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Juneteenth

A full day of local celebrations

Start off your Juneteenth festivities in Malcolm X Park (52nd Street and Haverford Avenue in West Philly) at a Freedom Day March to make Juneteenth a national holiday. The rally begins at 9:30am on Saturday, June 19, and is followed by an Art in the Park exhibition until 3pm.  See the day’s full schedule here.

The first black woman-owned comic book shop on the East Coast, Kensington’s Amalgam Comics,, is hosting a grand reopening and Juneteenth celebration on Saturday, June 19, from 10am to 3pm. The Black Child Book Fair Tour will be onsite with tons of books for young minds, as well as authors K. S. Daniels (Where Is Baby K), Krystyn Jones (Wonderfully Made), Andre Clarke (Star Gaze)
and Sabrina Wiggins (When My Dad Went to the Hospital).

For lunch, head to any location of HipCityVeg. In honor of Juneteenth, the local vegetarian fast-casual joint is donating 10 percent of sales on Saturday, June 19, to the Equal Justice Initiative, an organization working for racial and economic justice. Order up something delicious (chick’n sandwiches! sweet potato fries! vegan shakes!) and know that your purchase is going toward a great cause.

In honor of Juneteenth, the Germantown Info Hub is hosting a series of Pop-Up Storytelling Booths “designed to collect and share the stories of neighborhood residents and to create a historical archive to reflect the rich history of the region,” writes James Peterson. This weekend, you can find them at the Juneteenth Festival at Johnson House Historic Site on Saturday, June 19 starting at 1pm.

Dance till the wee hours at SWAY’s Juneteenth / Pride dance party at The Foundry at Fillmore Philadelphia on Saturday, June 19 at 10pm.

All that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Visit Philadelphia has tons more ways to celebrate Juneteenth in 2021 here.

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Father's Day 🙋‍♂️

How to celebrate dad this year

Art in the Age is hosting a “Carnivore Cocktails Father’s Day Whiskey & Steak Workshop” on Friday, June 18 at 7pm. Tickets are $140.

New Liberty Distillery is selling a special Father’s Day trio of PA whiskey for $59.99. Just ask for the Kinsey Spirit Trio.

The Collingswood location of Sabrina’s Café will be grilling outdoors on Father’s Day, on Sunday, June 20from 8am to 3pm. Among the items up for grabs is the “Dad’s Breakfast Burger,” a juicy 8oz. patty of beef topped with cheddar cheese and an over-easy egg and squished between a crispy brioche bun.

Silk City Diner, Bar & Lounge is offering a surf-and-turf special on Sunday, June 20 from 4 to 9pm comprised of filet tips, jumbo shrimp and all kinds of grilled veggies.

Urban Farmer is also serving up a meat-forward menu, including a New York Steak Tasting menu for $70 that includes three distinct cuts of steak: a Joyce Farms grass-fed, a Creekstone natural prime, and an 1855 21-day dry aged.

Local Attractions

Fun to-dos at Philly museums, parks and more

Some of Philly’s most iconic attractions are back open for spring with fun, socially distant activities during Covid-19. Here’s some stuff worth checking out:

Spruce Street Harbor Park is open on the Delaware river with its covetable hammocks, arcade games, floating bar and Philly food staples galore—from pretzels to water ice to crab fries and tacos.

The carnival-like Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest is open for summer 2021. Visitors can stay entertained for hours with roller skating, ferris wheel rides, boardwalk games, mini-golf, an arcade and all kinds of summertime grub, such as funnel cakes, cotton candy, chicken wings, crab fries and beer, beer, beer. To align with safety protocols, masks are required on premises and roller skating tickets must be purchased in advance.

You can find Philly’s popular pop-up beer garden Parks On Tap operating at two locations along the Schuylkill River through the entire summer: one at Water Works behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the other in a brand new location, at Trail’s End just off the South Street Bridge. Besides idyllic views of the water, both locations offer menus of snacks, sandwiches and sweets, plus beers, wines and specialty cocktails. For more, including safety protocols and hours of operation, go here.

