The best free events in Philadelphia this weekend and next week

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(Pride/Community Month) The City kicks off Pride Month each year by raising the More Colours, More Pride flag at City Hall. Join community and city officials this year for a series of speakers and performances as the flag is raised for 2022. (June 3, 12 p.m.-1 p.m., 1400, boul. jfk, phillygaycalendar.com)

(Art/Community/Outdoors) Over 140 artists descend on Rittenhouse Square to showcase their unique creations at this annual outdoor arts festival. Stop to buy locally made works of art, ranging from sculptures to jewelry. (June 3-5, 18th and Walnut Sts., rittenhousesquareart.com)

(Music) Early James is an old soul, 28-year-old singer-guitarist from Troy, Alabama who draws inspiration from vintage styles of R&B and Southern rock. His songs take their time and he sings in an inviting, quivering growl. In August, his new album Strange Time To Be Alive is expected on Dan Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound label. You can catch a free show at World Cafe Live in person or via online streaming at xpn.org. (June 3, noon, 3025 Walnut St., xpn.org)

(Community/Outdoors/Kid Friendly) Think you have what it takes to get under the big top? Learn what it takes in this free outdoor circus workshop with performers from the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts. You’ll learn everything from tightrope to basic aerial acrobatics. (June 4, 11am-3pm, 140 N. Columbus Blvd., fringearts.com)

(Art/shopping) InLiquid’s 22nd edition of this free public art sale is back for art collectors and first-timers alike. All pieces featured will sell for $200 or less, with all proceeds going directly to the artist. In addition to art sales, the day also features workshops, craft demonstrations and free community programming. (June 4, 12 p.m.-6 p.m., 1400 North American Street, inliquid.org)

(Community/Outdoors/Kid Friendly) Celebrate Philadelphia’s rich cultural diversity all summer long with a series of festivals on the Delaware River. You will have the opportunity to learn about other cultures through shows, music, food and activities. The festivals kick off this weekend with the Philadelphia Irish Festival. (June 4, 12 p.m.-7 p.m., 101 S. Columbus Blvd., cherrystreetpier.com)

(Seasonal/kid friendly) OK, so maybe you’ve been down the coast a few sweltering weekends ago, and again for the long weekend. For chat’s sake, you might make it a trifecta, if only to experience the sweetness, both literal and metaphorical, of an adorable community fair all about strawberries. Plus, glitter tattoos. All ages. (June 4, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., rain date, June 5, 732 Broadway, West Cape May, capemay.com)

(History/kid friendly) No charge to admire the Revolutionary War fighters, but if you want to ride one of their horses (OK, not really, but a Red Sky Ranch pony) you’ll have to pony a Hamilton. Plus, no charge to enter the shouting contest, dance like a Colonial, or talk to fake Redcoats and other re-enactors. (June 4, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; skirmish takes place 2 p.m.-2:20 p.m., 205 N. Haddon Ave, Haddonfield, indiankingfriends.org)

(Music) It’s starting to sound a lot like summer. Grab your free ticket ahead of time and head to Xfinity Live for this concert for all ages. You’ll hear artists like Vance Joy and Walderado come rain or shine. (June 5, 5 p.m., 1100 Pattison Avenue, alt1045philly.iheart.com)

(Pride Month/Outdoors) Celebrate LGBTQ activists past and present at the city’s 50th annual Pride celebration. This year also marks the first Pride celebration hosted by the PHL Pride Collective, which strives to reimagine Philly Pride in a way that authentically honors its origins. The Pride March, organized in conjunction with the Philly Dyke March, begins at 11 a.m. at Fifth and Arch streets with three stops to highlight diverse voices. The festival begins at noon in the Gayborhood and includes plenty of entertainment, food, games and more. It is free and open to all. (June 5, 11 a.m., facebook.com)

