Manayunk Arts Festival, Hobbyfest and more weekend picks

A crowd walks Main Street between artist's booths during the Manayunk Arts Festival on Saturday, June 21, 2013. MICHAEL S. WIRTZ / Staff Photographer.

The best part about summer is (besides the spectacular weather), extra hours of daylight, and this weekend we’re averaging a beautiful 15 hours a day. It’s time to take advantage of both the daytime and the nighttime and since this weekend is stacked, it shouldn’t be too hard.

One of the biggest deals in the ever-popular “geek culture” comes to town starting this Thursday, June 19. Wizard World Comic Con brings top stars (Norman Reedus from The Walking Dead, Nathan Fillion from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Castle and Matt Smith and Karen Gillan from Dr. Who) and fans to the Pennsylvania Convention Center to discuss all things pop-culture and comics. The show runs from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, noon to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 20, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 21 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 22.

Another major festival running from Thursday, June 19 through Sunday, June 22 is the Firefly Music Festival. With over 100 bands and artists on this year’s lineup, in addition to non-music related activities, this will be a jam-packed four days in Dover, DE’s Woodlands of Dover International Raceway. Gates open at 5 p.m. on Thursday and noon on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Bristol, Yardley, Morrisville and New Hope, PA all hold separate events on Friday, June 20, Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22 as a part of the Delaware Canal Festival. You’ll be able to enter or watch a decorated boat parade, butterfly show, music and more in each of the locations. The aquatic festival runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday in Bristol Borough Lagoon Park, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday along the canal in Yardley Borough, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. also on Saturday in Williamson Park in Morrisville and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday in along the canal in New Hope.

Hit the water for some competition in Somers Point, NJ for the Assault on Patcong Creek crabbing tournament on Saturday, June 21. Crabbers will start catching crustaceans starting at 6 a.m. in Patcong Creek, which will be contributed to the stockpile of food to be cooked up during the after-party, starting at 1 p.m.

Starting at 9 a.m. at venues all across Philadelphia, Make Music Philly, a day full of DIY pop-up performances gets underway on Saturday, June 21. Artists of all genres celebrate the art of songwriting throughout the entire day.

For a full 14 hours of programming, head to The Oval on the Parkway for their It’s A Small World event. It starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 21 with group yoga, World Cup viewing at noon and 3 p.m., a movie screening at 8:30 p.m. and food trucks galore during the whole day.

The Manayunk Arts Festival has been around for a quarter of a century—so buy yourself something nice at this weekend’s shopping extravaganza. Starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22, Main Street in Manayunk will hold 300 artisans from around the country selling their best hand-made sculptures, jewelry and photography. All Main Street shops and restaurants are also fair game for shopping and dining over the weekend.

Build your own science kit, play with remote control helicopters and engage with other hobbyists at the first-ever Hobbyfest in Barrington, NJ. From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 21 take part in many hobby projects at Deer Field, next to the Mr. Softee complex.

Craft beer is the guest of honor at Summerfest at XFINITY Live. From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. you can sample over 140 beers, indulge in the sangria station, grab a bite to eat and listen to musical acts on Saturday, June 21.

Another musical experience goes down at the Kimmel Center at Broad and Spruce on Saturday, June 21. Indie acts Real Estate, San Fermin, Beverly will play the Verizon Hall, jazz performers will make smooth sounds in the “Jazz Lounge” and the night rounds out with a DJ set in the “Solstice Lounge,” adorned with games, hammocks and food. Solstice in the City begins at 8 p.m.

Where else can you see A-list divas like Cher, Diana Ross and Beyonce other than Frank Marino’s  Divas? The Las Vegas show comes to Harrah’s in Atlantic City, NJ on Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22, where a lineup of female impersonators perform in the likeness of our favorite pop stars at 8 p.m.