Things to Do in Philadelphia This Weekend
Meek Mill, Babymetal, Burger Brawl, Philadelphia Jazz & Soul Festival, Don't Stop Or We'll Die and more.
The Fringe Fest keeps on rollin’. This weekend’s highlights include Kaneza Schaal & Christopher Myers’s Cartography, Blanka Zizka and Rosa Barba’s There: In the Light and the Darkness of the Self and of the Other, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker / Rosas’s Fase Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich, Queer Bait: Sterile, The Free Fringe Philly Music Festival, and so much more from the worlds of theater, dance, music and so on.
Through September 22, multiple venues.
Scarecrows in the Village
Every year around this time, Peddler’s Village in New Hope gets invaded by artfully crafted scarecrows and we, the scarecrow-loving public, get to vote on the best. I hate that we even need to make this announcement, but: Please don’t vote if you are a crow or a bunch of crows dressed up to look like a person. We already know how you feel about scarecrows.
Free, runs through October 27, Peddler’s Village, 2400 Street Rd., New Hope, PA.
The veteran comedian was a regular on MADtv, and has appeared on I’m Dying Up Here, Superstore, Take My Wife, Stan Against Evil and Comedy Bang Bang.
$22-$34, Thursday-Saturday, Helium, 2031 Sansom St.
This autumnal installation at Linvilla Orchards features all kinds of seasonal attractions including themed hayrides, train rides, games, straw bale and corn mazes, and tons and tons of pumpkins.
Opens Saturday, continues through November 10, Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Road, Media, PA.
Through the Eyes of Abbas Kiarostami
Lightbox Film Center’s celebration of the films of Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami continues with the Through the Olive Trees (1994) on Friday and Taste of Cherry (1997) on Saturday.
$10, 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Lightbox Film Center, 3701 Chestnut St.
Parks on Tap
This week, the city’s friendly, neighborhood-hopping beer garden series lands in the prettiest part of Fishtown: Penn Treaty Park. For the rest of the Parks on Tap schedule, check here. Only a couple Tap weeks left, people.
Pay as you go, Wednesday to Sunday, Penn Treaty Park, 1301 N. Beach St.
Don’t Stop Or We’ll Die / Sloppy Boys
While PhilaMOCA deals with its zoning issues, its scheduled shows are being disbursed among several similarly sized venues. Like this double bill of bands featuring L.A.-based comedians which plays the Ruba on Friday and Kung Fu Necktie on Saturday. Don’t Stop Or We’ll Die features Paul Rust and Michael Cassady, both of whom you might recognize from the funny and endlessly heartbreaking series Love. The Sloppy Boys includes members of sketchy comedy group The Birthday Boys (most of whom also appeared in Love).
$20-$25; Friday, 8 p.m., Ruba Club, 416 Green St.; Saturday, 2:30 p.m., Kung Fu Necktie, 1248 N. Front St.
Center City Restaurant Week
This two-week-long restaurant week features more than a hundred Center City eateries serving three-course lunches for $20 or a three-course dinners for $35. Here’s the list of participating restaurants.
$20-$35, starts Sunday, continues through September 27, multiple locations in Center City.
The popular musical continues its residency at the Forrest Theatre, and you can still get tickets two different ways. One: Buy them like a normal person, for shows later in the run. Two: There’s a a daily lottery; for each performance, letting 40 people win the right to buy tickets for $10 a pop.
$129-$199, opens Tuesday, continues through November 17, Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut St.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
From hometown mixtape hero to hip-hop icon to the face of a movement — Philly rapper Meek Mill is on a wild ride. Prison didn’t seem to slow him down, but now that he’s free and clear of all charges, he can make music and maybe change the world? The future is wide open. Also: Future opens.
$35, 7 p.m., BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, NJ.
Presenting the Damn Thing
Philly artist Inga Kimberly Brown presents a solo exhibition of her paintings. This reception features an artist talk and light refreshments.
Free, 6-9 p.m., exhibition runs through Sept. 30, AIRSPACE, 4007 Chestnut St.
These Japanese superstars specialize in the kawaii metal aesthetic — lots of thrashy riffs and thumping drums but also costumes and smiling and dancing. Expect strange cuteness, flawless choreography and a pupil-popping array of synchronized strobes and lasers.
$52.50, 8 p.m., Fillmore Philly, 29 E. Allen St.
If ska-punk is still a thing, then it’s thanks to North Jersey’s Streetlight Manifesto. Get ’em!
$27.50-$30, 6:30 p.m., Franklin Music Hall, 421 N. Seventh St.
Otsukimi Moon Viewing Party
Celebrate Otsukimi, the Japanese moon-viewing holiday, with bento boxes, cocktails, music, and a nice view of the moonrise.
$100, 7-9 p.m., Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, Lansdowne Drive & Horticultural Drive.
Outlaw Music Festival
Every year Willie Nelson loads a bunch of his best country/roots music pals into his RV and hotboxes them way across the country. Once again the lineup is impressive: Bonnie Raitt, Alison Krauss, Gov’t Mule and more.
$35-$225, 3 p.m., Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Ave.
God is an Astronaut
The Irish trio is touring America in support of last year’s Epitaph. The sound is moody and cinematic, defined by of judiciously utilized keys, guitars, electronic cicadas and stomping goliaths. This song goes from creepy to Sabbath if you give it time.
