Feed Your Curiosity: Philly Culture & Science Events, July 9 to 15 | Philly Views
July 5, 2018

Feed Your Curiosity: Philly Culture & Science Events, July 9 to 15

Written by Sophie McHugh

Philadelphia is an underrated hotbed for art, science, and culture. Home to an array of venues, museums and institutions, there’s really no good excuse to be bored in this city.

Feed Your Curiosity is a weekly roundup of events in Philadelphia that will broaden your horizons, tantalize your mind, and hopefully sophisticate you into something more than the heathen that you are. Here’s what’s going on this week.


Monday, 6.9

Yappy Hour

Morgan’s Pier


If you like vodka, dogs, giveaways, philanthropic opportunities, or any combination of the four, stop by Morgan’s Pier in between 4 and 8 pm. You can get a specialty cocktail made with Tito’s Vodka, make some friends (dog friends, not human friends), and throw a couple bucks to the SPCA. There will also be very adoptable dogs in attendance. You might leave with a lifelong partner.


Sip & Craft 

Open Kitchen Sculpture Garden 


Learn to craft the beautiful Japanese Kokedama at 6 pm. All planting materials are included with a ticket purchase, and the event is BYOB. Bring enough to release your creative genius, but not enough to destroy others’.


Tuesday, 6.10

Best of the Fest



Women are scary. Come out and celebrate the horror-filled minds of some incredible female filmmakers. Stay for the Q&A to learn more, if you dare. The show begins at 7:30 pm and I suppose it can be BYOB if you’re going to need it.


YPT Game Night 

Field House


If I told you a version of Cards Against Humanity exists that is transportation-themed, would you believe me? Guess what it’s called? Cards Against Urbanity. Guess who invented it? Young Professionals in Transportation. Game night starts at 5:30 pm and your first drink is free, cause who could play that game sober?


Wednesday, 6.11

Moonshine Mojitos

JJ Bootleggers


From 5 to 7 pm, enjoy a free drink at JJ Bootleggers to celebrate National Mojito Day! There will be games, cocktails, music, and tacos. You have to RSVP to get the drink, but that’s child’s play. Some would do a lot more for moonshine.


Sips at Dilworth Park

Dilworth Park


Enjoy your summer hump day happy hour with cheap drinks, a DJ, and a lot of sweaty people. The event runs from 5 to 7 pm, but the DJ is staying until 8:30. Spend the first two hours drinking and the last hour and a half dancing it off; it’s like it never even happened. Weekday drinking for the win.


Thursday, 6.12

Little Rebel Beer Garden 

Betsy Ross House


Surprise! Weekday drinking again. This time, in honor of the “Little Rebel” herself, Betsy Ross. The garden will be open from 5 to 8 pm, and there will be craft beer and food truck grub available for purchase.


Pasta Making

Free Library of Philadelphia, Culinary Literature Center


Local chef Joan Jablonoski is holding a pasta making and tasting class from 6 to 8 pm. You’ll be learning how to hand-make three different types of pasta, as well as some seasonal sauces to go with them. Then you get to eat it all.


Friday, 6.13

Story Slam

Veteran Boxers Association Ring 1

$10 to $15

This story slam starts at 8 pm, and there will be a cash bar with drinks and snacks available for purchase throughout the show. Tonight’s theme: The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s gonna be an emotional one… bring a lot of cash.


TGIF the 13th



Starting at 7:30, PhilaMOCA is celebrating the failed TV programming of the ’90s from the people who brought you Full House and Family Matters, TGIF. Little did you know they created other shows, horrible shows, that failed miserably, and what better day to watch them than Friday the 13th?


Taffy Pulling Party

Shane Confectionary 


Don’t tell me you’ve never wanted to participate in a good old fashioned taffy pull. These are few and far between nowadays. Kids these days just don’t pull taffy like they used to. There’s still time for you! Show up at 6:30 pm and save yourself.


Saturday, 6.14

Family Fun Day

The African American Museum 


From 11 am to 3 pm, Philly’s African American Museum is holding tons of interactive arts workshops focusing on hat making, drumming, dancing, and more. The first 250 guests get in for free, so show up early, wait for 249 people to enter the building, and score that last free ticket.


Cornhole Tournament

The Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons


Starting at 2 pm, The Piazza will be full of flying bags and drunken dads. Gather your most competitive friends, enjoy the open bar, and win. I don’t care if you’re playing a six year old or a sixty year old, trash talk has no bounds.


Sunday, 6.15

World Cup Final Block Party

Brauhaus Schmitz


Okay, yes, this is a large price, but here’s what you get for it: four hours of bottomless beer, two meals, a huge block party complete with a soccer viewing screen, and a lot of drunk people. You can make an informed decision. It only happens once every four years.

Which teams do you think will make it to the @fifaworldcup!?!?! No matter the outcome we will be cheering on the final two during our World Cup Final Summer Block Party on Sunday July 15th from 10am-5pm. Just like 4 years ago we will close the 700 block of South Street for a huge viewing party. Complete with 20 ft elevated screen. Party starts at 10AM for the 11AM match. Party is free to attend and space is first come first serve. Since the game is early we are going to keep the party going all day long with a Summer Sunday Funday! Expect a beer garden, food and drinks as well as fun for the whole family!! Get your VIP tickets today $60 includes: BOTTOMLESS BEER (1 hr. before kick-off through the final whistle), 2 food tickets, seating in our private beerhall with 10 ft. projector screen, tax & gratuity. #worldcup #fifaworldcup #welovesoccer #summer #blockparty #southstreet #phillylovesbeer ☀️????????

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Jazz in the Park

Spruce Street Harbor Park


Stop by the park from 3 to 7 pm for some relaxing outdoor jazz. Bring a chair, a blanket, a saxophone, whatever you desire.

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