WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Plan for Resturant Festival, a view from the top and much more

Find tasty treats at the PhiladelphiaRestaurant Festival.
Find tasty treats at the PhiladelphiaRestaurant Festival. COURTESY PHOTO
Val Kilmer as author Mark Twain.
Val Kilmer as author Mark Twain. COURTESY PHOTO


Academy of Natural Sciences: The Philadelphia Restaurant Festival festival features 100 different restaurants, craft beers, bourbons, whiskeys, liquors and wines from across the Philadelphia area 6 to 9 p.m. June 15 at 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. There will also be live entertainment. Go to www.restaurantfestival.com/philadelphia.

For Fathers Day

American Helicopter Museum and Education Center: The Bell UH-1 Iroquois “Huey” became a symbol of the Vietnam War. One of these helicopters, that is now an artist’s sculpture entitled “Take Me Home Huey,” will arrive at the AHMEC June 15, complete with motorcade. It will be the focus of a presentation by three of her original crew members at 10:30 a.m. June 17 and 11 a.m. June 18, and the star of this year’s FatherFest on June 18, including screenings of a documentary. For details, call (610) 436-9600 or see www.americanhelicopter.museum.

Museum of the American Revolution: On Father’s Day, celebrate your “founding father” June 18 with presentations on Revolutionary-era arsenal, a performance and demonstration by a historical musician, and artifacts and exhibits highlighting father figures who played a role in the Revolution. Located at 101 S. Third St., Philadelphia, admission is $19; $17 for seniors, students, and active or retired military; and $12 for children 6 and up. All tickets are valid for two consecutive days. Visit www.amrevmuseum.org or call (877) 740-1776.

Ticket to the top

Philadelphia: More than two centuries have passed since Benjamin Franklin first tested his theory that lightning was electric. On June 10 the One Liberty Observation Deck team takes to the streets flying branded kites and holding golden keys. The first 30 people to find them, using clues from their Instagram @OneLibertyObservationDeck, will score complimentary access to One Liberty Observation Deck at 1650 Market St., Philadelphia.


Community festivities

Penn Valley Church: The Telford-Souderton Community Fair returns June 13-17. In addition to rides, food and live music, events through the week include the Elvis 5K Run June 13, the Indian Valley Voice Off June 14, a Chili Cook-Off June 15, a car show June 16 and Family Day, with fireworks June 17. The church is at 320 N. Third St., Telford. Proceeds benefit Keystone Opportunity Center, Telford Fire Company and Indian Valley Public Library. See more at www.pennvalleychurch.org/fair.

Hatfield Founders Day: This event takes places 5 to 8 p.m. June 12 in Hatfield Borough’s Centennial Park on Cherry Street. Activities will include pig races, moonbounces, face painting, a DJ, food and a strolling musician.

Boys of summer

National Museum of Industrial History: The exhibit, “Making America’s Pastime” explores the evolution and current production of the bats, balls, gloves and uniforms of Major League Baseball through October. The exhibit also tracks the history of the Bethlehem Steel League — which once had teams with Babe Ruth and “Shoeless” Joe Jackson — and includes 100-year-old uniforms from the company teams. There’s also a section dedicated to the Lehigh Valley’s baseball history and teams like the Allentown Cardinals, Allentown Ambassadors and the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. The museum is at 602 E. Second St., Bethlehem. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Tickets are $12; $11 for seniors, students and veterans; $9 for children 7-17. Visit http://nmih.org or call (610) 694-6644.

Happy Flag Day

Betsy Ross House: The 10th Flag Festival is a full week of free activities like an interactive Lego building event, circus performers, appearances by Ben Franklin, the new “Breeches & Petticoats” program and more June 11-17 at 239 Arch St., Philadelphia. On Flag Day, June 14, celebrations kick off at 10 a.m. with a flag raising and the reading of a Mayoral Proclamation commemorating the day. New this year, visitors will meet the “Flag Ladies” of the Defense Logistics Agency who hand embroider Presidential flags in the area. The day also includes a moving naturalization ceremony, welcoming 13 new American citizens. The Army Field Band Brass Quintet will also perform patriotic songs. Admission is free and tours of the house are $5, $4 for children. For daily schedules of events, visit www.historicphiladelphia.org.

Stripes and Stars Festival: On June 14, locations throughout Independence National Historical Park and Historic Philadelphia, including Independence Hall, Christ Church Burial Ground and the National Constitution Center. Events include flag raising ceremonies, a patriotic parade led by the U.S. Army Colonial Fife and Drum Corps, a swearing-in of future soldiers, a skydiving demonstration, displays and demonstrations of U.S. Army equipment, giant flag folding demonstrations and a naturalization ceremony. For a full schedule of events, visit www.constitutioncenter.org/stripesandstars.

Food truck feast

SteelStacks: It’s Garden State lobster rolls vs. Philly hoagies and more as the Food Truck Border Brawl returns June 10 to 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. Sessions take place from noon to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m., with a one-hour VIP Hour preceding each public session. New this year is a kids’ area with arts and crafts activities. Get ticket information and the list of participating food trucks at www.steelstacks.org or (610) 332-3378.

