KYW To-Do List: Quarantine concerts, virtual Odunde, and more things to do from a distance this weekend

Odunde 2018
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By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio)Pride takes many forms, and there’s a lot to be proud of in Philadelphia this weekend.

Although many celebrations have been abbreviated to online-only events, you can still participate. 

To celebrate Flag Day this weekend, the Museum of the American Revolution is hosting a conversation on Facebook with the museum’s president and CEO about historic flags, as well as a live flag-making demonstration on Instagram and virtual museum tours. 

As we continue Pride Month, qFLIX Philadelphia, the region’s largest LGBTQ+ film festival, is launching PrideFLIX; The Virtual Pride Film Festival. The festival includes five weeks of LGBTQ+ documentaries, feature films, short films, and web series, which you can watch from the comfort of your own home. 

Tickets range from $7 to $10 per viewing, and $1 of each viewing will go toward local LGBTQ+ nonprofits. 

Then on Sunday, join a reenvisioned Philly Pride Run 5K, where runners — or walkers — decide their start time, location and course between the week of June 14 and 21. The registration fee includes entry, a homemade rainbow mask, and opportunities to win cash prizes.

Also going the virtual route is the 45th annual Odunde festival, which features giveaways, classes, workouts, roundtables, and more. 

The festival started in 1975 by Lois Fernandez, and it attracts up to 500,000 people annually as is the largest African-American street festival in the country. 

The concept originated from the Yoruba people of Nigeria, West Africa, and the festival celebrates the coming of another year for African-Americans and Africanized people around the world.


The Main Line Animal Rescue and the Pennsylvania SPCA are joining forces for Handlebarks, a virtual cycling event and fundraiser for emergency relief for animals in their care, now through June 20. Choose your challenge — between 5 and 100 miles — then hop on your stationary bike or cycle outdoors.

On Friday, celebrate stewardship and the outdoors with trail trivia by Friends of the Wissahickon. Register online to participate — you may even win a gift card.

You can also join the staff at Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee and Books on Friday — a black-owned East Germantown cafe — for an informal happy hour and literary chat. Come together with like-minded book lovers to exchange thoughts and ideas, and bring a little bit of the Uncle Bobbie's vibe into your own homes.

Carry that vibe into Saturday night for “Philly Alive!,” a free quarantine concert series livestreamed by music venue MilkBoy. This week’s concert includes some groovy and funky performers — you may even see some acrobatics. 

Get together with some friends — coronavirus rules still apply — and dance the night away.

Donations are suggested and support the participating musicians, as well as MilkBoy's employee relief fund.