WXPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Summer begins, Father’s Day, Make Music Philly Day, and festivals galore!



What better way to celebrate the summer solstice than in a garden? Neighborhood Gardens Trust celebrates its second annual Community Gardens Day Saturday to underscore the benefits of community gardens and pocket parks. Forty-five gardens are open from 10-3 offering tours, garden work days, music, crafts for the kids, workshops on planting, composting, etc, and experts who can answer gardening questions.


XPN Welcomes My Mother Has 4 Noses to Peoples Light and Theater in Malvern through June 28th. This one woman show by XPN core artist Jonatha Brooke distills Jonatha’s relationship with her extraordinary mother into a hour of compelling storytelling and ten original songs from one of our best songwriters.  The story is specific yet has wide resonance for a generation caring for aging parents.  You can listen to Jonatha discuss the play and perform a couple of songs from it on the XPN Morning Show with Michaela Majoun here.

Make Music Philly once again welcomes summer this year with free outdoor music all over Philadelphia all day Sunday.  Click here for a map of music locations.  NOTE:  The WXPN Kids Corner free concert Sunday in the Square with Kathy at Franklin Square has been postponed until later in the summer due to the threat of stormy weather Sunday.

For Father’s Day Sunday you can take dad on a tour of works about fathers and sons or a trolley tour of early American beer making with a guided tasting by Yards Brewery.  Both are offered by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


Laurel Hill Cemetery presents Soulstice Saturday night in the southernmost part of the cemetery. They’re not saying what activities await in the graveyard after dark!  Soulstice supports preservation of this National Historic Landmark that has provided green space and a place of final rest since 1836. Friday there’s a Lunar Stroll at which you can learn to paint with light using only a flashlight and ambient iridescence in some of the graveyard’s most photogenic spots.

On Sunday Bartram’s Garden, the birthplace of American botany, is offering cruises from Center City and special performances presented by Ars Nova Workshop.  Steve Coleman and Five Elements celebrate the solstice musically in the oldest barn in Philadelphia County.  Tickets are limited.

It’s the penultimate weekend to see the zany reworking of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Hound of the Baskervilles at Lantern Theater,  The beloved Sherlock Holmes mystery is populated by clowns and zanies in this production.  Through June 28th.

The solstice is Sunday and Molestice is Saturday!  It’s the 20th year of  the Molestice Music Festival which once again fills the 100 block of North Mole Street with bands and food trucks.  Kuf Knotz headlines.  It’s free but you need to reserve tickets.

The Clark Park Music & Arts Festival celebrates 45 years of brightening the summer solstice in West Philadelphia.  This year’s headliner is Cheap Dinosaurs.

The annual Gary Papa Run to help support the Foundation for Breast & Prostate Health is on Father’s Day Sunday.  It starts at Eakins Oval.

You can do yoga with Dad on Sunday! Yoga Mala is the traditional practice of welcoming the summer solstice with 108 sun salutations. The event at Lemon Hill, it’s free, and you can register here.









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