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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, phila.gov)


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 a group 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., eventbrite.com)


Cedar Park Jazz Series 🎷

(Music / community / kid-friendly / free) The Philadelphia Clef Club Ensemble heads to Cedar Park for a night of smooth jazz. Bring a chair, pack a cooler, and come ready for an evening of dancing and music. (Free, June 24, 6-8 p.m., 4900 Baltimore Ave., universitycity.org)

Car Cruise at Historic Smithville 🚗

(Community / kid-friendly) Car enthusiasts won’t want to miss this. Visit Historic Smithville and check out some unique and incredible cars on display. You’ll have the chance to check out cool rides, show off cars of your own, and talk shop with local car lovers. While you’re there, stroll around Historic Smithville and check out their shops, restaurants, games and more. (June 24, 5-8 p.m., 615 E. Moss Mill Rd., Absecon, visitsouthjersey.com)

Science After Hours: Summer Ball 🏳️‍🌈

(Pride Month / museum) Science and dance come together at this Pride Month celebration at The Franklin Institute. Spend the night dancing to music by DJ Honey in the planetarium, catch drag performances, lessons on ballroom culture, and more. Your ticket includes access to core exhibits and galleries, a cash bar with food and drink, access to the roof deck and a special lapel pin. ($35-$45, June 24, 7:30-11:30 p.m., 222 N. 20th St., fi.edu)

Bucks-Mont Pride Festival 🏳️‍🌈

(Pride Month / festival) This free outdoor festival is packed with art, music, community resources, and more for the whole family. Spend the day taking in performances and special activities while enjoying food from food trucks like Jules Thin Crust and refreshing (nonalcoholic) drinks from Pina Colada Perumex. (June 24, noon-5 p.m., 515 Meetinghouse Rd., Jenkintown, bucksmontpride.com)

Circus Vazquez, King of Prussia Mall 🎪

(Circus / multiday / kid-friendly) Joined by eight circus performers from Troup Bingo of Kyiv, Ukraine (mostly women, since their male counterparts had to stay behind to fight the war), this proudly Mexican group of clowns, jugglers, aerialists, acrobats, and dancers sets up their pink big top outside our region’s biggest mall. Ages 3+. ($40-$60 adult, $35-$55 senior, $25 child, June 24-July 11, 160 N. Gulph Rd., King of Prussia, circusvazquez.com)

SEPTA is a Drag 🏳️‍🌈

(Pride Month / community) Explore Philly’s LGBTQ history with the historians who know it best. This trolley tour’s led by local drag king performance group LoveHer Boys. You’ll learn LGBTQ facts and history, get to know the city in new ways, hear some amazing queer musicians, and get to take in an awesome drag king performance. ($20-39, June 24, 5 p.m., 111 S. Independence Mall E., beyondthebelltours.com)

Tash Sultana 🎶

(Music) During the pandemic, one-person Australian band Tash Sultana took time to regroup and get their bearings on Terra Firma, the 2021 album that effortlessly moves from soul to folk to funk. It will be fascinating to watch Sultana’s layered recordings being recreated in a solo performance. ($49, June 24, 8 p.m., 29 E. Allen St., fillmorephilly.com)

Puscifer 🎶

(Music) The third band fronted by prog-metal rock star and winemaker Maynard James Keenan — who also leads Tool and A Perfect Circle — are playing the Met Philly on their Existential Reckoning tour, in support of their 2020 album of the same name. ($29-$99, June 24, 8 p.m. 858 N. Broad St., themetphilly.com)

Elvis 🎬

(Movie) Forty-five years after Elvis Presley’s shocking death at the age of 42, director Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge) tells the story of Elvis (Austin Butler) from a hip-swiveling Mississippi teenager to a rock ‘n’ roll icon. With Tom Hanks as Presley’s manager Colonel Parker. (Rated PG-13. Premieres June 24 in theaters)

The Black Phone 🎬

(Movie) An abducted boy, locked in a cellar, receives calls on a disconnected phone from his kidnapper’s previous murder victims. Directed by Scott Derrickson (Deliver Us from Evil, Doctor Strange). With Ethan Hawke, Mason Thames, and Madeleine McGraw. (Rated R. Premieres June 24 in theaters)


