The best free events in Philadelphia this weekend and next

?? This calendar is updated every Friday with the best events of the week. You can always find it on inquirer.com/freecalendar. For other major events, see our Event calendar and children’s calendar.

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(Community / in person / over several days) Delta variant is leading to an increase in COVID cases in the region. Make a plan to get vaccinated; there are many places in Pennsylvania and New Jersey – CVS, Rite Aid, neighborhood recreation centers, etc. – where you can get your free COVID-19 vaccine. (phila.gov)

(Music / Virtual) San Francisco’s fabulous roots and acoustic music festival – which at best is in-person and free – is a streaming event again this year, with a mix of pre-recorded and live performances. Acts include Emmylou Harris, Andy Shauf, Valerie June, Steve Earle & the Dukes, Terence Blanchard, Bob Mold with Fred Armisen and Ani DiFranco with the Hardly Strictly Lesbian Band. (Free, October 1-3, 4:15 p.m., Strictlybluegrass.com and on the HSB TV app, Xfinity X1 and Xfinity Plus)

(Community / in person / family friendly) Celebrate 200 years of the University of Science at this free block party. Bring the whole family for a day of music, games, science experiments and more. Free COVID-19 vaccines will also be available. (Free, October 2, 9 a.m. to noon, 43rd Street and Woodland Avenue., villeuniversitaire.org)

(Art / in person / community) Super cartoonists and comic artists take over Headhouse Shambles for a one-day festival. Come meet other comic book lovers and meet the local creators behind some of your favorite comics. Food and drink will be available for purchase. (Free, Oct. 2, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Second and Pine Sts., rue-sud.com)

(Festival / in person / history / family) This celebration of Germantown’s rich War of Independence history provides a day of fun for the whole family. Spend the day touring the sites that make up the historic Germantown district, learning about the experiences of Revolutionary Soldiers, and savoring food from local vendors. Masks are mandatory. (Free, Oct 2, 10 am-4pm, 6401 Germantown Avenue, cliveden.org)

(Music / In Person / Outdoors / Kid Friendly) Nature focused games, arts, crafts and live music inspired specifically by Tacony Creek by Professor Randy J. Gibson and his Double Portion Ensemble (at 3 p.m.) get together for a good time. All ages. (Free, October 2, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., 559 E. Olney Ave., ttfwatershed.org)

(Festival / In-Person / Family / Artistic) From ballet to Broadway hits, celebrate Delaware County’s vibrant arts community during this week of free, family-friendly programming. This crowded festival features everything from free Delaware Country Orchestra performances to outdoor art events. (Free, October 2-9, at various locations in Delaware County, delcoarts.org)

(Seasonal / In-Person & Virtual / Kid-Friendly) There are just enough activities to choose from during this assortment of 10 days along the Delaware River: paddles and panels, birding walks, and nature hikes. Registration required for some events – most events are free, including paddling the river, a virtual kayaking tour, and a farm day at Awbury Arboretum. 3 years and over. (Free, until October 3, at various locations along the Delaware River, delawareriverfest.org)

(Performance / in person / outside) Shakespeare’s best speeches, violence on stage and audience voting in one place? Only 45 minutes? Directed by Damon Bonetti? Composed by the Eli Lynn? Yes please! This piece from the Philadelphia Artists’ Collective Fringe Festival hits all the highlights. (Free, until October 3, outside at Bardascino Park, 1000 S. 10th St, fringearts.com)

(Seasonal / in person / kid friendly) They’re back. One hundred sets of straw-stuffed outfits line the aisles of Peddler’s Village, vying for your vote in hopes of coming home on Halloween with $ 500 tucked away in a back pocket of their scarecrow khaki. 2 years and over. (Free, until Oct. 30, Routes 202 & 263, Lahaska, peddlersvillage.com)

(Seasonal / in person / over multiple days) Humans aren’t the only ones going through it lately. Migrating birds heading south for the winter are confronted with disorienting artificial light that causes deadly nighttime collisions. The easiest thing you can do to help warblers and their feathered friends: turn off those outdoor light bulbs before you go to bed. 6 years and over. (Free, until November 15, from 12 p.m. to 6 a.m., birdsafephilly.org)

(Biking / in person / multi-day / kid-friendly) Volunteers have carved out the spaces between the man-made hills along Parkside, and the track is ready for cycling. You don’t need to have your own mountain bike, BMX bike or even your helmet – these are available on loan, free of charge. Closed shoes, masks and for riders under 18, signed waiver required. 5 years and over, with days of 5 years and under to be announced. (Free, from Tuesday to Saturday until October 30, from noon to 5 p.m., depending on the weather and the availability of volunteers, Parkside Avenue N., phillypumptrack.org)

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