15 fun things to do in Philly this weekend

This weekend is perfect for antique shopping. | Haley Richter
Haley Richter


May 31, 7:30 p.m.
Everybody Hits Philadelphia
529 W. Girard Ave.

Shortly, aka solo artist Alexandria Maniak, brings her soothes-the-soul, Regina Spektor-esque voice to Fishtown for a special performance. She’ll perform her new single, “Spare Time.”

May 31, 7:30 p.m.
The Boot and Saddle
1131 S. Broad St.

The five-person band, with four albums since 2013 and a new EP titled “WE,” is an alt-folk group with a splash of rock ‘n’ roll. Instruments employed range from a guitar to a cello, a xylophone to a banjo.

Emo Night Brooklyn
June 1, 10 p.m.
The Fillmore
29 E. Allen St.

Started by two best friends in, of course, Brooklyn, this DJ-featured party is meant to be an evening of PBR-filled dancing and raging. Past guest DJs have included Ryan Key of Yellowcard and Jordan Pundik of New Found Glory.

Chestnut Street Singers
June 3, 3 p.m.
First Unitarian Church
2125 Chestnut St.
Pay what you decide

A cooperative chamber choir that engages with musical traditions, the Chestnut Street Singers, formed in 2010, symbolically close out their season with songs that recall themes of loss and remembrance. Titled “For Cherishing,” this program features works like “Funeral Ikos” and “My Soul There is a Country.”


Opening Tap: Philly Beer Week
June 1, 6:30 p.m.
The Fillmore
29 E. Allen St.

Philly’s biggest celebration of craft beer—and there is a lot to celebrate—commences with Opening Tap, featuring more than 60 breweries and lots of live music from Suzanne Woods, Michael Fava and Dan Bisogno, along with Chill Moody. The event kicks off a week of events throughout the city, in more than 100 locations.

Beer Week in the New World
June 2, 2 p.m.
Mad Rex
1000 Frankford Ave.
Pay as you go

Doubling as a behind-the-scenes look at how the installations of Mad Rex came to be, as well as a beer event complete with an exclusive-to-the-restaurant post-apocalyptic beer, this session-organized talk offers tastes from the menu, insights from Mad Rex partner Blueprint Brewing Co. and a live art-making session from artist Alloyius Mcilwaine, who created the 17-foot airplane in the dining room.

Craft Beer and Italian National Day Festival
June 3, 11 a.m.
East Passyunk Avenue
Pay as you go

Two festivals stock the avenue at once on Sunday: one, a beer-focused day of tastings and tap take-overs at 13 of the avenue’s bars and restaurants; the other, a celebration of all things Italian that highlights music, food, shopping and, in true South Philadelphia Italian fashion, culminates in a spaghetti-eating contest. Tap takeovers include Garage, Cantina Los Caballitos, Bing Bing Dim Sum, The Bottle Shop and Pub on Passyunk East, among others.


Ardmore Antique and Vintage Market
June 3, 8 a.m.
Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore
44 E. Lancaster Ave.
Pay as you go

Vendors set up camp on Lancaster Avenue for nine hours of showcasing antique lights, glassware, pottery, jewelry, collectibles and more. Family-friendly crafting activities will also be accessible for the kiddo bored with shopping.


Joel McHale
June 1, 8 p.m.
Parx Xcite Center
2999 Street Road, Bensalem

The funnyman and star of the new Netflix series “The Joel McHale Show” brings his silly and satirical personality to the stage for standup. His appearance at Parx kicks off his national casino tour.

Heather McDonald
June 2, 7:30 p.m.
Helium Comedy Club
2031 Sansom St.

McDonald will likely be remembered as the sassypants quipster of pop culture jokes on “Chelsea Lately,” though she’s also done premium cable specials since, like “I Don’t Mean to Brag,” and authored the book “You’ll Never Blue Ball in This Town Again.” Here, she does a standup set and sticks around for a VIP after-show photo and autograph.


Strictly Color
June 1, 5 p.m.
Pentimenti Gallery
145 N. Second St.

For First Friday, the gallery presents a solo exhibition of Osvaldo Romberg’s works from 1968 to 2018—timed with his 80th birthday, and including his most recent work, “Brazilian Papers.” Romberg is an Argentine artist living in Philadelphia whose work has been featured internationally.

Cristal Palace
Through June 10
Fairmount Park

Perhaps the greatest spectacle of this year’s Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, this aerial show along the banks of the Schuylkill River is site-specific and features dancers who bundle together to form a human chandelier. Arrive 20 minutes early to experience the music of all-female quintet Nobuntu, from Zimbabwe.

FringeArts Building Tour
June 1, 5 p.m.
140 N. Columbus Blvd.

Get to know the space that continues to host some of the wildest performance art in town. Learn about the building’s history as a high-pressure fire system and grab a drink at La Peg’s Haas Biergarten.

Inside the Closet
June 2, 8:30 p.m.
Good Good Comedy Theatre
215 N. 11th St.

New Yorkers Emma Willmann and Matteo Lane arrive in Philly for a live-taping of their podcast series “Inside the Closet,” sharing all kinds of experiences about being gay comics and performing standup across the country. Between them, they’ve been featured on late-night programs “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” and Comedy Central’s “@midnight,” to name a few.


June 1, 7 p.m.
320 Walnut St.
Pay as you go

Get a taste of The Beatles lore while also getting a literal taste of the center’s soup, tea sandwiches, wraps, miniardises and more. If nothing else, it’s a great excuse to experience one of Society Hill’s most curious spaces, which ambitiously functions as a community center, coffee shop, café and—for this occasion, at least—a center for film screening.

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