Northwest Weekender: Olympics watch party, water art and an arboretum tour

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Here are our top picks:

Final Weekend of “Escaped Infrastructure” at Canal View Park, Main and Conarroe streets

It is the final weekend to view the art installation created by the Austin-Texas-based architectural firm Thoughtbarn. The piece, which has been up for the past six weeks, sits along the Manayunk Canal. It uses many tubes and pumps to move the water which then empties out of the other side. Also installed on the tubes, are LED lights. The whole installation is motion sensored, so when someone passes, it will start the water movement. This installation was sponsored by the Mural Arts Program of Philadelphia. It’s best to check out at night. The installation will be taken down after Sunday.

Morris Arboretum, 100 East Northwestern Avenue

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Enjoy the outdoors and take a stroll through the green area at Morris Arboretum. This one-hour guided tour will be focused on the native trees of the land and region. Learn how native trees help the natural environment around them. The tour starts at 1 p.m on Saturday.

Moonlight Movie: Olympics Edition at Lovett Library Branch, 6945 Germantown Avenue.

In lieu of the regular Friday movie, The Free Library Lovett Branch will be be screening the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Watch your favorite athletes come into the stadium. Bring your own chairs, blankets, fish and chips, and your team spirit! Get there at 8 p.m., the ceremony watching begins 8:30 p.m.

Dining Under the Stars in Lovett Library Park

You’ll need some carbs and protein to gear up for the Olympics, right? Well maybe you aren’t an Olympic athlete, but you still have to eat. Enjoy dinner and some desserts tonight prior to the Opening Ceremonies broadcast. Trinidadian food will be offered from the Mini Trini truck. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. 

Farmer’s Market at Wyck Historic House, 6026 Germantown Avenue

Every Friday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wyck holds a farmer’s market on their grounds. Much of the produce at the market comes from the gardens on Wyck’s property. There will be a few other vendors including Earth’s Elements Foods & Products from Germantown. They will be selling baked goods and other items, all vegan too. Patrons of the market and others can take a walk around the beautiful gardens.

Mt. Airy Arts Garage, 11 West Mt. Airy Avenue

A new collection of artistic works is opening Friday. The Arts Garage is continuing the summer series with new pieces by local artists. In addition to browsing the exhibition, there will be live music from local musicians Jim Harris, Art Miron, and others.

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