PW weekend picks: May 24-27

This weekend is all about showing the love for the troops. It’s why the legendary Philly POPS will host the fourth annual POPS Salute Series, honoring U.S. service members and the brave families that support them.

The legendary Philly POPS, conducted by Todd Ellison will be alongside David Montgomery – the former chairman and president of the Phillies – who is also receiving an honor at this show.

Best of all, it’s free. So fly in on your pet eagle and sing along to all your favorite patriotic songs.

It’s events like these that pump us up and make us so damn proud to not only be Americans but also Philadelphians. America was born here, so you bet we know how to show our love for our country. Illegal fireworks and loud ass street bikes.

If you’re not going to be laid up at a barbeque all weekend, you better be thinking of going to this because this doesn’t sound weirdly dystopian at all.

WHAT: Comcast NBCUniversal Memorial Salute WHEN: May 25, 5 pm COST: Free WHERE: The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Ave. MORE:


Party | All White On Di Rooftop

This is an essential white party on top of a Southern restaurant – you better believe there will be killer music and food being served all night long. The dress code is strictly white clothes only. The risk of getting stains is too damn high. | 8 pm. $20-$25. Warmdaddy’s, 1400 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.

Comedy | For My People: One Year Anniversary Show

Let my people go to a decent comedy show like this for once. It’s actually a game show with two groups of comedians each representing a minority group. Stereotypes and prejudices will fly as each group attempts to represent an entire race or culture. This should be fun. | 8 pm. $10. Philly Improv Theater, 2030 Sansom St.

Music | AzN PoP!

The “rice” girls from NYC have proven themselves a legendary girl group. They’re here to sing to our hearts about racism, oppression and boys. They may have been inspired by a 90s group, but these girls definitely stay current. | 8:30 pm. $16. Good Good Comedy Theatre, 215 N. 11th St.

Interests | Life with A Twist: Mental Health Conference

The perfect wrap-up to mental health awareness month. Dr. Kia F. Everett will talk some sense on several relevant mental health topics, like suicide prevention, #MeToo and the stress of “navigating the system.” None of us are above taking care of ourselves, so you should definitely check this discussion out. | 6:30 pm. $30. Brith Sholom House, 3939 Conshohocken Ave.

Party | Worldtown: Travel by Map

Travel the world without even leaving Philly. This is a monthly party held by the high-energy electro group Worldtown Soundsystem. Mingle with creators and artists from around the world and try to talk to them over the bass. This month’s guest of honor is Saved by the Rhythm from NYC. | 10 pm. Free. Front Street Cafe, 1253 N. Front St.

Music | Monster Mash Punk Fest

This jawn is throwing two days of loud ass punk in our faces. If you typically scare normal people, this is probably the right place for you to be. Just jam out to some crazy punk and celebrate being your monstrous self. | 6 pm. Prices vary. The Tusk, 430 South St.

Event | Univestival

We love events named after their corporate sponsors. A good ol’ weekend-long festival to celebrate Memorial Day weekend. The usual food, music and festival activities will be on the menu. This one’s special, though, because you can participate in some make and take activities and get a chance to win some “big” prizes. | 11 am. Free. Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.

Party | PnB Rock: Trapstar Turnt Popstar Party

PnB Rock is a Philly native and a fresh trap artist. He even managed to drop music and get his name out there when he was in jail – now that’s some dedication right there. The hustle has definitely paid off, and judging by his sound and big collabs with Diplo and XXXTentatcion on his album from this year, “Trapstar Turnt Popstar,” you’d never guess he even started at the bottom in the first place. | 10 pm. $20-$30. NOTO, 1209 Vine St.


Food & Drink | Brunch with Bosses

This is for all the boss ladies that run their shit like a pro. Learn how to brand yourself, create wealth and how to start a business and keep it afloat. There’s even an exact menu of all the food that will be there – this is clearly for people who already know what they want. | 11 am. $75. IATSE Ballroom, 2401 S. Swanson St.

Music | Metal for Miracles Charity Show

Loud ass metal to benefit children’s futures – now that’s a cause we can get behind. A few local metal bands, including Make My Blood Dance, will be performing at this show for the Children’s Literacy Initiative. Help teach those children how to read – and how to headbang to some great music. | 7 pm. $10. The Fire, 412 W. Girard Ave.

Party | Pupper Pool Party

Another first of the season. Bring your pups to make a splash with some furry friends. Unless you have no soul, this is guaranteed to bring you all the happiness you need to get through the summer. Say no more – we’re in. | 1 pm. Prices vary. Pet Friendly Dog Bakery, 4324 Main St.

Food & Drink | Manayunk Mac & Cheese Crawl

You’ll literally be crawling around Manayunk after you try all that delicious food. Fifteen bars and restaurants will be ready to prove to you that their mac & cheese is the mac daddy of them all. If you weren’t lactose intolerant before, you probably will be after this. | 1 pm. $9.95. Locations vary.

Art | Vivid Trails: A Psychedelic Art Experience

A larger than life live experience for those who want to go on an artistic journey. Body and live painters, digital artists, musicians and go-go dancers will help make the experience a memorable one. We’re pretty psyched for this jawn. | 9 pm. $10. Location varies.

Interests | Liberty Flea

If it’s vintage, it must be cool, right? Get all your essential vintage goods at this market. A new season is coming, so of course you have to get a whole new wardrobe. | 10 am. Free. Cherry Street Pier, 121 N. Christopher Columbus Blvd.

Event | Fireworks Cruise

It’s not Memorial Day Weekend without some fireworks. This is the first cruise of the season. Before you set sail into the Delaware, get entertained on the waterfront by the U.S. Air Force band. | 9 pm. $45. Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.

