144 Things to Do in Philly This Week and Weekend

Blobfest, the Oval returns, outdoor movie nights, the Ice Cream Festival, and a Barnes block party.

Blobfest at Colonial Theatre / Photograph by Jeff Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Festivals and Such

The Oval
Philadelphia’s Favorite Traffic Island (seasonal category) is back, with a summertime slate of activities and attractions including a beer garden, food trucks, art installations, live music, movies, games and such. The Oval!
Free, continues through August 25th, in and around Eakins Oval, 2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

See Also: What to Expect at the Oval Pop-Up on the Parkway This Summer

Haddonfield Crafts and Fine Art Festival
Stroll the main drag of this quaint little Jersey burb, just a few miles over the bridge, at this two-day outdoor festival. Includes ceramics, glass, jewelry, wood, fiber, paper, photography, wearables and other works of art for sale. (Say, while you’re in Haddonfield on Saturday, why not join the Academy of Natural Sciences’ History of Haddy Hike?)
Pay as you go, July 13th, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., & July 14th, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Downtown Haddonfield, Kings Highway East, Haddonfield.

Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival
Every year, Franklin Square angers the ancient ones with this glorious and brazen display of electricity, which includes among its illuminated attractions a fiery 200-foot-long dragon. This is the year of the dragon, BTW. Besides the lantern displays, there’s juggling, acrobatics, dancing, music, food, a beer garden, mini-golf, a fountain show and more.
$25, through August 18th, 6-11 p.m. nightly, Franklin Square, 200 North 6th Street.

See Also: Your Guide to the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

Greenberg’s Train and Toy Show
This two day convention at the Expo Center in Oaks promises “good old-fashioned fun” for the hardcore miniature train enthusiast as well as the rail curious. Kids welcome.
$10-$11, July 13th & 14th, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Avenue, Oaks.

On Stage

Lavell Crawford
The well-known standup has made memorable appearances on The Ridiculous, Workaholics, Chelsea Lately and, of course, Breaking Bad/Better Call Saul where he played Huell Babineaux. Dude’s got one of the all-time great laugh-snorts, too. This clip is NSFW and very funny.
$32-$49, July 12th-14th, Helium, 2031 Sansom Street.

The Empire Strips Back: A Burlesque Parody
This risqué cabaret show promises comedy, dance, droids and “your favorite characters … scantily clad, seriously sultry and live on stage.”
$59-$99, through July 28th, excluding Mondays and Tuesdays, 7 & 9:30 p.m., Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 South Broad Street.

Objection! An Unscripted Courtroom Comedy
Improv comics create a live courtroom comedy based on a suggestion from the audience. The prompt: “what’s something that isn’t a crime but should be.”
$25, through July 28th, Fridays-Sundays, The Adrienne Theater, 2030 Sansom Street.

Last of the Red Hot Mamas
Bucks County Playhouse presents the world premiere of a new musical about teenage vaudeville superstar Sophie Tucker. “With the help of two former Harlem headliners, Sophie’s rise from a deli to international fame is told with song, tap-dancing, and a big dose of Sophie’s groundbreakingly sassy humor.” Written by Susan Ecker, Harrison David Rivers and Lloyd Ecker; directed and choreographed by Shea Sullivan.
$32-$69, through July 27th, Bucks County Playhouse, 70 South Main Street, New Hope.


E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
The Film Center is screening Spielberg favorites all summer long. This weekend watch his 1982 classic about a celestial being who comes to Earth to heal people and teach them things, then dies to save them, and them comes back to life and returns to the heavens. Stars Dee Wallace, Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, E.T., Robert MacNaughton and Peter Coyote. Tagline: “He is afraid. He is totally alone. He is 3 million light years from home.”
$15.50, July 12th @ 7 p.m., July 13th @ 2 p.m., July 14th @ 6 p.m., Philadelphia Film Center, 1412 Chestnut Street.

Free Outdoor Movies This Week

  • Shrek and Shrek 2 double feature, July 10th, 7 p.m., Libertee Grounds.
  • Elemental, July 10th, Dickinson Square Park.
  • Barbie, July 10th, 7 p.m., Cira Green.
  • Little Miss Sunshine, July 11th, 8:30 p.m., Schuylkill Banks Movie Nights.
  • The Little Mermaid, July 12th, sundown, Eakins Oval
  • Luca, July 13th, noon, Cira Green.
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, July 14th, 4 p.m., Spruce Street Harbor Park.

Free, multiple locations.

See Also: Where to Watch Free Outdoor Movies in Philadelphia This Summer

The 39 Steps
This week the Bryn Mawr Film Institute presents a couple screenings of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 spy thriller starring Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll and Lucie Mannheim. Tagline: “Handcuffed to the girl who double crossed him!”
$15, July 9th @ 7:15 p.m. & July 14th @ 4 p.m., Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr.

