Special Events

Philadelphia

*FREE*

APM's 5th Annual Sugar Cane Festival

Housing counseling, health screenings, live entertainment, arts & crafts, children's activities & more. 5th Ave. between Berks & Norris; 267-296-7346.

» READ MORE: www.apmphila.org

. 6/20 noon-5 pm.

*FREE* Asian Festival Crafts, dancing, music, food & more celebrating the diversity of Asian culture. Penn's Landing, Columbus Blvd.; 215-922-2386. www.asianfest.org. 6/20 noon-6 pm.

Bike Freedom Valley Benefit bike event features rides of 8, 22 & 44 miles on mostly paved roads & trails. Lloyd Hall, One Boathouse Row, Kelly Dr.; 215-735-2453. www.bikefreedomvalley.blogspot.com. $27-$35; $15 students; $5 children. 6/21 7 am-noon.

*FREE* Clark Park Summer Solstice Festival Celebration with live music, crafts, vendors & more. Clark Park, Baltimore Ave. & 43d St.; 215-387-0919. www.myspace.com/clarkparkfest. 6/20 noon.

Father's Day Celebration on the Spirit A cruise on the Delaware River. Spirit of Philadelphia Cruises, Columbus Blvd.; RSVP required: 866-455-3866. www.spiritcitycruises.com. $25.90-$49.90 adults; $19.95-$24.95 kids. 6/21 8:30-10:30 am, 1-3:30 pm, 5:30-9 pm.

Juneteenth in Historic Germantown Juneteenth-themed tours, displays & activities at several locations around Germantown. Historic Germantown, 5501 Germantown Ave.; 215-844-1683. www.germantownhistory.org. 6/20 1-5 pm.

*FREE* Portuguese Heritage Festival Featuring folk dancing groups, live music, Portuguese cuisine, clowns, face painting & more. Penn's Landing, Columbus Blvd.; 215-922-2386. www.pennslandingcorp.com. 6/21 1-7 pm.

Preservation Alliance Architectural Walking Tours Guided exploration of some of the city's architectural gems. Rain or shine. Closes 10/31. For full schedule & specific locations, see www.preservationalliance.com. 215-546-1146 x3. $10; $8 students; free for children 10 & under.

Real Men Cook Celebration of fatherhood w/food tastings, entertainment, children's activities, cooking demos, health screenings, door prizes & more. First District Plaza, 3801 Market St.; 215-924-6263. www.realmencook.com. $20; $10 children 12 & under. 6/21 3-6 pm.

Summer Solstice All-night party w/family fun & music & dance performances in the afternoon, indie bands, singer-songwriters & more at night. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. www.kimmelcenter.org. $10; $5 children. 6/20 3 pm.

Summer Solstice Festival Celebrate the season with mind-bending music, acrobats, theater performances, poetry readings. Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, 1020-1022 S. St.; 215-733-0390. www.philadelphiasmagicgardens.org. $7. 6/21 2-8 pm.

Victorian Society in America Event Presentation on the Centennial, tour of Memorial Hall, refreshments & socializing. Victorian dress encouraged but not required. Memorial Hall, 4231 Avenue of the Republic; 215-636-9872. www.victoriansociety.org. $35 plus $5 parking. 6/21 2-4 pm.

Wizard World Philadelphia Gaming, comics & sci-fi convention w/guests including Lou Ferrigno, Marina Sirtis, Ted Raimi, Ray Park & more. Convention Center, 1101 Arch St.; 866-882-5860. www.wizardworld.com. $25-$45. 6/19 noon-7 pm. 6/20 10 am-7 pm. 6/21 11 am-5 pm.

Pennsylvania suburbs

Evening Milling Demonstration

Benefit event featuring live music by West Chester Swing Kings & BBQ by Tony's Restaurant. Mill at Anselma, Conestoga Rd. (Rt. 401), Chester Springs; 610-827-1906.

» READ MORE: www.anselmamill.org

. $40; $20 children under 17. 6/20 6-9 pm.

*FREE* Friday Afternoon Botanical Hike Guided hike through Bucktoe Creek Preserve. Bucktoe Creek Preserve, 432 Sharp Rd., Avondale; 302-239-2334. www.delawarenaturesociety.org. 6/19 3-5 pm.

