GOAL!: Before the World Cup takes center stage halfway around the world next year, check out world-class soccer in your backyard. The CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals take place all weekend at Lincoln Financial Field. On Saturday, Canada will take on Honduras at 5:00 p.m. and the United States will play Panama at 8:00 p.m. Sunday’s games feature Guadeloupe and Costa Rica at 4:00 p.m. and Mexico and Haiti at 7:00 p.m. Tickets run between $25 and $75 and one ticket will get you into both games.
RUNNING MAN: Strap on your running shoes and head down to the Schuylkill River Running Loop for the second annual Back on My Feet 20 in 24 Challenge. Not only a great time and a chance to build up teamwork, the 20 in 24 Challenge is a 24-hour race used to raise money for Back on My Feet, a non-profit organization that uses running as a vehicle to promote self-sufficiency within Philadelphia's homeless population. For more information or to register to run, check out official website.
SMART FOOD: Combine your cunning intellect with your taste buds at the Reading Terminal Market for Watson Adventures’ Munch Around the Market Scavenger Hunt. While you solve some tricky trivia questions, you can sample some of the best foods that the Market and nearby Chinatown have to offer. The hunt starts at noon and tickets for the hunt are $20 per person. You should also bring around $10 in addition for other food purchases. For more information, call 866.811.4111
PAGING DR. FEELGOOD: It’s time to let your metal hair fly again this summer with Crue Fest 2 at the Susquehanna Bank Center. Motley Crue will share the stage with Godsmack, Theory of a Deadman, Drowning Pool and Charm City Devils. This is the hard-rock event of the summer that you will not want to miss. Tickets range from $28 for lawn seats to $91 for seats in the pit.
KNOWING IS HALF THE BATTLE: We all know that the economy is in shambles, but what most of us don’t know is how the states are reacting to the problem. The National Constitution Center will host a free lecture examining the varied states response to the economic crisis as well as their reaction to American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The lecture starts at 5 p.m.
NOT YOUR TYPICAL PREACHER’S DAUGHTER: Shuffling around the world with her father’s conservative ministry, Diane Birch had little interaction with the perks other 20somethings grew up with – radio, television, etc. But after coming back to America when she was 13, Birch absorbed all the music she could. Everything from The Cure to gospel hymns to jazz and The Beatles had a constant rotation in the mind of Birch. Birch now has her own sounds, one of piano-playing, soul relaxing groove that showcases doo-wop harmonies, country-blues guitar and classic AM radio-style melodies. Birch showcases her album “Bible Belt” at World Café Live at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be bought online or by calling 215.222.1400.