August 2011 Philadelphia Events - The Real George Washington

August 2011 Philadelphia events include many ways to beat the dog days of summer in air-conditioned comfort, as well as outdoor concerts and street festivals. Read more…

And if you're still looking for stuff to do in July 2011 - take a look at our comprehensive July 2011 Philadelphia Events Guide...

Friday, August 5th, 2011 - 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. - Drink Philly's One-Year Anniversary First Friday Party & Alex's Lemonade Fundraiser - 239 Chestnut St, Second Floor

Drink Philly celebrates their first anniversary First Friday Part & Art Showing with a fundraiser for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer. Guests can expect tastings of Philadelphia Distillery's new Shine white whiskey and nibbles from Khyber Pass Pub while admiring art and listening to jazz. It's free to attend, but contributions are requested at the door. Local donations will be raffled off throughout the night and tickets will be available for purchase at the party. All proceeds from the raffle and art sales will benefit Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer.

Friday, August 5th – Sunday, August 14th, 2011 - Musikfest 2011 in Bethlehem, About 80 Minutes North, Offers Over 300 Musical Performances Over a 10-Day Festival, Including Maroon 5

Bethlehem, PA, in the Lehigh Valley, is only about 60 miles north of Center City. Its annual Musikfest offers an incredible array of musical performances, during the ten-day festival each August. This year, Maroon 5 is the biggest name. It’s mostly highway up there from Philadelphia, and if you’re traveling from the northern or western suburbs, it’s an even shorter trip, and well worth the drive.

You can take a look at our dedicated Musikfest 2011 page, for more detailed info.

Highly Recommended - George Washington Returns to Philadelphia For the First Time Since His Presidency, Every Day in August at the National Constitution Center – And Kids Are Free

The National Constitution Center continues to attract many patrons for their superb, temporary blockbuster exhibits. You’ll never think of George Washington the same way again, after visiting Discover the Real George Washington: New Views From Mount Vernon. With many artifacts traveling from Washington’s plantation home on the Potomac River, it’s a fantastic way to learn more about the Father of Our Country, while having a great time. This closes on Labor Day, Monday, September 5 – so make sure you go in August!

Saturday, August 6 – Taylor Swift Plays Lincoln Financial Field, But Make Absolutely Sure You Take the Broad Street Subway

Tickets for the Taylor Swift concert sold out within minutes of being put on sale, and the young woman will be playing her multi-Grammy award winning music at the largest concert venue in Philadelphia – namely, at enormous Lincoln Financial Field. We highly recommend, since 75,000+ people will be there to see the concert, that you take SEPTA to and from the sold-out show. Take a look at our comprehensive SEPTA to Lincoln Financial Field Guide for the best – and safest - ways to do so.

Thursday, August 11 through Saturday, August 13 – 8 AM – 5 PM - The 22nd Annual Pennsylvania Dutch Festival at Reading Terminal Market

If you can’t make it all the way out to Lancaster County, the next best thing is to visit historic Reading Terminal Market for the 22nd Annual Pennsylvania Dutch Festival. Although there are always Amish vendors at the market (except on Sundays), this festival will draw thousands of visitors over three days. Note that although Reading Terminal Market itself will be open on Sunday, August 14, the Festival will not be taking place (the Pennsylvania Dutch don’t conduct business on Sundays, for religious reasons).

Especially during the weekdays, we’d strongly recommend that you travel via SEPTA Regional Rail, which offers service to Market East Station at 11th and Market Streets.

Saturday, August 13th, 2011 - 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. - Rittenhouse Square Annexes 18th Street – Giant Outdoor Café and Block Party – Admission – Pay As You Go

Rittenhouse Square, one of the five major squares laid out by William Penn, will be having a major block-party - the Rittenhouse Square Block Party 2011.

Three restaurants on the Square will expand their outdoor seating into the street. 18th Street will be closed to traffic between Walnut and Locust Streets to accommodate visitors. There will be live music, a Rittenhouse Farmer’s Market from 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM, and after nightfall, an outdoor showing of the movie The Sixth Sense, filmed in Philadelphia.

Sunday, August 14 – Washington Nationals – 1:35 PM - Phillies Officially Dedicate Long-Awaited Harry Kalas Statue at Citizens Bank Park

The Hall of Fame broadcaster, who passed away in April 2009, will be forever memorialized by a 7 ½ feet bronze statue on the concourse, behind Section 141 – i.e., the location of Harry the K's Restaurant. (Note that the statue will be inside the ballpark, unlike most of the other statuary - so if you want to witness the event directly, you need a ticket for that afternoon's game.)

