Return to Roots Gathering
Jul
28
Jul 31

Return to Roots Gathering

  • Indian Acres Tree Farm

A family friendly festival featuring two music stages and more than 30 workshops on yoga, meditation, hoop dance, conscious living, personal development and more. Camping available. 2016.

returntoroots.com

$89 to $235

Woody Plant Conference
Jul
29
7:30 am07:30

Woody Plant Conference

  • Lang Performing Arts Center, Swarthmore College

The Woody Plant Conference was created to prompt conversation about woody plants in the local landscapes among nursery and garden center personnel, landscape designers, horticulturists and gardeners. Speakers this year include Sir Peter Crane, Rick Crowder, Paula Shrewsbury, Joseph Rothleutner and Todd Forrest.

woodyplantconference.org

$129

FarmFest
Jul
29
Jul 30

FarmFest

  • Grange Fairgrounds

Horse-drawn hayrides, farm animals, keynote speakers, a 5K run and three stages of live music round out FarmFest, which promotes organic agriculture and sustainable living.

farmfest.paorganic.org

Adults $5; students K–12 $3; free for kids under 5

Jazz on the Ave
Jul
30
12:00 pm12:00

Jazz on the Ave

  • Cecil B. Moore Avenue & Broad Street Philadelphia, Pa.

The 10th annual Jazz on the Ave music festival will stretch along five blocks on Cecil B. Moore Avenue. The festival will provide attendees with free health and wellness screenings and HIV/AIDS testing. Activities include clay sculpting, a moon bounce, face painting, mechanical bull riding, vendors, food and live entertainment.

Free

Jul
30
12:00 pm12:00

Mozzarella from Scratch

  • Cherry Grove Farm

Learn the basics of using rennet to turn milk into cheese in a mozzarella-making demonstration, then stretch fresh curd into your own fresh mozzarella. Wrap up class with a cheese tasting and instructor-led comparison between fresh mozzarella and aged cheeses.

shopcherrygrovefarm.com

$70

Late Night Wednesday: Simon’s Absence Band
Aug
3
6:00 pm18:00

Late Night Wednesday: Simon’s Absence Band

  • Morris Arboretum

Come listen as this advanced group of North Ridge Music School students perform a repertoire of jazz and Latin music. The band performed for the 2016 Inaugural Ball for Philadelphia Mayor James Kenny and soloed the 2015 Philadelphia Citizenship Award Ceremony honoring Ralph Roberts and Kenny Gamble.    

morrisarboretum.org

Free with Admission, $0-$17

PHS Tree Tenders Neighborhood Tree Stroll on Bikes
Aug
3
6:30 pm18:30

PHS Tree Tenders Neighborhood Tree Stroll on Bikes

  • Capitolo Park

Join East Passyunk Crossing and Passyunk Square Civic Associations for a bike tree tour with  tree expert Peter Verrecchia. Participants will meet at Capitolo Playground and start by exploring a few trees on foot, then hop on their bikes or grab an IndeGo at Capitolo. Meet up afterward at Triangle Tavern to swap tree stories.

phsonline.org

Free

BlackStar Film Festival
Aug
4
Aug 7

BlackStar Film Festival

  • University City Philadelphia, Pa.

Independent black cinema is honored through 40 films from five continents in a celebration that Ebony magazine has named “the black Sundance.”

The theme for the festival’s fifth year is “migration,” an examination of the African diaspora through emerging and established filmmakers.

blackstarfest.org

COST: General admission $12; students and seniors $8; members $6 WHERE: Various venues in University City


CANCELED—Make More Plants: Propagation Workshop
Jul
27
10:00 am10:00

CANCELED—Make More Plants: Propagation Workshop

  • The Barnes Arboretum

Hands-on workshop teaching techniques for propagating different plants. Take home cuttings using plant material from the Barnes Arboretum living collections. Registration will be taken by Barnes staff at 215-278-7200.
This workshop has been canceled.

barnesfoundation.org

Members $81; nonmembers $90 (materials included)

Make Your Own Hot Sauce with Viery Ricketts-Thomas
Jul
25
6:00 pm18:00

Make Your Own Hot Sauce with Viery Ricketts-Thomas

  • PHS Pop Up Garden

Are you a hot sauce fan? Do you have the Scoville rating of different peppers memorized? Do your friends gift you hot sauce for birthdays, holidays and as post-vacation gifts? If so, this event is for you. Viery Ricketts-Thomas will guide you through making different hot sauces with different kinds of peppers, from mild to hot. You’ll have the chance to taste how different peppers affect the taste and heat of the sauce, so get ready to sweat.
 
