Calendar: Aug. 22-29


Interests | Keystone Comic Con

Immerse yourself in nerd — um, we mean pop — culture at this three-day event hosted by ReedPOP. Sylvester Stallone is one of the major personalities in attendance this year. Geek out at Philly’s exclusive convention for all fandoms. | 12 pm. Prices vary. Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1100 Arch St.

Performance | Cosplay Cabaret

We can only imagine this is a show full of characters and blissful chaos. Go full geek mode at this performance featuring Michael Henbury from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. | 8 pm. $20. Franky Bradley’s, 1320 Chancellor St.

Dance | Frisky Friday: Twerk’d

This class is worth it to learn how to twerk it. Put that thing down, flip it and reverse it in this dance class. Learn to work it like Missy Misdemeanor. | 8:30 pm. Free. Philly Dance Fitness, 1301 Locust St.

Outdoors | Twilight in the Gardens

An outdoor event with just the right amount of art and music to soothe your soul. Show up as the sun begins to go down for a performance by progressive rock/folk artist John Gilbride, and a polymer clay demonstration with teaching artist Erica Hemler. | 7 pm. $20. Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, 1020 South St.

Outdoors | Magic Garden Party

It’s bound to be a beautiful night under the stars here. There’s plenty of art and different types of performances going on all night. You can even get in on the fun through some participatory engagements. | 9 pm. $25-$30. One Art Community Center, 1431 N. 52nd

Interests | America’s Next Top Pet

We know your pet is already beautiful. Come get them professionally photographed and that beauty will pop even more. You can even use your pet’s photos to have them be entered in Goose Island’s calendar contest. | 4 pm. $20. Goose Island Brewhouse, 1002 Canal St.

Fundraiser | Respect: Women’s Podcast Festival

This festival underscores the importance of having women’s voices in emergent media. Come honor some strong minds and listen in on some great live shows. Show your proper respect for these ladies. | 9 pm. Free. Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse, 2578 Frankford Ave.

Music | It’s Still Raining Narcan

Overdose Awareness Day falls on Aug. 31 this year, but we’re kicking up the celebration a week early. This benefit show with performances by Joe Jack Talcum, Erin Incoherent, The Spirit World and Lust for Nothing will raise money for Operation in My Backyard. Come out for music, raffles and free Narcan. | 7 pm. $15. Boot and Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St.


Family Friendly | The Sky’s the Limit

This community day is all about the little ones. Bring them for a day full of games, activities and a school supply giveaway. Give your kids one last hurrah before they head back to school. | 1 pm. Free. Penrose Recreation Center, 1101 W. Susquehanna Ave.

LGBTQ | The Golden Gurlz Live

Philly’s most fabulous drag performers will perform two episodes of the show all about the iconic grannies. Brittany Lynn is “Dorothy,” Alexis Michelle – of Rupaul’s Drag Race fame – is “Rose,” Crystal Electra is “Blanche,” and Karl Seigert is “Jean the Lesbian” and “Aunt Angela.” Have a laugh with some of your favorite girls this Saturday night. | 10:30 am. $35. Mifflin Tavern, 1843 S. 2nd St.

Food & Drink | Her-Story Brunch: A Sisterhood of Crowns

All females are welcome to share their stories of what womanhood means to them. This is a great opportunity to surround yourself with women who support other women. Lift each other up and remind each other to never keep your head down – your crown will slip. | 12 pm. $35. Green Soul, 1410 Mount Vernon St.

Performance | South Asian American Digital Archive

This performance will apparently change the way you think about the history of Philadelphia. Five South Asian musicians will be presenting their narratives through each of their unique sounds.  | 6:30 pm. $25. Neighborhood House, 20 N. American St.

Comedy | Tiny Arson

This sketch team produces some pretty hilarious comedy that never fails to burn the house down. Come see why their members have been recognized by Funny or Die, McSweeney’s and more. Only your tears from laughing so hard could put this burning fire out. | 9 pm. $12. Philly Improv Theater, 2030 Sansom St.

Food & Drink | Tacos and Margs Crawl

Get turnt on all the tacos and tequila you could ever desire. Take the party with you to several of the best bars in the area. You’ll definitely be crawling on the ground after this. | 2 pm. $25. Locations vary.