Food and Drink

Parks on Tap / Photograph courtesy of FCM Hospitality

Parks on Tap
This week, Parks & Rec’s traveling beer garden touches down in East Falls’s lovely McMichael Park, known for its playground, grass and trees. Drink some drinks, munch some food, imagine life can always be like this. (P.S. While you’re at the park on Saturday, why not see some Shakespeare?)
Pay as you go, July 10th-14th, McMichael Park, 3299 Midvale Avenue. Parks on Tap continues through September 29th.

See Also: Philly’s Best Kid-Friendly Beer Gardens

Summer Nights @ Eastern State Penitentiary
Once again, Fairmount’s oddly lovely prison is offering night time tours and an open-air beer garden.
$23-$30, Friday and Saturday evenings, through July 27th, 6-9 p.m., Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue.

PHS Pop-Up Gardens
Is it beer garden season, people. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society hosts two pop-up gardens: on South Street and in Manayunk.
Pay as you go, through late fall; PHS Pop-Up Garden at Manayunk, 106 Jamestown Avenue; PHS Pop-Up Garden at South Street, 1438 South Street.


Now Showing @ ICA

  • Where I Learned to Look: Art from the Yard. This group show — featuring works by 30 artists including, Jeff Koons, Duane Linklater, Donald Moffett, Wendy Red Star, Chandra Melting Tallow and Tania Willard — “celebrates the foundational role of yards in shaping contemporary art in America.” Runs July 13th-December 1st.
  • Joanna Piotrowska: unseeing eyes, restless bodies. “The first U.S. solo museum exhibition dedicated to Joanna Piotrowska (b. 1985), a Polish artist based in London whose work examines the human condition through performative acts, photography, and film.” Runs July 13th-December 1st.
  • ICA Summer 2024 Opening Celebration. The kickoff party for the above exhibition. Includes Music by Not Exotic (Chad Ray Turner) & Chris Lyons, a DJ set by DJ Rebel Foster, and more. Friday July 12th, 7-10 p.m.

Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 South 36th Street.

Imagination and Play!
A group show juried by mixed-media artist Summer Yates. “With bold colors, energetic paint strokes, and quirky interactive elements, the selected works in this exhibition showcase artists’ unique ability to look at life through a playful lens and share that sensation of joy with others.”
Through July 29th, Abington Art Center, 515 Meetinghouse Road, Jenkintown.

Declaration House
Monument Lab presents this “public art and history exhibition” which “explores the site where Thomas Jefferson and Robert Hemmings spent several months in in Philadelphia during the drafting of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.”
Continues through September 8th, Declaration House, 700 Market Street.

50 Years in the Making
The Clay Studio continues its semicentennial celebration with this exhibition of works by 140 alumni from its resident artist, guest artist, and associate artist program.
Free, through September 1st, The Clay Studio, 1425 North American Street.

Contained Within
The Kensington-based photography org the Halide Project presents this groups show featuring new works by Emma Powell, Rebecca Zeiss and Stephanie Slate which “explore conscious and subconscious realities.”
Through July 14th, the Halide Project, 1627 North 2nd Street.

Threads of Transformation
This new exhibition at the house Isaiah Zagar built includes paintings, textiles, and sculptures by artists Krista Dedrick-Lai and Margaux McAllister. “Navigating brokenness, tenderness, and togetherness in these mixed-media works, they examine human connections and transformation.”
$15 admission, continues through July 14th, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, 1020 South Street.

Dream House: Inside Music + Video
This group installation at Asian Arts Initiative sounds like a lot of fun. Dream House “highlights shifting roles of music video as a hybrid form of creative expression beyond their musical and cinematic quality as promotional tools of the music industry.” On monitors and TV screens, watch works by Alex Da Corte, Jordan Deal, Elle Hong, Maegan Houang, and more. Also, check out Zain Alam’s audio/video installation Meter & Light: Day. Plus, Dance Dance Revolution and karaoke in the lounge.
Through August 3rd, Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine Street.

Kameelah Janan Rasheed
The artist “grapples with the poetics-pleasures-politics of Black knowledge production, information technologies, and modes of [un]learning” in their new exhibition at Ulises and Ray, the No Libs art space/bookshop.
Free, through August 25th, Ulises at Ray, Studio 105, 1525 North American Street.

Layers of Liberty: Philadelphia and the Appalachian Environment
This long-running exhibition of paintings, drawings, prints, and sculpture from PAFA’s permanent collection “explores Philadelphia’s relationship to the Appalachian region.”
Through November 7th. $18 museum admission, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 128 North Broad Street.

In Pursuit: Artists’ Perspectives on a Nation
The National Liberty Museum examines “the power of art as civic dialogue” in its latest multi-media group exhibition featuring sculptures and large-scale installations by Anila Quayyum Agha, Angel Cabrales, Nicholas Galanin, Arghavan Khosravi, Aram Han Sifuentes, Artur Silva, and Marisa Williamson.
Continues through October 28th. $12 museum admission, National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut Street.

Now Showing @ the Art Museum

$14-$23 admission, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Now Showing @ Fabric Workshop

  • John Jarboe: The Rose Garden — The trans artist presents “a multi-room domestic environment reimagining John’s gender journey.” The Rose Garden is an “immersive maze of memories and provocations” full of video sculptures, music, objects and more. Read more here. Through September 29th.
  • Risa Puno: Group Hug — This interactive installation by Brooklyn sculptor and installation artist uses the “language of games” to explore “the complex social relationships inherent in receiving and providing care.” Through July 21st.
  • Girl Mode — Kate McGee, a trans lighting and scenic designer and new media artist, brings a VR experience “combining confessional text, surreal visuals, and a walking simulator structure.” July 13th-14th.

Free (suggested donation $5), Fabric Workshop and Museum, 1214 Arch Street.

Now Showing @ Michener Art Museum

  • George R. Anthonisen: Meditations on the Human Condition The Michener hosts a career-spanning exhibition of works by the accomplished sculptor, including 40 bronze sculptures, maquettes, and frescoes, inside and outside the museum. Through October 14th.
  • Monuments and Myths Subtitled The America of Sculptors Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Daniel Chester French, this new exhibition at Michener explores the artists’ “intersecting biographies and examines the affinities that made both of them leaders in their field.” Through January 5th. 

$15 museum admission, Michener Art Museum, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown.

Now Happening @ the Museum for Art in Wood

  • The Poetry Gumball Machine Project — Poet and “multiform artist” LindoYes, the project is more or less what it sounds like, a mechanized sculpture that dispenses poetry stuffed inside little walnut shell capsules. The PGMP will be on display at the Museum for Art in Wood through the rest of the year. Through December 31st.
  • Gina Siepel: To Understand a Tree — A new exhibition by designer/woodworker Gina Siepel. “A multi-disciplinary project that focuses on the dignity of a living tree, its network of eco-systemic relationships, and the ubiquity of the material of wood in design and daily life.” Through July 21st.
  • Experiencing Form: Phil Brown and the Museum’s Residency Artist Alumni, group show. Through September 15th.

Free admission, Museum for Art in Wood, 141 North 3rd Street.

Imprint: Dox Thrash
Subtitled “Black Life, and American Culture,” this new exhibition at the African American Museum in Philadelphia invites visitors to “explore the life and artistic legacy” of Dox Thrash, who was a Buffalo Soldier and Black Vaudeville performer before he became a trailblazing Philly printmaker.
$10-$14, through August 4th, African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street.

Now Showing @ the Barnes

Museum admission is $23-$30, Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Entryways: Nontsikelelo Mutiti 
The Zimbabwean-born visual artist and educator was invited to reimagine the windows on the ICA’s facade.
Free, through December 31st. Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 South 36th Street.

Every Leaf & Twig: Andrew Wyeth’s Botanical Imagination
The Brandywine Museum hosts this Andrew Wyeth exhibition focusing on “the fragile rhythms and intimate dramas of plant life,” and includes 40 watercolors and drawings, many of which have never been exhibited before. Through September 15th.
$18-$20, Brandywine Museum of Art, 1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford.


The Art of the Brick continues at the Franklin Institute. / Photograph by Laura Swartz

Constructing Knowledge
Subtitled 300 Years of The Carpenters’ Company of the City and County of Philadelphia, this longterm exhibition at the Athenæum celebrates three centuries of bringing architects, contractors and engineers together like finely fitted joists. Now, you may be thinking: Are not Philadelphia the city and Philadelphia the county the same thing? Are they not, in a word, coterminous? Look, you wanna pick a fight with a 300-year-old gang of carpenters, that is your business. Leave me out of it.
Free, through August 30th, The Athenæum Of Philadelphia, 219 South 6th Street.

The Sweetest Side of Life: Swedish Candy & Confections
The Swedish Museum in FDR Park hosts this pop-up exhibition featuring “the collection of Tyler Graybeal, owner of Sweetish–Swedish Candy and Goods.” Googled it. He’s a real person! His collection includes tins, wrappers, bottles, postcards and more. Swedish sweets are available for sale, too.
$15 admission, through September 15th, American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Avenue.

Witness to Revolution: The Unlikely Travels of Washington’s Tent
This exhibition will “bring to life the stories of individuals from all walks of life who saved Washington’s tent from being lost over the generations and who ultimately fashioned this relic into a symbol of the fragile American republic.” Includes art, artifacts, rare documents and the tent itself.
Included in museum admission of $13-$22, through January 5th, Museum of the American Revolution, 101 South 3rd Street.

Unhoused: Personal Stories and Public Health
This new long-term exhibition at the Mütter Museum features black and white photos by Toronto-based photographer Leah den Bok, and art by Dallas-based artist Willie Baronet, “whose installation is composed of hundreds of cardboard signs the artist has purchased over the past thirty years from unhoused and unsheltered people in cities around the nation.”
$15-$20, through August 5th, Mütter Museum, 19 South 22nd Street.

