Festivals, concerts, art indoor and out, all day and all night! Robin Bloom shares her picks for what to do this week.
Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll
The Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll returns Thursday, June 19, 5:30pm-8:30pm, an outdoor street festival with participating businesses offering $1 specials along with live music, street performances, and more, Baltimore Avenue from 42nd to 50th Streets, University City. Rain or shine.
Night Market West Oak Lane
Night Market Philadelphia is back at West Oak Lane, Thursday, June 19, 6pm-10pm, a street food festival spotlighting more than 50 of the city's best ethnic and regional restaurants and food trucks, plus music and more, 72nd and Ogontz Avenues. Presented by the Food Trust.
Summer Solstice Salsa Party at Morris Arboretum
Morris Arboretum hosts their Summer Solstice Salsa Party, Thursday, June 19, 7pm, with Café Con Pan Band, Salsa dance lessons, salsas and brews to sample, and more, set amidst the garden at 100 E. Northwestern Avenue, Chestnut Hill. Pre-concert activities at 6pm.
Firefly Music Festival
The Firefly Music Festival is once again at the Woodlands of Dover International Speedway, June 19-22, featuring Foo Fighters, Outkast, Imagine Dragons, Beck, the Lumineers, Broken Bells, Ziggy Marley, Third Eye Blind, Amos Lee and many more, along with other entertainment, hot air balloons, food, and more, Dover, DE.
Stanley Jordan at Sellersville Theatre
Guitar virtuoso Stanley Jordan performs in our area at Sellersville Theatre, Thursday, June 19, 8pm, 24 West Temple Avenue, Sellersville, PA.
Historic Germantown celebrates the anniversary of Juneteenth, the passage and ratification of the 13th Amendment commemorating the end of slavery. Liberty to Go to See is a play created by Cliveden and the Philadelphia Young Playwrights and presented with the New Freedom Theatre, from the perspective of the Chew family's slaves and servants, who worked and lived at Cliveden from the 1760s through the 1860s. Directed by award-winning actor and director Johnnie Hobbs, Thursday, June 19, 7pm, Friday, June 20, 7pm, and Saturday, June 21, noon and 3pm, in the main house, with a 20 person audience limit, 6401 Germantown Avenue. The annual Juneteenth Festival is Saturday, June 21, 10am-4pm, including a "Freedom Walk," exhibits, music, dance, re-enactors, children's activities and more, at the Johnson House, which was a stop on the Underground Railroad, 6300 block of Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia. Free. Join the African American Museum in Philadelphia for the Macy's Family Fun Day Juneteenth Celebration, Saturday, June 21, 10am-5pm, a day of family friendly activities, exploring the art, history and culture of the people from the African Diaspora. Crafts, music, and dancing geared to children ages 5-11, included with museum admission, 7th & Arch Streets, Philadelphia.
The Big Easy Weekend in Somers Point
Members of the New Orleans group the Radiators, Papa Grows Funk and Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes, known as Raw Oyster Cult, perform with the annual Somers Point Beach Concert Series this Friday, June 20. Concert starts at 7pm at the William Morrow Municipal Beach Park, between Higbee and New Jersey Avenues on Bay Avenue in Somers Point, NJ. And catch them again at the 2nd annual Jersey Gumbo Cookoff and Music Festival, Saturday, June 21, beginning at noon with gumbo tasting & voting, and live music by ROC (around 6pm), the Billy Walton Band, Jill West & Blues Attack, and the Dan Burke Band, on the grounds of the Somers point Fire Company #1, 447 Bethel Road, Somers Point, NJ.
Make Music Philly
Music is everywhere with Make Music Philly, returning for a second year this Saturday, June 21. The free citywide day of music officially kicks off at 10am at Love Park. Featured events include a ukulele play-along at 11:30am at 710 South Street, Gorgas Park in Roxborough's stage starts at 3pm with Ben Arnold, the Fractals, Ali Wadsworth, and more. Live jazz at Jacobs Music's Steinway Recital Hall, 1718 Chestnut Street, with Dave Posmontier, Andy Kahn & the All-Star Jazz Trio, and more. Closing events at Great Plaza in Penn's Landing start at 6:30pm and bring your own harmonica or get one there and join in a huge jam session. Performances of all genres, ages and levels of expertise. See website for schedule and map.
Manayunk Arts Festival
The 25th Annual Manayunk Arts Festival, considered the region's largest outdoor juried arts festival, is Saturday, June 21, 11am-7pm and Sunday, June 22, 11am-6pm, 300 artists along Main Street offering original works in photography, jewelry, paintings, woodwork and more. An "Emerging Artist Tent" features local artists new to the business on the corner of Main and Roxborough Streets. Train, bus and shuttle info at Manayunk.com. Free.
Clark Park Music & Arts Festival
In what's become a neighborhood tradition, the Clark Park Music & Arts Festival returns Saturday, June 21 beginning at noon with live music from local bands including City Rain, Commonwealth Choir, Former Belle, and more, along with crafts vendors, and children's activities, 43rd & Chester, West Philadelphia. Free. The party continues after at Fergie's Pub.
Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Maritime Festival
Celebrate South Jersey's maritime history with the 2014 Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Maritime Festival as historians, authors, artists, and even pirates celebrate the Sea in Angelsea, Saturday, June 21, 9am-5pm, and Sunday, June 22, 9am-4pm, with live music, food, crafters, children's activities, boat show, and more along Central Avenue, North Wildwood, NJ. New this year is the Young Person's Art Show & Competition. Admission is free, rain or shine.