Guided House & Garden Tours House designed in the English Cotswolds style by architect Robert McGoodwin. Meadowbrook Farm, 1633 Washington Lane, Meadowbrook; 215-988-8869. www.meadowbrookfarm.org. $15. 6/25 11 am.

*FREE* Historic Walking Tour Visit architecturally significant Newtown buildings. The Half-Moon Inn (Court Inn), Court St., Newtown; 215-968-4004. www.newtownhistoric.org. 6/19 6:30 pm.

PAWS Dog Wash Dog bath day with volunteers from PAWS. Whole Foods Market, 1575 Fairway Rd., Jenkintown; 215-481-0800. www.wholefoodsmarket.com. $5-$10. 6/21 10 am-2 pm.

*FREE* Raspberry Festival Raspberry treats, hayrides, live falcon shows, games, music, face painting & more. Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media; 610-874-4678. www.linvilla.com. 6/20 9 am-6 pm.

*FREE* Roadrunners Classic Car Show Vintage car show & meetup. Rain date 6/30. Plush Mills Senior Residences, 501 Plush Mill Rd., Wallingford; 610-690-1630. www.plushmills.com. 6/23 11 am-1 pm.

*FREE* Summer Sunset Run & Walk Features certified 5K route for runners & safe 1-mile walkers stroll. Jenkintown Town Square, Greenwood Ave. & Leedom St., Jenkintown; 215-517-5507. www.jenkintown.net. 6/23 8 am.

New Jersey

Black River Railroad Days

Highlights aspects of the Black River & Western Railroad operations & includes caboose rides, locomotive horn displays & operating model train layouts. Black River & Western Railroad, 105 John Ringo Rd., Ringoes; 908-782-6622. $14; $7 children (3-12); free 2 & under. 6/20-21 10:30 am-3:15 pm.

*FREE* Cape May Harbor Fest Annual celebration of seafood & song to heighten awareness & appreciation of the sea. Street festival, cook-off & more. Downtown Cape May; 609-884-5508. www.capemayharborfest.com. 6/19-20.

Evergreens Cycle of Life Charity Motorcycle Poker Run 110-mile fundraising motorcycle ride. Music by Junk Yard Dogs. Evergreens, Lamonte Hall, 309 Bridgeboro Rd., Moorestown; RSVP required: 856-439-2090. www.evergreens.org. $25; $15 for passenger includes meals & t-shirt. 6/20 8 am.

*FREE* Father's Day Pajama Party All pajama-clad dads & granddads will receive a free entree. The Pop Shop, 729 Haddon Ave., Collingswood; 856-869-0111. www.thepopshopusa.com. 6/21 7:30 am-8 pm.

Holy Name of Jesus Annual Parish Carnival Family-friendly event features rides, games, food, 50/50 raffle & more. Gloucester County 4-H Fairgrounds, Route 77 South, Mullica Hill; 856-478-2294. $15 for 20 tickets; $30 for 45 tickets. 6/23-25 6 pm.

*FREE* National Marbles Tournament Annual competition for winners (boys & girls, 8-14) of local tournaments. Ringer Stadium, Wildwood Ave., Wildwood; 304-337-2764. www.nationalmarblestournament.org. 6/22-6/25 8 am-1 pm.

Delaware

Chinese Festival

Features authentic Chinese cuisines, exhibition of Chinese bronze culinary artifacts, & performances. Chinese American Community Center, 1313 Little Baltimore Rd., Hockessin; 302-239-0432.

» READ MORE: www.chinesefestival.org

. $5 parking. 6/19 5-9 pm. 6/20 10 am-8 pm. 6/21 11 am-5 pm.

Father's Day Farm Challenge Scavenger hunt, tug-of-war, sack races, obstacle course & picnic. Coverdale Farm, 543 Way Rd., Greenville; 302-239-2334. www.delawarenaturesociety.org. $20; $10 children. 6/21 1-4 pm.

Intergalactic Bead & Jewelry Show Quality beaded jewelry, emeralds, rubies, freshwater pearls, seed beads & more. Delaware Technical & Community College, 400 Stanton Christiana Rd., Newark; 888-729-6904. www.beadshows.com. $5 Sat.; $4 Sun.; Free for children under 12. 6/20-21 10 am-5 pm.

Natural Lands Walking Excursion 3-mile trek through the center's natural lands. Mt. Cuba Center, 3120 Barley Mill Rd., Hockessin; RSVP: 302-239-4244. www.mtcubacenter.org. $10. 6/24 5:30-7:30 pm.

