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    Check out Old City Eats every Thursday for specials on food and drink.

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FESTIVALS

Manayunk Arts Festival
June 25-26
Main Street between Green Street and Shurs Lane
Free
manayunk.com

Main Street in Manayunk plays home to several festivals throughout the year, but none quite so massive as the Manayunk Arts Festival. The two-day hoopla brings well-dressed browsers to the tri-state's largest outdoor juried arts festival that features 300 artists from around the country. Every medium you can imagine—from mixed media to jewelry to glass and ceramics—will be represented in booths lining the thoroughfare, and there will be plenty of dining options courtesy of restaurants along the strip.

Clark Park Summer Solstice Festival
June 25, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Clark Park
4398 Chester Ave.
Free
clarkparkfest.wordpress.com

West Philly makes summer official at this annual arts and music festival at Clark Park. Head over for food trucks, drink stations, family-friendly activities and a full lineup of live bands. Among the local acts scheduled to perform are Flyermile, Mumblr, Rosu Lup and more. The party ends at sundown, but those still raring to go can hit up the official after-party at Millcreek Tavern at 4200 Chester Avenue.

FOOD

Old City Eats
June 23, 5-8 p.m.
Various locations in Old City
Pay as you go
oldcitydistrict.org/dine/oldcityeats

This week, Old City District debuts an ambitious happy hour program that takes place every Thursday through August 25. Thirty-two restaurants in the area roll out special menus and drink deals from 5 to 8 p.m. This includes revered mainstays Fork and Amada, and a handful of newbies, like Common Wealth and The Little Lion. Pick a new one every week for a well-rounded--and budget-friendly--tasting tour of the historic ‘hood.

Night Market: Callowhill
June 23, 6-10 p.m.
N 12th and Callowhill streets
Pay as you go
thefoodtrust.org/night-market

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Industrial enclave Callowhill hosts the second Night Market of the season, where two streets in the ‘hood shut down for street food vendors and live music through 10 p.m. Among the food truck lineup is a few newbies: Whole Hog Cafe, Provecho and Short Order Mobile Cuisine. Grab suds from Yards Brewing, and unleash your inner Beyoncé at an outdoor karaoke station hosted by Yakitori Boy.

Aqimero Grand Opening
June 24
10 Avenue of the Arts
Pay as you go
richardsandoval.com/aqimero

Richard Sandoval opens his first Philadelphia restaurant within the lobby of the Ritz-Carlton in Center City. The menu touts the Mexico City-bred chef’s signature Latin American-inspired dishes with a modern, sustainable twist. Look out for seafood, steaks and poultry cooked on a wood-fired grill, a sushi and ceviche bar, and, for you light-biters, a variety of unique salad options. The restaurant opens to the general public starting June 24.

CONCERTS

Bonnie "Prince" Billy & Bitchin' Bajas
June 24, 8:30 p.m.
Union Transfer
1026 Spring Garden St.
$20
ticketfly.com

Louisville-born singer-songwriter Bonnie “Prince” Billy joins Chicago-based trio Bitchin’ Bajas in support of their new collabo album, “Epic Jammers and Fortunate Little Ditties.” Billy’s voice, which has been described as a “a fragile sort-of warble,” takes center stage on the effort that stemmed from a one-off performance on Record Store Day. Expect jam-session vibes from these indie-folk innovators.

Kenny Chesney
June 25, 5 p.m.
Lincoln Financial Field
1 Lincoln Financial Field Way
$41$237
ticketmaster.com

Fans of country music will get lots of bang for their buck at Lincoln Financial Saturday night. Veteran singer-songwriter Kenny Chesney brings his Spread the Love Tour with all-the-rage female vocalist Miranda Lambert and five-piece country-rock act Old Dominion.

MOVIES

“Minions” at Burholme Park
June 24, 9 p.m.
Burholme Park
Cottman and Central avenues
Free
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Those ubiquitous minions kick off a lineup of summertime kid-friendly movies taking place every month throughout summer in Northeast Philly’s Burholme Park. Each screening begins with a host of activities for kids, and, as an added incentive, attendees get discounted admission to Burholme Park Golf Center and special tours at the Ryerss Museum & Library.

“Wall Writers”
June 25, 7 p.m.
International House
3701 Chestnut St.
$9 general public, $7 students, free for members
ihousephilly.org/calendar/wall-writers

Philadelphia’s influence on graffiti culture gets screen time in this new documentary that traces the impact the art form had on inner city life from the 1960s to today. The film features commentary from superstar street artists and narration by counter-culture god John Waters. Stick around after the screening for a Q&A with director Roger Gastman, and appearances by some of the artists in the film, like Cornbread, Cool Earl and Kool Klepto Kidd.

BOOKS

Benny Golson Reading
June 23, 7:30 p.m.
Central Branch of the Free Library
1901 Vine St.
Free
freelibrary.org

Philly-born saxophonist Benny Golson drops by the Free Library Thursday night to talk about and sign copies of his recently published memoir, “Whisper Not.” The book chronicles a life reared during the golden age of jazz, when he played alongside greats like John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins and more. WRTI host Jeff Duperon joins Golson on stage to guide the conversation.

 

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