The Rothman Orthopaedics Roller Rink is now open at Dilworth Park from through June 27, giving you the chance to roller skate old school-style in the shadow of City Hall. The setup is retro-inspired, with a checkerboard floor, and there are tons of neon-hued hula hoops hung overhead. Go here to book your tickets. You could also stop by Dilworth Park any day of the week for lunch or dinner at the Air Grille, watch kids playing in the fountains, try an outdoor fitness class (Mondays and Tuesdays, 6pm), hear live music at lunchtime (Wednesdays and Thursdays, noon–1pm) and check out evening arts performances (Wednesdays, 5–7:30pm).

There are all kinds of fun things to do at Franklin Square this summer, including mini golf, riding the carousel and ogling musical fountain shows attractions. See a full itinerary of events here.

South Philly rooftop destination Bok Bar, with gobsmacking views of the Philadelphia skyline (and then some), is back open with a brand new slate of weekly activities, such as restaurant pop-ups, drag brunches, rooftop yoga sessions, maker workshops and tons more. You can find the full schedule here. Plan ahead; reservations are required in lieu of Covid safety protocols.

There’s always something fun going on at Cherry Street Pier—from art shows to food markets to just sitting back, beer in hand, and gazing at the monstrous Benjamin Franklin Bridge looming above you.

Eastern State Penitentiary is offering after-dark tours on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights through September 4. Guests will have a chance to explore everything the daytime tours offer (like Al Capone’s cell), but under the eery light of the moon—plus grab a beer from Triple Bottom Brewing Company in the prison’s Fair Chance Beer Garden.

Walk among massive animatronic dinosaurs in a prehistoric setting at special exhibition “Big Time: Life in an Endangerous Age” at the Philadelphia Zoo.

The Shofuso Japanese house and gardens in Fairmount Park is now open for spring tours.

Check out some of the city’s best murals on one of Mural Arts Philadelphia’s spring walking tours.

Down the Road ⏱

Local events worth planning ahead for

Check out our guide to summer in Philadelphia for all kinds of ideas about what to do now through Labor Day, including events like:

WAWA WELCOME AMERICA
Philly’s major Fourth of July celebration returns with more than 50 free, in-person events happening June 19 through July 4. Highlights include annual favorites like Wawa Hoagie Day, movie nightsfree museum admission, a July 4 fireworks spectacular, and a massive concert on the Parkway featuring Bebe Rexha and Flo Rida. Find the full schedule of Wawa Welcome America events here.

PRIDE FESTIVAL AT PENN’S LANDING
Philly Pride Presents is hosting a big Pride Festival at Penn’s Landing on Saturday, September 4 in place of its usual parade in festival during LGBTQ Pride Month in June. Details are mum at the moment, but you can surely expect lively drag shows, live music, a sea of vendor booths and a high-kicking good time with a crowd of people who know how to throw a damn good party.

MADE IN AMERICA 2021
There’s no word on what artists will be performing yet, but Jay-Z’s massive outdoor music festival is returning to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for its 10th anniversary romp on September 4 and 5. Early bird tickets are available now.

XPONENTIAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
WXPN’s annual three-day music fest is back in person in 2021, hitting Wiggins Park on the Camden, New Jersey, riverfront from September 17 to 19. Musical acts include Dawes, Ani DiFranco, Strand of Oaks, Adia Victoria and more. See the full lineup here.

Things to Do in Philly This Weekend

What to do for Father's Day and Juneteenth, a daylong Summer Solstice celebration in Fairmount Park and more fun things to do in Philly this weekend

Things to Do in Philly This Weekend

What to do for Father's Day and Juneteenth, a daylong Summer Solstice celebration in Fairmount Park and more fun things to do in Philly this weekend

This weekend is packed with big events: First, there’s Juneteenth on Saturday, and then Father’s Day and Summer Solstice fall on Sunday.

