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Do Something: Support Philly Artists

This week, eat your heart out at black-owned restaurants, then jump from block party to parade to outdoor art festival and more!

Every Monday we round up a handful of ways to get involved throughout the week to make your city better and have fun doing it. Have ideas for upcoming events? Email us tips. Now get out and do something!

Get your science on

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Hang out with some science-loving people at The Franklin Institute Community Night. Admission is free and you get to experience everything the Institute has to offer, live science shows, hands-on activities, and the permanent exhibits. Monday, June 17, 5 pm-8 pm, Free, The Franklin Institute, 222 North 20th Street.

Eat at Black-owned restaurants

Support black-owned restaurants by eating delicious food for a great price during Black Restaurant Week! The deals continue till June 23rd and include 12 restaurants to choose from. The week strives to stimulate black-owned restaurants and farms and wants to bring everyone together to experience the diversity of Philly’s restaurant community. Casual dining options will be $15 – $20 and fine dining options will be $35 – $45. Sunday, June 17 – Sunday, June 23.

Have a beer in Campbell Square

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Drink some beer while helping out local parks. This annual summer activity brings a beer garden to local parks and aims to engage the community while giving back to local parks in the Philadelphia Community. This week, Parks on Tap is at Campbell Square, a 3-acre park in the Port Richmond neighborhood. The beer garden has food, beer, wine, non-alcoholic drinks, hammocks, and comfy chairs. They are dog-friendly but make sure to park your bike outside the garden. Wednesday, June 19, 5 pm-10 pm, Free, Campbell Square, Belgrade St & East Allegheny Ave (Port Richmond).

Swing by a block party in Old City

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Old City District is hosting an outdoor block party to kick off Old City Eats. The block party will feature live music and food and drink specials at 20 restaurants. Old City Eats will continue every Thursday until August 29th offering deals at 40 participating restaurants. Come out and enjoy a great meal! Thursday, June 20, 5 pm-9 pm, 2nd St between Market and Chestnut Streets.  

Meditate for Peace

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Come out to The Art Museum’s steps to gather for peace and practice meditation as a community. Minding My Business for Soul is gathering people to try something different and use mindfulness meditation as a way to think about the people we have lost this year in Philadelphia. Please register for Meditation for Peace for Philly using the link. Donations gathered from the event will go to the EMIR Healing Center. EMIR works with families and communities that have been affected by homicide and violent crimes in Philly. Friday, June 21, 11:45 am-12:30 pm, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.    

Go to a parade on Juneteenth

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Celebrate Juneteenth in style with a parade and festival. Hosted by the Pennsylvania Juneteenth Initiative, previous celebrations have brought thousands together to celebrate and embrace the history of Juneteenth. Juneteenth is celebrated on June 19th commemorating the end of slavery in the US in 1896. A main theme of the day celebrates that until we are all free, none of us are free. The day will also include a ceremony to rename 52nd Street, Muhammed Ali Way. Saturday, June 22, 12 pm-3 pm, parade starts on 52nd and Jefferson Streets and moves south on 52nd Street, Musicfest 1pm-7 pm, Malcolm X Park, 52nd and Pine Streets.  

Get some culture in Manayunk

The Manayunk Arts Festival is coming back! It is the 30th anniversary and they are not holding back. The festival is expected to draw in around 200,000 people and is the largest tri-state outdoor, juried arts festival. The stalls will feature these categories: fiber, painting and drawing, jewelry, mixed media, glass and ceramic, photography, wood and sculpture, and emerging artists. Check out the website for a shuttle map, round trip rides are $4 for adults and $2 for children. Sunday, June 23, 11 am-6 pm, Free, Manayunk

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