We hope you’re reading these picks outdoors – maybe lying in a hammock at Spruce Street Harbor or while quaffing a beer at Morgan’s Pier or maybe lounging on your roof deck. The forecast calls for three just about perfect days for outdoor enjoyment, and we have a lineup of ways to enjoy the warm weather:
Friday, July 11
Visit Philly pops up at the PHS garden: For several years, the lot next to the Jamaican Jerk Hut in the 1400 block of South Street has been the site of both great al fresco dining, courtesy the restaurant next door, and fun outdoor concerts, again courtesy same. By this time next year, this lot will have been transformed into a construction site for a new apartment building with first-floor retail, so as a last hurrah, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has chosen it as the site of this year’s PHS Pop-Up Garden, which has itself blossomed into a popular summer hangout. Tonight, the season-long Visit Philly Beer Garden Series also drops by with specials on craft beer and snacks. You may have already missed it by the time you see this, but that’s okay – the cool vibe lasts all night tonight with food from the Jerk Hut and this week’s food truck, Phoebe’s Bar-B-Q, and Little Baby’s Ice Cream in addition to a great selection of craft brews.
Visit Philly Beer Garden Series at PHS Pop-Up Garden: 4 to 7 p.m. at the PHS Pop-Up Garden, 1437 South St. Admission free, food and drink pay-as-you-go.
Saturday, July 12
Off with their heads!: Just as Toronto plays the role of a number of North American cities on TV, once a year, Eastern State Penitentiary plays the role of the most famous prison in France for an all-day event honoring the start of the French Revolution. Eastern State’s 20th annual Bastille Day celebration takes place today. The festivities begin with a block party starting at 2 p.m. at London Grill with food, drink and family fun. You might want to get to 21st and Fairmount Avenue around that time if you want the best viewing spots for the main event: a re-enactment of the storming of the Bastille with a Philly twist, executed (with an actual guillotine, mind you) by the Bearded Ladies Cabaret and featuring a hail of Tastykakes flung from Eastern State’s parapets. If you’d rather have guaranteed good seats (and complimentary Kronenbourg 1664), $40 gets you a VIP pass (seating in the VIP area is first-come, first-served, though). There’s plenty more fun surrounding this event, but we only have so much space to tell you about it – you should go and experience it for yourself.
Bastille Day Celebration: 5:30 p.m. at Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Ave. Free; VIP seating $40.
Sunday, July 13
Woof!: These are the dog days of summer, so why not let Fido and Fifi enjoy themselves at their own block party? The Chestnut Hill Business Association has just the thing for them: its first Dog Days of Summer Festival, which will take over the Germantown Avenue business district from noon to 4 p.m. Your pooch can indulge with dog treats, learn what’s in store for the future from a paw reader, and get its consciousness raised with pet trainers, and you can get advice on how to keep your dog happy from veterinarians, learn about animal rescue efforts and more. And starting at 3 p.m., several local restaurants will serve up “Yappy Hour” specials that should keep your dog’s tail wagging all the way home.
Dog Days of Summer Festival: Noon to 4 p.m. on the 8100 to 8600 blocks of Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill. Free; food, drink and merchandise pay-as-you-go.