Fun things to do in Philly this weekend

Daniel Kontz

Looking for some fun things to do this weekend? Metro has you covered.

Hand to Hand, A Fringe Arts Circus Festival

FringeArts (Philadelphia’s home for contemporary performance) and the Circadium School of Contemporary Circus (a non-profit vocational college, with the mission of cultivating, inspiring, and innovating contemporary circus performance in America) have announced the return of the third annual Hand to Hand circus festival, which will take place from June 3-13. The event spans the course of 11 days with a mix of socially distanced indoor and outdoor performances and workshops by innovative, local company 3AM Theatre and Philadelphia’s most talented up-and-coming circus artists.

The extravaganza’s offerings will span from aerial acrobatics, juggling, tightwire, and more. With the addition of new performances also comes guidelines to help keep everyone—from performers to the audience— safe and happy while enjoying the festival. Patrons can expect significant reductions in the maximum number of tickets available, especially for indoor performances in the theater and at the Circadium School campus. FringeArts will abide by all mask and face-covering recommendations set by the City of Philadelphia at the time of the performance. A full list of events is available online. 

The Circus Midawy.Daniel Kont

PECO’s free 1st Family Sunday at The Barnes Museum

The annual event that happens on the first Sunday of everything month at The Barnes Museum is back, and Philadelphians are in for a true treat. This Sunday, June 6, the Barnes opens its doors to give families free access to the collection and special exhibitions there, including the recently opened  ‘Soutine / de Kooning: Conversations in Paint.’ The whole family is invited out to the event which will also feature at-home activities as well if you’re not up for heading out quite yet.

New content is released every first Sunday to enjoy all month—check back June 6 for joyous music and art inspired by Juneteenth and Black Music Month. For safety’s sake, registration is required, and tickets will not be offered on-site.

2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.,

A Tour to Dye For

Part of Philly Beer Week, My Local Brew Works (MLBW), Philadelphia’s soon-to-launch nano-brewery focusing on contract brewing, special events, and direct-to-public brewing, is hosting an event. The First Look: Tour To Dye For is a brewery tour of a reimagined old time Civil War factory led by founders of My Local Brew Works, including the Globe Dye Works (an event and workspace focusing on makers and the creative community), and wrapping with beer tastings and parting gifts from MLBW. Additionally, guests will have the opportunity to purchase freshly-minted merchandise from MLBW. The first event kicks off this Saturday June 5, from noon to 4 p.m. 

Tim Montage, Wayne Humphrey, and George Hummel. Lexy Pierce

Movie Under the Stars & Stripes at the Betsy Ross House

The First Friday Movie Nights Under the Stars & Stripes officially returns this Friday, June 4, at 8:45 p.m. The fun begins when the sun goes down and visitors can meet in the courtyard at dusk. While there, movie-goers can watch a film on the big screen (this week’s showing is ‘Attack of the Crab Monsters’) while also enjoying their own snacks and beverages, which the House encourages attendees to bring. If you come a bit earlier as well, you’re in for a treat—those who head to the Betsy Ross House will also be able to enjoy an after-hours tour of the Museum. Admission for this event, which happens annually on the First Friday of every month is $7.

239 Arch St.,

The Phoenix Theatre’s ‘Blood Wedding’

According to a release, the Phoenix Theatre enters the summer season with a live online production of a Federico García Lorca classic inspired by a true story about a fatal feud between two families. This live virtual performance of Lorca’s ‘Blood Wedding’ (Bodas de Sangre) will be performed Friday, June 4, at 8 p.m. in English and Saturday, June 5, at 8 p.m. in Spanish.

The release describes the show as fast-paced, violent and passionate. ‘Blood Wedding’ is Federico García Lorca’s most popular play, it was inspired by a true story of a fatal feud between two families in Almeria province, high in the mountains of rural Spain. This folk tragedy focuses on one ordinary woman who confronts her visceral desires and rebels against the constraints of Spanish society while two men fight for her heart.

The cast for this particular production includes:Regina Carregha, Juliana Cruz, Paulina de la Parra, Isabella Gómez Giron, Leonel Garza, Inma Heredia, Salvatore Langella, Carolina Parra, Arlyne Read Rodriguez, Juan Camilo Rojas, and Fernando Vieira. There is a suggested donation of $20 and audiences can reserve and access the performances online.


Main Line Animal Rescues 5K + 2K

Main Line Animal Rescue, an affiliate of the Pennsylvania SPCA, will host the 10th Annual Tails & Trails 5K Run/2K Walk, sponsored by Audi West Chester, on Saturday, June 5, in Phoenixville. The event, which starts at 9 a.m., has become a staple for animal lovers across the Delaware Valley. The run/walk invites athletes of all abilities to come together to support MLAR’s mission to save abused, unwanted and abandoned animals and ultimately find them new, safe and loving homes.

With the current safety protocols in place, and the limited amount of registrations available, participants are encouraged to register in advance. Walk-up registration may also be available. Those runners and walkers who choose the virtual route can participate in their own home, neighborhood, or on a course of their choosing. Any way you choose to participate is essential to help Main Line’s mission of saving animal lives.


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