(Art/free/kid friendly) You might hesitate before taking your toddler to see a protest-themed exhibit called Waiting for Tear Gas. Fear not if you’re having a family day out where the kids can spend 4.5 hours making art on the South Vaulted Walkway, take a tour just for them (book ahead), and best of all, spend some time with the very child-friendly muralist Symone Salib. Visits at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. 2-12 years old. (June 5, 10:30 p.m.-3 p.m., 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., philamuseum.org)

(Pride Month / fitness / outdoor) Grab a helmet and get ready to ride. Whether you’re a professional bike rider or just taking your first ride, you’re invited to join this bike ride to celebrate the LGBTQ community. Snacks, drinks and gifts will be available for all attendees. (June 5, 9 a.m., 4159 Main Street, eventbrite.com)

(Art/Free/Kid-Friendly) Free Family Sunday takes a fabulous turn when the day of artistic creation and discovery includes narration by Leslie Hamilton (10:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.), a live performance by the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus (12:30 p.m.), and a Voguing lesson by Kemar Jewel (2:30 p.m.). 2 years and over. Registration opens June 2 at 10 a.m. and is required. (June 5, 10am-5pm, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., barnesfoundation.org)

(Music/free/outdoors) The place to be on Saturday afternoon (if you’re not at the Roots Picnic) is West Philly. Dozens of bands will play on the porches from noon to 6 p.m., from singer-songwriter Avi Wisnia to rapper Kuf Knotz to the Soul Dragon Sound System, playing roots reggae vinyl from Jamaica. Check the website for an interactive map. (June 5, noon, throughout West Philly, westphillyporchfest.com)

(Music/Free/Outdoor) Philadelphia psychedelic indie rock label Petty Bunco hosts a Sunday afternoon party at the Philadelphia Brewing Company, featuring an impressive line-up of bands including Heavenly Bodies, Strapping Fieldhands, Emy Robb, Bill Nace and Blues Ambush. (June 5, 1 p.m., 2440 N. Frankford Ave., philadelphiabrewingcompany.com)

(Music/Free) The “love it or hate it” subject of Penny Lane’s HBO documentary Listening To Kenny G is the best-selling jazz musician of all time. He is launching the Sunset Jazz series in Camden, which includes Corinne Bailey Rae, The Sugarhill Gang and Matt Cappy in the coming weeks. (June 6, 8 p.m., 2 Riverside Drive, Camden, camdencounty.com)

(Books/in person) Have a story read to you, then write your own and go home with a new book and activity bag. Not bad for a midweek after-school haul. The event is in partnership with the National Liberty Museum. 3-8 years old. (June 2, 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., 4200 Wissahickon Ave., libertymuseum.org)

(Seasonal/in-person/kid-friendly) Those of us who are tired of waiting for a day at the beach can drop by these outdoor shops to watch four professional sand sculpting teams create works of art whimsical and grainy. In a few weeks, the castles and such will be full to walk around, and the sandboxes will be open for play. For 2 years. (building: May 21-June 4; on display: June 8-August 31, 400 State Rd., New Hope, peddlersvillage.com)

(Fitness/in-person/outdoors) Head to the Schuylkill Banks for a morning of zen movement. Bring your own yoga mat or towel and enjoy this instructor-led yoga class for all levels. Yoga classes are held (weather permitting) Saturdays and Sundays at 10 a.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. throughout the spring and summer. (Pay what you can, various dates through October, 2500 Locust St., eventbrite.com)

(Art / in person / outdoors) magic fantasy, a collection of bold and bright 3D artwork by London-based artist Morag Myerscough, has transformed The Navy Yard into a colorful playground. Stop to wander around the exhibition and escape to an abstract dreamland without leaving the city. (Until October, Broad St. and Constitution Ave., marineyard.org)

(Outdoor/multi-day/kid-friendly) Philly’s oldest research garden has partnered with the Bicycle Coalition to lend, repair, and teach kids to ride a bike every Friday after school. There are also snacks. 5-17 years old. (Friday to Nov., 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., bartramsgarden.org)

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