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The best things to do in Philadelphia this weekend

The best things to do in Philadelphia, including popular events, festivals, attractions and tours, free activities and entertainment. See upcoming events and what’s on in Philly today.

Hong Rattana, of Northeast Philadelphia, cooking some chicken wings on the grill at the Southeast Asian Market in FDR Park, in Philadelphia, Pa., on Saturday, May, 25, 2024.
Hong Rattana, of Northeast Philadelphia, cooking some chicken wings on the grill at the Southeast Asian Market in FDR Park, in Philadelphia, Pa., on Saturday, May, 25, 2024.Read moreTyger Williams / Staff Photographer

Happy Friday! Below are some of our favorite things to do in the Philadelphia area this weekend. We put out new Philly weekend plans for you every week, so you’ll always have something to do on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

You can always find our favorite activities of the weekend at inquirer.com/things-to-do. Have an event you’d like to feature in the Inquirer? Submit an event to our calendar.


Blobfest

(Community) You’ve never experienced anything like this three day festival dedicated to the iconic film The Blob. Head to Phoenixville to experience movie scene recreations, stage shows, competitions and more. Tickets are required, so grab yours in advance.

⌚️ July 12-14, 📍227 Bridge St., Phoenixville, Pa, 19460, 🌐 thecolonialtheatre.com, 💵 $15

Stop And Smell The Rosé

(Community) I think we can all agree that rosè is the official wine of the summer. Stay cool under a shaded tent while you enjoy tasty bites, great music and of course, delicious wine. Your ticket gets you 8 drink vouchers, all good for 1 3oz pour.

⌚️July 13, 3-6p.m., 📍 129 S. 30th St., Philadelphia, Pa, 19104, 🌐 eventbrite.com, 💵 $51

Blueberry Festival

(Community) Every year hundreds of people flock to Linvilla Orchards to celebrate all things blueberries. Don’t miss out on your chance to pick some sweet fruit and enjoy other festival elements like a pie eating contest and delicious foods. Tickets aren’t required to attend the festival but are required to pick blueberries.

⌚️July 13, 8a.m. - 6p.m., 📍137 West Knowlton Rd., Media, Pa, 19063, 🌐 linvilla.com, 💵 Pay-as-you-go

Ice Cream Festival

(Community) The only remedy to back-to-back heatwaves? An entire day dedicated to delicious ice cream. Come enjoy Bassetts Ice Cream and others from the Philly ice cream community for this first ever, family friendly festival. You’ll find other ice cream themed treats, games and demos all around the market.

⌚️July 13, 12-4p.m., 📍12th & Filbert St., Philadelphia, Pa, 19107, 🌐 readingterminalmarket.org, 💵 Pay-as-you-go

Flavors of FDR: Food Market Tasting Tour

(Community) FDR Park is never short on incredible Southeast Asian food delights during the warmer months. Come enjoy a full taste of the market on this food tour, led by an expert guide. You’ll visit dozens of food tents and have the chance to sample and buy everything from fruity smoothies to savory spice blends.

⌚️July 13, 9:45-11:30a.m., 📍1500 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia, Pa, 19145, 🌐 fairmountpark.ticketleap.com, 💵 $20

Barnes on the Block

(Community) Nothing says summer in the city like a block party. For this edition of Barnes on the Block, come enjoy visual art displays, art-making, food trucks, performances and so much more. This event is perfect for the entire family.

⌚️ July 14, 12-5p.m., 📍2025 Benjamin Franklin Pwky., Philadelphia, Pa, 19130, 🌐 barnesfoundation.org/, 💵 Free

Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival

(Community) Franklin Square’s annual festival is back and ready to celebrate the Year of the Dragon. The festival includes cultural performances, traditional Chinese food and an iconic 200-foot-long dragon. Timed tickets are required Friday through Sunday.

⌚️June 20 - Aug. 18, 📍200 N 6th St, Philadelphia, Pa, 19106, 🌐 phillychineselanternfestival.com, 💵 $16-28

Latino Arts and Film Festival

(Movies) Both established and emerging Latino filmmakers will be celebrated for their creativity and contributions to culture. This festival lineup includes workshops, feature films, shorts, animations and so much more. Plus, celebrate the 10th annual LOLA Awards, which honors the filmmaking achievements of Latino creatives.

⌚️May 26-July 7, 📍Various Locations, 🌐 phlaff.org/


The best events for kids in Philly

Kids who’ve successfully avoided sleep away camp this week can check out a new play in Swarthmore, pick (and eat) blueberries in Delco, meet animals at the Please Touch, attend a concert in Parkside, hang out at the Oval, and consume all the ice cream at Reading Terminal.

The Oval opens

(Seasonal) The city’s biggest pop-up park returns to Eakins Oval, Thursday and Friday evenings and Saturday and Sunday afternoons through evenings, with mini golf, family-centric Sunday programming, food and drink, and plenty of space to chill. All ages.

