PW weekend picks: Aug. 2-4

Our pick: Second Street Festival

Philly’s biggest summer block party is back for its 11th year to celebrate local businesses on this stretch of 2nd St. in Northern Liberties.

Whether you’re a neighbor or not, you’re invited to witness the vibrancy of the businesses on the block. Over 150 vendors will be set up offering food, drinks, crafts and activities for little ones. Three music stages will also host some loud local talent.

Foodies, freaks and thirsty festival-goers can all look forward to being inundated with all three – all day. The Art Star Pop Up Market will also be running in conjunction with the festival at Fairmount and Green Sts. 

We know it’s been hot out, but you won’t sweat about catching this festival this summer. Crawl out of your air-conditioned cave and witness this stretch of Philly streets come alive.

WHAT: 2nd Street Festival WHEN: Aug. 4 COST: Free WHERE: 2nd St. between Germantown Ave. and Green St. MORE:

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Music | Pop Punk Sing-Along

Whether you were in high school, college or still an oldie back then, you know the 2000s had some of the best pop punk music ever. Relive the glory days at this event where you’re invited to belt all your favorite tunes. In The Presence Of Wolves will be performing all the essential classics. | 7 pm. $11. The Barbary, 951 Frankford Ave.

Music | 70s Soul Jam

Let’s take a second to feed our souls a little bit. Expect amazing performances from The Chi-Lites, Heatwave, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes and a few more. There’s no better time than the summer to let some soul sweep you away like a rolling wave. | 7:30 pm. $25-$75. The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Ave.

Comedy | Shawn Wayans

It’s amazing how the Wayans brothers have worked on so many films together, but they all have their own successful careers. You know ‘em from White Chicks, In Living Color, Scary Movie… Now, get to know him on a local stage off-camera. Anything goes. | 7:30 pm. $32. Punch Line Philly, 33 E. Laurel St.

Outdoors | Lighthouse Parade and Glow Party

Join in a procession led by the West Powelton Steppers & Drum Line through the neighborhood and into the garden. Stand out under the black lights in neon or white clothes. This also falls on National Moth Night, so… maybe you’ll see some moths pollinating at night. Exciting things in store here. | 6 pm. Free. Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd.

Art | First Friday: Self-Portraiture

Get artsy this month by immortalizing yourself with your own self-portrait. Put on some colonial-style costumes and do it like the Founding Fathers did. Enjoy free tours of the museum throughout. | 5 pm. Free. Elfreth’s Alley Museum, 124 Elfreth’s Alley.

Comedy | The Interrogation Room

Own up to something that you got away with once – if you’re ballsy enough. Tell your true story and comedians will twist it into a show. You may have been keeping this secret your whole life with no idea it would one day make a great comedy routine. Life imitates art. | 10 pm. $10. Philly Improv Theater, 2030 Sansom St.

Comedy | Couples Therapy

This live podcast is hosted by real-life couple Naomi Ekperigin and Andy Beckerman. Friends, exes and other couples will be talking about their relationships. It’s half comedy show, half therapy session. | 8:30 pm. $16. Good Good Comedy Theatre, 215 N. 11th St.

Music | Smooth Jazz Summer Nights: Bilal

This is the first performance of the season’s outdoor concert series. Vibe with Bilal – a Philly native and Grammy-winning artist. He’s even featured on a song with Beyonce before, so yeah, he’s a pretty big deal – not to diminish all his other musical accomplishments. | 7:30 pm. Free. Penn’s Landing, 601 N. Columbus Blvd.


Interests | Darksome Art & Craft Market

Get spooky in one of America’s oldest cemeteries at the second installment of this dark market. Treat yourself to oddities and treats from over 80 vendors. You may end up spending more money than you really have… that’d be the real horror. Enter at your own risk. | 10 am. Prices vary. Mount Moriah Cemetery, 6201 Kingsessing Ave.