Register at: www.pennhort.net/popupgardens

Free
 

March for a Clean Energy 
Revolution
Jul
24
12:00 pm12:00

March for a Clean Energy 
Revolution

  • City Hall

On the eve of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, join thousands of clean energy advocates from around the world who will gather and demand a more hopeful future for our planet. Hundreds of local, regional and national organizations will join together in downtown Philadelphia. If your organization would like to join the march, or if you want to add your individual voice, keep up to date on protest meeting times and locations by visiting the organizing website.

cleanenergymarch.org

Free

Wacky Water Festival
Jul
24
10:00 am10:00

Wacky Water Festival

  • Tyler Arboretum

This new festival includes learning stations to hear about life in the water, and creative uses for water in art projects. Food trucks at the event include the Meat Wagon, Oink and Moo, and Weckerly’s Ice Cream.

tylerarboretum.org

Free with admission: adults $11, seniors $9, kids $7

40th Street Summer Series
Jul
23
6:00 pm18:00

40th Street Summer Series

  • Walnut Street West Library

Dendê & Band bring intricate, danceable rhythms such as samba, rumba and Afrobeat to a free, family friendly outdoor concert. Multi-instrumentalist PaPa Ed Stokes will also perform.

universitycity.org

Free

Truck & Wine Festival
Jul
23
2:00 pm14:00

Truck & Wine Festival

  • Alba Vineyard

Participating vendors include Farm Truck, Amanda Bananas, Empanada Guy, Sanducci’s Pizza Truck, and The Cow and The Curd. No pets, please.

albavineyard.com

$10 for adults 21 and over; $5 for ages 13 to 20; free for children 12 and under

Open Hive Days
Jul
23
10:00 am10:00

Open Hive Days

  • New Leaf Eco Center

Apiarist Dan Borkoski from the Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County will examine the busy, buzzy world of honeybees, and attendees will get a close-up look at a hive during routine inspection to gain practical beekeeping knowledge.

tlcforscc.org

$5 for members; $10 for nonmembers

Exploring Ferns of Lancaster County
Jul
23
8:30 am08:30

Exploring Ferns of Lancaster County

  • Mt. Cuba Center

The lower Susquehanna valley has a variety of moist habitats for native ferns, and Mt. Cuba Center will host an educational trek through its own terrain. Information on transportation and carpooling are available through mtcubacenter.org.

$75

Full Moon Owl Prowl
Jul
22
8:00 pm20:00

Full Moon Owl Prowl

  • Bucktoe Creek Preserve

Bucktoe Creek Preserve will host an educational search/discussion regarding its resident owls, which include the eastern screech, barred and great horned varieties.

tlcforscc.org

$5 for members; $10 for nonmembers

Tall Trees Nature Playdate
Jul
22
2:00 pm14:00

Tall Trees Nature Playdate

  • Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

Children and parents are invited to explore nature and art during this educational, all ages playdate. Please dress for the weather—rain or shine. Registration requested.

schuylkillcenter.org

Free

Behind the Scenes at Chanticleer Garden
Jul
21
5:30 pm17:30

Behind the Scenes at Chanticleer Garden

  • Chanticleer Garden

Chanticleer Garden Head of Facilities Ed Hincken will instruct the public on how Chanticleer staff maintains water features, researches and constructs new buildings, and implements green design. This event will include a discussion about the garden’s sustainable design features.

chanticleergarden.org

$20 for members; $30 for nonmembers

Urban Waters Teacher Workshop
Jul
19
8:45 am08:45

Urban Waters Teacher Workshop

  • Fairmount Water Works

The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary is helping educators explore the use of water in the city through tours of a wastewater treatment plant and the Fairmount Water Works. The event will include a discussion on Philadelphia Water’s Understanding the Urban Watershed curriculum and related materials.

delawareestuary.org

$25

Ricotta Lunch Class
Jul
16
11:00 am11:00

Ricotta Lunch Class

  • Cherry Grove Farm

In this hands-on class, watch side-by-side demonstrations of making ricotta two ways, then create a savory lasagna lunch with a sweet ricotta dessert using the cheese made in class. Then, ask questions over lunch during a tasting of Cherry Grove Farm treats.

shopcherrygrovefarm.com

$70

Homemade Compost Tea Workshop
Jul
16
10:00 am10:00

Homemade Compost Tea Workshop

  • Mt. Cuba Center

Learn how compost tea adds life to garden soil and acts as an organic fertilizer through demonstrations and lecture. Receive practical advice on appropriate brewing times and leave with knowledge on how to enrich garden soil.

mtcubacenter.org

$30

Plant Clinic
Jul
16
9:00 am09:00

Plant Clinic

  • Camden County Parks Environmental Center

Bring your plants, or a piece of a diseased plant, and Rutgers Master Gardeners of Camden County will identify and suggest treatment and offer other advice on gardening and common insects that might be causing destruction.

camden.njaes.rutgers.edu

Free

Beck Epoch
Jul
15
Jul 16

Beck Epoch

  • 2200 Kelly Drive. Philadelphia, Pa.

An aerial dance performance of swinging, swimming, swiveling and suspension from Fairmount Park’s historic Strawberry Mansion Bridge above the Schuylkill River. This show can be viewed from the banks of the Schuylkill for free, or viewers can rent a canoe or kayak and watch from the water.

invisibleriver.org

Free; $35 for a canoe or kayak rental