8 things to do in Philadelphia this weekend, August 20-23
Bob and Barbara's is hosting a country music fest, DIVAs are taking over the Dell Music Center, and Franklin Square is celebrating Summer Festivus.
Friday, 9 p.m.
1201 N. Frankford Ave.
This Nashville-based songwriter brings true country grit. Her initial release, “Stuck in the South,” showed off a raw voice that will undoubtedly make some serious imprints on the music scene.
Country Music Festival
Bob and Barbara's
1509 South St.
Bob and Barbara’s might be best known for drag shows and cItywides, but this weekend head to the dive for a country music fest, organized by WXPN. Line dance (or just regular dance) to country bands of all flavors, including Hurricane Hoss, John Francis, The Punkabillys and more.
Foxtrot & the Get Down
Saturday, 8 p.m.
Boot and Saddle
1131 S. Broad St.
This quartet sports a soulful vibe in their vocals, blues in their guitar licks and rock in their drum grooves. They initially made some solid impressions on the music-listening world with their first EP, “Sold the Soul.” They’ll be sure to rock this South Philly standing room venue.
DIVAs Simply Singing
Saturday, 8 p.m.
Dell Music Center
2400 Strawberry Mansion Drive in Fairmount Park
Broadway’s Sheryl Lee Ralph is celebrating the 25th year of her Divinely Inspired Victoriously Alive Foundation benefit show for HIV/AIDS awareness and education. DIVAs in the lineup feature R&B singer Alyson Williams, Meli'sa Morgan, Faith Evans and more.
Magical Mosaics Walking Tour
Saturday and Sunday, noon. and 4 p.m.
1020 South St.
Join a rare walking tour through Isaiah Zagar’s gleaming labyrinth of mosaic art, lead by a Magic Gardens staffer who will describe the techniques used, as well as stories associated with Zagar’s luminous craft.
4398 Chester Ave.
Our pick for outdoor movies this week is Pixar’s tale about a family of retired superheroes who get called back into action. Dress up like your favorite superhero and you might just win a prize from Locust Moon Comics. Bring along a blanket or camping chair.
Thursday, 4 p.m.
Race Street between Sixth and Seventh streets
Ring in (or lament) the end of summer with this annual festival in Franklin Square, featuring food trucks and a pop-up beer garden from Frankford Hall.
‘Much Ado About Nothing’
Thursday to Aug. 30
The Powel House
244 S. Third St.
The Mechanical Theater is putting on Shakespeare’s comedic tale of Benedick and Beatrice. A telephone game of gossip tricks them into professing their love for each other — but they’re not the only ones who get caught up in rumors.