University City Dining Days

Various locations

July 18-28

University City residents and visitors can enjoy multi-course meals for $15 to $35 (depending on the restaurant) in some of the neighborhood’s popular dining spots. Visit

Lancaster Avenue Jazz and Arts Festival

39th Street and Powelton Avenue


This annual event will feature artisans and vendors along with a variety of specialty food trucks. This event will also include activities for children, community resources, and a pop-up computer lab. Jazz performers will include Jamal Jones and the Bureau of Sonic Wonderland Jazz Orchestra, Glenn Bryan and Friends, Geraldine Oliver, Chris Oatts, Jonathan Michael, and the Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble.

Monnette Sudler’s “Guitars Around the World”

Saturday, 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m.

Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts presents the PNC Arts Alive “Jazz Cultural Voices” concert with Monnette Sudler’s “Guitars Around the World” featuring Sambarta Rakshit on Sitar and Haroon Alam on Tablas. Jazz guitarist Mark Whitfield and his trio; The Electric Lady Land Project featuring guitarists Sheryl Bailey and Vic Juris, joined by bassist Jerome Harris with Tommy Campbell on drums.

Mary J. Blige Concert

Hard Rock, Atlantic City


R&B and Hip Hop’s leading lady, Mary J. Blige, also known as the “Queen of Hip Hop Soul” will be singing all of her hits live in this performance. For more information, visit

Smart, Funny, and Black with Amanda Seales

Merriam Theater


In this performance, Amanda Seales decided to use her humor, her Master’s degree in African American Studies, from Columbia University, and her love of games and music, to create a game show that serves as a safe space for the Black voice, and celebrates the many contributions Black Americans have made to history, pop culture and more! Call (215) 893-1999 or visit for more details.

Philadanco Founder’s Day Concert

Venice Island P.A.R.C.


End the weekend, with an amazing performance from Philadanco for their annual Founders Day concert. The show will start at 7 p.m. Tickets are necessary for this event. Call (215) 685-3583 for information.

Screening Under The Stars

Penn’s Landing

Through Aug. 29 (Thursdays only)

Screening Under the Stars continues to delight movie lovers this summer. Viewing a unique spectacular film on the waterfront under the stars is the perfect family outing or a unique and memorable summer. Visit for more details.

The Whispers with Stephanie Mills

Dell East

July 25

One of R&B music’s most beloved and consistently popular vocal groups, The Whispers, will be coming to Philadelphia to perform all of their hits live. Singer, songwriter, and actress Stephanie Mills will be the special guest. Visit for details.

East Passyunk Car Show and Street Festival

East Passyunk Ave.

July 28

The annual showing of look-but-don’t-touch vintage classics, hot rods and more line South Philly’s East Passyunk Avenue, as do food trucks and craft vendors. Check out for more information.

Finesse Mitchell

Punchline Philly

Aug. 1

Finesse Mitchell is a multi-faceted actor, comedian and author. Known for his witty take on timely subjects, relationship humor, and politics, he appeals to all demographics. In this performance, he will be doing what he does best, making people laugh. Go to for more details.

India Arie with Raheem Devaughn and Major

Dell East

Aug. 1

Known for her powerful lyrics and songs that often tells a story, India Arie always lays it on the line when she performs. This concert will also feature R&B singers Raheem Devaughn and Major. This is one show you don’t want to miss! Visit for details.

Blackstar Film Festival

Various locations

Aug. 1-4

Hailed by some as “the Black Sundance,” this International House-based event showcases artistically excellent independent films about the global Black experience and films by people of color. Visit to get more information.


Colored People Time: Quotidian Pasts

Institute of Contemporary Art

Now-Aug. 11

This exhibit examines how the legacy of slavery and colonialism continues to leave marks on American culture. Quotidian Pasts examines the complexities of collecting and displaying African objects, with artifacts from the Penn Museum displays alongside new work by Matthew Angelo Harrison. For more information, go to or call (215) 898-7108.

America to Zanzibar

Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia

Now-Sept. 2

This vibrant exhibition celebrates the diversity of modern and historic Muslim communities across Philadelphia and the world through art, technology, and interactive programming. Call (215) 581-3181 or visit for details.

Marvel: Universe of Superheroes

Franklin Institute

Now-Sept. 2

Marvel’s most iconic comics (original Spider-Man art), costumes (including T’Challa’s Black Panther, Star-Lord’s Walkman), props and immersive exhibits (Doctor Strange’s mirror dimension, digital transformation into Iron Man) on display in the exhibit Marvel: Universe of Superheroes. Call (215) 448-1200 for information.

Contact staff writer Chanel Hill at (215) 893-5716 or at

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