Events 7/20-7/26: HoodStock, Jazz Festivals, Twelfth Night at Clark Park, SmorgasBeer, Cooking for the Culture & More!

The latest and greatest things happening in Philly from Friday, July 20 to Thursday, July 26. Share your event by tweeting us @citywidestories or tagging us on Facebook.


Cedar Park Jazz Series

Friday, July 20th

6 – 8 pm

Cedar Park

49th and Baltimore Ave.

Cost: Free

The 18th Annual Cedar Park Jazz series continues with free weekly performances through July 27th. This week, enjoy a performance from The Keni Jackson Experience on Baltimore Ave. Pull up a lawn chair and unwind from the week with the Cedar Park neighbors!


HoodStock Festival

Saturday, July 21st

12 – 4 pm

Philadelphia Urban Creators

2315 N. 11th St.

Cost: Free

Hoodstock, a yearly music festival celebrating the growth of North Philadelphia, is back and bigger than ever for its fifth year! You can expect live music from Matthew Law, Ill Fated Natives, and G Yamazawa. Plus vendors, farm tours, activities for kids, a farmers market, a graffiti invitational, a Black Girl Magic Stage and so much more!


12th Annual Lancaster Ave Jazz & Arts Festival

Saturday, July 21st

12 – 7 pm

Saunders Park

3827 Powelton Ave.

Cost: Free

Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy an ensemble of stellar performers highlighting acclaimed and emerging Jazz musicians from a variety of backgrounds and musical directions. The event will also feature an artists’ village, a children’s village, food trucks, and more!


SmörgåsBeer 2018

Saturday, July 21st

5 – 8 pm

American Swedish Historical Museum

1900 Pattison Ave.

Cost: $30 in advance, $35 at the door, $10 designated driver ticket

Make your way to the Museum in FDR park for a day of Swedish delicacies at at the Annual SmörgåsBeer, hosted by the American Swedish Historical Museum! Confirmed breweries include, Yards Brewing Co.,Saint Benjamin Brewing Company, The Brooklyn Brewery, Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company, Crooked Eye Brewery, Cartesian Brewing, Sterling Pig Beer, Liquid Alchemy mead & cider, Original 13 Ciderworks, and Swedish Rekorderlig Cider.  

Traditional Swedish food & glögg (mulled wine) will also be available!


Balkan at Bartram’s

Sunday, July 22nd

6 – 10 pm

56th Street Riverside Plaza

Cost: $10 general admission ($8 for Bartram’s Garden members)

The Balkan at Bartrams event is back for their second year! Don’t miss performances by the West Philadelphia Orchestra and the Women’s Slavic Ensemble, as well as a folk dance workshop, Balkan dinner buffet, and flower crown making!


Cooking for the Culture

Monday, July 23rd

6:30 – 10:30 pm


600 N Broad St.

Cost: $75

Don’t miss the kickoff of this dinner series featuring Philadelphia’s emerging African-American chefs. This series aims to enhance opportunities for African-American chefs, and to spark discussion about how to create more equal opportunity in the food industry. This first dinner will feature chef Kurt Evans from South, and a part of the all proceeds will go to sponsoring a young African-American chef looking to further their culinary career.


Sips Undersea: Shark Week Edition

Tuesday, July 24th

6 – 9 pm

Adventure Aquarium

1 Riverside Dr, Camden, New Jersey

Cost: $20 online, $25 at the door

Make a toast to Shark Week at the Adventure Aquarium…with actual sharks! Sponsored by Swedish Fish, Sips Undersea invites participants to enjoy cocktails and candy while watching Shark Week live. There’s nothing fishy about this opportunity so get your tickets before they run out!


Twelfth Night

Wednesday, July 25th


Clark Park

4300-4398 Baltimore Ave.

Cost: Free

Shipwrecked, stranded, and separated, twins Viola and Sebastian each fears the other  lost. Using her wits, Viola disguises herself as a page boy and stumbles into a love triangle that upends the island of Illyria. Join Shakespeare in Clark Park for a glam rock exploration of the Bard’s classic romance featuring some of Philadelphia’s finest student musicians alongside professional actors in a land where music is the food of love. In this TWELFTH NIGHT, anything can happen!


We (Too) Are Philly: Solidarity Before Citizenship

Thursday, July 26th

6 – 9 pm

Thomas Paine Plaza, Philadelphia

1401 John F Kennedy Blvd.

Cost: Free

We (Too) Are Philly organizers have joined forces with Farm for the City to discuss what it looks like to prioritize solidarity over citizenship. This event will feature a lineup of poets sharing work about how citizenship has often served as a stumbling block for solidarity, and is being hosted by Philadelphia Poet Laureate Raquel Salas Rivera. (Read our interview with Raquel here.)


Music in the Garden Summer Series

Thursday, July 26th

4:30 – 8 pm

Parkside Learning Garden

1221 Haddon Ave, Camden, New Jersey

Cost: Free

Enjoy live music outdoors in Camden at the Parkside Learning Garden! Expect throwback tunes from Mos Def, Outkast, Snoop Dogg and more. This week’s performance will be featuring the music of Fabolous & Jadakiss!