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May 2, 2014

Weekend Picks, Super Spring Saturday Edition: Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival, Science Fest’s Carnival On The Parkway, South Street Spring Festival, Plazapalooza, First Friday, Chestnut Hill Home And Garden Festival, Broad Street Run, Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party And More

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 Festival12-6 p.m., Walnut Street between Broad and 19th streets

Top Pick: South Street Headhouse District’s Spring Festival11 a.m.-8 p.m., South Street between Front and 8th streets

Top Pick: Philadelphia Science Festival’s Free Carnival on the Parkway10 a.m.-4 p.m., Logan Square in front of the Franklin Institute

Top Pick: Plazapalooza in Graduate Hospital1-7 p.m., Grays Ferry Triangle at 23rd and South streets

Top Pick: World’s Largest Bar Crawlnoon-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 Festival11 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

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