Calendar: June 14-20


Festival | Kidchella Music Festival

It’s never too early for your children to become basic festival kids. Come out for this family friendly festival once a month this summer. Moona Luna and Johnny Shortcake are bringing Latin and funk for the first show of three. | 4 pm. $10. Smith Memorial Playground, 3500 Reservoir Dr.

Music | Backtrack

Once you get into this heavy hardcore band, you can’t back away. Although this is their final tour, it’s not too late to discover what sets them apart from the other pit starters out there. Get out to this show, because you won’t witness one like it ever again. | 8:30 pm. $15. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St.

Outdoors | Meet the Neighbors Cookout

Even if you don’t live in Fishtown, who cares? Get outside the house, enjoy the weather and meet the nice people of Philly. It’s pretty rare for people to actually want to talk to anybody in their neighborhood in a city, so if you feel like making some friends, you shouldn’t pass this up. | 6 pm. $10. NKCDC Garden Center, 1825 Frankford Ave.

Outdoors | The Rail Park Birthday Party

We hate to even compare ourselves to New York, but this park is like our own small version of The High Line. It’s a pretty cool addition to our city’s parks, so you should care to celebrate it’s first birthday. Hang outside, score some drink deals and take in the city’s beauty. | 6 pm. Free. The Patio at Spring Arts, 500 N. 10th St.

Interests | The Victorian Mourning Fair

Somewhere out there is someone just waiting for the next interesting market to pop up in Philly. Well, here you go – the first Victorian themed fair hosted by local jewelry maker BloodMilk Jewels. This is your chance to snatch up some storied antiques and jewelry, all made by local businesses. | 5 pm. Free. Sphinx and Snakeskin, 45 N. 2nd St.

Food & Drink | Beef and Beer Extravaganza

This fundraiser is raising money to pay for the restaurant’s many events it hosts throughout the summer, like their monthly “Feed the Block” event. Get all-you-can-eat food and show your support for a solid neighborhood pub. | 8 pm. $25. Curran’s Irish Inn, 6900 State Rd.

Music | Shameless Techno Party

Don’t hold anything back here. This twice-monthly party is back with a special edition – Back 2 Basics. Carlos Salas – the founder of the techno collective Fold Theory – is the featured artist of the night. Allow his expertise to guide you to on a journey through some of the craziest noises you’ve ever heard. | 10:30 pm. $7. The Barbary, 951 Frankford Ave.

Music | Malidelphia

This ensemble puts on a show that unifies jazz, blues, and hip hop influences in Philadelphia with those of Mali. It’s all with the purpose to show how diverse and wide-reaching African American art is. This event definitely invigorates the city and brings together a cultural community, so you bet it’s an important one. | 7 pm. $20. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.


Festival | Newbold Blues Festival

Beer, barbeque and blues. That’s exactly what you could expect out of this second annual street festival. If this sounds like a good time for you, then we could definitely be friends. Maybe we could even go together to the after party? | 1 pm. Free. 16th St. and W. Passyunk Ave.

Food & Drink | Pizzadelphia

It’s pretty fucking bold to claim that Philly pizza is better than NYC and Chicago’s. Well, you could be the judge of that after you get a taste of what a bunch of local restaurants have been cooking. Best pizza in the country? It’s hard to say, but this event is definitely trying hard to claim that title for our city. | 12 pm. $40. The Navy Yard, 4701 Intrepid Ave.

Parade | Disability Pride Parade

This day-long parade is celebrating the 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act this year. Come out and find a thousand more reasons to march in honor of this amazing community. June must be the right month to show your pride for everything you are. | 10 am. Free. National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St.

Discussion | Oh, Snap! with Rose Marie Cromwell

This is a monthly gathering for women to discuss photography in a safe and open space. Cromwell explores politics and social issues in her photography and will be talking about her monograph “El Libro Supremo.” Drop in on a fascinating discussion and join a group of ladies that are here to learn. | 10:30 am. Free. Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, 1400 N. American St.

Music | NAV

This guy only dropped his studio debut studio album “Reckless” last year, but he’s had some huge collabs since then. On the album, and on his most recent “Bad Habits,” you’ll find tracks with Travis Scott, Quavo, Lil Uzi and more. Ride his trap wave and come see him on tour. | 8 pm. $35. The Fillmore, 29 E. Allen St.

Food & Drink | Philly Brunch Crawl

You can’t miss Philly’s first brunch crawl. Go around to the six bars and restaurants offering banging food and even better drink specials. After all those mimosas, you’ll definitely be crawling home. | 12 pm. $23. JJ Bootleggers, 35 S. 2nd St.

