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.
SolowFest: Experimental new works will spring up all over Philadelphia June 14-24. “Stranger Things Have Happened” is the theme for the ninth annual SolowFest, which will have performance art from West Philadelphia to Kensington and into deep South Philly. Some shows are walking sculptures, while others are in row homes or even in a traditional black box theatre. All shows are encouraged to be pay-what-you-can, with a suggested donation. See www.solowfest.com/2018-festival.html.
East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia: From 3 to 8 p.m. June 10 it’s the sixth annual Rock the Block Street Festival benefiting the Cancer Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The day features live music by The Business, food and drinks, raffles, games for kids and more. The block party is held on East Passyunk between 13th and Moore streets. Go to www.upcomingevents.com/e/rock-the-block-at-stogie-joes-34595/?ref=ucen052218.
Sacred Heart Parish: The church at 120 Jefferson St. in Bridgeport hosts a carnival 6 to 10 p.m. June 13-15 and 4 to 10 p.m. June 16. Highlights include rides, food and more.
Eagleview Town Center: A Curated Arts Festival is held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 10 at 565 Wellington Square, Exton. There will be more than 50 vendors, food, beer, children’s activities, demonstrations and live music. Check out www.crafted-eagleview.com. Also, the Eagleview Farmers Market is open 2 to 6 p.m. Thursdays at Eagleview Town Center.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://valleyforgebaptist.org.
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.
Day in the park
Fairmount Park: The West Park Arts Fest will return for its 11th year noon to 5 p.m. June 9 along South Concourse Drive in West Fairmount Park, Philadelphia. This free event aims to celebrate the arts and cultural diversity of Philadelphia. The event is a showcase for visual artists, musicians, dancers, craft vendors and local institutions and nonprofit partners. There will be a children’s pavilion with family-friendly activities. See prototypes of the Franklin Institute’s new exhibition “Game Masters.” Enjoy make-and-take art activities by Mural Arts Philadelphia and others, a handmade vendor market, guided historical trolley tours through the Centennial District and food trucks. Visit https://myphillypark.org/arts-and-culture-fpc/projects/west-park-arts-fest-2018.
Norristown State Hospital: On June 9 the Norristown Garden Club will present “June in Bloom” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Multi-purpose Building on the grounds of the hospital at 1001 Sterigere St., Gate 2, Norristown. The five divisions included will be Horticulture, Design, Education, Youth and Sponsored Groups, and Botanical Arts. Admission is free. A Craft Market will be held in conjunction with the show and a light lunch will be available for purchase from 11:30 to 1. More information may be found at www.norristowngardenclub.org.
Wonder of flight
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.
Valley Forge Signal Seekers: The 59th annual Fun Fly welcomes all sizes and types of fixed wing aircraft (except for gas turbine jets) 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 9 (rain date June 10) at the radio control model airplane club’s field off of Valley Forge Road in Wayne in Valley Forge National Historic Park. Visit www.vfss.org.
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.
PNC Plaza at SteelStacks: The Food Truck Border Brawl returns to SteelStacks 1 to 8 p.m. June 10 with live music by Bruce Springsteen cover band “The Bruce Show” and Philly-based funk band The Groove Merchants. At this culinary clash of titans, trucks from Pennsylvania and New Jersey compete to win over the judging panel in the hope of earning the “Best Overall Food Truck” title, as well as the coveted “People’s Choice Award,” decided in a public vote. For more information visit www.steelstacks.org.
S&B Catering: The first of a series of full-course “Mystery Dinners,” paired with creative adult beverages is served at 6:30 p.m. June 9 at 25 Bridge St., Collegeville. Tickets are $45. To make reservations call (267) 263-2616.
Collegeville Borough: June 9 is the third Race for Sepsis Awareness 2.5K run/walk. The start and finish will be at Fourth and Main streets. Registration is $40. There will be local vendors and prizes. Visit www.slatersepsisrun.org or call (215) 688-8466.
