Kidchella, ‘The Princess Bride’ and more to do in Philly


June 17, 5-7:30 p.m.
Smith Memorial Playground
3500 Reservoir Drive
$10 members, $5 nonmembers

Take your little one to Fairmount Park and let them raise their fake lighters at this music festival just for tots. Kidchella is expanding this year to a summerlong, three-concert series that features “kindie” musicians from around the country. The first one happens Friday with artists Lucy Kalantari, Moona Luna and The Singing Lizard. Local food trucks Foolish Waffles, Dos Hermanos Tacos and The Tot Cart will be on hand when bellies start to rumble.

Germantown Juneteenth Festival
June 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
6300 block of Germantown Avenue

The streets of Germantown come alive Saturday for this sixth annual festival that hat-tips the passage of the 14th Amendment (the one that ended slavery, if you’re not up on your Constitution history). The free event is billed as family-friendly, with hours of outdoor exhibits, games, street performances, a beer garden and food courtesy of neighborhood eateries.

Philly Carnival 2016
June 18, noon-7 p.m.
Fairmount Park
3952 Chamounix Drive

Philadelphia celebrates the sights, sounds and tastes of the Caribbean at Philly Carnival. The day begins with a free parade through Fairmount Park, and continues into the evening with live music at the pavilion area, family-friendly activities and a food vending space highlighting the wonderful flavors of the Caribbean. Lively costumes are encouraged.


”The Princess Bride”
June 16, 7 p.m.
The Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons
1001 N. 2nd Street

Beloved and oft-quoted 1980s adventure flick “The Princess Bride” shows on the jumbotron at the Piazza this Thursday night. Pack a picnic or grab some food from one of the Piazza bodegas. Some seating will be available within the Commons, but organizers suggest bringing a chair just in case.

“Beer Runners”
June 16, 8:30 p.m.
Schuylkill Banks at Walnut Street Bridge

The summerlong Schuylkill Banks Movie Series continues with a screening of “Beer Runners.” The documentary follows local running troupe Fishtown Beer Runners, exploring the impact of their camaraderie and highlighting studies that have shown the positive effects of one of their favorite traditions: drinking beer after a hard run. Take a blanket, and try to get there early for free premovie snacks.


The Lonely Biscuits
June 16, 7:30 p.m.
Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad St.

They may sound like the saddest band in history, but The Lonely Biscuits’ upbeat blend of soul, funk and sunshine rock is anything but glum. They formed in college, making music out of their dorm room, and have become a favorite at university music festivals across the country. They step away from the campus scene this week for a show at Boot & Saddle with Drexel-formed blues rockers Thee Idea Men.

Birdie Busch
June 18, 7:30 p.m.
Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad St.

Singer-songwriter Birdie Busch began writing tunes in the early aughts while she waited tables in Philadelphia. Now, five albums in, she’s a darling of the local music scene and making waves nationally for her sly neo-folk tunes. This show is a record release party for her newest work, “Thunder Bridge,” which was recorded in Germantown.

Dungen/Purling Hiss (solo)
June 19, 7:30 p.m.
Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad St.

Psychedelic rock from Philly and Scandanavia converge Sunday night at this show featuring local project Purling Hiss and Sweden’s Dungen. The latter serves as headliner, performing music from their first album in five years, “Allas Sak.”


“Big Fish”
June 18-20
Christ Church Neighborhood House
20 N. American St.

Fans of the novel and subsequent Tim Burton flick “Big Fish” will love this musical retelling of the fantastical story about a son’s quest to find the truth in his father’s far-fetched tales. Put on as part of 11th Hour Theatre Company’s Next Step Concert Series, the show features music by Tony nominee Andrew Lippa. Act fast, it only gets three stagings in Philly.

June 18-26
Drexel URBN Annex
3401 Filbert St.

New York Times best-selling humorist Josh Piven — the man who gave us the “Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook” — presents the world premiere of his latest stage comedy, “Muddled,” in West Philly. The show concerns Andy, who, after being fired from Facebook, opens a bar where social media is strictly forbidden. Can such a thing work in today’s social media-obsessed society? Piven attempts to find an answer while pondering “what happens when we can’t let go of the past, but rely on the past to build the future.”

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