David Rogers’ Big Bugs
Jun
3
to Aug 29

David Rogers’ Big Bugs

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

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Green Challenge Film Fest—‘Seed: The Untold Story’
Aug
17
6:30pm 6:30pm

Green Challenge Film Fest—‘Seed: The Untold Story’

This film explores how farmers and others battle to defend the future of food from huge agrichemical companies, which control over two-thirds of the global seed market, reaping unprecedented profits. Sponsored by GMO Free PA, Oaklyn Green Team, Sustainable Collingswood and GMO Free NJ.

gmofreenj.com

COST: Free

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Cycle en Couleur
Aug
17
8:00pm 8:00pm

Cycle en Couleur

Organizers from OpenRidePHL and Philadelphia Naked Bike Ride present a mass human-powered ride that aims to celebrate community and inclusiveness with style. Cycle en Couleur is envisioned as a “spring fling” in late summer, and attendees should feel free to wear whatever colors they’d like, and if the spirit moves them, to dress up. Music will be provided courtesy of bike-towed speakers, and flashing lights, glowsticks, and decorations are officially encouraged. The ride will start from the steps of the Art Museum and wind its way through the city. In the spirit of the evening, the ending location is being kept a secret. Bikes, skates, boards, scooters, sneakers—all are welcome.

Facebook: Cycle en Couleur

COST: Free

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‘More Stately Mansions’ Zine Launch
Aug
19
4:00pm 4:00pm

‘More Stately Mansions’ Zine Launch

This exhibition discusses the class divide and the wage gap through a self-published zine, curated and edited by Veronica Cianfrano of Champions of Empty Rooms. There will be zine giveaways, live readings of original poems and short stories by zine contributors, refreshments, as well as opportunities for one-to-one philosophical conversations on the topic of free speech, hate speech and how thoughts are generated.

kitchentablegallery.com

COST: Free

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United by Blue’s Darby Creek Cleanup at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge
Aug
26
9:00am 9:00am

United by Blue’s Darby Creek Cleanup at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge

  • 8601 Lindbergh Blvd. Philadelphia, Pa. (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Please join United by Blue to clean up Darby Creek at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. United by Blue will provide all of the cleanup supplies, and volunteers will have the chance to win prizes. Please be sure to wear closed-toe shoes and clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty or wet.

unitedbyblue.com

COST: Free

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Permaculture Workshop
Sep
10
12:00pm12:00pm

Permaculture Workshop

Designing your garden with permaculture can transform any space into a sustainable ecosystem. Once the class has learned the fundamentals, instructor Ari Rosenberg will help them build their own backyard conversion plan, including a personalized fruit and vegetable list to help their gardens flourish.  

greensgrow.org

COST: $15

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Delaware Valley Green Building Council’s Groundbreaker Awards
Sep
19
6:00pm 6:00pm

Delaware Valley Green Building Council’s Groundbreaker Awards

DVGBC hosts a celebration of green building leadership and innovation in the region, honoring recent projects that emphasize leadership, innovation and commitment to sustainability in the built environment. This event will be held at The Atrium, a commercial office property that utilizes green practices in lighting, waste management and promoting transportation alternatives.

dvgbc.org

COST: Members $100, Nonmembers $150

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Bee Healthy! Understanding the Products of the Honeybee Hive
Aug
16
7:00pm 7:00pm

Bee Healthy! Understanding the Products of the Honeybee Hive

  • 542 Carpenter Lane Philadelphia, Pa. (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This hands-on workshop will introduce you to the delicious and medicinal products of the honeybee hive, including a varietal honey tasting, recipes for healthful creations and more. Led by beekeeper Stephanie Bruneau, author of “The Benevolent Bee” (Quarry Books, July 2017).

weaversway.coop

COST: Free

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History Lab: Fiction and the Future
Aug
12
1:00pm 1:00pm

