ManiPedi Party. Hosted by the local all-female sketch troupe ManiPedi, this comedy showcase/ice cream social will feature performances from several of the city’s finest comics, including a stand-up set from Carolyn Busa, co-host of the weekly open-mic show, “Laughs on Fairmount.” Stick around after the show and join the ladies for a dance party. June 15, 8pm. $10. Connie’s Ric Rac, 1132 S. Ninth St. 215.279.7587. conniesricrac.com
Handmade Market. Each month this summer, Paradigm Gallery is teaming up with local community organizations to host an art bazaar featuring affordable artwork, prints, jewelry, clothing and various other handmade items from local artists. June 16, July 7, Aug. 4. 12pm-6pm. Free. Paradigm Gallery, 803 S. Fourth St. 267.266.0073. paradigm-gallery.com
Diamond Divas Live. For this matinee benefit show, the most legendary divas of the past and present will perform live under one roof. We’re talking Cher, Liza and Barbara as well as Rhianna and Nicki Minaj. Actually, that’s a total lie—Philly’s finest female impersonators will be the ones performing. Sorry to get your hopes up! June 17, 6:30pm, $15. South Philly Diamond Club, 2026 S. Hutchinson St. 267.252.4924. wptapl.com
Neil Diamond. The pop/rock/country icon is taking his greatest hits on the road yet again. With a career spanning five decades, he certainly has plenty of hits to choose from, like “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” and “Song Sung Blue.” June 18, 8pm. $55-$120. Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. 215.298.4200. wellsfargocenterphilly.com
Tell Me a Story: Down and Dirty. In conjunction with the 3rd Annual SoLow Festival, this live monthly storytelling series will take inspiration from the festival’s “Down and Dirty” theme, featuring inevitably raunchy tales from host Hillary Rea along with Kambri Crews, Todd Marrone and more. June 20, 7pm. Free. Shot Tower Coffee, 542 Christian St. 267.886.8049. shottowercoffee.com
SAGA: The Rock Opera. Set in 1984 when the Cold War and the Culture War were both raging in the U.S., this production by Erik Ransom incorporates a score that plays with the synth-pop sound of the ‘80s as well as Ransom’s unique brand of Ragnarok. June 20, 22-23. 8pm. $15. L’Etage, 624 S. Sixth St. 215.592.0656. creperie-beaumonde.com
Accidents Will Happen. Held the first and third Wednesday of every month, this new free alt-comedy showcase features stand-up, sketch and the occasional musical guest. Tonight’s show will feature Doogie Horner, Joey Dougherty, Sarah Morawczynski and sketch group Camp Woods. June 20, 9pm. Free. Adobe Café, 1919 E. Passyunk Ave. 215.551.2243. adobecafephilly.com
Grays Ferry Crescent Movie Night. Grab a blanket and a few friends and head to South Philly’s newest outdoor haven for a showing of Will Smith’s Academy Award-winning film, The Pursuit of Happyness. Either pack a picnic or arrive early for free snacks and beverages. June 21, 8:30pm. Free. Grays Ferry Crescent Esplanade, Wharton St. and Schuylkill Ave. 215.222.6030. schuylkillbanks.org
Mike & Alex Get You Drunk. Hosted by Michael Hochman and Alex Gross, this night of improv comedy and drunken antics will feature performances from the N.Y.C. troupe the Imposters, Richmond Comedy Coalition from Virginia and Philly’s own Rare Bird Show as well as music from Lightening Bolts of Pain. June 22, 9:30pm. $14-$18. The Arts Parlor, 1170 S. Broad St. artsparlor.weebly.com
Midsommarfest. Spend the afternoon partying it up like a Swede at this annual summer celebration, complete with food, drinks, homemade pastries, music, games and maypole dancing. There will also be crafts and games for the kiddies. June 23, 4pm. Free. American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Ave. 215.389.1776. americanswedish.org
Reasonable Discourse With Jerks. What do comedians talk about when they’re hanging out? Find out at this monthly comedy panel show featuring some of the funniest and most interesting personalities in the city. Host Jim Grammond leads the panel in a discussion of world events, pop culture and oddities in the news. June 27, 9pm. $10-$12. The Shubin Theater, 407 Bainbridge St. 267.233.1556. phillyimprovtheater.com
