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Punk Rock Flea Market, Great Bull Run & more weekend picks

Don't let your friends have all the fun this weekend. Just think of the great stories you'll have to tell after attending any of these events.

Punk Rock Flea Market, Great Bull Run & more weekend picks

The Punk Rock Flea Market on 9th and Spring Garden in Philadelphia on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. (Teresa McCullough/
The Punk Rock Flea Market on 9th and Spring Garden in Philadelphia on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. (Teresa McCullough/

Don’t let your friends have all the fun this weekend. Just think of the great stories you’ll have to tell after attending any of these events.

Give some love to the great outdoors. Saturday, June 7 is National Trails Day and Tyler Arboretum in Media, PA is encouraging volunteers to give some maintenance to the trail, starting at 8 a.m. Following there will be a number of hikes, demonstrations and educational displays available as well as food.

Since Wednesday, the Odunde Festival, a huge and festive African American celebration, extending until Sunday, June 8 features special events this weekend. On Saturday, June 7 at 9 a.m., record numbers of exercisers will shake it at Chew Playground at 19th and Washington Avenue for a one-hour Zumba class. From there, get to West Philly at the Please Touch Museum for an all-day African Family Day bash from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

The shopping extravaganza, Punk Rock Flea Market, presented by R5 Productions, returns to the Punk Rock Flea Market Dome on 9th Street for two days, Saturday, June 7 and Sunday, June 8. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, shoppers will have a chance to sort through a selection of vinyl records, clothes, art, bicycles, furniture and more from the over 500 vendors.

As a part of its “Birds of Paradise” exhibit, the Academy of Natural Sciences is holding a whole weekend devoted to the feathery species. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 7 and Sunday, June 8, the museum on the Parkway will hold bird-themed activities, crafts and experiments for their All About Birds Weekend.

Can’t make it to Spain for the official running of the bulls? Try the Great Bull Run at the Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, PA where waves of bulls will be released onto a quarter mile track starting at 11 a.m. Later in the day, indulge in a little food fight by throwing tomatoes at fellow combatants during the Tomato Roayle.

The oldest residential street in America is celebrated this Saturday, June 7 during Fete Day at Elfreth’s Alley. Between noon and 5 p.m., catch a tour of the historic homes, storytelling and scavenger hunts in Old City.

Stretch it out on Saturday, June 7. A five-and-a-half hour yoga festival, Wanderlust, held at the Piazza in Northern Liberties starts at noon and will have yoga sessions from top instructors, vendors and music.

If you’ve got a young art virtuoso on your hands, take them to the Wayne Art Center in Wayne, PA for their two-hour Paint Like the Masters class from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., where kids can learn the painting skills employed by French artist Matisse on Saturday, June 7.  

Emerging fashion designers debut their work at the Drexel University Senior Fashion Show. Fashion Show Production seniors at Drexel University developed their designs, casted models and managed the event, taking place on Saturday, June 7. There are two shows at the Urban Outfitters Corporate Headquarters at the Naval Yard: one at 4 p.m. and the other at 8 p.m. with a wine and cheese reception following.

With the world heading even deeper into the virtual rabbit hole, comedy and performance has garnered inspiration from online content. The sketch comedy show Blogologues, originally developed and performed in New York City, is making its Philadelphia debut on Saturday, June 7 at 8 p.m. The show’s script contains word-for-word dialogue taken from the blogosphere and covers topics like sugar babies and Tinder. Catch it at Studio X at Theatre Exile on South 13th Street.

Hop on your bike (the motorized kind) and raise money for abused and abandoned pit bulls. The Bikers for Bullies ride through South Jersey, starting at the Silver Coin Diner in Hammonton, NJ at 9:30 a.m. and ends at Last Chance Saloon in Waterford Works, NJ. Even if you don’t ride, attend the after-party at Last Chance Saloon for food, prizes and drink specials—starting at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 8.  

The streets come to life during the 26th Annual PrideDay Parade, starting at noon at 13th and Locust. The procession ends at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing at 1:30 p.m. for an all-day festival on Sunday, June 8.

Fairytales come to life on Sunday, June 8 at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens. Artists from Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School’s Philly branch come to the South Street gardens for an afternoon of face painting, drawing and a crown-making activity from noon until 4 p.m.

The word of the day on Sunday, June 8 is burgers. Many restaurants will offer burger samples in hopes of being crowned the Judge’s Choice or People’s Choice at this year’s Burger Brawl. Since no tickets will be sold at the door, grab yours now and get to XFINITY Live! on Pattison Avenue from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. for the brawl.

The Cape May Music Festival continues on Sunday, June 8 with a tribute to Cape May musician George Mesterhazy performed by Mesterhazy’s colleagues at 8 p.m. at the Cape May Convention Hall in Cape May, NJ.
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