Get to the ‘Highland’ and Eat Up: Things to Do in and Around Philly June 21 to 23

Philadelphia and its surrounding counties always have something going on. Whether it’s a Juneteenth parade, skate day, arts festival or wine festival, this area is full of fun every weekend in the summer. We’ve found the top (and affordable) choices of what to do this weekend, June 21-23, in Philly and New Jersey.

What: Celtic Fling and Highland Games

Celtic performers of all kinds will entertain at this multi-day event. There will be live music across eight stages, food and drinks, Highland Games contests, crafts, Irish dancers, Gaelic sports and more.

Where: Mount Hope Estate, 2775 Lebanon Rd., Manheim Pa. (Home of PA Renaissance Faire)

When: Kick-off concert Friday at 4 p.m., runs through Sunday

Cost: From $28

What: Red Bull Drop In on Go Skate Day

On Go Skate Day, four of Red Bull's street skaters (Tony Pudwill, Jamie Foy, Alex Midler and Zion Wright) will drop in for skate sessions with local skaters, demos and meet and greets.

Where: Paine's Park, MLK Drive and Ben Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

When: Friday from 1 to 3 p.m.

Cost: Free

What: Philadelphia Juneteenth Parade and Festival

Celebrate the ratification of the 13th Amendment (also known as Juneteenth) with a parade and musical festival at the park.

Where: Malcolm X Park, 5100 Pine Street, Philadelphia

When: Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Cost: Free

What: Manayunk Arts Festival

Enjoy this outdoor juried arts fest while also shopping for artworks, jewelry, ceramics, woodworks, sculptures and more.

Where: Main Street, Manayunk

When: Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cost: Free to attend

What: Chester County Balloon Festival

Chester County's annual Balloon Festival is taking off this weekend. Look up at more than 20 hot air balloons floating through the sky and enjoy more than 100 vendors with live music and fireworks.

Where: New Garden Flying Field, 1235 Newark Road, Toughkenamon

When: June 21-23

Cost: $20 for adults; $10 for children (ages 7-12); free for children (ages 6 & under)

What: Doylestown Pride Festival

Doylestown is throwing its first-ever gay Pride Festival. The weekend will be filled with film viewings, a block party, karaoke, panel discussions and other celebrations.

Where: Various spots in Doylestown

When: Until Sunday

Cost: Varies

What: Art and Wine Festival at Peddler’s Village

Enjoy wine tastings, performance art, painting classes, food and more at this two-day event.

Where: Peddler’s Village, 2400 Street Road, New Hope

When: Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cost: Free to attend

What: 50th Anniversary Weekend Celebration

Celebrate the Wetlands’ anniversary with live music, arts and crafts, food trucks, kids activities and more.

Where: The Wetlands Institute, 1075 Stone Harbor Blvd., Stone Harbor, NJ

When: Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Cost: Free to attend

What: Summer Ale Fest at the Zoo

Visit the zoo for more than 150 different craft beers, food trucks, animals, face painting and live music.

Where: Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Avenue, Philadelphia

When: Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m.

Cost: From $55

What: Black Restaurant Week

This two-week long restaurant week celebrates the flavors of African, African American and Caribbean cooking at restaurants throughout the city.

Where: Various restaurants in Philadelphia

When: through Sunday

Cost: Varies

What: Festival of Fountains

This fantastic fountain show features more than 1,000 jets, vibrant colors, music and more.  

Where: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, Pa.

When: through Sept. 29

Cost: Varies

What: Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival

Handcrafted lanterns illuminate the square after sun set each night, along with live performances and a beer garden.

Where: Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th Street, Philadelphia

When: through June 30

Cost: $18

What: Marvel: Universe of Superheroes

Check out this superhero comics and movies exhibit showing off Marvel’s most iconic memorabilia, like props, costumes, sketches and more.

Where: The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street, Philadelphia

When: through Sept. 2

Cost: Tickets start at $35 for adults and $31 for children

What: Creatures of Habitat: A Gazillion-Piece Animal Adventure

Life-size LEGO brick animals will fill the Philadelphia Zoo during this event in order to tell the story of endangered wildlife. Visitors can learn how human behavior impacts endangered species and be inspired to take action to stem the global change. The Zoo Key, a former local tradition, will also make its return with this exhibit. The Zoo Key will unlock secrets and stories about animals throughout the zoo.

Where: Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Avenue, Philadelphia

When: through Sept. 30

Cost: Zoo admission is $16 for child ages 2 to 11 and $19 for any 12 or older

What: PHS Pop Up Garden

Throughout the summer this garden will host creative events, planet exchanges, arts and crafts for the kids and flower crown Fridays.

Where: 15th and South Street, Philadelphia

When: Open through October, Monday through Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 2 p.m. to midnight and on Sunday from noon to 10 p.m.

Cost: Free to enter

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