Music | Fascination Street

Goth isn’t dead, but you still have to help keep it alive. Feel something at this dance party featuring ethereal wave music. This otherworldly genre paved the way for the popularity of the British dreampop/shoegaze movement of the 80s. Sounds like the perfect music to dance and disassociate to. | 10 pm. $5. The Tusk, 430 South St.

LGBTQ | Drag Storytime

Drag queens are definitely some of the most talented performers ever. Spice up your afternoon with a reading and musical performance from John Jarboe. He’s the artistic director of Bearded Ladies Cabaret – a troupe that emphasizes the ambiguity of artistic expression. Your kids will definitely have an unusually good time reading. | 3:30 pm. Free. Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.


Event | Balkan at Bartram’s

Get a taste of a unique culture at this third annual celebration. A classic Balkan dinner will be served and there will be performances from the West Philadelphia Orchestra and the Philadelphia Women’s Slavic Ensemble. Make your own flower crowns and learn how to dance like a folk star. | 6 pm. $10. Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd.

Music | The Drowned God

Every metal band has to have an intense name, and obviously, these guys are no exception. Get ready for some loud music that pushes amps to their limits. They may only have two albums worth of music to play, but they’re going to put on one hell of a show. | 7 pm. $10. Ortlieb’s, 847 N. 3rd St.

Art | Father’s Day Paint Party

These paint nights aren’t just for the ladies at Painting with a Twist. Show your dad that it’s manly to bring out your artistic side. There will even be a barbeque, which is obviously the quickest way to any dad’s soul. | 2 pm. $22. Sippin’ Pic’s, 3901 Conshohocken Ave.

Interests | Da Pop-Up Jawn

A cute little pop-up market featuring some Philly vendors with good deals. Get some clothes, food, beauty products and pet treats all in one spot. Other than brunch, this is the ideal kind of Sunday in Philly event. | 12 pm. Free. Coco’s Chicken and Waffles, 1437 South St.

Network | Blue Stoop Happy Hour

You writers out there understand the struggles we go through. Come out to this happy hour and vent to fellow creatives about everything on your mind. Make some connections and keep coming back for more events and writing workshops in the future. | 5 pm. Free. Win Win Coffee Bar, 931 Spring Garden St.

Music | Primitive Finks

This is the music you’d hear in an episode of Spongebob Squarepants. To understand why, you’d just have to listen to their music. It’s punk, rock, surf, and something else we just can’t describe. All we know is that it makes us feel like dancing on a table. | 7:30 pm. $10. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St.

Interests | Bloomsday

Hey, book nerds – this one’s for you. It’s a celebration of Leopold Bloom’s journey through Dublin in James Joyce’s novel “Ulysses.” The scene will be brought to life at this museum during an all-day celebration featuring a reading of the book. | 11 am. Free. The Rosenbach, 2008 Delancey Pl.

Food & Drink | Father’s Day with Tattooed Dad

The bar is turning into “Tattooed Dad” just for this night. Drink up some Miller Lites and get your jean shorts ready for a celebration. With giveaways and drink specials going all day, this is sure to be more exciting than last week’s ball game. | 12 pm. Free. Tattooed Mom, 530 South St.


LGBTQ | Queer Soup Night

Sip on a warm bowl of soup made by local chefs at this fundraising event. Funds will be going to the Community Table and Kitchen at Rowhouse Grocery. You won’t get any canned chicken noodle here – unique soups only for unique queers and allies. | 6 pm. Prices vary. Rowhouse Grocery, 1713 McKean St.

Music | Dummy

Only smart people know not to miss this hilarious comedian’s set. Anders Lee is known for using his own experiences with being autistic and exploring with his comedy what it means to be “dumb.” It’s about time to laugh at some intelligent comedy that actually makes you think. | 7 pm. Free. Tattooed Mom, 530 South St.

Interests | Make Your Own Skullulents

Your favorite basic crafts with a spooky twist. This is definitely set apart from all those other cookie-cutter succulent workshops. Plant a succulent in a skull shot glass and enjoy some Crystal Head Vodka on the house. | 6 pm. $10. Morgan’s Pier, 221 N. Columbus Blvd.

Fundraiser | Making Mondays Fun Again Happy Hour

Now this is a campaign we can stand behind. Finding events on Monday for you all is fucking hard, but fear no more. Get your butt over to this fish fry fundraiser for a Minority Book Scholarship Fund. We don’t know exactly what it is, but it sounds like it helps kids get into college – nonetheless, a great cause. | 5 pm. $20. Haute Restaurant & Lounge, 1420 Locust St.

