Another DIY music and arts festival is making its rounds this weekend. The Phreak N Queer Arts and Music Festival celebrates LGBTQ artists and performers with events extending into Sunday, Aug. 3. The volunteer-run festival promoting visibility and social change is now in its fourth year.
Over a dozen visual artists will hit off First Friday in style at Space 2033 in Fishtown. From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 1, see routines by performance artists Voyager, Sebastian and J., while physical art from Sean Saifa Wall, Corrynn Brown and other artists can be seen on the walls from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Evil V provides the sounds.
The night continues on Friday, Aug. 1, at The Bike Stop for Cutn Paste, where transgender rapper Quay Dash and guest DJ SPF666 will bring the sonic entertainment in Center City (along with the monthly event’s resident DJs Nolita Selector and Precolombian) starting at 10 p.m. The space features two floors with a pool table and photo booths.
A combination of Philadelphia, D.C., and New York City bands and artists will make your body rock during a special evening at MilkBoy Philly. PNQ IV: A New Queer Hope will see sets from synth-y group Glitterlust, drag performer Icon Ebony-Fierce, Philly spoken-word trained artist H.I.M. Lee, synth-pop project Bell’s Roar, and others. The night starts at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2, in Center City.
Recover from the night before on Sunday, Aug. 3, at Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar. From noon until 4 p.m., some of the city’s best drag, burlesque, and vogue performers will entertain while you enjoy a brunch consisting of $4 Bloody Marys and mimosas and $10 food options.
The weekend rounds out back at Space 2033 on Sunday, Aug. 3, for a relaxed networking social. From noon until 5 p.m., stop in, chat with community members, and take in the chilled-out atmosphere — including tea, pillows and candles.