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9 free events in Philly this weekend and next week

The best things to do in Philly from April 22-28 that won't cost you a penny.

On the First Friday of every month, Old City gallery owners open their doors for a lively evening of new exhibitions and free refreshments.
On the First Friday of every month, Old City gallery owners open their doors for a lively evening of new exhibitions and free refreshments.Read moreJ. SMITH / Visit Philadelphia

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Get Vaccinated 💉

(Community / in-person / multiday) The delta and omicron variants are still circulating. Make a plan to get vaccinated; 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. (

First Friday in Old City 🖼️

(Community / in-person / art) First Friday began 30 years ago as a collective of open houses among art galleries. This weekend, celebrate three decades of collaboration with a free documentary screening of 30 Years of First Friday at the Betsy Ross House. After, you can head into Old City’s galleries and restaurants for a classic First Friday experience. (May 6, 8-9 p.m., 239 Arch St.,

Spruce Hill Community Association May Fair 🎉

(Fundraiser / in-person / community / kid-friendly) Bring the whole family out for a day of community fun and fundraising in Clark Park. There’ll be live music, chances to shop from local vendors, fun activities, prizes and more. Proceeds benefit the Spruce Hill Community Association’s block improvement grants. (May 7, noon-6 p.m., 4300 Chester Ave.,

I Think Like Midnight 🎶

(Music / in-person) The Philly instrumental rock band featuring Andrew Chalfen of The Wishniaks and Dean Sabatino of the Dead Milkmen don’t “jam,” but rather play clean, concise catchy rock songs without words. They’re playing a Sunday afternoon all-ages outdoor show at the PHS Pop-Up Garden in Manayunk. (May 8, 2-4 p.m., 106 Jamestown Ave.,

Don’t Feed the Art: Woodmere’s Animal Menagerie, Woodmere Museum 🐳

(Art / in-person / multiday) Chestnut Hill’s stone mansion turned museum opens an exhibition of 85-plus Philly-made works of creatures great and small (tiny kingfishers, giant sperm whales) in both realistic and fantastical forms (a fish on a plate, a formal gorilla portrait). Kids go home with a free activity book, while supplies last. Ages 2+. (Free on Sundays through May 8, 9201 Germantown Ave.,

At-Home Workshops with Maurice Williams, Mighty Writers ✏️

(Education / virtual / multiday / kid-friendly) Through dad jokes, real talk, and superb listening, Mr. Maurice connects with his students — and connects students to each other. Each workshop appeals to specific audiences: Black boys, young teens, future entrepreneurs, sports fans, home cooks and more. Workshops teach some writing and lots of life lessons. Ages 8+ (Through May 28,

Yoga on the Banks 🧘

(Fitness / in-person / 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 Saturdays and Sundays at 10 a.m., and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. throughout the spring and summer. (Pay what you can, various dates through October, 2500 Locust St.,

Magical Fantasy at The Navy Yard 🎪

(Art / in-person / outdoors) 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. (Through October, Broad St. and Constitution Ave.,

Youth Bike Fridays, Bartram’s Garden 🚲

(Outdoors / multiday / kid-friendly) 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. (Fridays through Nov., 3-6 p.m., 5400 Lindbergh Blvd.,

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