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52 of the best things to do in Philly this weekend and next week

Chinese Lantern Festival, Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll, Juneteenth events, and more.

Franklin Square's Chinese Lantern Festival returns with larger-than-life lanterns this week.
Franklin Square's Chinese Lantern Festival returns with larger-than-life lanterns this week.Read moreJeff Fusco

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Get Vaccinated 💉

(Community / free / multiday) We are still in a pandemic. Make a plan to get vaccinated or your booster shot; there are many places throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey — CVS, Rite Aid, neighborhood rec centers, and more — where you can get your free COVID-19 shot. (Free,


Yappy Hour 🐶

(Community / in-person / fundraiser) Your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you, the pups have taken over the Museum of Illusions. Treat your four-legged friend to doggy ice cream, photo ops, games and more. Need a pup? Adoptable dogs will be available onsite to cuddle with and take home. Proceeds will support Morris Animal Rescue. (June 16, 5-7 p.m., 401 Market St.,

Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll 💵

(Seasonal / outdoors / food) This deal-focused West Philly tradition is back on Baltimore Ave. Bring your friends and family out to support local businesses and take advantage of $1, $3, and $5 deals. Visit Booker’s for $3 deviled eggs and $5 cocktails, Chili Garden for $1 dan dan noodles, Loco Pez for $1 tacos, and more. Beyond food, stop by the fest for live music, activities, games, and more. After you’ve strolled and grabbed the goods, head to the block party at 48th street for even more festivities. (June 16, 5:30-8:30 p.m., 48th & Baltimore Ave.,

History Social: Juneteenth 🍻

(Juneteenth / free) Second District Brewing serves up history with a side of craft beer. Come learn about the history of Juneteenth through interactive activities, games, and more. The event kicks off with a history talk by Black History Maven. Beer and light bites will be available for purchase. (Free, June 16, 6-7:30 p.m. 1939 S. Bancroft St.,


Drag Queen Bingo 👑

(Community) Get ready for a night of comedy, performances, bingo, and drag at Christ Church Neighborhood House. Local queens lead you through nine rounds of bingo at this Friday night event. You’ll have the chance to win fun prizes and bragging rights at the end of each round. Specialty snacks, cocktails, and beer will be available for purchase. ($20-$30, June 17, 8-10 p.m., 20 N. American St.,

Freedom at Longwood Gardens 🎉

(Juneteenth / kid-friendly) Longwood Gardens’ incredible illuminated fountain performances are a sight (and sound) you won’t want to miss. In honor of Juneteenth, this performance features songs in the themes of freedom, hope, and strength with music by artists like Aretha Franklin, Curtis Mayfield, and Nina Simone. ($2-$25, June 17-18, 1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square,

Rodin Young Friends Garden Party 🥂

(Museum / outdoors) Start your weekend with a garden party complete with live music, snacks and cocktails. Friends are welcome, four-legged ones included, to enjoy this night outside in the garden. While there, check your voter registration status or register on-site so you’re set before our next election. (Pay what you wish, June 17, 4-8:30 p.m., 2151 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.,

Cinema in the Cemetery: ‘Glory’ 🎬

(Juneteenth / movie / community) Pack your favorite movie snacks and take in a film under the stars. In honor of Juneteenth, the feature film will be Glory, an American war drama about an African American Civil War regiment. This movie is rated R and intended for more mature audiences. ($10-$20, June 17, 8-10 p.m., 2400 Strawberry Mansion Dr.,

Juneteenth: Erecting New Monuments 📚

(Juneteenth / art / free) Come meet and learn from historian and artist Michelle Browder. Browder’s work exposes the rich and often haunting elements of history in an engaging way. During the program, Browder will share how she explores historical narratives. You can choose to join this free event in-person or through online streaming. (Free, June 17, 6 p.m., 1314 Locust St.,

Ambler Art and Music Festival 🎵

(Seasonal / outdoors / community / kid-friendly / free) Two days of live music, 85 art exhibitors, and the tasty Ambler art scene all come together to make up this two-day festival. You’ll have a chance to browse and shop unique handmade art pieces, hear dozens of live music sets, and munch on food from local restaurants and vendors. If you’re bringing little ones, be sure to stop by the Family Zone for face painting, sand art and more. Bring your own chair and cash for parking and beer gardens. (Free, June 17-18, 85 E. Butler Ave, Ambler,

