XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Save an animal, meet an author, ride a sculpture!


Sunday is the 6th annual With Love: Super Adoption Dayat the Piazza in Northern Liberties, sponsored by Citizens for a No-Kill Philadelphia.  It’s the largest event of its kind in Philadelphia history and one of the largest nationwide.  Pet shelters in our area took in some 29,000 stray and unwanted animals last year, about a quarter of which were euthanized.  Pets are there waiting for good homes, awards are given, and there are fun activities and refreshments. Continue reading →


XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Mother’s Day, Dad Vail, Asian Pacific American Heritage, and more!

DAD14-AHarry Emerson Vail was the oldest rowing coach in the country at the time of his death, and the regatta that bears his name is now in its 81st year.  In the 1970s, the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta was the first intercollegiate rowing regatta to invite women’s crews to participate during race days at the same distance as men.  This year’s 175 or so races on the Schuylkill River involve some 128 colleges and universities. Continue reading →


XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Broad Street Run, festivals on South Street and in Narberth and Chestnut Hill, farmers in Headhouse Square…and so much more!


Sunday’s 36th annual Broad Street Run expects to draw some 40,000 runners this year.  It’s the largest 10 mile race in the nation, starting at Central High and finishing at the Navy Yard at the end of Broad Street, with spectators and bands along the way.  There’s also a two day Expo ahead of the race at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and a Finish Line Festival with lots of activities for kids. Continue reading →


XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Penn Relays, Philadelphia Science Festival, ACANemy Awards, jazz, orchids and art books are all on tap this weekend!

25penn_CA0-articleLargeThe Penn Relays is now the longest uninterrupted collegiate track meet in the country.  When it started at Penn in 1895 it drew an unexpected 5,000 spectators, and it’s now the most attended meet in the nation. This year’s  attendance is likely to top 110,000 for the third year in a row to watch more than 22,000 entries, about half high schoolers.  If you can’t attend you can watch the action live at   And if you’re coming anywhere near Franklin Field in University City, be aware that traffic and parking are congested.  Through Saturday. Continue reading →


XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Cherry blossoms and festivals usher in spring!

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The annual Subaru Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival is a sure sign of spring!  The Morris Arboretum has traditional Daiko drumming Saturday,  origami workshops, and a tour through the Japanese garden.  Sakura Sunday at the Horticulture Center in Fairmount Park is a day-long celebration of all things Japanese: live music and dance, martial arts demonstrations, arts & crafts, karaoke, and more.  There are shuttle buses from Center City…and pets are welcome! Continue reading →


XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Shut Up And Dance, Kids Corner Music Festival, Travel and Adventure Show, Wine Week–and spring!

unnamedMetropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance (MANNA) is in its 25th year of providing meals free of charge to folks with serious illnesses, 3 meals a day, 7 days a week.  How do they do it?  In part with a lot of volunteer help. And also with the great assistance of Pennsylvania Ballet dancers, who for the 23rd year are raising money for MANNA with a gala evening of short works of dance created in their spare time.  Shut Up & Dance Saturday at the Forrest Theater promises another dazzling performance with a pre-show cocktail reception and after show dance party, and it’s one of MANNA’s main sources of income.  XPN’s Michaela Majoun hosts.
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