WXPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Odunde Festival, vintage cars and vintage flea, Flag Fest, and so much more!


Odunde Festival, the largest African-American street festival in the country, celebrates its 40th anniversary Sunday at 23rd and South Streets. Music, dance, crafts, goods and food from the African Diaspora are all part of Odunde which this year has performances by hip-hop legends Kurtis Blow, Chubb Rock, Special Ed and Kwame.

The Simeone Foundation Automobile Museum has Demo Days the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. Each Demo Day features cars from their collection and cars from private collections in a themed presentation and demonstration run in the 3-acre parking lot behind the museum. Action starts promptly at noon in the back parking lot. This week’s cars include a 1931 Bentley 4.5 Litre Supercharged Tourer and a 1929 Stutz Supercharged Le Mans.

Vintage jewelry, antiques, mid-century modern furniture, pottery and much more are featured at the Philly Flea Saturday along the 1600 block of East Passyunk Avenue from Morris to Tasker. Admission is free, there’s an ATM, and it’s handicap accessible.

The Usable Earth, a group exhibition exploring the role of ecology in society, opens at the University City Science Center’s Esther Klein Gallery (EKG) Friday and runs through July 24th. The exhibition focuses on the multi-faceted relationship between humans and the earth. Exhibitors include artists, architects, filmmakers, scholars, and authors who offer diverse perspectives in telling the stories of the human relationship with nature.

It’s Stars and Stripes Saturday at the Betsy Ross House, part of the 8th annual Flag Fest through June 20th.  Activities include a flag raising with Betsy Ross herself, Professor Horn’s Punch and Judy Show, jugglers, Mummers, and aerial circus and more.

I’m So Bored With You: Music and Art Show at Connie’s Ric Rac in the Italian Market Friday features local musicians Mikey Erg, Curtis Cooper and Ruby Buffand, and artwork by Cait Stoddard, Tim O’Hanlon and Leta Gray.

Sunday is the Bartram’s Gardens Community River Festival with abundant family activities.  There’s a boat parade, free kayak and rowboat rides, free pony and hayrides, a floating ice cream parlor in the river with free ice cream, a petting zoo, free food and music, Philadelphia’s oldest tugboat Jupiter, a visit from John Bartram, and a performance by Invisible River, known for site specific dance and aerial feats.

Former MADtv star Aries Spears comes to Helium Comedy Club with his signature impression comedy all weekend.

The Islamic Heritage Festival is at Penn’s Landing Saturday including a market, parade, food and games.

Award-winning musical Murder for Two is at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre through June 28. The comedic mystery has two performers playing all 13 roles.




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