Celebrate bugs, stars, outdoor movies, peaches, the Pennsylvania Dutch, and more. Robin Bloom shares her picks for what to do this week.
Night Market Lancaster Avenue
Check out Night Market Lancaster Avenue, Thursday, August 6, 6pm-10pm, featuring the best ethnic and regional restaurants and food trucks and a chance to explore the West Philly neighborhoods of Mantua, Powelton Village and University City. The roving street festival puts a spotlight on a unique, diverse, vibrant and up and coming neighborhood and celebrates the city’s diverse food scene with vendors and entertainers, 35th to 39th on Lancaster Avenue. Photo by Dave Tavani for The Food Trust.
Stories from Non-Putin Russia at IHP
International House Philadelphia presents a month-long series of documentaries depicting the state of life in distant Russian provinces with Stories from Non-Putin Russia, August 6-27. The films reflect the lives of ordinary Russian people, including Fisherman and the Dancer about the keepers of a weather station in Siberia, Grandma’s Apartment, a film that takes place in the Urals, Life as It Is, depicting life on a Russian farm, and Yaptik-Hasse (pictured), telling the story of the Yaptiks, nomads who reside on Yamal Peninsula and are known for breeding reindeer, 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. Photo courtesy of International House Philadelphia.
Scribe Video Center kicks off its annual, month-long Street Movies!, urban drive-ins without cars. Now in its 18th year, the series is a citywide tradition that brings neighbors together for outdoor screenings of short films plus discussions and live performances and begins on Friday, August 7 at Clark Park. All events are family-friendly and free and open to the public. Four of the seven programs open with live performances by Sonia Sanchez, Ursula Rucker, bomba and plena group Los Bomberos De la Calle, and the SEAMAAC Hip-Hop Heritage B-Boy Crew (pictured), beginning at 7:45pm, with screenings starting at sundown (8:30pm). Film continue through August 27 in Camden, West Kensington, North Philly, West Philly, South Philly, and Chester, PA. Photo courtesy of Scribe Video Center.
For more outdoor movie screenings, check out Schuylkill Banks Movie Series with a screening on Thursday, August 6 by the Walnut Street Bridge. Movies start at dusk between 7:45pm and 8:30pm.
In Chestnut Hill, the first annual Friday Night Outdoor Movies Series kicks off at the Water Tower Recreation Center, Friday, August 7 with food trucks and film screening at 8pm, 200 East Hartwell Lane, Philadelphia.
Recent work by Elizabeth Osborne
Elizabeth Osborne is celebrated as the subject of two exhibitions: Inside/Out, a new group of paintings that blend the specific with the abstract, on display through September 26 at Locks Gallery, 600 Washington Square South, Philadelphia. An artist’s reception is Thursday, August 6, 5:30pm-7:30pm. And Michener Art Museum presents Veils of Color: Juxtapositions and Recent Work by Elizabeth Osborne through November 15. The exhibit of twenty four works explores the sweep of the Philadelphia artist’s nearly six-decade career, accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown, PA. Related programs include a Curator’s Conversation with Kirsten M. Jensen, Ph.D. and Osborne on October 6 and a studio tour with Osborne on October 16. Pictured: Manchester Porch 111, 1978 (photo courtesy of Locks Gallery).
Musikfest kicks off this Friday, August 7-16 with 10 days of concerts on 14 stages, and more than 300 performances including Duran Duran, ZZ Top, Reba, Snoop Dogg, Culture Club, Jerry Seinfeld, Darius Rucker, 3 Doors Down, Flaming Lips, and many more in venues in downtown Bethlehem, PA. Many performances free. Additional activities include artisans, food, children’s activities, music camp and more. Photo courtesy of Musikfest.
Art Loop in Wilmington
Enjoy First Friday in Wilmington as the Delaware Art museum hosts Art is Tasty, a lunch art discussion on the painting Atlantic City Beach by Reginald Marsh (pictured), Friday, August 7, 12pm-3pm, 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE. Head to the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts from 5pm-9pm for an opening reception for an exhibition of new work by DCCA studio artist Scott McClurg, DJ Skinny White with belly dancer Julia Semple, a fashion show, food trucks and more, 200 South Madison, Wilmington, DE.
Pennsylvania Dutch Festival at Reading Terminal Market
The annual Pennsylvania Dutch Festival takes place Thursday, August 6 through Saturday, August 8, 8am-5pm, featuring handmade crafts and traditional food at Reading Terminal Market. Enjoy homemade ice cream made in an old-fashioned churn-style ice cream maker, Pennsylvania Dutch sausages, apple dumplings, funnel cakes (which are originally Pennsylvania Dutch), donuts, and much more. On Saturday, take an Amish buggy ride in horse drawn wagons, pet a farm animal, and listen to live bluegrass music at 12th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia. Photo courtesy of Reading Terminal Market.