If you’re looking to celebrate any or all of those things, there are plenty of ways to do it in Philly over the next few days—including a Freedom Day March and art show in Malcolm X Park; dinner deals at local restaurants tailor made for dads; and a daylong itinerary of activities in Fairmount Park to mark the longest day of the year (and the official start of summer).

Outside of that, local attractions are open and brimming with things to do any day—whether you’re celebrating something specific or not. You could meet friends for beers on a floating barge at Spruce Street Harbor Park; play carnival games to win stuffed animals at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest; play mini golf and drink Tastykake shakes in Franklin Square; or picnic with pals along the Schuylkill River at Parks On Tap.

Scroll down to find details on all that and tons more, including outdoor movie screenings, live theater in a park and a comic book store grand re-opening hoopla in Kensington.

We update this list almost daily, so stop by regularly for more ideas about things to do in Philadelphia right now. Have event ideas or suggestions about how we could make this list better? Email me at [email protected].

 

WHAT’S ON THIS WEEKEND


Schuylkill Banks hosts outdoor movies on Thursday nights throughout summer.
  • OUTDOOR MOVIES: Summer means it’s outdoor movie season in Philadelphia. This week you can catch:
    • School of Rock along the Schuylkill Banks on Thursday, June 17 at sunset
    • Kinky Boots at The Bourse Food Hall on Friday, June 18 at 7pm.
Pride revelers wave rainbow flags in front of Constitution Hall in Philadelphia
There are tons of ways to celebrate LGBTQ Pride in Philly this June | Photo by J. Fusco / Visit Philadelphia
  • HOW TO CELEBRATE PRIDE THIS WEEKEND 🏳️‍🌈: Locals can wave their rainbow flag at all kinds of events happening throughout the month. This week, you could …
    • Catch an LGBTQ movie playing everyday during qFlix’s virtual film festival, PrideFLIX.
    • Drink under the stars at a block party at Tavern On Camac on Thursday, June 17 starting at 6:30pm.
    • Ogle real bears and otters at a Pride Night at Philadelphia Zoo on Friday, June 18 from 5 to 8pm.
    • Dance till the wee hours at SWAY’s Juneteenth / Pride dance party at The Foundry at Fillmore Philadelphia on Saturday, June 19 at 10pm.
    • Try the new Pride ice cream flavor at Scoop DeVille in The Bourse Food Hall
  • FREEDOM DAY MARCH: Kick off your Juneteenth festivities in Malcolm X Park (52nd Street and Haverford Avenue in West Philly) at a Freedom Day March to make Juneteenth a national holiday. The rally begins at 9:30am on Saturday, June 19, and is followed by an Art in the Park exhibition going till 3pm. See the day’s full schedule here.
Locals gather for a storytelling pop-up event hosted by the Germantown Info Hub
Germantown Info Hub is hosting a series of pop-up events throughout the month to mark Juneteenth | Photo courtesy Germantown Info Hub
Ariell Johnson, founder of Amalgam Comics, poses in her shop
Ariell Johnson is hosting a grand opening of her Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse and Juneteenth celebration in Kensington on June 19. Photo by J. Fusco / Visit Philadelphia
  • JUNETEENTH FESTIVAL: The first black woman-owned comic book shop on the East Coast, Kensington’s Amalgam Comics,, is hosting a grand reopening and Juneteenth celebration on Saturday, June 19, from 10am to 3pm. The Black Child Book Fair Tour will be onsite with tons of books for young minds, as well as authors K. S. Daniels (Where Is Baby K), Krystyn Jones (Wonderfully Made), Andre Clarke (Star Gaze) and Sabrina Wiggins (When My Dad Went to the Hospital).
  • JUNETEENTH GIVING OPPORTUNITY: In honor of the Juneteenth holiday, Philly vegetarian fast-casual joint HipCityVeg will donate 10 percent of sales on Saturday, June 19, to the Equal Justice Initiative, an organization that fights for racial and economic justice. So stop by any location on Saturday, order up something delicious (chick’n sandwiches! sweet potato fries! vegan shakes!) and know that your purchase is going toward a great cause.
A man cuts a juicy piece of steak at Urban Farmer in Philadelphia, which is serving a meat-forward menu on Father's Day
Urban Farmer is among several restaurants in Philly serving up special menus on Father’s Day.
  • WAYS TO CELEBRATE FATHER’S DAY IN PHILLY: Treat Daddy-o to one of these events happening over Father’s Day weekend:
    • Art in the Age is hosting a “Carnivore Cocktails Father’s Day Whiskey & Steak Workshop” on Friday, June 18 at 7pm. Tickets are $140.
    • New Liberty Distillery is selling a special Father’s Day trio of PA whiskey for $59.99. Just ask for the Kinsey Spirit Trio.
    • The Collingswood location of Sabrina’s Café will be grilling outdoors on Father’s Day, on Sunday, June 20, from 8am to 3pm. Among the items up for grabs is the “Dad’s Breakfast Burger,” a juicy 8oz. patty of beef topped with cheddar cheese and an over-easy egg and squished between a crispy brioche bun.
    • Silk City Diner, Bar & Lounge is offering a surf-and-turf special on Sunday, June 20 from 4 to 9pm comprised of filet tips, jumbo shrimp and all kinds of grilled veggies.
    • Urban Farmer is also serving up a meat-forward menu, including a New York Steak Tasting menu for $70 that includes three distinct cuts of steak: a Joyce Farms grass-fed, a Creekstone natural prime, and an 1855 21-day dry aged.
A group of people do outdoor yoga at the Plateau in Philadelphia's beautiful Fairmount Park
Fairmount Park Conservancy celebrates the Summer Solstice on June 20 with outdoor yoga, morning hikes and more.
  • CELEBRATE THE SUMMER SOLSTICE: Welcome the longest day of the year (and the first official day of summer) in Fairmount Park, which is celebrating the occasion with an itinerary of events on Sunday, June 20, from sunup to sundown. The day starts with an early morning hike at 5:30am and ends with a labyrinth-making workshop from 6 to 8:30pm. In between you can do outdoor yoga, take kayak rides and more. Find the full itinerary here.
Jaylene Clark Owens and Taysha Marie Canales in a scene from The Floor Wipers
Jaylene Clark Owens and Taysha Marie Canales star in the new Wilma Theater short film “The Floor Wipers.”
  • THEATER: Want to see what local theater companies are doing this week? You could check out:
    • Theatre Exile’s Pass Over, which is taking place outdoors at Hawthorne Park through June 27.
    • The Floor Wipers, a comedic short film presented by the Wilma about “two women who clean the sweat off the floors during basketball games inside the COVID bubble.”

