This weekend in Philly: Welcome America takes off, with Chinese Lantern Festival in full swing

Lighted 200 foot dragon
Photo credit Jeff Fusco

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — This weekend in Philly: The dragon returns! Back for the first time in three years, the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square will feature all-new lanterns. Wawa Welcome America brings Rocky back to the famed Art Museum steps, music to Independence Mall and a day-long block party to the Avenue of the Arts. Plus: Don’t miss the Manayunk Arts Festival, celebrating its 33rd anniversary.

EVENT: Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival
DATE/TIME: Through Aug. 7, 6 – 11 p.m. daily
WHERE: Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth St., Center City
DETAILS: The dragon is back! Don’t miss the fan-favorite 200-foot-long lighted dragon in Franklin Square, a highlight of the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival. Find all-new lanterns this year, including a walk-through giant-panda bamboo forest, interactive installations and a whale! Guests may also enjoy a new song for the Franklin Square Fountain Show, featuring choreographed lights and fountain jets. Timed tickets are required for entry on Fridays and Saturdays during the Festival.
PRICE:
Adults: $20, Sunday – Thursday; $23. Friday and Saturday
Senior (65+) and Youth (13-17): $18, Sunday – Thursday; $21, Friday and Saturday
Children (3-12): $12
Ages 2 and under: Free

EVENT: Philly @ the Movies: “Rocky”
DATE/TIME: Thursday, 7 – 9 p.m.
WHERE: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Center City
DETAILS: Yo, Philly! Camp out on the famous steps for a Welcome America tradition. Moviegoers will enjoy a Philly-centric night under the stars with a free screening of the original “Rocky.” Guests are encouraged to bring chairs and/or blankets.
PRICE: Free

EVENT: Army Field Band and Chorus on Independence
DATE/TIME: Friday, 7 – 9 p.m.
WHERE: Independence Mall, Market Street between Fifth and Sixth streets, Old City
DETAILS: The U.S. Army Field Band presents “America the Beautiful,” a celebration of all there is to love about our nation. Guests will be treated to a musical performance aimed at honoring the veterans of every generation who answered the call to defend this great land and recognize the soldiers standing guard today in more than 140 countries who are proud to call America home. Patriotic selections, including “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “America the Beautiful” and John Philip Sousa’s “The Liberty Bell” make up the program. Guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs and/or blankets.
PRICE: Free

EVENT: Whitesbog Blueberry Summer Fest Season Kickoff
DATE/TIME: Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Rain dates: Sundays
WHERE: Whitesbog, 120 W. Whitesbog Road Browns Mills, New Jersey
DETAILS: Pick blueberries fresh from the field, take a wagon ride around the farm, enjoy locally made blueberry pies, donuts and cakes — and much more. You can even buy a blueberry bush for your own yard. Guests can also tour the home of The Blueberry Queen, Elizabeth Coleman White, and purchase goods from handmade vendors while enjoying live music on the Whitesbog stage. Family fun includes nature crafts, dressing up in vintage attire, trying your hand at basket weaving, walking stick carving and more!
PRICE: Free, but donations are accepted

EVENT: Manayunk Arts Festival
DATE/TIME: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
WHERE: Artists will be located on Main Street in Manayunk, and the street will be closed.
DETAILS: The Manayunk Arts Festival is back and celebrating its 33rd year! The tri-state’s largest outdoor, juried arts festival will have nearly 300 artists in a number of locations in Manayunk presenting a variety of fine arts and crafts from across the country. It is a rain-or-shine event, so come dressed appropriate for the weather and make sure you stay hydrated! Visitors can browse a variety of goods and find food, music and other alfresco fun on open streets in Manayunk.
PRICE: Free to attend

EVENT: Avenue of the Arts Block Party
DATE/TIME: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
WHERE: Broad Street between Locust and Pine streets, and Spruce Street between 15th and Juniper streets
DETAILS: The Avenue of the Arts will come to life on Saturday with entertainment, art, food and more! Partygoers will enjoy live performances from Bill Jolly, Rated Art, and Zo, featuring lead singer Gina Castanzo from NBC’s “The Voice.” Kids and kids-at-heart can slide down the 120-foot slide or zip across Broad Street on the 100-foot zip-line. Food and beverages can be purchased at the beer garden or from one of the many local food trucks or nearby restaurants.
This year, the Kimmel Culture Campus will be open for the event. Guests will find entertainment, such as performances by cast members from “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” and other popular titles from the Broadway Series, and an interactive dance workshop led by teaching artists from Disney Theatrical Group.
PRICE: Free; food is pay as you go

EVENT: 2022 Battleship Beer Festival
DATE/TIME: Saturday, 1 – 5 p.m.
WHERE: Battleship New Jersey, 62 Battleship Place, Camden, New Jersey
DETAILS: The New Jersey-exclusive craft beer festival provides guests with live music, crafts and more than 30 local breweries on the nation’s most decorated battleship! This annual event includes a tour of the battleship — before sampling beer, live music from Cabin Dogs, delicious food and even a souvenir sampling mug!
PRICE: VIP: $75
General Admission: $50
Designated driver and early-bird pricing are also available.

EVENT: East Goshen Township Community Day
DATE/TIME: Saturday, 4:30 – 9 p.m.
WHERE: East Goshen Park, 1661 Paoli Pike, West Chester
DETAILS: East Goshen Park hosts the summer kick-off for Chester County, perfect for families. Community Day includes moon bounces for the kids, food trucks, live music and more! Fireworks will end the day with a spectacular show. One lucky raffle winner will get to push the button that starts the display.
PRICE: Free

EVENT: Gospel on Independence
DATE/TIME: Sunday, 7 – 9 p.m.
WHERE: Independence National Historical Park, Fifth and Market streets, Old City
DETAILS: Gospel legend Yolanda Yvette Adams, alongside the Welcome America Mass Choir, under the direction of Austin Woodland and Zak Williams, will showcase talented singers from across the city with a special performance by The Talented Tenors. This year’s performance, hosted by WDAS Patty Jackson, is an Ode to Freedom, celebrating the bicentennial of Harriet Tubman’s birth.
PRICE: Free
Limited seating available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs and/or blankets.