Goschenhoppen Folk Festival
For more authentic 18th and 19th century Pennsylvania German folk life, visit the 49th annual Goschenhoppen Folk Festival, August 7, 12pm-8pm, and August 8, 10am-6pm. Costumed craftspeople demonstrate the secrets of their arts such as rope-making, blacksmithing, hearth cooking, and gardening. See farm animals, ride in a horse drawn wagon, taste fastnachts, shoofly pie, elderberry pie, fresh peaches and ice cream and more. This year’s theme is fraktur, the art form brought to the area by the Germans, Henry Antes Plantation, 318 Colonial Road, Perkiomenville, PA. Photo courtesy of the Goschenhoppen Folk Festival.
You may also like Winterthur’s exhibit A Colorful Folk: Pennsylvania Germans & the Art of Everyday Life, on display through January 3 in Winterthur, DE.
Bug Fest at Academy of Natural Sciences
Pet a maggot and see hundreds of live insects at the annual Bug Fest, crawling into the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University Saturday and Sunday, August 8-9. Do bug yoga, visit a bug clinic, race a cockroach (pictured), and taste insect treats prepared by celebrity bug chef David George Gordon. Also, see live ants in a special display in honor of the release of the Ant-Man movie. Come dressed as a bug and get $2 off admission. Check out the exhibit Animal Grossology, on view through August 31, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. Photo by Meredith Dolan/ANS.
“Mary Poppins” at UDPAC
Enjoy your favorite moments from the Disney film Mary Poppins, promising to be “practically perfect” with many news songs and magical twists at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, Friday, August 7, 7:30pm, Saturday, August 8, 1:30pm and 7:30pm. Featuring more adventures from the books of P.L Travers, the Mary Poppins stage show presents a new take on the story with magic, flying and dancing, professionally directed, with lighting, scenic design and costumes by theater-professionals as well as a live orchestra, recommended for ages 8 and up, 601 N. Lansdowne Avenue, Drexel Hill, PA.
Celebrate National Peach Month
August is Peach Month and Linvilla Orchard celebrates with its annual Peach Festival, Saturday, August 8, with live music, story time, costumed characters and other children’s activities, homemade jam making, and the opportunity to pick your own peaches and other fresh fruits and vegetables, beginning at 8am, 137 W. Knowlton Road Media, PA. Rain date is August 9. Peddler’s Village hosts a Peach Festival and Sidewalk Sale, Saturday, August 8, 10am-9pm and Sunday, August 9, 10am-6pm with peach treats, musical entertainment, children’s activities and more, Routes 202 & 263, Lahaska, PA. Free admission and free parking, rain or shine.
Cape May Craft Beer & Crab Festival
The 4th annual Cape May Craft Beer & Crab Festival returns Saturday, August 8, 11am-6pm, with live music all day on an outdoor stage featuring New Pony, Shady Side, Audrey & Chris, Radio Neon Duo, Sean K. Preston and more, plus an old-fashioned Victorian circus, crafts, children’s activities, art, and beer and crabs, at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ. Admission is free with charges for some activities and food. Photo courtesy of Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities.
The Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association hosts the annual Butterfly Festival, Saturday, August 8, 10am-4pm, on the grounds of the 930 acre Watershed Reserve. Take a tethered balloon ride and enjoy live stage entertainment, artists and crafters, food, insect zoo, hay rides, nature walks, yoga and hula hoop demonstrations, Star Lab, games, magic and more. Wear a costume for the Butterfly and Bug Parade and check out the new Watershed Center and Kate Gorrie Butterfly House, 31 Titus Mill Road, Pennington, NJ. Free parking, Rain or shine. Photo courtesy of Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association.
Festival of Lights
Bridge the gap between Pennsylvania and New Jersey with the annual Festival of Lights, Saturday, August 8, hosted by the Greater Burlington Chamber of Commerce and the Historic City of Burlington, NJ. Festivities begin at 3pm with food, vendors, and children’s activities, and live music by The Privileged Few at 4pm followed by Cruzin Tunes DJ. The decorated and lighted boat parade takes off along the waterfront at 8:15pm, culminating in a fireworks display. Rain date Sunday, August 9. Free. Photo courtesy of the the City of Burlington.
Second Saturday Sketch at Rodin Museum
Bring your sketchbook or pick one up at the Rodin Museum for the Second Saturday Sketch, August 8, 10am-12pm. Let the museum and its gardens inspire you to learn a sketching technique. Each month, the topics vary and include the building, sculptures and the garden, weather permitting. Materials provided and the program is aimed primarily at an adult audience, 2151 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. Included with admission. Photo courtesy of the Rodin Museum.
The Chesmont Astronomical Society’s annual Starfest is Saturday, August 8. Gates open at 5:30pm for telescope setup, with children’s activities, guest astronomy speakers, door prizes and the opportunity to view the night sky through a variety of telescopes at Hopewell Furnace National Historical Site, 2 Mark Bird Lane, Elverson, PA. Rain date August 9. Bring a lawn chair, blanket and picnic dinner! Admission and parking is free. Photo courtesy of the Chesmont Astronomical Society.
Each week, the Entertainment Guide spotlights interesting local arts offerings happening now, including music, dance, theater, museums, special exhibitions and other arts events from across the region.
To submit an event to be considered, email Robin Bloom at firstname.lastname@example.org.