The best free events in Philadelphia this weekend and next week

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(Community / in-person / multiday) Philadelphia is reopening! Now, you’re able to do (basically) all of the things you’ve missed for the last 16 months. But it’s only truly safe for vaccinated people to visit reopened places and attend in-person events. Make a plan to get vaccinated; there are many places throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey — CVS, Rite Aid, neighborhood rec centers, and more — where you can get your free COVID-19 shot. (phila.gov)

(Seasonal / in-person / outdoors) On Fridays this summer starting June 25, fireworks light up the sky above Wildwood through Friday, September 3. The show is free to watch and can be easily viewed all along the Wildwood boardwalk. (Fridays, June 25 to Sept. 3, Wildwood Boardwalk, wildwoodsnj.com)

(Seasonal event / in-person / multiday) Wawa Welcome America returns to mark Independence Day. A number of events are slated to take place during the multi-week event, including a daily festival at City Hall Courtyard featuring music, live performances, Tastykake giveaways, and more. Wawa Welcome America events continue through July 4th when they conclude with fireworks on the Parkway and a free concert featuring Flo Rida and Bebe Rexha at the Mann Center. (Through July 4, welcomeamerica.com)

(Museum / in-person) Admission to the Penn Museum is free on Sunday in celebration of Wawa Welcome America. Pre-registration is required and the code WAWA21 at online checkout gets you the free museum access. (June 27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 3260 South St., welcomeamerica.com)

(Music / in-person / free) Patty Jackson hosts Wawa Welcome America’s free gospel performance on Independence Mall. Gospel legends from the tri-state area will be honored at this free show. Bring a chair to fully enjoy the outdoor concert. (Free, June 27, 7-9 p.m., Fifth and Chestnut St., welcomeamerica.com)

(Music / in-person) Local rapper Chill Moody curates an afternoon of live music by local, up-and-coming musicians as part of the Wawa Welcome America Chill Moody Experience. The show runs all afternoon and evening on Saturday at River Stage at Penn’s Landing. (June 26, 3-9 p.m., 101 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard, welcomeamerica.com)

(Music / in-person / outdoors) Patriotic music fills Penn’s Landing as the Philadelphia Orchestra presents a free concert as part of the citywide Wawa Welcome America July 4 celebration. (June 25, 7 p.m., 101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., welcomeamerica.com)

(Seasonal / in-person / outdoors) The annual Celebrate Lancaster festival includes a range of events, including a showcase of local artwork, food and drinks from area food trucks, and performances from musicians including DJ Watts, Mark Derose Band, and Swing Combo Salsa Band. The night ends with fireworks near Clipper Stadium and at Southeast Middle School at dusk. Events run all throughout downtown Lancaster. (June 25, noon-dusk, visitlancastercity.com)

(Seasonal / in-person / art / multiday) The two-day Manayunk Arts Festival is the largest outdoor juried arts festival in the tri-state and features artists from a range of disciplines, including jewelry, sculpture, painting, and photography. The festival runs along Main Street, which will be closed to traffic, from Shurs Lane to Leverington Ave. Look forward to food and drink specials from Main Street restaurants, too. (June 26-27, Main St. from Shurs Lane to Leverington Ave., manayunk.com)

(Literature / virtual / community) Tune into an afternoon of readings by renowned and newly published Philadelphian writers from the comfort of your own home. The online event celebrates the launch of a book of the best short stories by Philly authors including Harriett’s Bookshop owner Jeannine Cook and others. (June 26, 1-4:30 p.m., tohopub.com)

(Music / virtual) This weekend’s online Verzuz battle pits Bow Wow, the “Let Me Hold You” rapper and actor who was discovered by Snoop Dogg in the 1990s (when he was known as Lil’ Bow Wow), against Soulja Boy, who broke big in 2007 with “Crack That (Soulja Boy),” one of the biggest selling hip-hop singles of all time. The duo have a history of beef going back more than a decade, though they did make peace and release a joint mixtape in 2016. (June 26, 9 p.m., VerzuzTV on Instagram and Apple TV+)