Sommerfest at Brauhaus Schmitz 🍻

(Community / outdoors) Celebrate summer and the 13th anniversary of Brauhaus Schmitz with a street festival. Look forward to live music, raffles, face painting, and more and, of course, plenty of beer. Don’t miss out on performances by the United German Hungarian Dance Group and a ceremonial keg tapping. Money raised from raffles will be used to support various Ukrainian organizations. (Pay-as-you-go, June 25, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., 718 South St., southstreet.com)

Manayunk Arts Festival 🎨

(Seasonal / art / outdoors) The tri-state area’s largest arts festival is back showcasing the work of talented local makers. Featuring more than 300 artists covering a variety of disciplines (from glass and ceramics to painting and jewelry), this festival has something for everyone. (June 25-26, along Main St., manayunk.com)

Midsommarfest, American Swedish History Museum ☀️

(Museum / seasonal / kid-friendly) Summer days are long here. But they’re basically endless in Scandinavia. Celebrate the Swedish way, with flower crowns, a book sale, and snacks. And, yes, the public has FDR Park back after last week’s Flower Show. All ages. ($5 ages 12 and up, free under 12, June 25, 4-7 p.m., 1900 Pattison Ave., americanswedish.org)

Art Kids, Philadelphia Museum of Art 🖼️

(Museum / free / kid-friendly) The art museum has eased into an expanded summer menu of children’s programming, including family art-making every Friday night in July and August, extra studio time in the South Vaulted Walkway and in the outdoor sculpture garden, pop-up studios with local artists, and pay-what-you-wish admission for grown-ups on July 3. Guests up to age 18 are always admitted free. Ages 2-12. (Free, June 25-Aug. 28, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., philamuseum.org)

Def Leppard / Motley Crue / Poison / Joan Jett 🎶

(Music / outdoors) While the Phillies are in San Diego, this show is the first in a series at Citizens Bank Park that will include dates with Dead and Co., Elton John, and Red Hot Chili Peppers later this summer. The 1980s hair metal and hard rock extravaganza is topped by Def Leppard, the Sheffield, England quintet fronted by Joe Elliott and featuring one-armed drummer Rick Allen who scored heaps of hits like Pour Some Sugar on Me in their heyday with producer Robert “Mutt” Lange. Get there early for the great Joan Jett. ($49-$750, June 25, 4:30 p.m., 1 Citizens Bank Way, phillies.com)

Sun Ra Arkestra 🎶

(Music) Last seen opening for Kurt Vile at Union Transfer earlier this month, Sun Ra Arkestra continues to carry on the legacy of their musical explorer founder, led by the remarkable Marshall Allen, the saxophonist who recently celebrated his 98th birthday. The Arkestra, whose Germantown home was designated a historical landmark by the Philadelphia Historical Commission last month, is playing Atlantic City in a show rescheduled from last August. ($25, June 25, 8 p.m., 247 S. New York Ave., Atlantic City, anchorrockclub.com)

Praheed Kuhad 🎶

(Music) Folk-rock singer-songwriter Praheed Kuhad grew up in northern India listening to his parents’ Cliff Richards and Harry Belafonte records and became enamored of Elliott Smith while studying at NYU in the early 2010s. He got the Barack Obama bump in 2019 when the former President put his song cold/mess on his year-end playlist. He’s touring behind his bouncy, engaging new album The Way Lovers Do. ($20, June 25, 8 p.m., 3025 Walnut St., worldcafelive.com)

David Uosikkinen’s In the Pocket with Ben Arnold 🎶

(Music / outdoors) The ongoing Philadelphia pop music history project with an all-star band helmed by The Hooters drummer released an album in 2021 with a title that nods to Nick Foles. It’s called The Philly Special and includes versions of The O’Jays’ Back Stabbers, Dead Milkmen’s Punk Rock Girl, and David Bowie’s Young Americans, the latter of which features Ban Arnold, who will open this outdoor show. ($20, June 25, 7 p.m., 175 W. Valley Forge Road, King of Prussia, concertsunderthestarskop.com)


