We’re headed into the last weekend of July, with a sunny forecast that will mostly just skirt 90 degrees. Spend it singing and swaying at WXPN’s Camden music festival, featuring Elvis Costello, Blondie, Hozier, Japanese Breakfast, and more over the three-day, two-venue bash. Or buff your ride and cruise over to East Passyunk Avenue, where its yearly car show will bring wheels old and new (and beloved restaurants, too) to the shut-down stretch between Broad and Dickinson.
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More than 200 vintage and custom cars roll up to this sprawling block party on South Philly’s busiest one-way. They park alongside dozens of food trucks and vendors. Live bands and circus performances are scheduled, too, and free temporary tattoo stations and a bounce house keep the kids entertained while you graze. — Grace Dickinson
11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, East Passyunk Avenue between Broad and Dickinson, 215-336-1455, visiteastpassyunk.com
Don your best cloak and venture to Cherry Street Pier to drift through a dark alley market with 30 artists, live music, beer and spirit samplings, and pups to pet (and adopt) from PAWS. At the center of this magic-themed festival is the Tender’s Cup, a cocktail showdown between some of the city’s best mixology wizards. All festivalgoers are invited to vote for their favorite cocktail. — G.D.
7 to 10 p.m., Tuesday, Cherry Street Pier, 121 N. Christopher Columbus Blvd., $35, artsintheindustry.ticketspice.com/wands-whisky
The circular fountain set in the midst of Franklin Square’s brick pavement may not strike passersby as historic, but it’s actually over 180 years old and considered to be the oldest functioning public water fountain in the United States. Its new fountain show, two years in the making, incorporates LED lighting, synchronized pop music from various eras (Louis Armstrong, Boyz II Men, Katy Perry, to name a few), and water effects of all sorts (including geysers, swivels, and three-axis fan nozzles). The first performance kicks off at noon, followed by free carousel rides and cupcakes with Benjamin Franklin and the Phillie Phanatic. The show makes its evening debut at 8:30 p.m., with music, colonial-era lawn games, Quizzo, and more. — G.D.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Wednesday, 200 N. 6th St., 215-629-4026, historicphiladelphia.org
Showcasing black filmmakers from around the world, this four-day celebration brings a 100-film lineup to the big screen. Highlights include the world premiere of Hip-Hop: The Songs That Shook America, a documentary series produced by Questlove and Black Thought of the Roots, as well as Roots manager Shawn Gee and director Alex Gibney (Enron, Going Clear). Programming will take place at the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Lightbox Film Center, the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery, Scribe Video Center, World Cafe Live, and the Annenberg Center for Performing Arts and the School for Education. — G.D.
Opens Thursday, with additional events through Aug. 4, multiple locations, $12 per show, $225 for a festival pass, 267-603-2755, blackstarfest.org
This inaugural comedy festival spans several venues, including the Met Philadelphia, the Fillmore, Punch Line Philly, and the TLA. Designed to celebrate the power to speak without the consequence of censorship, the nine shows range from improv to live podcast recordings and traditional stand-up, with performers including YouTube stars the Try Guys and the Roots’ Black Thought. — G.D.
Friday through Sunday, multiple venues, prices vary per show, factphilly.com
Pack a picnic and head to Clark Park this weekend to catch a free production of King Lear, arguably Shakespeare’s finest work. In the event of rain — which would be more than appropriate for an outdoor staging of this tragedy — the production will move inside, to the Annenberg Center at 37th and Walnut Streets. — G.D.
7 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Chester Ave. and S. 43rd St., free, shakespeareinclarkpark.org
Enjoy a guided walking meditation through East Fairmount Park featuring calming, improvisational piano music. Each participant will receive a pair of wireless headphones at the start. Online registration is required. — G.D.
7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, meeting point at 1 Boathouse Row, free, eventbrite.com/o/mindtravel-18525515166
This year’s version of the annual fest thrown by WXPN-FM (88.5) spreads out over three days, in the open air at Wiggins Park and under the roof of the adjacent BB&T Pavilion on Camden’s Delaware River waterfront. Irish singer-songwriter Hozier headlines on Friday, rounded out by Philly’s Japanese Breakfast and Killiam Shakespeare, followed by a new wave-era double bill on Saturday led by Elvis Costello & the Imposters and Blondie. The Wiggins stage is strongest on Saturday, with Low Cut Connie, Ali Awan, Caroline Rose, Y La Bamba and J.S. Ondara, among others. — Dan DeLuca
4 p.m. Friday, noon Saturday and Sunday, Wiggins Park, 2 Riverside Dr., Camden; BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, 856-365-1300, xpnfest.org
Back in their mid-1990s heyday, Hootie & the Blowfish never got much respect for their solid, unsurprising, middle-of-the-road rock, sung not by anyone named Hootie but by Darius Rucker, a gruff and soulful vocalist who has since managed the rare trick of becoming an African American country star. Hootie’s 1994 debut album Cracked Rear View sold over 21 million copies, qualifying it as one of the 10 biggest-selling albums of all time. This year, after a nearly decadelong layoff, the band is back with a new album on the way and a concert trek billed as the “Group Therapy Tour,” with another ’90s success story, Canadian jokesters Barenaked Ladies, opening. — D.D.
7:30 p.m., Sunday, BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, $35-$178.25, 856-365-1300
They have been married since 1996 and, four kids later, are still making beautiful music together. Robison is a topflight songwriter whose performing style tends toward a plaintive soulfulness. Willis is a singer with a powerhouse voice she has learned to harness for more depth and a beguiling sultriness. The chemistry between this Americana couple from Texas is evident again on their new album, Beautiful Lie, which ranges effortlessly from exquisite folk-country balladry to propulsive barroom honky-tonk and roots-rock. — Nick Cristiano
7:30 p.m., Wednesday, the Locks at Sona, 4417 Main St., Manayunk, $20-$28, 484-273-0481, thelocksmusic.com
Although she started out with a pop hit — “Put Your Records On” in 2006 — Corinne Bailey Rae is most comfortable blurring lines among genres. Early on, she worked with jazz greats Marcus Miller and Herbie Hancock (singing the title track on the Grammy-winning River: the Joni Letters). Since 2016’s The Heart Speaks in Whispers, her third and most recent album, she’s sung with fellow British pop singers Tracey Thorn and Richard Hawley, and with rappers Tyler, the Creator and Mick Jenkins, among others. Given that breadth, and that she’s working on a new album for next year, it will be intriguing to catch up with her on Wednesday at Union Transfer. — Steve Klinge
8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., $30, 215-232-2100, utphilly.com
Remember when every band and every label in the ’90s sought to follow Guns N’ Roses’ drunk-druggy-rock-out-but-not-metal success story? I’m looking at you, Buckcherry. Born in Anaheim, Calif., Buckcherry’s obnoxious lead vocalist Josh Todd and guitarist Keith Nelson had GNR’s sour-and-sweet swagger down cold, but with a hint of blowsy blues and Iggy-like madness for good, rude measure. They come to the TLA on Saturday. — A.D. Amorosi