Going to college in Philly, we're so often bombarded—on social media and IRL—with seemingly endless options for how to spend our free time. So I’m delighted to announce that Street has done the hard part for you: We’ve rounded up what we think are the can’t–miss events for the month (and you can expect more of these in the months to come) in one convenient place. If I’ve done my job right, there’ll be something in here for every one of our readers, no matter what you like to do with your weekends.
—Walden Green, Print Editor
Saturdays in Sept: Big Wig Brunch @ Punch Line Philly
Big Wig Brunch has the perfect theme for every friend you could possibly drag along with you: Beyoncé for your hottest, Golden Girls for your oldest, Britney for the one who’s fully embraced the Y2K revival (or her hoe phase), and Broadway for the one who just won’t shut up about her improv troupe. Remember, always tip your local queens! 21+, $40, 10:30 a.m., Punch Line Philly, 33 E. Laurel St.
Sept. 2 + 16: Emo Night @ Kung Fu Necktie
Has it all been downhill since Warped Tour? Was dyeing your hair back to its natural color a personal low? Then get ready to regress to your peak–Tumblr self at Kung Fu Necktie’s Emo Night. Expect lots of bands that aren’t as good as Paramore (looking at you, Panic! at the Disco), and also lots of Paramore. 21+, $6, 10 p.m., Kung Fu Necktie — KFN, 1250 N. Front St.
Sept. 3 + 4: Made in America
Y’all know this one—break out those cute tops in red, white, and blue, and get ready to brave the elements and guys with crypto wallets just like we do every year. The difference this time is the kickass lineup. Obviously, there’s no going wrong with Tyler, the Creator and Bad Bunny, but the choices don’t miss all the way down to the bottom of the billing. Tickets from $99, Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Sept. 4: “Bday” A Beyoncé Experience @ W.O.W. Philly
If you’re anything like me, literally the only thing you’ve wanted to do since RENAISSANCE dropped is go out and get absolutely turnt to that record. Like, just that album. In order. No skips. And this is kind of like that. Leave Taylor Swift night to the sad girls; this is for the bad girls. $20, 8 p.m., Warehouse on Watts, 923 N. Watts St.
Sept. 10 + 11: Punk Rock Flea Market @ 23rd Street Armory
The Punk Rock Flea Market is hosted by The Captain’s Vintage, which is a very un–punk rock store because they sell T–shirts for hundreds of dollars. But you can make the flea market punk again—just make sure you find the coolest cheap stuff in the worst condition possible. Bring your dog! Apparently they’re allowed, which is wild. $10 (or $5 starting Sunday at 1 p.m.), 10 a.m.–5 p.m., 23rd Street Armory, 22 S. 23rd St.
Sept. 11: Honey Festival @ Bartram’s Garden
I have a confession to make: Of all my expensive food vices, there’s nothing more likely to get me breaking out upwards of $20 than a jar of fancy local honey. For the sake of my wallet, I might have to pass on a trip to the Philly Honey Festival, but you can still go and hang out with some adorable Apoidea. Free, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd.
Sept. 12–24: Center City District Restaurant Week
‘Tis the season to schedule all of your club BYOs and work through the broke–with–expensive–taste urge to eat out six nights a week (you cook once to feel good about yourself). The whole list of participating restaurants is online, and it’s a lot to sort through, so make sure you plan which places you want to hit while they’re still in your budget … relatively speaking.
Sept. 15: Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll
You thought Locust Walk was bad for your social anxiety? Try adding cars to the mix, plus intersections where there are upwards of six directions for the last person you wanted to see to sneak up on you. At least you’ll be fucked up enough on dollar green tea shots that you’ll have no problem confronting your enemies in public. 5:30 p.m., Baltimore Avenue between 42nd and 51st streets.
Sept. 16–18: XPoNential Music @ Camden, N.J.
Full disclosure, I have no clue who Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats are, and I do not care to learn. But The War on Drugs, Bartees Strange, Jenny Lewis, Tamino, Valerie June—sign me all the way up. Also, it’s Camden, aka you can rest easy about running into other Penn kids. One–day passes from $30, weekend passes from $220, Camden Waterfront.
Sept. 19: First Eagles Home Game of the Season
So maybe a major sporting event isn’t the most thrilling prospect for the majority of our readers, but hear me out: coordinated outfits, tailgating, taking photos that prove you’re actually from Philly, not to mention the plethora of eligible bachelors and butches alike. Who’s the opposing team? No clue. I’ll just be living out my Silver Linings Playbook fantasy. 8:30 p.m., Lincoln Financial Field.
Sept. 24: Yola @ Brooklyn Bowl
All things in the universe must remain in balance, including The Black Keys. While drummer Patrick Carney was cheating on Michelle Branch, Dan Auerbach was producing one of last year’s best sleeper hit records. Now Yola is touring that album, Stand For Myself, which, I kid you not, just sounds like it would be really good to bowl to. 21+, $30, doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m., Brooklyn Bowl, 1009 Canal St.
Sept. 24: Porridge Radio @ Johnny Brenda’s
Porridge Radio knows how to get totally feral onstage, and seeing them live is kind of like moshing, but with feelings. And also normal moshing. If you have mommy issues, make sure to learn all of Dana Margolin’s lyrics ahead of time so you can scream along and achieve a special kind of catharsis. 21+, $15, doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m., Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 Frankford Ave.
Sept. 28: Beetlejuice @ Cira Green
Winona Ryder is so pretty. Geena Davis is so pretty. If you’re sapphic whatsoever and watched this movie some time between middle school and tenth grade, there’s a good chance those things are more than coincidental. For the rest of y’all … it’s never too late to leave behind the shackles of comphet once and for all. Free, 6 p.m. (but get there a little early), Cira Green Sunset Social, 129 S. 30th St.
Sept. 29: Dance Party for National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF) @ Underground Arts
For everyone who changed one of their Hinge prompts and/or Tinder bio after the overturning of Roe v. Wade (read: you enjoy turning looks, stunting pretty, and supporting abortion rights)—this is the event of the season for y’all specifically. One hundred percent of ticket sales go directly to NNAF. 21+, $15, 9 p.m., Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St.