WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Balloon Festival, FatherFest, car show and more

A tethered hot air balloon is shown during a previous edition of the Chester County Balloon Festival.
A tethered hot air balloon is shown during a previous edition of the Chester County Balloon Festival. DIGITAL FIRST MEDIA FILE PHOTO by Tom Kelly IV
Classic cars will be a part of FatherFest at the American Helicopter Museum.
Classic cars will be a part of FatherFest at the American Helicopter Museum. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Play of the week

ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks: For the past three years, the City of Bethlehem has been home to Bethlehem Steel FC, the official USL affiliate of Philadelphia Union. One-hundred years ago, however, the city was home to one of the most successful professional soccer clubs in U.S. history, albeit one few have ever heard of. At 11 a.m. June 16 join soccer historian Daniel Paul Morrison at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, for a free presentation on the original Bethlehem Steel Football Club, the first professional soccer club from America to play in Europe and a five-time winner of the National Cup, now known as the U.S. Open Cup. The event is part of the Lehigh Valley SoccerFest & Viewing Party, which coincides with World Cup Russia from June 14-July 15. For more information visit www.lvsoccerfest.com or like www.facebook.com/LVsoccerfest.

Wonder of flight

New Garden Airport: The Chester County Balloon Festival happens June 22-24 at 1235 Neward Road, Toughkenamon. Activities include mass launches, “night glow,” fireworks, live music, food, craft vendors, a kids zone, dog agility demos and more. Admission is $15, $10 for children 6-12. More information is at www.ccballonfest.com.

American Helicopter Museum and Education Center: FatherFest is held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 17. Activities include helicopter rides (cost is $60), Dr. Stanley Blazejewski’s Magni M-16 Gyrocopter, birds of prey demonstrations and exhibitions from Mike Dupuy Falconry and The Falconry Girl, food trucks, Locust Lane Brewery’s Beer Garden, a DJ music, Larry Smythe’s M.A.S.H. military collection, dogs from Paws for People Pet-Assisted Visitation Volunteer Services and more. Admission is $10. The museum is at 1220 American Blvd., West Chester.

Fun and games

Greater Philadelphia Expo Center: The Too Many Games Expo offers video game, board game, CGC and tabletop gaming fun 2 to 11 p.m. June 22, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. June 23 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 24. Entertainment includes video game music concerts, chiptunes, industry panels, panels with notable YouTubers, new game releases for old consoles, a marketplace with 70+ vendors and more. The expo center is at 100 Station Ave., Upper Providence. For more information go to www.toomanygames.com.

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Morgan Log House: The Towamencin historic site at 850 Weikel Road will be hosting its annual “Dice, Dominoes and Dealings” 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 16. The event is free and allows guests a hands-on chance to play 18th century games. Among the activities will be a chance to make your own shut-the-box set, your own collection of marbles and play several different period games. For more information call (215) 368-2480 or visit www.morganloghouse.org.

Carnival time

St. Joseph Catholic Church: The 11th annual St. Joseph Community Festival runs 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays and 6 to 11 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays June 19-23 at 332 Manor Ave., Downingtown. Get more information on the rides, food and entertainment at www.stjoesfestival.com.

Penn Valley Church: The Telford Community Fair continues through June 16 on the church grounds at 320 N. Third St., Telford, to benefit Telford Fire Company, Indian Valley Public Library, Keystone Opportunity Center and the North Care Women’s Clinic of Lansdale. Highlights include rides, music, food, contests, children’s activities and fireworks June 16. Family Day is 2 to 5 p.m. June 16, with kids’ crafts, pony rides, face painting, balloon animals, a roaming magician, and more. For the schedule see www.pennvalleychurch.org/fair.

Garden destinations

Wentz’s Garden Tour & Tea: Organized by Wentz’s United Church of Christ, the garden tour is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 23. Stroll through select gardens of the Gwynedd and Indian valleys at your own pace, see a variety of landscape designs and enjoy a gourmet tea lunch. Tickets are $15, $25 for the Tea Luncheon, $35 for a Tour and Tea Lunch Combo. The high tea luncheon includes choice of soup, assorted tea sandwiches, scones with lemon curd and preserves, desserts and beverages. Call (610) 584.4855 or visit wentzsgardentour@live.com.