Comedy | Comedy Hustle Summer Showcase

This show goes all around the tri-state area dropping some serious comedians in different cities. Next stop is Philly, with host Lawrence Killebrew from Kevin Hart’s TV show “Hart of the City.” We don’t know who will be there, but we know they’ll be fucking funny. | 8:30 pm. $20. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.

Festival | Afrakan Independence Day Ma’at Celebration

Come together to celebrate Afrakan liberation at the 15th annual happening of this festival. Start the day early with the “Do for self” Junkanoo parade to the park that kicks off the event. With outdoor performances, food and craft vendors, and guest speakers, this festival is a mid-summer day’s dream. | 12 pm. Free. Malcolm X Park, 400 S. 51st St.

Music | World/Inferno Friendship Society

This isn’t a club meeting. It’s a show that also serves as a meeting of some great minds in music. So, maybe it kind of is a meeting. But with some crazy punk music. The only meeting you’re ever going to want to attend. | 7 pm. $12. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St.

Music | Switchfoot

These guys started out jamming in high school. Now, they’re a Grammy winning band with a bunch of top 40 songs to show for their success. They’re touring in celebration of their new album “Native Tongue.” | 7:15 pm. $35. The Fillmore, 29 E. Allen St.

Music | The Philly Flower Show

This isn’t another event at some community garden. It’s a show of hot rappers on the rise in the city. It’s all to commemorate Urban Creators’ – a grassroots collaborative – tenth anniversary. | 10 pm. $20. Warehouse on Watts, 923 N. Watts St.

LGBTQ | Bev’s Big Blonde Bitchfest

This monthly drag show has nothing but the most fabulous happenings in store every time. The special guest this time around is Jaymes Mansfield, most known for being on Rupaul’s Drag Race. They’re big, they’re bitchy, and you bet they’ll be your best gal pals this Saturday night. | 9 pm. $5. Tabu, 254 S. 12th St.

Interests | Funk n Bowl: Outdoor Edition

Philly Funk Society will be bringing good vibes to this summer pop-up event. You’ll definitely feel pumped up enough from the music to roll some strikes. | 9 pm. Free. North Bowl, 909 N. 2nd St.


Party | Back In Time: Leo Party

All you August babies out there are invited. Come celebrate you being born because, let’s face it, it sure is a miracle. Have your cake here and eat it, too. Really though – some birthday cake will be served.  | 4 pm. Free. Toasted Walnut, 1316 Walnut St.

Party | Shizz Lo x Ethik Pop-Up Party

This party is celebrating the drop of the Gelato collection collab. Cool off with some sick new clothing. We do hope they’ll be serving actual gelato here, though. We’re hot out here. | 5 pm. Free. Ethik Clothing Co., 441 South St.

Festival | ACANA African Festival

Six whole hours of African music, food and cultural celebrations. PECO’s Multicultural Series never fails to add some vibrancy to our city. Dip in to just the surface of everything wonderful African culture has to offer. | 2 pm. Free. Penn’s Landing, 601 N. Columbus Blvd.

Interests | End of Shark Week Sunday Funday

Well that went by quickly. Celebrate the end of TV’s most ravenous week with some drinking and good times. It all wraps up with a Jaws marathon. | 1 pm. Free. 12 Steps Down, 831 Christian St.

Music | Skyla Burrell Band

Passionate, in your face blues rock. This band is the definition of whiskey on the rocks. Strong, smooth and a staple. | 9 pm. Free. The Twisted Tail, 509 S. 2nd St.

Party | 2nd Street Festival After Party

Keep the festivities going at this exhilarating after party. Francisco Collazo and Cardona will be spinning deep tracks to get you moving. The celebration never has to end. | 10 pm. Free. North Bowl, 909 N. 2nd St.

Performance | Beautychickee: Mind Your Business Tour

We live in an age where YouTubers have enough influence to go on a nationwide tour. Pretty crazy. Come see this young lady talk makeup, life and the Internet – probably. | 12 pm. $25. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St.

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