Weekend Roundup

Beat the heat with these gay-friendly diversions

Dar Williams is just one of the performers who play the XPoNential Music Festival this weekend (courtesy of Dar Williams)

Friday, July 22

WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival kicks off at Wiggins Park on the Waterfront with a roster of gay-friendly performers through the weekend (5 p.m.) in Camden.

Grab a blanket and head over to Clark Park in West Philly for a free performance of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing (7 p.m.).


DJ Deejay spins BBGC vs. KKR (9 p.m.-2 a.m.), a battle of the dance divas – Beyonce, Britney, Gaga and Katy Perry, Ke$ha and Rhianna – aboard the Moshulu.

Stimulus wants to get you wet – literally. The ladies take over the posh Arrow Swim Club in No Libs for Plunge (10 p.m.), an LGBT pool party with cocktails, gaming, ping pong and a private VIP cabana. Also expect to see bikini-clad go-go dancers and DJs Kash and Jovi Baby on the decks.

Do you know the way to San Jose? Dionne Warwick does. And she plays House of Blues live in Atlantic City (10 p.m.).

Saturday, July 23

Courtesy of Rhianna

After welcoming the LGBT community earlier this week, Haddonfield, N.J., also hosts a farmer’s market (8 a.m.-noon) on King’s Highway in the business district. Very kid-friendly.

Courtesy of BalletX

BalletX plays the Wilma Theater (2 p.m.) in a performance that combines classical and modern dance.

Showtune lovers will enjoy “The Sweetest Sounds: An Evening with Richard Rodgers & Friends” (3 p.m.) at the Bristol Riverside Theatre. Expect to hear a few favorites from South Pacific, The King & I and The Sound of Music.

Rhianna plays the Wells Fargo Center (8 p.m.).

Courtesy of Scene

Be seen at Scene (9 p.m. at Voyeur) with a go-go dance contest. “For July, Scene’s theme is ‘we’re hiring,'” says party creator Tracy Bucholz. “We’re looking for a few good go-go dancers.” Think you have what it takes? Send your name to scenepartytickets@gmail.com before the event for a chance to enter the contest. Scene staffers will pick the winner. Also available: free Summer Scene party mix CDs!

G2 is back at Tabu (9 p.m.), only this time with proceeds benefitting Philly PAWS. Look for DJs Klem and Just Jess spinning hip-hop, electro, riot and more – for the love of animals.

Sunday, July 24

Get to Frolick Fest in Fairmount Park (noon-6 p.m.), a monthly outdoor social for queer and allied friends on Lemon Hill (picnic ground number two). Plan a picnic and play some games or just kick back under a tree. Guests are also encouraged to bring “frisbees, food and general fabulousness.”

Susan Wallack’s “One Part Paradise” shows at Muse Gallery (noon-5 p.m.) with mixed media, sculpture and collages on display.

“What good is sitting alone in your room?” Actors’ NET of Bucks County performs Cabaret at the Morrisville Heritage Center (2 p.m.).

Sisters throws a block party for the City of Brotherly Love Softball League (4 p.m.) with beer pong, flip cup, ladder ball and more. Also look for drink specials and a free food buffet as DJ Goddess spins club favorites.

Planning an LGBT-friendly event? Tell us about it: nmcdonald@phillymag.com