Longwood Gardens: Illuminated Fountain Performances set to different musical themes start 9:15 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Timed tickets are required. Longwood is on Route 1, near Route 52, Kennett Township. Get more at https://longwoodgardens.org/events-and-performances/events/illuminated-fountain-performances.

Around town

Souderton Borough: A Community Celebration weekend kicks off with Third Friday activities from 6 to 9 p.m. June 15, a Souderton Summer Celebration Car, Truck, Semi & Motorcycle Show 4 to 9 p.m. June 16 in Souderton Community Park, Wile Avenue and Reliance Road. At 7 p.m. June 17 the Tookany Creek Band will be performing bluegrass, country, folk, pop and jazz music in the Concert Sundaes outdoor concert series in the park. Souderton’s annual fireworks will be held Sunday when it becomes fully dark, around 9:20 p.m.

Ambler Borough: The Ambler Arts & Music Festival is held 6 to 11 p.m. June 15 and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. June 16. The Friday fun will be focused on the main stage on Cavalier Drive and Saturday’s festivities will be on Butler Avenue, where there will be more than 75 artists, a Food Fest and a beer garden. Visit www.amblerfest.org.

Main Street, Lansdale: Because construction on the Madison Parking Lot forced the cancelation of the Under the Lights Car Show, Discover Lansdale will hold a “The Car Show Must Go On” community car show 7 to 11 p.m. June 16.

Sacred Heart Parish: The church at 120 Jefferson St. in Bridgeport hosts a carnival 6 to 10 p.m. June 15 and 4 to 10 p.m. June 16. Highlights include rides, food and more.

Valley Forge Baptist Church: A Community Block Party is held 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 16 at 616 S. Trappe Road, Collegeville. For more information call (610) 948-8100, email vfbt@vfbt.org or visit http://valleyforgebaptist.org.

Skippack Village: The Skippack Continental Car Show, Motorcycle Competition & Ribfest is held 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 17 along Route 73, Skippack. The car show features American-made cars and activities include crafters and vendors, food and beer, a DJ, prizes and more. The rain date is June 24.

Literary party

The Rosenbach: Bloomsday 2018 is held 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 16. Enjoy Irish music, a beer garden, food trucks, a pop-up shop and a silent auction while listening to James Joyce’s “Ulysses” being read aloud at 2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia. Actors Michael Toner and Mal Whyte will perform their adaptation of “Ithaca,” and Drucie McDaniel will close out the evening with her rendition of Molly Bloom’s soliloquy.

Drink, eat

Philadelphia Museum of Art: On June 17 celebrate Father’s Day at the historic house Cedar Grove and learn about beer brewing in early America with “Beer History Taste and Tour” trolley tours that departs from and returns to the West Entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. Tour times are 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30 and 3 p.m. Participants 21+ with ID will be offered a beer tasting. Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance) 15 minutes prior to departure to check-in. Paid tickets are required, and cost $25, $20 for Art Museum members (does not include museum admission). See more information at www.philamuseum.org.

Independence Seaport Museum: Kick back on summer nights with views of the Ben Franklin Bridge, while aboard the oldest steel warship afloat in the world and most historic ship in Philadelphia. The Admiral’s Tavern beer garden is open Fridays and Saturdays through the last weekend in September on the Cruiser Olympia at the Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia. You can enjoy beer, cocktails, wine, games and entertainment. Admission is limited adults 21+. To learn more visit www.phillyseaport.org/admiralstavern.

Balloons and cars

AACA Museum: The museum at 161 Museum Drive, Hershey, holds its CARnival Car Show and 15th Anniversary Celebration 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 16. The day will include a special Mustang show, a Behind the Scenes tour, vendor booths, a 50/50 raffle, and family-friendly activities including games, car finger painting, valve cover racing, entertainment and more. There will be food and beverage available for purchase. New for 2018 are tethered hot air balloon rides provided by the U.S. Hot Air Balloon Team. Get the chance to test out the balloon on a tethered ride before committing to a full one. Rides are $15 per person. Hot air balloon rides are weather permitting and are not able to operate in windy or rainy conditions. Tethered hot air balloon rides will be available from 10 a.m. to noon. See www.aacamuseum.org.

Music highlights

BB&T Pavilion: 102.9 WMGK-FM’s Heavy Hitter concert will take place June 24 at 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, N.J. Performing will be John Fogerty and ZZ Top. Check ticket availability at www.ticketmaster.com or (800) 745-3000.

