The Best Events This Month in Philadelphia

Our highly curated, strongly opinionated guide to things to do this month.


Japanese Breakfast plays with Yo La Tengo on July 23rd / Photograph via Getty Images

Theater

The Vinegar Tree: Nearly a century after it was a Broadway hit, Paul Osborn’s farce about love affairs and mistaken identities visits the western ’burbs. Through July 24th at People’s Light.

To Kill a Mockingbird: This adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer-winning required reading comes to us from the pen of Aaron Sorkin, who won an Oscar for his work on The Social Network and, as head writer on The West Wing, more Emmys than we can count. July 12th through 24th at the Academy of Music.

Concerts

The Weeknd comes to the Linc on July 14th / Photograph via Getty Images

The Black Crowes: Playing their 1990 hit album Shake Your Money Maker in its entirety. Don’t worry: You probably know at least two — if not three — of these songs well enough to hum along. July 2nd at the Borgata.

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo: The “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” singer and the man who married her. July 2nd at Caesars.

The Chicks: Never heard of the Chicks? Oh, you have. They used to perform as the Dixie Chicks — back when they got into all that trouble for speaking out against the war in Iraq. But they’ve since dropped the Dixie — and lots of their Confederate-flag-waving fans. July 8th at Freedom Mortgage Pavilion.

Dead & Company: Still truckin’. July 10th at Citizens Bank Park.

Josh Groban: I’m a little more excited about his guests: the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and violinist extraordinaire Lucia Micarelli. July 12th at the Mann.

The Weeknd: Touring in support of his latest album, Dawn FM, which has received many rave reviews.This should be a memorable summer night. July 14th at Lincoln Financial Field.

Snacktime: An album release party for the great Philly horn band that’s known to pop up and play along Passyunk Avenue and in Rittenhouse Square. If we’re lucky, they’ll throw in their tune “Fuck the PPA.” July 15th at Brooklyn Bowl. 

Elton John: This will be Sir Elton’s third Philly visit on the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour he commenced back in 2018 as a planned three-year goodbye jaunt. After a COVID hiatus, there are now dates scheduled through 2023. Which raises an interesting question: If your farewell tour never ends, is it still a farewell tour? July 15th at Citizens Bank Park.

Femi Kuti & the Positive Force: You’ll sit onstage with the performers at this show featuring the son of Nigerian music legend Fela Kuti. July 16th at the Mann. 

Phish: Jam on it … if you must. July 19th and 20th at the Mann.

Japanese Breakfast: With guests Yo La Tengo. A benefit show for public parks in Philly’s underserved neighborhoods. July 23rd at the Dell.

Comedy

Trevor Noah plays the Borgata on July 22nd / Photograph via Getty Images

Nick Cannon: The perpetual host — of America’s Got Talent, The Masked Singer, and a bunch of other stuff — springs a live version of his hit MTV show Wild ’N Out on the Jersey Shore. July 2nd at Boardwalk Hall.

Kevin Hart: From Community College of Philadelphia dropout to comedy-world mogul. Seems to be doing all right for himself. July 8th and 9th at Hard Rock AC.

Maria Bamford: Filmmaker Judd Apatow has called her the “funniest woman in the world.” Arrested Development fans: You’ll remember her as DeBrie Bardeaux. July 21st through 23rd at Helium.

Trevor Noah: He’s so good, I’ve almost forgotten about that Jon Stewart guy who used to host The Daily Show. July 22nd at the Borgata.

Special Events

Welcome America: Fireworks and seven tons of free Wawa hoagies. Through July 4th at various locations.

Philly Flea: Whether you’re looking for some mid-century modern furniture for your new pad, a rare first edition, or an original pressing of The Dark Side of the Moon, you might just find it at this, one of Philadelphia’s longest-running (and highest-end) flea markets. July 9th at Cherry Street Pier and Race Street Pier.

Night in Venice: It’s like Mardi Gras but at the Jersey Shore, and without beads-based transactions. July 23rd in Ocean City.

Festival of Ballooning: More than 100 colorful hot-air balloons take to the Jersey skies. July 29th through 31st at Solberg Airport, Whitehouse Station.

Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival: The LED-illuminated fest — back for the first time in three years — has Instagrammable moment written all over it. Through August 7th at Franklin Square.

 

Published as “The Hit List” in the July 2022 issue of Philadelphia magazine.