Shakespeare in Clark Park: Every summer, local actors gather together to put on one of the Bard’s plays in Clark Park. This year’s “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” will be performed at 7 p.m. daily from July 27-31. Performances are free. Viewers are invited to bring picnics, but make sure you arrive early to get a good spot since more than 1,000 people can attend each show. Visit www.shakespeareinclarkpark.org to learn more.
Jazz on the Ave: On July 30, this free jazz festival takes over four blocks on Cecil B. Moore Avenue from Broad to 17th Streets. From 12-8:30 p.m., catch live music from artists on two stages like Philly’s Trombonist Jeff Bradshaw, as well as Grammy award singer Tony Rich and jazz legend Ronnie Laws. The festival includes health and wellness screenings, a moon bounce, clay sculpting, mechanical bull riding, plus vendors and food. Visit www.jazzontheavephilly.com for more information.
Philly’s BBQ Fest: Philly’s first barbecue festival is from noon to 6 p.m., July 30 at Citizens Bank Park. Featuring more than 40 vendors offering samples of pulled pork, brisket and other staples, the festival also includes a craft beer garden, live music and carnival games. The highlight will be a rib-eating competition. Don’t miss grilling demonstrations. The “Half Rack” ticket is $50 and includes 10 samples, a voucher for two Phillies game tickets and a commemorative apron. The “Full Rack” ticket is $75 and includes everything from the “Half Rack” and entrance an hour early, VIP rooftop access, VIP cooking demo and a photo opportunity with the 2008 World Series trophy.
Cinema in the Cemetery: Bring blankets or beach chairs to Laurel Hill Cemetery on July 30 for a screening of “The City of the Dead,” the classic horror film from 1960, starring Christopher Lee. Picnic among the tombstones as the film rolls. Gates open at 8 p.m., movie starts at 9. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or online. Advance tickets are recommended. Check in at the Gatehouse at 3722 Ridge Avenue in Philadelphia. Visit thelaurelhillcemetery.org to buy tickets. Rain date is July 31.