Philadelphia Folk Festival
Thursday to Sunday
Old Pool Farm
Clemmers Mill Road andSalford Station Road, Schwenksville
$27.50 to $230, 215-247-0293
The Philadelphia Folk Festival has been drawing the crowds for more than 50 years. Bring your camping gear or just come for the day to see a lineup of seasoned and up-and-coming musicians on multiple stages, including Lyle Lovett, Arlo Gunthrie, Lindi Ortega, Ladybird and many more.
Hidden River Blues Festival
Saturday, 11 a.m.
Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center
1 Rector St., Philadelphia
$10 in advance, $15 at the door, 215-482-9565
Blues artists are taking over the outdoor amphitheater on Venice Island for this daylong XPN music festival, complete with food vendors and a beer garden. You’ll also get a wristband that lets you leave the venue for a stroll along Main Street and come back to the fest. Come hear the Otis Taylor Band, Sugar Blue Band, James Supra Blues Band and more.
The Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing
101 Columbus Boulevard
The Caribbean comes to Philly in this annual celebration of music, food and culture at Penn’s Landing. There will be activities for the kids, a marketplace of Caribbean food, and music that will definitely get you dancing.
Bars of Gold
Thursday, 8 p.m.
Boot and Saddle
1131 S. Broad St.
$10 – $12, 267-639-4528
This five-piece punk outfit is made up of musicians who have grown to really mesh with each other in their songwriting. Their music is not merely riffs, but has taken on a veritable urban, industrial vibe, with lead singer Marc Paffi’s low-pitched scruff in the vocal forefront.
Friday, 8 p.m.
20 S. Second St.
This Nashville-based band blends up folk, soul and bluegrass, with everyone bringing something different to the table: Justin Wade Tam and Leslie Rodriguez combine their voices for some lush guy/girl harmony, Bobby Chase brings classical training on the violin, Josh Wolak spices things up on mandolin and Ben Jones plucks an acoustic bass.
The Brothers Yares CD release party
Sunday, 5 p.m.
Bob and Barbara’s
1509 South St.
Gavri and Ami Yares are celebrating the release of their new album, “Meridians.” Armed with guitar and upright bass, the duo plays a mixture of American folk and rock combined with Middle Eastern grooves.
Friday and Saturday
Helium Comedy Club
2031 Sansom St.
$27 to$38, 215-496-9001
Christopher Titus has the gift of making the most depressing, cynical subjects amusing, like he does on his podcast, “The Combustion Lounge.” Don’t expect him to shy away from topics like racism and very dysfunctional relationships.
‘Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark’
Thursday, 8 p.m.
Grays Ferry Crescent, Schuylkill Banks
The summer of outdoor movie screenings is not over yet! Bring a blanket, get comfy, and settle in to watch one of the greatest adventure films of all time.
‘Rocky Horror’ 40th Anniversary Screening
Saturday, 9:30 p.m.
Theatre of the Living Arts
334 South St.
How is it already the 40th anniversary of this hilariously horrific cult classic? The film screening will be accompanied by jams from a Meat Loaf tribute band. Start your night at the Rocky Horror pre-party at Tattooed Mom.
Friday, 8 p.m.
2030 Sansom St.
Known for their unscripted performances, the members of Tongue and Groove Tongue & Groove Spontaneous Theater bring back their show “Who,” asking the audience “Who are you?” through a series of scenes and conversations that reflect the audience members’ real life situations.