Cheap Date: Philly Events for $20 & Under, August 31 to September 2 | Philly Views
August 30, 2018

Cheap Date: Philly Events for $20 & Under, August 31 to September 2

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 Middle Eastern Punk Fests to Cos Play pop-ups and everything in between, find your plans this weekend with Cheap Date.


Friday 8.31

Viking Ship Tour

Independence Seaport 


If you’re a history buff or just a medieval enthusiast (GOT anyone?) head over and tour the largest Viking ship Draken Harald Hårfagre. This event is going on all weekend so there’s no excuse not to check it out!


Movie Night in the Park

Clark Park


This week’s movie in the park is Black Panther and there will be food trucks with popsicles, bbq, waffles, activities, giveaways, and a costume parade before the screening at 8 pm. Come out and show your pride #Wakandaforever.


Yalla Punk Fest

Johnny Brenda’s


OKAY so this event is a lil more $$ but dig in your couch cushions or something for change. YallaPunk is a festival that was created as a direct response to negative depictions of Middle Eastern and North African populations. The event celebrates the creative accomplishments of MENA musicians, comedians, poets, vendors, workshops, film screenings, and tattoo artists. This event lasts all weekend.


Final Fridays at PMA

Philadelphia Museum of Art


This friday from 5 to 8:45 pm there will be live music by THEakasha, writing workshops, free headshots, an unconventional gallery tour/access, and a special performance by Philly-based rap and spoken word artist Ivy Sole, who will be exploring the intersection between how we see ourselves, how we want to be seen, and how others see us.


Live Music Night Out

Bourbon & Branch


Three incredible bands will be performing starting at 8:30, and kicking them off is a current local favorite of mine, Path, with their lush soundscapes and confessional lyrics. Illiterate Light features a guitar/drums rock duo, and Oldermost is a southern-rock, pop, folk, and soul powerhouse. It’s going to be a night of fresh sounds, yet nostalgic sentiments.


Parks on Tap

Clark Park


On this week’s edition of Parks on Tap, people will be drinking their end of summer blues away while trying not to get eaten alive by mosquitos. You know the drill: bring your blankets and your appetite this weekend for some good food and alcohol from 1 to 11 pm (Friday), and noon to 10 pm (Saturday & Sunday).


Saturday 9.1

Sailor Moon Pop-Up Cafe

La Bella Dolce Italia


All ya’ll anime cosplay fans this pop-up event is for you. There will be interactive games, a custom photo booth, arts & crafts, a kawaii playlist, raffle prizes, comics, merch, and of course, Sailor Moon screenings. Pop-up runs 4:30 to 10 pm.


Festival of Fireworks

Battleship New Jersey

Fireworks are not just for the Fourth so get out and celebrate the holiday weekend by watching fireworks on a world famous battleship. Show starts at 9:30 pm.


Volunteering for the Homeless

Thomas Paine Plaza


Karma karma karma comes for all bitches, so from 8 to 10 pm join D.O.P.E to help feed the homeless!


MIA After Party

The Fillmore


This post-Made In America party is a helluva lot cheaper than the festival, so if MIA is out of your price range but you still want to get down to Malone, you can still party to all your favs. Event starts at 9pm.


Restorative Yoga

Studio 34 Yoga


Restore your body from the intense heat we’ve had this summer and practice soothing breath work, followed by a restorative yoga sequence, and end with a relaxing meditation. This practice will balance the nervous system and in turn will help reduce fatigue, anxiety and stress, and promote overall well-being.


Sunday 9.2

Roller Derby

Penn Jersey Roller Derby

If you’ve ever wanted to live out a lifelong fantasy of roller blading derby-style while channeling your inner Whip It, here’s your chance. From noon to 10 pm sign up for the open skate, a scrimmage, or just sit back and watch the pros. Oh and don’t forget to stay for the BBQ afterwards.

2B signs an autograph for a young fan

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Rooftop Party

South Bowl

If you want to get your boogie on to some soul/funk/disco boogiliciousness, join the party which will take place on the rooftop of South Bowl from 8 pm to 2 am.


Animated Feature Film



The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl is the winner of this year’s Japan Academy Prize for an animated feature. It centers around “The Girl with Black Hair” who experiences a series of surreal encounters with the local nightlife, all the while being romantically pursued. The film will have English subtitles, and the two showings are at 4:30 and 7:30 pm.


DJ Deejay Boat Party


If you get seasick, maybe sit this one out, but for all of you who don’t mind the waves, this boat party boasts throwback tunes and a major dance party starting at 10 pm.


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