*FREE* Rehoboth Beach Boat Show 6th annual event. Kmart Rehoboth Beach, 19563 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth Beach; 302-226-0223. 6/20 10 am-8 pm. 6/21 9 am-4 pm.

Kids' Stuff

Children's performances

The Dirty Sock Funtime Band

World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400;

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. $10; $7 children 1-12. 6/20 11:30 am.

*FREE* Flow Circus Features Paul Miller, juggler, magician & vaudeville-style one-man show extraordinaire for the entire family. Tredyffrin Public Library, 582 Upper Gulph Rd., Strafford; RSVP: 610-688-7092. www.tredyffrinlibraries.org. 6/25 7 pm.

*FREE* Summer Reading Kickoff: Tom Sieling Marple Public Library, 2599 Sproul Rd., Broomall; RSVP: 610-356-1510. www.marplepubliclibrary.org. 6/23 7 pm.

Children's events

Colonial Kids' Quest

Search for clues to solve the mystery of a missing copy of the Declaration of Independence. Independence Living History Center, 115 S. 3rd St.; RSVP required: 215-629-4026.

» READ MORE: www.onceuponanation.org

. $16. 6/20 11 am.

*FREE* Happy Family Pre-Schooler Cooking Class Trina Boyle shows kids how to make pizza. Whole Foods Market, 1575 Fairway Rd., Jenkintown; 215-481-0800. www.wholefoodsmarket.com. 6/22 10 am.

Kid's All-American Fishing Derby Anglers can show their skills at this event for a chance to win a prize. Peace Valley Park, 230 Creek Rd., New Britain; 215-822-8608. www.buckscounty.org. $5; $10 for 2 or more children in the same family. 6/21 7:30-11:45 am.

T is for Together Families can enjoy music, food, movies, yoga & more. The Piazza at Schmidts, N. 2d St.; www.atthepiazza.com. $10 per family. 6/23 11 am. 6/25 11 am.

*FREE* Twist & Earn Balloon Workshop Paul Miller, juggler, magician & creator of 'Flow Circus,' teach kids to create balloon sculptures. Tredyffrin Public Library, 582 Upper Gulph Rd., Strafford; RSVP: 610-688-7092. www.tredyffrinlibraries.org. 6/25 4:30-5:30 pm.

Wondergy Cool Science: Project Ice Cream Montgomery Mall Kidgits Club hosts Wondergy for a liquid nitrogen ice cream event. Montgomery Mall, 230 Montgomery Mall, North Wales; 215-362-2772. www.simon.com. $5-$8. 6/20 2-4 pm.

Children's museums & attractions

Camden Children's Garden

3 Riverside Dr., Camden; 856-365-8733.

. Butterfly house, maze, treehouse & more. $6; $4 ages 3-11; free for children 2 & under. Tue.-Sun. 10 am-5 pm.

Garden State Discovery Museum 2040 Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill; 856-424-1233. www.discoverymuseum.com. Hands-on children's museum featuring an activity wonderland for infants through age 10. Portraits of Pop - Kids can make art honoring their dads & participate in father/child games. 6/20-6/21 9:30 am-5:30 pm. Art Par Excellence - Traveling exhibit of 2-D work by grade-school students with disabilities. Closes 7/3. $9.95; $8.95 seniors; free for children under 1. Sun.-Fri. 9:30 am-5:30 pm; Sat. 9:30 am-8:30 pm.

Insectarium 8046 Frankford Ave.; 215-335-9500. www.insectarium.com. Thousands of mounted & live specimens, interactive exhibits, movie room, children's activities & more. Insect Collection Exhibit - Display of insect collections assembled by area school children. Closes 6/21. $7; free for children under 2. Mon.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm.

Kix & Giggles Children's Playground 9356 Old Bustleton Ave.; 215-677-4140. www.kixandgiggles.com. Attractions include a wrap-around gym, a rock wall, soft-play section for babies & toddlers, an outside seating area & more. Mondays 10 am-3 pm are reserved for children with special needs & their families. See Web site for more info. $6.95. Tue.-Thu. 10 am-8 pm; Fri.-Sat. 10 am-9 pm; Sun. 10 am-8 pm.

