Fun things to do in Philly this weekend

things to do in Philly this weekend
Cruiser Olympia Speakeasy Pop-Up Experience
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Looking for some fun and unique things to do in Philly this weekend? We’ve got you covered. 

Curious Histories Fest

This Saturday, June 10, The Science History Institute is hosting a free festival titled the Curious Histories Fest. This new activation ultimately explores and celebrates science, history, exploration, and experimentation. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Philadelphians will be able to explore a plethora of activities (pay-as-you-go) that focus on this year’s theme, “A Taste of Water.”

Highlighted activities include a Global Water Bar tasting and history with Institute staff, hands-on beer and water history with water scientist Gary Burlingame, water-themed storytime with author Thembi Palmer, an iced tea tasting with Craft Tea, beer tasting with Wissahickon Brewing Company and more. 

Food trucks will also be on site, and DJ DuiJi Mshinda will be providing tunes for the occasion. 

315 Chestnut Street,

East Passyunk’s Flavors on the Avenue 

Note after publication, this event was canceled 

The rescheduled spring event is now setting its sights on this Sunday, June 11, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This annual festival will feature live entertainment, a various amount of craft vendors, stellar sidewalk sales, family-oriented activities, and much more, all while showcasing the area’s cuisine and culture. And being home to more than 160 independently-owned shops and restaurants, visitors will have a lot to see.

Flavors on the Avenue will showcase a wide range of fare, from Mexican to Asian-inspired to Southern-influenced and everything in between. Highlighted restaurants include Bing Bing Dim Sum, Cartesian Brewing, Kouklet Brazilian Bakery, Flannel, Laurel, La Scala’s Birra, Pistolas Del Sur, P’unk Burger, Moon Night and many more.

Flavors on the Avenue, things to do in Philly this weekend
Flavors on the Avenue will take place June 11. Melissa Moore

Cruiser Olympia Speakeasy Pop-Up Experience

Taking place just a few times this summer and fall season, this new pop-up experience on the Cruiser Olympia comes from the Independence Seaport Museum and transports guests back to the 1920s.

Taking place this Thursday, June 9 from 6 to 9 p.m., when Philadelphians step on board, they will be greeted by the crew dressed in period uniforms and can enjoy an evening filled with drinks, music, and games while learning about what it was like serving in the United States Navy during prohibition.

Guests must be 21 or older to participate, and tickets cost $30 online or $35 at the door. 

211 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.,

Pride Day at the Philadelphia Zoo 

On June 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., this all-ages experience offers a way to get outdoors with family, friends and/or significant others and enjoy the animals and celebrate the diversity of the LGBTQ community, a release states. 


At the Zoo’s Pride Day, local LGBTQ organizations have been invited to give away literature and talk about their services, and guests are invited to show off their Gay Pride by wearing their most colorful rainbow and pride-themed threads for a chance to win Zoo tickets for a future visit. Tickets are regular price of Zoo admission and are available online.

3400 W. Girard Ave.,

The American Revolution

For this free show, Philadelphians of all ages can head out to Valley Forge on June 10 to check out this show, which comes from Theater Unspeakable and Let’s Make History Productions. Seven actors skilled in physical comedy will participate in each performance and will re-create unknown historical occurrences using their bodies and voices and pantomime theatre on a narrow three-by-seven-foot stage. 

This show will cover the American fight for independence from Lexington to Yorktown. The 3:30 p.m. show is outdoors, free, and open to the public at the Washington Memorial Chapel, a release states. Following the June 10 performance, Theatre Unspeakable will host a free hour-long family-friendly theater workshop led by the company at 4:45 p.m. A rain date is scheduled for June 11.

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The American Revolution The ShowEn Route

 2000 Valley Forge Park Road, King of Prussia,

Art for the Cash Poor 

Back for its 23rd year this Saturday, Art for the Cash Poor is taking over a section of North American Street in South Kensington on Saturday, June 10, from noon to 6 p.m. The ultimate goal of this creative extravaganza is to benefit local artists and craftspeople, so, the art at the Festival will all be $250 and under. 

As a release states, for this two-block-long festival running from Master to Oxford Streets, vendors will sell a variety of work from printmaking, ceramics, and paintings, to jewelry, sculpture, and photography. In addition, visitors will meet local artisans and enjoy interactive workshops and craft-making demonstrations by three sustainability-focused community partners including Solar States, FabScrap and Rabbit Recycling.