Cheap Date: Philly Events for $20 & Under, July 20 to 22 | Philly Views
July 17, 2018

Cheap Date: Philly Events for $20 & Under, July 20 to 22

You deserve to have a good weekend, and Philly Views can help you with that. Cheap Date is a guide to weekend events that are $20 and under. It doesn’t matter if it’s a first date, 100th date, or just something to do with friends.

From, Xmas in July parties to vegan bake sales and everything in between, find your plans this weekend with Cheap Date.


Friday 7.20

Shakespeare in the Cemetary

Laurel Hill Cemetery


There are no Romeos in this story, but hey it has fairies, a donkey, and bewitched lovers running wild. This outdoor production of Midsummer Night’s Dream begins at 7 pm and is BYOB (blankets or booze lol).


Totally ’90s Party

The Barbary


From 10 pm to 2 am time warp yourself back to the ’90s and get down to the Spice Girls, Britney Spears, Destiny’s Child, Janet Jackson, Montell Jordan, Michael Jackson, and Fatboy Slim…. we know ya want to show off that old belly button piercing!


Outdoor Food & Flicks

Eakins Oval


If you need a pick-me-up after a long week, go and chow down at their beer garden while watching The Greatest Showman. Movie runs 9 to 11 pm.


Paddle and Cleanup

Spruce Street Harbor


This event is a donation-based Stand Up Paddle Boarding Cleanup in collaboration with United By Blue and Clean Ocean Action. They have removed over 3,000 pounds of trash from Philly waterways, and this week’s cleanup will be at Penn’s Landing from 6 to 8 pm. There will be a paddle board intro, the cleanup, and then an afterparty to celebrate.


Pictures in the Park

Dilworth Park

All you Star Wars fans grab your light sabers because The Last Jedi will be playing from 8:30 to 10:30 pm and the first 200 people will receive free popcorn.


Saturday 7.21

Harry Potter Drag Show

The Victoria Freehouse


Okay okay, this event is a little more than our average date night, but if you can spare the extra change this show will definitely be worth it. All of your favorite Harry Potter characters, including Moaning Myrtle, will be in drag as well as themed potions and drinks. Event runs 10 pm to 1 am.


Goodbye Party

Everybody Hits Philadelphia

JUMP’s publisher George Miller is moving to Tokyo, so they’re throwing a party with live performances, food, drinks, and prizes, not to mention that $10 gets you beer all night! Party lasts 9 pm to 2 am, and all proceeds will be going to Rock to the Future, a non-profit which provides free music programs for disadvantaged Philly youth.


Neighborhood Chamber Concert

Penn Treaty Park


This event is part of the free community concert initiative to increase the presence of music in Philly neighborhoods. The concert runs 5 to 7 pm and there will be games, food, and activities before the show starts.


Big Gay Boat Party

The Deck


It’s Xmas in July with some x-rated entertainment. From 10 pm to 2 am come and enjoy sexy Santa and his ho ho dancers for a night of surprises.


The Women’s Film Festival

Asian Arts Initiative


The Women’s Film Festival presents War Zone, a film about sex, power, and one woman who confronts men about why they catcall women. War Zone is 76 minutes of explosive footage, and there will be a Q&A with the director afterwards.


Museum Garden Bar

Rodin Museum
Pay what you wish

Music in the gardens, drinks, food, and gallery access from 3 to 8 pm? Count us in.


Sunday 7.22

Philly Vegan Bake Sale

Tattooed Mom 

Want to help immigrant families but just don’t know how? This vegan bake sale is teaming up with two organizations Raices and Juntos to aid in the efforts to support immigrant families in Philly and beyond. 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated, so if you care about people and also like food get your ass over to this event and support your community members.


Radio 104.5 Summer Blockparty

The Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing

Radio 104.5’s all-day July block party features Blue October, Jukebox the Ghost, Knox Hamilton, Brother Sundance, and our new favorite moody-pop artist Morgan Saint. As always, starting at 1 pm there will be food and drinks, activities, and a chance to win other concert tickets.


Art Showcase

Open Space

An art showcase, fashion show, pop-up shop, and networking event? This showcase is a night for mingling, shopping, and making industry connections, and runs 5:30 to 11 pm.


Parks on Tap

Burholme Park

This week’s Parks on Tap is at the legendary Ryerss Museum and Library from noon to 10 pm. Along with the regular food and drinks available, The Burholme Golf and Activity Center will also be open for mini golf and arcade games.


Yoga on the Bridge

Manayunk Bridge

From 10 to 11 am there will be yoga with Roots2Rise, so BYOM and water.

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