Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller. The hip-hop magnets, hailing from Pittsburgh, stop by on their national Under the Influence of Music Tour. Aug. 3, 5:30pm. $20-$62.50. Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd, Camden, N.J. susquehannabankcenter.com
Say Goodnight Gracie. George Burns comes to life in this tender, funny, life-affirming Tony-nominated play based on the real love story of George Burns and his wife, Gracie Allen. Aug. 3-5, various times. $10-$35. Bristol Riverside Theater, 120 Radcliffe St., Bristol. brtstage.org
Rock of Ages. This five-time Tony award-winning Broadway musical comes to Caesars, bringing guests some of the greatest classic rock and glam metal tunes of the ‘80s, including songs from Bon Jovi, Twisted Sister, Pat Benatar and many more. Aug. 14 and Sept. 2. Various times and prices. Caesars, 2100 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City, N.J. 609.348.4411. caesarsac.com
Runaway Broadway. Hear the hits of Jerry Herman and Stephen Sondheim, composers of popular shows Hello Dolly and Sweeney Todd, and celebrate the timeless music of Broadway. Aug. 16-26, various times. $33. Bristol Riverside Theatre, 120 Radcliffe St. Bristol. brtstage.org
Melissa Lomax: My Summer Vacation. We all have fond memories of those carefree, childhood summers. With her latest body of work, artist Melissa Lomax is tapping into those memories, giving audiences a rare chance to relive the summer adventures of their youth. Aug. 24-Sept. 24. Kathy Davis Studios Gallery, 303 Horsham Rd., Horsham. 215.444.9544. kathydavis.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 2014