Mummers Parade, art of Ringo Starr and more weekend event picks

Mummers from this year's New Year's Day Parade will take to the streets in North Wildwood, NJ this weekend for Mummers Brigade Weekend. (Photo via Facebook)

If you’re one to wait until the last minute to make plans, I feel you. There are just some weeks when you’re caught up in the rush of work and you neglect the social life you’re supposed to be having. It’s totally understandable. Now that we’ve established that all our weekend schedules are clear, let’s collectively fill them up and have a wild time this weekend.

Dozens of hot air balloons will fill up the sky at Plantation Field in Kennett Square, PA starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 13 for the Chester County Hot Air Balloon Festival. Over the course of the two days, ending on Saturday, June 14, high-flying fans will get a chance to ride in the balloons, see them light up at night and enjoy musical entertainment. Gates open at 5 p.m. on Friday and at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Things get a little weird at a three-day convention at the Tropicana in Atlantic City, NJ for the Bizarre A.C. festival. Special guests like Corey Feldman and members from the cast of Human Centipede will help celebrate horror movies, magic, ghosts and all things bizarre. The event starts at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 13, continues from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 14 and wraps up on Sunday, June 15 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you’re a little strapped for cash, nonprofit group InLiquid’s Art for the Cash Poor offers fine art buys with price tags that won’t make your bank account weep. The three-day sale, starting Friday, June 13 with a 5:30 p.m. ticketed preview party, officially runs Saturday, June 14 and Sunday, June 15 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Crane Arts in Olde Kensington. New this year is the City of Makers collection with works from selected Philadelphia artists and tastemakers.

You don’t have to wait until New Year’s Day to see a Mummers Parade. North Wildwood, NJ is holding a Mummers Brigade Weekend that starts on Friday, June 13 with a pub crawl at 7 p.m. and continues Saturday, June 14 with a block party on Olde New Jersey Avenue at 3:30 p.m. with a Mummer’s Parade following at 4:45 p.m.

Besides being in a sort of well-known band called The Beatles, Ringo Starr also creates art. Ocean Galleries in Stone Harbor, NJ is showing his work from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, June 13 and Saturday, June 14 and from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 15. Anyone who purchases a piece of work will also be invited to meet Starr next weekend in Atlantic City.

Northern Liberties is holding a day-long event at Liberty Lands Park starting at 9 a.m. with a flea market on Saturday, June 14. Then, at 3:30 p.m. local bands take the pop-up stage for the music festival portion of the day. Attendees to this free music festival can see acts like Lara and Joe Show, Minas and Weird Hot—to name a few.

Weekends are for indulging and the Vendy Awards are the perfect place to do it. Fourteen food trucks will have samplings for attendees at Penn Treaty Park in Fishtown on Saturday, June 14. Eat, drink all the beer and cider you want and vote for three categories: Best Dessert, Rookie of the Year and People’s Choice. The event runs from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and if tickets don’t sell out (but they’re expected to), there will be tickets for sale at the door.

Take part in the parties for one of the world’s largest sporting events. Philly Phaithful in Northern Liberties welcomes soccer fans for a World Cup viewing party at 6 p.m. as England takes on Spain. You’ll be treated to free beverages and discounts on Live Breathe Futbol’s World Cup t-shirt line on Saturday, June 14.  

Dads, start your engines: this scavenger hunt is for you. Norristown Farm Park will hide clues in the park for a Father’s Day Scavenger Hunt, starting at 1 p.m. Families can pitch in and help Dad rule the day on Sunday, June 15 at the Norristown, PA park.

Traditional Portuguese music, food, fashion and culture will set Sunday, June 15’s tone during the Portuguese Heritage Festival. From 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Philadelphia will celebrate Portuguese-Americans’ contributions to the city at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. Learn how to folk dance, create a traditional craft and hear the best of the country’s music.