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!
Couldn’t make it to brunch? No problem. Grab the kids and an iced coffee and head on over to the Kensington Library for Drag Storytime to listen to stories and sing songs with Philadelphia’s John Jarboe, theatre artist and Artistic Director of the Bearded Ladies Cabaret. This family-friendly event is perfect for children of all ages. If you don’t live near the Kensington Library, check in with your local librarian and see if a drag queen is visiting your local library as a part of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Free Library of Pride initiative. Monday, June 10, 10:30 am, Free, Kensington Library, 104 West Dauphin St.
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Want to enjoy art on a budget? Every Wednesday, the Philadelphia Museum of Art allows patrons to enjoy everything the Museum has to offer on Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday. Relax, refresh and get inspired this week through Dhyana Yoga classes, coffee, tea and drinks at The Balcony Café and explore the collection in a casual and playful atmosphere. While you are here, make sure to check out The Impressionist’s Eye exhibit, featuring the likes of Claude Monet, Mary Cassatt, Vincent van Gogh, and more. Wednesday, June 12, 5:00 pm – 8:45 pm, Pay What You Wish, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
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It is that time of year again: The Schuylkill River Bank is starting their annual movie series, featuring ten nights of watching movies underneath the stars. This week, sit back and relax as you enjoy an eighties throwback, Romancing the Stone. Come early to participate in a free pre-movie raffle for gift cards from Philadelphia Runner and Saxbys, snacks and beverages will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and the movie will start at around dusk. Thursday, June 13, 8:30 pm, Free, The Schuylkill River Bank, 2501 Walnut St.
Every year, the National Constitution Center celebrates Flag Day, which has origins tracing back to 1885 as an event a schoolteacher arranged for his students in Fredonia, Wisconsin. This year, the National Constitution Center is commemorating the U.S. Army’s 244th anniversary and the American flag’s 242nd birthday through a Stripes and Stars Festival. Events happening will be happening throughout Old Cit, including flag raising ceremonies, a patriotic parade, a swearing-in of Army recruits, a dramatic skydiving performance, displays and demonstrations of U.S. Army equipment, giant flag folding activities, performances by the United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps and a moving naturalization ceremony. General admission tickets can be bought here, but it is not necessary for most events. Friday, June 14, Various Times, Free – $14.50, Constitution Center, Betsy Ross House and Independence Hall.
From June through August this summer, University City District and The Rotunda will present free concerts for all ages in their fifteenth-annual 40th Street Summer Series. June’s concert will open with Ashley Phillips and feature Philadelphia artist Stargazer Lily, who helped define Philadelphia’s music scene in the early 2000’s. Stop by beginning at 6 pm for interactive activities with University City Arts League, face-painting, balloon animals and free Ben and Jerry’s ice cream while supplies last. Saturday June 15, 6:00 pm, Free, The Green Space, 40th St. and Walnut St.
Celebrate Father’s Day in Philadelphia’s beautiful and scenic Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in Fairmount Park for a Father’s Day tea ceremony. Members of Urasenke Philadelphia will demonstrate a tea ceremony, and then provide guests with a bowl of matcha (green tea) and a seasonal sweet. Attendees should expect to sit on the floor for the duration of the hour-long program; limited chairs are available. Registration is online and discounts are available (here or here) to members of the Japan America Society of greater Philadelphia. Sunday June 16, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm and 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm, $25-$30 (Pre-order tickets, Shofuso Japanese House, Lansdowne Dr. & Horticultural Dr.