Calendar: July 26-Aug. 1

FRIDAY, JULY 26Music | Phillybloco Summer Carnaval


Music | Phillybloco Summer Carnaval

With all this heat and humidity, you can kinda feel like you’re in Brazil this summer without leaving the city. Turn up at the first annual celebration of the Brazillian Carnaval. Phillybloco is a group with high-energy music modeled after the carnaval blocos that are rich with lively percussion. | 9 pm. $20. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.

Music | This is Hardcore Fest

This is… going to be loud, that’s for sure. Code Orange, Saves the Day and Gorilla Biscuits are headlining this three-day cluster fuck of heavy and hard bands. Worth checking out if this is your scene. | 5 pm. $40-$120. Franklin Music Hall, 421 N. 7th St.

Film | Cinema in the Cemetery: Coco

Watch a movie about dead people while surrounded by a bunch of them. Why pay to sit comfortably in a movie theater? We definitely think this is one of the most interesting outdoor activities you can spend your time at this summer. | 9 pm. $12. Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Ave.

Music | Get Right

We know you’re thinking “oh, great, another DJ set.” However, these DJs are special. They will make you forget any other less than great experience you’ve had at a night like this. Keep it tight at this all-night dance party.  | 11 pm. $5. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St.

Outdoors | The Philadelphia Experiment Magic Garden Party

Experience something surreal as music meets live art performances. Just vibe outside surrounded by positive displays of art and community. Isn’t that what life’s all about?| 9 pm. $25-$30. One Art Community Center, 1431 N. 52nd St.

Music | Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back In Concert

Arguably one of the best film scores ever. Watch it get performed live by a massive orchestra while the movie plays on a huge screen. You’ll question how you find yourself singing along to songs that are all instrumental. | 8 pm. $25-$95. The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Ave.

LGBTQ | Packed!

Show off your junk at this benefit party for transmen. All proceeds are going to the Trans Masculine Advocacy Network and the Mr. Philadelphia Leather 2019 travel fund. Get freaky while giving back to the community. | 10 pm. $5. The Bike Stop, 204 S. Quince St.

Fashion | Celebrity Fashion Show and Concert

A huge event going on during Liberian Independence Weekend. Catch some fierce fashions and a performance from Mai Myers – she’s big in Libya. Who doesn’t love a high energy fashion show?  | 10 pm. $25. Sephora Banquet Hall, 700 W. Tabor Rd.


Music | Like Pacific

These guys aren’t from anywhere near the Pacific. They are a Toronto-based punk group. The music is fast, loud and has some emotionally charged lyrics. Perfect for a general admission standing room – prepare for moshing and bodies flying in the crowd above you. | 6 pm. $15. The Fillmore, 29 E. Allen St.

Music | JoJo Siwa

So. Many. Rainbows. Siwa’s image has to be the most positive figure out there, and to be honest, it makes us kind of nauseous. She must be a good model for kids, though. Bring your little ones out to this concert. | 7 pm. $25-$275. The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Ave.

Interests | Potter Crawl

Fly around Philly on a broomstick and try some of the city’s best booze. Get access to some magical drink specials and take home a souvenir Potter mug. Come as the best dressed to win some sick prizes. | 1 pm. $20. Locations vary.

Music | Effects Pedal Showcase

Pedals will enhance the sounds of your guitar. Come geek out over all the expensive ones you were never able to afford. You’ll get the chance to demo them all, and be even more upset that you can’t own them all yourself. | 12 pm. Free. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave.

Fundraiser | The Thrifty Disco

Bop while you shop. The thrift store is getting turned into a disco for the night with three DJs for your nerve. All money raised from your purchases will go to Morris Home – a residential recovery program for the trans community. | 10 pm. Prices vary. Philly AIDS Thrift, 710 S. 5th St.

Music | The Thrifty Disco

Some raunchy rock and roll coming your way. Their new album is, in fact, appropriately named “Rock ‘n Roll.” That’s what they live to do, and they’ll definitely get you moving with their music at this show. | 8 pm. $25. Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St.

