The Barnes Foundation is set to host a free block party with food trucks, dancing, live art-making, and a beer garden outside its doors. Enjoy DJ-spun tunes from King Britt and Rich Medina and Drum Like a Lady. Guests can also experience an augmented-reality mural inside the museum and browse the Barnes' full on-display collection. — Grace Dickinson
4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., free, barnesfoundation.org
Let the battle begin! This Saturday, a reenactment is set to unfold outside of the historic Cliveden home, the 1777 location where Gen. George Washington's attempted (without success) to liberate Philadelphia from British control. Surrounding the staged clash, meet-and-greets with President Washington, 18th-century storytelling sessions, pipe band performances, and a flag-folding ceremony will all unfold, creating a lively day for the history enthusiast. — G.D.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Cliveden, 6400 block of Germantown Ave., free, revolutionarygermantown.org
The largest celebration of National Coming Out Day in the world, Outfest draws hundreds to the Gayborhood for one of its most spirited celebrations. Look forward to drag shows, high-heel races, dancing, and more. — G.D.
Noon. to 7 p.m. Sunday, 13th and Locust Streets, free, phillygaypride.org
Head to this massive block party to enjoy a day of live music, shopping, al fresco food and drinks, and plenty of activities for the little ones.
Noon to 8 p.m., Saturday, 13th and Sansom Streets, 215-670-4323, midtownvillagephilly.org
Greensgrow Farms is celebrating the fall with live music, food and drinks, crafts from local vendors, a farmstand and competitions to find the best apple pie and chili recipes. Beebeard and the Phillie Phanatic will also be around at the festival for photos. — Bethany Ao
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, 2501 E. Cumberland St., free, 215-427-2780 ext. 5, greensgrow.org
Old City transforms into a massive, family- and dog-friendly fest with food, vendors, crafts and fashion runways, with 100-plus booths to peruse. Come hungry: Thirty restaurants and food trucks will be opens to serve hungry festivalgoers. Don't miss festival newcomers the Give & Take Jugglers, who will present a show featuring aerial fabric, trapeze, juggling, and tightwire; and Ran'D Shine who performed at Barack Obama's presidential inauguration. — G.D.
This family-friendly cruise will take you through the uncanny history of Philadelphia's Delaware River, winding a path from the legend of the Jersey Devil to Petty's Island and Blackbeard's Cove. Drinks are available for purchase. — Thea Applebaum Licht
8 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd. $34 adults, $17 children ages 12 and under. 215-413-8655, www.phillyseaport.org/.
Drexel's student-run radio station takes on its 15th music marathon, spinning tunes for 84 hours and raising money for nonprofit organizations The Attic Youth Center and AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania. Tune in anywhere from Friday to Monday, donate directly, or stop by the Philly AIDS Thrift store Saturday night for a live broadcast disco party that runs from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. Good music, for great causes. — T.A.L.
Settle in for a spooky doubleheader movie night at the Betsy Ross House this Friday, when both Bucket of Blood and Night of the Living Dead will screen outside in the courtyard. Visitors are invited to bring food and a bottle of wine, as well as take a tour of the house before the screening. — G.D.
7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch St., $5, historicphiladelphia.org
Shop for a good cause this weekend at Underground Arts. More than 30 vendors will come together for a flea market and craft fair designed to benefit Women Against Abuse, one of the largest domestic violence service providers in Pennsylvania. All proceeds from the day will go to the organization. — G.D.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., $3, undergroundarts.org
Chow down on plant-based eats galore at the two-day New Jersey VegFest. The event will also feature a variety of panel speakers and chef demos throughout each morning and afternoon, and local farms will put their produce on display. — G.D.
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Meadowlands Expo Center, 355 Plaza Drive, Secaucus, N.J., $10-$15, njvegfest.com
Cheer on the competing rowers in Saturday's Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival, taking over the Schuylkill for the annual spirited racing event. The event involves 20 paddlers working in unison to move an elaborately designed watercraft with origins from China. — G.D.
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 2200 John B. Kelly Dr., free, philadragonboatfestival.com
From fashion shows to studio tours to panel discussions and workshops, more than 120 events are lined up for this citywide celebration. The nine-day event is said to be the oldest of its kind in the country. — G.D.
