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Philadelphia 2018 Event Calendar: The Best Things to Do This Month

The ultimate calendar of fun things to do in Philadelphia today, this weekend, and beyond. These events and adventures have been hand-picked to cover all of Philly's major happenings, plus some hidden gems you may not know about otherwise. From awesome concerts and performances to classes, food festivals, and everything in between, we've got your plans covered.

By / April 12, 2018

August 20 - 26

Night Out Restaurant Week

Various restaurants

A number of bars and restaurants, including Mad Rex, Bardot, Cheu Fishtown, and Chart House are offering three-course prix-fixe meals for lunch and dinner. Then get a $10 free play at SugarHouse.

$20 - $35 / RSVP

Little Lebowski Nite

Ambler Theater

Come dressed in costume and ready to answer "The Big Lebowski" trivia. Then, a screening of the film to round out the evening.

$9 / RSVP

Patti LaBelle

Dell Music Center

The Philly-born Grammy winner and culinary figure consistently makes it a point to perform in her hometown.

$35 - $75 / RSVP
   via Facebook

Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘n Out Live

Wells Fargo Center

Nick Cannon's TV show blending comedy and rap hits the road featuring the same audience interactive games as the show version.

$31 - $145 / RSVP

The Boob Tube Burlesque & Variety Show

Franky Bradley's

Burlesque performers put their spin on some of TV's most recognizable characters from The Handmaid’s Tale, WWE, The Simpsons, Stranger Things, and more.

$10 - $12 / RSVP

Jeff Lynne’s ELO

Wells Fargo Center

With immediately recognizable hits like "Evil Woman" and "Telephone Line," Electric Light Orchestra are making their first touring rounds since the 1980s.

$69 - $179 / RSVP
   via Facebook

I Love the ’90s Tour: Philly

BB&T Pavilion

With a lineup that includes Salt N Pepa, Coolio, Biz Markie, 2 Live Crew, and Rob Base, this show is primed to offer up the best '90s R&B nostalgia.

$20 - $100 / RSVP
   via Facebook

The Emo Band’s Live Band Emo & Pop Punk Karaoke Party

Voltage Lounge

Singing karaoke is one thing, singing emo songs at karaoke is another. What about singing emo songs at karaoke backed by a live band? That's what you get here.

$10 / RSVP

Pizza Workshop with John McGrath

La Colombe Fishtown Cafe

Fishtown Cafe's Head Baker, John McGrath, teaches you how to make a whole pizza from scratch from dough to toppings.

$54 / RSVP

Beer Muscles 2018

2SP Brewing Company

Watch competitors (or sign up to do it yourself) show feats of beer strength by throwing kegs, pull a beer truck, and more. The tasting room is open for spectators, of course.

$59 - $74 / RSVP

Dog Day of Summer

Venice Island Performing Arts & Recreation Center

Head over to Manayunk for an afternoon of Fido-friendly fun including pet-friendly vendors, pet adoptions, pet-friendly activities, food vendors, and happy hour.


August 27 - September 2

Science After Hours: Don’t Try This at Home

Franklin Institute

After the museum closes, adults are invited to check out "explosive" science demonstrations, that, if not orchestrated by professionals, might not be too safe.

$15 - $20 / RSVP
   via Facebook

Great Allentown Fair

Allentown Fairgrounds

This annual suburban fair draws huge crowds to the grounds for rides, animals, traditional fair food, acrobatics, and marquee performers like Niall Horan, 5 Seconds Of Summer, and more.

$3 - $8 / RSVP

Classic Essentials: Psycho

Ritz Five

As a part of the Ritz Five's Classic Movie Essentials series, Alfred Hitchcock's classic "Psycho," starring Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates, will screen, preceded by a talk from guest speakers.

$7 - $10 / RSVP
   via Facebook

Parks on Tap: Clark Park

Clark Park

Make your way out to West Philly when the roving pop-up park Parks on Tap takes over Clark Park for Labor Day Weekend. There'll be beer, wine, and snacks. Also, free yoga on Thursday at 6pm.


Steve Martin and Martin Short

The Mann Center

Two comedy legends combine standup and concert in this performance which sees them performing both together and solo, including bluegrass musical interludes by Steve Martin.

$45 - $89 / RSVP
   via Facebook

Amy Schumer

Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena

The all-new Atlantic City Hard Rock Hotel and Casino welcomes the "I Feel Pretty" star for a night of standup, featuring some special guests.

$99 - $150 / RSVP

Fireworks on the Waterfront

Independence Seaport Museum

Have a front-row seat to the Labor Day Weekend fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront. Tickets include admission to Independence Seaport Museum and their national historic ships.

$14 - $20 / RSVP

Made In America Fest

Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Jay Z’s festival along the Parkway returns with headliners Nicki Minaj, Post Malone, Meek Mill, and Diplo.

more info
   via Facebook

Labor Day Volksfest

Cannstatter Volksfest-Verein

This German social club hosts a Labor Day Weekend extravaganza with German beer and wines, music and dancing, rides, and all the bratwurst and frankfurters you could ever want.

$6 - $11 / RSVP

Blue Corn Lifestyle Green and Organic Fest

Penn's Landing

This festival celebrates an organic lifestyle by bringing together agricultors, green market owners, restauranteurs, and artisans for an afternoon of cultural performances, food, and more.


