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April 22, 2014

Roundup: Our Updated Guide To The More Than 60 Spring And Early-Summer Festivals Hitting Philadelphia In The Coming Weeks

The Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby races into town with an array of handmade human-powered vehicles for a fun race throughout the neighborhood. (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Philadelphia has gone into full-blown celebration mode as it gears up for weekend after weekend of blockbuster spring festivals.

The spring festival season comprises events of all sort — beer festivals, foodie frenzies, kid-centric happenings, alfresco movie nights, shopping soirees and much more.

Many of the festivals on tap for the spring have been around for so long that they’ve turned into tried-and-true spring traditions — the Italian Market Festival, the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair and Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts Show — while many have gained popularity in fairly recent years — The Roots Picnic, Awesome Fest and Philly Beer Week.

To help keep track of all of the awesome festival slated for the next six-weeks, we’ve updated our spring festival guide with a more comprehensive look at the action. The roundup is broken up by month for easy skimming and weekend planning.

Since there are more than 60 festivals covered in our guide, be sure to look for our *Top Pick* designation at the end of select bullets for our top festival picks. It will help you note the biggest and best events out there that you really shouldn’t miss.

Take note, the weekend of May 3 brims with festival activity as the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival, South Street Spring Festival, Plazapalooza in Graduate Hospital, Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party, the World’s Largest Bar Crawl and more hit various hoods of Philadelphia.

There’s no reason to be bored this spring. Read on for our guide to the more than 60 festivals coming your way in April, May and June.

We also denoted whether a festival is free or ticketed, and in certain cases if there are both free and ticketed events that make up the festival.

April

 
Philly Black Gay Pride Festival: April 20-27. The Philly Black Gay Pride Festival returns to celebrate Philadelphia’s LGBT black community through parities, a pageant, speed dating, youth events, a kick-off party for the Penn Relays and much more at locations all over the city. Free/Ticketed

The Year of the Bard Shakespeare at 450 Birthday Bash: April 23. While the festivities honoring the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare run all year, the big event falls on April 23, when the city celebrates his birthday with a party at Shakespeare Park at the Parkway Central Library. Look forward to special performances of Shakespeare’s plays, music, crafts, cake, jugglers and much more. Free

The Penn Relays: April 24-26. High school, college and even professional track stars from all over the world compete at Franklin Field during The Penn Relays, the oldest collegiate meet in the nation. The festivities don’t stop on the track, either. Part of the fun is the awesome atmosphere around Franklin Field complete with an international street fair featuring tons of vendors selling food, souvenirs and items from across the globe. Tickets start at $18 and are available online. *Top Pick* | Ticketed

The Philadelphia Science Festival: April 25-May 3. For the fourth year running, the Philadelphia Science Festival unleashes nine days of exploratory exhibitions, lectures, debates and hands-on activities on campuses, museums and other venues around the city, culminating with a family-friendly science carnival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Saturday, May 3. *Top Pick* | Free/Ticketed

Penn Treaty Park plays host to a variety of festivals all throughout the year, including the family-friendly Pie in the Sky Kite and Food Truck festival in May. (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Filadelfia Latin American Film Festival: April 25-27. Celebrate the work of Latin American filmmakers and actors at the Filadelfia Latin American Film Festival, April 25 to 27. The fest presents documentaries, world premieres, short films and more that all reflect life in Latin America and life for Latin Americans in the United States. While certain events are free, tickets, which range in price, are required for screenings. A Weekend Pass, which allows guests access to all film screenings, is available for $110 online. Ticketed

Flavors of the Avenue: Saturday, April 26. It’s one of the hottest restaurant rows in the country, and East Passyunk toots its own gastronomic horn during Flavors of the Avenue. For a reasonable ticket price, visitors can sample food and drink from its myriad restaurants, bakeries and pubs. The festivities don’t end at the food area, though. Those who don’t have tickets (which are unfortunately sold out) are invited to enjoy the energy of East Passyunk at an all-out street fair featuring the Crafty Balboa craft show. Ticketed

Sprung on South Street West: Saturday, April 26. Sprung, an afternoon bar crawl, returns to a number of Graduate Hospital bars on Saturday, April 26. From 1 to 7 p.m., visit spots including Jet Wine Bar, Tangier, the Cambridge and Doobie’s for springtime day-drinking. An $8 ticket online, and $12 on the day of the event, gets you food and drink specials at all participating bars. *Top Pick* | Free

Many, many more festivals, below.

