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PW weekend picks: June 14-16

WIZARDWORLD 2019Every nerd in Philly needs a safe haven to go wild and celebrate all their favorite fandoms. WizardWorld provides exactly that setting for everyone with a burning desire for fantasy worlds.


Every nerd in Philly needs a safe haven to go wild and celebrate all their favorite fandoms. WizardWorld provides exactly that setting for everyone with a burning desire for fantasy worlds.

Ted Danson and Tony Danza top this year’s list of over 30 celebrities set to make appearances. There will also be hundreds of special guests specializing in genres varying from anime to wrestling.

Catch a magic show, sign up for a cosplay costume contest and get lost in original comic work from DC artists Ant Delucia and Phil Hester in Artist Alley – the only time it’d ever be fun to get lost in an alley in Philly.

Events like this may come around a few times a year, but if you’re a true fan, you won’t miss any chance to support all the characters and universes that you dedicate your life to. Catch all four days of this convention without paying out the ass for it.

WHAT: WizardWorld 2019; WHEN: June 13-16. COST: Starting at $10. WHERE: Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St. MORE: wizardworld.com


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. smithplayground.ticketleap.com

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. undergroundarts.org

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. facebook.com

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. facebook.com

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. facebook.com

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. eventbrite.com

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. facebook.com

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. facebook.com


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. facebook.com

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. pizzadelphiafest.com

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. facebook.com

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. facebook.com

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. livenation.com

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. showclix.com

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. facebook.com

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. facebook.com


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. bartramsgarden.org

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. facebook.com

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. eventbrite.com

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. eventbrite.com

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. eventbrite.com

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. facebook.com

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. eventbrite.com

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. facebook.com

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