Do Something: 10 weekend ideas from South Philly to the Jersey Shore

Boat rides at The Lakes, James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt at the Wells Fargo Center and New Jersey BBQ bragging rights in Wildwood are just a few of the highlights

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South Philly


Wheel Fun Rentals, the popular event fueled by a joint effort between Philly Parks and Rec and the Fairmount Park Conservancy offers a rental of a boat or bike on weekends and holidays to tour all that FDR Park, 1500 Pattison Ave., and the rest of Philly’s vast park system has to offer.

July 8

Yoga Day at the Phillies starts with an hour yoga session on the baseball field. After a good morning stretch, watch the Phillies play the San Diego Padres. All participants receive a Phillies yoga mat bag. The event includes transportation to and from Philly. 6 a.m.-10 p.m. $125. Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way.

July 9

James Taylor with special guest Bonnie Raitt come together for a night of iconic music and soulful sounds at the Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. $36-$130.50.

Around Philly

Through July 9

“Buddy: The Buddy Holly Storywill take the audience back to the singer’s meteoric 1957 rise to fame to his death that followed less than two years later. Sing along to his hit songs “That’ll Be The Day,” “Peggy Sue,” “Words of Love” and more. $20-$84. Times vary. Kimmel Center Perelman Theater, 300 S. Broad St.

July 8–9

The Hispanic Festival celebrates the rich heritage of Latino culture in a weekend set to feature all things food, fun and dance. Penn’s Landing will be transformed into a Latino oasis with vendors serving authentic cuisine and free performances on the stage at Penn’s Landing. The event is part of the ongoing PECO Multicultural Series at Penn’s Landing. 2–8 p.m. Free to attend. The Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Blvd.

July 9

Donate blood at the WMGK Blood Drive and in return receive MGK’s “Music Is In My Blood” T-shirt, free parking, a backstage tour of the venue and one lawn ticket to see Foreigner, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience and Cheap Trick on July 13. No walk-ins, so be sure to register with the code word BLOOD. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. The Fillmore Philadelphia, 29 E. Allen St.

South Jersey

July 8–9

Do you love art? We are talking ceramics, jewelry, paintings and more. If the answer is yes, head on over to South Jersey for the 25th annual Haddonfield Crafts and Fine Arts Festival. Vendors will be lined up along Kings Highway, so be ready to walk several blocks. Hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, rain or shine. Admission and parking are free.

Jersey Shore

Through Aug. 13

Legends in Concerts is where you can find the likes of Prince, Michael Jackson, The Blues Brothers, Elton John, Madonna and others. OK, we are not talking about the A-list entertainers. This long-running tribute show that dates back to the early 1980s has entertained more than 30 million fans around the globe. Showtimes vary. Harrah’s Resort, 777 Harrah’s Blvd. $17.50-$60.

July 7–9

Instead of lighting up the grill, here is a better idea: head on down to Wildwood for the New Jersey State BBQ Championship and Anglesea Blues Festival. How does mouth-watering chicken, ribs, pork and brisket paired with entertainment from top regional and national blues acts sound? Free to attend. 4–11 p.m. July 7, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. July 8 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 9. Olde New Jersey Avenue, North Wildwood.

Mondays through Aug. 28

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Sometimes a weekend in Cape May is simply not long enough. Well, there is no rule against extending it, especially during Jersey Shore season. For those hanging around, the historic Congress Hall is the place to be with its weekly Carnival on the Lawn. There will be games for ages, face painting, food and more. Take a train ride on the Congress Hall Express. 5:30–9 p.m. 200 Congress Place.

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