There are at least three big events going on in town, of which I'll hope to subject my family to at least one of them:

1. The Odunde Festival, which annually attracts well over a half a million visitors, and is an amazing West African extravaganza of food, culture, and fanfare. (My firm did a study on the event's economic impact in Philadelphia last year.)

2. The Manayunk Bike Race, which only requires cyclists to scale a practically vertical street (affectionately called "The Wall") in a 14.4-mile circuit, times ten.

3. Independence Dragon Boat Regatta, which will find teams of 20 paddling down the Schuylkill River.

All are free to watch, and all will add to the flavor and buzz of Philadelphia. What a weekend!
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