Film | Rough Cut Film Festival Awards Gala

This eight-day long festival screens films from over 15 countries this year. Get your ticket for the exciting award ceremony to see who the big winners are. There’s more going on than just handing out trophies – there will also be live performances, a photography exhibit and a fashion show. | 7 pm. Free. The Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St.

Music | Vibrations: SP 404 Beat Session

This is a series of performances to bring together artists of color from all over the country. Hann 11, Shane Great, Osagie and DistantStarr are the performers this time around. Come out ready to make connections, get inspired and hear some diverse sounds. | 5 pm. $5. Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd.

Interests | Open Air Open Mic

Anyone is free to drop in on this outdoor open mic performance. Danie Ocean, who makes chill, soulful music, will be opening the night and passing the mic on to other artists afterwards. Come out for a simple, chill night. | 6:30 pm. Free. Hansberry Garden & Nature Center, 5150 Wayne Ave.

Family Friendly | Storytime in the Square

Take every chance you can to force your kids out of the house this summer. Meet up in one of Philly’s most beautiful parks for a day of stories and games. Get your kids some ice cream afterward, too, for being such good sports. | 4 pm. Free. Rittenhouse Square, 210 Rittenhouse Sq.


Trivia | Billy Penn Philly Quizzo

Get ready to have all your Philly knowledge tested. You’ll be quizzed on the city’s past, present and future – and expect some sneaky bonus round questions that’ll try to knock you out of the game. If you get anything wrong, you’ll just be an embarrassment to the city you claim to love – but, no pressure. | 6 pm. Free. The Common, 3601 Market St.

Music | Ghostemane

This guy somehow blends metal and rap effortlessly. His genre-bending music hits heavy and has gathered him millions of listeners on streaming platforms. It’s horrifying, it’s loud, and it’s true to who he is and what he goes through. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind act while he’s in Philly. | 8 pm. $24. The Fillmore, 29 E. Allen St.

Fitness | Triyo Fitness Lit & Fit Bootcamp

Get fit, get lit, but just don’t quit. Come ready in your own workout gear and get ready to work your ass off. You simply can’t pass up a free workout class on a rooftop – unless you’re allergic to exercise, you’d just be crazy to turn this down. | 6 pm. Free. WeWork, 1430 Walnut St.

Music | Live Band Karaoke

If one of you fucks up, you all go down together. Don’t worry if you can’t decide what to belt out – the band has a massive list of song recommendations. Even if you sound like a screeching subway train, this is your chance to feel like a musical superstar. | 9:30 pm. Free. Infusion Lounge, 16 S. 2nd St.

Music | The Technicolors

Lo-fi garage beats you can chill and dance to. These guys are on tour and have a new single, “I’m Not the One,” which was just released in May. Go on a relaxing journey of sound with these Phoenix natives. | 7 pm. $12. Voltage Lounge, 421 N. 7th St.

Learn | CBD Cocktail Class

Ah, CBD – giving us all the healing benefits of weed without the high. Learn more about the plant extract at this informational class. You even have the option to make a non-alcoholic drink for maximum relaxation and health benefits. | 6:30 pm. $40. Art in the Age, 116 N. 3rd St.

Discussion | Positive Committee: Evening Edition

Join in on an important conversation surrounding mental health while enjoying some free pizza. Dr. Kevin Moore of ACT UP – the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power – will be leading the discussion and giving tips on self-care and advocacy. This is open to the public, and especially those who have, or are at high risk of having, HIV. | 6 pm. Free. Office of HIV Planning, 340 N. 12th St.

Food & Drink | International Heritage Tapas Crawl

Grab small plates from a ton of destinations around the world. Baltimore Avenue is your globe – walk up, down and all around to try a diverse range of foods. Get stamps on your passport and meet up with others who love food just as much as you do. You don’t need to pay thousands of dollars for a vacation when you can get away in your own city. | 5 pm. $20. Queen of Sheba, 4511 Baltimore Ave.


Interests | Reggae Night Skate Party

Take it slow out there and just jam out. We can just imagine that this playlist is mostly Marley, but we’re also hoping for some deeper cuts into the genre. Regardless, skating around in a circle to this kind of music seems pretty damn chill. | 4 pm. $1.50. Rolling Thunder Skating Rink, 7017 E. Roosevelt Blvd.

Festival | Little Friends Festival

This annual festival turns the center of the park into an exciting street fair for all ages. There will be rides, live performances, crafts and much more to keep you occupied all night. As if Rittenhouse isn’t already always like a carnival this time of year. | 5:30 pm. $15. Rittenhouse Square, 210 Rittenhouse Sq.

