Circus Week at Morris Arboretum’s Garden Rail
Aug
27
Sep 5

Circus Week at Morris Arboretum’s Garden Rail

  • Morris Arboretum

Come see the big top and the circus trains at the Garden Railway: a small model world of tunnels and bridges with a quarter mile track running through it. On Sept. 4, The Secret Circus, a roving aerial and circus performance art company, will be on-site for two performances. 

morrisarboretum.org

Free with admission, $0-$17

Ukrainian Independence Festival
Aug
28
12:00 pm12:00

Ukrainian Independence Festival

  • Ukrainian American Sports Center

This dazzling festival of Ukrainian music, song and dance, and food returns for its 25th year in a celebration of independence.

tryzub.org

Adults $15; students and children $10
 

Farm-to-Fork at Alba Vineyard
Aug
28
4:00 pm16:00

Farm-to-Fork at Alba Vineyard

  • Alba Vineyard

Cocktail hour and seven-course wine-pairing dinner with seven of New Jersey’s most highly regarded chefs, featuring locally produced food from farms throughout the area. Gourmet hors d’oeuvres, a VIP vineyard tour, and elegant dining under a tent overlooking the vineyard and surrounding hillsides. 21 and older. 

albavineyard.com

$150 per person

Delaware River Cleanups
Aug
29
9:00 am09:00

Delaware River Cleanups

  • Ridley Township Municipal Marina

Chad Pregracke, a CNN Hero of the Year, is on a quest to clean up the Delaware River, but he needs help from the community. Pregracke and his staff from Living Lands and Waters are working with the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary to fill their boats with volunteers. Lunch included.

tinyurl.com/jqx325s

Free

Open GreenHouse at Wild Ridge
Sep
17
10:00 am10:00

Open GreenHouse at Wild Ridge

  • Wild Ridge Plants

Join Wild Ridge Plants for a day at the native plant nursery. There will be tours of the nursery and native permaculture gardens, as well as a plant identification class and a special discount on native wildflowers, shrubs and grasses—which are grown using chemical-free practices.

For registration & directions, please email rachel@wildridgeplants.com

wildridgeplants.com

 


Ladies at the Pumptrack
Aug
28
10:00 am10:00

Ladies at the Pumptrack

  • 5300 Parkside Ave. Philadelphia, Pa.

Join the Fairmount Park Conservancy, Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia and Women Bike PHL for a group ride to the Philly Pumptrack in West Fairmount Park and a chance to try it out.

myphillypark.org

$10

Late Night Wednesdays: Plein Air Paint Party
Aug
24
5:30 pm17:30

Late Night Wednesdays: Plein Air Paint Party

  • Morris Arboretum

Socialize, sip and savor a summer evening in the garden. Professionals from The Uncorked Artist will guide you to capture an iconic Morris Arboretum tree on canvas. Bring your friends, snacks and your favorite beverage. All painting materials will be provided. Tickets must be purchased through Ticketleap.

morrisarboretum.org

Members $30; nonmembers $35

Food Math Camp
Aug
22
9:00 am09:00

Food Math Camp

  • Alma Mater

Food: The Common Denominator is a four-day, half-day morning camp for kids ages 6-11. Campers learn about math through cooking and food activities, bake and cook every day, and practice fractions, ratios and measurements.

hungryeducation.com

$150

Caribbean Festival
Aug
21
12:00 pm12:00

Caribbean Festival

  • Penn’s Landing

This rich celebration of 14 Caribbean islands includes live reggae, steel drum bands, hip-hop and poetry. There will of course be plenty of island cuisine, such as jerk chicken, curries and festival bakes.

phillycaribbeanfestival.com

Pay as you go

Wild Mushroom Forage
Aug
21
9:00 am09:00

Wild Mushroom Forage

  • Bucktoe Creek Preserve

Venture through woodlands and meadows of Bucktoe Creek Preserve in search of wild mushrooms. Afterward, come back to The Land Conservancy’s headquarters to identify mushrooms collected along the way.  Sample a delicious mushroom-themed lunch and relax on the beautiful property of the future Chandler Mill Nature Preserve.

tlcforscc.org

Members $35; nonmembers $40

Open Hive Days
Aug
20
10:00 am10:00

Open Hive Days

  • New Leaf Eco Center

Join The Land Conservancy’s apiarist Dan Borkoski for an inside look at the busy, buzzy world of honeybees. Participants will get a close-up look at a hive during routine inspection while gaining practical beekeeping knowledge. 

tlcforscc.org

Members $5, nonmembers $10

Free Plant Clinic
Aug
20
9:00 am09:00

Free Plant Clinic

  • Camden County Parks Environmental Center

Get answers to your gardening questions. Bring your plants or a piece of a diseased plant to get identification and suggestions on how to treat it. Bring a sample in a small container of any insect from your garden that you need identified.

camden.njaes.rutgers.edu/garden

Free

Kidchella Music Festival
Aug
19
5:00 pm17:00

Kidchella Music Festival

  • Smith Memorial Playground

Don’t miss Smith Memorial Playground’s final Kidchella 2016 concert emceed by Kathy O’Connell of WXPN’s “Kids Corner.” Bring food or buy dinner from food trucks and enjoy family friendly music by The Singing Lizard and Key Wilde & Mr. Clarke in the 6.5 acre playground. Rain or shine outdoor event. Tickets required for adults and kids older than 1.

smithplayground.ticketleap.com/kid2016/

Members $5; nonmembers $10

SustainPHL
Aug
18
6:00 pm18:00

SustainPHL

  • WHYY

Green Philly Blog is hosting the first ever SustainPHL Awards, a celebration for sustainability visionaries to unsung heroes making a difference in their communities. Sample local fare and drinks in an interactive Munch & Learn. Hear inspirational stories from Philly changemakers. See the winners announced live onstage.

sustainPHL.com

$55

Walnut to Waterworks Kayak Trip
Aug
18
6:00 pm18:00

Walnut to Waterworks Kayak Trip

  • 25th & Locust streets Philadelphia, Pa.

