15 fun things to do in Philly this weekend

Fans of the arts should head out to Collingswood this weekend for their festival. | Provided


Roger Ricker & Friends: The Together Show
Aug. 17, 7 p.m.
Media Theatre
104 E. State St., Media

Broadway stars Ava Briglia (“Matilda”) and Beada (“A Christmas Story: The Musical”) join Media Theatre’s Roger Ricker for an annual concert, crooning tunes about unity and friendship. A youth ensemble will join.

Mystery Theater: Murder on the Air
Aug. 18, 8 p.m.
Bistro Romano
120 Lombard St.

This throwback mystery dinner invites guests to solve the 1931 murder mystery of J.B. Arden, a radio station owner found dead in a station also setup for murder mystery theater. Dinner includes minestrone soup, a salad, a choice of swordfish, braised chicken or baked rigatoni, plus a chocolate tort for dessert.

Growing Up Great
Aug. 19, 11 a.m.
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
300 S. Broad St.

Soul singer Johnny Shortcake hosts this hour of kid-friendly shenanigans, giving kids a chance to sing, dance and act in the wide-open space of Commonwealth Plaza. The event is part of an ongoing monthly series for kids.

Julius Caesar: A Live Radio Play
Aug. 19, 6:30 p.m.
The Oval
2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Kick back in the park and enjoy Philly-based company Revolution Shakespeare and Hear Again Radio Project’s 65-minute production of the Shakespearean classic “Julius Caesar.” The play is trimmed down by director Orson Welles to highlight the political turmoil of Rome.


ARTime Storytime: Only One You
Aug. 17, 10:30 a.m.
The Barnes Foundation
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Kids ages 2 to 5 can immerse themselves in a feel-good story by Linda Kranz, meant to highlight individuality among children. Time is allocated after for crafting, giving kids the chance to design their own patterned fish to take home with them.

Fife and Drum Party
Aug. 19, 12 p.m.
Museum of the American Revolution
101 S. Third St.

The Museum of the American Revolution breaks in the new car smell of its awe-inspiring Declaration of Independence Plaza by hosting fifers and drummers—performing songs like “Yankee Doodle,” of course–who will compete for a grand prize. Audience members will receive a free toy fife and a tent-shaped cake will be served at 2 p.m.


Broccoli Samurai
Aug. 17, 9 p.m.
The Fillmore Philadelphia
29 E. Allen St.

With a sound as mind-bending as its name, this psychedelic group from Cleveland uses a mix of synths, drums and bass to produce instrumentals that command a room. Their stop in Fishtown is part of a multi-city East Coast tour.

Bacon Brothers Concert
Aug. 18, 8 p.m.
Valley Forge Casino Resort
1160 First Ave., King of Prussia

Philly natives The Bacon Brothers perform as part of the Valley Forge Music Fair. Michael and Kevin Bacon—no, not that Kevin Bacon—band together to deliver their invigorating sound of folk, rock, soul and country. The brothers are touring in support of their 2014 album “36 Cents.”

A.J. Croce
Aug. 19, 8 p.m.
World Café Live
3025 Walnut St.

Son of singer-songwriter Jim Croce brings his soft voice and blend of blues, Americana and jazz music styles to World Café Live for an intimate performance. Croce last released music in 2014, with the eclectic and well-received album “Twelve Tales.”


Dance Night Under the Shambles
Aug. 18, 6 p.m.
South Street Headhouse District

Siempre Salsa Philly leads this evening of shake-it-out Latin dancing. A free dance lesson is offered for the first hour, while cocktails, empanadas and tunes from Un Toque de Cache will keep the night going through 9 p.m.


Drag Wars Lip-Sync Battle: Disney
Aug. 17, 9 p.m.
Voyeur Nightclub
1221 Saint James St.

Voyeur’s ongoing Drag Wars competition series continues with this season’s cast of queens lip-syncing some of Disney’s biggest tunes. The audience picks the winner.

Writer’s Block Rehab Block Party
Aug. 19, 12 to 7 p.m.
Writer’s Block Rehab
1342 Cypress St.
Pay as you go
The Gayborhood’s trendiest bar of the moment sets up an all-day summer “pool” party outside, contrasting the warm and cozy digs of its interior. Frozen-drink specials, signature cocktails and fabulous company galore.

Out at Borgata
Aug. 19, 8 p.m.
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City

Borgata hosts Pride Bingo, featuring emcee Sandy Beach and DJ Naj with jams to enliven the occasion. Miss’d America contestants Morgan Wells, Mortimer and Alexa Love swing by for performances in between campy cocktails and “B-7” callouts. The grand prize is a $1,000 Borgata gift card.


Collingswood Crafts & Fine Art Festival
Aug. 19 through Aug. 20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Haddon Avenue, Collingswood, New Jersey
Pay as you go

Now in its 12th year, the festival brings 160-plus crafters and fine artists to Haddon Avenue to vend sculptures, glass pieces, jewelry, clothing, photographs, heirloom toys and more. The festival also promises art activities, jazz performances and typical summer-festival foods like snow cones, funnel cake and ice cream.

Clothesline Art Show at 40th St. Summer Series
Aug. 19, 6 p.m.
University City Arts League
4226 Spruce St.

Part concert, part art show, University City Arts League invites design enthusiasts to create their own sun print with Sarah Philips while listening to the funky Worldtown Soundsystem perform. The concept is inspired by the Arts League’s roots, in which neighborhood artists banded together to show their art on clotheslines in the park.

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