Belle & Sebastian 🎶

(Music) Stuart Murdoch’s Glaswegian indie-pop project Belle & Sebastian is in fine form on the new album A Bit of Previous. Songs like the opening track, “When You’re Young and Stupid,” recall early efforts like the band’s 1998 debut Tigermilk without succumbing to nostalgia. Openers Los Bichos are self-described as “4 gals from the underground realms of London, tripping out on Tequila and Cumbia vibes.” ($40-$45, June 17, 8 p.m., 627 N. Seventh St.,

Barefoot Country Music Fest 🎶

(Music) The first of two big country music festivals at the Jersey Shore this summer kick-off Thursday in Wildwood. (The second, TidalWave Music Festival, happens in Atlantic City in August.) This one has plenty of big names including Eric Church, Jason Aldean, and Florida Georgia Line, plus notables such as Brittney Spencer, Rita Wilson, and Brett Michaels of Poison. ($99-1499, through June 19, 3601 Boardwalk, Wildwood,

(Movie) An oddball British indie mockumentary buddy movie about a secluded, lonely, unhappy man who builds himself a robot that becomes his friend. It’s a comedy. Written by and starring David Earl and Chris Hayward. Directed by Jim Archer. (Rated PG. Premieres June 17 in select theaters)

(Movie) Buzz Lightyear of Toy Story fame returns. This time, he’s not under some kid’s bed — he’s lost in space and running out of fuel — voiced by Captain America himself, Chris Evans. With the voices of Keke Palmer, Peter Sohn, Uzo Aduba, and more. Directed by Angus MacLane (Finding Dory). (Rated PG. Premieres June 17 in theaters)


CADO: A Black Makers Market 🛍️

(Art / shopping) This experiential art fair highlights Black artists, businesses, and brands from the region. Come out and shop, while discovering Black-owned brands and companies making unique and incredible products. Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to North Philly Peace Park. ($5-$7, June 18, noon-6 p.m., 19th & Oxford St.,

Clark Park Party in the Park 🎉

(Seasonal / outdoors / kid-friendly / free) This annual event is a great way to celebrate the start of summer. Bring family and friends to enjoy a day of live music, crafts for kids, and the beautiful scenery of the popular West Philly park. (Free, June 18, 3-8 p.m., 4300 Chester Ave.,

Sugar Cane Festival 🍬

(Seasonal / outdoors / kid-friendly / free) This three-block-long festival celebrates the historic significance of sugar cane in the Puerto Rican community. Look forward to live music, food, games, prizes and more. Be sure to get a complimentary pava, which are straw hats made from the leaves of Puerto Rican palms, and a piece of sugarcane. (Free, June 18, 4 p.m., 6th & Germantown Ave.,

Tioga-Nicetown Juneteenth Festival 🎉

(Juneteenth / kid-friendly / free) This daylong block party is a free Juneteenth celebration for all community members. Free food, water ice, and activities for kids will be available while supplies last. (Free, June 18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 19th & West Tioga Streets,

Juneteenth Family Pride Picnic 🎉

(Juneteenth / outdoors) This Pride-Juneteenth celebration was designed with Black LGBTQ families in mind. Head to Germantown Avenue for an afternoon of free food, music, vendors, history talks, and more. (Free, June 18, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 6945 Germantown Ave.,

Johnson House Juneteenth Festival 🎉

(Juneteenth / kid-friendly) Johnson House, a National Historic Landmark and a stop on the Underground Railroad, hosts its 16th-annual Juneteenth Festival on June 18. Bring the entire family for a day of music, games, panel discussions, historic reenactments, and more. (Free, June 18, noon-6 p.m., 6306 Germantown Ave.,

Juneteenth at the National Liberty Museum 🎨

(Juneteenth / art) Artist Zsudayka Nzinga leads you through her art installation, “Afro Bohemian,” which brings together symbols and icons of Black history and culture. Then, check out a comic book workshop dedicated to celebrating real-life Black superheroes and take in a performance by Philly’s Positive Movement Drumline. Free with National Liberty Museum admission. ($6-$12, June 18, 1-5 p.m., 321 Chestnut St.,

Pride Bar Crawl 🍻

(Pride Month) Maximize your party options with this fun-filled Pride bar crawl. Your wristband gets you free entry to more than five bars (Woody’s, Concourse, Howl at the Moon, and more), up to half off beer and cocktails, and up to 20% off food. ($15-$30, June 18, 2-9 p.m., various locations in Center City,

Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom 🎶

(Juneteenth / music / kid-friendly) Join the Woodmere Art Museum for a day of jazz and poetry with performances by the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble, Universal Drum and Dance Ensemble, poets, and more. (Free, June 18, 2-5 p.m., 9201 Germantown Ave.,