 

WHAT’S NEW IN PHILLY FOOD & DRINK

  • PMA CAFÉ: The Café at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is reopening on June 18 for the first time since last March. The menu includes salads made with locally grown produce, fresh-baked bread items, and beers from Philly breweries. Guests will also find a new chef-in-residence program kicking off in July that features bites from a new local chef each month, including Tova du Plessis of Essen Bakery (July), Nana Wilmot of Georgina’s Foods (August), Melissa Fernando of Sri’s Company (September), Nok Suntaranon of Kalaya (October) and Mike Jenkins and Melody Lauletta of Keep (November).
A spread of food at Kensington Mexican restaurant Sor Ynez in Philadelphia
New Kensington Mexican restaurant Sor Ynéz opens with a summer solstice celebration on June 20
  • SOR YNÉZ GRAND OPENING: The new West Kensington Mexican restaurant from the folks behind Jet Wine Bar, REX 1516 and Cafe Ynéz opens on June 20 with a Fiesta del Sol celebration from 11am to 5pm. The day features live music along with the rollout of the Sor Ynéz menu, which features contemporary and veggie-friendly takes on indigenous Mexican fare, and a mezcal-heavy bar. The dining room sits 50, but there are outdoor tables, too.
  • EAT OUTSIDE WHILE YOU STILL CAN: Our outdoor dining guide includes all the best places to eat outside this summer, mostly focusing on spots with beautiful patios and garden areas.

