If there was ever a weekend made for being outside and soaking up the springtime weather, it's this weekend. With a forecast of sunny skies and 70 degree days, it's an ideal time for the more than a dozen festivals on tap for the coming days. (Top middle photo courtesy CHBA, bottom middle photo courtesy SSHD, all other photos by J. Fusco, G. Widman, R. Kennedy, M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)
Mother Nature has treated us to perfect spring weather for the more than a dozen major festivals and events on tap in the next three days. This weekend promises sunny skies and temperatures near 70 degrees which is ideal for this festival-loaded weekend.
Kicking things off is First Friday. May’s First Friday is traditionally one of the best of the year and tonight’s weather ought to make for an ideal evening. And with First Friday happenings taking place in several neighborhoods across the city, there are multiple opportunities for you to take advantage.
And then there’s Saturday, a day we’ve dubbed “Super Spring Saturday” on account of the amazing overload of awesome events and festivals taking place. Saturday’s lineup includes: the Rittenhouse Row Spring Fest, the Science Festival Carnival on the Parkway, the South Street Spring Festival, Plazapalooza, Sister Cities International Festival, the Go West! Craft Fest, Maifest at Brauhaus, the 104.5 Block Party at the Piazza, the World’s Largest Bar Crawl, Franklin Flea, Kentucky Derby parties across town…. You get the idea. There’s a lot to do. Consult our complete Super Spring Saturday guide to maximize the amount of festivities you can check out.
The action doesn’t slow down on Sunday, with the biggest-ever Broad Street Run, the Chestnut Hill Home & Garden Spring Festival, opening day for the Headhouse Square Farmers’ Market, Free First Sunday at the Barnes, Pay-What-You-Wish at the Art Museum, the Strawberry Festival at Peddler’s Village and more.
So, as you can see, May is getting off to a pretty amazing start. And we’re here to help. Our weekend picks are your guide to literally filling your weekend with as many great events and activities as humanly possible(!!).
Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram for updates all weekend long. And we’ll see you out there.
Friday, May 2
Top Pick: First Friday — Gorgeous Weather Alert
• First Friday in Old City, Frankford Avenue in Fishtown, Northern Liberties and Manayunk
Top Pick: Opening Weekend at Morgan’s Pier — New Menu, Craft Beer, Live Music and More
Top Pick: Beer Chemistry at Yards Brewing Company
Top Pick: Movies Under The Stars And Stripes at the Betsy Ross House Presents Plan 9 from Outer Space
Main Line Wine Week — Closing Day!
Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Presents Bearded Ladies Warhol Cabaret
Mexican Week (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Celebration of Black Writing
Equality Forum (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Nichole Canuso Dance Company presents Midway Avenue (Fri, Sat, Sun)
First Friday! at The Barnes Foundation
Opera Philadelphia Presents Don Giovanni (Fri, Sun)
The Philadelphia Science Festival Presents The Magical Mushroom
Friday Night Jazz at Woodmere Art Museum
Figment Theater presents John Hughes High: Prom 1988 at Asian Arts Initiative
Gary Ducket Pickle Invitational at Pizza Brain
Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love and Gerlan Jeans ♥ Patrick Kelly at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Fri, Sat, Sun)
New Paths Festival Presents the Nels Cline Singers
BHLDN Accessories & Décor Pop-up Shop and Gown Trunk Show (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby Critical Mass
Drink Philly First Friday Food and Drink Fest
Jefferson, Philadelphia, and the Founding of a Nation at the American Philosophical Society Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)
2nd Annual Spring At The Mansion at the Philadelphia Art Alliance
Chasing Dreams: Baseball And Becoming American at the National Museum of American Jewish History (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Sendak in the ’60s at the Rosenbach Museum and Library
Transformed Traditions: The Folk Art of Joel Garcia at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
Saturday, May 3 — “Super Spring Saturday”
Top Pick: Our Complete Super Spring Saturday Guide
Top Pick: Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival — 12-6 p.m., Walnut Street between Broad and 19th streets
Top Pick: South Street Headhouse District’s Spring Festival — 11 a.m.-8 p.m., South Street between Front and 8th streets
Top Pick: Philadelphia Science Festival’s Free Carnival on the Parkway — 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Logan Square in front of the Franklin Institute
Top Pick: Plazapalooza in Graduate Hospital — 1-7 p.m., Grays Ferry Triangle at 23rd and South streets
Top Pick: World’s Largest Bar Crawl — noon-8 p.m., citywide
Top Pick: Our Guide to Kentucky Derby Viewing Parties
Top Pick: Maifest at Brauhaus Schmitz
Top Pick: Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party Featuring Phantogram, Chvrches and Cherub
Top Pick: Franklin Flea at the Historic Strawbridge’s Building
Top Pick: Peddler’s Village Strawberry Festival (Sat, Sun)
Sister Cities Park International Festival
Go West! Craft Fest
Manila Bay Weekend at the Independence Seaport Museum
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Meadowbrook Farm Spring Fling
Philadelphia Fleadh Irish-American Festival at Pennypack Park
Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello at the National Constitution Center (Fri, Sat, Sun)
A Ghostly Circus at Laurel Hill Cemetery
Frecon’s Cidery’s Wassail at Frecon Farms Orchard in Boyertown
Sesame Place Opening Day and Elmo the Musical—Live At Sesame Place!
Mt. Airy Day
Curtis Opera Theatre presents La Cenerentola (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Plant Sale at Tyler Arboretum (Fri, Sat)
Many more events, below.
Sons of Ben Rowdy Ale Launch Party at Fado Irish Pub
Ted Baker London Opens in King of Prussia
Romeo and Juliet at the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Blingo to CureDuchenne at the Hyatt Regency
Rittenhouse Farmers’ Market
Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution at the Academy of Natural Sciences (Sat, Sun) — Opening Day!
Philly Bike Party Garden Gnome and Nymphs Ride at Liberty Lands Park
Spring Blooms at Longwood Gardens (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Jessie Drew-Bear: Stories and Dreams at Woodmere Art Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Fairmount Flea Market
Dave P & Sammy Slice…UNITED at Morgan’s Pier
Sunday, May 4
Top Pick: Chestnut Hill Home and Garden Festival — 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 8000-8600 blocks on Germantown Avenue
Top Pick: Broad Street Run
Top Pick: Free First Sunday at The Barnes Foundation
Top Pick: Peddler’s Village Strawberry Festival (Sat, Sun)
Top Pick: SundayOUT! at The Piazza
Top Pick: Pay-What-You-Wish First Sunday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Top Pick: Headhouse Farmers’ Market Opening Day
Top Pick: Our Guide to the Best Brunch in Philadelphia
Rock The Sidewalk Sale at Passyunk Avenue and Tasker Street
The Philadelphia International Children’s Festival at The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (Fri, Sat, Sun) — Closing Day!
Costumes Of Downton Abbey at the Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Sly Fox Bock Fest and Goat Races
Now Open: Lolita
Treasures from Korea at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Sunday Suds and Grub at Alla Spina
Moonshine Sunday Brunch at JJ Bootleggers
Flyers Wine Weekend at Chaddsford Winery (Sat, Sun)
This Is the Week That Is at the Play’s & Players Theatre (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park (Fri, Sat, Sun)
The Train Driver at St. Stephen Theater (Fri, Sat, Sun) — Closing Day!
Native American Voices: The People — Here and Now at the Penn Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat at the Arden Theatre Company (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Doc Magrogane’s Craft Beer & Oysterfest
Late-Night Happy Hour at North Bowl
SS United States at the Independence Seaport Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Open Blues Jam at The Twisted Tail
Kidstock at Liberty Lands Park