June 9, 7 p.m.
1210 Frankford Avenue
“Double Dare” host and part-time Philly resident Marc Summers reprises his sloppy Nickelodeon game show at Frankford Hall on Thursday night. Along with his original cast mates Robin Marella Russo and John Harvey, Summers will subject local teams to a variety of “Double Dare”-worthy physical challenges, like “Pie in the Pants,” “High-Five” and the infamous “Slopstacle Course.” Don’t wear anything too fancy; you just may get slimed, too.
The rainbow flags come out in full force this weekend as Philadelphia celebrates its LGBTQ community. Pride festivities begin with a block party on Friday at 6 p.m. at 12th and Locust streets in the Gayborhood. The Philadelphia Dyke March kicks off with a rally at Kahn Park on Saturday. And Sunday sees lively floats snaking their way through town during the Pride Parade, which finishes up at a festival at Penn’s Landing. There, you’ll find food, live performances, and a drag queen for every day of the year. Live it up!
June 11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Betsy Ross House
239 Arch Street
National Flag Week kicks off with a bang Saturday at the Betsy Ross House, where Old Glory will be celebrated amongst old-timey carnival games, circus performances and a Punch and Judy Puppet show. Check out facebook.com/StripesStarsPHL
for a list of National Flag Week events taking place throughout the next week.
In celebration of the last weekend of Philly Beer Week, Deschutes Brewery is shutting down a couple streets in the Headhouse District for its daylong craft beer block party. Suds will be flowing from 60 taps situated on a custom-made 402-foot bar. To soak up all the alcohol, local chefs will be on hand serving up grub. This is just one of many Philly Beer Week haps taking place over the weekend. See the full itinerary at phillybeerweek.org
Billed as one of the largest African American festivals in the country, Odunde takes up 12 city blocks in South Philadelphia for a celebration inspired by the Yoruba people of Nigeria. A colorful procession from 23rd and South streets to the Schuylkill River anchors the festival, which also includes live music, arts and crafts vendors and a mouth-watering array of traditional West African street food.
June 12, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
8600-8100 Germantown Ave.
Local artists bring their easels and paint palettes to the street Sunday for this open-air juried art competition in Chestnut Hill. Be a spectator as painters create masterpieces on the spot, and take part in the day’s myriad family-friendly activities. Villavillekula will host a special pre-Father’s Day craft project for kids starting at noon. Stop by Ella Vanilla from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. to learn how to paint edible flowers.
June 11, 7:30-11 p.m.
1026 Spring Garden St.
Experimental artist Aesop Rock has been at it since 1997, breaking boundaries in hip-hop with his skillful wordplay and sultry electronic beats. This year he dropped his seventh studio album, “The Impossible Kid,” which, as one critic writes, “offers a powerful glimpse at his scarred psyche.” Bear witness to his form of genius when he performs at Union Transfer Saturday night.
June 12, 7:30-11 p.m.
The Foundry at the Fillmore
29 E. Allen St.
British singer-songwriter Beth Orton pioneered the “folktronica” movement, with her seamless blending of guitar riffs and synth sounds. On her latest album, “Kidsticks,” she all but ditches her folk roots for a mesmerizing exploration of the electronic realm. See how well she tackles the switch up at her performance in town Sunday night. Fellow Brit Emmy the Great opens.
June 9-11, 8 p.m.
The Performance Garage
1515 Brandywine St.
Get a peek at the future of Philadelphia’s dance community. Bird on a Wire Dance Theatre’s mini-festival showcases the work of eight emerging choreographers who will present short works ranging from poignant contemporary movement to “the kind of dance party you have in your room when no one is watching.” Saturday night’s performance includes an after-party, where you can mingle with the performers over drinks and appetizers.
For the first time ever, Philadelphia’s iconic Magic Gardens opens its doors to local residents for the low, low price of zilch. Just show up, present your I.D. to verify your address and get to exploring. Admission includes the outdoor labyrinth, special exhibition “Dear Julia” now on display in the indoor galleries and any presentations scheduled that day