CIRQUE DU SOLEIL – May 29-June 23 at Cooper and Delaware on the Camden waterfront. The Cirque du Soleil show TOTEM traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. The characters evolve on a stage evoking a giant turtle, the symbol of origin for many ancient civilizations. Inspired by many founding myths, TOTEM illustrates, through a visual and acrobatic language, the evolutionary progress of species. Information: www.cirquedusoleil.com.
PHILLY BEER WEEK – May 31-June 9. Philly Beer Week is a 10-day celebration of the Best Beer-Drinking City in America. Established in 2008, it’s the largest beer celebration of its kind in America, featuring hundreds of festivals, dinners, tours, pub crawls, tastings and meet-the-brewer nights at area bars, restaurants and other locations throughout Greater Philadelphia. Information: www.phillybeerweek.org.
WELLS FARGO CENTER FUN – July 14, World Wrestling Entertainment’s Money in the Bank competition featuring CM Punk, John Cena, Sheamus and many more! Information: 215-336-2000 or www.comcast-spectacor.com.
PENN’S LANDING FUN – Enjoy a fun day at these colorful celebrations at Penn’s Landing’s Great Plaza (Columbus Blvd at Market St): June 2, Irish Festival; June 8, Islamic Heritage Festival; June 15, Swedish Finnish Festival; June 16, Portuguese Festival; July 13-14, Hispanic Fiesta; August 3, ACANA African Festival; August 10, Southeast Asia Dragon Boat Festival; August 17, Festival of India; August 18, Caribbean Festival. Music lovers can groove to the Smooth Jazz Summer Nights Series (every Friday in August, 7:30 p.m. with fireworks at 9:15). At Race Street Pier (Race St and Columbus Blvd): June 20, July 18, Aug. 15, Third Thursdays Live feature Philly musicians 6-9 pm. June 7, July 5, August 2, First Friday, Park After Dark will dovetail with Old City’s first Friday series with artist performances. Information: 215-922- 2FUN or www.delawareriverevents.com.
WELCOME AMERICA – Celebrate America’s Birthday during the 2013 Wawa Welcome America! Festival, July 1-7. Philadelphia’s annual Independence Day celebration features a variety of FREE events, including two fireworks displays, delicious foods, cultural events and the largest free concert in America. July 2, Wawa Hoagie Day at the Independence Visitor Center salutes our military, fire and police with 4.5 tons of hoagies! July 4th events include the Celebration of Freedom Ceremony at Independence Mall, followed by the Philadelphia Independence Day Parade. Then, head to the Party on the (Ben Franklin) Parkway and top the day off with a grand finale of free music (Philadelphia's own The Roots, John Mayer, Jill Scott, Demi Lovato, Ne-Yo, Grace Potter and J. Cole, along with Ben Taylor and other surprise guests) and fireworks at the Art Museum. On July 6, catch the Adventure Aquarium Waterfront Fireworks Spectacular at Penn’s Landing. July 5-6, Taste of Philadelphia will ignite your taste buds with a sampling tour through the deli- cious menus of some of Philadelphia’s favorite restaurants and food trucks. Information: 215-683-2200 or www.welcomeamerica.com.
LUNCHTIME CONCERTS – Boogie on down to free lunchtime concerts – everything from rockabilly to reggae, Brazilian to blues – at Center City District’s Lunchtime Concert Series, noon to 1:30 p.m. every Wednesday June 5 through August 28 at locations throughout Center City. Information: 215-440-5500 or www.centercityphila.org/life/LunchtimeConcerts.php.