Sistah Soul Series 🎤

(Music / outdoors / community / free) This once-a-month live music series at LOVE Park features local BIPOC musicians from the Philadelphia region. In addition to live music, you can also enjoy the work of local artists and park vendors in a relaxed, outdoor setting. (Free, June 18, 4-6 p.m., 15th and John F. Kennedy Blvd.,

Doylestown Pride Festival 🌈

(Pride Month / outdoors) Keep your Pride celebrations going in Doylestown with a weekend full of film screenings, drag shows, and a block party. Saturday’s block party along E. State Street features special performances from DJ Gavin and Lolly Hopwood, drag storytime and so much more. Come celebrate the diverse identities of this LGBTQ community. (Free, June 18, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., E. State St. between Pride and Main Sts., Doylestown,

Mandy Moore 🎶

(Music) This Is Us actress Mandy Moore’s music career stretches back to 1999 when she was a teen pop singer alongside peers like Britney Spears and Jessica Simpson. Over time, she evolved into an adult-alternative artist on albums she’s made in collaboration with producer Mike Viola and her husband Taylor Goldsmith (of Dawes), like the new In Real Life. ($54, June 18, 7 p.m., 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City,

Kenny Chesney 🎶

(Music) This year, country singer Kenny Chesney is finally getting to tour behind his 2020 album Here and Now in the here and now. The No Shoes nation assembles at Lincoln Financial Field. Dan + Shay, Old Dominion, and Carly Pearce open. ($81-$305, June 18, 5 p.m., 1 Lincoln Financial Way,

Kraftwerk 🎶

(Music) In-person and in 3D! Upon entering the Met, all concertgoers will be presented with 3D glasses through which to view the incalculably influential German electronic band whose 2021 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was long overdue. Kraftwerk shows always look and sound cool; this one should be mind-blowing. ($39-$99, June 18, 8 p.m., 858 N. Broad St.,

Tune-Yards 🎶

(Music) The cacophonous indie art-funk duo of Merrill Garbus and Nate Brenner are supporting last year’s Sketchy, their fifth album, which concerns itself with climate change and abortion rights among other topics while kicking up a polyrhythmic storm. Anjimile, the Boston folk singer, is the opening act. ($30, June 18, 8 p.m., 1026 Spring Garden St.,


Barnes on the Block 🎉

(Community / outdoors / kid-friendly / free) Head to the Parkway for an epic block party hosted by The Barnes Foundation. The entire family will have a chance to enjoy visual art displays, performances, food trucks, a special beer garden and more. Registration is required to access the Barnes collection and special exhibits. (Free, June 19, 4-9 p.m., 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.,

Black Music City: Juneteenth Celebration 🎶

(Music / free) Hosted by Philly rapper the Bul Bey, this afternoon event celebrates the 46 local honorees in music and other artistic disciplines that are recipients of grants in this joint initiative by WXPN-FM (88.5), WRTI-FM (90.1), and REC Philly. Grant winners include Zeek Burse, Laurin Talese, Micah Graves, Sug Daniels, Ebony Bennett, and Brother Anwar Butler. (Free, June 19, 1-5 p.m., 3025 Walnut St.,

Philadelphia Juneteenth Parade & Festival 🎉

(Juneteenth / music / art / kid-friendly) Celebrate Juneteenth in West Philadelphia with performances, food, a children’s village, and more. Local organizations and groups will march along the parade route, which starts at 52nd and Parkside. Then, at the festival in Malcolm X Park, you’ll have the chance to play games, shop local vendors, see art exhibits, and more. (Free, June 19, 10 a.m., North 52nd Street & Parkside Avenue,

Juneteenth Block Party at the African American Museum in Philadelphia 🎉

(Juneteenth / music / art / kid-friendly) This event is jam-packed with live performances from artists like Talib Kweli, plus food, games, and more. You’ll also get the chance to shop from local makers at the Village Marketplace. Register online in advance to get free museum admission. (Free, June 19, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch St.,

Juneteenth: A Global Celebration of Freedom 🎶

(Music / TV / free) A Sunday night show on CNN, live from the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. The lineup includes Anthony Hamilton, Earth, Wind & Fire, Killer Mike, Billy Porter, Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Jhené Aiko, Mickey Guyton, Robert Glasper and more. The music directors are two Philadelphians: Questlove and Adam Blackstone. (Free, June 19, 8 p.m.,


