Weekend Warriors: 14-15 June

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Jealous of your friends who are traveling this summer? This weekend offers several excellent opportunities to soak up some culture, and they’re all only  a train-wide away. Here are some events worth checking out, courtesy of uwishunu.com. Also, don’t forget that Father’s Day is this Sunday, so plan accordingly.

Street Fair

American history buffs can take in Philadelphia’s first-ever Stripes and Stars Festival on Saturday, June 14th. The festival commemorates the anniversary of the Revolutionary War-era 13 star flag (of Betsy Ross fame) and of the United States Army. The festival starts out at 9:00 AM with a flag raising at the Betsy Ross house, and continues throughout the day with a 10:00 AM parade, a 1:30 PM naturalization ceremony, and a 5:00 PM concert. Furthermore, visitors can take advantage of reduced admission rates for the Betsy Ross House and the National Constitution Center (both $5 for the day). Admission for most other events is free.

Also occurring on the 14th is the Islamic Heritage Festival  a part of PECO’s Multicultural series. The day begins at 1:00 PM with a  parade running from the corner of 5th and Market Streets to Penn’s landing, where the festival will be held from 2:00-8:00 PM. Activities include live performances, games, giveaways, and an outdoor bazaar selling food, goods, and services from dozens of vendors. Admission is free.

The PECO Multicultural series continues on Sunday at 1:00 PM with the Portuguese Heritage Festival, also at Penn’s landing. Live music, including acts from Angola and Brazil (both Portuguese-speaking countries) will be performing all day. Additional activities include art exhibitions, dance performances, and a blessing of the fleet aboard the Portuguese tall ship Gazela. Also available, both for sampling and for purchase, will be traditional Portuguese food, including grilled sardines, Portuguese sausage, and grilled chicken and pork. Admission is free.

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