Outdoors | Welcome Back Sansom Block Party

Sansom St. over in this area has been closed since the great water main break of 2018. Let’s close it down one more time for a party to celebrate it not being closed down anymore. Counterintuitive, but necessary for a Philly celebration. | 1 pm. Free. 13th and Sansom St.

Food & Drink | SmorgasBeer

Gain appreciation for the Swedish way of doing things. Sample tons of beers from here and beyond and play some mind-boggling games that are even hard when you’re sober. A pretty great way to spend a Saturday night in the summer. | 6 pm. $30. American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Ave.


Festival | East Passyunk Car Show & Street Festival

Beep beep, bitches – South Philly’s largest street festival is coming our way. Indulge in all the typical festival eats from food trucks lining the neighborhood. Drop in on live music happening on every block along the avenue. | 11 am. Free. Locations vary along E. Passyunk Ave.

LGBTQ | Sunday Tea

Category is Sunday brunch, but make it a party. It’s part of a celebration for the Philly Trans Wellness Conference. Delicious food, popping beats and a big dancefloor. Queer, trans POC – come get your life. | 3 pm. $7-$10. Field House, 1150 Filbert St.

Fitness | Shark Week .5K

A run so easy your out-of-shape grandmother could probably do it. It’s only about a quarter mile. The reward is all that matters, though – money and awareness raised for the Schuylkill River Restoration Fund. Do your part in saving the sharks – even though they (probably) don’t live in the river. | 12:30 pm. $30. Evil Genius Beer Co., 1727 N. Front St.

Food & Drink | Deep Brunch

Settle in for some good vibes. Live music provided by Marbs, Iann and Whiterice. Chill out as you chow down on food from Pancho’s Cafe. | 3 pm. $7-$15. Sunflower Hill, 1725 N. 5th St.

Music | Black Thought

Tariq Trotter has had an illustrious solo rap career since the 90s. He may be pretty known for being the head of The Roots, but the magic of him doing his own thing shines above the rest. He’s never dropped a solo album, but luckily, he’s blessing us with a performance. | 7 pm. $25. Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St.

Comedy | The Try Guys

Every internet user with some time to waste has watched these guys on YouTube before. Now, they’re bringing all their randomness on stage around the country in their “Legends of the Internet” tour. It’s their first one, and they’re bringing a different interactive show to each city. | 7:30 pm. $25-$49. The Met Philly, 858 N. Broad St.

Food & Drink | Urban VEG Summer

This three-day food festival is an oasis of vegan delights. Sit in on speeches from experienced vegan chefs, and cooking demonstrations of some delicious dishes. Who said that vegans can’t eat anything? | 2 pm. $10. Belmont Mansion, 2000 Belmont Mansion Dr.

Music | A Giant Dog

We wish a literal giant dog was performing, but no, it’s a band. Not that we’re disappointed, though, because they’re a rowdy, unique one. Come see these good boys perform their best music. | 8:30 pm. $13. Boot and Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St.


Music | Death Cow

This garage band might not be able to find their way home. They’re from Lincoln, Nebraska, and they’re bringing a pretty foreign sound with them. Catch up by listening to their debut EP, “Slow Drown.” | 7 pm. $10. Pharmacy, 1300 S. 18th St.

Film | Psychotronic Film Society Screening

A film club that screens some pretty provocative films twice a month. Sometimes it’s announced, and sometimes it’s a secret, like this instance. The movie can be about anything from “talking dogs to violent assaults,” so come ready to see anything. | 7:30 pm. Free. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St.

Music | The Womps

A Boston jam band that’s getting used to sharing their sound with the world. They have played over 90 shows throughout the U.S. and Canada since forming a couple years ago. Maybe they’ll eventually follow in Phish’s footsteps. Nonetheless, their unique fusion of sounds will separate them from everyone else. | 7 pm. $7. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St.

Art | Archive Show Closing Reception

This exhibit of over 21 years worth of art is coming to an end. Come honor an extensive creative history by giving it a proper send-off. Complete with a live performance from the band Holy People, there’s a whole lot to take in here. | 6 pm. $10. Space 1026, 1026 Arch St.

