The best free events in Philadelphia this weekend and next week

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(Community / in person / multi-day) The delta and omicron variants are still circulating. Make a plan to get vaccinated; there are many places across Pennsylvania and New Jersey – CVS, Rite Aid, neighborhood recreation centers, etc. – where you can get your free COVID-19 vaccine. (phila.gov)

(Community/In-Person/Art) First Friday began 30 years ago as an open house collective among art galleries. This weekend, celebrate three decades of collaboration with a free documentary screening of 30 years of first friday at the Betsy Ross house. Then you can hit the galleries and restaurants of Old Town for a classic First Friday experience. (May 6, 8-9 p.m., 239 Arch St., streetdept.com)

(Fundraising/In-Person/Community/Kid Friendly) Bring the whole family for a day of community fun and fundraising at Clark Park. There will be live music, opportunities to shop with local vendors, fun activities, prizes and more. Proceeds go to the Spruce Hill Community Association’s Comprehensive Improvement Grants. (May 7, 12 p.m.-6 p.m., 4300 Chester Ave., Universitycity.org)

(Music/In-Person) The instrumental rock band from Philadelphia, comprised of Andrew Chalfen of the Wishniaks and Dean Sabatino of the Dead Milkmen, don’t “jam,” but instead play catchy rock songs that are clear and concise, without words. They play an outdoor show for all ages on Sunday afternoons at the PHS Pop-Up Garden in Manayunk. (May 8, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., 106 Jamestown Ave., ithinklikemidnight.com)

(Art/In-Person/Multi-Day) Chestnut Hill stone mansion-turned-museum opens exhibit of more than 85 Philadelphia-made works of creatures large and small (little kingfishers, giant sperm whales) in forms both realistic and fantastic (a fish on a plate, a formal portrait of a gorilla). Children go home with a free activity book, while supplies last. 2 years and over. (Free on Sundays until May 8, 9201 Germantown Ave., woodmereartmuseum.org)

(Educational/virtual/multi-day/kid-friendly) Through daddy jokes, real conversations, and superb listening, Mr. Maurice connects with his students – and connects students to each other. Each workshop is aimed at specific audiences: black boys, young teenagers, future entrepreneurs, sports enthusiasts, home cooks, etc. The workshops teach a bit of writing and a lot of life lessons. 8 years and over (Until May 28, powerfulwriters.org)

(Fitness/in-person/outdoors) Head to the Schuylkill Banks for a morning of zen movement. Bring your own yoga mat or towel and enjoy this instructor-led yoga class for all levels. Yoga classes are held (weather permitting) Saturdays and Sundays at 10 a.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. throughout the spring and summer. (Pay what you can, various dates through October, 2500 Locust St., eventbrite.com)

(Art / in person / outdoors) magic fantasy, a collection of bold and bright 3D artwork by London-based artist Morag Myerscough, has transformed The Navy Yard into a colorful playground. Stop to wander around the exhibition and escape to an abstract dreamland without leaving the city. (Until October, Broad St. and Constitution Ave., marineyard.org)

(Outdoor/multi-day/kid-friendly) Philly’s oldest research garden has partnered with the Bicycle Coalition to lend, repair, and teach kids to ride a bike every Friday after school. There are also snacks. 5-17 years old. (Friday to Nov., 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., bartramsgarden.org)

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