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The 2016 Fringe Festival, Culture Club and more to do in Philly

Make the most of the weekend.

FESTIVALS

Honey Festival
Sept. 9-11
Various locations
Free
phillyhoneyfest.com

Honey bees get their rightful day in the sun this weekend during the sixth annual Honey Festival. The festivities take place over the course of three days and three different locations: On Friday, attend a Honey Happy Hour from 6-9 p.m. at Glen Foerd on the Delaware; a full day of family-friendly to-dos take place Saturday at Wyck Historic House from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; and things close out Sunday at Bartram’s Garden with food, water activities, honey-centric workshops and more from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

South Philly Sausage Fest
Sept. 10, noon-8 p.m.
West Passyunk Avenue between Broad and 15th streets
$12-$54
southphillysausagefest.com

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A sliver of West Passyunk Avenue closes down Saturday for the second annual Sausage Fest in Newbold. Ten area restaurants, like Grubhouse, Taproom on 19th, Vegan Commissary and Mike’s BBQ provide the grub, while Philadelphia Brewing Co., Sly Fox Beer and other breweries help you wash it all down. On the activity front, jam to live music all day from local acts New Pony, Griz and more, and let the kids go wild in a sectioned-off play area.

Greenfest Philly
Sept. 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Headhouse Square
Second and Pine streets
Free
cleanair.org/greenfest

Headhouse Square transforms into a festival of all things green and sustainable. Touted as the largest environmental fest in the tristate area, Greenfest features demonstrations on how to prepare vegan food, a beer garden, free yoga for kids and adults, and a marketplace where you can peruse eco-friendly, handmade merch.

Buzzed Ice Cream Social
Sept. 11, 3-5 p.m.
Bartram’s Garden
5400 Lindbergh Blvd.
$15
bartramsgarden.org

The official end of summer may have come and gone, but ice cream never goes out of season. Stop by Bartram’s Garden Sunday afternoon for an old-fashioned ice cream social. Your $15 ticket gets you your first drink, an ice cream or float and access to the historic gardens. Frozen treats and boozy ice cream floats come courtesy of Little Baby’s Ice Cream and Art in the Age, so you know it’s going to be delicious.

SHENANIGANS

Skeletor Karaoke Gung Show
Sept. 9, 10:30 p.m.
The Trocadero
1003 Arch St.
Free
thetroc.com

The coolest karaoke party in Philly celebrates nine years with a special night of tunes featuring the most dastardly KJ in all the land, Skeletor. Check out karasong.net to start planning what you’ll sing that night. Be careful what you pick, though. As always, people who sing sucky songs just may get gonged off the stage before they have a chance to reach the final note.

THEATER

2016 Fringe Festival
Sept. 8-24
Various prices and locations
fringearts.com

It’s one of the most exciting few weeks in Philadelphia theater. The Fringe Festival gives you a chance to explore venues across the city where arts organizations both established and emerging bring their own unique brand of performance. The options are overwhelming — hundreds of performances this weekend alone — but that’s part of the fun. Check out the festival guide at fringearts.com to find something that’s right for you. Looking for a sure bet? Take a look at "The Sincerity Project" by Team Sunshine Performance Corp., which runs Sept. 8-24.

FAMILY FUN

Run Germantown
Sept. 10, 8 a.m.
Greene and Armat streets
Pay as you go
rungermantown.com

The annual Run Germantown kicks off Saturday. If you’re not in the mood to race, there is a host of family-friendly activities taking place before and after the race. Bring along the kids for an afternoon of energy-depleting events like a bounce house, Hula-Hoop and double Dutch contests and a couple workshops promoting the benefits of physical fitness.

MUSIC

Martha Graham Cracker and Eliza Hardy Jones
Sept. 8, 8-11 p.m.
L’Etage
624 S. Sixth St.
$20-$25
brownpapertickets.com

Singer Eliza Hardy Jones joins Philly’s reigning tallest, hairiest drag queen Martha Graham Cracker for an evening of cabaret and song that’s not to be missed. Jones has lent her ethereal vocals to a number of bands, including Buried Beds, Nightlands, Strand of Oaks and Grace Potter’s project. One can only hope the night includes a duet between her and Miss Graham Cracker.

Culture Club
Sept. 9, 8:30 p.m.
Electric Factory
421 N. Seventh St.
$69.50
ticketmaster.com

The original lineup of Culture Club comes to Philly for the first time in over a decade. The appearance comes after the band had to cancel their last local gig here in 2014, when frontman Boy George suffered a throat injury. The night promises to be a parade of their '80s chart-toppers, like “Karma Chameleon,” “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me,” and “Time.”

WORKSHOPS

Natural Soap Making Workshop
Sept. 11, 2 p.m.
Palo Santo Wellness Boutique
1707 E. Passyunk Ave.
$20
palosantowellnessboutique.com

This hour-and-a-half workshop in South Philly teaches guests how to craft a bar of soap out of all-natural ingredients, like herbs, essential oils and fruits. You’ll learn the art of “saponification,” what components create a bar of soap and then be set free to concoct something sudsy of your own.

 
 
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