Music | TV Pole Shine

This nine-piece band has described their music as “spasm funk.” They’ve come all the way from New Orleans to get us moving and shaking. Put a little funk in your Monday night celebrations. | 10 pm. Free. Dahlak Paradise, 4708 Baltimore Ave.

Performance | Summer Artist Showcase

Local singer Pamela G will be performing new music after this open mic. If you were performing after her, it’d probably be a tough act to follow. Sign up, get up there and spout off whatever talent you deserve to show to the audience. | 9 pm. $5. The Raven Lounge, 1718 Sansom St.

Comedy | Would I Lie to You?

This comedy game is simple: team up and try to determine whether the opposing team is telling a lie. It gets shaken up when objects are thrown on stage, and the teams are forced to incorporate them in their stories. | 7:30 pm. $5. Philly Improv Theater, 2030 Sansom St.

Film | Movie Monday

Cuddle up for a free moving screening every other Monday overlooking the Delaware River. Purple Rain – the dramatic movie starring Prince – is next up. A sing-along to all the bops in the film will be hosted throughout. | 7:30 pm. Free. Cherry Street Pier, 121 N. Columbus Blvd.


Music | Lights

This Canadian solo pop star has been successful for years. Don’t miss this unique acoustic performance featuring a full band and string performances. You may even hear some new or unreleased music. | 8 pm. $46. The Foundry, 29 E. Allen St.

Comedy | Katya: Help Me I’m Dying

No words can express this delightfully unpredictable queen who starred in “Rupaul’s Drag Race.” You’ll be dying from laughter by the end of her multifaceted comedy show. | 7 pm. $25-$65. 2300 Arena, 2300 S. Swanson St.

Interests | First Person Arts Story Slam: The Morning After

Come tell stories of living in the aftermath of some major event in your life. Put it all out there within five minutes to a crowd of fellow storytellers and listeners. There’s power in being brave enough to share personal experiences, and in being open enough to listen to them. | 7:30 pm. $10. CSZ Philadelphia, 2030 Sansom St.

Art | Mural Dedication: Color Me Back

Celebrate a new mural in one of Philly’s busy train stations. The “Color Me Back” program – through which the mural was created – compensated its artists with “same day wages” above the city’s minimum. The mural isn’t only a beautiful piece of art – it’s also a symbol of caring for the community. | 12 pm. Free. Suburban Station, 1600 John F. Kennedy Blvd.

Interests | Wands & Whisky

A magical art market that will place you in a mystical fantasy. Enjoy the music and spirits of another world. There will also be dogs up for adoption from Philly PAWS. this is truly a world we want to live in. | 7 pm. $35. Cherry Street Pier, 121 N. Columbus Blvd.

Music | The Reagan Administration

“Spinning policies from 1981-1989,” per the event page. We guess that means they’re either playing some great political songs from the decade, or some of Reagan’s speeches on policies. You never really know what to expect with these DJ events. | 8 pm. Free. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave.

Music | Neptune XXI

A talented artist worth recognizing. XXI is a poet with powerful messages in her pieces. She’s in the spotlight in this edition of The Soundcheck Series, where dynamic, emerging artists are given an hour to perform their work. | 9 pm. $10. Pub Webb, 1527 Cecil B. Moore Ave.

Comedy | Haha Davis

He has to be funny if “Haha” is his name. He started out making Vines, and then he was featured on Chance the Rapper’s album “Coloring Book.” He’s made a name for himself and is embracing himself as “Mr. Big Fella.” | 7:30 pm. $25. Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St.


Music | Corinne Bailey Rae

Bailey Rae is an R&B musician with plenty of soul. Her sound is super refreshing, and has been good enough to win her two Grammys. She last released an album in 2016, but all her work in film and TV – like the song “The Scientist” she recorded for “Fifty Shades Darker” – keep people talking about her infectious talent. | 8:30 pm. $30. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St.

Music | Rebelution

We don’t think there’s ever a moment these guys aren’t on the road. Fourteen years strong of sharing their reggae gifts with the world. This is certainly an essential show to catch every summer they come around. | 7 pm. $29-$81. The Met Philly, 858 N. Broad St.

