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Summer Happenings Around the City

Things to do this weekend beyond

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest
Through September

If you enjoyed ice skating at the River Rink over the holiday season during the winter, then head back for some roller skating fun. Through September. 101 S. Columbus Blvd. delawareriverpark.com

Spruce Street Harbor Park
Through Oct. 1

Located in the marina at Penn’s Landing, the park has become one of the best places to visit in the city and the perfect place to hang out with friends, family and loved ones this summer. With hammocks, life-sized games, drinks and plenty of food trucks and drink vendors. Through Oct. 1. Spruce Street and Columbus Boulevard. delawareriverpark.com.

Parks on Tap
Through Oct. 1

Concession trucks meet at parks as part of a traveling program that takes advantage of the warm weather throughout the city and Philly’s wealth of mobile supplies to bring one truck for food, the other for booze, to rotating locations across the city. Through Oct. 1. parksontap.com.

Odunde Festival
June 2–11

One of the largest street festivals on the East Coast of its kind is back all across the city. Featuring cultural, historical events for all ages. Food trucks and shopping abound, lining the street to accommodate celebrants and vendors. June 2 -11. odundefestival.org.

Philly Beer Week
June 2–11

It’s the 10th annual celebration of our city’s vibrant beer culture, with events that range from tastings to lectures and beer-pairing dinners. All across the city, sample local breweries and their ‰ nest offerings. June 2–11. phillylovesbeer.org.

The Roots Picnic
June 3

Legendary local band The Roots has pulled together big-name artists of all genres, in their 10th annual installment. This year the lineup includes Pharrell Williams, Lil Wayne, Solange, Kimbra and, of course, The Roots. Noon June 3. Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing. 101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd. rootspicnic.com.

Ninth Annual Great Beer Expo
June 3
Beer lovers will be amazed from the sight of being able to sample 150-plus brews from local and national craft breweries. Attendees will receive a souvenir tasting cup. $12-$75. 1:30–5 p.m. June 3 (VIP 12:30–5 p.m.) The Philadelphia Navy Yard, 4747 S. Broad St. greatbeerexpo.com/philly.

PECO Multicultural Series: Irish Festival
June 4

Celebrate different cultures that make up the city as part of the PECO Multicultural Series. Offering two stages of music, dance and bagpiping performances in celebration of the Emerald Isle’s culture. Attendees can sample Irish bites, such as shepherd’s pie. 1–7 p.m. June 4. Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. 101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd. everfest.com.

Newbold Blues Festival
June 17

Come out and enjoy an afternoon of brews and blues on the 1900 block of South Bancroft Street. The festival will feature offerings from four diverse restaurants, four Newbold-based craft breweries, live music and local vendors. Noon-5 p.m. June 17. Proceeds from the event will help support the Newbold CDC’s South Philly Green community greening infrastructure program. newboldbluesfestival.com.

Philadelphia Zoo Summer Ale Festival
June 24

Enjoy unlimited beer samples while hearing some great tunes and walking around the zoo. Explore all the special and exotic animals with a night of fun and memories in one of the city’s most well-known cultural attractions. $35-$75. June 24. The Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 West Girard Ave. philadelphiazoo. org.

Wawa Welcome America
June 27-July 4

Week-long celebration that takes place all across the city, and features movie screenings, ‰ reworks and a July 4th concert with a special performance by Mary J. Blige. June 27-July 4. Free. Benjamin Franklin Parkway. welcomeamerica.com.

Hispanic Fiesta
July 11

Celebrating while raising awareness for Latino culture, the festival features music, dance, authentic Latin food and crafts. 2 p.m. July 11. Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 Columbus Blvd. elconcilo.net.

Bastille Day Festival
July 11

The Eastern State Penitentiary hosts the irreverent celebration on the historic day in French history when the revolutionaries stormed the Bastille for Marie Antoinette. This crowd pleasing festival on Fairmount Avenue includes a reenactment with the Bearded Ladies, an experimental cabaret troupe that has been hosting the event for years. July 11. Eastern State Penitentiary, Fairmount Ave. easternstate.org.

Islamic Heritage Festival
July 22

Celebrating its 25-year anniversary, everything kicks off with the Unity in Diversity Parade which makes its way from Fifth and Market down to the main festivities at Penn’s Landing. The festival includes plenty of activities for the family, guest speakers, a health and wellness fair and a global open market bazaar. 2–8 p.m. July 22. The march is at 10:30 a.m. 101 Columbus Blvd. festival.icpic.com

Car Show & Street Festival
July 31

With more than 140 antique, show, classic and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles this year’s show is the Real McCoy. There be several blocks lined with envy-inspiring cars along with live music from DJs on every block. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. July 31. East Passyunk Ave. Business Improvement District. visiteastpassyunk.com.

Hemp Heals Music Festival
Aug. 20

Emphasizing the point the cannabis plant can be used as food, fuel, ‰medicine, and is 100 percent ecofriendly, is what the Hemp Heals foundation claims. Driving the message home with a day of music, vendors, guest speakers, food and special guests is the point of this annual festival. 6:30 p.m. August 20. Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing. 101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd. hemphealsphilly.com.

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