Leave the house and celebrate summer!

The Manayunk Arts Festival is one of my favorite events of the year, featuring fine arts and crafts by over 300 extremely talented artists with work ranging from painting to jewelry to mixed media to clothing to sculpture and so very much more. The Festival is held outdoors ,rain or shine, on Main Street on the last weekend of June (Saturday and Sunday, June 25 and 26th, this year) which is closed to traffic for the weekend. There is no admission fee. While many people drive over to Manayunk and find parking up the hill and on the street before walking down to Main Street, I almost always park on the other side of the river by City Line and take a special shuttle bus from the parking lot directly to Main Street – the $4 roundtrip fee goes to charity.

West Side Story (June 15 – July 3, 2016) and Julius Caesar  (June 22 – July 17, 2016) are on stage at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, held on the campus of DeSales University, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley, PA.

The family show 13: The Musical opens this afternoon in Quakertown at McCoole’s Arts & Events Place (10 S Main Street); 12 noon and 7 p.m. shows on Saturday, June 25th and 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 26, 2016. Tickets may be bought online or at the door.This Jason Robert Brown musical features a cast and band entirely made up of teenagers.

This Jason Robert Brown musical features a cast and band entirely made up of teenagers.

 Story:

When 13 year old Evan Goldman moves from New York City to Indiana, he must escape rumors and blackmail if he hopes to make friends and find happiness at his new school. This play deals with the hardships of leaving familiar places for unfamiliar ones, fitting in with your peers, and transitioning from youth to adulthood.

And  a reminder that the Allentown Art Museum has free admission on Sundays and Thursday evenings.  A brand new exhibit opens tomorrow, Sunday, June 26th; Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art. To celebrate the opening of this exhibit, the Museum is hosting a street party – “It’s an opening-day street party! To welcome our members and the neighborhood to Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art we are closing down Fifth Street in front of the Museum and turning up the fun.” There will be food, live music,dance (and dance instruction), story station for families, a panel discussion, and, of course, the art!

This exhibition presents the rich and varied contributions of Latino artists in the United States since the mid-twentieth century, when the concept of a collective Latino identity began to emerge. It presents works in all media by seventy-one leading modern and contemporary artists. Artists featured reflect the diversity of Latino communities in the United States, showcasing artists of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, and Dominican descent, as well as other Latin American groups with deep roots here. Our America is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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