In case the other summer festivals haven’t quite satisfied your appetite for indie film and music, this one will be offering a two-for-one helping. Even better: The events will be held at both indoor and outdoor venues in Fishtown and NoLibs. You can expect at least 300 bands and 50 alternative films from a mix of local, national and international acts. The first batch of talent will be announced later this month with more specifics pouring in throughout the summer.
Sept. 22-25. Various locations. phillyfmfest.com
The Awesome Fest
In addition to presenting awesome titles from the independent festival circuit on the Piazza’s 40-foot screen along with a Q&A with the cast and crew, the outdoor film series will be holding a full-on party each week. Attendees can expect everything from games, contests and giveaways to an outdoor arcade, live performances and even an art installation from Portugal.
Every Sun. through Sept. 7:30pm. Free. The Piazza, 1015 N. Second St. 215.467.4600. theawesomefest.com
Philly’s Phunniest Competition
More than 100 local stand-up comics will deliver their best material over the course of 11 preliminary rounds. Only the funniest individuals will continue on. Past winners include Kent Haines, Anton Shuford and Doogie Horner, best known for his brief run on America’s Got Talent.
Every Sun., June 21-Aug. 21. 7pm. $10-$17. Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. 215.496.9001. heliumcomedy.com
Ale & Arts Trolley Tour
Learn about West Philly’s coolest murals before catching a ride to either Dock Street or Yard’s Brewery (depending on the week), for a behind-the-scenes tour and beer tasting. Once back at World Café Live, you can to stay for a low-key alternative show, grab some food or knock back a few more brewskies.
Select Thursdays. 5:30pm. $35. World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. worldcafelive.com
Shakespeare in Clark Park
Sure, you may have read Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, but unless you’ve seen it performed live outdoors for free, you’ve yet to really experience it. Now in its sixth season, the local theater company will be putting on daily shows daily for five straight days. All you need to bring is a blanket or chair. Click here for more summer theater picks.
July 29-Aug. 1. 7pm. Free. Clark Park, 4800 Baltimore Ave. 215.462.2115. shakespeareinclarkpark.org
A Love Supreme: 2nd Annual Contemporary Photography Exhibition
After receiving more than 165 entries from photographers around the world, only nine of the best where chosen to have to be featured in the summer-long exhibit.
Through Aug. 27. Free. Photo Arts Center, 1400 N. American St., Suite 103. 215.232.5678. philaphotoarts.org
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 2015