A Cheat Sheet for the City's Can't-Miss Summer Events

By Nicole Finkbiner
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In celebration of the city’s diversity and abundance of creative talent, local artists of all genres will perform throughout the day within Philly Magic Gardens’ mosaic wonderland. There will also be several art/food vendors and activities to entertain folks of all ages.

Sat., July 30, noon. $6-$15. Philadelphia’s Magic Garden, 1020 South St. 215.733.0390. phillymagicgardens.org


Caribbean Festival

You may not be able to afford a tropical vacation this summer, but head over to Penn’s Landing for traditional Caribbean music, food and culture. There might even be palm trees, albeit fake ones.

Sun., Aug. 21, 2pm. Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Blvd. at Chestnut St. 215.928.8801. delawareriverevents.com

Battle On Canvas

 A group of local emerging and professional artists will be given a blank canvas and eight hours to create a masterpiece. Everyone else will get to watch their creative process while enjoying booze, food and live music. The artwork will be displayed around the Arts Garage, where the public will vote on which artist deserves the $1,000 cash prize, which will be awarded in October.

Sat., Aug. 20, 2pm. $5-$35. The Arts Garage, 1533 Ridge Ave. 215.765.2702. theartsgarage.com

Philadelphia Folk Festival

This year marks the festival’s 50th anniversary and, like every year, it will offer 75 hours of live music from more than 50 musical acts on six stages over the course of four days. Whether you camp out and party with the hippies or just stop by for the day, this is one festival worth experiencing. Troy ‘Trombone Shorty’ Andrews, whose unique sound can only be described as “Supafunkrock!” will be performing on Saturday followed by the legendary folk singer-songwriter vet Tom Paxton on Sunday.

Aug. 19-21. $45-$150. Old Pool Farm, 1323 Salford Station Rd., Schwenksville. 215.247.1300. pfs.org


TV on the Radio

 These Brooklyn, N.Y.-based indie rockers are hitting the road with their newest album, “Nine Types of Light,” a follow-up to their 2008 critically acclaimed “Dear Science.” Sadly however, they’ll be doing it without their bassist Gerard Smith, who died of lung cancer back in April.

Fri., Sept. 9, 7:30pm. $29-$39. With Broken Social Scene. Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Ave. 215.893.1999. manncenter.org


Philadelphia Live Arts Festival/Fringe Festival

The 16-day, nonstop live arts extravaganza will attempt to out-do previous years with even more mind-blowing presentations from the most renowned performing-arts groups from across the globe. Meanwhile, Philly Fringe is promising more than 200 shows self-produced by thousands of artists throughout the region.

Sept. 2-17. $10-$30. Various locations. Box Office: Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St. 215.413.1318. livearts-fringe.org

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1. Ellen said... on Jun 21, 2011 at 07:30AM

“Just wanted to point out that picture of the dancers with drums above is for the ART/GAGE festival at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, not the 9th Annual Celebration of the Drum.”


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