Do Something: Celebrate Summer in Clark Park

The Clark Park Summer Solstice Festival returns to West Philly. Plus: Talk trash with RAIR Philly, make DNC-themed art and more ways to be an engaged citizen this week.

Do Something: Celebrate Summer in Clark Park

The Clark Park Summer Solstice Festival returns to West Philly. Plus: Talk trash with RAIR Philly, make DNC-themed art and more ways to be an engaged citizen this week.

Every Monday we round up a handful of fun ways to get involved throughout the week to make your city better. Have ideas for upcoming events? Email tips here.


Photo: RAIR Philly

Trash and art aren’t exactly synonymous — well, the two are probably opposites. But RAIR Philly, a nonprofit arts organization building awareness about sustainability issues through art and design, knows exactly how to bring the two together. RAIR hosts a Talking Trash event at their dump exhibition with sculptor Tom Sachs and Creative Time artistic director Nato Thompson. With the dump towering in the background, the pair will discuss material sourcing, sustainable practices and the dual identity of “found materials” as trash and treasure. After the talk, stick around for the hot dog/BBQ hangout in the yard. Sunday, June 26, 3:30-6:30 p.m., free, RAIR, 7333 Milnor Street.


The Clark Park Summer Solstice Festival has been happening for over 45 years — and it’s back this week with a huge lineup of local bands. Clark Park’s daylong Summer Solstice festival features headlining acts like Flyermile, Mumblr and Rosu Lup, family-friendly activities, and a host of vendor booths and food trucks. If you want to experience the festival on a deeper level than spectator, you can sign up to volunteer or, if you’re a non-profit, join the festival’s non-profit spotlight, where local orgs will set up stations to teach attendees about all the things they’re working on. Saturday, June 25, 11 a.m.-Sundown, free, Clark Park, 4398 Chester Avenue


What does ‘We the People’ look like to you? As part of the Democratic National Convention, students K-12 across Pennsylvania are invited to submit artwork in a “We The Young People” art contest. The competition is hosted by the DNC, Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee, Fleisher Art Memorial, and the American Federation of Teachers. All these organizations have come together to offer great prizes for entrants and their schools. To take part, you have to act fast. All submissions must be postmarked by June 24 or hand-delivered before 4 p.m. on June 24.


Photo: Django Girls

There’s a national push by tech companies to get more women into computer programming. To rev up the movement, Django Girls Philadelphia hosts a programming workshop for ladies, specifically those who don’t know anything about the field. Django is a web app framework that uses program Python to create websites that are faster and easier to navigate. Besides teaching Django, the workshop features tutorials on Python, HTML/CSS, and other tools commonly used by modern developers. The event happens July 20 and 21, but you have to sign up this week—by June 25—to be able to attend. Those who register will be able to attend the workshop at no cost, with free childcare and food included. Saturday, June 25 application due date, July 20-21, times TBA, The Wharton School’s Huntsman Hall, 3730 Walnut Street.


Let’s face it: To many beginners, city biking looks pretty intimidating. Tackle the feat in a take-your-time paced, beginner-friendly bike ride to Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Pop-Up Garden on South Street. Bring yourself, a friend, a bike, a helmet and good cheer to prepare for this fun ride. If you don’t have a bike, grab one from the Rittenhouse Square Indego station. Organizers will make sure to find you a drop-off station close to the pop-up garden. The ride finishes at the beer garden so attendees can chill and make new friends over cold brews. Tuesday, June 21, 6:30-9 p.m., Begin at northwest corner of Rittenhouse Square, end at PHS Pop-Up Garden South Street, 1438 South Street.

Photo header: Jeff Fusco for Visit Philadelphia™

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