Join this all-levels guided kayak trip from Walnut Street to the Fairmount Waterworks and back. Meet by the Walnut Street dock, accessible from the Schuylkill River Trail (entrance at 25th and Locust streets) and from the stairs coming down from the Walnut Street Bridge.

myphillypark.org

$40

Pruning Small Trees and Shrubs
Aug
18
5:30 pm17:30

Pruning Small Trees and Shrubs

  • Chanticleer Garden

Using the grounds of Chanticleer as a classroom, Doug Croft will demonstrate techniques of pruning shrubs and small flowering trees. He will discuss correct timing to ensure optimum blooms, as well as accurate techniques to give your trees proper shape and improved habit.

pennhort.net/chanticleer

Members $20; nonmembers $30

Parks on Tap: Penn Treaty Park
Aug
18
Aug 21

Parks on Tap: Penn Treaty Park

  • Penn Treaty Park

Enjoy a variety of beers on tap as well as a great selection of food.
Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 1 to 11 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 10 p.m.

myphillypark.org

Pay as you go

West Philly Early Childhood Information Day
Aug
18
3:30 pm15:30

West Philly Early Childhood Information Day

  • Wynnefield Branch, Free Library of Philadelphia

How will you choose what school or care is right for your young child? In this free, public event, families are invited to come talk to representatives from a variety of preschools, day cares and other early childhood programs in West Philly. Free activities for children provided.
For more info, email jarrod@childrenscommunityschool.org.

childrenscommunityschool.org

Free

Late Night Wednesday: In Touch
Aug
17
6:00 pm18:00

Late Night Wednesday: In Touch

  • Morris Arboretum

This workshop, led by dancer and choreographer Jenny Roe Sawyer, will use simple movement exercises to explore nature. Discover how touch profoundly affects our physical, mental and emotional experiences of connecting with each other and the natural world. Bring a picnic and take a mid-week break in the Morris Arboretum garden. 

morrisarboretum.org

Free with admission, $0-$17

Ecosystems and Plant Communities
Aug
17
10:00 am10:00

Ecosystems and Plant Communities

  • Mt. Cuba Center

Learn how ecology, geology, hydrology, plants and animals all interact to create healthy ecosystems through classroom study and field trips. Understand the complexities of these communities and how to replicate similar plant associations in your home landscape. 

mtcubacenter.org

$245

Pop-Up Beer Garden #2
Aug
13
5:00 pm17:00

Pop-Up Beer Garden #2

  • 2670 Coral St. Philadelphia, Pa.

Kensington Gardens is a series of five pop-up beer garden events in Philly’s vibrant River Wards community that opened July 16. Enjoy local beer pours, tasty food trucks and the kind of fun you’ll only find in Kensington. All-ages to enter, but must be 21+ to drink. 

kgphilly.com

Pay as you go

Hidden River Blues Festival
Aug
13
11:00 am11:00

Hidden River Blues Festival

  • Venice Island Performing Arts & Recreation Center

Returning for its second year in Manayunk, this all-day, outdoor show will highlight local and national acts including Charlie Musselwhite, Samantha Fish, the James Supra Blues Band and more.

manayunk.com

$25

Bug Fest
Aug
13
Aug 14

Bug Fest

  • The Academy of Natural Sciences

Celebrate insects of all kinds at the annual Bug Fest at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Cheer on a favorite cockroach in the Roach Race 500, talk with academy entomologists, examine hundreds of live bugs up close and enjoy other fun activities. 

ansp.org

$13.95 and up

Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends Weekend at Morris Arboretum
Aug
13
Aug 14

Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends Weekend at Morris Arboretum

  • Morris Arboretum

Come visit the Morris Arboretum Garden Railway and see Thomas and his friends take over the tracks. The Garden Railway display is a small train world of tunnels, bridges and trestles with a quarter mile track running through it. Miniature buildings are created entirely of natural materials. 

morrisarboretum.org

Free with admission, $0-$17

Shooting Stars and S’mores
Aug
12
8:00 pm20:00

Shooting Stars and S’mores

  • Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

Explore the sky during the summer’s most spectacular nighttime event, the Perseid meteor shower. Look for shooting stars and gaze at the planets above us. And, of course, what summer night would be complete without a campfire and s’mores?

schuylkillcenter.org

$10

Inviting Wildlife into the Garden
Aug
11
10:00 am10:00

Inviting Wildlife into the Garden

  • Mt. Cuba Center

Take your home landscape to a new level with inviting habitats that sustain wildlife year-round. Explore Mt. Cuba Center’s naturalistic gardens, observe native bees in action and discover the best native plants for butterflies. Learn which plants nourish migrating and resident birds, especially hummingbirds, and add them to your garden. 

mtcubacenter.org

$245

Greensgrow Farm Dinner with Balboa Catering
Aug
10
7:30 pm19:30

Greensgrow Farm Dinner with Balboa Catering

  • Greensgrow Farms

Join Greensgrow Farms for a four-course dinner on the farm with Balboa Catering, which was created after Chef Alex Garfinkel was hired to cater the latest “Rocky” film. Garfinkel has worked in some of Philly’s best kitchens and will be highlighting top local farmers with a prix fixe dinner menu designed with foodies in mind.

balboacatering.com

$90