This weekend is going to be absolutely non-stop, with some of the season's — even the year's — most anticipated events, from the grand opening of the Barnes to at least three major spring festivals. And it's all happening with a summer-like forecast. Break out the sunglasses. (Photo credits below)
The epic weekend we foreshadowed earlier this week is finally here.
Before you break out the day planner, let us outline and plan the fun for you. Starting with free After After 5 tonight at the Philadelphia Museum of Art to a collision of street festivals Saturday and Sunday plus, of course, the grand opening of the Barnes Foundation on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, it’s literally going to be one of the most jam-packed weekends in recent memory.
And, no big deal, it’s going to be sunny and in the late 70s-low 80s all weekend. Huzzah.
Friday, May 18
Philadelphia Museum Of Art: FREE ADMISSION for International Museum Day
MOMIX at the Annenberg Center (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Art in the Open 2012 (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Voices of the Night hike with the Academy of Natural Sciences
A Tribute to Drumming Legends: Max Roach, Art Blakey and Philly Joe Jones at the Woodmere Art Museum
Martinis On The Portico at the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Free!
All Together Now at Moore College of Art & Design (Fri, Sat, Sun) — Opening Day!
Sixers vs. Celtics at the Wells Fargo Center
CSA Gallery’s The Same As It Ever Was (Fri, Sat, Sun)
LOVE Your Park Week (Fri, Sat) — Closing Day!
Arden Theatre’s Robin Hood (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Bistrot La Minette Movie Under the Stars
Saturday, May 19
The Barnes Foundation officially opens its doors on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Our Guide To The 2012 Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival
Our Guide To The 9th Street Italian Market Festival
SPTR Seventh Annual Wheat Beer Fest
Trenton Avenue Arts Festival And Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby
Best Burgers in Philadelphia
Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month Festival in Franklin Square
Penns Woods Winery’s 2nd Annual Wine & Jazz Festival
Our Guide To The 82nd Annual Radnor Hunt Races
More Weekend Picks, below.
Delaware River Day
The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Philadelphia Legacy Series
Salvatore Pinto: A Retrospective Celebrating the Barnes Legacy at the Woodmere Art Museum
On My Honor: 100 Years of Girl Scouting at the National Constitution Center
12th Annual Brandywine Valley Craft Brewers Festival at Iron Hill
Philadelphia On Parade at the Mann Center
3rd Annual Clemente Fest
Saturday Morning Cartoon Brunch at The Trestle Inn
Uhuru Flea Market at Clark Park
First Person Arts’ Summer Grand Slam at the Annenberg Center
Brunch at Rittenhouse Tavern (Sat, Sun)
Mayfair May Fair
Studio Open House at Woodmere Art Museum
“Free at the Kimmel” Series
Sunday, May 20
Yoga on the Steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art: 10th Anniversary
Maya.2012: Lords of Time at the Penn Museum
Israel64 Independence Day Celebration at Penn’s Landing
Craft Spoken Here at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Inis Nua Theatre Company’s The Walworth Farce (Fri, Sat, Sun)
PAFA and Dr. Barnes (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Curio Theatre’s The Tempest (Fri, Sat, Sun) — Closing Day!
Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow: Living with the Atomic Bomb, 1945-1965 at the Mercer Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Offering Of The Angels: Treasures From The Uffizi at the Michener Art Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)
1812 Productions’ Boston Marriage (Fri, Sat, Sun) — Closing Day!
Act II Playhouse’s My Fair Lady (Fri, Sat, Sun)
“Run! The Super-Athletes of the Sierra Madre” at the Penn Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)
From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen at the National Constitution Center (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Scribner’s Magazine: The Early Years In Illustration at the Brandywine River Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times at the Franklin Institute (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation Teams Up With Philadelphia Eagles To Host Camp In For Kids’ Cancer
Society Hill Open House & Garden Tour
The Walnut Street Theatre’s The Buddy Holly Story (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Salvatore Pinto: A Retrospective Celebrating the Barnes Legacy at the Woodmere Art Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)
[Photo credits: top row from left; Photograph © 2012 The Barnes Foundation, R. Kennedy for GPTMC, E. Mencher for GPTMC; middle row from left; E. Mencher for GPTMC, B. Krist for GPTMC, E. Mencher for GPTMC; bottom row from left; courtesy Trenton Avenue Arts Festival, R. Kennedy for GPTMC, M. Edlow for GPTMC.]