South Jersey Caribbean Festival, outdoor jams, and writing with the seasons

The BSR Weekly Arts and Culture Roundup, July 6-12, 2023

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Performers in colorful robes, headdresses play djembe drums and dance on stage outdoors
Universal Dance and Drum Ensemble performing at the South Jersey Caribbean Festival. (Photo courtesy of South Jersey Caribbean Festival.)

It’s getting hot! And to keep things heating up (in our hearts, at least), the South Jersey Caribbean Festival and an evening of Colombian Cumbia stirs it up with plenty of Afro-Caribbean and Latino culture. Then, process the summer heat with a writing workshop (with one of BSR’s own, too!), and cool off with outdoor movies from Fringe and Garden Jams at Penn Museum.

Stay cool, Philly!

Outdoor movie series at Fringe
Wednesdays, July 5, 12, 19, 26, and August 2
Haas Biergarten at La Peg, 140 North Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia

FringeArts’s weekly series returns with the theme “Game of Love” through July and early August. Tonight’s film is Creed, with Bend it Like Beckham, Jerry Maguire, Love & Basketball, and Bring It On set for screening. The screenings are all free—you just need to RSVP ahead of time.

Writing with the Seasons
July 6, 4pm
Streaming online

BSR’s own Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer is teaming up with our friends at Blue Stoop for a workshop that “explores the seasons as archetypes that can guide our internal rhythms, intuition, and inner wisdom.” All writers are welcome, no matter if fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or any other medium is your style.

South Jersey Caribbean Festival
Saturday, July 8, 2-8pm
Wiggins Park on the Camden Waterfront, 2 Riverside Drive, Camden

The 23rd annual South Jersey Caribbean Festival takes over the Camden Waterfront on Saturday, featuring food vendors (yes, there will be plenty of jerk and curry chicken and roti), children’s activities, and a variety of performances ranging from reggae, soca, salsa, and more.

Haddonfield Crafts & Fine Art Festival
July 8-9, 2023
Kings Highway between Washington and Haddon Avenues, and along Tanner Street to Euciid Avenue on Kings Court, Haddonfield

The 29th annual Haddonfield Crafts & Fine Art Festival hosts over 200 artists from the area and beyond. Ceramics, glass, jewelry, wood, fiber, paper, drawings, paintings, photography, and more will line up the streets. The event is free and easily accessible from PATCO.

Colombian Cumbia
Tuesday, July 11, 6:30-8:30pm
Perkins Center for the Arts, 395 King’s Highway, Moorestown

A free, outdoor, and family-friendly dance party featuring Cumbia band Viva Vallenato opens the dance floor—well, in this case, a lawn—for an evening of folk music from Colombia.

Garden Jams
Wednesdays, July 5, 12, 19, and 26, 5pm
Penn Museum Stoner Courtyard, 3260 South Street, Philadelphia

Penn Museum’s Garden Jams continue throughout July with performances from Hennessey Bonfire on July 12, De Tierra Caliente on July 19, and Malidelphia on July 26. West Philadelphia Orchestra kicked things off this week.

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