It’s hard to believe, but the unofficial last day of summer is upon us. That means the week and (three-day!) weekend are packed with events. We’ve rounded up some of our recommended picks below — all with a focus on fun things to do in Philadelphia for a good cause.
You could help support single moms before they send their little ones off to school, march along Broad Street with former high school dropouts who’ve decided to reclaim their education or reap some genuine community-building time with your fellow Philadelphians with a ton of Labor Day weekend events happening along the Delaware River. Roller skating under the stars, anyone?
Check out our full guide to the week’s do-gooder events below.
Photo: YouthBuild Philadelphia
YouthBuild, a school and training program to help high school dropouts reclaim their education, and 200 revved-up young folks are taking to the street on Tuesday in support of the latest crop of applicants who’ve just finished the final step in the YouthBuild application process—an intense five-week Mental Toughness Training. The YouthBuild Philly Acceptance March is symbolic of sorts, beginning at the YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School and ending with a special acceptance ceremony at the Notary Hotel in Center City. Bring a sign and join the march—or cheer for them from the sidewalks—to show your support for this stellar group of youth who’ve taken the initiative to get back in school ????????. Tuesday, August 27, 1 p.m., free, march begins at YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School, 1231 N. Broad Street, and ends at the Notary Hotel, 21 N. Juniper Street.
Your address says Philadelphia, but how Philly are you really? Put your 215 chops to the test along with other locals at Billy Penn’s Philly Quizzo night at Pistola’s Del Sur in South Philly. Be sure to study up for the quizzo master, who’ll be looking to stump you with questions about the past, present and future of the City of Brotherly Love. The night also comes with discounted grub and drinks from the Pistola’s menu and a guaranteed Gritty mention or three. Tuesday, August 27, 6–8 p.m., free, Pistola’s Del Sur, 1934 E. Passyunk Avenue.
Few things bring communities together like the Philadelphia Eagles can (especially if they’re winning). If you’re already itching for that first Birds game of the season, we have some relief: Join Talking Birds hosts Geoff Mosher and Adam Caplan in a live discussion with former wide receiver Jason Avant about what to expect from the Eagles 2019-2020 season. Wednesday, August 28, 7 p.m., $5, Mayfair Theater, 6243 Frankford Avenue.
Photo: Dave Rosenblum / Flickr
We are rapidly running out of Parks on Tap dates for the summer, and a stop in West Philly’s gorgeous Clark Park isn’t one to miss. The setup features all the regular offerings—like the beer, grub and games—but swing by on Thursday for a little something extra: an all-levels, outdoor yoga class hosted by Roots2Rise and Studio 34 instructor Anisha Chirmule. The class is free, but anyone who pays the $10 suggested donation, which goes toward Roots2Rise and its commitment to increase access to yoga for all communities, gets a free beer ticket. Word to the wise: please no drinking and downward dogging ????????♀️. Thursday, August 29, 6–7 p.m., free, Clark Park, 43rd Street and Baltimore Avenue.
Photo: University City District
Did you miss blockbuster Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse when it was in theaters, and still want to see it on the big screen? You’re in luck. On Friday, University City District hosts a screening of the film in Clark Park, with food from food trucks like Haley Quinn’s, Authentik Byrek and Curbside Creamery (remember, Parks on Tap is in Clark Park that weekend, too). Please BYO chairs and blankets! Friday, August 30, 7 p.m., free, Clark Park, 43rd Street and Baltimore Avenue.
Living in such a historic city, it’s not uncommon to consider how our lives might have been different 250 years ago, but have you ever given thought to how life may have been back then for a pooch? The Museum of the American Revolution, along with several local animal groups, is helping to answer that question at its Dog Days of Summer event over Labor Day weekend. Show up with your pup in tow, pose for a portrait, browse the galleries and make a historically inspired dog button so you’ll always remember your special day together at the museum. Saturday, August 31, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., $21, Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. 3rd Street.
Are you a single mom or have the desire to help one? If so, What About That Woman (WATW) is hosting its first Back to School Luncheon to help mothers offset the costs of sending their kids back to school this fall. Those wanting to attend need to register in advance, and everyone is welcome to donate supplies, food or cash to help this organization continue its great work to these hard-working mothers. Saturday, August 31, 1–4 p.m., free, Greater Bibleway Temple Atrium, 5186 Bible Way.
It’s generally accepted that Labor Day marks the end of summer, so wrap it up with a bang, folks. Delaware River Waterfront attractions like Cherry Street Pier, Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and Spruce Street Harbor Park are hosting a ton of mostly free activities over Labor Day weekend—from yoga to farmers’ markets to a massive fireworks show over the river on Saturday. Go here for a full lineup of all the events taking place. Friday to Monday, various locations and times along the Delaware River, including Penn’s Landing, 101 N. Columbus Boulevard.