10 fun things to do in Philadelphia before the pope takes over


Mt. Airy Street Fare

Thursday, 6 p.m.

Germantown Ave. between Sedgwick St. and Mt. Airy Ave.

Free, 215-844-9167


Come hungry, because 50 of the area’s best food trucks and restaurants will be at this lively street fest. And come hungry for entertainment: The fare offers live music from School of Rock, ReLive, Hennessey Bonfire and more.

The Twisted Tail’sWhiskey Bonanza

Thursday, 7 p.m.

Twisted Tail

509 S. Second St.

$60, 215-558-2471


If you’re all about the brown liquor, this event has your name on it. Celebrate Bourbon Heritage Month with bourbon cocktails from labels like Whistle Pig and Basil Hayden, while bartenders compete to see who can make them the best. Pair your sips with snacks from top food trucks.

Oktoberfest Block Party

Saturday, noon

718 South St.

ree, 267-909-8814


Back for its seventh year, this German beer festival outside Brauhaus Schmitz offers 10 different brews by Traunstein Hofbrauhaus. Live Oompah, face painting, the Liter liftcompetition and German dancers will also be in the mix.


Brazilian Festival

Sunday, 1 p.m.

Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing

Columbus Blvd. and Market St.

Free, 215-922-2386


In celebration of Brazilian Independence Day, immerse yourself in the rich culture of the country by tasting traditional food, and feasting your eyes on performances of Samba, Forro, Pagode and more. This waterfront party, part of the PECO Multicultural Series, is geared toward the whole family, so feel free to bring the kids along to enjoy.


Alabama Shakes with Drive-By Truckers

Thursday, 7:30 p.m.

Mann Center for the Performing Arts

5201 Parkside Ave., Fairmount Park

$30 to $49.50, 215-546-7900


Brittany Howard is at the helm of this Alabama-based rock band responsible for bringing you the Grammy-nominated song “Hold On.” Howard’s voice is raw and soulful, backed by electric guitar-based rock and blues. The band released their sophomore album, “Sound and Color,” in April. Drive-By Truckers’ new album, “It’s Great to Be Alive,” which was recorded live at the Fillmore in San Francisco, is out Oct. 30.

Nick Diamonds

Thursday, 8 p.m.

Boot and Saddle

1131 S. Broad St.

$12, 267-639-4528


Known for co-fronting the indie band The Unicorns, this Canadian musician, composer and producer has been very prolific over the course of his career, collaborating with Mister Heavenly, Human Highway and Reefer. According to Pitchfork, his latest album, “City of Quartz,” is the closest his work post-Unicorns has come to re-creating the band’s style.


‘They Only Come Out at Night: A Graveyard Cabaret’

Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

Laurel Hill Cemetery

3822 Ridge Ave.

$25, 215-413-1318


This haunting, sexy performance features Felicia Anderton, Denise Shubin and Rudy Caporaso singing and dancing among the gravestones to music by Bessie Smith, the Scissor Sisters, Nirvana and more. Enjoy a free cocktail as you watch these three ladies give a bone-chilling performance.


40th Street Summer Series

Saturday, 6 p.m.

40th Street Field

S. 40th St. between Walnut and Locust Streets

Free, 215-243-0555


This installment of the 40th Street Summer Series features BalletX performing excerpts from founder Matthew Neenan’s “Switch Phase,” “Sunset” and “o639 Hours,” Cayetano Soto’s “Malasangre” and others. Philly-based Japanese drum troupe Kyo Daiko will open up the set.


Geoff Tate

Thursday, 8 p.m.

Helium Comedy Club

2031 Sansom St.

$15 and $23, 215-496-9001


You might know this comedian from the radio show “The Bob and Tom Show,” or from Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham.” His self-deprecating humor is oddly endearing — his mode of making people laugh has been compared to Mitch Hedberg’s.


Outdoor Moviein Clark Park:‘Best in Show’

Friday, 8 :30 p.m.

Clark Park

43rd St. and Baltimore Ave.

Free, 215-243-0555


Fall is just around the corner, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy a flick in the cool, crisp air. Bring a blanket or two so you can snuggle up at this quirky mockumentary, about a group of highly eccentric individuals all trying to take home glory for their purebred dogs.

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