Music | Waves: CVGEBIRD EP Release Party

Much like the ocean, Waves embodies the feeling of summer. Their new EP, “CVGEBIRD,” will be the sand between your toes. Hold onto that feeling of summer independence at this party. If you keep listening, the season will never end. | 6 pm. Free. The BREED Studios, 413 N. 7th St.

Fundraiser | Celebrate and Sustain

This fundraiser is in support of Womanly Magazine, a visual art and health magazine for women and non-binary people. Show some support for their publication by coming out, donating, mingling and reading their material. | 6 pm. Free. 2336 N. Front St.


Interests | Artists and Artisans Market

Markets like these are an amazing opportunity to admire the creativity of all the Philadelphians around you. Take in all the beautiful scenery, weather and creations from the dozens of artists there. | 11 am. Free. Cherry Street Pier, 121 N. Columbus Blvd.

Music | Give the Drummer Some

Add some power into your Sunday with live drums. Satchel Sanchez will be pounding away to music of all genres, and even some of his own. Chill Moody and DJ Hank Mccoy will be your ambassadors for the day. | 2 pm. Free. City Tap University City, 3925 Walnut St.

Outdoors | Bula in the Backyard

“Bula” is the island way of saying “cheers.” Wind down your last Sunday of August with positive vibes and relaxing times. Sip on some euphoric and soothing kava kava tea to let go of the last of those nerves. | 5:30 pm. Prices vary. Jaya Kava, 1322 Morris St.

Fundraiser | Philly Roller Derby All Stars Fundraising

Celebrate these roller derby badasses and help fund their travel. They’ll be heading to Seattle and Washington D.C. to compete in tournaments. Raise some funds and raise a little hell while you’re at it. | 4 pm. Prices vary. Love City Brewing Co., 1023 Hamilton St.

Interests | Pints Fur Pets

Philadelphia Union players will be serving up pints of bubbly brews in support of fur babies. Drink or eat up and give your money to ACCT Philly and the Providence Animal Center. It’s ok to indulge a bit – it’s for the pets. | 1:30 pm. $15. Field House, 1150 Filbert St.

LGBTQ | Morning of Fellowship, Brunch and Drag

Lift yourself up and feel the spirit while surrounded by drag queens. Joni Magdalene – Philly’s Miss Sobriety – will be leading the service. Save your soul with some prayer, a little bit of food and a lot of fabulousness. | 10:30 am. $25. Mifflin Tavern, 1843 S. 2nd St.

Interests | Johnny Cupcakes Pop-Up Shop

The world’s first t-shirt bakery is coming to Fishtown. This clothing line’s logo is a cupcake and crossbones, and they slap cupcakes over pretty much every other major brand they parody in their clothing. Everyone there will get a free gift, and the first 20 to buy something will get a cupcake. | 2 pm. Free. 100 E. Girard Ave.

Interests | Welcome Home: An African Diaspora Celebration

This event celebrates the overall influence and greatness of African art. Connect with others at this party full of dancing, original art and live performances. | 6 pm. $10. Sunflower Philly, 1725 N. 5th St.


Fitness | The Liberty Walk

A walking route straight from Philadelphia to Washington D.C. This day is just a trip around Philly, though. You can register for half or all day. See how long you can stick it out on this epic journey. | 7 am. $75-$100. Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd.

Dance | Femme Fatale: Heels and Pole Workshop

The cost is worth it to learn how to work it. Pole dancing – especially in heels – requires an admirable amount of strength. Become one with the pole at this workshop that’ll have you feeling like a master afterwards. | 7 pm. $20. Awakenings Pole Dance Fitness, 4151 Main St.

Interests | Water Ice with a Cop

Philly cops need our love right now. Come cool off and have a valuable conversation with one. It’s all about fostering positive interactions in the community with those hired to protect us. | 6 pm. Free. Powers Park Conservancy, 2965 Almond St.

Art | Fringe Festival Preview Night

Snippets of performances and art that will be featured in the festival are previewed here. In case you don’t know what to expect, come check this out and be intrigued to come back for the festival. You never really know what you’ll see here. | 7 pm. Free. FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Blvd.

