Things to do in Philadelphia this weekend

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Art After 5: The Philadelphia Museum of Art is worth visiting on a Friday evening. The museum stays open later and the Great Stair Hall is transformed into an intimate cabaret. Starr Events sells light food options and drinks at the bar. The performances are free with museum admission ($20), so wander the galleries and then relax at a table from 5 to 8:45 p.m. On June 10, enjoy Somi, an East African singer whose music is influenced by African jazz, soul and pop. There are two performances: 5:45-6:45 and 7:15-8:15. Visit for more info.

Bloomsday: In Dublin, James Joyce’s protagonist from Ulysses, Leopold Bloom, is celebrated every June 16. Philadelphia hosts its own Bloomsday celebrations, running from June 9 to 16. Each day has a different event, from June 9th’s Quizzo to tours of The Rosenbach to a free reading of the entirety of Ulysses. The weekend’s events include hands-on tours of The Rosenbach, where visitors can hold pages from Ulysses and enjoy an evening of Irish music. Visit for a full schedule of events.

LGBT Pride Parade and Festival: Held every year during National Gay Pride Month, Philadelphia’s annual festival will see thousands march down Broad Street on June 12. The parade begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Gayborhood at 13th and Locust and wind down to Penn’s Landing, where the festival takes place. There is dancing, family friendly activities and vendors. The Pride Parade and Festival is the culmination of the weekend’s activities, which includes Friday’s block party. For the full schedule of events, visit

Odunde Street Festival: For the 41st year, Graduate Hospital hosts the annual Odunde Street Festival, a celebration of Africa, which will stretch 12 blocks on June 12. Hundreds of vendors will be on hand to sell food and goods. The festival kicks off with a parade to the Schuylkill River for an offering to the Goddess of the River, Oshun. Attendees can enjoy Caribbean, African and Soul food, while shopping for jewelry and crafts. Live music and performances take place. Visit for more information.

The Color Run: One of Philly’s most popular 5K fun runs returns on June 12, starting at Citizen’s Bank Park. Runners dress in fun clothing for “The Happiest 5K on the Planet.” The race is untimed and participants must wear white. They’ll be covered in brightly colored paint by the end. The race ends with a huge Finish Festival where participants can dance and continue to get plastered in colored paint. The start-line window opens at 9 a.m. Registration is required and costs $44.99. Visit to register.