thursday, August 4th-7th, various times


This film festival is in its fifth year. It celebrates the visual storytelling of the African diaspora. The event also centers on the illustration of global indigenous and maligned cultures. The festival showcases diverse films by eclectic directors from all around the world. More than 75 films will be screened and several discussion will be led at this innovative and inclusive film festival.

Tickets can be found here

Mitchell & Ness Flashback Friday Block Party

Where: Mitchell & Ness, 1201 Chestnut St.

When: Friday, August 5th, 12PM-6PM

Classic brand and store Mitchell & Ness will host a Flashback Friday Block Party this Friday. The party is an event in conjunction with Allen Iverson’s Charity Basketball Game. The party will be at the prominent store downtown. There will be food, drinks, live music, activities, shopping, and more. The block party will benefit PAL youth and PAL community leaders. Allen Iverson and his celebrity guest will be in attendance.

Allen Iverson Charity Basketball Game

Where: Liacourus Center, 1776 N Broad St

When: Friday, August 5th, 6:30 PM

2016 NBA Hall of Fame inductee and Philadelphia sports legend Allen Iverson is hosting a charity basketball game this Friday. Celebrities from the sports and entertainment world, including Eric Snow and Aaron Mckie, will join Allen Iverson in this fun and charitable basketball game on Temple University’s campus. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia and the iChoose Foundation. Come see the worldwide phenomenon and Philly icon and have a great time. Tickets range between $15, $25, and $100(court side). There will also be a dinner before the game at LC Lounge at 6:30.

Tickets can be found here

Smooth Jazz at Penn’s Landing 

Where: Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 S Columbus Blvd.

When: Friday, August 5th, 7:20PM-9PM

Part of the Smooth Jazz Summer Nights Series, this free concert experience hosts great jazz and blues acts. Every Friday in the month of August, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation provides this yearly successful musical concert. Guests can bring their own seating and vendors will be nearby to service your food and drink needs. Friday’s act will be Avery Sunshine.

Premier Boxing Champions

Where: 2300 Arena, 2300 S Swanson St

When: Friday, August 5th, 9PM


Undefeated contender David Benavidez takes on southpaw Denis Douglin in a 168-pound match. This anticipated fight will be televised on ESPN & ESPN2. The 10 round scheduled bout between the 19 year old Phoenix native and Marlboro, NJ raised Douglin promises to be a great match between a power-puncher and a seasoned fighter.

Tickets can be found here

Coldplay at Lincoln Financial Field 

Where: Lincoln Financial Field, 1020 Pattison Ave

When: Saturday, August 6th, 7PM

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UK Rock act makes a stop at Lincoln Financial Field for their tour this Saturday. The Chris Martin fronted band will perform tracks from their newest album A Head Full of Dreams and from previous works. The album was released at the end of 2015 and was helmed by singles “Adventure of a Lifetime” & “Hymn for a Weekend”. Next month, the band will revisit the city for Budweiser’s Made In America Festival. Come see the band in this stop of their worldwide tour and enjoy the escaping sounds on a summer night.

SmörgåsBeer’d Festival

Where: American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Ave.

When: Saturday, August 6th, 5PM-9PM

The festival will be celebrating its sixth year. This event allows guests to sample local ales and stouts. The event will offer a variety and huge stock of beers for your tasting pleasure. Along with beverages, there will be several food options at the showcase. Pairing a beer to a meal won’t be difficult with Swedish meatballs, cheeses, and sausages available through vendors. The event is $25 and guest a free to tour the museum.

Pokémon Go Bar Crawl

Where: Fox & Hound, 1501 Spruce St

When: Saturday, August 6th, 6PM-2AM

This Pokémon themed bar crawl includes four bars, four drink tickets, and a free after party. The cost is $20 for the crawl and if you just want to dance the night away and skip the Pokémon hunt, $10 for the party. The event encourages cosplayers, has giveaways, and a selection of video games.

Tickets can be found here. 

2nd Street Festival

Where: 2nd Street from Germantown to Spring Garden in Northern Liberties

When: Saturday, August 6th, 12PM-10PM

Over 150 craft vendors and 20 food trucks will outline 2nd street in Germantown to Spring Garden in Northern Liberties. There will be three stages for live acts and music, street performers, and kid friendly activities. The stage lineup is:

1:00pm – SelfHelpMe – JD Perry

2:00pm – Bohemian Mule

3:00pm – Sweet Eureka

4:00pm – Song Dogs

5:00pm – Nik Greeley & the Operators

6:00pm – Footwerk

7:00pm – Modern Colour

8:00pm – Cold Roses

9:00pm – Brothers & Sisters

Six taverns along the festival path are offering beer and cocktail specials throughout the event. There will also be beer gardens, food, and art workshops. The festival is free to enter and is pay as you go.

North Bowl will host an after party from 10PM-2AM at 909 N 2nd St

ACANA Festival

Where: Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 s Columbus Blvd

When: Sunday, August 7th, 2PM-8PM

The African Cultural Alliance of North America hosts the ninth year of this Penn’s Landing event. The event brings the music, food, and traditions of Africa to Philadelphia this Sunday. Musical acts like Pape Diouf and La Generation Consciente, and Deng provide great sounds for this PECO Multicultural Festival Series showcase. The free festival will have non-stop music, games, food, and events for the entire family.


Gozadera Sundays

Where: Wahoo’s, 3180 Chestnut St

When: Sunday, August 7th, 8PM-11PM

 

This weekly Cuban festivities begins this Sunday. The event offers the best in Cuban music, food, and drinks. The patio party allows you to view the city on a summer night while enjoying the DJ playing highlights from timba, son, rumba, reggaeton, and more.

Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party

Where: The Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing, 601 n Columbus Blvd

When: Sunday, August 7th, 2PM

The Struts, Bishop Briggs, 888, The Rebel Light, and Sonnder take over the Festival at Penn’s Landing this Sunday. Radio 104.5 offers this free concert series that offers food, drink vendors, and the best in alternative music. The event is free to enter however, a ticket is required for entry. Tickets can be downloaded from the Radio 104.5 site and are first come first serve.


Museum Sunday at The Barnes Foundation & Philadelphia Museum of Art 

Where: The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy and The Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy

When: Barnes: 10AM-5PM, Philadelphia Museum of Art: 10AM-5PM

The first Sunday in the month, the Barnes Foundation offers free admission. Similarly The Philadelphia Art Museum offers a pay-as-you wish option, allowing visitors to give what their budgets allow for the day. These world- class museums display and showcase some of the best pieces in art history and contemporary works. The structures offer many galleries and programming that will infuse beauty into your Sunday.

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