Robin Bloom offers 20 suggestions for what to do this week in the Philadelphia region!
Manayunk Arts Festival
The 28th Annual Manayunk Arts Festival, considered the region’s largest outdoor juried arts festival, is Saturday, June 24, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Sunday, June 25, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. 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.
Funk of Ages at the Fillmore
L4LM presents the first ever Funk of Ages, curated by Lettuce, Saturday, June 24, at the Fillmore Philadelphia. Catch a free block party from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. and then a ticketed concert inside at 4:30 p.m. with Lettuce (pictured), Snarky Puppy, Turkuaz, Ivan Neville, Funky Dawgz Brass Band, and more, 29 East Allen Street, Philadelphia. Photo by Bob Cohen.
Join the All-American BBQ at Dilworth Park, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, June 21-23, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., and Saturday, June 24, 12 p.m. – 8 p.m., and Sunday, June 25, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., with a beer garden, grilled food, a variety of DJs and live music, activities, and games, 1 S. 15th Street (West Side of City Hall), Philadelphia. In celebration of National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, Reading Terminal Market hosts the 4th annual Caribbean Day, Saturday, June 24, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. with traditional Caribbean food, drink, art, and live music by Trinidelphia, food demonstrations with Chef Careda Brown-Matthews, mixologists Remy Duncombe and Chet Morley, live painting sessions, 12th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia. Photo by Kimberly Paynter/WHYY. The Molestice Festival kicks off the summer solstice with a free block party and music festival, Saturday, June 24, beginning at noon, on the 100 block of N. Mole Street in Philadelphia. Expect a mix of craft beers, activities for all ages, food trucks, and local music with headliners Low Cut Connie.
Cape May Hops Festival
The Cape May Hops Festival kicks off summer with blues, brews and BBQ, Saturday, June 24, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate. The all-day outdoor family-friendly festival features local breweries, live music with the BS Bluesband, BC Combo, Bluebone (pictured), and The Bullets, plus food vendors, crafts and collectibles show, and children’s activities, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, New Jersey. Bring a chair or beach blanket! Photo by Frank Scott, 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 24, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., 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, New Jersey. Photo courtesy of Camden Children’s Garden.
Midsommarfest at American Swedish Historical Museum
The annual Midsommarfest takes place this Saturday, June 24, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m., 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 34th annual Whitesbog Blueberry Festival is Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., 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, New Jersey. Photo courtesy of Whitesbog Blueberry Festival.
Jersey Shore Festivals
Margate’s 8th annual Beachstock celebrates the summer season with live music, food, children’s activities, and much more, Saturday, June 24, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m., Huntington Avenue Beach, 8100 Atlantic Ave, Margate, New Jersey. The annual North Wildwood Italian-American Festival takes place Friday, June 23 through Sunday, June 25. 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, New Jersey.
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 24, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Sunday, June 25, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Rockwood Park (pictured), 4671 Washington St. Extension, Wilmington, Delaware. Bring your own blanket!
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 25, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m., with an evening of nature, music, wagon rides, crafts, games, food, and more, 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, New Jersey. 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 35th annual Canal Day @ Lock 60, Sunday, June 25, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., with live music, crafts, food, and more along the Schuylkill Canal at Lock 60 and St. Michael’s Park, Mont Clare, Pennsylvania. Photo courtesy of Schuylkill Canal Association.
“Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” at the Kimmel Center
The popular jukebox musical Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story opens Saturday, June 24 at the Kimmel Center, fresh from its remount at the Bucks County Playhouse. From his early days in Lubbock, Texas to the “day the music died,” the production traces the short but influential life of the seminal pioneer of rock ‘n roll music with more than 20 of Holly’s greatest hits including “That’ll Be The Day,” “Peggy Sue,” “Oh Boy,” and “Not Fade Away.” Directed by Tony nominee Hunter Foster with choreography by Lorin Latarro, the cast of Broadway, off-Broadway and regional talent is led by John Dewey as Buddy, through July 9, 300 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia. Photo by Joan Marcus.
