Pedaling for goodIt's the first Sunday in June and time for the TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship. This year, a new event has been added as a fund-raiser for local charities. The Bicycling Magazine Open, this Gran Fondo or "Big Ride" will allow riders to pedal all or parts of the 14.7-mile circuit for up to three laps. The route begins on Benjamin Franklin Parkway, heads out Kelly Drive to Manayunk, climbs the infamous Manayunk Wall, winds through Fairmount Park, descends Lemon Hill, and runs back past the Philadelphia Museum of Art to the finish line on the Parkway. The Bicycling Magazine Open will be held at 7 a.m. before the professional race. Riders can be sponsored through Charity of Choice. Information is at www.procyclingtour.com.
Great time for greenThe annual Montgomery County Irish Festival, hosted by the Ancient Order of Hibernians Notre Dame Division, is scheduled this weekend on the grounds of St. Michael's Picnic Grove, 203 Jacob St., Mont Clare, just outside Phoenixville. And on Sunday from 1 to 7 p.m., the Philadelphia Irish Festival will be held at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing. Guests can enjoy the music of Jamison, Blackthorn, and the Hooligans. Irish dance schools and musical groups performing at the landing will include Celtic Flame, Emerald Isle, Cummins, Coyle, Campbell, Rince Ri, McDade, Cara, McHugh, Christina Ryan Kilcoyne, Gibson, Timoney, and Second St. Irish Society. Information: 215-629-3200, http://www.delawareriverwaterfrontcorp.com.
In Mont Clare on Friday night, Tom McHugh and the McGillians will give a musical performance at 7. On Saturday at 2 p.m., Bogside Rouges will be on stage, and at 5:45 p.m., Jamison will entertain with the Irish Dancers of Celtic Flame. On Sunday, the annual outdoor Mass is scheduled at 10:30 a.m. For tickets and information, call 610-277-4868.