(Music / virtual) Since the pandemic began, Adam Weiner of Low Cut Connie has been sweating up a storm doing his acclaimed Tough Cookies shows in his South Philly home with guitarist Will Donnelly every Saturday. The New Yorker named him “Pandemic Person of the Year” and last month he released the raucous and lovable album Tough Cookies: Best of the Quarantine Broadcasts. The weekly streak comes to a close with his 101st show, this one being staged from a secret location as the band gets set to resume touring. Virtual Tough Cookies will continue on a once-a-month basis. (June 26, 6 p.m., lowcutconnie.com/toughcoookies)

(Seasonal / in-person) In Wilmington’s Rockwood Park, a free ice cream festival pops up on Saturday along with live music and shopping at the First State Flea Market. (June 26, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 4651 Washington St. Extension, Wilmington, Del., eventbrite.com)

(Pride / in-person) Pride comes to Delco, with Upper Darby’s first Pride festival. Look for kid-friendly activities, vendors, music, a DJ, dancing, food, resources from non-profit organizations, face and nail painting, drag shows, and more. (June 27, noon-6 p.m., udtj.org/udpride2021)

(Dance / in-person) This free hour-long tap dance performance includes a special preview “Honeysomethin’ Blues,” a new work for the group. The evening show is outdoors and takes place at Dilworth Park. (June 30, 6-7 p.m., 1 S. 15th St., ladyhoofers.org)

(Music / virtual / TV) This weekend the Black Entertainment Television Awards will be hosted by Taraji B. Henson and feature a tribute to DMX, the gruff-voiced Ruff Ryders rapper who died in April at age 50. Producer Swizz Beatz will participate, along with Busta Rhymes, Method Man, Buffalo, N.Y. rapper Griselda and actor Michael K. Williams. Queen Latifah will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award. (June 27, 8 p.m., BET.com)

(Shopping / in-person) Shop the pier for great vintage and artisanal finds from a variety of local vendors. Find everything from clothes to jewelry to decor to locally-made gifts. Masks required. (June 27, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., 121 N. Columbus Blvd., libertyflea.com)

(Seasonal / in-person / outdoors / free) Learn about paddling and get out on the water yourself at the Philadelphia Canoe Club’s all-day open house. Watch free boating demos, enjoy canoeing and kayaking rides, or shop items from the used equipment sale. (June 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 4900 Ridge Ave., philacanoe.org)

(Community / in-person / ongoing) Get your zen on with some local yoga led by Violet Vine. Pre-registration and face coverings are required. (Wednesdays through July 28, 7-8 p.m., 4601 Richmond St., eventbrite.com)

(Seasonal / in-person / outdoors / kid-friendly) A sure sign of summer is the return of Spruce Street Harbor Park. Visit the waterfront pop-up park for food and drinks on the lawn or down at the floating barge bar. Other activities include lounging in one of Spruce Street’s many colorful hammocks or playing an arcade game or two. (Through Sept. 26, delawareriverwaterfront.com, 301 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.)

(Music / in-person / outdoors / multiday) On Wednesdays through the end of August, Dilworth Park hosts local dance troupes and music ensembles for free, weekly outdoor concerts. The series starts on May 5 with a performance by members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and continues throughout the spring and summer with BalletX, Philadanco, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra and more. Masks and social distancing required; food and drinks available from the on-site cafe. (Wednesdays through August 25, 1 S. 15th St., centercityphila.org)

(Biking / in-person / multiday / kid-friendly) Volunteers have dug out the gaps between the person-made hills along Parkside, and the track is ready for bike riding. You don’t need to have your own dirt bike, BMX bike, or even helmet: Those are available to borrow, free of charge. Closed-toe shoes, masks, and for riders under 18, signed waiver required. Ages 5+, with 5-and-under days to be announced. (Tuesdays-Saturdays through October 30, noon-5 p.m., based on weather and volunteer availability, Parkside Ave. N., phillypumptrack.org)

Lauren McCutcheon contributed to this calendar.

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