 

THINGS TO DO AT LOCAL ATTRACTIONS


A mother and her son play carnival games at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest
Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest is now open along the Delaware River with summertime fun galore. | Photo by Matt Stanley

Some of Philly’s most iconic attractions are back open for spring with fun, socially distant activities during Covid-19. Here’s some stuff worth checking out:

    • Spruce Street Harbor Park is open on the Delaware river with its covetable hammocks, arcade games, floating bar and Philly food staples galore—from pretzels to water ice to crab fries and tacos.
    • Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest keeps visitors entertained for hours with roller skating, ferris wheel rides, boardwalk games, mini-golf, an arcade and all kinds of summertime grub, such as funnel cakes, cotton candy, chicken wings, crab fries and beer, beer, beer.
    • Parks On Tap, Philly’s beloved pop-up beer garden, is operating at two locations along the Schuylkill River through the end of summer: one at Water Works behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the other in a brand new location, at Trail’s End just off the South Street Bridge. Besides idyllic views of the water, both locations offer menus of snacks, sandwiches and sweets, plus beers, wines and specialty cocktails. For more, including safety protocols and hours of operation, go here.
    • The Rothman Orthopaedics Roller Rink is now open at Dilworth Park from through June 27, giving you the chance to roller skate old school-style in the shadow of City Hall. The setup is retro-inspired, with a checkerboard floor, and there are tons of neon-hued hula hoops hung overhead. Go here to book your tickets. Guests can also stop by Dilworth Park any day of the week for lunch or dinner at the Air Grille, watch kids playing in the fountains, try an outdoor fitness class (Mondays and Tuesdays, 6pm), hear live music at lunchtime (Wednesdays and Thursdays, noon–1pm) and check out evening arts performances (Wednesdays, 5–7:30pm).
    • There are all kinds of fun things to do at Franklin Square this summer, including mini golf, riding the carousel and ogling musical fountain shows attractions. See a full itinerary of events here.
    • Bok Bar, the South Philly rooftop bar with gobsmacking views of the Philadelphia skyline (and then some), is open with a fun slate of weekly activities, such as restaurant pop-ups, drag brunches, rooftop yoga sessions, maker workshops and tons more. You can find the full schedule here. Plan ahead; reservations are required in lieu of Covid safety protocols.
    • Cherry Street Pier is always bustling with some kind of activity—whether it’s art shows or food markets or visitors just sitting back, beer in hand, and gazing at the beautiful Delaware River views.
    • Fairmount Park, Philadelphia’s largest park is a perfect place to spend a sunny Saturday or Sunday afternoon hiking trails, touring historic mansions or taking a kayak tour along the Schuylkill. Don’t know where to start? Consult the Fairmount Park Conservancy’s digital guide to the park to discover four different trails to explore. You could also check out the organization’s events calendar for upcoming to-dos, such as birdwatching tours, outdoor exercise classes and romantic moonlit strolls.
    • Eastern State Penitentiary is offering after-dark tours on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights through September 4. Guests will have a chance to explore everything the daytime tours offer (like Al Capone’s cell), but under the eery light of the moon—plus grab a beer from Triple Bottom Brewing Company in the prison’s Fair Chance Beer Garden.
    • The Philadelphia Zoo, the nation’s oldest zoo, is always a fun place to spend a weekend or chill weekday afternoon. For now, guests can walk among massive animatronic dinosaurs in a prehistoric setting at special exhibition “Big Time: Life in an Endangerous Age.”
    • Shofuso Japanese house and gardens in Fairmount Park is now open for spring tours.
Header photo by J. Fusco / Visit Philadelphia

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