Please Touch Museum Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park, 4231 Avenue of the Republic; 215-581-3181. www.pleasetouchmuseum.org. Hands-on museum featuring 6 interactive exhibit zones: Roadside Attractions, Flight Fantasy, City Capers, Wonderland, River Adventures & Centennial Exploration. ABC Games - Features more than a dozen fun-filled fitness activities. Closes 6/28. Please Touch Playhouse: Eat Like a Pirate - Captain Cook & his crew sail to the Great Food Pyramids in search of good nutrition. Closes 6/28. The Heart Gallery Philadelphia - Compelling photos of foster children awaiting adoption. Closes 7/31. Getting There - Prop- & puppet-filled tale about the history of transportation. Closes 8/9. $15; free for children under 1. Mon.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm; Sun. 11 am-5 pm.

Sesame Place 100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne; 215-752-7070. www.sesameplace.com. Share in the spirit of imagination at this theme park, which features whirling rides, water slides, colorful shows & furry, familiar friends. LazyTown Live! - Show on Nick Jr. blends movement, music, comedy & storytelling in a colorful, fast-paced, upside-down world. 6/20-21 noon, 3 & 5 pm. $50.95; $45.95 seniors; free for children under 2. Fri.-Thu. 10 am.

*FREE* Smith The Kids Play Place in the Park Above Kelly Dr. near the intersection of 33d & Oxford Sts. in E. Fairmount Park; 215-765-4325. www.smithplayhouse.org. 6-acre playground for children 10 & under featuring one-of-a-kind equipment including the Ann Newman Giant Wooden Slide. 3-story "play mansion" for children 5 & under. Children must be accompanied by adult. Tue.-Sun. 10 am-4 pm.

Literary Calendar

Book signings & readings

Big Blue Marble Bookstore

551 Carpenter Ln.; 215-844-1870.

. Lynn Hoffman:

The Short Course in Beer

. 6/21 2 pm.

Borders Books & Music 1 S. Broad St.; 215-568-7400. Rachel Simon: Building a Home With My Husband. 6/24 7-8:30 pm.

Doylestown Bookshop 16 S. Main St., Doylestown; 215-230-7610. www.doylestownbookshop.com. Megan Nicolay: Generation T: Beyond Crafting - T-shirt craft demonstration & book signing. Attendees are invited to bring along an old T-shirt & follow along. 6/20 3 pm.

Free Library of Philadelphia 1901 Vine St.; 215-686-5322. www.library.phila.gov. James Lovelock: The Vanishing Face of Gaia. 6/23 7:30 pm. Farai Chideya: Kiss the Sky. 6/25 7:30 pm.

Giovanni's Room 345 S. 12th St.; 215-923-2960. www.giovannisroom.com. Joseph Olshan: The Conversion: A Novel. 6/25 5:30-7 pm.

Independence Visitor Center N. 6th St. & Market St.; 800-537-7676. www.independencevisitorcenter.com. Edward A. Mauger: Philadelphia Then & Now & Philadelphia in Photographs. 6/19 5-6:30 pm.

Manayunk Brewery & Restaurant 4120 Main St.; 215-482-8220. www.manayunkbrewery.com. Daniel Putkowski: Bonk's Bar. 6/25 5-9 pm.

Poetry & lectures

Cooper River Park

N Park Dr., Pennsauken; 856-216-2122.

» READ MORE: www.ccparks.com

. Poetry in the Park. 6/22 7-9 pm.

First Unitarian Church 2125 Chestnut St.; 267-765-5210. www.karenblomain.com. Karen Blomain: Hard Bargain - Blomain reads from her 3d full-length book of poetry. Open reading follows. 6/24 7 pm.

Grounds for Sculpture 18 Fairgrounds Rd., Hamilton; 609-586-0616. www.groundsforsculpture.org. Poet's Invitational - Opportunity for poets, writers & musicians to share their efforts. Included in admission. 6/21 2 pm.

Hopkins House 250 S. Park Dr., Haddon Township; 856-868-0040. arts.camden.lib.nj.us. Ewuare Osayande - Poet & award-winning author, essayist & political activist. 6/25 7-9 pm.

L'Etage 6th St.; 215-592-0656. www.creperie-beaumonde.com. First Person StorySlam - First Person Arts competitive storytelling event featuring hilarious, moving & outrageous stories from real life. $8. 6/23 8:30 pm.