NW Weekender: A dance in the creek and a party for the park

Looking for something to do in Northwest Philadelphia this weekend?  Here are our top picks. 

Upstream Dance Performance, Wissahickon Creek near Valley Green Inn This is a one-of-a-kind dance performance sponsored by the Friends of the Wissahickon. Dancers will be performing a piece choreographed by Jenny Sawyer in the Wissahickon Creek. The whole piece happens within the creek and reflect elements of nature (both human nature and greenery). This event takes place at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. If you can’t make it this weekend, they are performing next weekend as well. The admission price is a suggested donation of $15. Attendees should email jroesawyer@gmail.com to RSVP and for additional information.

Party for the Park at Gorgas Park, Ridge Ave. and Hermitage St.This Saturday night, Gorgas Park transforms into a party. From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., the park is hosting a social event filled with food, beer, and wine. Meet other park-goers while supporting the programs of the park. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased here.

The Divine Hand Ensemble Concert at Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Ave. 

You might have the notion that funeral music is pretty depressing or boring. The Divine Hand Orchestra might be able to change your mind. The musicians will be performing at Laurel Hill Cemetery this Saturday Sept. 15, for a special event as part of the Fringe Festival. This event was postponed last Saturday due to severe thunderstorms. marks the first public performance of funerary music in over 250 years. The orchestra is led by Mano Divina, who uses the Theremin, an instrument that uses frequencies in the air to create sound without the player touching anything, in his music. Halloween may be long way off but this “concert atop the crypts” will certainly get you in the spirit. Bring blankets and chairs. The performance begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at http://livearts-fringe.ticketleap.com/music-for-the-hearing-eye-concert-atop-the-crypts/

Note: This event was postponed last Saturday due to severe thunderstorm warnings. Tickets from last weekend will be honored.

Dance on the Falls Bridge, 4300 Kelly Drive It is time for the annual Dance on the Falls Bridge. The event is a night filled with music, food, and of course dancing. If you want to spruce up your dancing steps, lessons will also be taking place. Food will be catered by Epicure Café. The night over the Falls begins at 8 p.m. and lasts until midnight. Tickets can be purchased here. Note: this event was postponed from last Saturday due to severe thunderstorm warnings. All tickets and special discounts will be honored, including Crowne Plaza West Hotel’s hotel reservation discount.

Vernon Park Family Fun Day, 5818 Germantown AvenueIt’s a popular weekend for fun in the parks. The Vernon Park Family Fun Day takes place this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The day will be filled with a variety of activities including face painting, drum lessons, and Zumba! Many food trucks and vendors will be selling their fare. This event is sponsored by the Friends of Vernon Park. Guests are encouraged to register at http://vernonparkfun.eventbrite.com/.

Roxborough Manayunk Craft and Flea Market, 815 E. Cathedral Rd.Find some great deals and unique crafts at the Roxborough Manayunk Craft and Flea Market. The market will be in the Immaculate Heart of Mary School. Free parking available in the school’s lot. Flea Market runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Riverpalooza Festival at Mad River Bar & Grille, 4100 Main Street.Music all day and night! The Riverpalooza Festival, hosted by Mad River Bar & Grille, begins this Saturday at 12 p.m. and goes until 2 a.m. This palooza is packed with live music and special deals, including free pizza from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m and a happy hour from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The Rockets, Joe Bachman & The Crew, and Mr. Greengenes are among the musicians playing. Advance tickets are $10 and can be purchased at www.madriverbars.com/d2AlJ

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