A Day at the Fair and Blueberries: Things to Do in and Around Philly This Weekend: July 19 to 21

Philadelphia and its surrounding counties always have something going on. Whether it’s affordable dining deals, a celebration of crabs, a summer festival or blueberry month, 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 19 to 21, in Philly and New Jersey. Just be sure to drink lots of water with hot temps in the forecast.

What: Delaware State Fair

10 Days of family-friendly fun are underway as the Delaware State Fair celebrates 100 years with concerts (Reba McEntire performs Saturday night), LEGO building, a petting zoo, fireworks, music and plenty of food this weekend.

Where: 18500 S. DuPont Hwy, Harrington, DE

When: Gates open at 8 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Cost: Adult admission starts at $9, kids 6-12 are $4 and children under 5 are free. Concerts, rides and food cost extra.

This weekend the region will see some of the hottest weather in nearly a decade. People in Harrington, Kent County took precautions to make sure they were celebrating safely during the Delaware State Fair.

What: Ardmore Restaurant Week

Get a taste of cuisines from around the world without having to leave the Main Line at Ardmore Restaurant Week. More than 20 restaurants are offering lunch and dinner special.

Where: Various restaurants in Ardmore, Pennsylvania

When: through July 28

Cost: Lunch at $10 or $15; Dinner at $15, $25 or $35

More than 20 restaurants are gearing up for Ardmore Restaurant Week. Nancy Scarlato, the executive director of Ardmore Initiative, and Justin Weathers, one of the owners of The Bercy, are here to tell us what to expect.

What: University City Dining Days

More than 30 restaurants will offer deals on three-course lunches and dinners.

Where: Participating University City restaurants

When: Thursday through July 28

Cost: $15-$35

What: The Oval+

This pop-up urban park features live music, movie nights, games, fitness classes and festivals throughout the summer.

Where: The Oval, 2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

When: Opens Friday through Aug. 18

Cost: Free

What: Ducktown Summer Fest

Comedian and Actor Kate Flannery will perform at this art, music and food festival.

Where: Dante Hall Theater, 14 N. Mississippi Ave., Atlantic City, NJ

When: Friday at 8 p.m.

Cost: From $30

Fans of “The Office” can connect with Kate Flannery, who played Meredith on the hit NBC show. The Philly native will be singing this Thursday and Friday in Atlantic City.

What: Crabulous Crab Day

Learn about crabs with crab races, games, teaching tanks and more.

Where: The Wetlands Institute, 1075 Stone Harbor Blvd., Stone Harbor, NJ

When: Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cost: $10

What: Xfinity Live! Summer Fest Live!

This indoor/outdoor beer festival will feature more than 175 craft beers. Live music and food trucks will also be featured.

Where: Xfinity Live!, 1100 Pattison Avenue, Philadelphia

When: Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m.

Cost: From $35

What: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in Concert with the Philadelphia Orchestra

Watch the Harry Potter movie outside as the orchestra plays the soundtrack live.

Where: The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Ave., Philadelphia

When: Saturday at 8 p.m.

Cost: From $25

What: Lancaster Avenue Jazz and Arts Festival

Live music, crafts, food and more will be featured at this festival.

Where: Saunders Park Green, 3827 Powelton Avenue

When: Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. rain or shine

Cost: Free to attend

What: Bluegrass and Blueberries Festival

Celebrate National Blueberry Month with a weekend filled with food, music and tons of blueberries.

Where: Peddlers Village, 2400 Street Road, New Hope

When: Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cost: Free to attend

What: Pirate Boat Tour

Enjoy a boat ride along the Great Egg River while listening to stories about pirates.

Where: Duke O’Fluke, 198 Higbee Ave., Somers Point NJ

When: Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m.

Cost: $25

What: Dinosaurs Around the World

Visit with dozens of animatronic dinosaurs as you discover and learn about things like volcano activity and fossils.

Where: The Academy of Natural Sciences

When: through Jan. 20

Cost: From $7 in addition to general admission  

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

New fun changes are happening at the iconic Philadelphia Zoo. The zoo has opened new exciting programs for children as well as exhibitions like its LEGO-themed Creatures of Habitat: A Gazillion-Piece Animal Adventure.

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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