Events 7/26-8/1: BlackStar Film Festival, Twilight in the Gardens, PopUp Play at The Oval, East Passyunk Car Show & More!

Some of the most interesting things happening across the region from Friday, July 26th to Thursday, August 1st. Share your event by tweeting us @citywidestories or tagging us on Facebook.


July Twilight in the Gardens

Friday, July 26th 

7 – 10 pm

Philadelphia Magic Gardens 

1020 South St 

Cost: $12-20 

Spend a warm summer evening at the July Twilight in the Gardens event. Relax with some jazz music from The After Hours Trio and decorate your own flower pots to put your very own basil plant in. 


XpoNential Music Festival 

July 26 – 28 

All day 

BB&T Pavilion 

1 Harbour Blvd 

Cost:  $20-350

Celebrating over 25 years of bringing the XPN community and true music fans together, the XPoNential Music Festival features three stages, over 30 performers, and an eclectic line-up of established and up-and-coming artists heard on WXPN. 


PopUpPlay at The Oval

Saturday, July 27th 

2 – 3 pm 

The Oval

Benjamin Franklin Parkway 

Cost: Free

Bring the whole family to The Oval to play! Some of the fun activities include building bamboo forts, creating catapults and designing your own mini-golf courses.   


Cirque Noir  

Sunday, July 28th 

6:30 – 9:30 pm 

Franky Bradley’s 

1320 Chancellor St 

Cost: Free 

Enjoy an evening of strength and seduction featuring aerials, burlesque, and circus acts. 


East Passyunk Car Show & Street Festival 

Sunday, July 28th 

11 am – 4 pm 

East Passyunk Ave 

Cost: Pay as you go

Cruise on down to South Philly’s largest summer festival and block party. There will be live music and DJs, FREE moon bounce and kids entertainment, plus street food and drinks. The main stars will of course be on display up and down the avenue: 200 antique, show, classic and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles!


Wands & Whisky 

Tuesday, July 30th 

7 – 10 pm 

Cherry St Pier 

121 N Columbus Blvd 

Cost: $35

Now in its second year of sorcery, Wands & Whisky is a devilish evening of magic-inspired delight. This year it’ll feature a dark alley art market, live musical enchantments, semi-magical creatures, along with bottled spirits and brewed awakeners.  


BlackStar Film Festival  

Thursday, August 1st 

8 pm 

Various locations 

Cost: $6-12, $225 all-access pass 

BlackStar Film Festival returns to West Philadelphia for another year of boundary-pushing film programming that turns the spotlight on the work of Black, brown and indigenous filmmakers. Check out their website to see the full schedule.