$15-$18, 8 p.m., Underground Arts, 200 Callowhill St.
Bandleader Derrick “Duckie” Simpson has been lighting the way for reggae in America since the ’70s, spreading the word with memorable songs like “What is Life,” “Great Train Robbery,” “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner,” etc.
$23-$39, 7:30 p.m., Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E. Lancaster Ave.
Judah & the Lion
The Nashville band has its origins in Christian rock, but their new record Pep Talks is more “catchy” than “preachy.” They’re not even that devoted to rock ’n’ roll, as they occasionally stray into roots and hip-hop territory.
$34.95, 6:30 p.m., The Met, 858 N. Broad St.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
Welsh pop/dance star Marina Diamandis (aka Marina and the Diamonds, aka just Marina) released her latest record, Love + Fear, in April. P.S. she was born in a town in Wales called Brynmawr, and isn’t it funny that they have one of those over there, too?
$40-$60, 6:30 p.m., The Met, 858 N. Broad St.
Philly’s Wine Shine ’n’ Pierogi Palooza
Make sure you buy your tickets ahead of time for this pierogi and wine festival at the Expo Center in Oaks. No tickets will be sold at the door. Pierogis are among the world’s top pillow foods, ranked just below dumplings and just above raviolis.
$9.50-$13, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. & 1-4 p.m., Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave., Oaks, PA.
Union v. Los Angeles FC
If you want to see a Philly sports team at the top of their game, you gotta go down to Chester. And Saturday’s game should be a good one, the Union (tied for first place in the East) take on L.A. FC (first place in the West). Watch for Ilsinho to come into the game around the 60-minute mark and completely change everything.
$29-$214, 7:30 p.m., Talen Energy Stadium, 1 Stadium Drive, Chester, PA.
Pack a picnic or cruise the food trucks, then sprawl out on the lawn in front of Independence Hall for a free, open-air performance by Opera Philadelphia. There’s also kid stuff, pre-show video presentations and more.
Free, 5 p.m., Independence National Historical Park, Sixth and Market streets.
Home on Our Back: the Poetics of Diaspora
Philadelphia poet laureate Raquel Salas Rivera and Boston poet laureate Porsha Olayiwola, along with other poets from their home cities, will read work that deals with human migration.
Free, 7 p.m., Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.
Polo & Pan
The electro-pop DJ duo isn’t really my thing, but they got some love from the New Yorker last year: “Their songs are funky but suave, uniquely fun, and evoke a fantasy of European night life. Key influences include LCD Soundsystem and Claude Debussy — a combination that may, at first, seem peculiar, until one realizes how it aligns perfectly with Polo & Pan’s crisp sense of silence.”
$25-$30, 8 p.m., Underground Arts, 200 Callowhill St.
Jewelers Row Fall Festival
This little Center City fest has food, drinks, kid stuff and some of the best window shopping in town. I mean, I guess you could do some regular shopping, too.
Free, noon-5 p.m., Sansom Street between Seventh and Eighth.
Philadelphia Jazz & Soul Festival
This big, free, outdoor music fest features live performances by Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble with guest saxophonist Carl Grubbs, El Barak and Soular Return, Lucky Thompson and the Tuesday Nite Band, Marion Salaam and Freedom Now, and more. BYO chair.
Free, 2-10 p.m., 15th and South streets.
Asian Americans United’s annual festival in Chinatown feature music, food, arts & crafts, carnival games, a moon cake eating contest and of course the always-Instagrammable Lantern Parade.
Free, noon-8 p.m., Philadelphia Chinatown Friendship Gate, 10th and Arch streets.
The Philly guitar hero released of the All Time Present double-LP back in April.
$10-$12, 8 p.m., Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave.
My pal/sometimes Philadelphian Emma Jacobs comes to town to celebrate her new book, The Little(r) Museums of Paris. You might know Jacobs from her work in public radio, lots of podcasts and more.
Free, 1-2 p.m., Shakespeare & Co. Rittenhouse Square, 1632 Walnut St.
Thunderbird Salvage Flea Market
Fishtown’s most beloved salvage yard celebrates three years of rescuing treasures from the trash heap and putting them on sale: furniture, records, clothes, electronics, you name it.
Free, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Thunderbird Salvage, 2441 Frankford Ave.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
Founded in 1885, rock ’n’ roll Hall of Famers ZZ Top are known for their long beards, unnecessary sunglasses, spinning guitars and catchy rock songs, like “Sharp Dressed Man” and “Legs.”
$56, 7 p.m., BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, NJ.
Mexican Independence Day Festival
Bring the fam to this outdoor celebration of Mexican food, music and culture down at Penn’s Landing.
Free, 2- 8 p.m., Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia Burger Brawl
Hamburgers assembled by 60 chefs and restaurants battle it out in this big, outdoor food fest at the Navy Yard. The winner, of course, is us, the burger-eating public.
$45, 2-5 p.m., Navy Yard, 4747 S. Broad St.
North Front Street Festival
This street festival in Fishtown has got a lot going on: DJs, live music, a farmer’s market, crafts, a pop up market from Art Star, free succulents, and more.
Free, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 1700 block of N. Front Street near Cecil B. Moore.