First Annual Vendy Awards
We turn to them everyday in search of a good, quick meal, but which one is really the best? Nominated by the public, eight to 10 local street vendors will compete in an intense cook-off. A distinguished panel of judges (including PW ’s Brian McManus) will decide who goes home with the coveted Vendy Cup. The public will also have a chance to try the finalists’ food. The event, which has been held in New York for the last six years, will help raise money for the Philly-based Food Trust.
Sat., July 9, 3 p.m. $55. The Piazza, 1015 N. Second St. 215.467.4603. atthepiazza.com
The Summer Pink Pub Crawl
Bar crawlers get one free drink at the first three stops during this annual LBGT event, including Q Lounge and Sisters. It ends at Voyeur, where crawlers get free admission to dance the rest of the night away. Come wearing at least one piece of pink attire—whether it’s a shirt, feather boa or a pair of short-shorts—and you’ll save yourself $10 bucks.
Sat., July 9, 9pm. $25-$35. Tavern On Camac, 243 S. Camac St. 215.545.0900. tavernoncamac.com
X-Mas in July
You don’t have to wait till Christmas to enjoy your favorite holiday brew. For its annual tradition, the Grey Lodge Pub—a beloved Northeast watering hole—will be serving up Christmas cookies and the best beers from their winter stash, which includes Sly Fox Christmas Ale and Troegs Mad Elf.
Fri., July 8, 6pm. Free. Grey Lodge Pub. 6235 Frankford Ave. 215.856.3591. greylodge.com
Philadelphia Q Fest
Aside from highlighting nearly 150 queer-themed films, documentaries and shorts from around the world, the annual two-week gay and lesbian film festival is known to throw some bangin’ parties. Details will be announced shortly.
July 7-18. Various locations. qfest.com
The Ultimate Philadelphia Ice Cream Festival
Like a dream come true, you’ll have your pickins from some of the finest frozen desserts from around the area, like Miller’s Twist, Kreider Dairy Farms and Franklin Fountain. There will also be games, music, kids’ activities and a demonstration by renowned Chef Georges Perrier, who will be introducing the new Pure Gourmet brand of sorbets.
Sat., July 16, 10am. Free. Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th St. 215.922.2317. readingterminalmarket.org
In one of her few brilliant career moves, the pop princess has invited hip-hop’s leading lady Nicki Minaj to tag along on her latest tour. Needless to say, you can expect a sexually charged, over-the-top show, possibly even some girl-on-girl action.
Sat., July 30, 7pm. $29-$350. With Nicki Minaj, Jessie and the Toy Boys and Nervo. Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. 800.298.4200. wellsfargocenterphilly.com
Gritty, old Philadelphia is the most bike-riding big city in America. According to the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, biking in Philadelphia has exploded since 2000, when the rate was just .86 percent, nearly doubling between 2005 and 2008 alone.
Years ago, local theater companies closed up shop in mid-June and headed off to the beach, the mountains or wherever theater folk go during the summer to inspire their creative juices. Thankfully, times have changed and stages are busy this summer with an abundance of exciting productions.
While the allure of leisure and fun in the sun will have most Philadelphians high-tailing it to the shore, planning much-needed vacations or enjoying the plethora of outdoor activities this summer, Kawana Love, founder of B. Coleman Black Wings A’eronautique Club, will spend her summer weekends leading a group of inner-city youth down an unconventional path.
PW's Summer Guide 2014