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8am: Stripes and Stars Festival. Old Glory’s birthday is here, and Independence Mall has your Flag Day festivities covered. Military vehicles will be on display throughout the Mall, and visitors can enjoy discounted admission to the Betsy Ross House and the National Constitution CenterFree. Independence Mall, Fifth and Market sts. 

11am: Philly Vegfest. The Humane League presents this hotly anticipated festival devoted to vegetarian/vegan cuisine and culture. Vegfest teams up with area plant-based restaurants and features cooking demonstrations, expert lectures, nutritional information and much more. Free. The Shambles, Second and Pine sts. 646.719.0070.

11am: West Park Arts Festival. Today, Fairmount Park will be transformed into the 7th annual multicultural West Park Arts Fest, featuring live music and dance performances. The fest also features a full day of family-friendly activities and workshops. Free. West Fairmount Park, 4021 Parkside Ave. 215.278.3450. 

Various times: CityLove. CityLove, a project of The National Trust for Historic Preservation, has planned a trip to our fine city to revel in the behind-the-scenes history of Philly. With tours planned for hidden gems like the Reading Viaduct and the 19th St. Baptist Church, CityLove will take you deep into the rich cultural history of the city. Registration information at savingplaces.org/CityLovePHL

2pm: The Vendy Awards.

9pm: The Hooters. Long before Mumford & Sons or the Avett Brothers or the Lumineers, Philly music fans fell in love with the joyous accordion-and-mandolin hootenanny-rock of The Hooters. Tonight they headline XFINITY Live!‘s free summer concert series. 9pm. Opening act: SideArm, 7pm. Free. XFINITY Live!, 1100 Pattison Ave. 

 

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Stephen H. Segal is the editor in chief of the Philadelphia Weekly, PhillyNow.com and the Atlantic City Weekly. He writes about culture, geekery and the future, and is the Hugo Award-winning former editorial & creative director of Weird Tales magazine.

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