Sick vs. well

Barns Brinton House: While colonial America did have skilled physicians and midwifes that prescribed useful remedies, fake or quack doctors also were prominent. Chadds Ford Historical Society presents “Tavern Talks: Quack-ing Up!” 7 to 9 p.m. June 15 on aspects of 18th century medicine, health and hygiene through hands-on activities, living historian demonstrations, food tastings and more. This experience for adults 21 and older is held at the historic site at 630 Baltimore Pike. Admission is $20. Call (610) 388-7376, email info@chaddsfordhistory.org or visit www.chaddsfordhistory.org.

Live music

Rose Tree Park: The Delaware County Symphony opens the 2017 Rose Tree Park Summer Festival at 7:30 p.m. June 14 with a free concert in the park, 1671 N. Providence Road, Media. The concert program will feature George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” performed by DCS Artist In Residence Jennifer Nicole Campbell. Bring your own seating. Concessions are sold at the concert or you may bring your own picnic dinner. In the event of questionable weather the day of the concert, call (610) 891-4455.

North Penn Church of Christ: Enjoy a performance featuring ArCoNet alumni, students and faculty at 6 p.m. June 10 at the church, 300 N. North Wales Road, Montgomery Township. Suggested admission donation is $5. The orchestras will be conducted by Adriana Linares and Franklin Nino, and joined by cellist Andres Sanchez from the Curtis Institute of Music, percussionist Daniel Perez and pianist Lisa Paino.

Indian Valley Public Library: Guitarist Dick Lentz plays a free Second Fridays set at 7:30 p.m. June 9 at the library, 100 E. Church Ave., Telford.

Wayne Art Center: Orchestra Concordia presents a concert of music inspired by nature, art and the great outdoors at 4 p.m. June 11. The center is at 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne. Visit https://apm.activecommunities.com/wayneart/Activity_Search/orchestra-concordia-plein-air-concert/5883.

Kimmel Center: Philly Pops presents the School District of Philadelphia’s All-City Jazz Festival, a free event with performances by student and professional musicians, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 9. It’s held in the Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater and Commonwealth Plaza, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. See the schedule at http://phillypops.org/concerts-events/phillys-all-city-jazz-festival.

Church of the Holy Spirit: At 7 p.m. June 17 a concert of music for violin, cello and piano by the BLT Trio — Keoni Bolding, Peter Lockman and Seth Trumbore — will be presented at the church at 2871 Barndt Road at Sumneytown Pike, Upper Salford. A reception follows the concert. For information, call (215) 234-8020 or go to www.churchoftheholyspirit.us.

Bristol Riverside Theatre: the three-concert Summer Music Fest kicks off June 15-25 with “Rosemary Clooney & Friends: Come On-A My House,” with songs from Rosemary Clooney, Doris Day, Patti Page, Kay Starr, Teresa Brewer and more. Show times vary and tickets start at $30. Call (215) 785-0100 or visit www.brtstage.org. The theater is at 120 Radcliffe St., Bristol.

Special tour

Montgomery County Studio Tour: Fifty-four Montgomery County artists open up their studios to the public 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 10 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 11. Visitors are encouraged to design their own self-guided tour with the catalogue and map, which can be downloaded from www.montgomerycountystudiotour.com. The “County Collector Series” is an opportunity to collect an original framed 6” x 6” piece of art for $75. Admission is free. Email info@countystudiotour.com or call (610) 942-9629 for more information.

Dance event

Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet: At 6 p.m. June 10 the Bryan Koulman Dance Company will present an evening of live chamber music and a blend of contemporary ballet and modern dance at the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet, 29 N. Narberth Ave., Narberth. Tickets are $25. Go to www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2903176.

Hip hop forum

Kimmel Center: The Here & Now Hip Hop Forum, a full day of free programming 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. June 10 in the SEI Innovation Studio, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, will be a collaborative day of movement and music, including three dance workshops taught by renowned and progressive hip hop instructors and performers; a panel discussion bringing together scholars, artists, choreographers and organizational leaders to discuss the future of the artform; and an open jam session. Wear comfortable dance clothes and arrive 30 minutes prior to the beginning of classes to warm up. Reservations are required by calling (215) 893-1999 or visiting www.kimmelcenter.org.

On with the show

ArtsQuest Center: Val Kilmer appears in person at 8 p.m. June 12 at the ArtsQuest Center’s Musikfest Café, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, to host a screening of “Cinema Twain,” the film based on Kilmer’s one-man play about Mark Twain. Tickets for the event, which includes a film introduction and a Q&A with Kilmer following the screening, range from $29-$34. A VIP package that includes the opportunity to meet and speak with Kilmer, as well as photos with the actor, is also available for $75. Visit www.steelstacks.org or call (610) 332-3378.

Find your oasis

Valley Forge Casino Resort: Recently opened at Valley Forge Casino is the Valley Beach Poolside Club, a 20,000-square-foot outdoor pool club and bar with 50 tons of sand, 22,000 gallons of water, beach cabanas, loungers, tropical cocktails and more. Amenities include a poolside taco truck, poolside tiki bar, entertainment and a “Dive in Movie” series under the stars. Day passes are $20. Cover for select special events can vary based on the event. Valley Forge Casino Resort is at 1160 First Ave., Upper Merion. Get updates at www.vfcasino.com/nightlife/valley-pool.