Philly Folk Festival, Wildwood tattoo convention, and more weekend picks

John Fuhr and Friends jam under the Cultural Tent at the Philadelphia Folk Festival. (ED HILLE / Staff Photographer)

The funny thing about weekends is that they keep coming around, yet they’re still as thrilling as ever. Kind of like Mondays, but the thrill is way more anticipatory as opposed to caffeine-driven.

Anyway, here are some things to do while you’re chasing the thrill.

Jay-Z has Made in America, Diplo has Mad Decent Block Party, The Roots have their annual picnic and since 2012 The Allman Brothers Band have had the Peach Music Festival, a four-day camping-friendly festival that runs from Thursday, Aug. 15 to Sunday, Aug. 17 at the Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton, Pa. Besides the “Ramblin’ Men,” other performers include the Taj Mahal Trio and Rich Robinson. Doors open at 10 a.m. on Thursday, 11 a.m. on Friday, 10:15 a.m. on Saturday and 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.

More than folkin’ around is anticipated at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, presented by the Philadelphia Folksong Society. Artists like The Wallace Brothers, Old Crow Medicine Show and Tempest will perform at Old Pool Farm in Schwenksville, Pa. over the course of three days: Friday, Aug. 15, Saturday, Aug. 16 and Sunday, Aug. 17. In addition to the tunes, there’ll be camping, an open jam session, craft vendors, and an appearance from WXPN’s Kids Corner. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. on all three days.   

Don’t tell mom about this one. The inky Wildwood Tattoo Beach Bash held Friday, Aug. 15 through Sunday, Aug. 17 draws in over 100 artists who’ve appeared on shows like “Ink Master” and “Bret Michaels’ Rock of Love.” Virgin skin attendees will find plenty to do as well with other entertainment like a bikini contest and a strongman performance. Doors open at the Wildwoods Convention Center at noon each day.

Regardless if you still participate in back-to-school shopping or not, spending some dough this time of year is always appropriate. You’ll have two options this weekend. On Saturday, Aug. 16, the Franklin Flea makes its last outdoor appearance of the summer in the McCall Schoolyard in Washington Square West from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for your antique and vintage finds. On the other side of the river, the Collingswood Crafts and Fine Art Festival will set up shop on Haddon Avenue in Collingswood, N.J., on both Saturday, Aug. 16 and Sunday, Aug. 17. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, shop from over 150 vendors selling everything from art to handbags.

The table-flipping, cookbook-writing Real Housewife of New Jersey, Teresa Giudice will be meeting fans and posing for selfies at the Social on the casino floor at Revel in Atlantic City from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16.

An outdoor dual stage day of music featuring local performers like Carol Riddick, Cam Anthony and Mozaic Flow (to name a few) is what you’ll get at Saturday, Aug. 16’s Jazz on the Ave. For the young-uns, a kid zone, face painting, clay studio and rock climbing wall are all on tap. The entertainment will grace crowds from noon until 7:30 p.m. in North Philly at Broad Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue.

If lobster is the name of your game, you’ll have two options to grub on a buffet stacked with lobster goodies like lobster rolls, lobster mac and cheese, lobster ravioli, and the crustacean itself at the University City location of Doc Magrogan’s on Saturday, Aug. 16 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The following day, Sunday, Aug.17, do it all again at their West Chester location from noon until 4 p.m. The menu varies with pasta salad, potatoes, shrimp, mussels and lobster offered on the buffet table. And don’t forget the beer tastings: sample 10 selected beers (responsibly) to your heart’s content.

In celebration of Indian Independence Day (Aug. 15), a colorful and cultural fete of Indian art, music, dance and cuisine comes to the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. Expect Indian bands, food vendors and various items up for purchase like art and jewelry on Saturday, Aug. 16 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Summer and block parties go hand in hand and the fine folks at Greenstreet Coffee in Point Breeze are adding their java to the mix of traditional barbecue fare during their 3rd Annual Block Party on Saturday, Aug. 16. From 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. grab a cuppa joe (or beer), play some games, and listen to live music.

Five bucks not only gets you a foot-long sandwich these days, but it gets you into a concert at Center City’s Hard Rock Café. Featuring bands over a variety of genres from electronic to reggae to psychedelic, you’ll get a major bang for your buck on Saturday, Aug. 16. Doors are at 5 p.m.

Comedy heavyweights Louis C.K., Sarah Silverman, Brent Morin, Chris D’Elia and more are on the roster on Saturday, Aug. 16 for comedy video website Funny or Die’s Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival, hitting the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, N.J. Doors open at 5 p.m.

You’re Jamaican me crazy! Fourteen islands, including Barbados, St. Lucia and Puerto Rico, come to the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing on Sunday, Aug. 17 for a day of island sounds — think reggae, hip hop and gospel — dance and food like jerk chicken, rice and peas, curried goat, Caribbean Slaw and more from noon until 8 p.m. during the Philadelphia Caribbean Festival.

Legendary masters of Motown—The Four Tops, Mary Wilson, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, and Jr. Walker’s All Star Band — come together for one night only on Sunday, Aug. 17 at Atlantic City’s Borgata at 7 p.m.