Andrew Wyeth Centennial at the Brandywine River Museum of Art
Immerse yourself in the world of Andrew Wyeth with a comprehensive retrospective at the Brandywine River Museum of Art, the only east coast venue for this once in a lifetime exhibition. Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect celebrates what would be the master’s 100th birthday (July 12) with over 100 works spanning the master’s entire career from his early presence in the art world to his landscape paintings around his home in Chadds Ford, to erotic art, to his self-reflective later paintings including his final work, Goodbye, completed months before his death in 2009. Opening June 24, the exhibit also features tours of his studio and Kuerner Farm, along with a catalogue co-published by Yale University Press, the Brandywine River Museum of Art and the Seattle Art Museum, who will host the exhibit next. On display through September 17, Route 1, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. Pictured: Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) Winter, 1946, tempera, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh. ©2017 Andrew Wyeth/Artists Rights Society (ARS).
“Andrew Wyeth” at Somerville Manning Gallery
Somerville Manning Gallery, known for almost 35 years for specializing in paintings by the Wyeth family, joins the Wyeth birthday centennial with Andrew Wyeth, major works and studies in both watercolor, dry brush, and tempera, the mediums used by the master painter, through July 29, Breck’s Mill, 101 Stone Block Row, Greenville, Delaware. Pictured: Andrew Wyeth, Allen’s House. Photo courtesy of Somerville Manning Gallery.
“Moundbuilders: Ancient Architects of North America” at Penn Museum
Penn Museum explores 5000 years of Native American “moundbuilding” with a new exhibition opening June 24. Moundbuilders: Ancient Architects of North America includes photographs, archival excavation records, and more than 60 artifacts excavated at mound sites throughout the eastern United States that demonstrate the changing patterns of the construction and use of these mounds through time beginning with the earliest known mounds, built by a small groups of hunter-gatherers in the lower Mississippi Valley as early as 3700 BCE. Visit the museum on Wednesday nights for “Summer Nights Concerts” with the Mid East Ensemble, June 21, West Philadelphia Orchestra, June 28, and the Red Hot Ramblers, July 5, 3260 South Street, Philadelphia. Pictured: Jar, Clay 1200–1500 CE (Mississippian) Arkansas, Montgomery County Object # 50 – 12 – 3 This ancient Mississippian Period ceramic jar, 17 cm tall by 18.5 cm wide, is from Arkansas. The style of decoration can help archaeologists determine when and where a pot was made, and the shape and size of the vessel can point to the types of activities taking place at the site. Photo courtesy of Penn Museum.
“The Original Mad Man: Illustrations by Mac Conner” at Delaware Art Museum
Delaware Art Museum explores the work of one of the original “Mad Men” with the comprehensive exhibition The Original Mad Man: Illustrations by Mac Conner, June 24 through September 17. The first exhibition of works by the New York City based artist whose advertising and magazine illustrations filled the pages of leading publications such as The Saturday Evening Post, Ladies’ Home Journal, Redbook, McCall’s Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, and Woman’s Day, features 70 original paintings, printed pieces, correspondence with editors and art directors, reference photos, preparatory sketches, and a video interview with Conner. Most of Conner’s work was produced in the 1950s and early 1960s, offering a “time capsule” of an era when commercial artists helped to redefine American style and culture, 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, Delaware. Pictured: llustration for “How Do You Love Me” in Woman’s Home Companion, August 1950 Mac Conner (born 1913) Gouache on illustration board © Mac Conner. Courtesy of the artist.
“Wild: Michael Nichols” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art focuses on the enduring importance of the wild with the first major exhibition of works by Michael Nichols. The award-winning photographer started as a staff photographer for National Geographic magazine and became editor-at-large in January 2008. Always interested in the conservation of wildlife habitat, Nichols collaborated with scientists on groundbreaking projects about great apes, elephants, and big cats, as well as the landscapes of Africa’s Congo Basin and the American West. Wild: Michael Nichols features photographs, paintings, sculpture, and other media selected from the museum’s collection, June 27 through September 17, coinciding with the first biography about the artist, “A Wild Life: A Visual Biography of Photographer Michael Nichols.” Related programs and events include lectures by Nichols and renowned primatologist Jane Goodall, with whom Nichols has collaborated, on June 25 and September 16. Also, Art Splash, the museum’s popular family program kicks off simultaneously offering activities related to nature, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. Pictured: Surfing Hippo, Gabon, 2003, by Michael Nichols (Courtesy of the artist) © Michael Nichols/National Geographic.
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