Awesome Fest is set to bring the ’80s back to Philadelphia this summer with a 10-week film and music festival featuring performances and outdoor movie screenings at parks across the city.
The festival kicks off with a performance by The Psychedelic Furs at the Trocadero Theatre on June 14 at 8 p.m.
In the following weeks, more than 50 outdoor movie screenings, live music performances and special anniversary events will occur.
The outdoor movie screenings are all free (!!!) and located in parks across the city.
University City’s Drexel Park will host movies on Thursday nights, Liberty Lands Park in Northern Liberties will host films on Friday nights and Parx Casino will host double features every Saturday night. The Trocadero Theatre will host (indoor) Monday night movies.
Movie screening highlights include an assortment of ’80s classics — E.T., Revenge of the Nerds, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and 10 of John Hughes’ biggest films because what ’80s film festival would be complete without John Hughes?
Other festival highlights include an ’80s prom at Parx Casino, a screening of Rewind This! a film about the impact of VHS on society that made its debut at SXSW and a 25th anniversary screening of the Killer Klowns from Outer Space.
Directors, filmmakers and producers from a number of the films will be in attendance. Cool!
The full schedule of events will be released in the coming weeks, stay tuned for more on the summer festival.
Bonus: Catch an exclusive peek at Awesome Fest’s happenings at a special event. Check out a screening of ’80s hit movie Weekend at Bernie’s at Wizard World/Comic Con on May 31. The film’s star, Andrew McCarthy, will even be in attendance to answer questions from fans.
The Awesome Fest
When: June 14-August 19
Where: Various locations
More info: www.theawesomefest.com