Montgomery Township Community & Recreation Center: The annual Montgomery Township Summer Concert Series will begin June 21 and run every Thursday night through Aug. 16. The concerts will be from 7 to 8:15 p.m. on the Great Lawn, 1030 Horsham Road. Bob T & the T-Bones leads off June 21. You’re encouraged to bring snacks, lawn chairs or blankets. In the event of inclement weather, concerts will be moved indoors.

Bryn Mawr Twilight Concerts: Featured in the Bryn Mawr Gazebo will be the Merion Concert Band at 7 p.m. June 15 and the Trevor Street Band with Carolyn Cott at 7 p.m. June 16. Admission is $15 for ages 17 and up. The concerts will be at 9 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Lower Merion.

Community Music School: Elastic Karma performs a Beatles tribute concert at 7:30 p.m. June 15 at 775 W. Main St., Trappe. Tickets are $20.

Musikfest Café at SteelStacks: M. Ward performs at 8 p.m. June 15. Tickets range from $23-$28. Gordon Lightfoot is in concert at 8 p.m. June 20. Tickets range from $49-$59. SteelStacks is at 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. Visit www.steelstacks.org or call (610) 332-3378.

Imperial Music Hall: Check out a dinner show at 40 E. First Ave., Trappe, with a Chicago tribute band June 16. Dinner is at 7:30 p.m., with the show at 8:30. Call (610) 724-0401.

Film flashback

Merriam Theater: Cary Elwes, who played Westley in Rob Reiner’s “The Princess Bride,” presents “The Princess Bride: An Inconceivable Evening with Cary Elwes” at 8 p.m. June 15. Following a screening of the film, fans will be joined by actor, who will give a behind-the-scenes look at life on and off the set. Tickets range from $34-$129. The Merriam is at 250 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Go to www.kimmelcenter.org.

All ‘Natural’

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University: For Father’s Day, June 17, bring your favorite adult to the academy for free, and enjoy towering dinosaurs, live animal shows, live tropical butterflies and the different exhibits.

Dinos after Dark keeps the academy open late from 5 to 8 p.m. June 22, with pay-as you-wish admission, a pop-up beer garden with food in Dinosaur Hall, live animal presentations and hands-on activities. Suggested donation is $10.

The academy is at 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. For more information visit www.ansp.org.

Play in the creek

Norristown Farm Park: Celebrate the beginning of summer by bringing the family to a creek investigation beginning at 10 a.m. June 20. Find creatures that adapt to life in the water, such as frogs, salamanders, turtles and insects. All living things will be released unharmed. Expect to get wet and wear sturdy water shoes or old sneakers. Bring a net if you have one. Meet in parking lot No. 3 near the kiosk. This free program is appropriate for adults and children 6 and up. Pre-registration is required by calling (610) 270-0215 or emailing rking2@montcopa.org. Norristown Farm Park is at Barley Sheaf Drive and Germantown Pike, East Norriton.

‘Magic’ night

Merriam Theater: The Champions of Magic tour features five British illusionists, with performances at 7:30 p.m. June 20-22, 2 and 7:30 p.m. June 23, and 1 and 6 p.m. June 24 at Broad and Spruce streets, Philadelphia. Tickets range from $45-$125. See more at www.kimmelcenter.org.

Heritage celebration

Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing: The PECO Multicultural Series presents the Islamic Heritage Festival June 16. The day begins with a “Citywide Community Unity in Diversity” Parade at noon, stepping off from Fourth and Chestnut streets, Philadelphia. The festival runs from 2 to 8 p.m. at Columbus Boulevard and Chestnut Street and admission is free. Attractions include entertainment, children’s games, a health fair, a fashion show, speakers, giveaways, exhibits, a bazaar and more. Visit www.icpic.co.

Philadelphia Juneteenth Festival: The 12th annual Philadelphia Juneteenth Festival celebrates the end of slavery in America noon to 8 p.m. June 16 on Germantown Avenue, between Washington Lane and Johnson Street, Philadelphia. Admission is free and highlights include a children’s village, a cultural marketplace, historic reenactments, food, music and a beer garden. For more, contact the Johnson House Historic Site at (215) 438-1768.