Summer Guide 2012: Center City

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ACANA African Festival. Sponsored by the African Cultural Alliance of North America, this year’s festival looks to celebrate the cultures of the African-American community and the African immigrant community. Aug. 5, 2pm. Free. Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Blvd. at Chestnut St. 215.928.8801. delawareriverevents.com

Southeast Asian Dragon Boat Festival. In addition to celebrating Southeastern Asian countries, there will also be several teams competing in dragon boat racing down the Delaware River, a nod to the area’s ancient traditions. Aug. 11, noon. Free. Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Blvd. at Chestnut St. 215.928.8801. delawareriverevents.com

PW Concerts in the Park. Our favorite live music series returns to Rittenhouse Square! Aug. 15: Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band with special guests TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb. Aug. 22: Ground Up featuring the Lawsuits. Aug. 29: The Strapping Fieldhands and the Spinning Leaves. 7pm. Free. Rittenhouse Square. philadelphiaweekly.com

The Molly Blooms. Combining guitar, upright bass, violin and vocals, this local group produces a dreamy fusion of celtic, folk and bluegrass. Aug. 15, 7:30pm. Free. Kahn Park, 1100 Pine St. kahnpark.org

Literary Salon. Discuss Barnaby Rudge, Charles Dickens’ first historical novel, as it tells the story of the anti-Catholic Gordon riots in 1780 London, intertwined with a murder mystery. Aug. 16, 6:30pm. Free. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. 215.686.5322. freelibrary.org

Marina and the Diamonds. If the success of fellow U.K. pop outfits Florence + The Machine and Ellie Goulding are any indication, this Welsh singer-songwriter will soon be creeping up the American Billboard charts with her keyboard-based ballads and up-tempo New Wave tunes. Aug. 17, 7pm. $16. With Ms. Mr. TLA, 334 South St. tlaphilly.com

mewithoutYou. Best known for their spoken-word vocals and free ranging drums, base and guitar, this four-piece local band have just released their fifth full-length album, Ten Stories. Aug. 18, 7:30pm. $17. TLA, 334 South St. 215.922.1011. tlaphilly.com

Caribbean Festival. Soca, calypso, reggae, hip-hop and gospel music come together with traditional island fare for this 26th annual festival. Attendees can browse vendors selling island fashions and crafts, and children can attend the Children’s Village to learn about African-Caribbean culture awareness. Aug. 19, 12pm. Free. Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Blvd. at Market St. delawareriverevents.com

James Rouse and the James Rouse Band. If you enjoy the intersection of funk and soul, you’ll be sure to love this performance by James “Biscuit” Rouse and his band. Aug. 24, 7pm. Free. The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. 866.849.7056. barnesfoundation.org

The Long Now. This exhibit explores the relationship between film and photography. Aug. 24-Oct. 3. Various times. Free. Moore College, 20th and Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. thegalleriesatmoore.org

Sublime with Rome. Following the success of 2011’s Yours Truly, Sublime with Rome promise to make it truly sound like summer at Festival Pier while headlining the Hemp Heals Music Festival. Aug. 25, 4pm. $49. With Cypress Hill, Pepper. The Festival Pier, Columbus Blvd. and Spring Garden St. 215.928.8801. delawareriverevents.com

Dead Can Dance. This ethereal neoclassical world music duo from Melbourne, Australia, may have disbanded in 1998, but in 2005, they wound up temporarily reuniting for a sold-out world tour. Still going strong, they’re now hitting the road once again, visiting 17 cities across North America. Aug. 26, 7:30pm. $44.50. Verizon Hall, 300 S. Broad St. 215.893.1999. kimmelcenter.org

September

Budweiser Made in America Festival. Jay-Z, Budweiser and United Way present the Budweiser Made in America Festival. Jigga headlines the fest, which also features Skrillex, Pearl Jam, Santigold and more. Sept. 1-2, noon. $135. Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. madeinamericafest.com

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