Tibet Fest, Philadelphia Jerk Festival and more to do this weekend


Twilight in the Gardens
Aug. 26, 7-10 p.m.
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
1020 South St.

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens opens its gates for a nighttime twirl through the grounds that includes live music and art-making workshops. Jazz and soul ensemble Unity provides the sounds, while artist Mackenzie Vaughn Pikaart teaches guests to make personalized pin-back buttons. As always the event is BYOBBS, so bring your own booze, blankets and snacks.

Open Streets PHL Fundraiser
Aug. 25, 5-10 p.m.
PHS Pop-Up Garden at the Viaduct Rail Park
10th and Hamilton streets

Remember when Pope Francis was in town and streets in Center City were closed to traffic for several glorious days? That was pretty cool, right? There’s a local organization, Open Streets PHL, that’s working to bring car-free events to Philly streets at least once a month, but it needs funds and—most important—a big show of support to make its cause a reality. This week, it’s hosting a fundraiser at the PHS Pop-Up Garden at Viaduct Rail Park, where supporters can talk all things open streets over beer, cocktails and light bites from the big orange bar. No cars allowed.


Tibet Fest
Aug. 28, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Clark Park
4398 Chester Ave.
$10-$20 (donation based)

Be whisked away to to Tibet, at least in spirit, this Sunday at Clark Park during the eighth annual Tibet Fest. Vendors will be on hand selling traditional Tibetan trinkets, vegan food options will be plentiful and activities are planned every hour between 1 and 3. There will be guided meditations, a snow lion dance and a children’s dance and song performance closes out the day.

Philadelphia Jerk Festival
Aug. 28, noon-6 p.m.
Fairmount Park
Chamounix Drive

Miss the amazing outdoor seating at Jamaican Jerk Hut on South Street? Here’s a chance to reminisce. The second annual Philadelphia Jerk Festival celebrates Caribbean and jerk traditions going strong here in Philly with a feast of jerk foods, traditional live music and a host of family-friendly activities. Bring along the little ones to let them run wild in the kids’ zone, where they can have their faces painted, parade in a costume walkabout and make some arts and crafts.


Movies In Clark Park Kickoff
Aug. 26
Clark Park
4398 Chester Ave.

On Fridays through Sept. 9, Clark Park transforms into an outdoor movie theater, with family-friendly film screenings starting at dusk. The series begins this week with “Finding Nemo,” and continues on subsequent Fridays with “Rocky” spinoff “Creed” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic, or you can grab dinner from food vendors on site.


Peoti Visions
Aug. 26, 9 p.m.
Underground Arts
1200 Callowhill St.

South Jersey hip-hop trio Peoti Visions wrap up their mini “Peotified Summer” tour with a performance this week at Underground Arts. The show promises to be a cinematic experience, with projections of music videos they produce themselves and a series of skits. Opening acts include local gospel artist Aaron Thomas and singer Bianca Ingram.

Philadelphia Country Music Festival
Aug. 27-28, 12:30 p.m.-2 a.m.
Connie’s Ric Rac
1132 S. 9th St.

Get your honky tonk on at the second annual Philadelphia Country Music Festival, taking place this weekend—in the Italian Market of all places. The daylong event is totally free. Stop by Saturday to catch country acts like No Good Sister, Sparkle Pony, Moot Davis and Minka playing on indoor and outdoor stages. Festival hosts The Wallace Brothers Band go on at 11:20 a.m.

Laura Mvula
Aug. 28, 8:30 p.m.
Union Transfer
1026 Spring Garden St.

British neo-jazz songstress Laura Mvula comes to Philadelphia after the release of her first album since 2013’s critically acclaimed “Sing to the Moon.” The work includes several of her characteristically lush ballads but also a few dancefloor jams, like girl-power anthem “Phenomenal Woman.”


Go Fishing Day
Aug. 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Wissahickon Environmental Center
300 W. Northwestern Ave.

Grab the family and take them to the Wissahickon Environmental Center for a free day of fishing and learning. A limited number of rods will be available for fishers, who can sit in on fishing demonstrations on perfecting your casting game. Guests can also learn how climate change is disturbing our fishing traditions.


Through Aug. 27
Various locations

Philadelphia’s only LGBT theater festival wraps up its two-week run with final showings of three of its Philadelphia premieres, “Harbor,” “MMF” and “Wolves.” If you’re looking for an alternative to the theater, stop by Studio X Friday night for some singing and dancing at the “You’re Here, You’re Queer” cabaret.

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