Rock On Philly’s Your Perfect Weekend

It’s the perfect weekend for some great music, outdoor festivals and most notably, the final game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. For those of you that have been watching, there have been some intense matches leading up to what is sure to be a heated championship match between Argentina and Germany. Monday starts the beginning of the workweek, and also the beginning of a rainy spell that will surely dampen the mood around the city so be sure to explore while the weather remains favorable.

Friday-

Tonight Frankford Avenue will be hosting the July Second Friday festival. Along Frankford Ave and even a little of Girard, live entertainment will cover the streets and outdoor shops and bars will be featuring specials to get the people out for one amazing evening. Enjoy two-dollar beers at Fishtown Tavern, live music at MotherHeart Studio, and various painting showcases from 6pm-7:30pm.

The closing time of the July Second Friday festival will give you just the right amount of time to make it to World Live Café by 8pm. Joined by Ruder Than You, iconic reggae music group The Wailers will be honoring the even more legendary artist Bob Marley. Since the 1970’s these musicians have been bringing the heavy bass and powerful upstroke of reggae music to the mainstream. Tickets are 25 dollars.

Saturday-

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, French Bastille Day at the Eastern State Penitentiary will run from 2pm until midnight. Offering outdoor dining and drinking, as well as family-oriented events and live entertainment, this popular summer event is sure to draw a crowd. With free street admission and the option to purchase VIP passes, everyone will find something of interest on 20th and Fairmount.

At night make your way over to Johnny Brenda’s for Philadelphia’s own The Extordinaires album release show starting at 9pm. Accompanied by Grandchildren and Teen Men, this five piece punk-pop band will deliver pounding bass lines and guitar-driven melodies that are sure to impress.

 

 

Sunday-

Photo Credit: Visit Philly

Photo Credit: Visit Philly

The Bluegrass and Blueberries Festival, running both Friday and Saturday in Peddler’s Village, is where you’ll want to find yourself this afternoon. Live music will be taking place for the entire day including Mountain Laurel and Mike Brill. In addition, stands and local shops will be selling wine, blueberry inspired ice creams and pies, and even delicious breakfast treats.

Leave yourself enough time to travel to Piazza at Schmidt’s and make it there by 3pm. The most anticipated international soccer match of the last 4 years will be shown on the large projector screen and thousands of fans will gather for the competition. Don’t miss out on your chance to be a part of the action and even meet members of the Philadelphia Union.

 

Cover Photo Credit: FIFA.com

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