Actually Fun Things to Do in Philly This Weekend

Yoga in the park and a few retro dance parties.

So long, July! The past month has been hot and sticky and the month to come will likely only offer more of the same, but that’s summer in Philly for you. Luckily, a new month also means new events and happenings to pencil into your calendar. Dance parties, park hangs, and, oh yes, a dance festival are all on this weekend’s event slate. Come hungry, get sweaty, party hard.

Get cultured with a free Shakespeare production

Friday, July 30 – Sunday, August 1
Clark Park
An annual tradition, Shakespeare in Clark Park will return this weekend for nightly al fresco performances of Pericles, Prince of Tyre. Each year, actors take to the great outdoors to perform a modern retelling of a Shakespeare play and this year’s show covers the adventures of Pericles as he flees the land of Antioch. While you don’t need to reserve a seat ahead of time, there are options to secure seating in specific COVID-safe masked seating and vaccinated-only sections
Cost: Free

Enjoy a sugar high

Friday, July 30 – Sunday, August 1
Fashion District
Immersive art experience Candytopia is now reopened at the Fashion District. Featuring more than 50 pieces of art made from thousands of bits of candy, expect a recreation of the Liberty Bell fashioned out of sour belts, pineapple gummy bears, licorice laces and cola bottles, a marshmallow pool, and a room full of unicorn pigs who shoot confetti from their butts. Have your phone charged and at the ready for every photo op imaginable.
Cost: $20-28

Lace up your hiking boots

Friday, July 30
Woodford Mansion
Take part in a combination of two great things—hiking and beer—on a Friday night. This one-way guided hike begins at Woodford Mansion in East Fairmount Park, traverses the Boxer’s and Lemon Hill trails and ends at the Parks on Tap location at Fairmount Water Works for some celebratory brews. Remember to wear weather- and trail-appropriate clothing and shoes and that this is not a round trip excursion. The hike will go on in light rain, but in the event of heavy rain, the hike will be canceled.
Cost: Pay what you can

Move your body

Saturday, July 31
Multiple locations
Philly Dance Day encourages locals to come together in synchronous movement during a number of free dance workshops at two locations. This year’s event starts with hip-hop cardio and diva pop jazz at Markward Playground and continues with house party fitness and ballet combos at Philly Dance Fitness Rittenhouse. The day culminates with a dance showcase at Plays & Players Theater. No need to pre-register for any class—just show up and get grooving.
Cost: Free, $5-10 donation for evening showcase

Wish a park a happy birthday

Saturday, July 31
Franklin Square
Happy birthday, Franklin Square! The park is marking its 15th birthday as a revamped public space this weekend, and you’re invited to the party. Throughout the afternoon, there will be 15 activities to mark the occasion, including yoga, dance lessons, crafts, storytelling, and more. Hang out after the sun sets for some adult fun in the beer and cocktail garden. 
Cost: Pay-as-you-go

Relive the best days of your life

Saturday, July 13
Underground Arts
The iconic late ‘90s and early aughts music video countdown show Total Request Live gets the dance party treatment this weekend with five hours of music from the era. Expect hits from Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, and more, plus live voting for songs and music videos playing all night.
Cost: $10 

Get weird on the dance floor

Saturday, July 31
The Dolphin
The recently reopened and revamped Dolphin is hosting a night of hyperpop, PC music, bubblegum bass, and alt pop songs with DJs Wassup Gina and Tygerstrype on Saturday. Get down to the likes of Sophie, Charli XCX, and 100 Gecs. Though the party doesn’t start until 9, get there any time after 4 for $2 Tecate, $4 margaritas, and $1 tacos.
Cost: $5

Feast your eyes on a multitude of magnificent performers

Sunday, August 1
Franky Bradley’s
Honeygasm Sundays—the burlesque variety show, known for its splashy finale numbers and diverse casts of striptease artists, drag performers, aerialists, and sideshow acts—is back at Franky Bradley’s for one night only. Tonight’s lineup includes burlesque artist HoneyTree EvilEye; bellydancer, fire spinning, hula hoop artist Eva Mystique; striptease artist Victoria Reno; and six octave drag artist Sapphira Cristál. Grab a drink or two and prepare to be dazzled.
Cost: $15

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Allie Volpe is a writer based in Philadelphia. She hasn't slept in days. Follow her on Twitter: @allieevolpe.
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