The abbreviated week is almost at an end, the first weekend of September approaches, and with it — football. The first Eagles game of the season goes down Sunday. Where will you post up to watch? We’ve got a guide to sports bars by personality: Do you want “E-A-G-L-E-S Eagles” chants? Do you want to avoid those? Do you want cheesesteak eggrolls? How about a happy hour-priced Aperol spritz? Whatever your game-watching disposition, we’ve got you covered.
Besides football, it seems other Philly orgs have woken up from their late-summer nap. This week marks the start of Fringe Festival, the city’s all-out arts bonanza, starts today and stretches on through Sept. 22. It’s composed of 100-plus shows in more venues than we could list; here are some suggestions for what to see (and some help understanding the art lingo).
In other food festival news, this weekend is Kennett Square’s annual celebration of their cash crop: the mushroom. There are several other festivals to consider, though, including two environment-oriented offerings. Read on. — Jenn Ladd (@jrladd, email@example.com)
This two-day street festival brings 160 juried artists, dozens of bands, and a slew of food vendors to downtown Doylestown. In between browsing paintings, metal works, jewelry, and other mediums, guests can channel their own inner artist via interactive demos featuring pottery, silk scarf painting, wet paint photography, and more. Bring the kids, too: There’s a moonbounce, a rock wall, and an array of jumbo-size games. — G.D.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, North Main and East State Streets, Doylestown, free, dtownartsfestival.com
The Delaware River — the often-scenic resource for recreation, transit, and drinking water (providing for 15 million people) — takes center stage at this festival, hosted by organizations on both sides of its banks. Activities include bike rides over the Ben Franklin Bridge, free kayaking and swan boating, a music and arts festival in Wiggins Park, a meet-and-greet with a Walt Whitman impersonator at Penn’s Landing, tours of Philadelphia tall ship Gazela, free admission to the Independence Seaport Museum, and more. — G.D.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Penn’s Landing, 101 N. Columbus Blvd.; Wiggins Waterfront Park, 2 Riverside Dr., Camden, free, delawareriverfest.org
Everything comes up fungi at this annual fest: mushroom soup, mushrooms with cheese, grilled mushrooms, mushroom ice cream. Talula’s Table, Kennett Square’s four-bell blockbuster restaurant, has whipped up mushroom cream puffs, brownies, and maple cappuccinos for the occasion in years past; they’ll be sure to be at it again. Besides filling up on one of Pennsylvania’s finest forms of produce and exploring this Chester County destination, visitors can enjoy old-fashioned carnival rides, cook-offs, a car show, and live performances of all sorts, including juggling and comedy. There’s also the infamous national mushroom-eating contest, where participants will attempt to beat the world record by consuming more than 11½ pounds of fried mushrooms in eight minutes. — Grace Dickinson
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 101 S. Union St., Kennett Square, $3 for ages 12 and up, free for 12 and under, mushroomfestival.org
In North Philadelphia, the stretch of Fifth Street around Lehigh and Allegheny Streets is known as the El Centro de Oro Business and Cultural Arts District — or the Golden Center. It’s a vibrant hub of Latin culture, reflected in shops and spaces that deal in music, cooking, agriculture, arts, and community. The annual Feria del Barrio brings it all out onto North Fifth Street. Among this year’s featured performers are salsa stars Anthony Colon and Tino Serrano, and bomba dance group Ayala Brothers Folkloric Ballet. Expect colorful costumes, lively music, satisfying foods, and more. — G.D.
Noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, North Fifth Street between Huntington and Somerset Streets, free, feria.tallerpr.org
Learn about sustainable living at the Clean Air Council’s Greenfest Philly, which brings nearly 100 eco-friendly businesses and vendors to Bainbridge Green. Attendees can partake in workshops on building a green wall, taking action on climate change, and transitioning to a zero-waste lifestyle. Play it healthy with a vegan cooking demo, or grab a food truck bite and a beer from the beer garden. Early risers can join the pre-festival “plogging” activity (picking up litter while jogging), taking off from 8th and Market Streets at 9 a.m. — G.D.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Bainbridge Green, Bainbridge Street between Fifth and Third Street, free, cleanair.org
Thousands show up for this twice-a-year bonanza, featuring $1 bargains from Baltimore Avenue businesses — including pet shops, plant nurseries, and dance clubs. Bars and restaurants like Dock Street Cannery, Amari’s Restaurant, and Clarkville join in, too, with $1 bites and craft beer pours. — G.D.
5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Baltimore Avenue between 43rd and 52nd Streets, free, universitycity.org
Bring a blanket to spread out on for this evening gathering at the Rail Park. BalletX gives a free al fresco performance at 7 p.m., and astronomy experts from the Franklin Institute and the University of Pennsylvania chat about the night sky. To sweeten the deal, R.E.I. reps will host outdoor skill workshops, complete with giveaways. — G.D.