Performance | The Female Takeover Showcase

It’s always right when women are in charge. Come watch some beautiful black women show off their greatest talents. You’ll be feeling all the female positive vibes in the air. | 7 pm. $10. Green Soul, 1410 Mount Vernon St.

Wellness | Women’s Soul Circle

All female-identifying folks are welcome to the circle. Talk about anything that’s on your mind, and don’t forget to lift each other up. Let it all out. | 7 pm. Free. Fishtown Wellness Center, 430 Belgrade St.

Interests | Dog Days of Summer

Celebrate National Dog Day in style. Bring your pooch to be pampered here with treats and a photo booth, while the humans enjoy a happy hour. Lulu’s Rescue will be on-site with adoptable pups, and all donations made throughout the night will go towards them. | 5 pm. Free. Hotel Monaco, 433 Chestnut St.

Performance | Queen of the Night

This mock pageant crams everything you love about pageants into a digestible show. Watch gifted queens show off their best talents and be put to the test through several challenges. Last month’s winner – A-Dick-Shun – will be a co-host. | 8:30 pm. $5. Bob and Barbara’s Lounge, 1509 South St.


Fitness | Queer Yoga

All identities and expressions are encouraged to join in on this evening of wellness. Wind down outdoors surrounded by a positive group of people. Just bring yourself, a mat and some other good vibes to spread around. | 7 pm. Free. The Yard, 19 E. Oregon Ave.

Interests | Super Smash Bros Ultimate Tournament

This could get intense. Witness a vicious showdown between four fighters each stage. The game will be played on Nintendo Switch, and no items – or sore losers – are allowed. Think you have what it takes? | 6 pm. $25. Banh Mi and Bottles, 714 South St.

Trivia | Billy Penn Philly Quizzo

Sure, you may live here, but what do you really know about Philly? Put all that useless – and not so much – knowledge to the test here. You’ll be quizzed on the city’s past, present, future and music. | 6 pm. Free. Pistola’s Del Sur, 1934 E. Passyunk Ave.

Interests | Sci-Chella

All the cool kids are going to this. Join in on this blissful mix of science, art and music. It’s educational and trippy, without all the psychedelic drugs necessary. Just come with an open mind and an imagination. | 7 pm. $25. The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St.

Discussion | Artists & the City: Yolanda Wisher and Akeem Dixon

A conversation about art with the two artists in residence here. They’ll be discussing how to celebrate and unveil stories of black Philadelphians that have been unacknowledged for years. | 6 pm. Free. Cherry Street Pier, 121 N. Columbus Blvd.

Art | First Person Arts StorySlam: Windfall

Ever had a rush of good luck come into your life? Share your stories with a group of people willing to listen. As we go into a new season, let’s manifest all that positivity and maybe speak it back into our lives once again. | 7:30 pm. $10. CsZ Philadelphia, 2030 Sansom St.

Music | Big Business

This band has had their music described as a “bombastic and frantic low end attack.” Ooh, we’re interested. Show your support to an actually not corrupt business as they make their way through Philly. | 8:30 pm. $13. Boot and Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St.

Discussion | Not Your Average Girl Boss

Converse with local successful career women Linda Schellenger, Nioka Wyatt & Kelly Stillwell. They’ll be speaking the truth on what it takes to be a girl boss. Network with other badass ladies and grow from all the positivity and good advice around you. | 6:30 pm. $25. Front Street Cafe, 1253 N. Front St.


Art | Honey Wants a Cocktail

Do your part in helping to fund an independent art project. Eat some food, drink some drinks and show your support to the cast of “Honey,” a show that will be performed at the FringeFestival. | 7 pm. $20. Sunflower Philly, 1725 N. 5th St.

Music | Radiator Hospital

Check in to be treated with some rowdy pop-punk. Radiator Hospital was born from songwriter Sam Cook-Parrott’s mind and the music comes alive with a little help from his friends. | 8 pm. $12. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave.

Music | Eat

Fill up with everything you need at this show. Eat serves up some heavy, noisy and, at times, confusing music. It’s fuel to get your head banging back and forth all night. | 7:30 pm. $7. Century, 1350 S. 29th St.

