Beer Garden at The Porch at 30th Street Station
With magnificent views of the Schuylkill River, bridges and the Center City skyline, and bounded by two monumental historic buildings, The Porch is a place of activity, respite and social interaction at a location where there has long been a dire need for pedestrian amenities. In addition, it is a vibrant and welcoming gateway for travelers emerging from 30th Street Station, whether visiting Philadelphia for the first time or commuting daily. During The Porch’s first season, the University City District provided circus performances, yoga and kickboxing classes, and French swing accordion music free to the public. The Porch is also home to a popular seasonal farmers market. This promises to be a dynamic space, so please stay tuned to see what new and exciting activities UCD will be bringing to The Porch.
The Porch at 30th Street Station
Thursday, July 12 through Saturday, July 14
Screenings Under the Stars
Screenings Under the Stars is affordable family entertainment or a great date night for couples at the right price: FREE! Seeing a spectacular film on the waterfront under the stars is the perfect family outing or truly unique and memorable summer date. Couples will be reminded of the old-fashioned romance created by drive-in movies. Visitors can begin or end their evening on South Street or in Old City, just a short walk from Penn’s Landing. Radio station B101 will host the screenings with themed games and prizes. WBEB 101.1 FM (B101) is an adult contemporary station broadcasting in the Philadelphia market. Founded in 1963, B101 is credited with many industry firsts and has enjoyed consistent top-10 ratings for decades. The station is owned and operated by Jerry Lee. It remains the only independently owned music station in a major U.S. Market.
Every Thursday, July 5 through Aug. 30
Commonwealth Classic Theatre Co. Presents “Our Town”
In its eighth year of bringing free theater to the Greater Philadelphia area, Commonwealth Classic Theatre Co. will provide audiences with a production that bears the hallmarks of its thoroughly established style: energy, accessibility, clarity, passion and heart. “Our Town,” in its celebration of the everyday moments of life, is truly a reflection of all that is glorious and fragile in being alive. This July, CCTC invites you to spend some of your precious moments under the stars for this free production.
Various locations in Philadelphia
Bastille Day Cabaret
Bastille Day is one of Philadelphia’s most popular summertime events. Eastern State Penitentiary teams with The Bearded Ladies cabaret group to present one of Philadelphia’s largest free theatrical performances, which culminates with a playful re-enactment of the Storming of the Bastille, influenced more by Monty Python than the actual French Revolution.
Following the performance, the many wonderful restaurants surrounding the penitentiary will come alive with French-themed entertainment as well as food and drink specials. Come early and take a tour of Eastern State (standard admission), or stay late and take a twilight tour following the re-enactment ($10 for adults, $5 for students, seniors and children).
2027 Fairmount Ave, Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site
Saturday, July 14, 1 p.m.