Now Happening @ the Academy of Natural Sciences

  • Under the Canopy: Animals of the Rainforest — This new special exhibit includes “interactive discovery stations, dynamic displays and engaging programming” surrounding the importance of rainforests and the plants and animals that live there. Through September 2nd.
  • Life Onto Land: The Devonian — An exhibition on the life and ecosystems of the Devonian period, the geological era during which creatures wriggled up on dry land, which everybody agrees was a solid move with a lot of potential. Through September 29th.
    Included with museum admission of $21-$25, Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

The Doan Gang: Outlaws of the Revolution
The Mercer Museum’s immersive exhibition tells the story of Revolutionary War-era loyalists. “Learn how these local outlaws plotted, schemed, and plundered their way through a divided world in the earliest days of a budding American nation, and why their deep loyalty to British rule in the colonies made them enemies of the Founding Fathers.”
$15, through December 31st, Mercer Museum, 84 South Pine Street, Doylestown. 

The Art of the Brick
The Franklin Institute presents this new long-running exhibition featuring a collection of “inspiring artwork” — bricked-up versions of Starry Night, Mona Lisa, etc. — made by LEGO master Nathan Sawaya. Plus a 9,000-square-foot brick play space.
$20-$43, through September 2nd, Franklin Institute, 222 North 20th Street.

Wild Kratts: Creature Power
At the Please Touch Museum, kids can tap into their “creature power” with a special exhibit based on the PBS series Wild Kratts. Little ones can investigate four different interactive habitats and learn about the animal world with games, movement and problem-solving.
$22, through September 1st, Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic.

BOLD: Color from Test Tube to Textile
This new exhibition at Old City’s Science History Institute explores the complicated history and science of natural and synthetic dye-making “drawing on dye sample books, vivid clothing, and scientific instruments.” Through August.
Free admission, Science History Institute, 315 Chestnut Street.


Spruce Street Harbor Park’s hammocks. / Photograph by Matt Stanley

Festival of Fountains
Flowers and greenery are usually the focus of a trip to Longwood Gardens, but this annual summer show is all about the waterworks. And the lights. And there’s some mood music, too. Timed admission tickets are required, so plan your visit ahead of time.
$32, continues through October 27th, Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square.


There’s no roller-skating this summer, but there will be games of chance, mini-golf, a Ferris wheel, food, drinks and a nice view of the Delaware River to boot.
Pay as you go, ongoing, 101 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard.

Spruce Street Harbor Park
The lovely and popular Spruce Street Harbor Park returns for another summer of lights, hammocks and action along the Delaware. Also: food, drinks, ice cream, barges, chairs and a general feeling that we can have nice things.
Free unless you spend money, ongoing, 301 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard.

See Also: Your Guide to the Delaware Waterfront This Season

Andalusia Historic House, Gardens & Arboretum
The 50-acre historic estate along the Delaware River is open for self-guided tours of its formal gardens and native woodlands. Picnics encouraged.
$15, through November 8th, Andalusia Historic House & Gardens, 1237 State Road, Andalusia.

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Ted Knight, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Rodney Dangerfield and lots more star in Harold Ramis’ 1980 golf course comedy. Tagline: “At last, a comedy that bites!”
$5, 7 p.m., Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr.

Carillon Recital Series @ Wyck
BYOB blankets and chairs to this Monday night music series in July, presented by Wyck Historic House. Featuring Jon Lehrer on July 8th. (Enjoy a tour before the concert starting at 6:30 p.m.)
Free, 7:30-8:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church of Germantown, 6001 Germantown Avenue.

Philadelphia Psychotronic Film Society
Watch “cult/weirdo/trash films” on the first and third Mondays of every month.
$5, 7:30 p.m., PhilaMOCA, 531 North 12th Street.


TED Democracy Fireside Chat
Author/podcaster A.J. Jacobs hosts this discussion at the National Constitution Center on “the opportunities we all have as a result of living in a democratic society” and “how we can be better citizens for one another,” featuring talks from NPR CEO Katherine Maher and Baratunde Thurston, author, podcaster and contributor to the Onion and The Daily Show. (Satellite watch parties at The Fallser Club and the Historical Society of Philadelphia.)
Free, 5-7:30 p.m., National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street.

2024 Annual Supreme Court Review
You know what? I think this is the right time to talk about the Supreme Court. At this event, a panel of legal scholars and Supreme Court analysts will discuss “the important cases of the term including social media moderation, deference to administrative agencies, reproductive rights, and presidential criminal liability.” Featuring Erwin Chemerinsky, Miguel Estrada, Mary Anne Franks, Gregory G. Garre, and Frederick Lawrence, moderated by journalist Amy Howe.
Free, noon, National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street.

I Know What You Did Last Summer: A Live Reading
Theatre Contra presents a live performance of the ’90s horror classic.
Suggested donation of $10, 7-9 p.m., Tattooed Mom, 530 South Street.

Parkway Pals
Sister Cities Park brings back its Parkway Pals series of free weekly kids’ programming. On Tuesday mornings, the Free Library of Philadelphia brings Story Art — interactive story and craft time — and the Fabric Workshop and Museum will keep the creativity going with “Art Garden.”
Free, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Sister Cities Park, 210 North 18th Street.

