August 16-18: Blood drive for Officer Davies | Levitate Philly party | Grays Ferry Triangles jazz | Makers Celebration | Awesome Fest Killer Klowns screening | Caribbean Festival | Post Industrial City walking tour

Hello Streeters! Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are our top picks. Enjoy!

DONATE Blood Drive to Support Officer Davies

Friday, August 16, 7am – 2pm at Center City Donor Center, 700 Spring Garden Street and 8am – 3pm at Northeast Donor Center, 1401 Rhawn Street. Temple University and the Fraternal Order of Police, with the assistance of the American Red Cross, have organized a blood drive in support of Police Officer Edward Davies, who was shot in the abdomen during a traffic stop on Tuesday, August 13. Free.

SUPPORT Levitate Philly party to support women in the arts

Friday, August 16, 9pm – 2am, Fire and Ice, 312 Market Street. On the third Friday of every month, Levitate Philly hosts a roving event to support women in the arts by providing a gathering space to exhibit, perform and connect. This month the party moves to Fire and Ice in Old City and will support Levitate Philly, Equality PA and The Attic Youth Center. The night includes female visual artists, performers, DJs and a short theatrical presentation. Cost: $10 at the door or $7 with a Facebook RSVP.

LISTEN Jazz at the Grays Ferry Triangles

Friday, August 16, 6pm – 8pm, The Igloo, 2223 Grays Ferry Avenue. Jazz returns to the Grays Ferry Triangles this Friday with a performance by The Dreaming Tree Trio at the Triangles’ new frozen yogurt shop, The Igloo. Bring your lawn chairs or beach blankets and feel free to grab food at other local shops, like Phoebe’s, Ants Pants and Grace Tavern. If you haven’t checked out the work the South of South Neighborhood Association (SOSNA) has been doing to activate the triangles, this is a perfect opportunity. Free. 

CELEBRATE Maker Celebration at the Free Library of Philadelphia

Saturday, August 17. 10am – 2pm, Free Library of Philadelphia, Central Branch, 1901 Vine Street. The Free Library of Philadelphia will celebrate Philadelphia’s makers, the artists, crafters, tech enthusiasts and designers who embody the do-it-yourself culture. Throughout the summer five Free Library locations hosted a Makers Education Initiative, which included hands-on, do-it-yourself classes. The results of that initiative will be on display at Saturday’s celebration. Work by Clay Studio, Girls Rock Philly and other makers will be on display as well. Free. 

WATCH Awesome Fest 80’s Movies – 25th Anniversary Screening Closing Night!

Saturday, August 17th, 9pm-11pm, Parx Casino, 2999 Street Rd, Bensalem, PA. Awesome Fest brings a 25th anniversary, outdoor screening of “Killer Klowns from Outer Space” to Parx Casino this Saturday night. The ’80s film follows a few young people who realize their town has been invaded by aliens that look like clowns and, armed with an ice cream truck, try to save the town. The Chiodo Brothers will be in attendance. Free

FEST Philadelphia Caribbean Festival

Sunday, August 18th, Noon – 8pm, Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street. On August 18, celebrate 14 Caribbean Islands at the 27th Philadelphia Caribbean Festival at Penn’s Landing. Let the islands serenade you with authentic island sounds of reggae, roots international beat, hip-hop, steel bands and gospel, and enjoy poetry, island skits and creative dances. Of course the festival wouldn’t be complete with authentic fare. This year sample jerk chicken, cod fish cakes, curried goat, Caribbean slaw and more. Free.

TOUR The Post Industrial City: Callowhill West District

Sunday, August 18th, 2pm, Meet at front of Former Inquirer Bldg, 400 N. Broad St. This 1.5-mile Preservation Alliance walking tour focuses on a four-block-wide swath, from Vine Street to Spring Garden Street and 20th Street to Broad Street. Participants will learn about the neighborhood’s history dating back to the early 1700s. The neighborhood, a country estate in the early 18th century and later a center for American locomotive production, played an important part in the Yellow Fever epidemic of 1793 and was home to the third Philadelphia Mint, The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Community College of Philadelphia. William penn, Andrew Hamilton, President John Adams, Stephen Girard, Asa Whitney and other important historical figures worked and/or lived there, and remounts of the past remain in industrial infrastructure, including bridges and abandoned railroad facilities. Cost: Adults $10, Students $8, Children 10 and under free. 

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