Parks on Tap
Shofuso Japanese House and Garden
5070 Lansdowne Dr.
Pay as you go
Philly’s roving summer beer garden moves on to its second location this Friday: the serene Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in West Fairmount Park. Enjoy craft beers, cocktails and light bites as you explore the grounds, taking in the traditional Japanese gardens and koi pond. Concurrent activities are planned all weekend, like a yoga class starting at 12:15 on Saturday.
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Through July 10
The city’s only LGBT film festival rolls into the weekend with dozens of feature films, documentaries and shorts playing at theaters around Center City. Many of the offerings are East Coast premieres, so you'll be among the first on this side of the States to see them on the big screen. When you're not taking in a flick, check out qflixphilly.com for the schedule of parties and speaker panels taking place through Sunday.
Movies Under the Stars: “Creed”
July 7, 8:30 p.m.
Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing
101 S. Columbus Blvd.
Movies Under the Stars begins this week at Penn’s Landing with a screening of the latest Rocky spinoff, “Creed,” along the Delaware. The series continues every Thursday through August 25, with flicks for viewers of all ages, like “Zootopia,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Bettlejuice” and more.
Love On the Streets Reloaded
July 9, noon-9 p.m.
N. 24th St.
Skateboarders at Paine’s Park make way for a daylong festival on Saturday. Stop (or roll) by for live music curated by WXPN, a flea market, beer garden and a skateboard competition starting at 1 p.m. There will also be a lineup of local food vendors, like event host Wahoo’s Tacos, Eat-A-Pita and HubBub Coffee.
July 10, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Germantown and E. Highland avenues
You’ve been enjoying festival season for a few weeks, now it’s time to let your four-legged pal get in on the fun. The Chestnut Hill Business District and Weavers Way Co-op host this daylong hoopla that features pet-friendly activities like doggie pools, paw readers, pet caricaturists, and even a bouncy house. Food options for furry creatures and their humans will be available from restaurants along Germantown Avenue.
Jaheim, Lyfe Jennings & Monica
July 7, 7 p.m.
Dell Music Center
Ridge Ave. and Huntington Dr.
R&B stalwarts Monica, Jaheim and Lyfe Jennings hit the Dell Music Center Thursday night for the very first Essence of Entertainment concert series. The series runs throughout summer with a roster of soul-music greats like India.Arie, Ledisi, Keith Sweat and Mary Mary.
July 10, 5 p.m.-1 a.m.
140 N. Columbus Blvd.
Part of WXPN’s Latin Roots Live! concert series, this weekend music festival brings to Philly the contemporary sounds of Latin music. Look out for performances by Mexican pop act The Chamanas, Afro-Latin soundmakers Quitapenas, and Madrid rock band Sexy Zebras. The event is free, but you need to RSVP at xpn.org.
Pokemon Symphonic Evolutions
July 10, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Mann Center for Performing Arts
N. 52nd St. and Parkside Ave.
“Pokemon” gets the symphonic treatment. An orchestra performs music inspired by the popular franchise while visuals from recent and classic Pokemon video games play in the background. Expect scenes from “Red” and “Green” from the original GameBoy on up to the 3DS’s “X” and “Y.” If you don’t know what that means, ask your 5 year old.
BalletX Summer Series 2016
Through July 17
The Wilma Theater
265 S. Broad St.
Philly contemporary ballet company BalletX debuts two brand new works in its extended summer series, by dynamo choreographers Matthew Neenan and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. Each work will be punctuated by high-quality video and lighting projection courtesy of Klip Collective—the same group that lit up City Hall with colorful 3D designs last fall.