Things to Do in Philadelphia This Weekend
Tommy and Me by Ray Didinger
Acclaimed Philly sports writer Ray Didinger wrote this autobiographical tale about his efforts to help get Tommy McDonald into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Directed by Joe Canuso.
$30-$40, through August 26, Media Theater For The Performing Arts, 104 E State St, Media, PA.
Beach on North Broad
Bask in the sun, play in the sand and do other down-the-shore type things on this free pop-up beach.
Free, Saturday and Sunday, Leon H. Sullivan Building, 1415 N. Broad St.
Mustard Seed Film Festival
Established in 2016, the annual Mustard Seed Film Festival celebrates works of cinema “connected with the South Asian subcontinent and the diaspora.” This year’s lineup includes feature films, documentaries and shorts from Spain, South Africa, Sri Lanka, India, Bhutan and many other places. Jayan Moodley’s Keeping Up with the Kandasamys screens Friday at 7:30 p.m.
$7-$10 donation, through Sunday, various locations.
Phillies vs. Mets
The Fightins are still battling for the top spot in their division, and this four-game series against their lowly rivals to the north might be just what they need.
$17-$150, Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way.
Parts of the Parkway and most of Eakins Ovals have been are gated off turned into a big outdoor stocked with a maze, mini golf, a sandbox, a misting pavilion, large scale mural installations, and more. This is the last weekend of the season.
Free, through Sunday, Eakins Oval on the Parkway.
Philadelphia Folk Festival
If you’re reading this you’re probably not about to suddenly buy a three-day pass and camp out for a few days, but single day tickets are still an option. The lineup, as always, features lots of different acts on the roots spectrum. Friday: Patty Griffin, David Bromberg Quintet. Saturday, Valerie June, Chris Smithers, Eileen Ivers. Sunday: Wynonna & The Big Noise, Shovels & Rope, Jeff Daniels. And tons more.
Through Sunday, Old Pool Farm, 1323 Salford Station Road, Schwenksville
Parks on Tap: Lemon Hill
The traveling beer garden rolls on to lovely Lemon Hill, home to a fancy old mansion and a gorgeous view of the city skyline.
Free, Friday, 4-11 p.m.; Saturday, 1-11 p.m.; Sunday noon-10 p.m.; Lemon Hill, Lemon Hill Drive near Kelly Drive, Fairmount Park
Night Out Restaurant Week
Las Cazuelas, Cheu, Bardot, Urban Village and lots of other restaurants open their doors for inexpensive multi-course meals.
Through August 19, various locations.
The actor/comedian/ex-weasel comes to town.
$25, Friday and Saturday, Punch Line Philly, 33 E. Laurel St.
Cirque du Soleil presents VOLTA
Canada’s flying mimes are back with a “spellbinding story about the freedom to choose and the thrill of blazing your own trail.” Expect rope-skipping, bike stunts, “acrobatic ladders” and other entrancing acts of art and daredevilry.
$49, continues through August 19, Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave., Oaks, PA.
Summerfest / Spruce Street Harbor Park
The family-friendly Summerfest — featuring a big ol’ roller rink, miniature golf, rides, etc. — is on the agenda all summer long. And, just a bit further down river, of course, is Spruce Street Harbor Park, with all of its beer, food and hammocks.
Columbus Blvd. & Spruce Street.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 17
Wall Writers: Graffiti in its Innocence
Legendary graffiti artist/pioneer Cornbread will be on hand for a Q&A following this screening of Roger Gastman’s documentary on the early days of tagging. This ties in with the African American Museum in Philadelphia Collective Conscious: The Art of Social Change exhibition, which continues through August 26.
$7-$12, 6:30-9 p.m., African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch St.
Night Cycle Philadelphia: Two Bridges
Bike across the Ben into Jerz, head north, and return to Philly via the Tacony Palmyra. Sounds like a workout.
Free, 7-11:59 p.m., Benjamin Franklin Bridge, Tacony Palmyra.
Midnight Madness: Labyrinth
Enjoy the timeless story of a girl, a baby, a gaggle of creepy Muppets, and a really big codpiece.
$10.25, midnight, Ritz at the Bourse, 400 Ranstead St.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 18
The NYC comedian has appeared on the Chris Gethard Show (R.I.P.), Inside Amy Schumer, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and more.
$14, 10 p.m., Good Good Comedy Theatre, 215 N. 11th St.
Festival of India
Enjoy food, drink, music and dance from the subcontinent at this all-day family-friendly festival.
Free, noon-7 p.m., Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.
This concert boasts that it’s got the “the biggest names in freestyle music” and that may be. But I’d bill it as “the artists I heard every time my sister controlled the radio circa 1988.” We’re talking Taylor Dayne, Exposé, Lisa Lisa and more. Vintage Q102 to the max.
$38.50, 7:30 p.m., Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.
Drink History! Beer Garden & Fundraiser
Drink beer, play games and raise money to maintain “the birthplace of paper in British North America.”
$20-$40, 3-7 p.m., Historic RittenhouseTown, 208 Lincoln Drive.
Kukui Glow Your Mind Fest
Though no specific artists are listed, this party promises “the best electronic dance music” plus “surreal performances, booming bass-lines, vivid performers, trapeze artists, eclectic props, stilt walkers, hundreds of toys and loads of confetti.” Not sure what to expect? Watch the video.
$39.99-$69.99, 9 p.m.-3 a.m., Underground Arts, 200 Callowhill St.
Drumming Up Attention: Celebrate Revolutionary Fifers and Drummers
Enjoy some old-school drum ‘n’ fife jams, and learn a thing or two in the process. The first 300 guests get free toy fifes. Sorry, parents!
Free, 11 a.m., Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. Third St.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 19
Slave to the Grind
Filmmaker Doug Brown will be in attendance for the Philly debut of his documentary Slave To The Grind — A Film About Grindcore. Also on the bill: a performance by Philly loudbringers Total F*cking Destruction.
$10, 7 p.m., PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St.
A good reason to dance and eat by the river. The food alone sounds amazing: jerk chicken, curried goat and chicken, codfish cakes, escovitched fish and so much more.
Free, noon-8 p.m., Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.
Philly’s timeless, tireless psych rockers released Volume 8 in February. If you’ve never seen Bardo Pond then, you know, c’mon. Go see Bardo Pond.
$12, 7 p.m., Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave.