PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) – This weekend in Philadelphia: fire the big guns, hang out for a free movie downtown or go wild at Evil Genius Brunch – plus, Smith Playground is celebrating its 123rd anniversary and everyone is invited to celebration. Find a music festival in Bucks County and a carnival in Chester County, or stay cool at the theater and catch a performance of “To Kill a Mockingbird” at the Academy of Music. There are lots of fun things to do this weekend in and around Philadelphia.
AN EVENT: Kidchella: A Children’s Music Festival at Smith Memorial Playground
DATE HOUR : Friday 4 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Smith Memorial Playground, 3500 Reservoir Drive, Philadelphia
DETAILS: The Smith’s Kidchella Music Festival returns with music, crafts, food, and other festivities at the 6.5-acre playground. This week, guests will help celebrate Smith’s 123rd birthday with a free birthday cake for the kids, party favors and a chance to make Smith a personalized birthday card. Customers are encouraged to bring a blanket or chairs to enjoy the live music experience. Before the music, ticket holders will enjoy art stations, food trucks, giveaways, pre-show performances and playground entertainment. The main concert begins at 6 p.m. with Ants on a Log and City Love.
THE PRICE: $12 ($6 for members)
AN EVENT: Photos in the park: “Cruella”
DATE HOUR : Friday 8:15 p.m. – 11 p.m.
WHERE: Dilworth Park
DETAILS: Head out into the city center to relax on a hot summer night while watching free movies on the big screen! Friday’s screening of “Cruella” begins at 8:15 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets to claim a seat and will find free popcorn starting at 7:45 p.m., while supplies last. Popcorn, candies and other snacks, as well as beer, wine and cocktails will be available for purchase at the Air Grille beer garden.
THE PRICE: Free
AN EVENT: Ludwig’s Country Carnival
DATE HOUR : Until Friday, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
WHERE: Ludwig’s Corner Show Grounds, 5 Nantmeal Road, Glenmoore, Pennsylvania.
DETAILS: Carnival rides, games, food, a beer garden and live music welcome Ludwig’s Country Carnival guests. Special guest Dylan Zangwell of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” will perform Fridays from 6-9 p.m. The princesses will be available on Friday and Saturday for photos with the children. Pets are also welcome, but must be kept on a leash.
THE PRICE: Free entry, $25 armband for unlimited rides, $5 (cash only) parking fee
AN EVENT: Great American Guitar Show
DATE HOUR : Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
WHERE: Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave., Oaks, Pennsylvania.
DETAILS: Buy, sell or trade at the Great American Guitar Show Expo in Oaks. Musicians will find hundreds of dealers, collectors and manufacturers offering new, used, collectible and vintage guitars, amps and accessories. Customers can trade in used gear and find a gem they’ve been looking for.
THE PRICE: Saturday, $15; Sunday, $12; Two-day pass, $20. Free for children 12 and under accompanied by an adult. Cash only.
AN EVENT: Delaware Canal Music Festival
DATE HOUR : Saturday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. (rain date July 30)
WHERE: Tinicum Park, 963 River Road, Erwinna, Pennsylvania.
DETAILS: The first annual Delaware Canal Music Festival will benefit the Friends of the Delaware Canal. Ticket holders will be able to enjoy live music, crafts, local beer, wine and more.
The musical program includes:
Blue Wave Ramblers: 11 a.m.
JB Kline: noon
Karmic Repair: 1 p.m.
Pure Jerry: 2 p.m.
Barley juice: 4 p.m.
Boris Garcia: 5 p.m.
Customers are encouraged to bring their own blankets and chairs.
THE PRICE: $25 (children under 12 are free)
AN EVENT: Take a salute
DATE HOUR : Saturday, noon – 2 p.m.
WHERE: Battleship New Jersey, 62 Battleship Place, Camden, NJ
DETAILS: Pull the trigger and fire a salute from the battleship’s salute cannon. The battleship offers guests the opportunity to fire the salute cannon on Saturdays, every 30 minutes, from noon to 2 p.m. Guests can upgrade the experience to shoot the 5 inch cannon.
THE PRICE: $50 to fire a salute. $500.00, upgrade to 5 inch gun
AN EVENT: “To Kill a Mockingbird” at the Academy of Music
DATE HOUR : Until Sunday, times vary
WHERE: The Academy of Music, 240 South Broad Street, Philadelphia
DETAILS: You may have read the book or seen the movie, but it’s a whole new experience on stage. Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ is coming to the Academy of Music. Directed by Tony Award-winning Bartlett Sher and featuring Emmy Award-winning actor Richard Thomas as Atticus Finch, the live show runs until 24 July.
THE PRICE: Prices vary. Buy your tickets in advance. Recommended for ages 12 and up.
AN EVENT: Hoedown Throwdown: a country drag brunch special
DATE HOUR : Sunday, noon – 2 p.m.
WHERE: The Evil Genius Beer Company Laboratory, 1727 North Front St., Philadelphia
DETAILS: Evil Genius is about to go wild with the cast of Summer of Troy Productions. Guests will find an exclusive lineup of Philadelphia’s hottest drag queens celebrating country pop’s biggest stars, from Jolene to Carrie and everything in between, at the Evil Genius Beer Company lab. This weekend’s show is the start of a full lineup of bi-weekly summer brunches and performances celebrating the music of Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Mariah Carey, Carrie Underwood and more. Advanced tickets required.
THE PRICE: $20 per person for bar seating, $25 for general seating, $50 for VIP seating (event is 21+ only)
AN EVENT: Murder in the Jazz Age: A Murder Mystery Walking Tour
DATE HOUR : Friday and Saturday evening, until September 24.
WHERE: Tours start and end at the Liberty Bell Center in Old Town
DETAILS: Detectives are invited to test their skills with an Old Town walking murder mystery experience, set in the Roaring 20s. Participants will gather at the crime scene to meet their guide, then set off on foot to encounter clues, QR codes and suspects, played by professional actors, as they work to solve the murder mystery. The walk takes about an hour, so wear comfortable shoes.
THE PRICE: $25 per guest
AN EVENT: Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival
DATE HOUR : Every day, until August 7, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
WHERE: Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th Street, Philadelphia
DETAILS: The dragon is back! The fan-favorite 200-foot-long illuminated dragon returns to Franklin Square, a highlight of Philadelphia’s Chinese Lantern Festival. Check out brand new lanterns this year, including a giant panda bamboo forest walk, interactive installations and a whale! Guests can also enjoy a new song for the Franklin Square Fountain Show, featuring choreographed lights and fountain jets. Advance tickets are highly recommended.
THE PRICE: Adults: $20, Sunday to Thursday; $23, Friday and Saturday
Senior (65+) and Youth (13-17): $18, Sunday – Thursday; $21, Friday and Saturday
Children (3-12): $12 2 years and under: free