6 to 10 p.m., Thursday, the Rail Park, 1300 Noble St., free, balletx.org
South Philly’s Queen of Jeans — the band, not the late, great ’80s clothier along East Passyunk Avenue — blithely describe themselves as “2 gay vegans + 1 beautiful boy omnivore” making 1960s throwback songs. They may have been making a funny point — once. But if you go by the serious pop and jangling sound of their newest album, If you’re not afraid, I’m not afraid, their current sound is more dramatic, with elements of Morrissey (“All the Same”) and greater concentration on subtle yet pointed melodicism and lonely lyrical poignancy (“Get Lost”). Guess this trio isn’t kidding anymore. — A.D. Amorosi
8:30 p.m., Friday, Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., $10, bootandsaddlephilly.com
The logistics of a supergroup can be complicated. The country/Americana stars Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, Amanda Shires, and Natalie Hemby have teamed up as the Highwomen, named in honor of the all-male supergroup the Highwaymen. Their album comes out Friday (it’s good!), but so far, no tour has been announced. That’s because their individual careers keep them busy. Both Morris and Carlile will be in Philly, separately, this weekend. Carlile, who produced and cowrote most of Tanya Tucker’s new comeback album, While I’m Livin’, will be at the Mann on Friday (with the peerless Mavis Staples opening). Morris, whose second album, GIRL, prioritizes glossy pop over traditional country, will be at the Met on Saturday. — Steve Klinge
Brandi Carlile, 8 p.m., Friday, the Mann Center, $30.50-$140.50, 800-982-2787, manncenter.org; Maren Morris, 8 p.m., Saturday, the Met Philadelphia, 858 N. Broad St., $30-$144.50, 800-653-8000
Back in 2017, rap duo Run the Jewels came to Philadelphia’s Made in America festival and called out John McNesby, president of the city’s chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police. That ought to give you an idea of what to expect when El-P and Killer Mike come back to town for Goose Island Beer Co.’s 215 Block Party at Franklin Music Hall. To wash it down, the pair will offer their “Love Again” beer, an American pale wheat ale collab with Goose Island, during the show. Chevy Metal, a ’70s rock cover band featuring Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, opens. — Nick Vadala
6:30 p.m., Saturday, Franklin Music Hall, 421 N. Seventh St., $20, 215-627-1332, bowerypresents.com
The package the Royalty Tour puts together is two of the biggest hip-hop and R&B stars of the 1990s; earlier this year, they recorded a single together called “Thriving.” Nas’ 1994 debut Illmatic belongs on any right-thinking hip-hop fan’s list of the greatest rap albums of all time. He’s never equaled it, but how could he? Mary J. Blige first emerged under Sean ”Puffy” Combs’ wing with What’s the 411? in 1992 and has continued to chronicle her trials and tribulations — while insisting she wants “No More Drama” — in the decades since. Her next album My Life II... There’s Something About Me, My Self & MaryJane (Act 2) is planned for release before 2019 is out. — Dan DeLuca
8 p.m., Saturday, the Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad St., $86-$176, 215-204-2400, lliacourascenter.com
Let’s not try to overhype this scrappy, winningly belligerent post-punk band, four of whose members hail from Ireland and one from Spain. The group, fronted by Grian Chatten, takes its name from Johnny Fontaine, the Sinatra-esque singer in The Godfather whose career is advanced with the help of a horse’s head in a movie producer’s bed. (“D.C.” stands for Dublin City.) Chatten’s intense stage demeanor has been compared to that of Ian Curtis of Joy Division, and the band’s debut album, Dogrel, has inspired associations with the Strokes and the Fall. We’ll see if they’re for real. — D.D.
9 p.m., Saturday, Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford St., sold out, 215-739-9684, johnnybrendas.com
When we speak of Doylestown’s silver-tongued, high-voiced pre-emo eminence, you have to make sure which one you’re talking about. Is it the lead singer of hardcore-pop icons such as Circa Survive and Saosin, or of the somewhat heavier supergroup The Sound of Animals Fighting? Or is it the solo cat whose sounds range from swinging rock to gentle folk to piano pop? Anthony Green has been them all. Last year’s Would You Still Be in Love LP was filled with strummy, optimistic pop — maybe he’s still in that mind-set. But given his usual restlessness, probably not. — A.D.A.
8 p.m., Sunday, the Foundry, 29 E. Allen St., $35, thefillmorephilly.com
In 2006’s Over and Over, Hot Chip celebrated the “joy in repetition” of club music, but over the course of their seven albums this century, the London band has managed to avoid becoming repetitive. Instead, they’ve been a remarkably reliable source of stirring singles — “Ready for the Floor,” “I Feel Better,” “Need You Now” — and vibrant albums that often use house music and synth-pop as jumping-off points for something self-aware and quietly subversive. They’re part-Pet Shop Boys, part-LCD Soundsystem (with whom they share a guitarist). Hot Chip is also an impressive live band, often stretching songs into ecstatic jams and with a penchant for surprising covers (the Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage” has appeared on recent set lists). The new A Bath Full of Ecstasy celebrates the need to be “Positive” despite a world in conflict: It’s not escapist; it’s radical in its optimism, and not at all repetitive. — S.K.