Cheap Date: Philly Events for $20 & Under, August 3 to 5 | Philly Views
July 31, 2018

Cheap Date: Philly Events for $20 & Under, August 3 to 5

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 spiked ice cream to first of the month activities and everything in between, find your plans this weekend with Cheap Date.


Friday 8.3

First Friday

Old City 2nd Street


It might not feel like August yet, but surprise it’s here! That means it’s First Friday in Old City and from 6 to 10 pm you can mooch cheap wine and tour the open art galleries and vendors.


Crime & Cookies

CSz Philadelphia


Lemme break it down for you: you get to binge on cookies while listening to true crime stories. Show runs 10 to 11 pm, is BYOB, and cookies are provided.


7th Annual Blackstar Film Festival

Lightbox Film Center


This is an all-weekend film festival showcasing films by black people, so come celebrate the visual and storytelling traditions of the African diaspora and of global indigenous communities. There will be free screenings, yoga, panels, a market, and shorts playing Friday to Sunday. Check out the full schedule here.

Screening at #BlackStar18: Here on Out (Shorts): _________________________________________________ ???? WAR PAINT Short Narrative | United States, 2017, 15 min. Philadelphia Premiere A young girl navigates the micro-aggressions in her neighborhood that are far more dangerous than any young person should have to navigate. Dir. Katrelle Kindred _________________________________________________ ???? DRIVE SLOW Short Narrative | United States, 2017, 14 min. Philadelphia Premiere Drive Slow follows a teenager from the South Side of Chicago attempting to finish his college essays. As he struggles to boil down his complex surroundings in 500 words, his friends' disparate opinions, racist news narratives, and the threat of lingering danger only complicate the process. Based on the pilot script of the same name, Drive Slow seeks to challenge certain stigmas surrounding Chicago communities as it tells diverse stories of young people from this great city. Dir. Terrence Thompson _________________________________________________ ????  CROSS MY HEART Short Narrative | Jamaica, 2017, 14 min. Philadelphia Premiere An American teenage girl visits her family in Jamaica and uncovers a secret that changes the way she sees the people she loves. Dir. Sontenish A Myers _________________________________________________ ???? SUITABLE Short Narrative | United States, 2017, 13 min. Philadelphia Premiere Brandy, a high school tom boy, comes to terms with her sexuality when she decides what she’ll wear to the prom. Dir. Thembi L. Banks _________________________________________________ SUN Aug 5 • 2:30 PM • @lpgallery • Get tickets at the link in our bio @blackstarfest

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Free Outdoor Concert



From 5:30 to 8 pm DJs Yolo Ono and Josh BWC will be performing a free concert, so even if you’re broke there’s no excuse to skip out.


Pictures in the Park

Dilworth Park

#WakandaForever amiright? Stop pirating your favorite movie and get out to the park and watch it outdoors. First 100 people get free popcorn, but make sure to bring your own seating.


Salsa Lessons

Schmidt’s Commons

Bring your friends who claim they can’t dance, I promise you they’ll be fine. There’ll be alcohol to help ease the pain, food, live music, and a salsa lesson starting at 7.


Birdtalker Concert

The Fillmore 

Birdtalker has some chill vibes and folk undertones that could make them the long lost sister of The Lumineers. Luckily for us they’re performing their debut album “ONE” out now. Doors open at 7 and show starts at 8.


Saturday 8.4

Summertime Outdoor ’90s Party



If you’re craving ’90s jams, you can get em here. Wear your platform sneaks, knee highs, velvet baby doll dresses, spiked hair, and butterfly clips because shit is going to be fresh. Event starts at 10:30 pm.


Peach Festival

Woodford Mansion

Life is peachy as hell, especially when you’re at a peach festival. This event is free and from noon to 2 pm there will be refreshments, games, live music, tours of the mansion, open beehives, and uhh peaches.


Roller Boogie

Blue Cross RiverRink


This event is the epitome of Saturday Night Fever with disco roller skating and music from the ’70s and ’80s on original vinyl records. Feel tha funk 7 to 11 pm. (Skates are an additional $10)


Yoga Workshops

Studio 34 Yoga


Come and take a restorative yoga class from 3 to 4:30 pm where you will cool down your body into a relaxing meditation.


Volunteer for the Homeless

Thomas Paine Plaza

Here’s your #CommunityService for the week. DOPE is distributing clothing, food, shoes, and blankets from 8 to 10 pm and there’s always a need for donations and/or helping hands.


’90s Dance Party

Kung Fu Necktie

10 pm to 2 am with No Doubt, Smashing Pumpkins, Weezer, Butthole Surfers, Oasis, Harvey Danger, Sneaker Pimps, and all your ’90s favs. Need I say more?


Sunday 8.5

2nd Street Festival

North 2nd Street

We mentioned this in our summer festival guide, but here it is again. This annual street festival in Northern Liberties will be closed off noon to 10 pm for a day of craft beer, food trucks, artist and craft vendors, and live performances on three different stages.


ACANA Festival

Penn’s Landing

I know what you’re thinking, two day-long festivals in one day? Yup. And this this year marks the 11th annual African Festival hosted by ACANA. The event boasts African music, dance, vendors, and cultural festivities including food and games from 2 to 8 pm.


First Sunday Museum Day

The Barnes Foundation

It’s first Sunday folks, which means free access to the Barnes’ collection, Renoir exhibition, and outdoor activities and entertainment including Cambodian, tap, Hip Hop, and Indian dance performances. Doors open 10 am.


Spiked Ice Cream Tasting

Pollyodd Liquors 

$15 gets ya three cocktail drinks made from Pollyodd lemoncello, desserts, cocktail demos and recipes, and adult ice cream so treat yo’ self.


Birthday Party

The Common Room

The Common Room is one of our favorite new stores in Fishtown because it focuses on empowering women artists, and this weekend they’re having a party to celebrate their first year in business. Events start on Friday from 6 to 9 pm with an exhibit, yoga, and tarot readings, and continue into Saturday (noon to 7 pm) and Sunday (1 to 5 pm) with a huge sidewalk sale.

Hi friends! For those who don’t know me, I’m Chelsey, owner & curator of The Common Room. I opened this gallery/workshop/store/happy place 10 months and six days ago today, and realized I haven’t introduced myself to all of you! So here’s a little bit about my story. . I’m a writer and currently teach composition to visual art students at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. Before opening The Common Room, I had actually been seeking community space to host my writing workshop for college women to start a dialogue around campus sexual assault. Based on my students’ feedback, the space needed to be safe, inclusive, creative, inspiring – and eventually, I just decided to build the space myself. . From that vision came an opportunity for women to express themselves through all mediums, from writing to visual to performance art. The Common Room seeks to support women in their endeavors, to make art a financially plausible occupation, to mentor young people growing into their own modes of expression, and to build women up in their entrepreneurial pursuits. . This is a picture of me at our event last night @frankfordhall showing off some larger pieces by three of our amazing artists. The best part about the last ten months has been this community – the incredible, supportive, brilliant, funny, resilient, creative, loving women I’ve had the privilege of meeting and working with. Last night (despite rain, lightning, and thunder) was another reminder of how fortunate I am to know you all. You keep me inspired and working my tail off! And that goes for this IG fam as well. Thank you for caring about what we all do – you make these dreams possible. . #sappypost #meetthemaker #womanfound #womanmade #womanmadegallery #amwriting #supporthandmade #supportart

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The Brunch Bunch

Pistola’s Del Sur

What’s brunch without some good tunes to cure a hangover? Well, the Brunch Bunch has got what ya need with acoustical sets by Casey Parker, and additional artists.

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