Highlights of events from the weekend of June 9-12

Pride is coming to the suburbs with two celebrations of the LGBTQ+ community. The fifth year Chester County Pride Day takes place in downtown Phoenixville. The free celebration includes music, food, vendors, and discounts for restaurants and retailers. Dragster performances, a dance party and an appearance by Alexis Cunningham of “American Song Contest” are on the program. Narberth Launches First Annual Pride Celebration “Pride in the Park” at Narberth Park, which features live music, LGBTQ+ vendors, activities and more as part of a youth-led inaugural celebration for the Lower Merion/Narberth area. A fundraiser for The Trevor Projectan organization that helps prevent suicide among LGBTQ+ teens, is launched with the festival. Brittany Lynn of Philadelphia Drag Mafia is expected to occur.

  • What: LGBTQ+ celebrations
  • Where: Bridge St. Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, Narberth Park, 80 Windsor AvenueNarberth, Pa.
  • When: Both Saturday, June 11, Chester County Pride Festival, 12-5 p.m., Pride at the Park, 12-4 p.m.
  • How much: Free

Chestnut Hill again goes dog (and cat) friendly at the annual pet-friendly event. Dogs, cats, and their human companions have options like Yappy Hour and dog pools, as well as other activities for pets and their “parents.” Adoption agencies will be on hand for those wishing to acquire a new pet or add to their pet family. Restaurants and retail establishments offer special offers and discounts throughout the day.

WXPN hosts the Wayne Music Festival, which brings together a diverse group of local artists connected to the Delco community. The sixth annual festival, which has drawn more than 10,000 attendees in previous years, also spotlights regional food and artisans. The 2022 lineup, performing on four stages, includes Tommy Conwell, Rugby Road, Wallis, Kick and hugand Sounds of Valentina. Some benefits benefit The Music is Love Foundationwhich raises funds for medical causes for children.

  • What: outdoor music festival
  • Where: Downtown WaynePa.
  • When: Saturday June 11, 2 p.m. – 11 p.m.
  • How much: Free

Philadelphia Street Festivals

Festivals are back in full force. We feel like they’ve quadrupled since pre-COVID with multiple events each weekend. Penn’s Landing hosts the Islamic Heritage Festival on Saturdays, which includes music, vendors and performances aimed at the large Muslim community in the area. The West Park Arts Festivalalso on Saturdays in Fairmount Park, offers live music, dance performances and activities for children. The railway fleetin collaboration with several community organizations, organize a neighborhood party on 1300 Noble St. which encompasses the ten neighborhoods bordering the park. Art installations, live music by SNACK TIME (doing double duty this weekend as they’re also at the Flower Show), kid-friendly crafts, wellness activities, and skateboarding and cycling lessons are all part of the day. Registration is required but the event is free.

  • What: Street parties and rallies
  • Where: Various places
  • When: June 11 -12
  • How much: Free

Joseph K. Bennett