Collingswood Farmers Market. More than 20 regional farmers and other vendors gather every Saturday all summer long to offer fresh produce, breads, cheeses, flowers and more alongside live music and community outreach. 8am-noon. Free. collingswoodmarket.com
Tonic. After a brief four-year hiatus, these alt-rock superstars are ready to give fans a taste of their new material and set the stage on fire. June 23, 7pm. Free. Showboat, 801 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J. showboatac.com
Celtic Thunder. Known for their live music specials on PBS, this ensemble group of Irish male singers brings a mix Celtic heritage and vocal prowess to their performances. June 27-July 8, 9pm. $35-$65. Harrah’s, 777 Harrah’s Blvd., Atlantic City, N.J. harrahsresort.com
Summer Mummers. A live performance by the Mummers string bands, every fourth Wednesday through the summer months! June 27, July 25, Aug. 22. 7pm. Free. Powell Lane Plaza, Collingswood. collingswood.com
Iron Maiden. With 15 studio-length albums to their name, the legendary Iron Maiden is deserving of every metalhead’s respect as they invade our area during the Maiden England North American Tour. June 29, 7:30pm. $29-$101. With Alice Cooper. Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, N.J. 215.365.1300.
Collective Soul. A major force behind the American grunge movement, Collective Soul achieved mainstream success during the ‘90s with the release of their hit single, “Shine.” July 3, 9pm. $29-$49. Harrah’s, 777 Harrah’s Blvd. harrahschester.com
Jamie Foxx. Academy Award-winner Jamie Foxx performs two comedy shows. July 5-6, 8:30pm. $65-$95. Caesars, 2100 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City, N.J. caesarsac.com
Toys, Comics & Collectibles Show. Peruse more than 100 tables of collectible sports cards, comic books, posters, games and jerseys. July 6-8 and Aug. 24-26. Various times. Free. Wildwoods Convention Center, 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, N.J. 609.729.9000. wildwoodsnj.com/cc
3rd Annual Tribeca Film Festival Cinema Series. Caesars Atlantic City and New York’s Tribeca Film Festival team up to bring guests a free screening of some of the year’s most anticipated films every Saturday and Sunday in July right on the beach. July 6, 8pm. Free. Beach in front of Caesars, 2100 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City, N.J. 800.735.3000. caesarsac.com
Cooking With Herbs. Spice up the flavor of your summer cooking with help from the Meadowbrook Farm staff. July 12, 6pm. $30. Meadowbrook Farm, 1633 Washington Ln., Meadowbrook. 215.988.8872. meadowbrookfarm.org
Blue Man Group. The multitalented Blue Man Group brings its entertaining mix of music, theatrics and comedy to Atlantic City. July 13-20. Various times. Caesar’s, 2100 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City, N.J. 609.348.4411. caesarsac.com
Love Is Here To Stay. Enjoy the familiar melodies and lyrics of George and Ira Gershwin on a night of love songs as part of the Bristol Riverside Theatre’s Summer Musicale series. July 19-29, various times. $33. Bristol Riverside Theatre, 120 Radcliffe St. Bristol. 215.785.0100. brtstage.org
Roy Schneider. Singer-songwriter, guitarist and creator of the comic strip The Humble Stumble, Schneider has been bringing his Americana/folk style across the country since 2008, often with his wife/musical partner at his side. July 20, 8pm. Burlap and Bean, 204 S. Newton Street Rd. Newtown Square. 484.427.4547. burlapandbean.com
Dream Theater with Crimson ProjeKct. Dream Theater, the award-winning multiplatinum progressive metal band, teams up with the eclectic Crimson ProjeKct to give fans a rocking experience. July 21, 6:30pm. $39-$69. Harrah’s, 777 Harrah’s Blvd. harrahsresort.com
Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival. Arguably one of the strongest celebrity chef lineups to date, this year’s fest includes: The Food Network’s Tyler Florence and Anne Burrell and New Jersey’s favorite pastry chef, Buddy Valastro. July 27-29. Various locations. acfoodandwine.com
Meat Loaf. The American hard-rock icon has sold more than 43 million copies of Bat Out of Hell and starred in more than 50 TV shows and movies, including The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Fight Club. July 27, 7pm. $44-$69. House of Blues, 801 Boardwalk., Atlantic City, N.J. houseofblues.com
Lonny VanBooven: Frozen in Time. Lonny VanBooven showcases his newest collection of photography, Frozen In Time, inspired by the beauty of nature and the history behind different places. Aug. 3, 5pm. Louise Gallery at Mulberry Art Studios, 19-21 N. Mulberry St. mulberryartstudios.com
Philadelphia Rock N Blues Fest. Enjoy the sounds of an impressive lineup of rock and blues musicians including the Johnny Winter Band, the Edgar Winter Band, Rick Derringer, Leslie West and Kim Simmonds from Savoy Brown. Aug. 15, 7:30pm. $55-$65. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215.572.7650. keswicktheatre.com
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!
OK, so maybe South Philly doesn’t have as many museums and theaters as Center City. It also lacks the bustling college scene of University City and all the super-trendy, “up-and-coming” allure of North Portfishington. Nevertheless, when you take a stadium complex, a beautiful green oasis, a vibrant arts community, and a slew of stellar dining establishments and mix them together into one giant melting pot, inevitably you wind up with a pretty awesome recipe for summertime amusement.
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.
Who’s ready to have too much fun in West Philly this summer? We are!
An eclectic melting pot of Philly’s smaller neighborhoods, Center City has the most to offer with the greatest variety.
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.
PW's Summer Guide 2015