Wyebrook Farm Bluegrass Festival: Saturday, April 26. Take in the sweet sounds of bluegrass music on a countryside farm as Wyebrook Farm in Honeybrook hosts its first-ever Bluegrass Festival. Chow down on farm-fresh fare and sip BYO beer and wine while grooving to live music provided by a number of groups included Jesse McReynolds, a member of the Grand Ole Opry. The alfresco music fest falls on Saturday, April 26 and runs from 1 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 on the day of the event and free for children under the age of 12. Ticketed

Lehigh Avenue Arts Festival: Saturday, April 26. The Lehigh Avenue Arts Festival returns for its seventh year of family fun featuring food trucks, local art vendors, live music and more. The festival raises funds for the Portside Arts Center’s scholarship program. Another awesome component of the festival is the Philly Puff, the city’s first-ever juried inflatable sculpture contest. Free

Philadelphia Antiques Show: April 26-29. Dealers from across the country offer the finest examples of period furniture, folk and fine art, ceramics, porcelain, silver, jewelry and textiles at the Pennsylvania Convention Center during The Philadelphia Antiques Show. The event raises money for Penn Medicine initiatives. Tickets start at $17 for general admission and are available online. Ticketed

Philadelphia Jazz Appreciation Month: Through April 29. Jazz takes center stage in Philadelphia in April for Jazz Appreciation Month. Philadelphia Jazz Appreciation Month celebrates the city’s local jazz musicians and the role the City of Brotherly Love has played in jazz history, with live performances, information sessions and more. Ticketed

The festivals of the springtime, including the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival pictured above, draw crowds of thousands of people. (Photo by E. Mencher for Visit Philadelphia)

Philadelphia International Children’s Festival: April 30-May 4. The Philadelphia International Children’s Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts with even more family-friendly music and theater performances from around the globe, along with face-painters, jugglers and other entertainers in the alfreco Fun Zone. Tickets are $10 for each performance on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and $12 for each Saturday and Sunday performance. Ticketed

May

 
Celebration of Black Writing: May 1-31. This year marks the 30th year for the Celebration of Black Writing, one of the country’s oldest African-American literary events. Hosted by the Art Sanctuary in Graduate Hospital, the festival features a photography exhibition, live performances, storytime for children, a street festival on Saturday, May 3 (as part of the South Street Spring Festival) and much more. Free/Ticketed

Equality Forum: May 1-4. Equality Forum, a Global LGBT Summit that celebrates the cultural and political legacy of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, includes a featured nation, panels, parties and special events in collaboration with regional, national and international organizations. The festival closes out with SundayOUT! on Sunday, May 4, a blowout bash at The Piazza. Free/Ticketed

South Street Spring Festival: Saturday, May 3. When the weather warms, the crowds gather at the South Street Spring Festival, an open-air party with local eats, drinks and goods from the street’s wide-ranging vendors, along with live entertainment on three stages and seven performance areas. *Top Pick* | Free

Brauhaus Schmitz Maifest: Saturday, May 3. Complementing the South Street Spring Festival, Brauhaus Schmitz hosts its second-annual Maifest, a full day of drinking, eating, dancing around a maipole and additional German-themed merriment. Maifest is open to the general public, but a select number of VIP tickets are available for $100. VIP tickets include complimentary appetizers, beer tickets, a commemorative beer stein, access to private bathrooms, a VIP room and more. *Top Pick* | Free/Ticketed

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival: Saturday, May 3. The Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival transforms the Rittenhouse shopping and dining district into a come-one, come-all street fest for a day of music, outdoor shopping, fashion events, international entertainment and food from some of the city’s most renowned restaurants. This year, the fest extends for an extra hour, from noon to 6 p.m. *Top Pick* | Free

Plazapalooza: Saturday, May 3. Graduate Hospital hosts its awesome Plazapalooza Festival on Saturday, May 3. From 1 to 7 p.m., the Grays Ferry Triangle at 23rd and South Streets buzzes with local food, beer, games and music for all to enjoy. *Top Pick* | Free

Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party: Saturday, May 3. Warm weather at The Piazza at the Schmidt’s means the return of the much-loved Radio 104.5 Summer Block Parties. On Saturday, May 3, head out for free live music provided by Phantogram, Chvrches and Cherub from 3:45 to 7 p.m. Be sure to visit The Piazza’s bars and restaurants for after — or before — concert treats. *Top Pick* | Free

The Food Trust's Night Market continues to satisfy appetites all around with its food truck festivals throughout the spring and summer. (Photo by D. Tavani for Visit Philadelphia)

Sister Cities Park International Festival: Saturday, May 3. Sister Cities Park International Festival celebrates Philadelphia and its 10 sister cities on May 3. Sample food, wine and beer from our sister cities and enjoy live performances that honor traditional dances and musical performances from each country. Free

Mt. Airy Day: Saturday, May 3. The Cliveden hosts the 44th-annual Mt. Airy Day, a family-friendly fest featuring street eats, shopping from local vendors, two stages of live performances, activities for youngsters and more. The festivities run all day long, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free

The World’s Largest Bar Crawl: Saturday, May 3. Watch out world, Philadelphia is coming for you. On Saturday, May 3, revelers are invited out for an evening of bar hopping in hopes of securing the title of the Guinness World Record’s the world’s largest bar crawl. Visit participating bars like Bar Ferdinand, Varga Bar, Cantina Dos Segundos, Triumph Brewing Company, London Grill, Bob and Barbara’s, Adobe Cafe and many, many more well-loved spots. Tickets are required to participate. General admission tickets, which cost $10, include drink specials and bar entry. VIP tickets, which cost $25, include a t-shirt and an open bar at the after party. Ticketed

Go West! Craft Fest: Saturday, May 3. The popular Go West! Craft Fest returns to the Woodlands with a score of crafts from local vendors, live music and local food. Shop prints, jewelry, ceramics, candles, cards, clothing and more at the alfresco fest. Visit from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 3, to pick up one-of-a-kind handcrafted goods. Admission is free, so you can save your pennies for shopping. Free

Peddler’s Village Strawberry Festival: May 3-4. Peddler’s Village hosts its annual Strawberry Festival on May 3 and 4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Strawberries take the spotlight at this weekend-long event; enjoy chocolate dipped strawberries, strawberry fritters, strawberry shortcake, strawberry butter and even get a peek at a strawberry pie eating contest. Live music and arts and craft also abound on both days of the festival. Free

Broad Street Run: Sunday, May 4. The annual Broad Street Run races through town on Sunday, May 4 beginning at 8:30 a.m. The 10-mile race spans from Northeast Philly, at Broad Street and Somerville Avenue, all the way down Broad Street where it finishes at the Navy Yard. Non-participants are encouraged to cheer on the runners as they race to the finish line. The race passes by major Philadelphia landmarks like Temple University, the Pennsylvania Convention Center and City Hall, allowing guests to easily check out the action. While it’s not a festival per se, the energy felt throughout the city, is more than festive. Free

Chestnut Hill Home and Garden Festival: Sunday, May 4. Head out to Chestnut Hill on Sunday, May 4 for a day of spring blooms, handmade home accessories, live music and lots of festival fare at the neighborhood’s annual Home and Garden Festival. Get your home and garden ready for the summer months by shopping the special collection of items presented by a number of vendors along Germantown Avenue. *Top Pick* | Free

Whether you're looking to attend a craft beer-centric festival like Philly Beer Week, or fill up on strawberries at Peddler's Village Strawberry Festival, the festival season is sure to satisfy. (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta: May 9-10. The Schuylkill River is home to a number of world-renowned races including the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta. On May 9 and 10, the river welcomes more than 100 schools to the annual (and free) regatta. Shuttle buses leave the art museum frequently for free trips to and from the race course. Hint: The Grand Stand, located two miles north of Boathouse Row, is the best place to watch the rowers. *Top Pick* | Free

