15 fun things to do in Philly this weekend

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Flavors on the Avenue
April 29, 11 a.m.
East Passyunk Avenue
Pay as you go

The annual street festival on the avenue, featuring more than 24 restaurants and 100 vendors, is a sort of unofficial ushering-in of spring for the avenue’s warm-weather-months lineup of events. Among the attractions for “Flavors”: a Founders Brewing Co. Tasting Tent, food that’s affordably priced at $3 to $6, on average, and an assortment of live music and kid-friendly activities. Retailers like South Fellini and Tildie’s Toy Box also take to the streets for the festivities. 

Shuck Fest
April 29, 12 p.m.
Oyster House
1516 Sansom St.

More than just a shucking competition—though that is the main draw—this oyster celebration includes tastings with local growers from Jersey, plenty of food specials and oyster-shucking lessons. The winner of the 2 p.m. competition walks away with a $200 cash prize.


Brad Williams
Through April 28
Helium Comedy Club
2031 Sansom St.

Raunchy comedian Brad Williams has appeared on “Comedy Underground,” “The Tonight Show,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and has hosted his own comedy special, “Fun Size,” on Showtime. He also hosts his own podcast.


Reba McEntire
April 27, 7 p.m.
Parx Casino
2999 Street Road

Back by popular demand, Reba McEntire—fresh off her hosting duties at the Academy of Country Music Awards—returns to Parx to perform hits like “Fancy,” “Somebody,” “And Still” and more. Sitcom fans will even get a performance of the infectious theme “I’m a Survivor.”


Philly Tech Week Kickoff
April 27, 5 p.m.
The Schmidt’s Commons
1001 N. Second St.
Pay as you go

Philly Tech Week kicks off another year with this eighth-annual shindig at Schmidt’s Commons, hosting an app arcade, light bites and more. Video game demos will be available from local companies like Gossamer Games.

Green Festival
April 28, 9 a.m.
Irvin and Atlantic avenues, Collingswood

Now in its 10th year, the Collingswood Green Festival brings together local experts and advocates to educate the public about sustainability, while also vending sustainably grown foods, plants and trees, and showcasing works of art made from recycled materials. Compost bins and rain barrels are discounted to 50 percent off retail prices.

Philadelphia Beard Festival
April 29, 12 p.m.
Schmidt’s Commons
1001 N. Second St.

While there will be beard grooming on the grounds with plenty of product to purchase, the real allure of this annual festival is the axe-throwing, spirit tastings, beard speed dating and, of course, beard contest. VIP tickets nab a “cigar and whiskey” experience, courtesy of Eight Oaks Craft Distillery and thetravelingtobacconist.com.


Maker’s Market
April 28, 10 a.m.
Schmidt’s Commons
1001 N. Second St.
Pay as you go

Located on the north end of the plaza between Urban Village and Wahlburger’s, the market resurfaces for another season of featured artists, crafters, farmers and other artisans. Among the bunch: Monster Joe’s Sauces, Vellum St. Soap Company and Piggyback Treats Company. A libations garden accompanies the market.

Philadelphia Punk Rock Flea Market
April 28 through April 29, 10 a.m.
The Armory
22 S. 23rd St.

Two-hundred vendors make up this antique bazaar, selling T-shirts, knick-knacks, records, art and, as promised by the event, “weird old punk stuff.” While shopping, nosh on eats from Kung Fu Hoagies, the Dive Bar Cart and Dr. Wutzit’s Wonder Balls.

Ardmore Antique & Vintage Market
April 29, 8 a.m.
Rittenhouse Place
44 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore
Pay as you go

Downtown Ardmore transforms into a shopping metropolis for the day, with the arrival of Philadelphia Flea Markets—bringing with it antique and vintage vendors ranging from T2C’s midcentury-modern furniture to Nostalgia Collection’s vintage costume jewelry. There will also be music, crafts and free coffee and cake.


Spring Fashion Show
April 28, 8 p.m.
aMuse Restaurant
1421 Arch St.
Pay as you go

Orlando Caquias and D. Nicole Talent join to launch a fashion line and talent agency, kicking off the venture with a fashion show inside aMuse’s new event space. Stick around after to score drink specials with a free wristband.


Splinter and Crack
Through May 13
Hamilton Studios
1025 Hamilton St.

The debut full-length play by Juniper Productions, the story follows the troubled Rosemary, who struggles to let go of her past to pave a future with her daughter and granddaughter. The play is staged in the immense and historic 35,000-square-foot Hamilton Studios building in Spring Arts.

Peter and the Starcatcher
Through May 20
Theatre Horizon
401 DeKalb St., Norristown

Directed by Barrymore Award-winner Matthew Decker, “Peter and the Starcatcher” is an origin story of Peter Pan—how 13-year-old Molly Aster helped shape him into the popular and beloved hero. The adventure is acted out by 10 actors and musicians, with swordfights, singing mermaids and a shipwreck, using minimal props and costumes. 


ICandy Seventh Anniversary Party
April 28, 10 p.m.
254 S. 12th St.
Pay as you go
Featuring Ginger Minj from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” as the headliner, this year’s annual soiree also offers $6 Jack Daniels and Stoli drinks for the occasion—plus, hours of sweaty close-quarters dancing, to be sure.

Philadelphia Black Pride Block Party
April 29
13th and Chancellor streets
Pay as you go
Happening just outside of Franky Bradley’s, Presidential Parties and Simply Christopher present this DJ’d all-day block party. No-frills, just fun. 

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