Lydia Lunch’s Big Sexy Noise
Singer Lydia Lunch and a band of talented avant garde musicians — Tim Dahl, Kevin Shea and Timo Ellis — sings her “seductive” 2009 no wave rock EP Big Sexy Noise. Philly metal beasts Ogre open the show.
$18.66, 8 p.m., PhilaMOCA, 531 North 12th Street.

More Tuesday Stuff

  • MUSIC: Glenn Jones. $35-$52, 7:30 p.m., City Winery, 990 Filbert Street.
  • FITNESS: Center City Fit: Bodycombat at Dilworth Park. Free, 6-7 p.m., Dilworth Park, 1 South 15th Street.
  • MUSIC: Janet Jackson, with Nelly. $26-$499, 8 p.m., Prudential Center, 25 Lafayette Street, Newark, NJ.
  • MUSIC/DANCE: World Stage: Dance It Out! Celtic Style featuring McDermott’s Handy and Philadelphia Ceili Dancers. Free, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Evergreen Lawn, Perkins Center for the Arts, 395 Kings Highway, Moorestown.
  • TRIVIA: Latchkey presents ’80s-’00s Quizzo. Free, 7-9 p.m., The POPE, 1501 East Passyunk Avenue.


Daryl Hall + Elvis Costello
One of the greatest pop singers and songwriters of all time and Elvis Costello play the Mann on Wednesday. The legal and personal rift between Darryl Hall and John Oates is still ongoing; luckily Hall sang lead on “You Make My Dreams,” “She’s Gone,” “Rich Girl,” etc. It would be nice if the two longtime collaborators settled their difference, but Hall and Costello sounds pretty good.
$28-$142, 7 p.m., Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Avenue.

Jazz James with Orrin Evans
Philly pianist extraordinaire Orrin Evans hosts another Jazz Jam at WCL, this time featuring vocalist Milton Suggs. As always, instrumentalists and vocalists are welcome to sign up and join in.
Free, 8:30 p.m., World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street.

Singer-bassist Eddie Spaghetti and his country/cowpunk act from Arizona is still out there. Supersuckers’ most recent record is 2020’s Play That Rock N’ Roll, featuring such on-point song titles as “Ain’t Gonna Stop (Until I Stop It),” “Getting Into Each Other’s Pants” and “Dead, Jail or Rock-N-Roll.” With The Lords Of Altamont and Ravagers
$25, 7:30 p.m., Kung Fu Necktie, 1248 North Front Street.

Parkway Pals
Sister Cities Park brings back its Parkway Pals series of free weekly kids’ programming. On Wednesday mornings, the Academy of Natural Sciences brings its “Investigation Station” to the park.
Free, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Sister Cities Park, 210 North 18th Street.

West Philadelphia Orchestra
The beloved Balkan/klezmer brass party band plays this Garden Jam in the Penn Museum’s Stoner Courtyard.
$15, 5-8 p.m., Penn Museum, 3260 South Street.

Next In Line Comedy: Free F#ckin’ Comedy Show
The Best of Philly-winning comedy night hosts its free monthly show at Tattooed Mom.
Free, 8 p.m., Tattooed Mom, 530 South Street.

Ka Baird
Fire Museum Presents offers an evening of visually and sonically arresting entertainment featuring NY electronic/psychoacoustic musician Ka Bairs, along with the paper-cut storytelling of Erik Ruin’s Ominous Cloud Ensemble and Turkkish experimental electroacoustic sound artist/improviser Ipek Eginli.
$10-20 sliding scale, 7:30 p.m., Icebox Project Space, 1400 North American Street.

Deer Tick
Hard to believe the Rhode Island folk-rockers have been doing their thing for 20 years and counting. John McCauley and co. sound like they’re still exploring new territory and having fun do it on their eighth studio record Emotional Contracts, released in last year. Singer-songwriter Al Olender opens the show.
$30-$59, 8 p.m., Ardmore Music Hall, 23 East Lancaster Avenue.

More Wednesday Stuff


Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
I don’t know what it is, but I always assume swing revival songs are about that cloven-hoofed gangster The Devil, with whom all these bands are known to consort. But I’m listening to “Mr. Pinstripe Suit” by SoCal brass masters Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and I think it’s just a fun little vignette about a guy who likes to pet kittens, dance and give advice.
$50-$65, 7:30 p.m., City Winery, 990 Filbert Street.

Bastia x Fiore
Chef Tyler Akin and his team from Fishtown’s forthcoming Bastia hotel and restaurant will take over the kitchen on Thursday night for two seatings. The menu includes gnocchetti, blue basil chantilly, zucchini beignets and other fancy, delightful sounding things.
$85, 6 & 8:30 p.m. seatings, Fiore, 2413 Frankford Avenue.