History Lab: Fiction and the Future

Learn what imagined future worlds in science fiction can tell us about our present-day hopes and fears, and stretch your creative muscles with a few writing prompts. This afternoon of activities and conversation will enable you to see yourself, your community—and the future—a bit differently.

chemheritage.org

COST: Free

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Jazz on the Ave Music Fest
Aug
12
12:00pm12:00pm

Jazz on the Ave Music Fest

  • Broad Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue Philadelphia, Pa. (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This free, outdoor event features a kids’ zone, health and wellness screenings, vendors and live music on two stages. The main stage lineup will include Jeff Bradshaw, Eric Roberson, Frank McComb, Glenn Lewis and Tony Rich, along with Philly’s own Mozaic Flow and Suzann Christine.

jazzontheavephilly.com

COST: Free

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Bug Fest
Aug
12
to Aug 13

Bug Fest

  • The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Celebrate the 10th annual Bug Fest with hundreds of live insects, conversations with entomologists, bug tastings and activities that museum visitors have picked as their favorites over the years.

ansp.org

COST: $16.95 and up

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Stars & S’mores
Aug
11
8:00pm 8:00pm

Stars & S’mores

  • The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education hosts an exploration of the summer’s most spectacular meteor shower, the Perseids. Telescopes, star maps and laser pointers will be provided to find constellations, planets and stars. And, of course, what night would be complete without a campfire and s’mores?

schuylkillcenter.org

COST: $10

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‘Forest-to-Plate’ Dinner at Awbury Arboretum
Aug
10
6:00pm 6:00pm

‘Forest-to-Plate’ Dinner at Awbury Arboretum

Guests can enjoy a five-course tasting menu featuring a variety of flavors and textures that can be found in Philadelphia’s wild landscapes. The third annual installment of this event is presented by Awbury Arboretum, Jeffrey A. Miller Catering and Wild Foodies of Philly. BYOB; 50 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Awbury.  

awbury.org

COST: $75

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Farm to Table Dinner
Aug
9
6:00pm 6:00pm

Farm to Table Dinner

Brandywine Conservancy hosts a farm dinner prepared by Chef MacGregor Mann of Junto BYOB using vegetables grown by SIW Vegetables. This dinner will take place on Hill Girt Farm, one of the first properties placed under conservation easement by the Brandywine Conservancy.

brandywine.org

COST: Members $65; nonmembers $75

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BlackStar Film Festival
Aug
3
to Aug 6

BlackStar Film Festival

  • Various venues in University City (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Independent black cinema is honored through more than 60 films from five continents in a celebration that Ebony magazine has called “the black Sundance.” The theme for the festival’s fifth year is “resistance,” highlighting films that look at political and social uprisings, including the civil rights events of the 1960s, the Los Angeles race riots of the 1990s and more.

blackstarfest.org

COST: $6 to $12; all access passes $150

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2017 New Gravity Housing Conference
Aug
3
9:00am 9:00am

2017 New Gravity Housing Conference

  • Temple University, Science Education and Research Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The reality of climate change will fundamentally alter the way buildings are designed, built and operated in the coming decades. This two-day conference from the Delaware Valley Green Building Council will explore the tools, techniques and practices that the building community is using to address this challenge.

dvgbc.org

COST: $100

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History Lab: Communities and the Future
Jul
15
1:00pm 1:00pm

History Lab: Communities and the Future

Hear about a local town where residents are divided about their community’s future; then take a crack at predicting the future of a mystery neighborhood. This afternoon of lively activities and robust conversation will enable the audience to see themselves, their community and the future in a new light.

chemheritage.org

COST: Free

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Philadelphia Podcast Festival
Jul
14
to Jul 23

Philadelphia Podcast Festival

The fifth annual festival showcases Philadelphia podcasters recording live episodes, many of which are free to attend. This year’s event also welcomes six popular podcasts from outside the Philly area, for a total of 62 live podcast recordings at nine venues in 10 days.

phillypodfest.com

Please see website for tickets and venue information

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