David Rogers’ Big Bugs
Jun
3
Aug 29

David Rogers’ Big Bugs

  • Tyler Arboretum

Long Island artist David Rogers presents 10 gigantic insect sculptures, made from natural materials, on parade through Tyler Arboretum. Visitors can see a 17-foot dragonfly, 25-foot-long ants and more, presented in an educational environment.

tylerarboretum.org

Weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; weekends 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; open till 8 p.m. Tuesdays

$9 to $15; free for members

Backyard Adventures
Jun
9
Sep 10

Backyard Adventures

  • The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Through active outdoor play, attendees can learn about the fascinating science that’s literally in their own backyard.

ansp.org

$18.95 and up

Chester County Balloon Festival
Jun
23
Jun 25

Chester County Balloon Festival

  • New Garden Flying Field

More than 20 hot air balloons take flight twice per day at this three-day festival, which includes a balloon rodeo, untethered and tethered balloon rides, a walk-through balloon and more. For a complete schedule of events, please see the website. Proceeds for this nonprofit event go to Chester County Hero Fund, which supports first responders and their families.

ccballoonfest.com

COST: $5 to $15

Manayunk Arts Festival
Jun
24
Jun 25

Manayunk Arts Festival

  • Various venues along Main Street in Manayunk Philadelphia, Pa.

Nearly 300 artists will showcase their work along historic Main Street in Manayunk. Organizers have put an emphasis on local talent this year and will again set up their Emerging Artist Tent. A detailed list of participating artists and vendors is available online.

manayunk.com

COST: Pay as you go

Composition: A Crash Course in Outdoor Photography
Jul
8
10:00 am10:00

Composition: A Crash Course in Outdoor Photography

  • Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

An intermediate photography course with Marian (Stasiorowski) Howard, focussing on key design and composition tips that will help create interest and structure in an image. Basic compositional elements will be covered, but please bring your own camera.

schuylkillcenter.org

COST: $45 to $60


Field Jam at Gwynedd Wildlife Preserve
Jun
24
4:00 pm16:00

Field Jam at Gwynedd Wildlife Preserve

  • Gwynedd Wildlife Preserve

Black Horse Motel brings a lively blend of rock, country and Americana to Gwynedd Wildlife Preserve’s outdoor stage among the birds, butterflies and colorful wildflowers.Ticket holders will receive two free drinks from Victory Brewing Co. Please: no dogs, outside alcohol or outside food.

natlands.org

Members $30; nonmembers $40 

Fabric Workshop and Museum Sole Stamp and Stomp
Jun
24
2:00 pm14:00

Fabric Workshop and Museum Sole Stamp and Stomp

  • Fabric Workshop and Museum

Kids and grownups are invited to join collaborative art-making activities around the themes of shoes and movement. Led by museum educators, families will also have a chance to explore work of artist-in-residence Lenka Clayton. Families can make their own “sole stamps” using repurposed shoes to create art with their feet. Participants are encouraged to use the shoe stamps to evoke movement on paper by walking, stomping and even dancing. Recommended for ages 4 through 12. All materials will be provided.

fabricworkshopandmuseum.org

COST: Free

Make Music Philly
Jun
21
12:00 pm12:00

Make Music Philly

  • 15th & Morris Philadelphia, Pa.

An all-day, open-access, free, “do it yourself” festival taking place in various neighborhoods, curated by anyone interested in putting on a show.

Make Music Philly aims to “provide an equal platform for musicians of all skill levels, interests and walks of life and to inspire the next generation of musicians through innovative outreach programming.” Events in the works include a collaboration with NextFab, a bluegrass jam in Rittenhouse and a Uke Night hosted by BridgeSet Sounds.

makemusicphilly.org

Please see schedule online for venues and showtimes

School’s Out, Camp Out
Jun
17
Jun 18

School’s Out, Camp Out

  • Riverbend Environmental Education Center

Riverbend Environmental Education Center is celebrating the end of the school season with a family camp-out. Staff will help campers set up tents, build the campfire, provide the food and lead a nighttime program.

riverbendeec.org

$100 per family 

Food for Thought: Planning Your Vegetable Garden
Jun
17
10:30 am10:30

Food for Thought: Planning Your Vegetable Garden

  • Free Library of Philadelphia–Philadelphia City Institute

Don’t know how to start your vegetable garden? Through a short presentation and a planning session, participants at this workshop will leave with strategies to get vegetables growing at home. Please bring a pot if you have one at home. Free vegetable plants will be raffled off at the end of the workshop.

