This year's Philadelphia Gay Pride Weekend includes RuPaul's Drag Race Tour on Friday night and the annual parade and festival on Sunday. On Friday, RuPaul's event will be at Voyeur, 1221 St. James St.; Saturday will feature Miss Richfield; and on Sunday, from noon to 6 p.m., attendees can go to the Gay Pride Parade, from 13th and Locust Streets to Penn's Landing, where the festival will feature performer Aisha Tyler. Finally, from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Bruce Yelk of Nightlifegay will present his fifth annual Triumphant Pride party at Mad River in Old City (126 Chestnut St). Information: 215-875-9288,
Dancer and choreographer Germaine Ingram, composer/musician Bobby Zankel, and visual artist John Dowell will present their creative collaboration commemorating the nine African Americans enslaved by President George Washington in the President's House. The event, "The Spirits Break to Freedom," will be at the Christ Church Neighborhood House at 20 N. American St. There will be two shows, at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets, at $20, are available online at
. Information: 215-517-8337. Seating is very limited.
InLiquid's 12th-annual Art for the Cash Poor is a free art event that celebrates affordable art and independent new artists. It offers art priced at under $199 from more than 120 emerging artists at the Crane Arts Building from noon to 6 p.m. Among items for sale are prints, paintings, photography, glass and ceramic ware, jewelry, and clothing. There will be raffle prizes and music from bands such as Taggart, Honey Kicks, and North Lawrence Midnight. The organizers will offer an assortment of food vendors including Guapos Tacos, Far From Home, and Gig & Big R's Soul Food, alongside cool brews from Philadelphia Brewing Co. at the Crane Arts Building, 1400 N. American St. Information:
This Saturday offers a lineup of old favorites and new faces for Flag Fest 2011: A Turn of the Century Celebration. Events include a Patriotic Pet Parade, Funicular Aerial Circus. You can see performers flying through the air, Uncle Sam on stilts, and an organ grinder with his monkey during the festival, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Betsy Ross House hosted its first Flag Day event on June 14, 1891, and has long been the site of the city's official commemoration. A midway on Arch Street will include games and face painting for kids. Most events are free, and organizers say food and game prices will be affordably priced for this challenging economy. Information: 215-686-1252 or visit
This Saturday and Sunday, the Philadelphia Zoo will host a weekend-long festival showcasing North America and American Indian culture as part of the Creatures of Culture International Series. It will offer activities, performances, and demonstrations, while visitors also learn about animals in the zoo. Events are free with zoo admission and will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Performances include the Native Nations Dance Theatre, Spirit Wing, a musical performance, and Ollin Yoliztli Calmecac demonstrating authentic dance, drumming, and storytelling. Part of zoo admission. Information: