PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — This weekend in Philadelphia: Rock out with your favorite musicians, enjoy a selection of films at the BlackStar Film Festival, or grab a bite of juicy Jersey peaches. Musikfest kicks off in Bethlehem, bringing together dozens of artists and a million “festers”. You can attend the BlackStar Film Festival in person or watch screenings from your couch. And find an old-fashioned country fair in Chester County and a celebration of New Jersey’s famous peaches in Princeton. There are lots of fun things to do this weekend in and around Philadelphia.
AN EVENT: Goshen Country Fair
DATE HOUR : Until Friday, opens at 6 p.m.; Saturday, opening at 5 p.m.
WHERE: Goshen Fairgrounds, 1320 Park Avenue, West Chester, PA.
DETAILS: The 73rd Goshen Country Fair returns to West Chester with rides, games, live music, herding competitions, dog show, craft show, farming competitions, tug of war, an auction, food, fun, famous donuts and more. The six-day festival raises funds for the Goshen Fire Company. Guests can attend for free, and wristbands or tickets are available for purchase for the rides.
THE PRICE: FREE ENTRANCE. The wristband for the rides is $35. Food is paid for as you go.
AN EVENT: Blackstar Film Festival
DATE HOUR : Until Sunday, times vary
WHERE: Multiple locations
DETAILS: The BlackStar Film Festival runs through Sunday with an itinerary of 77 selected films from around the world. Festival director Nehad Khader said the aim was to give voice to the stories of people often unknown to the general public. It is now one of 23 international documentary and short film festivals qualified for the Oscars. Guests can purchase an all-access pass for in-person and virtual screenings, or a purely virtual pass for all online screenings. The films range from family-friendly to R-rated and will screen in a number of locations.
THE PRICE: $250 all-access pass for in-person events and online screenings; $125 virtual pass for all online screenings
AN EVENT: Pictures in the park: “Spider-Man: No Way Home”
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 “Spider-Man: No Way Home” begins at 8:15 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets to claim a seat. 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: 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: Guests are invited to test their detective skills with a walking murder mystery experience in Old Town, set in the Roaring 20s. Participants will gather at the “crime scene” to meet their guide, then take off to meet suspects played by professional actors and find clues and QR codes throughout a journey on foot, while working to solve the mystery. The walk takes about an hour, so wear comfortable shoes.
THE PRICE: $25 per guest
AN EVENT: beach blanket
DATE HOUR : Saturday, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
WHERE: Peddler’s Village Event Tent, Route 263 and Street Road, Lahaska, Pennsylvania.
DETAILS: Celebrate the 60th anniversary of Peddler’s Village with a summer dance party. The popular Bucks County tourist attraction takes revelers back to the 60s with live music performances, retro dance moves, fire pits and some good old-fashioned shenanigans, including a hula-hoop contest, a volleyball tournament and garden games. Paid food and beverages will also be available.
THE PRICE: FREE ENTRANCE; a la carte food and drinks
AN EVENT: Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival — EXTENDED
DATE HOUR : Every day, until August 14, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
WHERE: Franklin Square, 200 North Sixth Street, Philadelphia
DETAILS: The dragon is back for an extended stay in Franklin Square! The fan-favorite 200-foot-long illuminated dragon was originally supposed to pack its bags this weekend, but the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival will remain in place for another week. Don’t miss the chance to see all-new lanterns, including a giant panda bamboo forest, 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 to Thursday; $21, Friday and Saturday
Children (3-12): $12 2 years and under: free
AN EVENT: Ariana Grande vs. Mariah Carey: Battle of the Vocal Wobblers Drag Brunch
DATE HOUR : Sunday, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
WHERE: The Evil Genius Beer Company Laboratory, 1727 North Front Street, Philadelphia
DETAILS: Get ready for an earth-shaking showdown when two of music’s finest vibratos face off in a wobbly vocal contest for the ages. It’s all happening this weekend at Evil Genius’ Ariana vs. Mariah Drag Brunch Special. Cheer on your favorite star while enjoying brunch at the Lab.
THE PRICE: From $20 per person, advance tickets required
AN EVENT: Fair Fishing Festival
DATE HOUR : Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
WHERE: Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, NJ
DETAILS: Just Peachy Festival guests can have fun all around the farm. Take a pony ride in the pasture, play games, check out the barnyard tractors on display. Younger guests can visit the Farmer’s Little Shop and the Little Mechanic’s Shop, race rubber duckies and look for clues in the treasure hunt. Enjoy live music, learn about the animals in the traveling zoo and don’t forget the peaches! Pam Mount’s Everything Peachy food tent offers delicious summer dishes, including grilled chicken, hot dogs, homemade gazpacho, salads and Terhune’s famous apple cider donuts. Barn Door Cafe will be picking up freshly made local peach ice cream! And adults are invited to savor the taste of summer in a glass of Just Peachy wine. Admission includes pedal tractors, animal barnyard, music, toy tractors and children’s games.
THE PRICE: $12 tickets available online in advance; $15 tickets available at the door. Children under 3 years old are free.
AN EVENT: 2nd street party
DATE HOUR : Sunday noon – 9 p.m.
WHERE: North Second Street between Girard Avenue and Spring Garden Street, Northern Liberties
DETAILS: After a two-year hiatus, the 2nd Street Festival returns to Northern Liberties. One of Philadelphia’s most popular street festivals, the all-day party draws some 40,000 people to NoLibs for a day of food and drink, live music and entertainment, plus merchandise purchases from from local manufacturers and vendors. This year’s event promises 15 beer and cocktail gardens, more than 20 food trucks and two live music stages.
THE PRICE: Free admission, pay as you go
AN EVENT: Music Festival
DATE HOUR : Until August 14; hours vary
WHERE: Multiple Steps, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
DETAILS: Bethlehem Musikfest returns in 2022 with live music on stages of all sizes. More than 300 performances will take place from August 4 to 14 on the north and south sides of the city. Launched in 1984, the inaugural festival attracted some 182,000 people. Now, decades later, it’s expected to draw 1 million feasts for 10 days of music, food and fun. This year’s lineup includes Boyz II Men, Ja Rule and Ashanti, Counting Crows, Ziggy Marley, Disturbed and more. Check out the full lineup of events and performances, get ticket information, download the free festival app and more here.
THE PRICE: Free performances are available. Tickets for select artists start at $49 and differ for each artist. VIP and backstage packages are also available.