Wednesday, August 24, 7-10 AM – Fox TV “Stuff the Bus” Charity Event

You can help needy Philadelphia school children get ready for a fresh new year of school, at Channel 29’s studios in Old City Philadelphia, located at 4th and Market Streets. You can donate school supplies there, which is run in affiliation with the United Way. You can call 215-665-2617 for more information.

August 2011 Philadelphia Events - the Philadelphia Museum of Art Hosts Art After 5 Programming, To Celebrate The End of the Week, Each Friday Night

Each Friday evening in August 2011, you can enjoy live entertainment at the remarkably beautiful Philadelphia Museum of Art. To celebrate the end of the week, the Art Museum plays host to its "Art After 5" entertainment, from 5:00 PM to 8:45 PM. It’s easily accessible on foot, up the or via the purple Phlash trolley from Center City (although note that the Phlash stops running around 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM; i.e., you can take it to the Art Museum, but you’ll need to cab it back afterwards).

Friday, August 5 - Salsa Party
Friday, August 12Rhenda Fearrington
Friday, August 19 - Diane Monroe
Friday, August 26 - Joanna Pascale

Your Art Museum admission for that day also includes the event.

You Can Still Have Fun Watching the Phillies in the Dog Days of August 2011, Even When Citizens Bank Park Is Empty – You Can Visit Local Establishments to Cheer on the Phillies, During Road Games, On Flat Screens – And In A Climate Controlled Environment Air-Conditioned Comfort

Obviously, you’ll still need to cheer the team on, during the first 11 days of August 2011, when the Phillies will not be at Citizens Bank Park at all.

Here is the schedule of Phillies games – both home and road - for August 2011. There are tons of establishments throughout the city and region, where you can take in the games on many flatscreen TVs, with a wide variety of food and drink options –and best of all, beat the sweltering heat and humidity of the dog days of summer…

And when the Phillies are at home, we really don't recommend driving down there. Instead, take SEPTA - here's our complete, comprehensive SEPTA Guide to Citizens Bank Park, which covers the best ways of taking SEPTA to the ballpark in South Philadelphia.

Monday, August 1 – at Colorado Rockies – 8:40 PM

Tuesday, August 2 – at Colorado Rockies – 8:40 PM

Wednesday, August 3 – at Colorado Rockies – 3:10 PM

Thursday, August 4 – at San Francisco Giants – 10:15 PM

Friday, August 5 – at San Francisco Giants – 10:15 PM

Saturday, August 6 – at San Francisco Giants – 4:10 PM

Sunday, August 7 – at San Francisco Giants – 4:05 PM

Monday, August 8 – at Los Angeles Dodgers– 10:10 PM

Tuesday, August 9 – at Los Angeles Dodgers – 10:10 PM

Wednesday, August 10 – at Los Angeles Dodgers – 3:10 PM

After an off-day on Thursday, August 11, the Phillies return to Citizens Bank Park for six home games in a week’s time, against Washington and Arizona.

Friday, August 12 – Washington Nationals – 7:05 PM

Saturday, August 13 – Washington Nationals – 7:05 PM

Sunday, August 14 – Washington Nationals – 1:35 PM

The Phillies are off on Monday, August 15.

Tuesday, August 16 – Arizona Diamondbacks – 7:05 PM

Wednesday, August 17 – Arizona Diamondbacks – 7:05 PM

Thursday, August 18 – Arizona Diamondbacks – 7:05 PM

The Phillies then head south – along with thousands of Phillies fans eager to buy inexpensive, hassle-free tickets in Washington – for a weekend series with the Nationals.

Friday, August 19 – at Washington Nationals – 7:05 PM

Saturday, August 20 – at Washington Nationals – 7:05 PM

Sunday, August 21 – at Washington Nationals – 1:35 PM

The Phillies then return north for another six-game homestand in seven days, against the hated New York Mets:

Monday, August 22 – New York Mets – 7:05 PM

Tuesday, August 23 – New York Mets – 7:05 PM

Wednesday, August 24 – New York Mets – 1:05 PM (Note: this game is a Businessperson’s Special, with a weekday afternoon start time).

After an off-day on Thursday, August 25, the Florida Marlins arrive for a weekend series:

Friday, August 26 – Florida Marlins – 7:05 PM

Saturday, August 27 – Florida Marlins – 7:05 PM

Sunday, August 28 – Florida Marlins – 1:35 PM

And the Phillies close out the month of August on the road, at Cincinnati, the team they defeated in the 2010 National League Division Series. The series opened with ace Roy Halladay hurling a no-hitter (with just a single walk, marring what would have been a second perfect game for him that season).

Monday, August 29 – at Cincinnati Reds – 7:10 PM

Tuesday, August 30 – at Cincinnati Reds– 7:10 PM

Wednesday, August 31 – at Cincinnati Reds – 7:10 PM

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