As Friday draws nearer and you consider calling it a week and succumbing to your pajamas, think again and consider all the possibilities that lie before you. Here are some out-of-this-world event picks for this weekend.
The Pennsylvania Dutch — who are in fact, not Dutch at all, but German — put some of the culture’s edible traditions on display during the Pennsylvania Dutch Festival at Reading Terminal Market. Vendors like Beiler’s Donuts, Hatville Deli and Dutch Eating Place will serve up the good stuff inside the Center City market Thursday, Aug. 7 and Friday, Aug. 8 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, the festival moves outdoors with a country fair, petting zoo, and live bluegrass tunes on Arch Street between 11th and 12th Streets also from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Reel it in, folks. The Bassmaster Elite Fishing Series Tournament, the four-day fishing extravaganza, which begins Thursday, Aug. 7, brings top fishers to the Delaware. Aside from the baiting competition (which begins each day at 6:15 a.m. until Sunday, Aug. 10) and fishing expo (opening at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9 and Sunday, Aug. 10), entertainment is expected after each day’s weigh-in at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. Catch an outdoor viewing of "Jaws" (Thursday, Aug. 7 at 8 p.m.) or a jazz concert (Friday, Aug. 8 at 7:30 p.m.).
They may be creepy, leggy, crawly and sometimes scary, but bugs are celebrated this weekend at the Academy of Natural Sciences. For two days, the Logan Square museum offers a packed schedule of creature exhibits, roach-racing, buggy art, and bug parade (for humans) on Saturday, Aug. 9 and Sunday, Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. No insect-inspired activity is off limits during Bug Fest.
Life’s a peach at these three festivals. Linvilla Orchards’ Peach Festival allows visitors to pick their own peaches in Media, Pa., starting at 8 a.m., grab some homemade jam, compete in a hula-hoop contest, and listen to kid-friendly music beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9. At the Peddler’s Village Peach Festival and Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, Aug. 9 and Sunday, Aug. 10, you can get your peaches topped with Nutella, served with lettuce, garnishing your cocktails, loaded on waffles or just your plain ol’ peaches from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. After you get your fuzzy-fruit fill, shop the deals from the stores in Peddler’s Village in Lahaska, Pa. In an unlikely combination, peaches, pirates and princesses come together in Camden, N.J. Kids are encouraged to wear their best pirate or princess garb to the Camden Children’s Garden for some crafts and a performance of Snow White and classical scores on Saturday, Aug. 9 and Sunday, Aug. 10. Don’t forget about those peaches — there’ll be plenty of them to go around from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Do it for the music-loving youth on Saturday, Aug. 9! From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rembrandt’s in Fairmount hosts a rocking block party in support of Rock to the Future, a nonprofit that provides musical education for youth. Hear tunes from Mumblr, Sidewalk Atlas and more.
Animals get the lockdown this weekend on Fairmount Avenue. Only metaphorically, of course. Eastern State Penitentiary’s most famous pup, Pep, gets a shout-out in addition to animal-themed crafts, activities, and stories about animals’ roles in contemporary prisons during Pets in Prison Weekend, noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9 and Sunday, Aug. 10.
Two summertime Shore favorites — beer and crabs — unite for the Cape May Craft Beer and Crab Festival. Starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9, the food, including crab boil, pulled pork, hot dogs, and the brews from Cape May Brewing Co., Tuckahoe Brewing Co., and Victory Brewing Co. will be rolled out at the Elmen Physick Estate in Cape May, N.J. The event runs until 8 p.m.
Derived from a West African saying encouraging the embracement of one’s roots, the Sankofa Festival is a celebration of the Akan culture in our area. From noon until 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9, see Ghanaian dance, a drum performance and an African Fashion show at 5th Street at Snyder Avenue.
Woodstock, schmoodstock. South Jersey’s alternative to a grassroots music festival, Hollystock, features over 40 indie bands — like Alright Junior, Kid Felix and Black Stars — on five stages, in addition to a beer garden and Mt. Holly, N.J.’s downtown shops. The action begins at noon on Saturday, Aug. 9 and extends until midnight. Stages are set up on High Street from Rancocas Road to Mill Street.
Follow your nose to Citizens Bank Park on Saturday, Aug. 9. You’ll smell the barbecue. The annual Stephen Starr-Garry Maddox Barbecue Challenge dares local grillers like Baby Blues BBQ, El Vez and Village Whiskey to present their best food for tasting from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Other than the eats, expect a cornhole tournament, face painting, bar, game area and more.