Little Big League
Local author Noah Gittell will talk about his book Baseball: The Movie, before a screening of the 1994 comedy about a kid put in charge of a major league baseball team. Tagline: “The Minnesota Twins Baseball Team just got a new owner.” This is a reference to the aforementioned kid. Gittell’s book examines the history of baseball on film including Field of Dreams, The Bad News Bears, A League of Their Own, and President Baseball.
$15, July 11th, 7 p.m. (plus another screening sans Gittell, July 13th, 1:30 p.m.), Philadelphia Film Center, 1412 Chestnut Street.

Laura Chow Reeve + John Vercher
The authors of the short story collection A Small Apocalypse and the novel Devil is Fine respectively will talk about their books and whatever else comes up in a conversation at A Novel Idea on Thursday.
$5 suggested donation, 6:30 p.m., A Novel Idea, 1726 East Passyunk Avenue.

Manayunk Stroll The Street
“Shop, dine, and stroll” in on Thursday nights throughout the summer. July is all about music (and August is “pets month”).
Free till you spend money, Thursdays this summer, starts 5 p.m., Main Street, Manayunk.

Passyunk Passeggiata
On Thursdays this summer, East Passyunk Avenue presents an Italian-style promenade featuring happy hour specials from participating bars and restaurants, and a sidewalk market from participating shops and services.
Free till you spend money, Thursdays this summer, starts 5 p.m., East Passyunk Avenue.

The Connie Club
Adam Weiner (Low Cut Connie) hosts a live music showcase at Ardmore Music Hall, to record segments for his WXPN radio show. This edition features Vini “Mad Dog” Lopez (the original drummer of the E Street Band), Tommy Stinson (of The Replacements and Guns N’ Roses) and Brittany Brave, with a DJ set by KAVA.
$33, 8 p.m., Ardmore Music Hall, 23 East Lancaster Avenue.

NJ Opera Theater
This free twilight concert along Cooper River is entitled “Some Enchanted Evening – Opera & Broadway’s Most Cherished Masterpieces.” More on New Jersey Opera Theater here.
Free, 8 p.m., Jack Curtis Stadium, 5300 North Park Drive, Pennsauken.

More Thursday Stuff

  • MUSIC: Lotus. Sold out, 9 p.m., Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 North Frankford Avenue.
  • MUSIC: Cigarettes for Breakfast, with Velvet Slide and Lose. $15, 7 p.m., Ortlieb’s Lounge, 47 North 3rd Street.
  • MUSIC: Northlane, with Invent Animate, Thornhill and Windwaker. $35-$54, 7 p.m., TLA, 334 South Street.
  • MUSIC: Judah Kim, with Wallis. Free, 6:30 p.m., Abington Art Center, 515 Meetinghouse Road, Jenkintown.
  • COMEDY: Skeet Carter. $50-$100, 8 p.m., World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street.


Blobfest 2024
The lovely hamlet of Phoenixville was featured prominently in the 1958 horror classic The Blob starring Steve McQueen and Aneta Corsaut (tagline: “Beware of the Blob! It creeps, and leaps, and glides and slides across the floor.”) so every year they celebrate it with parties, screenings, a street fair and other events in and around the Colonial Theatre. This year’s lineup includes a screening of Beware! The Blob (1972), aka Son of the Blob, featuring Matt McGinnis’ Movie Riffing Melee live with Emily Marsh and Joel Hodgson of Mystery Science Theater fame.
Price varies by event, July 12th-14th, Phoenixville.

Mates of State
In the 2010s, Mates of State were one of those tiny giants of indie pop — making fun albums, playing fun shows, shaking up the guitar-bass paradigm a little bit. They were organ and drums, wife and husband, shouty and catchy, cute and fierce. Then they went away for a while. And now they’re back, making new music, and touring, and it’ll be a just a good old joy to see them again. With Al Menne.
$35.25, 8 p.m., Fillmore Philly, 29 East Allen Street.

Candlelight: Best of Hip-Hop on Strings
This is one of those shows where the Listeso String Quartet performs in an interesting venue surrounded by hundreds of candles. This hip-hop show includes favorites by Coolio, Cardi B, Jay-Z Medley, Outkast Medley, Kendrick Lamar and lots more.
$31-$54, 6 & 8 p.m., Independence Seaport Museum, 211 South Columbus Boulevard.

Festive Friday @ Longwood Gardens
This edition of the monthly series You’ve Got a Friend in Me includes tours, strolls, organ demos, illuminated fountains, and performances by the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts as well as the Plenty Pepper Steel Band.
$32, 5-10 p.m., Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square.

Rodin Garden Bar
Chill out on Fridays all summer long within the confines of this romantic mostly open-air museum on the Parkway devoted to the famous French sculptor. Thinker’s Tavern.
Free till you spend money, 4-8:30 p.m., Fridays, through August 30th, Rodin Museum, 2151 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

This series offers salsa instruction followed by a social dance every other Friday through October 25th in FDR Park’s pretty, open-air Boathouse overlooking the lakes. Hosted by DJ Val Flores & Philly Outdoor Bachata & Salsa.
Free, donations appreciated, dance lesson 7:30-8:30 p.m., social dance 8:30-10:30 p.m., through October 25th, FDR Boathouse, Pattison Avenue & 20th Street.

