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Take your office happy hour to the next—civic-minded—level on Thursday, with a cocktail party fundraiser for the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger. Hosted by the InterAct Theatre Company, this happy hour will combine the happy mingling of an after work gathering, with some meaningful information about food justice issues in Philly. Fifty percent of the night’s proceeds will go to Coalition Against Hunger, which facilitates food assistance programs, and educates the public and policymakers about solutions to hunger. Thursday, June 15, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., free, InterAct Theatre Company, Hicks Street.
Interested in becoming a first-time art collector? This Friday, you can do it with a purpose. The weekend-long Art for the Cash Poor allows collectors to purchase original works for less than $1999. The Kick-Off Party on Friday gives you the chance to mingle with some of Philly’s emerging artists, while also supporting HIV/AIDS services. Proceeds from the opening event are split 50/50 with AIDS Fund, which supports HIV/AIDS education and prevention in the Philadelphia area. Friday, June 16, 5:30 – 9 p.m., $35 in advance, $45 at the door, Crane Arts Building, 1400 N. American Street.
Photo: Philly Pride Presents
Your year-long wait is finally over. Philly Pride Parade is back! Organized by Philly Pride Presents, the raucous LGBTQ party attracts over 25,000 people every year, and for good reason. What better way to celebrate LGBTQ pride than with music, food, and a march alongside every kind of community Philly has to offer? Kick off the city’s 29th Annual Pride Day Parade with Friday’s Block Party, where you can eat, drink, and get your discounted festival wristbands early to skip the lines on the day of. On Sunday, get ready to march at 11:30 a.m., and don’t stop ’til you reach the Festival at Penn’s Landing, where music, food, and drink will be waiting for you. Don’t miss headliners Nancy and Beth (the bluesy duo otherwise known as Megan Mullally and Stephanie Hunt). LGBT Pride Kick-Off Party: Friday, June 16, 6 – 10 p.m., free, 12th and Locust Streets. Philly Pride Parade and Festival: Sunday, June 18, 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., $10 on Friday, $15 at the door, 13th and Locust Streets and Penn’s Landing.
Looking to show more than one kind of pride this weekend? Join Disability Pride Philadelphia on Saturday to celebrate the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act and support full rights, equality, and access for all people with disabilities. The day’s festivities start at the National Constitution Center with speeches and musical performances, and the party continues down Market Street, to City Hall and Dilworth Park, where more performances and activities for children will be waiting. Saturday, June 17, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., free, National Constitution Center, Market Street, City Hall and Dilworth Park.
Photo: Community of Gardens
Welcome warmer weather with a walk through your local community garden this Saturday. Community Gardens Day, hosted by the Neighborhood Gardens Trust, is a chance to get outside and enjoy all that these shared open spaces have to offer. The event takes place city-wide, with participating gardens offering workshops and kids’ activities. Don’t forget to take advantage of tours of the city’s gardens, whether on foot, bike, or trolley. Community Gardens Day kicks off at the Norris Square neighborhood garden Las Parcelas, with food and live drumming. Saturday, June 17, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., free, Las Parcelas.
Not familiar with Juneteenth? Come to the Johnson House Historic Site on Saturday to celebrate the holiday marking the passage and ratification of the 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and the end to slavery in the United States. Family-friendly activities include historical re-enactments, the African Children’s Village, and food trucks. Entertainment for adults includes a beer garden to accompany a day celebrating African-American history, heritage, and culture. Saturday, June 17, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., free, Johnson House Historic Site.