Music | Graveyard Club

A group making music that definitely makes you feel alive. They all draw from a pool of diverse musical influences in their synth-driven sounds. Come support their newest album “Goodnight Paradise.” | 8 pm. $10. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St.

Dance | West Philly Ballroom

We need some chips to dip into all this salsa. Join in on some dance lessons outside of 30th St. Station. If you can’t make it to this one, check out more of the PECO Performances at The Porch happening this summer. | 12 pm. Free. The Porch at 30th St. Station, 2955 Market St.

Fitness | Yoga at The Oval

A relaxing practice in one of the busiest areas of the city. When you’re here, you’re probably getting yourself pissed off at all the traffic around. Come get into zen mode and enjoy a community event, then indulge in the food trucks and art displays around you. | 6 pm. Free. The Oval, 2451 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.

Theater |Problematic: A Drag Comedy Revue

Aunt Mary Pat will be hitting you with some jokes that may or may not be… problematic. Let her beauty and grace ease you through the night. Who doesn’t love a drag queen comedy show on a Wednesday night? | 8:30 pm. $15. L’Etage, 624 S. 6th St.

Musical | Clouds in the Kitchen

A deep musical piece about the meaning of home. It’s inspired by the venue’s own history. This is sure to be a pretty inspiring performance by a bunch of local artists. | 7 pm. Prices vary. Painted Bride Arts Center, 230 Vine St.

Travel | South Street Safari

Go on a scavenger hunt through South St. and Bella Vista to find every city mural with an animal in it. You should definitely bring any fluffy friends you have to this one. | 6 pm. Free. Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, 1020 South St.


Music | Sammy Miller & The Congregation

We could all stand to be uplifted by some decent jazz. Miller is a Grammy nominated drummer who’s band has collaborated with the likes of Lady Gaga and Queen Latifah. Let’s all unite as one nation under a groove. | 8 pm. $12. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.

Music | Torche

Burn it down with this loud rock band. They hate having their music be compartmentalized, so that’s why we just have to consider it to be raucous, fast and it’s own thing. Come meet them and you’ll see why they transcend any category you could try to force them into. | 9 pm. $16. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St.

Music | India Arie

R&B for your soul. Arie became a seven-time Grammy nominee with her first album release in 2001. Her sound is transcendent and just places you on a cloud, overlooking all your troubles. Get caught up in her essence if you’re not already. | 7 pm. $35-$75. Dell Music Center, 2400 Strawberry Mansion Dr.

Festival | BlackStar Film Festival

The eighth annual installation of this display and celebration of black filmmakers. Sit in on screenings of several films you’ve never seen before. It all opens with a yoga session in the morning, and an opening party at night. | 9 am. $12. Locations vary.

Event | New Voting Machines Try Out

Philly has new voting machines now, and you should definitely check them out. We better see you out at the polls whenever it’s time to vote. America is great because of the power of choice, but every individual over 18 in this city should definitely come out to this – and exercise their right to vote whenever possible. | 5 pm. Free. Graham Building, 30 S. 15th St.

Interests | Possum Pals Rescue’s Oddities and Art Market

A bunch of odd little trinkets are waiting for their next home here. Count on these vendors to show you some of the coolest stuff you’ll ever see. Be sure to splurge, because your money is going towards a local animal rescue organization. | 6 pm. Free. Tattooed Mom, 530 South St.

Comedy | Finesse Mitchell

This dynamic guy is a pro athlete, a killer comedian and a Saturday Night Live alum. Catch him on TV soon hosting Fox’s new show “Beat the Champions.” Better yet, catch him in the city giving some serious stand-up. | 8 pm. $27. Punch Line Philly, 33 E. Laurel St.

Art | Feel the Love: Happy Hour and Art Making

An open mic that brings in a new nonprofit every week to benefit from it. Raise some money and make some new friends. Try the special “Feel the Love” IPA, brewed exclusively for the venue by Love City Brewing, a Philadelphia-based brewery. | 6 pm. Free. The Trestle Inn, 339 N. 11th St.

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    Alex is a reporter most passionate about arts and entertainment writing. She has been working for PW since March 2019, where she has been lucky enough to learn more about Philadelphia’s vibrant culture and interview some of her favorite artists, such as The Black Keys.