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June 13, 2024

A pickle party, Juneteenth parade and James Joyce read-a-thon: Your weekend guide to things to do

The Free Library will also give tips on preserving prized family recipes. Pride Month events include a field day and a bar crawl.

Weekend Things To Do
Bloomsday weekend guide Provided image/Jessica Griffin

The Rosenbach Museum stages an all-day reading of 'Ulysses' by James Joyce every June 16. This Bloomsday festival includes live music and a custom beer from Attic Brewing Co.

Once you hit a certain age, no one reads to you anymore — unless you count the people who narrate audiobooks ... or the Rosenbach.

On Sunday, the museum will put on its signature event: Bloomsday, a daylong reading of James Joyce's "Ulysses." There will be special speakers, musical performances and a custom beer, but the bookworms aren't the only ones partying this weekend. Pickle lovers will gather at Xfinity Live! for a whole day devoted to their favorite brined vegetable, and Pride Month celebrations continue with a field day and a bar crawl. Since Juneteenth falls on a Wednesday this year, the Philadelphia festival and parade will be held Sunday. All that and more are included in your weekend guide:

Get dilly at the world's largest pickle party

Rise and brine for the Big Dill, the pickle-themed bash arriving at Xfinity Live! on Saturday. The touring event, supposedly the largest pickle party in the world, will offer pickleball, pickle-eating contests, a pickle rave and all kinds of unexpected pickle-flavored or -topped treats, including ice cream. The festivities begin at noon, but you'll need a $24.99 ticket to get in.

Learn how to preserve family recipes

Keeping nana's famous meatloaf recipe in the family can be tricky, especially when there's only one stained copy of it lost in someone's cookbooks. Two preservation specialists will demonstrate the best ways to care for these heirlooms at a free Saturday afternoon event at Parkway Central Library. Stick around until the end to ask them one-on-one questions or swap recipes with other home chefs.

Gather for a grown-up story time

James Joyce is kind of a big deal at the Rosenbach, which houses the Irish writer's original manuscript for "Ulysses." The museum shows its love for the classic novel every June 16, the day the story is set, with a day-long reading on Delancey Place. Between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m., speakers including state Sens. Nikil Saval and Vincent Hughes, and Fergus Carey, the Irishman behind many Philadelphia bars, will read Joyce's text. The festival, called Bloomsday after the protagonist Leopold Bloom, will also feature live musical performances, food trucks and a custom beer from Attic Brewing Co.

March in the city's Juneteenth parade

Revelers will take to the streets Sunday to celebrate Juneteenth, the federal holiday that marks the traditional commemoration date of the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States. The parade begins at noon at 52nd Street and Parkside Avenue, and will make its way to Malcolm X Park, where a festival awaits. Both events will proceed rain or shine.

Batter up at a Pride field day

The third weekend of Pride Month promises a LGBTQ+ field day in Fairmount Park. Head to the John Welsh Memorial Fountain between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday for a little friendly competition. Players can try their hand at "minigames" like cornhole, slip-and-slide and the dunk tank for $10 or pony up $15 to join a kickball or tug-of-war team. Just as field day winds down, a bar crawl around the Gayborhood — featuring Woody's, GloBar and Tabu — begins at 3 p.m.

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