Things to do in Philly this weekend, Aug. 2 to 4

Betsy Ross House in Old City Philadelphia
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Looking for something to do this weekend? We’ve got you covered.

Below, you'll find a wide selection of things to do in Philly, the burbs and neighboring states this weekend. 

Check back with KYW Newsradio weekly to plan your summer outings.


EVENT: First Friday! Masters of Mallet Percussion

DATE/TIME: Friday, 6 to 9 p.m.

WHERE: Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

DETAILS: Join the Barnes for an exciting evening of classical, jazz and African music performed on mallet instruments — think xylophones, vibraphones, marimbas and more. See top mallet players from around the world, including balafon artist Richard Robinson, vibraphonists David Friedman and Tony Miceli, and marimba players Leigh Howard Stevens, Phil O’Banion, and Andrea Venet.

PRICE: $28; $10 for students


EVENT: Old City Jewish Arts Center Shabbos Gallery

DATE/TIME: Friday, 9 p.m.

WHERE: 199 N. Third St., Old City

DETAILS: The Old City Jewish Arts Center's Shabbos Gallery takes place on the first Friday of each month, welcoming more than 1,000 visitors each time. The gallery is open from 5 p.m. every first Friday and features new artists every month. At 9 p.m., when most other galleries are winding down, OCJAC offers a "taste of Shabbos." The crowd packs wall-to-wall inside and pours out onto the street outside. A full traditional meal, including gefilte fish, salads, chicken and soup are served by volunteers. The meal is led by a rabbi and is interspersed with explanations on the Shabbat experience as well as Judaism in general. 



EVENT: First Friday Movie Nights Under the Stars and Stripes

DATE/TIME: Friday, 5 to 8 p.m.

WHERE: Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch St., Old City

DETAILS: During First Friday Movie Nights, a $5 admission includes an after-hours tour of the Betsy Ross House, and a movie in the courtyard at dusk. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early and bring food and their favorite beverage to enjoy during the movie. The movie this week is "Revenge of the Creature."



EVENT: 2nd Street Festival

DATE/TIME: Sunday, noon to 10 p.m.

WHERE: Second Street between Germantown Avenue and Green Street

DETAILS: Philadelphia's biggest and best summer block party returns for the 11th year. Join the streets of Northern Liberties and enjoy live music, art, crafts, games, street performers, food, and libations.

PRICE: Free; pay as you go


EVENT: BlackStar Film Festival

DATE/TIME: Through Sunday; various times

WHERE: Various locations in Philadelphia

DETAILS: Created in 2012, the four-day festival celebrates black traditions, black people and black arts by showcasing films from an international repertoire of people of color and spotlights Philadelphia as a go-to destination for black filmmakers and film-lovers alike. Academy Award-winning filmmaker Spike Lee returns to the fest to discuss "Do the Right Thing," his 1989 film celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2019. He’ll be joined by activist Tarana Burke, the founder of the #MeToo movement. They’ll talk about storytelling, social justice and Lee’s classic film.

PRICE: $225 for an all-access pass; $12 general admission; $8 students/seniors; $6 BlackStar members, Some free events


EVENT: Musikfest

DATE: Through Aug. 11 

WHERE: 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem

DETAILS: Founded in 1984 by ArtsQuest, a community-based nonprofit organization, the first Musikfest featured 295 performances on six stages, attracting more than 180,000 people to historic Bethlehem. Over the past three decades, the event has grown a bit, evolving into one of the largest and most diverse music festivals in the nation, with 500-plus shows on 17 stages over 10 days. Each year, more than 900,000 people make their way to the Lehigh Valley and the festival, with their sights set on experiencing all the music, food and fun of this musical extravaganza.

PRICE: Pricing differs for every performer


EVENT: Prohibition Pub Crawl

DATE/TIME: Friday, 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Downtown Philadelphia, 599 Market St.

DETAILS: Discover the hidden, booze-filled underbelly of Philadelphia in the 1920s on the Prohibition Pub Crawl. On this three-hour history-filled walking tour, you'll slip into several establishments that served as speakeasies during Prohibition, learning how alcohol was distributed clandestinely throughout the city while sipping on craft cocktails with nary a hint of scandal. You'll find out about the major historical figures who helped to fill revelers' glasses and kept the parties rolling right under the authorities' noses, and see colonial-era brew sites that once brewed beer recipes written by Ben Franklin. The tour includes a complimentary beverage and snack, along with trivia and prize giveaways.

PRICE: $34.50


EVENT: Philly Free Streets

DATE/TIME: Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE: Broad Street, eight miles between Arch and Butler streets

DETAILS: Philly Free Streets is a people-powered initiative of the City of Philadelphia. Philly Free Streets temporarily closes streets to cars, inviting people to walk, bike, roll and play. 



EVENT: Road trip: Opening weekend at Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire 

DATE: Saturday and Sunday; gates open at 11 a.m., close at 8 p.m.

WHERE: 2775 Lebanon Road, Manheim, PA

DETAILS: It's the 39th season of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire on the grounds of Mount Hope Estate. A cast of hundreds of colorfully costumed characters fill the shire with music, dancing and more. With more than 90 stage shows daily, more than 20 royal kitchens, and scores of artisan merchants with handcrafted wares, the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire invities guests to immerse themselves in the 35-acre village and experience the fantasy.

PRICE: Discounted rates for adults: $17.95 online/$19.95 at gate. Children 11 and younger are free 


EVENT: Philadelphia International Unity Cup kick-off

DATE/TIME: Friday, 6 p.m.

WHERE: Northeast High School, 1601 Cottmon Ave., Philadelphia

DETAILS: A World Cup-style tournament held over several months, the Philadelphia International Unity Cup unites the city’s neighborhoods and celebrates its diverse immigrant communities through soccer. The brainchild of Mayor Jim Kenney, the Unity Cup became an annual tradition after its massively successful inaugural year in 2016.



EVENT: 30th Street Station’s old Amtrak board on display at Railroad Museum ofPennsylvania

DATE/TIME: Museum hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 Gap Road, Ronks, PA 

DETAILS: Since it departed the William H. Gray III 30th Street Station in Philadelphia earlier this year, there’s been a lot of flap about Amtrak’s split-flip arrivals and departures board. Now, the historic Solariboard, named for its Italian manufacturer, is on exhibit at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. You’ll find it displayed in Rolling Stock Hall on Platform 5 West next to the 114-year-old H6 locomotive No. 2846. Museum staff and volunteers have thoroughly cleaned it and built a base on which to safely showcase this Solari board, which was the last one in service for Amtrak.

PRICE: Adults $10; seniors $9; youth $8