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PW weekend picks: July 26-28

Our pick: 9th Annual Tidal Schuylkill Boat Parade

Our pick: 9th Annual Tidal Schuylkill Boat Parade

You surprisingly don’t even need a boat to participate in this annual parade. As long as you have something that floats, you’re good to go.

Put on a sexy sailor suit and pimp out your vessel of choice. If you’re looking cool enough, you might just get an award. They’ll be given out for the best-decorated boats and the leakiest ones.

There will be plenty more to do than just roll through the river. Play some games, see your future with tarot card readings and grab a cone from the floating ice cream parlor as it passes by on the water. It’s an event that is full of fun for anyone and a place to take some memorable pics for you members of the Insta-worthy cult. 

The more ridiculous you look, the more you’ll fit in at this one. Have fun. 

WHAT: 9th Annual Tidal Schuylkill Boat Parade WHEN: July 27, 11 am COST: Free WHERE: Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd. MORE: bartramsgarden.org

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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. worldcafelive.com

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. thisishardcorefest.com

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. facebook.com

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. facebook.com

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. seetickets.us

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. manncenter.org

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. facebook.com

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. facebook.com


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. facebook.com

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. manncenter.org

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. eventbrite.com

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. eventbrite.com

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. facebook.com

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. tlaphilly.com

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. facebook.com

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. eventbrite.com


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. visiteastpassyunk.com

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. eventbrite.com

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. ticketleap.com

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. eventbrite.com

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. tlaphilly.com

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. themetphilly.com

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. eventbrite.com

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. bootandsaddlephilly.com

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