XPN Weekend Arts Crawl: The 2nd annual Make Music Philly, the 25th annual Manayunk Arts fest and more

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The big event of the weekend is the second Make Music Philly, the Philadelphia version of a worldwide event celebrating music on the longest day of the year, the first day of summer. Planned on World Music Day, the global observance encourages the do-it-yourself attitude that makes music so accessible from novices to skilled performers. From 8 am to 8 pm on Saturday, venues all across Philly will host free music events, with highlights being a festival at Clark Park, performances at the Franklin Institute, and shows at the Fleisher Art Memorial. Join WXPN for our kick off at 10AM at Love Park for a play along percussion jam with the Philly Drum Project. We’ll be ending the evening at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing with a harmonica jam session and play along hosted by John Colgan-Davis followed by a concert with Ted Leo and R&B singer Lee Fields & The Expression

ManayunkArtsFestPosterSmal.a8cbf1ea822724e075a3260bed04eeb4126Has it really been 25 years already? It seems like just yesterday when the Manayunk Arts Festival started. This weekend the festival celebrates its 25th anniversary. Go here for more information.

The Independence Seaport Museum exhibit Pups at Sea happens Saturday. It’s a unique look at animals that lived on the Olympia. The ship will be decorated with historic photographs of the pets that lived on the ship, and the Living History crew will give visitors a background on the ship and the role animals played on it. Many dog-friendly activities will be available too, such as a puppy photo booth, a nautical dog costume contest, and pet adoption sponsored by Street Tails Animal Rescue.

The Academy of Music hosts the Tony-Award winning musical Evita, the inspiring story of a child from the slums rising to become the First Lady of Argentina.

The Kimmel Center kicks off the summer with Solstice in the City at Verizon Hall. The event features music artists Beverly, Sam Fermin, and Real Estate, along with a late-night dance party on Commonwealth Plaza, games in the Solstice Lounge, and performances in the Jazz Lounge.

For more arts events go here to the XPN events calendar.

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