25 (well, almost) Things to Do This Weekend!

This MUST be one of the top weekends for planning outdoor events in Philadelphia. I mean, there are tons of things I want to attend, and I hope I can get to half of them.

Friday is National Bike to Work Day. Dust it off! Nutter gives out free coffee and bagels: 7:30 – 9:30 a.m., while supplies last.

Saturday, I’m getting up early, because of the day’s lineup. First off, there’s a flea market at Gloria Dei Church (Old Swede’s, at Columbus & Christian), from 8-3. Behind the brick walls lies one of the area’s oldest churches and cemeteries. You can get a tour of the church, hear the Mummer’s Choir at noon, indulge in some chili, hot dogs, and, of course, soft pretzels. “The Best Fleas at the Oldest Church”

Another Flea Market: 10th & South, 9-5.

Next up – The Italian Market Festival. You should know where this is: south 9th Street. (Saturday & Sunday, 10-5). I went last year, and was surprised at the diverse performances of dancers, singers, etc. There are all types of arts & crafts, foods, and wares in general being sold on the street. Tasty!

I wish I could be 3 places at once. There’s also the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby, on the corner of Trenton and Norris Streets at noon on Saturday. “A celebration of art and non-motorized transit at the Trenton Avenue Arts Festival.” There will be: art vendors, food, bands, beer, prizes!! I hope to see the spaceship biker that was on 3rd. Street this past Sunday. Cumbersome – yes. Hilarious – yes! On the way up, I’ll probably stop and check out the Old City Stroll & Sidewalk Sale. J. Karma, Foster’s – I will be there, so look out!

If you are rested from all that, use Sunday to head, (again?) to the Italian Market Festival, then the Philly Book Festival. I’ll be manning the table for Quirk Books, at least for a couple of hours! Books, music, writers, poets, and over 80 literary exhibitors. Maybe you will see Baba Wawa. She’ll be headlining. (Festival is Saturday AND Sunday, 11-5, Parkway Central Library, 19th and Vine streets.)

Enjoy your weekend!

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