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Festivals, Food & Fun
Night Market Callowhill
Night Market Philadelphia is back at Callowhill, Thursday, June 23, 6pm-10pm, a street food festival featuring many of the city’s best ethnic and regional restaurants and food trucks, plus music and more, 12th and Callowhill. Check out the pre-Night Market happy hour at the PHS Pop-Up Garden at 10th and Hamilton at 5pm. Rain or shine. Presented by the Food Trust. Photo by Dave Tavani for The Food Trust.
Manayunk Arts Festival
The 27th Annual Manayunk Arts Festival, considered the region’s largest outdoor juried arts festival, is Saturday, June 25, 11am-7pm, and Sunday, June 26, 11am-6pm. Nearly 300 artists along Main Street offer original works in photography, jewelry, paintings, woodwork and more. An “Emerging Artist Tent” features local artists new to the business on the corner of Main and Roxborough Streets. Train, bus and shuttle info at Manayunk.com. Free. Photo by Bas Slabbers for NewsWorks.
Clark Park Summer Solstice Festival
The Clark Park Summer Solstice Festival returns Saturday, June 25 from 11am to sundown with live music from local bands including Flyermile, Mumblr, Rosu Lup (pictured), and more, along with crafts vendors and children’s activities, 43rd & Chester, West Philadelphia. Free. Photo by Doug Seymour.
Family Weekend: Pets in Prison at Eastern State Penitentiary
Family Weekend: Pets in Prison takes place at Eastern State Penitentiary, Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26. Learn about the role animals played throughout the historic prison’s history, meet and adopt shelter dogs from a local prison-training program and partake in interactive animal themed activities including a scavenger hunt. Hear about the creatures that once lived behind the walls, and see a dog training expo with New Leash on Life USA, 2027 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia. For all ages. Photo courtesy of Eastern State Penitentiary. #SassySays
Cape May Hops Festival
The new Cape May Hops Festival kicks off summer with blues, brews and BBQ, Saturday, June 25, 10am-6pm on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate. The all-day outdoor family features local breweries, live music with the James Supra Band (pictured), Gordon Vincent and the Overwhelming Everything, and Bluebone, plus food vendors, crafts and collectibles show, and children’s activities, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ. Bring a chair or beach blanket! Photo courtesy of the Cape May Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities.
Festival de Aibonito at Camden Children’s Garden
Camden Children’s Garden hosts Festival de Aibonito, Puerto Rico Family Festival, Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26, 1pm-4pm, with Hispanic arts and crafts, games, Puerto Rican activities and tropical fruit. Also, live music, part of Camden’s Parada San Juan Bautista (St. John the Baptist parade), 3 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ. Photo courtesy of Camden Children’s Garden.
Midsommarfest at American Swedish Historical Museum
The annual Midsommarfest takes place this Saturday, June 25, 4pm-7:30pm, at the American Swedish Historical Museum, with family entertainment including the raising of the Maypole, Swedish food, music, crafts, games, and more, at 1900 Pattison Avenue, Philadelphia. Photo courtesy of the American Swedish Historical Museum.
Whitesbog Blueberry Festival
The 33rd annual Whitesbog Blueberry Festival is Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26, 9am-5pm, celebrating the cultivated Highbush Blueberry (the official state fruit of New Jersey) with an old fashioned festival including pinelands crafters and artists “row,” walking and wagon tours, children’s activities, live country bluegrass music, blueberry pie-eating contest, old time General Store, living history actors, and more, including a hunt for the Jersey Devil, Whitesbog Historical Village, Brendan Byrne State Forest, Browns Mills, NJ. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Elizabeth C. White’s pioneering work to cultivate the Highbush blueberry. Photo courtesy of Whitesbog Blueberry Festival.
Jersey Shore Festivals
Margate’s 7th annual Beachstock celebrates the summer season with live music, food, children’s activities, and much more, including a sunset movie in front of Lucy the Elephant (pictured), this Saturday, June 25, 8am-10pm, Huntington Avenue Beach, 8100 Atlantic Ave, Margate, NJ.The 22st annual North Wildwood Italian-American Festival takes place Friday, June 24 through Sunday, June 26. The celebration of Italian-American heritage, food and music features authentic Italian-American foods, vendors, dancing, children’s activities, live entertainment, and more, at 1st & Olde New Jersey Avenues, North Wildwood, NJ.
New Castle County Ice Cream Festival at Rockwood Park
The New Castle County Ice Cream Festival at Rockwood Park, “Delaware’s largest family picnic,” is back with family fun for all ages, including live music, vendors, local restaurants, crafts, and local creameries serving the region’s best ice cream, Saturday, June 25, 10am-7pm, and Sunday, June 26, 10am-5pm, Rockwood Park (pictured), 4671 Washington St. Extension, Wilmington, DE. Bring your own blanket! #SassySays
Firefly Festival at Terhune Orchards
Terhune Orchards hosts a Firefly Festival, celebrating the insects and wild animals living on the farm in this “electrifying” event Sunday, June 26, 4pm-9pm, with an evening of nature, music, wagon rides, crafts, games, food, and more, 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, NJ. Free Admission and parking. Fees for certain activities. Sample wines in the tasting room (pictured). Photo courtesy of Terhune Orchards.