A Few Answers Short. In this panel-based game show, Philly’s top comics compete in a series of meaningless challenges that test talents as varied as self-censoring ability, recognizing product barcodes and naming songs played by the audience on kazoo. June 27, 10pm. $10-$12. The Shubin Theater, 407 Bainbridge St. 267.233.1556. phillyimprovtheater.com
Group Guitar! Grab that old guitar sitting in the back of your closet and finally put it to use. In a relaxed group setting, you’ll learn about correct technique and posture as well as a fun mix of scales, chords and simple progressions. No previous experience necessary. June 25-July 30. 6:30pm. $145. Queen Village Art Center, 514 Bainbridge St. phillyartcenter.com
Sewing Basics: Hems, Copies & Creative Clothing Recycling. Learn to sew while recreating your favorite fashions. After starting with clothing alterations like hemming and bringing in waistlines, participants will get to redesign one of their own shirts or skirts with the guidance of an instructor. June 26-July 31. 6:30pm. $165. Queen Village Art Center, 514 Bainbridge St. phillyartcenter.com
LMFAO. It’s hard to say whether this eccentric electro-pop duo is pure genius or pop music pariah. Either way, Redfoo and Cherrytree are rolling into town along the entire Party Rock Crew and several special guests for one hell of a dance party. June 30, 7pm. $35-$69. With Far East Movement, the Quest Crew, Sidney Samson, Natalia Kills + Eva Simmons. Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. 800.298.4200. wellsfargocenterphilly.com
Coldplay. Admit it—Chris Martin’s melodic pop-rock totally makes you feel tingly inside. Even better, he’ll be joined by Wolf Gang, the critically acclaimed brainchild of fellow Brit and MGMT member Max McElligott and The Flaming Lips. July 5-6, 7pm. $46-$96. With Wolf Gang. Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. 800.298.4200. wellsfargocenterphilly.com
Free Improv Workshop. Always wanted to try improv, but just never got up the nerve to commit to eight weeks of class? Good news: The Philly Improv Theater offers a two-hour workshop where you can learn the basics of improv without having to make a commitment or spend a dime. July 7, 4pm & Aug. 5, 1pm. Free. The Shubin Theater, 407 Bainbridge St. 267.233.1556. phillyimprovtheater.com
Summer in the City. In Da Vinci Art Alliance’s Annual Members Awards Exhibition, a multimedia collection of works takes inspiration from the sights, events, colors and moods of the summer season both in Philly and in other cities around the world. July 8, 1pm. Through July 29. Free. Da Vinci Art Alliance, 704 Catherine St. davinciartalliance.org
Ceramic Tile and Mosaics. Learn a traditional Pennsylvania style of tile- and mosaic-making from start to finish with a mosaic ready to hang on your wall at home. Bring to the first class: a drawing or photograph that you will trace and make out of clay. Every Mon., July 9-Aug. 17. 6:30pm. $155-$175. Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catherine St. 215.922.3456. fleisher.org
Looking for summer excitement in your neighborhood—or an excuse to explore new parts of the city? Either way, you’re golden: Here’s our compass-based manual for locating the hottest fun to be found around Philly, one direction at a time!
Unless you weren’t already convinced, hopefully we’ve proven to you by now that Philly is jam-packed with awesome summer events. But for a little suburban staycation, we threw in our top picks for events happening outside city limits.
Sunny enthusiasm, morbid fascination or retro nostalgia: Whatever mood you feel like cultivating in your culture, you can find it just inside the roundabouts-northerly edges of the Philadelphia city limits.
Who’s ready to have too much fun in West Philly this summer? We are!
From the convenient entertainment hub that is NoLibs to the booming cultural mecca better known as North Portfishington, there are pretty much an endless supply of things for you to do, see, hear and eat this summer in North Philly.
An eclectic melting pot of Philly’s smaller neighborhoods, Center City has the most to offer with the greatest variety.
PW's Summer Guide 2015