COST: Free

Good Libations Market
Jun
17
10:00 am10:00

Good Libations Market

  • Greensgrow Farms

Every third Saturday of each month through October, visitors to Greensgrow Farms’ farm stand and CSA pickup can taste a variety of hard ciders from Ploughman Farm Cider, Commonwealth Cider and Kurant Cider.

greensgrow.org

Free 

Jewish Farm School Presents: Making Fresh Goat Cheeses
Jun
15
6:00 pm18:00

Jewish Farm School Presents: Making Fresh Goat Cheeses

  • Jewish Farm School

In honor of the festival Shavuot, Jewish Farm School will teach visitors how to make fresh cheeses from raw goat’s milk at home. Cheesemonger, recipe developer and Grid contributor Alex Jones will walk participants through recipes such as yogurt, ricotta and chèvre, adapted for the home kitchen.

jewishfarmschool.org

$5 to $20 

Summer Grilling in the Garden
Jun
14
5:30 pm17:30

Summer Grilling in the Garden

  • Morris Arboretum

Join Morris Arboretum chef Josh Hunter for an evening of instructional grilling in the garden. In this class, you will learn how to prepare simple, light and flavorful entrées and accompanying side dishes on the grill.

morrisarboretum.org

$42

 

Designing Your Backyard Eco-Orchard
Jun
13
7:00 pm19:00

Designing Your Backyard Eco-Orchard

  • Carmen Tilelli Hall

Robyn Mello, orchard director for the Philadelphia Orchard Project and owner of Edenspore LLC, will speak about the fundamentals of eco-orchard design, touching on soil building, plant niches, and pest and disease management. Participants will have the option to go home with a berry cutting for a small donation.

hssj.org

Free 

Odunde Festival
Jun
11
1:30 pm13:30

Odunde Festival

  • 23rd and South streets Philadelphia, Pa.

For more than four decades, this street festival has brought African culture to South Philly in a celebration of music, art and food.

odundefestival.org

COST: Free

Meditation Retreat
Jun
11
10:00 am10:00

Meditation Retreat

  • Mt. Cuba Center

Through guided meditation, nature walks or seated contemplation, participants can focus on gentle breezes, patterns in the landscape, floral fragrances and skittering dragonflies, surrounded by nature at Mt. Cuba Center.

mtcubacenter.org

COST: $35 to $70 recommended sliding scale

‘Believe’ GayBINGO
Jun
10
7:00 pm19:00

‘Believe’ GayBINGO

  • The Gershman Y

GayBINGO raises funds for HIV/AIDS services in the Greater Philadelphia region. This event is open to anyone who enjoys campy humor, and cash prizes will be awarded.

aidsfundphilly.org

COST: Balcony $25; floor seats $30

A Taste of Kensington: 20th Anniversary Benefit for Greensgrow
Jun
10
6:00 pm18:00

A Taste of Kensington: 20th Anniversary Benefit for Greensgrow

  • Philadelphia Brewing Company

The tasting room and open-air courtyard of the Philadelphia Brewing Company will be transformed for a night celebrating Greensgrow's two decades in urban farming. Favorite local chefs and food businesses will provide samples of signature dishes and desserts, including farm-to-table hors d’oeuvres from Greensgrow’s Community Kitchen.

The VIP reception will feature a craft liquor tasting provided by Kensington’s newest distilleries, live music of Brian Caselli Jordan and an option to bid early on a silent auction. 

greensgrow.org/tasteofkensington

History Lab: Bodies and the Future
Jun
10
1:00 pm13:00

History Lab: Bodies and the Future

  • Chemical Heritage Foundation

What do newer technologies—from Fitbits to fetal monitors—mean for our health, our privacy and the future of our society? Join the Chemical Heritage Foundation for an afternoon of lively activities and conversation.

chemheritage.org

Free 

ARTspiration!
Jun
10
10:00 am10:00

ARTspiration!

  • Fleisher Art Memorial

This free outdoor festival showcases Fleisher Art Memorial’s children and adult classes through family friendly activities led by local artists and volunteers. There will also be live music and dance performances on the main stage.

fleisher.org

COST: Free

Summer Music Festival
Jun
9
6:00 pm18:00

Summer Music Festival

  • Delaware Art Museum

Delaware Art Museum is hosting an outdoor music festival with live reggae, Latin, hip-hop and dance performances. During downtime between sets, check out the local food trucks, artist demonstrations, cocktails, art activities and craft vendors.

delart.org

COST: Members $5; nonmembers $10

Sustainable Sips
Jun
7
6:00 pm18:00

Sustainable Sips

  • Manor Bar and Grill

Network with sustainability enthusiasts and chat with members of the Oaklyn Green Team, the Tri-County Sustainability Alliance and Sustainable Cherry Hill. For more information, contact 856-816-8508 or email thetricsa@gmail.com.

tcsahub.org

COST: Pay as you go

Forage and Feast at Awbury Arboretum
Jun
7
6:00 pm18:00

Forage and Feast at Awbury Arboretum

  • 901 E. Washington Lane Philadelphia, Pa.

During this educational workshop, attendees will go on a foraging walk and learn about common plants and mushrooms, how to identify them, and their edible and medicinal properties. Then they'll turn their harvest into a multicourse meal. 

weaversway.coop

$35-$50 sliding scale