Events 8/17-8/23: Midnight Madness: Labyrinth, How to Move like E.T., Obon Festival, #CamdenKids Fun Day & More!

The latest and greatest things happening in Philly and Camden from Friday, August 17 to Thursday, August 23. Share your event by tweeting us @citywidestories or tagging us on Facebook.


Street Movies! at Frankford Pause Park

Friday, August 17th

7:45 – 9:30 pm

Frankford Pause Park

4671-73 Paul St.

Cost: Free

Come out to watch five free independent short films from local and international filmmakers at Frankford Pause Park! Each screening is hosted by a different community organization and followed by a moderated discussion about the topics raised in the films. It’s a great way to talk about community issues and meet your neighbors.


Midnight Madness: Labyrinth

Friday, August 17th

12 am – 3 am  

Ritz Bourse

400 Ranstead St.

Cost: $10.25

We think that popcorn tastes best when it’s dark out. You can have some popcorn during the upcoming screening of Labyrinth, a part of the Midnight Madness Series at Ritz at the Bourse. Enjoy an evening of 80s magic, and of course David Bowie in tight pants!


Philadelphia Obon Festival

Saturday, August 18th (Rain date: Sunday, August 19th)

11 am – 5 pm

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

Horticultural & Lansdowne Drs.

Cost: Free

Join Shofuso Japanese House to celebrate Obon, a Japanese celebration of one’s ancestors. The festivities will include the eponymous dances, taiko drumming by Kyo Daiko, tea ceremony demonstrations by Urasenke Philadelphia, traditional games, arts and crafts, as well as vendors selling traditional goods.



Saturday, August 18th

12 – 4 pm

Pyne Poynt Park Camden, NJ

Cost: Free  

Gather the whole family for an afternoon filled with fun children’s activities, food, music, games, back to school giveaways, face painting, and more!


Jazz in the Park

Sunday, August 19th

3 – 7 pm

Spruce St Harbor Park  

301 S Christopher Columbus Blvd.

Cost: Free

Sit back, relax, and be serenaded by some of Philadelphia’s finest jazz musicians at Spruce Street Harbor Park! Korey Riker and Ernest Stuart will be performing on August 19th, but you can enjoy afternoon performances all summer long!


How to Move Like E.T. with Annie Wilson

Sunday, August 19th

11 am – 12:30 pm  

Icebox Project Space

1400 North American St.

Cost: Free  

How would you make your body move like E.T.? How to Move Like E.T. is an exploration of finding the (im)possibilities of empathy within our own bodies, and is as much an exercise in imagination as it is in movement. This workshop is open to people of all movement backgrounds and is sure to be a unique experience. This workshop is a part of the Kinematic Workshop series by Icebox Project Space and Headlong Dance Theater.


Madonnas, Moms, Madwomen & Monsters

Sunday, August 19th

1 pm – 2 pm

Ryerss Museum and Library

7370 Central Ave., Burholme Park

Cost: Free (reservation required)

Explore Ryerss Museum and Library with a twist at this specially curated walking tour, led by Dr. Carol Harris-Shapiro. You will be meeting some of the divine women in Ryerss Asian Gallery on this tour. Reservations are required, so make sure to secure your spot!


“Getting Off the Streets” Reception, Screening, and Panel Discussion

Wednesday, August 22nd

6:30 – 10 pm

Haddonfield Center and School for the Performing Arts: Grace Performance Hall

19 Kings Highway Center Haddonfield, NJ   

Cost: Free

Join WNET and NJTV for a free screening of Getting Off the Streets, which chronicles the journey of four homeless men from the streets of Camden, New Jersey who have an opportunity to change their lives. There will be a reception and panel discussion after the film.



PhilaSoup Kick Off 2018

Wednesday, August 22nd

6 – 9 pm  

Maas Building

1325 North Randolph St.

Cost: $15-25

Soup’s on! Join educators and supporters from across the city at the MAAS Building Patio and Garden for appetizers, drinks, and a silent auction.  All Proceeds will help fund innovative classroom projects that benefit Philly teachers, classrooms and students!



Twilight Adult Tour – Battleship New Jersey

Tuesday, August 21st

6 – 8 pm  

Battleship New Jersey

62 Battleship Pl Camden, NJ

Cost: $35

The Battleship New Jersey will be hosting an adults-only curator-led tour on August 21st. Adults will see sailor art, hear stories like the Playboy Bunny who visited the Battleship, and even enjoy a cold beer, glass of wine or soft drink on the deck at the end of the tour. Don’t worry, what happens in Camden stays in Camden!