Clay Fest

Head to the Clay Studio's future home in South Kensington for a day full of crafting and other interactive events. Various workshops will invite you to try your hand at the potter's wheel, learn to glaze and fire pottery, and bring story lines to life during a clay-animation session. Little Baby's Ice Cream will also be available during a ceramic-bowl-decorating time, and throughout the day festivalgoers can partake in shaping 1,000 pounds of clay into a collaborative sculpture. — Grace Dickinson

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, 1425 N. American St., free, theclaystudio.org


Walnut2Walnut River Challenge

If you have ever wanted to explore the city by river, there is no better way to do it than by taking a 15-mile tour traversing both of Philadelphia's major waterways. Rent a kayak or bring your own vessel, then travel by way of the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers. Paddlers of all skill levels are welcome. — Thea Applebaum Licht

7:30 a.m. Sunday, Schuylkill River Park, 300 S. 25th St. 215-413-8655, http://www.phillyseaport.org/.


Final Fridays: LMAO at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Join the Philadelphia Museum of Art for its monthly Final Fridays programming, this time featuring one of the funniest lineups yet. Improv and stand-up comedians will lead unconventional tours throughout the galleries, Good Good Comedy Theatre's jokesters will perform new, art-inspired material, and more, all leading up to a live concert with the always colorful Johnny Showcase & The Mystic Ticket. — G.D.

5 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Friday, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., free after admission, philamuseum.org


New Hope Arts & Crafts Festival

Browse from paintings, jewelry, ceramics, furniture, glass art, and more at the 25th annual edition of the New Hope Arts & Crafts Festival. The two-day event features over 160 juried fine artists and craftsmen, who will set up their works alongside an array of food truck options and outdoor activities for those of all ages. — G.D.

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 182 W. Bridge St., New Hope, $1 admission, newhopeartsandcrafts.com



Get a taste of both local history and 20-plus different alcoholic ciders this Saturday at Fairmount Park's CiderFest. Tickets grant you entrance into six of the park's Historic Houses, all open for self-guided tours and encompassing cider-pairing bites to eat. Tickets are available to those 21 years or older only. — G.D.

Noon. to 5 p.m. Saturday, $45 and up, myphillypark.org/event

Sausage, beer, and live music unite at the South Philly SausageFest, taking over West Passyunk Avenue from Broad to 15th Streets.
PHOTO COURTESY South Philly SausageFest
Sausage, beer, and live music unite at the South Philly SausageFest, taking over West Passyunk Avenue from Broad to 15th Streets.


South Philly SausageFest

What better pairing than ​a local sausage and beer, enjoyed together while watching a live performance from one of six different bands? South Philly SausageFest brings together more than a dozen craft breweries and distilleries, six Newbold/West Passyunk neighborhood restaurants, and a bunch of local musicians for a giant outdoor festival. Arts and crafts vendors will also fill the area, as will a play area for the kiddos. — G.D.

Noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, West Passyunk Avenue from Broad Street to 15th Street, pay-as-you-go, southphillysausagefest.com

Murder Mystery Dinner

Enjoy cocktails and a three-course meal, as well as the thrill of being part of a murder mystery unfolding around the table. This interactive bit of dinner theater will have your stomach full and your heart racing, with British eats and a very English mystery. — G.D.

7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, The Victoria Freehouse, 10 S. Front St. Ages 21+, $40 per ticket. 215-543-6089, https://www.victoriafreehouse.com/.


Ardmore Antique & Vintage Market

The biannual Ardmore Antique and Vintage Market returns to Rittenhouse Place, bringing vendors from all across the tristate area together in one shopping spot. Browse from estate jewelry, antique furniture, glassware, vintage clothing, and an array of collectibles at this daytime event. — G.D.

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, 44 E. Lancaster Ave, free, philafleamarkets.org

Across Columbus Day weekend, the Museum of the American Revolution is hosting an Indigenous Peoples Celebration, including a performance by Oneida Indian Nation dancers.
Photo courtesy of the Oneida Indian Nation
Across Columbus Day weekend, the Museum of the American Revolution is hosting an Indigenous Peoples Celebration, including a performance by Oneida Indian Nation dancers.


Indigenous Peoples Celebration

This Thursday, the Museum of the American Revolution is kicking off a long weekend of celebrations highlighting indigenous peoples and cultures. The four-day event will feature performances by Oneida Indian Nation dancers, demonstrations by native craftspeople, and an evening panel discussion. — G.D.