Third Eye Blind
The post-grunge/post-alt era was pretty confusing, and the passage of time hasn’t helped the situation. Here’s some Cliff’s Notes:

  • Seven Mary Three = “Cumbersome” (1994)
  • The Verve Pipe = “Photograph” (1996)
  • Matchbox Twenty = “3 am” (1996)
  • Third Eye Blind = “Semi-Charmed Life” (1997)
  • Our Lady Peace = “Clumsy” (1998)
  • Creed = “Can You Take Me Higher.” (1999)
  • 3 Doors Down = “Kryptonite” (2000)
  • Train = “Drops of Jupiter” (2001)

To fans of these individual bands, lumping them together is surely an insult, and it’s funny to think we can still draw those lines in the sand like we used to. No, your favorite band is a sellout! Mine is cool and deep. Ah, good times. Like what you like. Doot doot doo, doot da doot doo. Also on the bill with Third Eye Blind: Yellowcard and A R I Z O N A.
$34-$166, 6:30 p.m., Freedom Mortgage Pavilion, 1 Harbour Boulevard, Camden.

The D.C. trio just dropped Spinning Out, their second record, about a week ago. Shaed counts among its three members two twins and a married couple — but doctor I can’t bury the survivors, they’re my daughter! Anyway yeah, their sound is groovy, somewhere at the intersection of indie-pop and cool R&B. Check this out. 
$20-$85, 9 p.m., Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 North Frankford Avenue.

The Aquabats
MC Bat Commander and his band of costumed weirdos are still out there making intensely groovy and hyper pop music. They just released a record called Finally. Does his mean that after an impressive 30-year run The Aquabats are fixin’ to hang up the tights and cowls? They’re not saying that, you’re saying that. Why are you saying that? Don’t start trouble. With the Aggrolites and Left Alone.
$39-$74, 7 p.m., Brooklyn Bowl Philly, 1009 Canal Street.

The Felice Brothers
This prolific and rustic Americana band from New York City (pronounced with a Pace salsa inflection) sings about cowboys, guns, trucks, blood and epiphanies to great effect on peppy bangers like “Frankie’s Gun,” “Run Chicken Run,” “Penn Station” and the ambitious and creepy “Fire at the Pageant.” They released their 16th (?) record Asylum on the Hill in December.
$25-$35, 8 p.m., World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street.

At the Oval
The Oval kicks off its first weekend with Project Positive, a Philly breakdancing group with a message of community empowerment; followed by an outdoor screening of The Little Mermaid (2023).
Free, 6:30 p.m., Eakins Oval.

Lez Zeppelin
The all-female Led Zep tribute act will perform the The Song Remains the Same film soundtrack in its entirety. With Jagged Little Thrill, an Alanis Morissette tribute act.
$22-$59, 8 p.m., Ardmore Music Hall, 23 East Lancaster Avenue.

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Dr. Dog
A Dr. Dog reunion? So soon after all those farewell shows!?!? Listen, this isn’t an LCD Soundsystem situation. The Philly rock superstars never said they were breaking up, just that their hard-touring days were behind them. Dr. Dog the band still exists, much to this city’s benefit, and they’ve got a new self-titled record due out July 19th, and a big ol’ hometown show at the Mann on Saturday. You absolutely need to get there in time to see openers Kevin Morby and The Teeth.
$45-$72, 6:30 p.m., Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Avenue.

Summer Vibes Block Party
William Way hosts this celebration of Trans joy, co-presented by the Arcila-Adams Trans Resource Center, with food, activities, live entertainment and more.
Free, 4-7 p.m., William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce Street.

Norman Connors & The Starship Orchestra
Guaranteed good vibes at WCL on Saturday, when jazz/R&B low-key legend Norman Connors and co. take the stage. The Philly-born drummer and bandleader has played with Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Donald Fagen, Jean Carn and lots more. Connors is probably best known for the 1976 single “You Are My Starship” featuring late great Philly singer Phyllis Hyman.
$45-$55, 8 p.m., World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street.

The Martha Graham Cracker Choral Spectacular
The “Drag Queen King of Philadelphia” presents a performance dedicated in part to Prince’s Purple Rain, on the occasion of its 40th anniversary. Featuring Mr. Johnny Showcase and a four-part choral section.
$30-$40, 8 p.m., Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street.

Chloe Troast
A one-off standup show by the NJ-born SNL cast member and writer. Troast was also in the Please Don’t Destroy movie.
$31.10, 8 p.m., PhilaMOCA, 531 North 12th Street.

Tim Cappello (The Lost Boys)
If you saw the 1987 horror-action (-comedy?) flick The Lost Boys, then you saw Tim “The Sax Man” Cappello oiled up and rockin’ that reed like his life depended on it. For moviegoers of a certain vintage, it was a crazy, kind of baffling and weirdly awesome scene they’ll never forget. Expect that same kind of intensity at JB’s on Saturday. With DJ Baby Berlin.
$17, 8 p.m., Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 North Frankford Avenue.