Through Oct. 13, various locations, most events are free, designphiladelphia.org
This New York artist, who is interested in costume and theatricality, will use the museum's three gallery spaces to "stage" a movie, an opera, and a ballet with some distinguished collaborating artists and musicians. — Thomas Hine
Oct. 5-Feb. 17, Fabric Workshop and Museum, fabricworkshopandmuseum.org
Forever associated with their only No. 1 U.S. hit, 1985's infectious, angst-ridden Breakfast Club anthem "Don't You (Forget About Me)," Scotland's Simple Minds actually has 17 albums of material to delve into onstage. With only two original members remaining from what begin in 1977 as a Glaswegian punk band – singer Jim Kerr and guitarist Charlie Burchill – the pop-rockers are touring the U.S. to plug their latest recording, the acclaimed Walk Between Worlds. And in true big-'80s fashion, these latest Simple Minds concerts – divided into two sections that cover all aspects of the band's 40-year career — come complete with a dazzling light show, as well as two talented female singers (including Welsh musician Catherine AD, aka The Anchoress) and the still-jarring kick of Kerr's powerful vocals. – Nicole Pensiero
9 p.m. Friday, Tower Theater, 69th & Ludlow Streets, Upper Darby, $32.50-$55. 610-352-2887, www.livenation.com
It's been 25 year since the release of Exile in Guyville, the debut album by Liz Phair that marks a pivotal juncture in indie and feminist rock history. Phair's influential opus got the well-deserved box-set anniversary treatment earlier this year with the Matador Records set Girly-Sound to Guyville, complete with illuminating bonus tracks. And now she's back on the road with Speedy Ortiz, the excellent indie band fronted by Philadelphia songwriter Sadie Dupuis who recently covered "Blood Keeper," an outtake from Phair's 1998 album Whitechocolatespaceegg. –Dan DeLuca
8:30 p.m. Friday, Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., sold out. 215-232-2100. Utphilly.com.
One-time Made in America headliner J Cole may top this double bill with raggedly rapped highlights from his rugged new album, KOD. But you're going to want to get to the show early to catch Young Thug. Not only is his spring 2018 album, My T.H.U.G. Story, one of this year's secret pleasures, Thug's newest, most soulful track — the just released "High" — features Elton John digging deep, and finding his inner Ray Charles. Get there even earlier, and you can catch Will Smith's wiry rapping son Jaden holding court with his odd brand of electro-hop. — A.D. Amorosi
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St., $29.50 – $149.50, wellsfargocenterphilly.com
Early this year, before releasing so sad, so sexy, Lykke Li posted on her Facebook page a cover of "Time in a Bottle" by Philly-born singer-songwriter Jim Croce. Unlike her stark, trap-influenced (and lowercased) fourth album, the Croce cover is genial and openhearted, belying her persona as the queen of sad Scandinavian pop. Li, who comes to Union Transfer Monday night, is unpredictable and fascinating. So sad, so sexy is less dramatic than 2011's Wounded Rhymes, with its hit "I Follow Rivers." But even when they seem a bit willful, her ventures into contemporary Autotuned pop show her facility for thoughtful reinvention and her impressive versatility. — Steve Klinge
8:30 p.m. Monday, Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. $33. 215-232-2100, utphilly.com.
It was Upper Darby's own Todd Rundgren who asked the musical question: "Can we still be friends?" In the case of founded-in-Philadelphia and now bicoastal band Swearin', the answer is yes. In 2015, the band broke up after the dissolution of coleaders Allison Crutchfield and Kyle Gilbride's romantic relationship. Crutchfield moved on with her 2017 solo album Tourist in the Town, but now the band is back together and sounds better than ever on the brand new Fall into the Sun, in which Crutchfield and Gilbride take turns singing lead on crunching, grown-up punk songs that benefit from the perspective gained spending time apart. Buzzed-about-Philly noise-rock foursome Empath open. — D.D.
8 p.m. Wednesday, First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St. $10-$12. R5productions.com.
Gorillaz recently replaced their bass player, importing Ace from The Powerpuff Girls series to join singer 2D, guitarist Noodle, and drummer Russel Hobbs. But that's the on-screen virtual band of Jamie Hewlett-drawn cartoon characters. Onstage at the Wells Fargo Center Thursday night, the Damon Albarn-led flesh-and-blood band will feature 10 or so humans (or "Humanz," in Gorillaz-speak). The arena show, with the Internet opening, is one of only five U.S. dates behind this year's excellent The Now Now. Catch them while you can: Albarn has said he plans to devote the next few years to several of his many other projects (sadly not to Blur, though). — Steve Klinge