Under the radar

Bummed that you can’t afford tickets for the next Phillies game? At XFINITY Live!, experience close to that same euphoria as attending an actual game.


1100 Pattison Ave.

Open daily 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Bummed that you can’t afford tickets for the next Phillies game? At XFINITY Live!, experience close to that same euphoria as attending an actual game. This dining, entertainment and retail complex, located at the 11th Street parking lot at the South Philly sports complex, includes several venues including the PBR Bar and Grill and the Victory Beer Hall, as well as an NBC Sports Arena.

The outdoor area is centered on the XFINITY On Demand Theater – a 24-foot wide Sony LED video board, showing sports games and movies. Next to the theater is the NBC Sports Field, a 300-foot turf field, where numerous concerts, free activities and events will be held throughout the summer. XFINITY Live! opened in March, but has already become a new South Philly destination.


June 16 to 30

This free arts festival will invite Philadelphia communities to explore their neighborhoods in a new way, and see them in a new light. The project began in January and culminates in June with the free festival, aimed at “reimagining public art.” Events will include book arts, dance, sculpture, video, theater and sound art, as well as a celebratory raising of the “Super Creature of Energy and Power – a 20-foot tall sculpture constructed by local youths from recycled materials. It will also feature a computer-generated, sound-art project that allows audience members to utilize Google maps to create a freely re-mixable and customizable sound experience.

Global Fusion Festival

Penn’s Landing Waterfront

July 15 to 22

Come celebrate Global Fusion Week, which draws an array of diverse groups together to celebrate cultures from across the globe. The one-day festival during the weeklong celebration features international food, creations and programs, along with free entertainment, culture-specific performers and local and national recording artists. This festival brings Asian, Latino, Native American and African cultures together for a celebration of diversity and individuality.

Cezanne, Matisse and Gauguin Exhibit

Philadelphia Museum of Art

June 20 to Sept. 3

The museum’s next blockbuster exhibit features the works of great French artists, Cezanne, Matisse and Gauguin, and explores the theme of “Vision of Arcadia,” also known as an “early paradise,” which these artists depicted through their art. These artists are considered to be a few of the first foundations of contemporary art, aiming to show harmony and balance in their artwork, along with peacefulness and tranquility in nature. In France, circa the early 1900s, a mystical place of harmony was a major theme, and these artists showed this through their art. Featuring more than 40 works of art from 23 artists, this exhibit will also explore the appeal that the Arcadian ideal had for artists in the 19th century, and how it emerged in a new and powerful form in the work of a generation of contemporary painters.

The Color Run

July 8

8 a.m.

You don’t have to be a marathon runner to participate in this 5K. You can run it alone, or with a group of four or more people. The run takes the course of a loop from the Philadelphia Museum of Art to the Rocky statue. Each kilometer of the event is associated with a color – the first is yellow, the second is blue, third is green, fourth is pink and the final kilometer is a “Color Extravaganza.” Volunteers, staff and sponsors will blast runners or walkers with a color. There will be music, food, festivities and more color at the end of the race.

-Maura Lieberman

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