Chinese Lantern Festival 🏮

(Seasonal / outdoors / multiday / kid-friendly) This Franklin Square summer tradition is back for another year. You won’t want to miss this celebration of light and culture featuring larger-than-life lantern displays all throughout the park. And yes, the 200-foot-long dragon lantern is back. ($12-$23, June 21-Aug. 7, 200 N. Sixth St.,

Tears for Fears / Garbage 🎶

(Music) The 1980s synth-pop duo of Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith whose new album The Tipping Point is their first since 2004. They’re teaming with Garbage, the “I’m Only Happy When It Rains” bubble-grunge band led by Shirley Manson and Butch Vig. ($22-$342, June 21, 7:30 p.m., 5201 Parkside Ave.,

Swearin’ 🎶

(Music) The Philly indie band fronted by Allison Crutchfield and Kyle Gilbride celebrate the 10th anniversary of their self-titled debut album. With the Afterglows and Kate Davis. ($18, June 21, 8 p.m., 1201 N. Frankford Ave.,

Fantastic Negrito 🎶

(Music) On his new album White Jesus Black Problems, the songwriter-guitarist born Xavier Dphrepaulezz mines a rich vein of inspiration that opened up after he learned his 18th-century ancestors in Virginia included an indentured servant Scottish woman arrested for “unlawfully cohabitating with a Negro slave.” Queens, N.Y. band Hollis Brown opens. ($22-$39, June 21, 7:30 p.m., 23 E. Lancaster Ave.,

Big Idea Committee at Fete de la Musique, West Chester Historical Center 🎶

(Music / free) Like dîner en blanc, this day of live music was born in Paris and adopted worldwide, including in downtown West Chester. Local duo Christine Petrini and Melissa Brun — together, Big Idea Committee — perform and act out songs for kids from their new album, accompanied by their cello, Karl. Ages 3-8. (Free, June 21, noon-2 p.m. (festival is noon-9 p.m.), 225 N. High St., West Chester,,

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Darrell Scott / Robbie Fulks 🎶

(Music) A top-notch Americana tandem. Scott is an ace songwriter and vocalist who has toured with Robert Plant, had songs covered by The Chicks, and seen his song You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive used as theme music on the FX series Justified. Robbie Fulks is such a smart and witty songwriter — yes Pennsylvanians, he wrote “The Scrapple Song” — that his talents as a performer are often overlooked. ($38-$42, June 22, 8 p.m., 990 Filbert St.,


Wellness on the Waterfront 🧘

(Fitness / outdoors) Grab a mat, towel and a bottle of water and prepare for an evening of wellness. Alyssa Martin from Lumos Yoga & Barre leads yogis through an hour of guided practice at Race Street Pier. In case of rain, this event will move to Cherry Street Pier. (Free, Thursdays through July 28, 6-7 p.m., Columbus Blvd. and Race St.,


Flag Week, Betsy Ross House 🇺🇸

(History / multiday / kid-friendly) Free admission for the first 100 visitors kicks off an eight-day deal, including the Ross house’s signature naturalization service on Flag Day (June 14, 9 a.m.), meet-and-greets with actors interpreting 18th-century women (June 16-19), a carnival of circus aerialists, magic, and games (June 18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.), and a Juneteenth commemoration (June 19) with a portrayal of Henry “Box” Brown (10 a.m.-2 .p.m.) and the Philadelphia Heritage Chorale (3 p.m.). Ages 3+. (Free to first 100 visitors, $8 adult, $6 child, senior, military, $2 ACCESS cardholder, through June 19, 239 Arch St.,

Philadelphia Flower Show, FDR Park 🌼

(Seasonal / multiday / outdoors / kid-friendly) The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has taken over part of a South Philly public park with large floral displays that include a kiddie space, and, for an extra $5, a spot to walk among live butterflies. Ages 7+. ($45-$50 adult, $30-$35 ages 18-29, $20-$25 ages 5-17, free ages 4 & under, through June 19, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 1500 Pattison Ave.,

Sofitel Afternoon Drag Tea 🍵

(Pride Month / food / performance) Kick off Pride Month with a special tea service and some of your favorite local drag queens. Brittany Lynn and her drag mafia will be there to help you celebrate while you sip (or spill) the tea. Can’t make this week? Stop by any Saturday in June from 2-4 p.m. ($75-$85, Saturdays through June 25, 2-4 p.m., 120 S. 17th St.,

Rothman Roller Rink, Dilworth Park 🛼

(Seasonal / multiday / outdoors) With a roof of inflated beach balls, the warm weather version of City Hall’s ice rink is back, inaugurated by the local rollers of Great on Skates. The outdoor roller skating rink promises activations through the spring and summer — and an adjacent beer garden. Reservations recommended. Ages 3+. ($10 adult, $8 child, $5 skate rental, opening: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., daily through July 17, 1 S. 15th St.,