September 3 - 9

Mac Demarco

Skyline Stage at the Mann

With the city skyline as a backdrop, slack rocker Mac Demarco will charm you into the night with his mellow brand of guitar music.

$32 / RSVP


Union Transfer

Written over the course of three years, Foxing's newest record "Nearer My God" hits on a blend of anthemic indie rock, avant-garde R&B, and classical.

$15 / RSVP

Philadelphia Pizza Festival

Citizens Bank Park

Sample over 200 varieties of pizza (or enter a pizza-eating contest) at the Phillies' home — even walk the bases, too. Of course, there will be craft beer and wine, games, and kids activities.

$4 - $44 / RSVP

Grunge-A-Palooza: Unplugged

World Cafe Live

Re-live the era of MTV's Unplugged with a number of cover bands putting their acoustic spin on grunge classics like Chris Cornell, Nirvana, and Pearl Jam.

$20 - $32 / RSVP
   via Facebook

Camden Jam 2018: Arts & Music Festival

Wiggins Waterfront Park

Showcasing local talent of Camden artists, musicians, and food purveyors, Camden Jam encourages attendees to sample the city's best. Plus, headling performances from Lil' Mo and Arrested Development.

$0 - $50 / RSVP
   via Facebook

Bikes and Beers Philadelphia 2018

Love City Brewing Company

Riders can choose from a 15-mile or 30-mile bike ride departing from Love City Brewing Company (Saturday) and Yards Brewing Co. (Sunday). Once you get back, enjoy free beer and food trucks.

$40 - $50 / RSVP

Le Super Grand Continental

Philadelphia Museum of Art

This 2012 Fringe Festival performance, a "joyously big line dance," returns to the art museum steps performed by 200 Philadelphians of all ages and backgrounds. You're encouraged to join, too.


Pickledelphia Pickle Festival

The Piazza at Schmidt's Commons

Get your fill of fried pickles, picklebacks, pickle ice cream, pickle brine fried chicken, and many other pickle variations at the city's first-ever large-scale pickle fest. Also, beer and music.

   via Facebook

Greenfest Philly

Bainbridge Street, between 3rd and 5th Street

This local environmental fest features vendors selling local green wares and food as well as live music, live demonstrations, kid-friendly activities, and opportunities to learn about sustainability.

   Matt Stanley

Brazilian Day Philadelphia

Great Plaza at Penn's Landing

Brazil’s culture and heritage will be celebrated on the waterfront through dance performances, food, and vendors.



The Mann Center

The country duo are celebrating the 10-year anniversary of their third album "Love on the Inside" and their sixth LP "Bigger," released earlier this summer.

$31 - $101 / RSVP

September 10 - 16

   via Facebook

Fringe Festival


FringeArts’ annual festival celebrating experimental theater, dance, music, comedy, and more returns with over 100 performances, parties, and exhibitions all across the city.

$0 - $75 / RSVP

Niall Horan

BB&T Pavilion

The One Direction member follows his bandmates Zayn, Harry, and Louis by hitting the dusty trail solo. His debut album "Flicker" has a folksy-pop vibe.

$29 - $122 / RSVP
   via Facebook

Elton John

Wells Fargo Center

After an illustrious 50-plus-year career, Elton John is closing the book on touring with a three-year farewell tour, aptly titled "Farewell Yellow Brick Road."

$55 - $245 / RSVP

Ozzy Osbourne

BB&T Pavilion

Despite putting his touring days with Black Sabbath behind him, Ozzy Osbourne can't resist the thrill of the road for one final tour.

$25 - $299 / RSVP

That’s a Bingo!

Saint Benjamin Brewing

This brewery-set bingo night features beer (naturally) and prizes like gift cards.


Farewell to Summer: The Great Oyster Craze, A Celebration in the Raw

Hill-Physick House

Slurp oysters and sip on beer at this garden party where you'll learn about the medicinal benefits of oysters and why they were so popular in late 18th and early 19th century America.

$50 / RSVP

Keystone Comic Con

Pennsylvania Convention Center

This brand new, city-specific comic con will feature all the best elements of the genre event: cosplay, comic, and collectibles exhibitors, and A-list guests like Alitha Martinez and Angela Kinsey.

$25 - $325 / RSVP
   Chan Plett

The Philadelphia Music Festival

The Open Kitchen Sculpture Garden

This charity music festival features sets from local artists like Joe Smizzy, Matt Pless, The Phoenix Within, Kuf Knotz, and Chillionaires.

$9 - $23 / RSVP

Outlaw Music Festival

BB&T Pavilion

There’s some heavy hitters in this lineup featuring Willie Nelson, Van Morrison, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Greensky Bluegrass, and more

More info
   via Facebook

2018 Black Women’s Arts Festival

The Rotunda

This two-day event celebrates live music, poetry, dance, education, and art performed and created by female artists of color.


Drake: Aubrey & The Three Migos

Wells Fargo Center

You can't turn on any radio (or walk into any club) without hearing Drake or Migos, so it's only natural that the two acts hit the road together on a massive stadium tour.

$49 - $179 / RSVP



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