Summer festival season is starting to kick into gear, with rising volumes coinciding with rising temperatures. Don’t you feel lucky that instead of having to go travel far away, a cool music festival is coming right to your (figurative) backyard, as the Northside Festival is here again. Of course, you might have decided that you couldn’t afford a badge or you just didn’t want to spring for one, so we’re here to let you know what you can enjoy without it. After all, why should people who paid for the festival be the ones who have all the fun?
We’re not gonna lie, the picking are a little slimmer than most years when it comes to your free entertainment options, primarily due to Spike Hill (R.I.P.), which was always a solid host to some good free shows, closing up shop. No sense in crying over the past though (maybe a little bit), instead let’s check out what you can enjoy in your present.
Thursday, June 11
Friday, June 12
If you still wanna party after Pete’s, hit up Cameo (93 North 6th Street) at 11:30pm for the International Showcase DJ Afterparty, where you can groove to tunes from the Morello Twins, JumoDaddy and more.
Saturday, June 13
The Green Label Live showcase at McCarren comes to an end with Against Me! headlining at 5:30pm. However, doors open at 2:30pm with openers TBA. For any of the McCarren Park shows you can’t get into, don’t forget our spots to sit and hear them, courtesy of our outdoor concert cheat sheet.
You’re invited to kick your feet up at The Living Room (134 Metropolitan Avenue) for The Deli’s Best of Emerging Artists Fest at 2pm, with Next Great American Novelist, Jason Howell, Feral Foster, Viktor Longo, Johnnie Lee Jordan, Bonsai and Lynette Williams.
It’s Saturday night, so you may as well get wild and hit up the Viet Cong Afterparty at Passenger Bar (229 Roebling Street) at 10pm with DJ Milk Jagger. Badge holders get $1 off their drafts, but if you remember your Beer Book, you can one-up them and get all the dollars off your beer.
Sunday, June 14
Whew, you must be exhausted from all that running around. If you are, then it’s lucky for you that there’s only one free show to hit today and it’s at, of course, Pete’s Candy Store. Starting at 8:30pm, you can see The Josey Dears, Hillary Capps and Kevin McWha Steele and the Nightly Howl.
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