⌚Jul. 11-Aug. 25, times vary, 📍2451 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., Philadelphia, Pa., 19130, 🌐 phila.gov, 💵 Free to attend

Honk!

(Theater) An updated, musical, theatrical take on the Ugly Duckling comes to the Players Club of Swarthmore, offering lots of laughs and an essential lesson about what it means to embrace your differences. Ages 5-12.

⌚July 12-21, times and dates vary, 📍614 Fairview Rd., Swarthmore, Pa., 19081, 🌐 pcstheater.org, 💵 $8 to $15

Blueberry Festival

(Seasonal) Magic, bubbles, pie-eating contests, special snacks — frozen blueberry lemonade, blueberry smash sundaes, and pick-your-own berries ($11 per person) — ramp up the fun at this pay-as-you-go day at Delco destination, Linvilla Orchards.

⌚July 13, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., rain date: July 14 📍137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media,, Pa. 19063, 🌐 linvilla.com, 💵 Pay-as-you-go

Get Wild Day

(Animals) Zoo vibes — and animals, including reptiles, raptors and guests from Elmwood Park — further enliven the Please Touch Museum’s visiting Wild Kratts exhibit for a single, busy day that also includes jungle collaging, bird feeder making, museum exploring, owl pellet dissection, and storytime. Ages 1-10.

⌚July 13, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., 📍4231 Ave. of the Republic, Philadelphia, Pa. 19131, 🌐 pleasetouchmuseum.org, 💵 $22, $2 ACCESS cardholder

Ice Cream Festival

(Food) Are four hours enough to eat all the ice cream in the Reading Terminal Market? Churro loop sundaes, raspberry prosecco sorbet, sundae cupcakes, and so many ice cream sandwiches will put your lactose and sugar tolerance to the delicious test. Ages 2 and up.

⌚July 14, noon-4 p.m., 📍12th & Filbert sts., Philadelphia, Pa., 19107, 🌐 readingterminalmarket.org, 💵 Pay-as-you-go

Sounds of Summer: Second Sunday Concert Series

(Music / Seasonal / Free) Families come for the free concerts — tonight, MIC’d Up, then Luke Carlos O’Reilly with Emily Braden. Kids go for the summer-long pop-up playground and just-for-the-evening activities supplied by Smith Memorial Playground at Parkside Edge. Food trucks: Grilled meats and good veg from Grayson and Kash, fusion bao buns from Bao & Bun Studio. All ages.

⌚July 14, 5 a.m.-8 p.m., 📍Parkside Ave. & W. Memorial Hall Dr., Philadelphia, Pa, 19131, 🌐myphillypark.org, , 💵 Free

Summerfest

(Outdoors) As one roller rink closes, another opens, along with a Ferris wheel, new kiddie coaster, 18-hole mini golf, new giant swings, carnival games, and a bigger arcade, all at Penn’s Landing, where there’s almost always a breeze to keep you a bit cooler. Open daytime through evening on weekends, evenings only on weekdays. Ages 4 and up.

⌚Jun. 28-Sept. 2, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.,📍101 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106, 🌐 delawareriverwaterfront.com , 💵 Pay-as-you-go

Brain Games

(Science / multiday) If you and the kids enjoy Worlde, Tiles, or puzzle books, you’ll likely love the 60-some cerebral challenges, including 2-D and 3-D mazes made of ropes, colors, music — even DIY mazes — at the Franklin Institute’s newest exhibit.

⌚June 8-Dec. 1, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.📍222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia, Pa., 19103, 🌐 fi.edu, 💵 $21-$25; $2 ACCESS cardholder

Garden Railway: Dinos!

(Dinosaurs / garden / multiday) An elegant Chestnut Hill botanical enclave has declared the coming months the “Summer of Dinos” at Morris Arboretum featuring a self-guided tour of prehistoric-related plants, an expansive outdoor toy train setup featuring fantastic Tyrannosaurus rex, Triceratops, Velociraptor, etc. made out of bark, and a “paleontologist’s cottage” with fossil-digging capabilities. Ages 2 and up.

⌚May 25-Sept. 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends, 📍100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia, Pa., 19118 🌐 morrisarboretum.org , 💵$20 adult, $18 ages 65 and up, $10 ages 3-17, free under age 3 and member

Wild Kratts®: Creature Power®

(Science / multiday) From the popular PBS kids’ show and Minnesota Children’s Museum, Memorial Hall’s latest interactive exhibit at the Please Touch Museum channels a tropical rainforest, Australian outback, the Antarctic, and your backyard, inviting kids to pretend to be animals — kangaroos, jaguars, spider monkeys, whatever’s in your backyard — in their natural habitat. Ages 3-9.

⌚May 31-Sept. 1, 📍4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, Pa. 19131, 🌐pleasetouchmuseum.org , 💵 $22, $2 ACCESS cardholder