Machine Gun Kelly 🎶

(Music) There’s no point in labeling Machine Gun Kelly as a Mainstream Sellout because that’s what the singer-rapper and fiancé to Megan Fox calls himself with the title of his new album, which is his second consecutive non-hip-hop pop-punk release. ($16-$141, June 26, 8 p.m., 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, livenation.com)


Corinne Bailey Rae 🎶

(Music / free) Back in 2006, Leeds, England-born singer Corinne Bailey Rae scored a hit with Put Your Records On, a breezy earworm from her self-titled debut. Her last full-length album was 2016′s The Heart Speaks In Whispers, but she has new music planned for 2023 that’s grown out of a residency at Chicago’s Stony Island Arts Bank, and is back performing on her Sunlight / Sunlight! tour. (Free, June 27, 8 p.m., 2 Riverside Drive, Camden, camdencounty.com)


Go 4th and Learn, Franklin Square 🏮

(Art / free / outdoors / free) Backdropped by dozens of silk sculptures — look out for the tigers designed by local kids — the Asian Arts Initiative leads a lantern-making workshop and tai chi lessons in Franklin Square. There are free books to grab, too. Ages 3-13. (Free, June 28, 10 a.m.-noon, 6th and Race Sts., welcomeamerica.com)

American Revolution: The Show 🇺🇸

(History / theater / community) Get ready for the most entertaining history lesson you’ve probably ever had. In just 50 minutes, seven actors take to a small stage to recreate the American Revolution from Lexington to Yorktown. This family-friendly retelling combines humor and history in the best way possible. ($15-$25, June 28, 5:30-6:30 p.m., 20 N. American St., americanrevolutiontheshow.com)

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Summer Series, Glen Foerd ☀️

(Seasonal / free) Haitian folk-soul singer and guitarist Nathalie “Talie” Cerin headlines an evening where Afrovisualist Jihan Thomas leads an estate-inspired art activity. Pack your own picnic or grab a pita sandwich from the Moshava Food Truck. All ages. (Free, June 30, 6-8:30 p.m., 5001 Grant Ave., glenfoerd.org)

Trans Sex 101 ❤️

(Community / educational) It’s time to go back to sex-ed with this engaging and fun workshop from certified sex educator Jaime Joy. Open to folks of all sexualities and genders, this workshop covers language, communication, toy demos, trans-specific sex technique and more. Bring an open mind and be ready to explore and engage. ($10-$30, June 30, 6-7:30 p.m., 407 South St., eventbrite.com)

Light: Installations by Bruce Munro 💡

(Art / kid-friendly / community) It’s going to be a bright summer at Longwood Gardens thanks to Light, a new immersive experience. The exhibit features eight light installations by artist Bruce Munro placed throughout Longwood’s indoor and outdoor spaces. The exhibit is on view Thursday to Sunday evenings until October 30. ($13-$25, June 30-Oct. 30, 1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square, longwoodgardens.org)

Man Man 🎶

(Music) The now based-in-Los Angeles Philadelphia band that’s the creative vehicle for Ryan Kattner — who performs as Honus Honus — has become more pop-oriented over the course of its nearly 20-year history, though there are still traces of Captain Beefheart and Tom Waits to be heard in 2020′s Dream Hunting In the Valley of the In-Between. Hard Tay’s Night, hosted by saxophonist Taylor Plenn, who also plays in Man Man, gets the party started. ($29-$45, June 30, 8 p.m., 23 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, ardmoremusichall.com)


Sofitel Afternoon Drag Tea 🍵

(Pride Month / food / performance) Celebrate 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., eventbrite.com)

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., centercityphila.org)

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., ansp.org)

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, through Aug. 7, 200 N. Sixth St., historicphiladelphia.org)

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, peddlersvillage.com)

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, centercityphila.org)

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., harrypotterexhibition.com)

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., eventbrite.com)

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., navyyard.org)

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., phillyseaport.org)

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., bartramsgarden.org)

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Calendar contributors
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Dan DeLuca is the music critic for The Inquirer.