Every Monday we round up a handful of ways to get involved throughout the week to make your city better and have fun doing it. Have ideas for upcoming events? Email us tips. Now get out and do something!
Photo: Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
Walk through Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens and check out a brand new exhibit by Philly-based artist, Justin Tyner. Called Light as Memory, the exhibit is made up of repurposed bottles and fallen stained glass from Philly churches. Tyner’s exhibit pays tribute to his own feelings and memories, and he hopes that people walking through will see that inspiration can come from anywhere, even the most forgotten places. Outside of this exhibit, Tyner tries to take his art back to the place where he first found the repurposed bottles and glass to show that art is everywhere in the city. Monday, July 22, 11 am-6 pm, $10, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, 1020 South Street
Photo: The Oval+
The Oval+ is back! The newest seasonal pop-up park in Philly is open Wednesday through Sunday through the rest of the summer, and has a million events for us all to enjoy. Wellness Wednesday brings free fitness classes to everyone and includes Power Yoga, Yoga Habit, Philly Dance Fitness, and CKO Kickboxing. After your free fitness class, you can check out the Reading and Music Room, an outdoor room where you can relax, read, and play music. Check out the Twitter page before heading out to get weather updates. Wednesday, July 24, 5 pm-8 pm, Free, The Oval+, 2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philly hosts the largest, free, trans-specific, conference in the world so take advantage and check it out. The conference was started in 2000 by Charlene Arcila, and this year is hosting Dina Nina Martinez as the keynote speaker. The workshops involve themes like advocacy and activism, self-care and well-being, medical, legal, spirituality, Disabilities, partners and families, youth, and many others. If you have some time and would like to volunteer, use this link here to sign up and give back! Before attending check out the Code of Conduct. Wednesday, July 25-Saturday, July 27, 9 am-4 pm, Free, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 129 North Broad Street
Enjoy a new Philly classic, Creed 2, under the stars and right on the water at Penns Landing. Bring your favorite lawn chair or a big blanket to put right under the movie screen, and enjoy access to a great on-site concession stand. Before the main event, the screen will show a short film from the Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival. This week will showcase Beebox, an animated film from a bee’s perspective. Thursday, July 25, 8:30 pm-10:30, Free, Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 121 N. Columbus Blvd.
Photo: Cherry Street Pier
Come out and shop right on the water at Philly’s largest open-air market series. The Food Trust’s Market will bring a traditional farmers market together with local retailers, sellers, and visual artists. Buy some broccoli, a nice new necklace, or just people-watch while enjoying a great view of the water and the Ben Franklin Bridge. You can also enjoy affordable, prepared food from Philly culinary entrepreneurs. Saturday, July 27, 10 am-2 pm, Free, Cherry Street Pier, 121 N Christopher Columbus Blvd
Photo: Visit East Passyunk
Enjoy checking out some great cars at South Philly’s largest summer festival and block party. The day includes up to 200 antique cars, trucks, and motorcycles along with food, dance parties, and kids events. There will be visiting food trucks all over, and look out for restaurants with balloons out front—inside there are special $5 deals. Music will be on every block so bring comfortable shoes and get ready to dance in the streets. And if dancing isn’t enough at the Gateway at Broadway and McKean there will be bouncy castles and more for kids to enjoy. Sunday, July 28, 11 am-4 pm, Free, East Passyunk Ave, between Broad and Dickinson Streets