Yet another rousing round of festivals, happy hours, and best-kept secrets in Philly on this week's bucket list for Philadelphia, the Greatest City Never Sold:
Tuesday, June 21: A
Wednesday, June 22: Center City Sips starts at 5 p.m. with $4 cocktails, $3 vino, $2 brews and half off appetizers at all the best restaurants. Hint: Their weekly 20th birthday party with giveaways & an hour of complimentary bites is at Sampan on 124 S. 13th Street. Now, you can stay there and sip awhile or you can head out at 6 for Waterfront Wednesday's free concert at Penn Treaty Park, free, or the Opening Night of the 4th Annual Philadelphia Independent Film Festival (725 N. 4th Street), where it's $10 to get into the screening of Weed And Guns, self-described as featuring "mountains of marijuana, great interviews, comedy, fake news, animation, rock video and stunning outdoor footage of cute girls and guys shooting guns that are not legal in California."
Thursday, June 23: At night, try Opa Restaurant's Weekly Thursday Block Party, Opa Glendi. For happy hour, try Old City Social from 6-8 p.m. With $3 Hoegarden, Don Q and Sky Vodka bevys, the only thing that could make a night in Old City better is half-priced appetizers - this may sound familiar...Also, it's day two of the Philadelphia Indie Fest.
Friday, June 24: The three-day Taste of Philadelphia kicks off at 5 today, and the cheap cuisine tastings from the best chefs in Philly will distract you from happy hour for at least a couple of hours. Plus, enjoy jazz on the waterfront. Cheap date idea! East Coast Derby Extravaganza at the Sportsplex in Feasterville, PA promises an exciting night of girl on girl action, plus skates, and they'll play as dirty as it gets and still be PG rated. It's only $15 to get in Friday during this weekend event. Games at 6 and 7:30. Or pick a flick at Philly Indie Film fest. (From The Head looks promising! It's about a restroom attendant at a strip club.)
Saturday, June 25: Try out for Visit Philly's photo shoot! Bring the family and get a chance to help make Philly famous, not infamous. If you're feeling artsy, or a bit yuppie, head to Manayunk Arts Festival, but not in your car if you're smart. Parking will be rough. Also going on: More Roller Derby from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. if you're into that. More Indie films, if you're into that. Gourmet tastings for a couple bucks continue and more entertainment is to be had at Penn's Landing - the first fireworks of the season start after a blues performance at eight in the mornin' - uh, evening. (in the AM, check out BYOD brunch)
Sunday, June 26: Last day of the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, so jump on your chance to feel hipster and cultural with a film. The last roller derby concludes today at 8:30 so if you missed out on Friday and Saturday's competitions, you have a chance. $20 for a half day. Let the gospel choirs rejoice, however you'll only hear them at Penn's Landing during Taste of Philadelphia on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For Sunday, God giveth free gourmet tastings. Or close to free. Plus, its free admittance to the Yunk on the second and final day of their Annual Manayunk Arts Festival.
Monday, June 27: Bring your own pup seems to be a theme this summer, with BYOD (Bring Your Own Dog) Brunch at Square 1682 on Saturdays (the real attraction is $10 bottomless Mimosas), so the Wawa Welcome America celebration is gettin gin on the doggie action. The Piazza at Schmidt's is hosting a screening of "Best in Show," so strap your animal in its car seat and head over at 9 p.m. Bring your own booze, picnic, and pooper scooper. Oh, and I don't know why they specify but parrots - they're not allowed. Guess everyone would have to hide their crackers and wine just isn't the same then. If you don't have a dog, cat or squirrel to bring, you may want to drown your sorrows at Brauhaus Schmitz. It's their 2nd Anniversary party tonight, and at 7 tonight they're offering $2 off craft beer and a free buffet. Walk, run or drive to 718 South Street.
For More Events this Weekend: As usual, scope out uwishunu.com For events in Philadelphia, so udonthavetowishuknewbecauseuknow. If you're trying do Philly for free or cheap, read the Examiner.com Page for Philadelphia Budget Events. Also, you can follow me on twitter for constant updates about events! Wait - one more: if you're going to be at the shore this weekend... DrinkPhilly: Jersey Shore edition will tell you how to avoid (or find) some good clean fun in the dirty Jerz.