Philadelphia historic district: Philadelphia celebrates Flag Day and the birthday of the U.S. Army with the Stripes and Stars Festival June 14 at locations throughout Independence National Historical Park and Historic Philadelphia, including Independence Hall, the Betsy Ross House, Christ Church Burial Ground and the National Constitution Center. Events include flag raising ceremonies, a patriotic parade, a skydiving performance, displays and demonstrations of U.S. Army equipment, giant flag folding activities and a naturalization ceremony. Most Stripes and Stars Festival events are free. Plan your day by visiting https://constitutioncenter.org/calendar/2018-stripes-and-stars-festival-flag-day.
Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park: The Big Noise Music Festival returns June 9 to the park at 40 Rosa Parks Drive, Wilmington, Del. Scheduled to perform are The National Reserve, David Wax Museum, Amy Helm, Bettye Lavette, Railroad Earth, Los Lobos and David Bromberg’s Big Band. The experience will also include a pair of smaller stages within The Grove — Artisan Marketplace for New England acts such Apache Trails, Earth Radio, and Levi Dylan & The Former Ruins in between main stage sets. Tickets range from $28-$125. Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/brombergs-big-noise-tickets-46621725837.
Philadelphia Folksong Society: PFS presents The Mammals at 8 p.m. June 9 at 6156 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia. Tickets are $15 for members, $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Visit https://pfs.org.
North Penn Church of Christ: The 10th annual ArCoNet Orchestra Spring Concert starts at 6 p.m. June 9 at the church at 300 N. North Wales Road, Montgomery Township. Tickets are $10. Enjoy a full orchestra performance featuring ArCoNet alumni, students and faculty, conducted by Adriana Linares, Joseph Esmilla and Domenic Salerni. Music selections will include Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings,” Schubert’s “Quintet Adapted for String Orchestra,” Telemann’s “Viola Concerto” and more.
Souderton Community Park: The Concert Sundaes series presents a free program of show tunes and opera with Our Three Tenors at 7 p.m. June 10 in the park at Wile Avenue and Reliance Road, Souderton. Admission is free. Bring your own seating. If it rains, the location will be moved to Indian Crest Middle School, 139 Harleysville Pike, Franconia Township.
World Cafe Live: As part of its “Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul” project, WXPN 88.5 FM will present a free, all-ages concert featuring a capella singers Fairfield Four and the American sacred steel gospel group The Campbell Brothers at 8 p.m. June 9 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia. Admission is free with an RSVP to http://xpngospelroots.org/fairfield-four-cambell-bros-show.
Wayne United Methodist Church: A free concert by the Amici Strings at 7:30 p.m. June 8 will feature mezzo-soprano Kendra Broom of the Curtis Institute of Music, Jason DePue of the Philadelphia Orchestra and guitarist Dave Cullen. The church is at 210 S. Wayne Ave., Wayne. Visit www.amicistrings.com.
King of Prussia Town Center: The free Live Music Nights series continues with Rad & Kell 6 to 8 p.m. June 14. Bring your own seating. Get directions at http://kingofprussia-towncenter.com.
Bryn Mawr Twilight Concerts: Featured in the Bryn Mawr Gazebo will be Cabin Dogs and Jonathan Doh Band at 7 p.m. June 8 and Susan Werner and Joe Crookston at 7 p.m. June 9. Admission is $15 for ages 17 and up. The concerts will be at 9 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Lower Merion.
Act II Playhouse: Lolly and YoYo inspire children to play, exercise and be healthy with their interactive shows and music at 10 a.m. June 9 at 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler. Tickets are $10, $8 for kids. Visit www.act2.org or call (215) 654-0200.
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.
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.
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University: June 9-10 is a “Totally Turtles Weekend.” Come out of your shell to celebrate all things turtle, tortoise and terrapin, with special crafts, demonstrations, and touchable specimens.
The quirky Door 19 series focuses on “Boozy Botanicals” from 6 to 9 p.m. June 14. To purchase tickets visit http://bit.ly/2rnHRTH.
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.
The academy is at 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. For more information visit www.ansp.org.
Two for one
Longwood Gardens and Winterthur: Through August explore 13 whimsical garden follies displayed throughout the estate for Winterthur’s first garden exhibition, and enjoy fountain displays at Longwood Gardens using just one $34 admission ticket. Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library is at 5105 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, Del. Longwood Gardens is on Route 1 near Route 52, Kennett Township.
Fun and games
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.