The Schuylkill Canal Association celebrates the 34th annual Canal Day @ Lock 60, Sunday, June 26, 9am-4pm, with live music, crafts, food, and more along the Schuylkill Canal at Lock 60 and St. Michael’s Park, Mont Clare, PA. Photo courtesy of Schuylkill Canal Association.
Arts in Nature Festival at Tyler Arboretum
Wave your flag and bang your drum at the Arts in Nature Festival featuring Spiral Q, Sunday, June 26, 10am-4pm as the West Powelton Steppers accompany the parade through Tyler Arboretum with puppets of all sizes. Enjoy food, ice cream, and much more including the Butterfly House, 515 Painter Road, Media, PA. Free with admission, rain or shine.
The Summer Club at Arden Theatre Company
Catch The Summer Club on Monday, June 27, 7pm, at Arden Theatre Company. Jeff Coon, JP Dunphy, Michael Philip O’Brien, and Fran Prisco perform a night-club style cabaret harkening back to the days of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin and featuring a 17 piece live orchestra with a Big Band sound as well as special guests including Tony Braithwaite, Rachel Brennan, Elena Camp, Rachel Camp and Kristine Fraelich. Original orchestrations by music director Larry Lees, 40 N. 2nd Street, Old City, Philadelphia. Photo by Frank Scott.
“Sun Splashed” at the Barnes Foundation
The most significant exhibition of Nari Ward’s work to date opens at the Barnes Foundation June 24. Sun Splashed, a mid-career survey of the found-object assemblage art of the Jamaican-born artist brings together 30 works from 1990s to the present, highlighting Ward’s innovative approach of using materials gathered in and around urban neighborhoods, making reference to African tribal art and a broad range of subjects including black history and culture and Caribbean diaspora identity, through August 22. An opening party takes place Friday, June 24, 6pm-9pm, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. Pictured: Iron Heavens (installation view, Pérez Art Museum Miami, 2015), 1995. Oven pans, ironed cotton, and burnt wooden bats, 140 × 148 × 48 in. (355.6 × 375.9 × 121.9 cm). Photo courtesy Pérez Art Museum Miami. Photo by STUDIO LHOOQ.
“Embracing the Contemporary” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Opening June 28 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is Embracing the Contemporary: The Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Collection, one of the country’s finest collections of contemporary art including works by some of the most influential European and American artists since the mid-twentieth century. Look for about 100 pieces ranging from sculpture and painting to large-scale photography and video art by artists such as Jasper Johns, Howard Hodgkin, Ellsworth Kelly, Jeff Koons, Brice Marden, Bruce Nauman, Gabriel Orozco, Charles Ray, and Cy Twombly, on view through September 5, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. An illustrated publication accompanies the exhibition. Pictured: Keith and Kathy Sachs, 1988 1991, Howard Hodgkin, English, born 1932, Oil on wood and historic frame, Promised gift of Keith L. and Katherine Sachs, © Howard Hodgkin.
Madsummer Meltdown 7 takes place June 24-26 in Schuylkill Haven, PA, a music and camping festival featuring more than 30 musical acts on four stages – outdoor and indoor – including Deep Banana Blackout, Red Baraat, Whitewater Ramble, Big Mean Sound Machine, and more. Expect food and craft vendors, workshops, and scheduled activities for adults and children. The 60 acre rustic fairground offers plenty of camping space, permanent restrooms and showers, nature trails, trout fishing waters, and electricity access for RVs. Presented by Jibberjazz Productions. Photo by Karl McWherter.
Hampton Jazz Festival
The 49th annual Hampton Jazz Festival takes place June 24-26 with Gladys Knight, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue (pictured), Michael McDonald, Charlie Wilson, Boney James, Stephanie Mills and more at the Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, Virginia. Photo courtesy of the Hampton Jazz Festival.
New York Hot Jazz Festival
The New York Hot Jazz Festival features Butler, Bernstein & the Hot 9, a collaboration between Henry Butler and Steven Bernstein, the Hot Sardines, and trumpeter/vocalist Bria Skonberg performing with the New York Hot Jazz All-Stars featuring Anat Cohen (pictured) on clarinet, Vince Giordano on bass, Joe Saylor (from Jon Batiste’s band) on drums, Dalton Ridenhour on piano and trombonist Wycliffe Gordone, June 25, 2pm-7pm, SummerStage in Central Park, New York City. Photo by Dragan Tasic.
Holly Bowling stops in Philadelphia on her national tour Wednesday, June 29, 2pm. The classically trained pianist performs a concert of Phish and Grateful Dead classics reimagined for solo piano in the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Montgomery Auditorium, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia. All ages. Free with ticket required. Photo courtesy of Holly Bowling.
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