Blueberry Festival
Linvilla’s annual blueberry fest promises family fun and fresh air. Pick your own berries, enjoy some music, ride a pony, pet a barnyard animal, maybe enter the pie-eating contest.
Pay for what you pick, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Linvilla Orchards, 137 West Knowlton Road, Media.

Matchroom Boxing
Philly’s own Jaron “Boots” will defend his IBF World Welterweight title as he takes on David Avanesyan. It’s boxing! The sport of punches!
$35-$1,0005, 6:05 p.m., Wells Fargo Center, 3601 South Broad Street.

Ice Cream Festival
Reading Terminal Market hosts this family-friendly indoor/outdoor celebration of “frozen fun” featuring Bassetts, of course, as well as Milk Jawn, Siddiq’s Water Ice, Franklin Fountain, Hangry Bear and other businesses from the “artisanal ice cream community.” Aw, they have a community.
Pay as you go, noon-4 p.m., Reading Terminal Market, 51 North 12th Street.

Presidential Town Hall
Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) invites presidential candidates to a public forum to ensure that their issues are “ brought to the forefront of campaigns and media attention.” Which candidates will be in attendance at this event? It doesn’t say. RSVP here. 
Free, 1-5 p.m., National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street.

Windgate Arts Open Studio Day
Artists involved in the Windgate Arts Residency Program (WARP — Wood) will present, discuss and demonstrate their works at NextFab. Includes lunch and a tour of the space.
$25, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., NextFab, 1800 North American Street.

Comedy of Errors
Shakespeare in Clark Park presents the time-tested Shakespeare comedy, adapted by Megan Schumacher, directed by Shamus, starring Kishia Nixon, Minou Pourshariati, Jennifer Summerfield, Joyous Whitfield, Wyatt Flynn and Jenn Adams.
Free, July 13th, McMichael Park, 3299 Midvale Avenue.

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Scrote presents 2004: A Video Spectacular
Philly comedy group Scrote (Michael Watkins & Joe Bell and Dan Angelucci) presents an evening of comedy videos inspired specifically by the year 2004, along with live performances. This includes works by Dan Cupps (On Cinema at the Cinema), Tan Hoang (Tattooed Momedy), Liam Paris and Kyle Harris (The New Yorker), Whitley Watson (Club Video) and Brooke Eliot (Adult Swim) and more.
$18.66, 7:30 p.m., PhilaMOCA, 531 North 12th Street.

Barnes on the Block
An outdoor celebration on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway featuring free art-making activities, performances, food trucks, and a celebration of Mural Arts Philadelphia’s 40th anniversary. Plus, free admission to the Barnes Foundation.
Free, noon-5 p.m., Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Sixteen Jackies
The Philly horror-pop/glam-rock band celebrates the release of Bangs & Whimpers. Check out two singles from the record — “The Convert” and “One of the Boys” — wherever fine music is streamed. More on Sixteen Jackies here. With Mavis the Dog and Fast Car Slow Car.
$15, 8 p.m., Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 North Frankford Avenue.

Sorry Mom
The catchy and brazen NYC queer punk band released a video and single called “But I’m a Quarterback” in May. It’s super fun.
$18, 8 p.m., Kung Fu Necktie, 1248 North Front Street.

Free Craft Fair & Textile Family Day
Local artists will show off and sell their handmade crafts in a tent outside the lovely and air-conditioned Swedish Historical Museum. Also: hands-on activities for kids and adults.
Pay as you go, noon-4 p.m., American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Avenue.

Parc’s Bastille Day Celebration
Bastille Day is also Parc’s (16th!) birthday, so naturally the French restaurant goes all out with food and drink specials, live music and more. Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society will be performing live jazz throughout the day (noon to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.), and there will be face-painting, balloon art and caricatures in the afternoon. As for food and drink specials? Their adorable ice-cream and macaron cart will be parked on the sidewalk all day, selling treats to restaurant guests and passersby alike till 7 p.m. Inside, they’ll have a Niçoise-style pan bagnat tuna sandwich special.
Pay-as-you-go, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., 225 South 18th Street.

Block Party at The Good King Tavern
For the eighth year running, Good King Tavern is shutting down the streets with live music, French street food and drink specials, games, a raffle giveaway and more. The restaurant itself will also be open all day serving some food specials (walk-in dining only).
Pay-as-you-go, noon-6 p.m., 614 South 7th Street.

Frances Forever
The indie-pop darling who wooed us during the pandemic with “Space Girl,” is back with a new record called Lockjaw that rocks and strums in a bedroomy way. With Grace Gardner.
$17-$26, 8 p.m., Fillmore Philly, 29 East Allen Street.

Sounds of Summer
This edition of the Fairmount Park Conservatory’s Second Sunday Concert Series includes Music by MIC’d Up and Luke Carlos O’Reilly featuring Emily Braden, food trucks and activities for the kids. BYO blankets and lawn chairs.
Free, 5-8 p.m., Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse, 3500 Reservoir Drive.

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