The Blob and a ‘Night in Venice’: Things to Do in and Around Philly July 12 to 14

Philadelphia and its surrounding counties always have something going on. Whether it’s a "Night in Venice," Blobfest, an Islamic festival or Nuevofest, this area is full of fun every weekend in the summer. We’ve found the top (and affordable) choices of what to do this weekend, July 12 to 14, in Philly and New Jersey.

What: Blobfest in Phoenixville

This weekend-long street and movie festival, celebrates the movie The Blob, which was filmed at the Colonial Theatre in 1958.

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Where: The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge Street, Phoenixville

When: Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: Varies

What: 40th Street Summer Series

Live music, free snacks and arts and crafts fill this summer concert series.

Where: 40th and Walnut streets, Philadelphiaa

When: Saturday at 6 p.m.

Cost: Free

What: Islamic Heritage Festival

This multicultural festival is filled with music, food, crafts and more.

Where: Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

When: Saturday from 2 to 8 p.m.

Cost: Free to attend

What: Pirate Art Festival

Artists, music and tons of art works fill this beachside festival.

Where: Seawall, 12th and Brigantine Ave., Brigantine, NJ

When: Saturday from 3 to 8 p.m.

Cost: Free

What: Night in Venice

Watch the festively decorated boats float down the bay in this boat parade. Fireworks will follow the parade.

Where: Bayside Center, 520 Bay Ave., Ocean City, NJ

When: Saturday at 5 p.m.

Cost: Free to watch

What: Kazumi Racecar Premiere

Check out the premiere of this animated short film from David McBride.

Where: Perelman Theater, inside the Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

When: Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

Cost: Varies

What: Nuevofest

This music festival celebrates the sounds of Latin America and includes performances by the Beachers and Kevin Johansen

Where: Word Café Live, 3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia

When: Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Cost: From $12

What: Bastille Day Block Party

Celebrate France's Bastille Day in Ardmore with dancing, live music, food, arts and crafts, games and more.

Where: The Bercy, 7 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore

When: Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: Free to attend

What: Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival

Handcrafted lanterns illuminate the square after sun set each night, along with live performances and a beer garden.

Where: Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th Street, Philadelphia

When: through Sunday

Cost: $18

What: Blue Cross RiverRink and Summerfest and The Midway

Skate on the outdoor roller rink, eat funnel cake, ride the carnival rides and Ferris wheel and enjoy tons of fun at this summer-long fest.

Where: Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

When: through Sept. 1

Cost: Varies

What: Spruce Street Harbor Park

Enjoy lawn games, hammocks, food, floating gardens are more at this summer park filled with fun.

Where: Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

When: through Sept. 29

Cost: Free

What: Festival of Fountains

This fantastic fountain show features more than 1,000 jets, vibrant colors, music and more.  

Where: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, Pa.

When: through Sept. 29

Cost: Varies

What: Marvel: Universe of Superheroes

Check out this superhero comics and movies exhibit showing off Marvel’s most iconic memorabilia, like props, costumes, sketches and more.

Where: The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street, Philadelphia

When: through Sept. 2

Cost: Tickets start at $35 for adults and $31 for children

What: Creatures of Habitat: A Gazillion-Piece Animal Adventure

Life-size LEGO brick animals will fill the Philadelphia Zoo during this event in order to tell the story of endangered wildlife. Visitors can learn how human behavior impacts endangered species and be inspired to take action to stem the global change. The Zoo Key, a former local tradition, will also make its return with this exhibit. The Zoo Key will unlock secrets and stories about animals throughout the zoo.

Where: Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Avenue, Philadelphia

When: through Sept. 30

Cost: Zoo admission is $16 for child ages 2 to 11 and $19 for any 12 or older

What: PHS Pop Up Garden

Throughout the summer this garden will host creative events, planet exchanges, arts and crafts for the kids and flower crown Fridays.

Where: 15th and South Street, Philadelphia

When: Open through October, Monday through Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 2 p.m. to midnight and on Sunday from noon to 10 p.m.

Cost: Free to enter

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