Outdoors | Nature Therapy Walk

Some of us should probably talk to a therapist, but all the therapy some of us need can be found in the land around us. Separate yourself from all the city chaos and connect with mother nature. You can’t stay inside and spite the sun forever – get out there and bask in all the glory of nature. | 9 am. $35. Awbury Arboretum, 823 Washington Ln.


Food & Drink | Black Chef Seafood Fest

Be “shellfish” and binge on some great food. Eat all the crabs you want and grab unlimited food and drinks from the buffet and open bar. This just sounds like a full-on assault of the best seafood in Philly and we are definitely here for it. | 4 pm. $77.55. KANVAS, 3870 Lancaster Ave.

Festival | Memorial Day Weekend Mini Festival

Bikini models, drinking and smoking encouraged… it’s like they know the direct way to our hearts. Philly’s own Wilde Tuna will host this unorthodox Memorial Day bash. There’s nothing fishy about it – it’s just a genuinely badass sounding two-day blowout. | 8 pm. $18. Franklin Music Hall, 421 N. 7th St.

Party | Twerk Sumthin’

Another party that steps away from all the Memorial Day celebration norms. This one has a twerk contest, so that alone makes this sound pretty dope. Even if you’re not a dancer, everyone is welcome at this QPOC centered space. | 10 pm. Prices vary. Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar, 254 S. 12th St.

LGBTQ | Glitter High, Drag Out

You’ll probably be shitting glitter after this party. Drag kings and drag monsters, including the talents of Hannibal Lickher and Tex Miller, will be owning the stage. Hosted by Baked Pizza and Nile Raven, this night sure isn’t short of legendary drag performers. | 9 pm. $10-$15. Tattooed Mom, 530 South St.

Music | Hot Pink Satan

This duo is headlining an extravaganza for your nerve at your favorite local bar. Hot Pink Satan creates some edgy electronic bangers that will make you feel like you’re burning in a fabulous Hell. | 6:30 pm. $8. Franky Bradley’s, 1320 Chancellor St.

Events | Dyke Ride & Crafting Happy Hour

Dykes, queers and allies welcome for this bike ride through Philly’s neighborhoods. Ok, we just noticed the pun of the title. The route is about 10 miles long, so you better be ready for an intense workout. Meet up at Tattooed Mom afterwards to craft some posters for the upcoming Philly Dyke March. | 10 am. Free. Kahn Park, 328 S. 11th St.

Interests | Derby Q 12

This jawn centered around one of the baddest sports is divided into three parts. There’s an open skate, scrimmages and a barbeque afterward. We don’t know shit about roller derby, but we know that this sounds like a fun time. | 12 pm. $10-$15. Penn Jersey Roller Derby, 3431 Fox St.

Music | Hallow Point

Not all heavy metal bands sound the same. Hallow Point, hailing from the Midwest, is trying to push the boundaries of what you’d expect from metal music. Their latest EP “Beyond Our Name” from 2017 proves that they are more than just another band. | 7 pm. $10. The Fire, 412 W. Girard Ave.


Fitness | Memorial Day Rock n’ Metal Yoga Flow

You probably wouldn’t think that metal would chill you out at all. Well, you’d be surprised. It’s like we can make anything into a yoga class these days. We’re always looking for ways to disconnect from this fucked up world we live in. | 10 am. $15. Palo Santo Wellness Boutique Yoga Studio, 1707 E. Passyunk Ave.

Comedy | Day Off

Got the day off of work? Come out to this comedy show. Established comics Will Miles, Kenny Deforest and Clark Jones will be your hosts for the evening. When there’s free beer being served for all, you really have no excuse not to go. | 8 pm. $12. Good Good Comedy Theatre, 215 N. 11th St.

Interests | Memorial Day Skate Party

We’re proud to be American, where at least we know we can go skating for 99 cents. That is, if you wear red, white and blue, of course. Own that rink and show off your athletic abilities (or lack thereof).| 1 pm. Prices vary. Rolling Thunder Skating Rink, 7017 E. Roosevelt Blvd.

Discussion | Death Cafe

A monthly meeting of minds to talk about everyone’s favorite topic. Join in on the conversation and contribute any of your unique experiences. This discussion definitely is made interesting by the people who attend it. | 6:45 pm. Free. Barnes & Noble, 1805 Walnut St.

Festival | Memorial Day Irish Fest

Who doesn’t love a great party with some beer and live music on Memorial Day? This annual festival is hosted by one of the oldest German-American clubs in the U.S.  | 11 am. $10. Cannstatter Volksfest Verein, 9130 Academy Rd.

Music | Le Yikes Surf Club

This band does surf punk so well. On their comprehensive album of their first five years of music from 2017, no one song sounds the same as the other. Transport yourself to the beach without having to go to the shore. | 7 pm. Prices vary. Pharmacy, 1300 S. 18th St.

Festival | Memorial Dei Family Picnic and Festival

Bring your family to a classic outdoor festival at a church. There will be music all day on three stages and face painting for kids. We can’t think of a more typical Memorial Day event that everyone could go to. | 12 pm. $15. Gloria Dei Old Swedes Church, 913 S. Swanson St.

Comedy | Memorial Day Parade: A Comedy Variety Show

You don’t have to go to the typical barbecue or festival – you could just go to an unpredictable comedy show instead. Apparently, it’s centered around a small town’s first Memorial Day Parade that may or may not go off the rails. We can’t tell you what to expect from this, so just be ready for anything. | 7:30 pm. $5. Philly Improv Theater, 2030 Sansom St.

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