Things to Do in Philadelphia This Weekend
Tall Ships Waterfront Festival
Those big ol’ tall ships are back. Visitors can chill at the festival, tour the ships and/or take a cruise on the Delaware. Includes fireworks on Saturday at 9 p.m. (P.S. While you’re down there, why not check out the Admiral’s Tavern beer garden aboard the Olympia? 6-11 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays through September.)
Prices vary, May 25-28, all festivities are in and around the Independence Seaport Museum, 11 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd. at Penn’s Landing.
Park on Tap @ FDR Park
The popular traveling beer garden series keeps on keeping on. This weekend: Have a drink with your neighbors down by the lakes in South Philly. Presented by Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, Fairmount Park Conservancy and FCM Hospitality. The series continues through September 30.
Free; Friday, 4-11 p.m.; Saturday, 1-11 p.m.; Sunday noon-10 p.m., FDR Park, Broad and Pattison.
In the name of science, get up close and personal with some really interesting bugs, including a fluffy tri-colored bumblebee and a gigantic Madagascar hissing cockroach.
$7, May 26-January 21, Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Don’t Dress for Dinner
Lantern Theater Company presents Marc Camoletti’s fast-paced dinner-party comedy. Directed by Kathryn MacMillan.
$15-$34, through June 24, St. Stephen’s Theater, 923 Ludlow St.
Philly Tango Fest
Teachers, DJs and the Pedro Giraudo Tango Orchestra will get your booty moving at this four-day festival hosted by the Philadelphia Argentine Tango School.
$25-$40, May 25-28, Lithuanian Music Hall Association, 2715 E Allegheny Ave.
Photo Pop Philadelphia
This “interactive short-term art installation” lets guests wander through rooms filled with red, white and blue murals, displays and selfie-opportunities. FYI: You need to buy your tickets online in advance. If you want a better idea of what you’re getting into, keep an eye on their Instagram.
$25, 3 p.m.-11 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, Memorial Day through July 4, 1315 Walnut St.
The Arden produces the hit Broadway musical based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel memoir. Directed by Terrence J. Nolen.
$37, through June 17, Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. Second St.
Bok is finally open for the season. Sip not-too-pricey drinks and enjoy a marvelous view of the city at this oversized beer garden atop a former public school in South Philly.
Free, Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m.-1 a.m.; Sunday, 2-11 p.m., Bok, 800 Mifflin St.
Renoir: Father and Son / Painting and Cinema
The Barnes’ big summer exhibition celebrates the work of painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir and his son, filmmaker Jean Renoir. (P.S. On Saturday, see Jean Renoir’s 1939 film Rules of the Game at Lightbox Theater.)
$30 includes museum admission, runs through September 3, Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
The Garden Railway
Germantown’s gorgeous Morris Arboretum re-opens its Garden Railway model train display for the season.
$19, May 26-September 3, Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave.
Chinese Lantern Festival
Once again the Chinese Lantern Festival has taken over Franklin Square in a dazzling display of light, color and electricity. There’s food and a beer garden, too.
$18; Friday & Saturday, 6-11 p.m.; Sunday-Thursday, 7-11 p.m.; runs through June 30, Franklin Square, 200 Sixth and Race streets.
The Chappelle’s Show comedian (he played Beautiful, Ashy Larry and more) comes to town for a run of standup shows at Helium.
$22; Friday & Saturday, 7:30 and 10 p.m.; Sunday, 7:30 p.m.; Helium, 2031 Sansom St.
FRIDAY, MAY 25
Longtime Philly rock band The Cobbs reunites to play with A.M. Mills and Fox Bay at this benefit show for Suzie Rapp and Cody Ferdinand, two nice people with kids who lost everything in a house fire. There’s also a GoFundMe.
$15, 8 p.m., Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave.
The Brazilwood Man
Lightbox’s celebration of Joaquim Pedro de Andrade continues with a screening of the Brazilian director’s final film, the 1982 romantic fantasy comedy about author Oswald de Andrade, The Brazilwood Man (O Homem do Pau-Brasil).
