You may have already caught the previous blog entry about Second Saturdays on 50th & Baltimore (http://culturemob.com/satellite-second-saturdays-is-set-to-be-philadelphias-newest-craft-fair). And since the upcoming Second Saturday on September 12th is set to feature silk screening demonstrations, and live music by Kassie Richardson, it promises to be a big one. But that’s not the only fun filled free event that will be coming to this classic street of West Philadelphia.
On Saturday September 5th, 50th & Baltimore will play host to 20th Annual Neighborhood to Neighborhood Street Festival. It will feature a Kids Corner, karaoke, plenty of food, a live performance by Robin Thicke, and so much more. On Saturday, September 26th, the same area will play host to the annual Cedar Park Fair. the fair always features plenty of children’s activities, information and vendor tables from local businesses, great food, and live entertainment. And this year will be no exception.
The Clark Park Music and Arts community has been putting on festivals in Clark Park in west Philadelphia for over 35 years. Highlights include live music, children’s activities, crafts and vendors, with a focus on highlighting all West Philly has to offer. Unfortunately their Summer Solstice Festival was rained out for the first time ever this year. But rather then put bthe whole thing down for the count, they regrouped and doubled their efforts to have the same musicians play this years Fall Equinox Festival on September 19th. So you will have the chance to see the likes of Baptist Preachers, Dangerbird, The Dubsmith, Urban Shamans, and many other play inside the park. And they will also feature a live demonstration by the Fencing Academy of Philadelphia, and purchase the wares of over 30 artisans and vendors. And should it rain this time around the the event will take place inside the Mill Creek Tavern.
But that’s not the only fun that will be happening along Baltimore Avenue in the Fall. On Saturday October 17th, Spiral q Puppet Theater will be having it’s 10th Annual PEOPLEHOOD Parade and Pagent. Philadelphia’s Spiral Q Puppet Theater lives at the intersection of the arts and social justice communities. Established in 1996, Spiral Q produces giant puppet parades that raise social consciousness, and connect individuals and organizations throughout the city. Working from the belief that freedom of speech is both an inalienable individual right and a collective responsibility, Spiral Q strives to use the age-old arts of puppet-making and theatrical pageantry as vehicles for social change. Peoplehood is a festive and creative celebration that allows hundreds of participants to take to the streets while celebrating our city’s greatest strength: its diversity. Bringing Philadelphians together in art making and story telling, Peoplehood is for everyone. People can join in the conversation at community meetings, come to our studio or public park builds to make giant paper machÃ© puppets and props, or rehearsals to learn a role and become a leader in the pageant. The parade begins at the Paul Robinson House and crosses over to Clark Park, and it is set to feature over 200 performers. It’s things like this that are sure to make Baltimore Ave. lively this fall.