Fitler Square Spring Fair: May 9-10. On Friday, May 9 and Saturday, May 10, families are invited out to celebrate Fitler Square and the start of the spring season at the Fitler Square Spring Fair. Coinciding with Mother’s Day weekend, the fair brings a silent auction, flea market shopping, family-friendly activities, food, music and more to all festival-goers. Free

Pennsylvania Guild Fine Craft Fair at Rittenhouse Square: May 9-11. Browse some of the finest pieces of handmade jewelry, furniture, photography, sculptures, clothing and more at the Pennsylvania Guild Fine Craft Fair at Rittenhouse Square. On May 9, 10 and 11, visit the Center City park for unique and handcrafted items. Bonus, this festival falls right before Mother’s Day, so be sure to browse gifts for Mom at the festival. Free

Asian American Heritage Festival: Saturday, May 10. Franklin Square plays host to the Asian American Heritage Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 10. The festival promises guests Asian-themed food trucks (think Poi Dog and Foo Truck), a health fair and additional family-friendly celebrations of Asian culture. Free

Pie in the Sky Kite and Food Truck Festival: Saturday, May 10. Fishtown’s waterfront spot, Penn Treaty Park, hosts the Pie in the Sky Kite and Food Truck Festival on Saturday, May 10 from noon to 5 p.m. Bring your own kite to fly and sample an array of fare from popular food trucks like The Tot Cart and Vernalicious. Free

Philadelphia Wine and Food Festival: Saturday, May 10. Philadelphia magazine’s annual Philadelphia Wine & Food Festival satisfies oenophiles and food-lovers with more than 600 wine samplings and food pairings on Saturday, May 10 at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum. Look forward to upscale food and drink samples from a variety of vendors from around the world. General tasting tickets cost $130 person and VIP tickets are $225. A portion of ticket proceeds benefit the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Ticketed

Brewerytown Spring Festival: Saturday, May 10. Away from the hustle and bustle, Brewerytown hosts a Spring Festival from 26th and Girard to 28th and Girard on Saturday, May 10. From noon to 5 p.m., visit the festival for live music, food trucks, family-friendly activities and art vendors. *Top Pick* | Free

The super popular Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival takes over Walnut Street from Broad to 19th streets with fare from local restaurants, drinks, crafts, vendors and much, much more. (Photo by E. Mencher for Visit Philadelphia)

Namas Day: Saturday, May 10. Yogis, take note. Namas Day, presented by Philly Area Yoga, brings together an array of yoga styles and yogis of all different levels, in a day-long festival at the WHYY Building. Enjoy yoga workshops taught by local professionals and master classes, too. Tickets start at $35 and are available online. Ticketed

Clark Park May Fair: Saturday, May 10. Head out to Clark Park for its annual May Fair. The festival falls on Saturday, May 10 and provides guests with crafts, shopping opportunities and plenty of family-friendly activities. Free

Art Star Craft Bazaar: May 10-11. Lovers of one-of-a-kind finds descend on the annual Spring Art Star Craft Bazaar, where the handmade goods include housewares, ceramics, clothing, art, paper goods and much more. The weekend-long sale at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing is punctuated with live music, food and art demonstrations. *Top Pick* | Free

LOVE Your Park Week: May 10-17. From May 10 through May 17, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and the Fairmount Park Conservancy encourage citizens to show their love for all of Philadelphia’s great parks during LOVE Your Park Week, a weeklong festival complete with volunteer opportunities, clean up days and other events. Free

New Hope Celebrates Pride: May 11-18. New Hope’s 11th annual New Hope Celebrates Pride includes the Pride Parade, athletic events, family activities, performances, dance parties and more. Proceeds benefit national and local charities. Free

Night Market Old City: Thursday, May 15. The Food Trust continues to feed Philadelphians with its recurring Night Markets, super-popular food truck corrals in various Philadelphia neighborhoods. The first one of 2014 falls on Thursday, May 15 and is slated to take over the streets of Old City. *Top Pick* | Free

Art in the Open: May 16-18. From the Fairmount Water Works to Locust Street Green, Art in the Open puts the spotlight on 30 artists from all around the United States as they create works of art in many of the city’s public outdoor spaces. On Saturday, May 17, families are invited to create their own works of art with help from a number of the city’s art spaces. The family fun is slated to take place across from the Fairmount Water Works. Free

