Mexican Independence Day Festival
September 18, 2-7 p.m.
Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing
101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.
The PECO Multicultural Series continues along the Delaware River Waterfront, this time with a hoopla to celebrate Mexican independence. Stop by to pay homage to the 11-year battle that emancipated Mexico from Spain in 1821. There will be delicious food and drink, and a host of family-friendly activities, like face-painting and arts and crafts stations.
Jocks Vs. Nerds
September 16, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.
Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar
200 S. 12th St.
Gayborhood sports bar Tabu throws a high school-themed costume party that asks attendees to come dressed as a jock, nerd or whatever clique you were rocking back in the day. The night includes music by DJ KRK, yearbook photos by Alexander John Photography and prizes for the best get-ups. Watch out for hall monitors circling the dance floor. If you act up, you just might get thrown into the detention pit.
Dance on Falls Bridge
September 17, 7 p.m.
4300 Kelly Dr.
For one night only, Falls Bridge is lit up and closed to traffic for a dance party above the Schuylkill. Your ticket grants you unlimited beer and wine from Dock Street Brewery and Chaddsford Winery. Philly ten-piece The Sofa Kings provide the tunes as you dance the night away for the East Falls Development Corporation.
2016 Fringe Festival
Through September 24
Various prices and locations
The Philadelphia Fringe Festival continues into its second week, bringing unique theater experiences to stages across the city. Check out the festival guide at fringearts.com to decide what to see this week. A couple noteworthy openings include Jérôme Bel’s delightful dance work “Gala,” and the Obie award-winning musical performance “Catch” at the Bok School.
Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party
September 18, 2 p.m.
Festival Pier at Penn's Landing
601 N. Christopher Columbus Blvd.
The monthly 104.5 Summer Block Party wraps up for the year with an awesome lineup of bands playing alongside the Delaware River waterfront. Register online to snag free tickets to see Scottish synthpop act Chvrches, Sweden indie poppers Miike Snow and Santa Barbara reggae fivesome Iration.
September 18, 8:30 p.m.
1026 Spring Garden
As a vocalist, you can’t get a much better compliment than being compared to Adele and Erykah Badu, but that’s what reviewers were screaming about Selah Sue after the release of 2015’s “Reason.” The work crossed genres—from folk to funk to soul—showcasing the Belgian artist’s unique, powerhouse vocals. Give her a listen for yourself when she visits Union Transfer this weekend on her four-stop East Coast tour.
September 18, 9 p.m.
1201 Frankford Ave.
L.A. rock act Mystic Braves not only sound like they stepped out of the 1960s, they look it with their shaggy ‘dos, moustaches and John Lennon shades. Tap into your inner flower child and join them Sunday night when they hit Johnny Brenda’s in support of their new LP “Days of Yesteryear.”
“Victoria Burge: Penumbra”
September 15-November 19
The Print Center
1614 Latimer St.
Photographer Victoria Burge debuts a dazzling new exhibition at The Print Center that analyzes the effects of light. She has created large- and small-scale photographs, prints and drawings for the exhibition, but the showcase may be a projection installation that purports to “bathe the gallery in a mesmerizing display of flickering light and shadow.” Show up for the opening reception on September 15 to hear Burge discuss her work in an artist’s talk at 5:30 p.m.