Fantasy Faire at WheatonArts
WheatonArts hosts a Fantasy Faire, Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22, 10am-5pm, a Family Festival of Medieval Arts and folk life, with costumed characters, Renaissance musical performances, dancing and drumming, spring pole dance, crafts, jewelry, vendors, food, and more, 1501 Glasstown Road, Millville, NJ.
Tuckerton Seaport Festivals
The Tuckerton Seaport is a village sitting on 40 acres in Ocean County and includes historic and recreated buildings, maritime activities, live animals, boardwalk, miniature golf course and exhibits. Their 22nd Annual Baymen's Seafood & Music Festival returns this Saturday and Sunday, June 21-22, 11am-5pm with Jersey fresh clams, crabs, scallops and shrimp, craft beer, vendors, crafts, boat rides, boat builders, decoy carvers, clam shucking classes, family activities and live music. The following weekend, June 28-29, is the Roots Music Festival (the former Barbecue & Bluegrass Festival & Red Wine and Blues all in one), with wine tasting and live roots music from 2pm-8pm, Tuckerton Creek, 120 West Main Street, Tuckerton, NJ.
Art All Night Trenton
Artworks presents Art All Night Trenton, Saturday, June 21, 3pm until Sunday, June 22, 3pm, 24 hours of art, workshops, competitive arts, special events, children's activities, live music on three stages, and more including the annual Art All Night Film Festival, Roebling Wire Works, 675 South Clinton Avenue, Trenton, NJ.
Midsommarfest at American Swedish Historical Museum
The annual Midsommarfest takes place this Saturday, June 21, 4pm-7:30pm, at the American Swedish Historical Museum, with family entertainment including the raising of the Maypole, Swedish food, music, crafts, games, and more, at 1900 Pattison Avenue, Philadelphia.
Bonerama at World Café Live at the Queen
Bonerama brings their funk-rock brass band sound to World Café Live at the Queen, Saturday, June 21, 7:30pm with Quincy Mumford & The Reason Why and Billy Pierce Band opening, 500 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE.
Solstice in the City
Kimmel Center's Solstice in the City transforms Commonwealth Plaza into a late-night dance party this Saturday, June 21, beginning at 8pm with DJ MR Best, Drew Citron and Frankie Rose – aka Beverly – San Fermin, and Real Estate. The Jazz Lounge features Bobby Zankel, Pablo Batista and the Mambo Syndicate (pictured) and more, plus games, and hammock-lounging under the glass roof on Broad Street, Philadelphia.
The World is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne
The World is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne opens this weekend at the Barnes Foundation, 21 never before seen masterpieces by the Post-Impressionist French painter. On loan from museums and collections from around the world who were willing to part with their beloved works, the exhibit is accompanied by the 69 pieces in the Barnes' permanent collection and focuses on his still lifes, on display through September 22, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. Special events include a preview party on Saturday, June 21 and Cézanne in the Studio, Sunday, June 22.
Bartram's Garden Community River Fest
The Bartram's Garden Community River Fest is Sunday, June 22, 10am-4pm, on the banks of the Schuylkill River, treating visitors to a day of free activities including kayak and rowboat rentals, ferry boat rides, kid-friendly water activities, ice cream from the Little Baby's Ice Cream barge, the Tidal Schuylkill Boat Parade (pictured) showcasing canoes, kayaks, rafts and rowboats decked out by residents of West and Southwest Philadelphia and the Richard Allen Preparatory Charter School boat builders, pony rides, petting zoo, farmers market, food and refreshments and more (whew!), 54th Street and Lindbergh Boulevard, Philadelphia.
Firefly Festival at Terhune Orchards
Terhune Orchards hosts a Firefly Festival, celebrating the insects and wild animals living on the farm in this "electrifying" event Sunday, June 22, 4pm-9pm, with an evening of nature, music, wagon rides, crafts, games, food, and more, 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, NJ. Free Admission and parking. Fees for certain activities. Sample wines in the tasting room (pictured).
Upper Merion's Concert under the Stars
Upper Merion Township hosts the 30th Annual Concerts under the Stars, free shows on Sunday evenings beginning June 22, 7pm with John Gorka (pictured) and special guest Lily Mae. Concerts are held outdoors at the Upper Merion Township Building Park, West Valley Forge Road, King of Prussia, PA. Brings lawn chairs and blankets. Free.
Philadelphia Independent Film Festival
The 7th Annual Philadelphia Independent Film Festival is June 25-29, with screenings at various venues in Philadelphia including the Plays & Players Theatre, National Constitution Center, PAFA, and Bryn Mawr Film Institute. Films include Welcome to the Terrordome, a documentary about the group Public Enemy and Swing Lowe Sweet Chariote (pictured), starring Chuck D, PE's front man, who will be there to present the double feature on June 27.
The DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival
The DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, called the “largest free jazz festival on the East Coast,” celebrates the local jazz trumpeter through June 21, with Brian Culbertson, Habana Sax (pictured), Dianne Schuur, Lynn Riley, Amel Larruiex, Mindi Abair, and more, Rodney Square, 11th and Market Street, Wilmington, DE.
Tricia Whiting contributed reporting to this week's Guide.