Tired of the same old, same old night after night? Philadelphians are lucky to live in an area abundant with music, culture, history and adventure to be had at every turn. With event pricing to meet every budget, you are sure to find something to peak your interest and keep you entertained. This weekend, ditch the usual happy hour or crowded nightclub routine and instead, check out the unique variety of venues and events that Philladelphians have come to love.

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Pennypack Park Music Festival
Welsh Road and Cresco
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 574-2100

Price: Free
Click here for a calendar of events

Be sure to bring a chair on out to Pennypack Park to enjoy this annual music festival in Philly. Every Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. beginning in May and lasting through September, relax after a hard day’s work under the stars. Kick off your shoes and feel the green grass under your feet as you listen to some great tribute bands rock in the park. This year’s lineup includes such favorites as 2U (the U2 tribute), Diamond Dogs (David Bowie tribute), LeCompt (Ozzie tribute), Women Who Rock and many more.

Related: Top Music Classes For Kids In Philadelphia 

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Jolly’s Dueling Piano Bar
1420 Locust St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(267) 687-1161

If you’re in the mood to chill and be entertained, Jolly’s is the place to go. The piano duels here start at 8 p.m. sharp. With this bar’s infamous dueling pianos, you are in for an interactive, fast-paced, lively night. Local musicians Tony T. and Joe Marchetti, classical and jazz trombonist and rock and roll pianist Joe Snyder, and songwriter and piano extraordinaire Stu Shames, comprise Jolly’s list of talented musicians sure to provide a one-of-a-kind night of fun entertainment. Sporting an intimate 125 seat venue, you are sure to feel part of the action while you partake in the “recession-friendly” happy hour and snack bar.

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Ghost Tour of Philadelphia
Signers Garden at 5th and Chestnut Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Price: $17

Old City in Philadelphia lays claim to the title of “America’s most haunted city,” and is full of history, legends, myths and rumors. The Ghost Tour of Philadelphia is sure to enlighten and entertain you as you are led along the streets of Philly. You will be amazed at the events that occurred in our city’s past and the stories that are told. The tour offers more ways than one to be scared and educated on the town’s creepy past. Those who love a good fright can choose from the candlelit walking tour, which takes you by the haunted houses and creepy graveyards of Independence Park and Society Hill, and the haunted trolly tour, which carries you through the Society Hill neighborhood on a Victorian-style trolly. No matter where you are taken, you are sure to learn something new and enjoy yourself.

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Kimmel Center
260 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 790-5800

Click here for a calendar of events

The Kimmel Center is the place for culture vultures to come to quench their taste for the arts. With The Academy of Music, The Merrian Theater and the Kimmel Center all under the same ownership umbrella, there is tons of entertainment to experience at any given time. Stop by the Kimmel Center to catch a Broadway play, go dancing, listen to the harmonic sounds of Philadelphia Orchestra, jam to a musical or rock to the Philly Pops. You can even make a night of it by dining at the center’s PECO Bar and Cafe before your show for a cocktail and appetizers or at the PECO Annex Bar for a more romantic atmosphere with swanky cocktails and delectable desserts. Whatever tickles your fancy, you’ll find it at the Kimmel Center for a unique and fun night out.

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First Fridays Philadelphia
230 Vine Street (and locations throughout Old City)
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 625-9200

Price: Free
Hours: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. the first Friday of every month

Philadelphia’s First Friday event started in 1991, and has been a great way for Philadelphians to familiarize themselves with local artists’ works ever since. Grab some wine and dinner at one of Old City’s charming restaurants, like Ristorante Panorama & Wine Bar. The artsy decor and lovely murals serve as the perfect segue for the town’s First Friday event. This is a great way to explore Old City and spend an evening out taking in the culture, art and antiques that Philly has to offer during this monthly “open house” style event. 

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