This weekend, there will be serious rocking at U-Fest and potential for cuteness overload at the Wonder Pet Expo. Just in case you're looking for something in the middle (or in addition), here are our top event picks for the weekend:
Encredicon II @ Evermore Nevermore
Brasil Fest @ MIM
Brazilians know how to party (see: carnival), and Friday night at the Musical Instrument Museum, Brasil Fest attendees get a firsthand look at sequined samba dancers, live art, music, and capoeira. Tickets are $25.
Bumble-Ardy Release Party @ Changing Hands
Any diehard Maurice Sendak fan could tell you the famed author of the children's classic Where The Wild Things Are hasn't released a new book since 1981. That's why his brand-spankin'-new story Bumble-Ardy calls for celebration. Stop by Changing Hands on Saturday at 10 a.m. for a wild rumpus, featuring storytelling, crafting, plus "pig butt" and "pig snout" cupcakes from Mind Over Batter. We won't judge if you come dressed as Max.
Recycled Papermaking @ a.ware
Transform your junk mail into handmade paper at a.ware on Sunday. Instructor Victoria Perman teaches aspiring page producers how to set up a paper mill at home. Admission is $45. Attendees should wear non-skid shoes and prepare to get messy from 1 p.m. to 4. No newspaper or glossies allowed.
NFL Kickoff Party @ Firehouse Bar & Grill
The Scottsdale bar -- formerly Mickey's Hangover -- hosts a Philly Eagle's-centric NFL party on Sunday night. Tricky T, Jen Deveroux, and Deejay Amaral bring the jams. Chest bumping is recommended, but not required.
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