Trenton Avenue Arts Festival and the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby: Saturday, May 17. The Trenton Avenue Arts Festival lines the cobblestone streets with artists of all stripes and genres, while next door, a quirky competition for the most creative human-powered vehicles takes place at the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby. *Top Pick* | Free

Always drawing a huge crowd, the annual Roots Picnic treats audiences to performances by Snoop Dogg, Janelle Monae, Biz Markie, The Roots and more. (Photo by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

Radnor Hunt Races: Saturday, May 17. On Saturday, May 17, a tradition returns to the Main Line’s Radnor Hunt. Gather with friends at the annual Radnor Hunt Races and watch dozens of horses and horse racers compete to win their race. Pack food and drinks to enjoy during the races or purchase food from on-site vendors. An admission fee is required for entry, click here for more information. Ticketed

South Philadelphia Taproom’s Wheat Beer Fest: Saturday, May 17. Indulge in all of the wheat-based beers that your heart desires at the South Philaelphia Taproom Wheat Beer Fest. More than 30 wheat beers will be available for only $3 a brew on Saturday, May 17. Pair your beer with smokin’ barbecue at the annual block party and enjoy live music from a number of local bands. Free

Italian Market Festival: May 17-18. On May 17 and 18, the nation’s oldest outdoor market and the already-bustling heart of South Philadelphia welcomes the city for the Italian Market Festival, a foodie’s dream with flavors from the area’s restaurants and shops, along with the Annual Procession of Saints and plenty of activities for kids. *Top Pick* | Free

Israel 66 at Penn’s Landing: Sunday, May 18. Every summer, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation hosts the PECO Multicultural Series, a slew of free festivals each promoting a different culture. On May 18, Israel 66 spotlights a number of Israeli musicians for plenty of live music along the waterfront and a variety of family-friendly programming that celebrate the culture, too. Free

Phillies Phestival: Monday, May 19. Citizens Bank Park invites children and adults alike down to the stadium for the Phillies Phestival. The annual ALS benefit at the ballpark invites fans to mingle with Phillies players, coaches and broadcasters at the May 19 event. Attendees are also invited to take part in the festival’s silent auction featuring great items for the great cause. General admission to the event is $15, ticket add-ons are available for an additional cost. Ticketed

PHAIR Open-Air Market and Artisan Market at The Oval: May 22-24. Local artisans and vendors make their way for The Oval, the pop-up park on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, for PHAIR Open-Air Market from May 22 to 24. Browse an array of items created by area crafters — clothing, art, photographs, jewelry and more. In addition to shopping, sip brews from the Victory Brewpub on Wheels, groove to live music and enjoy fare from local food trucks. Free

The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair: May 22-June 1. The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, the country’s oldest and largest event of its kind, features hunters, jumpers, Saddlebreds, four-in-hand coaching and more, plus exhibitions and an old-fashioned Country Fair at the Devon Show Grounds. Tickets are required for entry and are available online. Ticketed

Fireworks and Fountains at Longwood Gardens: Saturday, May 24. Just in time for Memorial Day, Longwood Gardens hosts its first Fireworks and Fountains event of the summer. On May 24, watch the attraction’s fountains light up and fireworks erupt to the music of Broadway and Big Bands. The event runs through the summer. Ticketed

In June, the annual Odunde Festival celebrates the coming of another year for African-Americans and African people (according to Yoruba traditions) with a blowout festival in Graduate Hospital. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

Jam on the River at Penn’s Landing: Sunday, May 25. After a six-year hiatus, Jam on the River returns to Penn’s Landing with a number of notable musicians in tow. Over Memorial Day weekend, watch groups such as Lotus and Griz entertain the crowd from River Stage. Ticket prices vary, but start at $47.35 (including processing fees). *Top Pick* | Ticketed

Philly Beer Week: May 30-June 8. Philly Beer Week, the seventh annual celebration of Philadelphia’s vibrant beer culture, takes over the city and region for 10 days and features events ranging from tastings to lectures to beer-pairing dinners in all parts of the city. Popular venues include Memphis Taproom, 23rd Street Armory, Frankford Hall, Varga Bar and The Cambridge. *Top Pick* | Free/Ticketed

