The 2nd Annual Philly F/M Festival / Sept. 22-25 / $80 /
Various venues / www.phillyfmfest.com
Thursday kicks off the annual Philly F/M Festival, a must attend event for many music lovers in Philly. The event showcases local and national talent from genres including indie, folk, hip-hop, electronica, metal and more. There will be music related film screenings and a chance to see live music in indoor and outdoor venues around the city. Much of the festival will take place in the Fishtown and Northern Liberties area, and more than 100 artists will be performing. A four-day festival would usually cost an arm and a leg, but the festival is keeping things cheap this year will a four day all access pass available at $80. Still kind of an arm and a leg for a college student, but if you really enjoy music then slow down on the Pabst and drunk food and save a little for a pass.
Second Annual Manayunk EcoArts Festival / Sept. 24-25 /
From Main & Levering streets to Main and Lock streets /
To celebrate art, sustainability and local green initiatives head to the Second Annual Manayunk EcoArts Festival. Sure, green initiatives aren’t everyone’s thing, but there’s free food. The festival will feature a friendly competition between some of Philadelphia’s most well-known chefs and you can sample mixed drinks, local brews and some of the region’s best street food. Artisans will line the streets selling eco-friendly goods. There will be vegan and vegetarian dining options for those of you who aren’t really into meat, and on-site recycling and composting. Those in attendance will also get the chance to see an eco-car show, participate in a free clothing swap, and listen to live music with four bicycle-powered generators powering the equipment. If you don’t show up for anything else, at least show up to support the poor guys who have to power those generators.
Qream / Sept. 20 / $5, $3 if you show up in drag / 9 p.m. –
12 a.m. / The Barbary, 951 Frankford Ave. / www.thebarbary.org
Dress in your best drag or wear your most glamourous garb and head to The Barbary for Qream. This monthly party, which started this summer, is a pretty good reason to continue partying into the school year. Some of Philly’s best drag performers show up to entertain you, and a DJ spins anything you can dance to. Think glitz and glitter when you plan your outfit. This month will feature performances from Oscar Wildchilde, Tammy Faymous, Roxxy Glamour, Ginger Alley and Grace Divine, with a special guest performance from Ang and the Damn Band. Of course, there will be drinks. One dollar open bar from 9 p.m. – 10 p.m., one dollar PBR and three dollar well drinks from 10 p.m. – 11 p.m. Doors open at 9 p.m., and if you show up in drag you’ll discounted admission.
Philly Zombie Prom 2011, Sept. 24 / $10 advance, $15 at the door /
21+ / Doors open at 8 p.m. / 1003 Arch St. / www.phillyzombiecrawl.com
Blood, guts and gore –yep, it’s prom night. The Trocadero will be playing host to the 2011 Philly Zombie Prom presented by Philly Zombie Crawl. Remember when you helped your friend pad her bra and crimp her hair for the most magical and usually most drunken night of her teenage career? Well, this time you’ll be applying fake blood and wounds instead of glitter and lipgloss. For those of you not so good at applying makeup, there will be zombie makeup stations to help you out. You’ll be dancing all night to Dave Ghoul and DJ Kiltboy with Might Mike Saga and you’ll be able to enjoy live performances by The Young Werewolves and Live Not on Evil. Plus, there will be a television station in attendance shooting for a special that will air nationwide, so put your goriest face forward.
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