Music | I Miss the Old Kanye

Do you hate the new Kanye, the bad mood Kanye? This is no Life of Pablo – you can probably expect to hear West’s tracks prior to 2012. Every artist he’s ever collabed with will also be honored at this dance party. Whether you’re going through a heartbreak or a college graduation, the old Kanye is here for you. | 9 pm. Prices vary. The Fillmore, 29 E. Allen St.

Music | San Cisco

These Indie poppers have such a sweet spot in our soul. They’ve known each other since high school, and their chemistry together creates some catchy beats we can never turn off. Their last album, “The Water,” came out in 2017, but they have remained fresh in our music queues. | 8 pm. $16. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 Frankford Ave.

Event | 2020 is Too Late: Beer Garden Pop-Up

Join the resistance to refuse fascism and dump the Trump/Pence administration. We can’t be complicit anymore about all the political bullshit that’s been thrown at us over the last two years. Gather with like-minded people and put your powers together to drive fascism out of the presidential office. | 5:30 pm. Free. Sam’s Morning Glory Diner, 1000 S. 10th St.

Fundraiser | Cancer is a Drag Benefit

Raffles and giveaways will go on all through the night to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Get your life with some performances from local queens Vinchelle, Bev, Paula Deen-White and a few others. Finally, something beneficial can come out of watching a bunch of men in wigs perform. | 7 pm. $10. Tabu, 254 S. 12th St.

Music | Charlotte Morris

Get ready for an intimate show of some uplifting folk tunes. Morris is originally from the suburbs outside Philly. In just one year since releasing her debut EP “To New York, With Love” last June, Morris has gained lots of commercial success and has been touring the country. | 8 pm. $10. The Fire, 412 W. Girard Ave.

Food & Drink | Margaritas for Mutts

Hang outside in the summer weather with the most adorable pups ever. Enjoy a margarita even more than you usually would, because 50% of the money is going to the Pennsylvania SPCA. Drinking tequila, petting dogs – what more can you really ask for? | 6 pm. Free. South Bowl, 19 E. Oregon Ave.


Outdoors | Solstice & Strawberry Moon Rowboating

Row out onto the Schuylkill on a boat and celebrate the official start of summer. All the beauty of the night is amplified with a live performance from folk and neo-soul singer Samantha Rise. | 7 pm. Free. Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd.

Music | The Wild Feathers

These guys make some perfect road trip country rock. Get on the ‘ol dusty trail with them as they stop in Philly during one of their frequent tours. We’re heating up our biscuits already to get ready for these country connoisseurs. | 8 pm. $16. The Fillmore, 29 E. Allen St.

Interests | The Big Fake Wedding

We might not know anything about weddings, but we know this sounds pretty different. Instead of going to a bridal show for inspiration, just go to a fake wedding. Witness actual wedding vendors in action through a vow ceremony, cocktail dinner and a reception. Now, someone just needs to crash it. | 7 pm. $25. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118 N. Broad St.

Discussion | Juneteenth Freedom Seminar

This conversation with author Ibram X. Kendi surrounds the state of racial justice in America. Kendi is here to tell us that we don’t have to accept the society we live in for what it is. We all have the power to build an antiracist society – learn how you could help here. | 5:30 pm. Free. The Library Company of Philadelphia, 1314 Locust St.

Music | Adult Magic

Some fresh punk from New York. Their debut album is coming out later this month, so we don’t really know much about them past their 2016 self-titled EP. You’ll just have to be ready for some loud music. | 7:45 pm. $7. The Barbary, 951 Frankford Ave.

Food & Drink | Whiskey and Bacon Tasting

This harmonious tasting is curated by Christine Hazel, a Philly celebrity chef who was on season 14 of Hell’s Kitchen. | 6 pm. $45. Moonshine Philly, 1825 E. Moyamensing Ave.

Event | Mewtiny on the Moshulu

The pussycats have taken over. Run wild at this fundraiser for TNR rescue of stray cats in Philly. There will be contortionists, jugglers, a strong man and a bunch of other weird shit to keep you entertained all night. | 6 pm. $40. Moshulu, 401 S. Columbus Blvd.

Interests | Game Changer Wrestling: Crushed Up

Witness a live, brutal wrestling match like no other. There’s not many details on this, other than it’s going to be a “fuckery filled night.” Lots of slamming, yelling and sweating is definitely in store here. | 8 pm. $25. Voltage Lounge, 421 N. 7th St.

  • A writer, educator, and sports nut, Aaron Kahle was born in Philadelphia where his fondest memories are drives around the different parts of the city with his aunt as a […]

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