Roots Picnic: Saturday, May 31. Philly’s own Grammy-winning hip-hop band The Roots bring together artists from various genres for the 7th annual Roots Picnic at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing. This year’s lineup includes Snoop Dogg, Janelle Monae, A$AP Ferg, Biz Markie, Chill Moody and of course, The Roots. Tickets are available online. *Top Pick* | Ticketed

June

 
Italian Festival and Craft Beer Day: Sunday, June 1. During Philly Beer Week, East Passyunk plays up its roots with a daylong Italian Festival and Craft Beer Day, a pub crawl with a distinctly red sauce flavor, offering samples, brewer meet-and-greets and plenty of special deals. Free

Philly Cycling Classic: Sunday, June 1. Bikers flock to Manayunk for the annual Philly Cycling Classic (formerly the Manayunk Bike Race). The race zooms through East Falls, Fairmount Park and Manayunk on a 12-mile circuit that begins and ends at Lyceum Avenue in Manayunk. Free

Irish Festival at Penn’s Landing: Sunday, June 1. On June 1, fill up on shepherd’s pie and bangers and mash as Penn’s Landing celebrates the luck of the Irish at the annual Irish Festival presented by the PECO Multicultural Series. Groove to Irish music and enjoy traditional performances along the Delaware River Waterfront. Free

Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts Show: June 6-8. Rittenhouse Square’s 83nd-annual Fine Arts Show is slated to inhabit the Center City park from June 6 to 8. The art-packed festival boats tents all along Rittenhouse Square that showcase unique pieces of art, all available for sale. More than 100 artists come together to present their finest work at this annual festival. Free

Strawberry Festival at Linvilla Orchards: Saturday, June 7. Strawberries are plentiful in the summer months, and the folks at Linvilla Orchards celebrate the fruit with an all-day festival on June 7. Stop by to pick fresh strawberries from the acres of fields and to check out the Delaware Valley’s largest Strawberry Shortcake. Yum. Free

Fete Day: Saturday, June 7. A dozen of the homes that line the historic Elfreth’s Alley in Old City open their doors for the annual Fete Day, an opportunity for the public to tour the interiors of the homes and see how the owners are preserving — or modernizing — the interiors. This year, enjoy live music, colonial drinks and food, a scavenger hunt, games and more. Tickets are required for entry and are $20 for adults, $15 for students, and $55 for families. Ticketed

Wanderlust: Saturday, June 7. Join hundreds of Philadelphia’s yogis in the great outdoors for a daylong celebration of yoga, music and nature during the Wanderlust Yoga Block Party at the Piazza at Schmidts. Learn a variety of yoga techniques from seasoned yoga instructors and enjoy live music from Mr. Sonny James. Registration is free, but required. Click here to register. The fest runs from noon to 6 p.m. Free

Odunde Festival: Sunday, June 8. Based on Yoruba traditions, the Odunde Festival celebrates the coming of another year for African-Americans and African people around the world with a procession, ceremonial offering and African marketplace, along with live music and dance in Graduate Hospital. *Top Pick* | Free

Pride Day: Sunday, June 8. The 26th annual PrideDay LGBT Parade and Festival takes place during International Gay and Lesbian Pride Month and features live music, DJs, food, drinks and a festive parade that runs from the Gayborhood to Penn’s Landing. Parade, Free | Festival, Ticketed

From the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival and the South Street Spring Festival to the Night Market and Italian Market Festival, the coming weeks host some of Philadelphia's best food festivals. (Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

Stripes and Stars Festival: Saturday, June 14. Celebrate our grand ‘ol flag with a honorary festival, the Stripes and Stars Festival, at a number of sites throughout historic Philadelphia. Along Independence Mall, find military vehicles, veterans organizations and performances by groups like the U.S. Army Silent Drill Team. In celebration of Flag Day, admission to both the National Constitution Center and the Betsy Ross House will be discounted to $5. Free

Islamic Heritage Festival at Penn’s Landing: Saturday, June 14. As part of the PECO Multicultural Series, the Islamic Heritage Festival kicks off with the Unity in Diversity Parade throughout the downtown streets of Philadelphia. The parade ends at Penn’s Landing where a festival complete with food, games, performances, an open-air bazaar and more take over the Waterfront. Free