Oct. 4-8, Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. Third St., prices vary per event, amrevmuseum.org



Chris Gorman

Belly burned brightly but briefly in the early '90s, with two excellent albums of edgy and artful dream pop, 1993's Star and 1995's King. They were at their catchiest with the MTV-staples "Feed the Tree" and "Gepetto" as well as a quirky, revved-up version of Tom Jones' "It's Not Unusual." But industry pressures undermined the band, and they split, with leader Tanya Donelly, who had started off with her stepsister Kristen Hersh in Throwing Muses and cofounded the first iteration of the Breeders, focusing on solo work. But the quartet reunited last year and released the worthy Dove this year. They come to Union Transfer Friday night for a long retrospective set with no opening act. — Steve Klinge

8:30 p.m. Friday at Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. $30. 215-232-2100, utphilly.com.

Social Distortion / Justin Townes Earle

Social Distortion
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Social Distortion

Forty years into their career and Social Distortion have only released seven studio albums. No matter, though. Mike Ness and his revolving cast of punk/rockabilly/country cohorts are road warriors, at their best onstage. They've recently rereleased their early records and are supposedly working on a new one. They top a strong and varied bill at North Seventh (the temporary name for the old Electric Factory) with Justin Townes Earle, who at age 36 has eight excellent albums of sometimes acerbic, sometimes tender country-folk along with L.A.'s stirring Valley Queen, fronted by the big-voiced Natalie Carol, who just released their debut, Supergiant. — Steve Klinge

8:30 Friday at North Seventh (formerly the Electric Factory), 421 N. 7th St. $40-$45. 215-627-1332, northseventhphilly.com.

Kevin Eubanks

Philly native jazz guitarist and former Tonight Show bandleader Kevin Eubanks has a busy day on Saturday. At noon, the alumnus is leading a free, open-to-all master class at the South Philly location of Settlement Music School, which is one of several open houses Settlement is holding on Saturday its area locations. Then on Saturday night, Eubanks will play with Orrin Evans, the highly regarded Philadelphia pianist who recently became a member of jazz trio the Bad Plus, for two shows at Chris' Jazz Cafe. — Dan DeLuca

Noon Saturday at Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St. Free. 215-320-2685. settlementmusic.org. And with Orrin Evans at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. at Chris' Jazz Cafe, 1421 Sansom St. 215-568-3131. chrisjazzcafe.com

Neil Young

Neil Young performs at the Mad Cool Festival on June 18, 2016 in Madrid, Spain.
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Neil Young performs at the Mad Cool Festival on June 18, 2016 in Madrid, Spain.

Since he was going to be in Connecticut to play the 33rd annual Farm Aid last weekend, Neil Young decided to stick around and play a handful of East Coast dates. Two of those bring him back to the Tower Theater, where Jonathan Demme's 2009 movie Neil Young Trunk Show was filmed. That concert film — one of three Young movies Demme made — mixed acoustic and full band performances, but for his pair of sold out dates in Upper Darby, which were announced through his Neil Young Archives website, the Canadian rocker will be flying solo. — Dan DeLuca

8 p.m. Sunday and Monday at the Tower Theater, 69th and Ludlow Streets. Tickets available at neilyoungarchives.com. 610-352-2887. towerphilly.com.

Leon Bridges

With his 2015 debut Coming Home, Atlanta crooner Leon Bridges proved to be a cardigan-wearing, earnest retro R&B man in league with vintage inspirations such as Marvin, Sam, and Otis. On 2018's sophomore effort, Good Times, Bridges updates the platinum success of the former with help from Jason Derulo and Meghan Trainor (?!?), the funky soul sounds of the Isleys and Bruno Mars, and a greater devotion to vocal nuance, with just a touch of  jazz in his tribute to his mom, "Georgia to Texas." — A.D. Amorosi

7:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday at the Fillmore Philadelphia, 26 E. Allen St., $55- $60,  thefillmorephilly.com

Shemekia Copeland

Shemekia Copeland
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Shemekia Copeland

Blues singer Shemekia Copeland has always performed with her heart wide open. Beginning with her 1998 debut CD, Turn the Heat Up! – released when she was still a teen – to her new album, the Will Kimbrough-produced America's Child, Copeland never fails to make a powerful musical statement. This time around, the 39-year-old Harlem-born, Chicago-based singer addresses our politically and racially charged times with songs that mix blues, rock, soul and country. Fans of the electrifying live performer, backed by a powerhouse band, can expect a mix of songs from her eight albums, including new numbers, like the fiery "Ain't Got Time for Hate," and her blues-fueled take on the Kinks' "I'm Not Like Everybody Else." – Nicole Pensiero

With guest Aaron Parnell Brown, 8 p.m. Wednesday, World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St. $30. 215-222-1400, www.worldcafelive.com.