Extreme Deep: Mission to the Abyss, Academy of Natural Sciences 🌊

(Science / multiday) The Academy continues a year focused on water with an exhibit co-created by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Things that live and happen on the ocean floor — five-foot-long tubeworms, thermal vents, giant clams, iconic shipwrecks — could inspire kids to become the next Cousteau (and likely inspire grown-ups to rewatch The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou). Ages 5+. ($22 ages 13 and up, $19 senior, student, military, $18 ages 2-12, $2 ACCESS cardholder, free under age 2, through Jul. 24, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.,

Sand Sculptures in the Village, Peddler’s Village 🏖️

(Seasonal / free / kid-friendly) Those of us tired of waiting for a beach day can swing by these outdoor shops to watch four pro sand-sculpting teams build whimsical, gritty art. In a few weeks, the castles and such will be complete to wander among, and, sandboxes will be open to play in. Ages 2+. (Free, building: through June 4; on display: June 8-Aug. 31, 400 State Rd., New Hope,

Center City SIPS 🍷

(Drinks / multiday) Center City’s Wednesday evening happy hours are back and boozier than ever. Stop by any of the dozens of participating bars and restaurants and enjoy half-priced apps, $6 cocktails, $5 wine, and $4 beers. This year, select retailers (Mitchell and Ness, Verde, Joan Shepp, and more) will participate in SIPS Style, offering 25% off select items and services each Wednesday. (Wednesdays through Aug. 31, 4:30-7 p.m., various locations,

Harry Potter: The Exhibition, Franklin Institute 🪄

(Museum / multiday / kid-friendly) The museum version of J.K. Rowling’s juggernaut lets visitors choose their Hogwarts houses, explore Gringotts, Hogwarts, and the Forbidden Forest — but not record video. Timed tickets are good for museum admission up to two hours early. Ages 5 and up. ($43 ages 12-64, $41 senior and military, $39 ages 3-11; free ages 2 & under, evening tickets: $30, through Sept. 18, 222 N. 20th St.,

Yoga on the Banks 🧘

(Fitness / outdoors) Head to the Schuylkill Banks for a morning of zen movement. Bring your own yoga mat or towel and enjoy this all-levels instructor-led yoga class. Yoga classes take place (weather permitting) on Saturday and Sundays at 10 a.m., and Tuesday and Thursdays at 6 p.m. throughout the spring and summer season. (Pay what you can, various dates through Oct., 2500 Locust St.,

Magical Fantasy at The Navy Yard 🎪

(Art / outdoors / free) Magical Fantasy, a collection of bold and bright 3D art pieces by London-based artist Morag Myerscough, has transformed The Navy Yard into a colorful playground. Stop by to wander through the exhibit and escape into an abstract dreamland without leaving the city. (Free, through October, Broad St. and Constitution Ave.,

Paddle Penn’s Landing Opens, Independence Seaport Museum 🚣‍♂️

(Seasonal) You have to weigh at least 35 pounds to board a row, or swan- or dragon-shaped paddle boat docked on a manmade basin on the Delaware. (Keep in mind: A rowboat goes faster.) Lifejackets are required — as is an adult, for boaters not yet 18-years-old. ($12 per half hour, $4 per ACCESS cardholder, through Oct. 22, 211 S. Columbus Blvd.,

Youth Bike Fridays, Bartram’s Garden 🚲

(Outdoors / multiday / kid-friendly / free) Philly’s oldest research garden has teamed up with the Bicycle Coalition to lend, repair, and teach kids about bikes every Friday after school. There are snacks, too. Ages 5-17. (Free, Fridays through Nov., 3-6 p.m., 5400 Lindbergh Blvd.,

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Calendar contributors
  1. Amber Burns is a writer and content creator living in Philadelphia. When she’s not writing, you can usually find her holed up in a coffee shop with a good book. Find her on social media @byamberburns.

  2. Lauren McCutcheon is a Philadelphian, parent, and local writer. She writes about kids events for The Inquirer, including our Kids Calendar, which publishes each Sunday.

  3. Howard Gensler writes about movies for The Inquirer, and is a former entertainment editor and writer for the Philadelphia Daily News. His work has also appeared in Premiere magazine, and he wrote the story on which the movie Hysteria, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Hugh Dancy, was based.

  4. Dan DeLuca is the music critic for The Inquirer.