$10, 7 p.m., Lightbox Film Center, 3701 Chestnut St.
ShowStoppers Spring Revue
Young artists perform teenage favorites from Footloose, Fame, High School Musical and more.
Free, 7:30 p.m., Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St.
These days, it’s hard to tell if a show is just expensive or sold out, what with all the price-gouging bonus options out there (StubHub, V.I.P. tix, etc.). But I know $182 was not the original price listed to see r&b phenom Khalid at Festival Pier. Your call if it’s worth it. “Young, Dumb & Broke” is a good song, though. (And holy crap, Mr. Belding’s in the video!)
$182, 8 p.m., Festival Pier, 601 N. Christopher Columbus Blvd.
Pop mischief maker St. Vincent sold out all her Philly shows, but there’s still a chance to catch her Masseduction tour. Wilmington just a short hop down 95 and the Queen is a lovely place to see a show.
$39.50, 8 p.m., The Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington, DE.
Weeding Out The Stoned
Alex Grubard once again hosts his “game show of sobriety tests” in which he attempts to determine who on his panel of 16 comedians is not, at that moment, high. A long-running fan favorite.
$12, 8:30 p.m., Good Good Comedy Theatre, 215 N. 11th St.
The veteran singer-songwriter released The Lookout in April, and it’s a smart, lovely record.
$15, 8 p.m., Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St.
SATURDAY, MAY 26
HoagieNation Festival with Hall & Oates
Pop hit-makers Daryl Hall and John Oats once again host a giant party in their hometown. Also on the bill are Train, Fitz & the Tantrums, Tommy Conwell & the Young Rumblers and more.
$56-$75, 3 p.m., Festival Pier, 601 N. Christopher Columbus Blvd.
The Secret Cinema’s Greatest Hits
Secret Cinema — excavators and celebrators of films otherwise lost to history — set up their projectors at Ardmore’s new Living Room venue. I’ll tell you some titles, but it’s okay if you haven’t heard of them. That’s sort of the point. The Stranger At Our Door (1940), How Quiet Helps at School (1953), The Story of Bubblegum (1952) and so on.
$10, 8 p.m., The Living Room at 35 East, 35 E. Lancaster Ave.
The L.A. comic lands in Philly for a late standup show. Thomas is one of the co-founders of comedy collective Power Violence, and you may recognize him from Workaholics, You’re The Worst and The Walking Dead (he was Gunther, one of the saviors).
$14, 10 p.m., Good Good Comedy Theatre, 215 N. 11th St.
From a distance, it’ll look kind of insane, but once you have on the special headphone, you’ll get it. Tune in to your choice of three DJs, each one spinning different tunes: Red (’80s, ’90s, ’00s), Green (top 40/EDM) and Blue (hip-hop).
$10-$15, 8 p.m., Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons, 1001 N. Second St.
Philly Pops Memorial Day Salute
Maestro Todd Ellison leads the 65-member Philly Pops in a program of classics, show tunes and star-spangled anthems.
Free, 7 p.m., Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Ave.
SUNDAY, MAY 27
Harpist Mary Lattimore — known for crafting fascinating and unpredictable soundscapes — lives in L.A. these days, but this’ll always be her hometown. She released an album called Hundreds of Days last week.
$12-$14, PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St.
The National Cartoonists Society is in town for their annual Reuben Awards ceremony, and lots of its members (from the Inky, the New Yorker, etc.) will gather at the library on Sunday for a free meet-n-greet with comics fans. Includes a live drawing event.
Free, 1 p.m., Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.
Look Out 4 The Cook Out
Eat barbecue, listen to music and pass a little cash for Philly DJ/producer/music journalist John Morrison who suffered some health issues recently. Freelancing is tough. Show some love for a genuinely great dude.
$5-$10, 1-8 p.m., The Sankofa House, 906 S. 49th St.