By

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

phine-in-the-garden-1024x608[1]

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. Continue reading →

By

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

Odunde
Odunde
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. Continue reading →

By

WXPN Weekend Arts Crawl–Sculptures you can walk through and skate on for First Friday, celebrating Irish Americans and food, and much more!

crtsy-saint-gobain-future-sensations-light-cube-900VP[1]This is the last weekend to experience Future Sensations on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.  Philadelphia is one of only four cities around the world (the others are Paris, Sao Paulo and Shanghai) and the only U.S. city to host this traveling exhibition.  In celebration of its 350th anniversary, the Saint-Gobain building materials company has assembled five pavilions that represent the past and future of building and combine science, storytelling and art.  BTW the company has offices in our area, and their past clients include the Statue of Liberty and Versailles. Continue reading →

By

XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Out of this world characters, Roots, and tango…plus more!

Live-Faster-1_0[1]
It’s the last weekend to see “…talking Day-Glo crawling anemones, headgear with silver Christmas-ball tentacles, and 2-foot-tall obelisks…” interact in Pig Iron Theater’s latest production I Promised Myself To Live Faster at FringeArts.The innovative company calls the show an absurdist sci-fi epic and wild allegory about gayness in 2015. Continue reading →
By

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

w5bheob[2]

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 →

By

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!

050414_Broad_Street_Run_600[1]

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 →

By

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 flotrack.com.   And if you’re coming anywhere near Franklin Field in University City, be aware that traffic and parking are congested.  Through Saturday. Continue reading →

By

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

7505-PM-Cherries-Love-Temple-680uw
cherry blossoms

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 →