Interests | West Philly Clothing Exchange

Swap stylish clothing with others at this completely free exchange. No money or purchasing is required -just bring something and get something in return. All shapes, sizes and styles are welcome to attend. | 6:30 pm. Free. Clark Park, 4300 Baltimore Ave.

LGBTQ | Miss Gay America Benefit

Come witness a night of dazzling talent to benefit Kali Contour. Contour is the current reigning Miss Gay Philadelphia, and is on her way to compete in nationals. All funds raised from this night will go to her. | 8 pm. Free. Tabu, 254 S. 12th St.

Art | Happy Little Accidents: Bob Ross Paint Night

No matter your skill level, come honor one of the world’s most peaceful artists at this paint night. Ross would’ve wanted you to channel your inner artist. Always remember – there are no mistakes. | 7 pm. $25. Germantown Garden, 1029 Germantown Ave.

Family Friendly | Master Scientist Grand Hank

Hank’s here to school all your little ones just in time for them to go back. Witness some awesome scientific demonstrations and groove to some fun music. Your kids will leave with free school supplies and backpacks to start the year off right. | 7 pm. $10. Dell Music Center, 2400 Strawberry Mansion Dr.

Interests | Cards and Coffee

Do your part in making sure those that have the right to vote are aware of it. Come out and write cards to disenfranchised voters in Pennsylvania, Florida and beyond. Bring a sense of humor, some creativity and a passion for civic rights. | 11 am. Free. OCF Coffee House, 2100 Fairmount Ave.


Music | YallaPunk Fest

This festival celebrates Southwest Asian and North African people involved in the arts. It’s a CultureTrust of Greater Philadelphia project, which is an organization focused on collaborating and sharing great creations within communities. You can expect this to be an observance of SWANA artists’ work in film, comedy, music and more. | 3 pm. Prices vary. YallaPunk, 1315 Walnut St.

Party | Back to School Toga Party

Don’t get that school sadness going – party hard enough to forget you even have to go back. Come dressed in your best toga and bring that cash to spend on some serious drink specials. | 5 pm. Free. Howl at the Moon, 258 S. 15th St.

Event | A Toast to Our Ten

Tonight, we salute the 10 officers who made it home safe after the 15th St. standoff two weeks ago. Let’s honor their bravery and their safety. Shootings like this should never happen in our city, but unfortunately they do, and we’re thankful we have a police force to protect us. | 6 pm. Free. Philadelphia FOP Lodge 5, 11630 Caroline Rd.

Music | 100DEEK and G19: Back to School Concert

G19 and 100DEEK are local rappers breaking out into the industry. Don’t head back to school without catching them on stage. Be sure to talk them up to your classmates and lunch buddies. | 7 pm. $20. The Foundry, 29 E. Allen St.

Music | Flying Lotus

This stunning visual and musical artist is back in 3D. Get ready for a completely immersive experience as color from the screen dances over the audience. Bop to some tunes from his newest album “Flamagra” and feel the energy around you. | 8:30 pm. $29.50. Franklin Music Hall, 421 N. 7th St.

Food & Drink | End of Summer Beer Garden

Labor Day Weekend is right around the corner – go all out before it consumes you. Beach vibes will be all around at this late-night beer garden. Drink specials, sangrias and good times will be abound. | 6 pm. $12. Mutter Museum, 19 S. 22nd St.

Film | Nicolas Cage Movie Marathon

He’s a meme god and a movie legend. Come watch a few of his kookiest movies wrapped up into one epic marathon for the price of one. The theater will be screening “A Vampire’s Kiss,” “Mandy,” and “Mom & Dad.” | 6 pm. $10. Mayfair Theater, 2990 St. Vincent St.

Interests | Witch Market: Summer’s End

Shop around at this pop-up of all things weird and witchy. Local vendors – including Black Cat Clothiers and Ludlow Luna – will be showing off their odd goods. Get roped in to this wonderful world with some tasty food and drinks, and all the wares will make you stay. | 9 pm. Free. Lucky’s Last Chance, 848 S. 2nd St.

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