17 Gay Philly Nightlight Events for August 2015

Martha Graham Cracker celebrates 10 years, plus a Tarantino party and a Mean Girls remake.

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If you’re looking for a way to stay cool this August, we rounded up 17 hot nightlife events and shows that might not provide the chill you are looking for, but will be fun nonetheless. There’s something for just about everyone, from grooming get togethers to a Pulp Fiction-themed dance party. Enjoy!


Vixens and Vagabonds Queer and Kinky Cabaret’s Roadtrip: Join the burlesque and drag troupe as they say farewell to one of their own members. Saturday, August 1st, 8 pm, $10-12, Tabu, 200 South 12th Street

6 Appeal!: This weekly burlesque show will feature performances by Mika Romantic, Nikki Malicious, and Shia D. Monday, August 3rd, 9 pm, $5, Pennsylvania 6, 114 South 12th Street

Back to the 80s: Tavern on Camac invites you to a time when MTV actually played videos. The evening will feature music from Pet Shop Boys, Madonna, the Go-Gos, and more. Wednesday, August 5th, 9 pm, pay as you go, Tavern On Camac, 243 South Camac Street

Like a Bear: This Madonna tribute show will feature bearlesque performers plus NYC’s Bear Donna. Friday, August 7th, 9 pm, $10, Tabu, 200 South 12th Street

Franky’s Foxes with DJ Chris Urban: Iris Spectre, Maria Top Catt, Omyra Lynn, Zsa Zsa St. James, Ms. Karma, Ann Artist, and Lady Poison are serving up First Friday fun with a “Fox Hunty Lemonade” drink special. Friday, August 7th, 9:30 pm, $5-7, Franky Bradley’s, 1320 Chancellor Street

Pulp Friction Tarantino Twist Party: Nitty Gritty will pay homage to Quentin Tarantino at this dance party featuring music from the 50s, 60s, and French Pop covers. Saturday, August 8th, 10 pm, pay as you go, Venture Inn, 255 South Camac Street

Bee Aggressive: This party-with-a-purpose is a fundraiser for Bee, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. Nearly a dozen performers will be on hand. Sunday, August 9th, 8 pm, pay what you wish, Voyeur Nightclub, 1221 Saint James Street

Martha’s 10 Year Anniversary Party: The queen herself, Martha Graham Cracker, is celebrating 10 long years at this bash where just about anything can happen. Thursday, August 13th, 8 pm, $20-25, L’Etage, 624 South 6th Street

DTF: Darryl and Timaree Fun Hour: This monthly show is sort of like an x-rated The View: This panel discusses everything sex and sex-related. Friday, August 14th, 8:30 pm, $10, Franky Bradley’s, 1320 Chancellor Street

The Catalina Wine Mixer: Stonewall Sports is throwing this Step Brothers-themed party to benefit Mazzoni Center, featuring games, performances, and more. Saturday, August 15th, 10 pm, $10, Tabu, 200 South 12th Street

The Eric Jaffe Show: This all-male cabaret will feature highlights from A Dairy of a Gay Man: A Pop Musical, plus free drink giveaways and no cover. Friday, August 21st, 7:30 pm, pay as you go, Tavern On Camac, 243 South Camac Street

The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret: Fresh from her 10th anniversary celebration, Martha is joined by Johnny Showcase and Red 40 & The Last Groovement. Saturday, August 22nd, 8 pm, $10-15, Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street

The Big Lebowski Sleepover: This monthly dance party features free candy, live performances, a friendly dance floor, and burlesque. Saturday, August 22nd, 10 pm, pay as you go, Venture Inn, 255 South Camac Street

Mean Gays: The Haus of Ham is re-making everyone’s favorite movie, featuring Bev, Eric Jaffe, Sapphira Crystal, and more. Sunday, August 23rd, 9 pm, $12, Franky Bradley’s, 1320 Chancellor Street

Devil Drag Takes on the Gayborhood: Iris Spectre will be hosting this evening of performances from the Satanic Sisterhood from Devil Drag. Friday, August 28th, 9 pm, price TBA, Tabu, 200 South 12th Street

Beards and Queers Celebration: A night celebrating everything beards, this party will feature “classic vibes” and a selection of Maestro’s Classic grooming products. Saturday, August 29th, 9 pm, $10, Tabu, 200 South 12th Street

Show Your College Pride: This dance fundraiser will help raise awareness for local college and university LGBTQ groups. Wear a school hat or shirt, and proceeds will be divided up among the three most popular schools at the function. Saturday, August 29th, 10 pm, $5, Smokin Betty’s, 116 South 11th Street