PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — This weekend in Philly: Rock out with your favorite musicians, enjoy a selection of films at the BlackStar Film Festival, or take a bite of some juicy, Jersey peaches. Musikfest kicks off in Bethlehem, bringing dozens of performers 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 plenty of fun things to do this weekend in and around Philly.
EVENT: Goshen Country Fair
DATE/TIME: Through Friday, opens at 6 p.m.; Saturday, opens at 5 p.m.
WHERE: Goshen Fairgrounds, 1320 Park Avenue, West Chester, Pa.
DETAILS: The 73rd annual Goshen Country Fair returns to West Chester with rides, games, live music, livestock competitions, a dog show, a craft show, agricultural competitions, tug-o-war, an auction, food, fun, famous donuts and much more. The six-day festival raises funds for the Goshen Fire Company. Guests can attend for free, and wristbands or tickets are available to purchase for rides.
PRICE: Free admission. Wristband for rides cost $35. Food is pay as you go.
EVENT: BlackStar Film Festival
DATE/TIME: Through Sunday, times vary
WHERE: Multiple Locations
DETAILS: BlackStar Film Festival runs through Sunday with an itinerary of 77 films curated from all over the world. Festival director Nehad Khader says the goal is to give voice to stories of people who are often unheard in the mainstream. It is now one of 23 international Oscar-qualifying festivals for documentaries and film shorts. 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 rated-R and will be shown at a number of venues.
PRICE: $250 all-access pass for in-person events and online screenings; $125 virtual pass for all online screenings
EVENT: Pictures in the Park: “Spider-Man: No Way Home”
DATE/TIME: Friday 8:15 - 11 p.m.
WHERE: Dilworth Park
DETAILS: Get out in Center City to relax on a warm summer night while watching free films on the big screen! Friday’s showing 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 space. Popcorn, candy and other snacks, plus beer, wine and cocktails, will be available for purchase at the Air Grille beer garden.
EVENT: Murder In The Jazz Age: A Walking Tour Murder Mystery
DATE/TIME: Friday and Saturday evenings, through Sept. 24.
WHERE: Tours begin and end at the Liberty Bell Center in Old City
DETAILS: Guests are invited to test their sleuthing skills with a walking murder-mystery experience in Old City, set in the roaring ’20s. Participants will gather at the “crime scene” to meet their guide, then take off to encounter suspects played by professional actors and find clues and QR codes along a walking journey, while working to solve the mystery. The walk is about an hour long, so wear comfortable shoes.
PRICE: $25 per guest
EVENT: Beach Blanket Bash
DATE/TIME: Saturday, 5 - 8 p.m.
WHERE: Peddler’s Village Event Tent, Route 263 and Street Road, Lahaska, Pa.
DETAILS: Celebrate Peddler’s Village’s 60th with a summer dance party. The popular Bucks County tourist attraction is taking partiers back to the ’60s with live music performances, retro dance moves, fire pits, and some good old-fashioned shenanigan, including a hula-hoop contest, volleyball tournament and yard games. Pay-as-you-go food and drinks will also be available.
PRICE: Free admission; pay-as-you-go food and drink
EVENT: Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival — EXTENDED
DATE/TIME: Daily, through Aug. 14, 6 - 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 lighted dragon was originally scheduled to pack up this weekend, but the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival will stay in place a week longer. Don’t miss the chance to see all-new lanterns, including a walk-through giant-panda bamboo forest, interactive installations and a whale! Guests may also enjoy a new song for the Franklin Square Fountain Show, featuring choreographed lights and fountain jets. Advance tickets are strongly recommended.
PRICE: Adults: $20, Sunday – Thursday; $23. Friday and Saturday
Senior (65+) and Youth (13-17): $18, Sunday – Thursday; $21, Friday and Saturday
Children (3-12): $12 ages 2 and under: Free
EVENT: Ariana Grande vs. Mariah Carey: Battle of the Vocal Wobblers Drag Brunch
DATE/TIME: Sunday, 12 - 2 p.m.
WHERE: The Lab at Evil Genius Beer Company, 1727 North Front Street, Philadelphia
DETAILS: Get ready for an Earth shaking showdown when two of music’s best vibrato’s face off in a vocal wobbling contest for the ages. It’s all happening this weekend at Evil Genius’ Ariana vs. Mariah Drag Brunch Special. Cheer for your favorite star while enjoying brunch at The Lab.
PRICE: Starting at $20 per person, advanced tickets required
EVENT: Just Peachy Festival
DATE/TIME: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
WHERE: Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, N.J.
DETAILS: Guests of the Just Peachy Festival can enjoy fun all around the farm. Take a pony ride around the pasture, play games, check out the barnyard tractors on display. Younger guests can check out the little farmer store and little mechanics shop, race rubber ducks, and search for clues in the scavenger hunt. Enjoy live music, check out animals from the traveling zoo, and don’t forget the peaches! Pam Mount’s Everything Peachy Food Tent offers tasty summer fare, including barbecued chicken, hot dogs, homemade gazpacho, salads and Terhune’s famous apple cider donuts. Barn Door Cafe will be scooping up freshly made local peach ice cream! And adults are invited to enjoy the taste of summer in a glass of Just Peachy wine. Admission fee includes pedal tractors, barnyard of animals, music, play tractors, and children’s games.
PRICE: $12 tickets available online in advance; $15 tickets available at the gate. Children under age 3 are free.
EVENT: 2nd Street Festival
DATE/TIME: 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 the most popular street festivals in Philly, the all-day party attracts some 40,000 people to NoLibs for a day of food and drink, live music and performances, as well as shopping for goods from local makers and vendors. This year’s event promises 15 beer and cocktail gardens, more than 20 food trucks and two live music stages.
PRICE: Free admission, pay as you go
DATE/TIME: Through August 14; times vary
WHERE: Multiple stages, Bethlehem, Pa.
DETAILS: Bethlehem’s Musikfest returns for 2022 with live music on stages of many sizes. More than 300 performances will be held from Aug.4 to 14 on both the north and south sides of the city. Launched in 1984, the inaugural festival attracted some 182,000 people. Now, decades later, it is expected to attract 1 million ’festers for 10 days of music, food and fun. Included in this year’s line-up are Boyz II Men, Ja Rule and Ashanti, Counting Crows, Ziggy Marley, Disturbed and so many more. Find the full lineup of events and performances, get ticket information, download the free festival app, and more here.
PRICE: Free performances are available. Tickets for some artists start at $49 and differ for each performer. VIP, backstage packages are also available.