16 Things to Do This Weekend

Cookouts at City Hall, a fitness festival, and a '90s throwback concert.


Saturday, June 18th

All-American BBQ @ Dilworth Park All weekend long a full-fledged cookout is popping up under Billy Penn. Amid the springing fountains, hot dogs, burgers, smoked brisket, falafel burger, and corn on the cob sizzle on the grill to the sounds of various DJs and other live music.

Juneteenth Festival @ Historic Germantown The avenue’s 6300 block transports participants hundreds of years into the past, commemorating the genesis of abolitionists. The day kicks off at 5109 Germantown Avenue at the State Marker, observing the site of the writing of the First Protest Against Slavery. From there, the “Freedom Walk” embarks up Germantown Avenue to the Johnson House where you’ll find historical reenactments, food, music, cultural marketplace, Black Colleges Matter panel, Unsung Hero Award Ceremony and a beer garden.

Franklin Flea @ Reading Terminal  Up to 60 vendors invade the market offering antiques, vintage and up-cycled furniture, vintage clothing, collectibles, antiques, and delicious food, as well as displays of jewelry, art, and handmade goods by local artisans and designers.

DJ Babtoue and DJ Jorge at La Peg | Photo from Fringearts.com

DJ Babtoue and DJ Jorge at La Peg | Photo from Fringearts.com

DJ Babtoue and DJ Jorge @ FringeArts Two immigrants claim their roots through their spins, fusing French eclectics with German minimalism.

Press Rewind @ Liacouras Center Time travel back to an era when O.J. Simpson was in the news and a Clinton was running for president. (Sounds familiar, no?) Featuring Fat Joe, Method Man, Foxy Brown Redman & DJ Kid Capri.

Barenaked Ladies @ The Mann The Canadian alt-rock group stops in Philly on its 2016 edition of their Last Summer on Earth tour, with special guests OMD & Howard Jones.

Philly Youth Poetry Night and Open Mic @ The Rotunda Youngsters, come out and rivet with your verses.

Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia: A String of Pearls @ The Kimmel Center Legendary jazz guitarist Pat Martino and his trio accompany the orchestra under the direction of world-renowned trumpet player and educator Terell Stafford, director of jazz studies at Temple University.

3D Printing Workshop @ The Franklin Institute Receive first-hand training in this revolutionizing technology, transpiring your designs of your imaginations into physical formations with just the click of a button.

Kiss Kiss A Go-Go | Photo courtesy of Laura Price

Opening Weekend of Kiss Kiss a Go-Go @ The Tropicana Nightlife innovator Ivan Kane brings his clubbing creativity back to Atlantic City. Reinventing the art of go-go, dancers spellbind crowds with a backdrop of kaleidoscopic, schizophrenic, mind-blowing visuals in phantasmagorical patterns, illustrating an erotic lip art that pulses to the beat of the DJ.

Michele Rosewoman and New Yor-Uba  @ The Painted Bride Comprised of congas and bata drums, the renowned jazz pianist and her ensemble salute the sounds of the Orishas, a Cuban hip-hop group.

Athleta Wellness Day @ Navy Yard Put your summer-bod thoughts into action with this fitness festival, featuring spin, TRX, crossfit, cheerfit, crossfit, relays for kids, golf, and soccer drills and skills.

Anthony D’Amato @ World Cafe Live The Jersey native and Princeton grad has just debuted his latest LP, Cold Snap. Recurring themes of perception versus reality, projection versus truth, and who we are versus how we’re seen surfaces in its songs, enlivened by D’Amato’s sound — an exquisite fusion layered with folk and rock. D’Amato

Sunday, June 19th 

Brody Jenner @ Stratus Rooftop Lounge The distant member of the Kardashian clan spins his way to the top of the Hotel Monaco, where the suave bar overlooks the city’s skyline.

Rockstar Energy Drink’s “Taste of Chaos” @ Penn’s Landing  The screamo shindig stops in Philly to salute head-banging and death growls with a rather raucous roundup of rockers, including Dashboard Professional, Taking Back Sunday, The Starting Line, The Early November, and SAOSIN.

Gregory Alan Isakov with Philadelphia Youth Orchestra @ The Kimmel Center Born in South Africa and raised in Philly, the indie folk singer-songwriter illustrates the beauty of American bucolic and the essence of the working class.