The anti-bore: Nine great festivals not to miss this weekend

BlobFest, a yearly tradition at Phoenixville, PA's Colonial Theatre, honors the 1950's horror flick "The Blob." (Photo via Facebook)

Last weekend was all about red, white and blue. This weekend is all about festivals, arts and blue(berries).

Was that Bruce Springsteen? It might be, but probably not if you’re at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City, NJ. From Thursday, July 10 through Sunday, July 13, the best cover artists will perform hits from bands like Van Halen, Kiss, Bruce Springsteen, Journey and more during Fakefest. The live action starts at 8 p.m. on Thursday, 7 p.m. on Friday, 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.

I hope you’re hungry and don’t mind sticky fingers. Barbecue teams from around the country will grill-off all weekend starting Friday, July 11. At the New Jersey State Barbecue Championship, not only will you be able to sample the ribs, chicken and pork, you’ll be able to learn how to prepare the dishes, be able to listen to music and see (and taste) the award winners. The event opens at 4 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday and runs along Olde New Jersey Avenue from 2nd Avenue and Spruce Avenue in Anglesea, NJ.

Bluegrass and blueberries go together like peanut butter and jelly at this festival on Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13. Music, stilt walkers and fresh blueberries will be on display from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days of the Bluegrass and Blueberries Festival in Peddler’s Village in Lahaska, PA.

A few arts festivals are happening in the area this weekend. Both two-day affairs, the Tinicum Arts Festival in Erwinna, PA and the Haddonfield Arts and Crafts Festival in Haddonfield, NJ welcome shoppers to Tinicum Park along Kings Highway respectively to shop from vendors, take part in activities and see some local performances.  The Tinicum Arts Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 12 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 13. Its Haddonfield counterpart kicks off at 11 a.m. on Saturday and extends until 7 p.m. and wraps up on Sunday with noon to 5 p.m. hours.

As a part of the Colonial Theatre’s yearly festival in honor of the 50s sci-fi flick The Blob, an all-day street festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. outside the theater in Phoenixville, PA featuring music, a costume contest, vendors and more. Later in the day, view a double showing of the film of the hour (The Blob) and King Kong vs. Godzilla, starting at 8 p.m.

Latino culture, food, fashion and music set the scene at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing on Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13. From 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. both days, the Hispanic Fiesta celebrates all the delicious eats, crafts, dances and colors with nearly every Latin American country being represented.  

From one nation’s culture to another. The storming of Bastille will be reenacted at 5:30 p.m. at the Eastern State Penitentiary  in Fairmount in celebration of Bastille Day. Though the holiday isn’t officially until Monday, this event—in which you’re invited to dress the part of a peasant or aristocrat—is on Saturday, July 12.

Performance art comes to the Schuylkill for two and a half miles along Kelly Drive for Invisible River. Over the course of two days, Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13 musical and dance ensembles will perform on the river as well as on land for free and ticketed performances. Purchase tickets now (they won’t be sold day-of) to get on board a brigade of boats departing from the Dragon Boat Dock in West Fairmount Park at 6:15 p.m. both days to see the aquatic performances. Free viewing on Kelly Drive starts at 7 p.m. and can be seen from the Rowing Grandstands and the East Park Canoe House