Philly VegFest: Saturday, June 14. Vegetarians, this one’s for you. For the first time ever, the Headhouse Shambles host Philly VegFest, a day that raises a fork to all of the vegetarian food options in the City of Brotherly Love. Sample an array of food and drinks while learning about the benefits of a plant-based diet. Enjoy food from restaurants like Hip City Veg, Blackbird Pizzeria, Miss Rachel’s Pantry, V-Street (the new restaurant from the folks behind Vedge) and more. Free

Vendy Awards: Saturday, June 14. Now in its fourth year, the Philadelphia Vendy Awards are set to return to Philly to determine this year’s top food truck chef. The festivities are slated to take place at the scenic Penn Treaty Park in Fishtown. The $45 ticket gets you all-you-can-eat food, all-you-can-drink beer and a vote for the People’s Choice award. The Vendys not only shine a light on some of Philadelphia’s most talented street-food chefs, but also serve as a fundraiser for The Food Trust, the region’s non-profit working to improve the health of children and adults while increasing access to good nutrition. Ticketed

Art for the Cash Poor: June 14-15. Start (or grow) your art collection as the annual Art for Cash Poor event brings affordable art to the Crane Arts Building. Presented by InLiquid Art and Design, the art sale features paintings, photographs, fashion, jewelry, prints and ceramics that all ring in at under $199. Shoppers will also be treated to live music from area bands and will have the opportunity to fill up on food truck fare. Plus, admission is totally free. Free

Portuguese Heritage Festival at Penn’s Landing: Sunday, June 15. Raise your hat to Portugal as the PECO Multicultural Series presents the annual Portuguese Heritage Festival at Penn’s Landing. Celebrate Philadelphia’a Portuguese-American population with traditional food and wine, music, dance and a Portuguese blessing aboard the Tall Ship Gazela. Free

Bloomsday at the Rosenbach Museum and Library: Monday, June 16. This year marks the 22nd anniversary of Bloomsday, the day on which novel hero Leopold Bloom made his “odyssey” through Dublin in James Joyce’s Ulysses. The Rosenbach Museum & Library commemorates the holiday with a free daylong reading from the novel on June 16. Free

Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll: Thursday, June 19. The super popular Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll returns for 2014 on Thursday, June 19. From 42nd Street to 50th Street on Baltimore Avenue, area vendors will provide discounted items from their shops for just one dollar. Can you say Little Baby’s scoops for $1? We can. Also enjoy live performances and food truck fare. Free

Night Market West Oak Lane: Thursday, June 19. The Food Trust’s Night Market makes its way out to West Oak Lane for the June edition of the festival. Fill up on super tasty eats and sip beer from a number of local vendors. *Top Pick* | Free

Clark Park Music and Arts Festival: Saturday, June 21. Clark Park salutes the summer solstice with its annual Music and Arts Festival. Listen to a number of local bands set the park a rockin’ while shopping items from local vendors, taking part in family-friendly activities and more. *Top Pick* | Free

Juneteenth Festival: Saturday, June 21. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the 6300 block of Germantown Avenue transforms into an alfresco festival in celebration of the passage and ratification of the 13th Amendment which put an end to slavery. Enjoy African drumming, praise dancers, historical reenactments, special exhibits, tours, food, street vendors and much more. Free

Manayunk Arts Festival: June 21-22. If it is June, it must be the Manayunk Arts Festival, marking its 25th anniversary in 2014. The festival continues to attract huge crowds to Main Street to check out a variety of artwork from 300 artists and crafters from around the country. Up-and-coming local talent get in on the action in the Emerging Artist Tent, too. *Top Pick* | Free

The Awesome Fest: Begins Thursday, June 26. Awesome Fest returns for another summer of hit movie screenings at public spaces throughout the city. Look forward to alfresco movies under the stars, visits from directors and cast members and more. The full lineup has not yet been released, but the first night of Awesome Fest is slated for Thursday, June 26. Stay tuned for more information. Free

On Saturday, May 3, the Philadelphia Science Festival closes out with a completely free carnival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. (Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

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