22+ Terrific Things To Do In Philly This Week, May 1-7

South Street Spring Festival, Broad Street Run, Philly Tech Week and more...

May is here, and that means spring festivals, drink-fueled block parties and museum events are coming to all corners of Philadelphia.

Friday marks Cinco de Mayo, a fun-filled day that promises block parties at both El Rey and the Schmidt’s Commons. The PHS pop-up beer garden on South Street puts on its own Cinco de Mayo party, too, to commemorate its opening day (yes!) this Friday.

On Saturday, the popular South Street Spring Festival and Brauhaus Schmitz Maifest return with live music, shopping, street fest-style eats, cold beer, games and more. The festival is always one of the biggest of the spring and runs for a full eight blocks (Front Street to 8th Street) on South Street.

Read on for our guide to this week in Philly.

Free Yoga at Race Street Pier

Race Street PierPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Bring your yoga mat down to the waterfront for free daily yoga classes (weather permitting) at Race Street Pier. Classes run from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Monday through Friday, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday (yes, there are two classes Monday through Thursday!) and 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Free Yoga at Race Street Pier

When:Daily through November 12
Where:Race Street Pier, Race Street & N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

www.delawareriverwaterfront.com

Free Fitness at Dilworth Park

DilworthPark_M.Fischetti_780UWPhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Get in shape for summer by paying a visit to a free fitness class at Dilworth Park at City Hall. This week, enjoy yoga (May 2), boot camp (also on May 2), running club (May 3), zumba (May 4) and more. Click here for the full schedule.

Free Fitness at Dilworth Park

When:May 2-4
Where:Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street
Cost:Free

www.ccdparks.org

Philly Tech Week

Philly Tech WeekPhoto by N. Santos for Philly Tech Week

Throughout Philly Tech Week, more than 25,000 business leaders and other self-proclaimed tech geeks as well as the technically challenged can participate in more than 100 events, including a variety of programs, interactive activities and workshops that celebrate and highlight emerging trends, advances and innovative uses of technology.

Philly Tech Week

When:Through May 6
Where:Various locations, including Pipeline Philly, 30 S. 15th Street
Cost:Varies

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Celebration of Black Arts Festival

Heading into its 33rd season, the Celebration of Black Arts (formerly the Celebration of Black Writing) is a month-long soiree of African-American literature and art that features an array of events. Throughout May, author readings, interactive workshops, live performances, an awards show and an outdoor festival take place to spark discussion and spawn recognition of talented artists within the African-American community.

Celebration of Black Arts Festival

When:May 1-31
Where:Various locations, including Art Sanctuary, 628 S. 16th Street
Cost:Varies

www.celebrationofblackwriting.org

Mexican Week

Mexican Week features a handful of spirited events, such as a First Friday party at the Barnes Foundation, a flag-raising ceremony at City Hall with Mayor Kenney and more. Coinciding with the week-long array of festivities, various restaurants in the region will offer special promotions, including prix-fixe menus for Mexican Restaurant Week.

Mexican Week

When:May 1-6
Where:Various locations, including City Hall, 1401 JFK Boulevard,
Cost:Varies

www.mexicanculturalcenter.org

Philly Tech Week Pick: Rad Awards at Stratus Lounge

StratusPhoto by Noah Fecks for Stratus Rooftop Lounge

The third annual Rad Awards return to Stratus Rooftop Lounge this week as part of Philly Tech Week. The annual event recognizes women from the region who lead and inspire in the media and tech worlds.

Philly Tech Week Pick: Rad Awards at Stratus Lounge

When:Tuesday, May 2, 7-11 p.m.
Where:Stratus Rooftop Lounge, 433 Chestnut Street
Cost:$25

www.rad-girls.com

Dining Under the Stars in Media

Dining Under the StarsPhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Enjoy an al fresco evening in Media every Wednesday throughout the spring and summer with Dining Under the Stars. Each week, State Street will close to traffic and allow the surrounding restaurants and shops to set up an outdoor escape for local dining and shopping opportunities.

Dining Under the Stars in Media

When:Wednesday, May 3 5-11 p.m.
Where:State Street, Media
Cost:Varies

www.visitmediapa.com

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival Preview Party

The popular Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival hits Walnut Street on May 20, but you can get a sneak peek at the fest on Wednesday, May 3. Enjoy food and drink samples from some of the neighborhood's best restaurants (a. kitchen, Barlcay Prime, Parc, Mission Taqueria, Devon and more) in addition to a silent auction, a casual fashion show featuring items from area boutiques and more.

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival Preview Party

When:Wednesday, May 3, 7-9:30 p.m.
Where:Hyatt at The Bellevue, 200 S. Broad Street
Cost:$75 for general admission, $125 for VIP

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Philly Tech Week Pick: Block Party at the Schmidt’s Commons

The Schmidt's CommonsPhoto courtesy The Schmidt's Commons

This year's edition of the Philly Tech Week Block Party is a gamer's dream. In addition to live music and classic block party festivities, a huge Jumbotrom will be set up to stream a wide array of legendary video games. Battle it out on the big screen in between enjoying food truck fare, drink specials and other entertainment.

Philly Tech Week Pick: Block Party at the Schmidt’s Commons

When:Thursday, May 4, 4-8 p.m.
Where:The Schmidt’s Commons, 1001 N. 2nd Street
Cost:Free with RSVP

theschmidtscommons.com

Movie Night at the Schmidt’s Commons: Star Wars: Episode IV

In celebration of May 4th (May the fourth be with you!), the Schmidt's Commons continues its outdoor movie series with a free screening of Star Wars: Episode IV this Thursday night immediately after the fun-filled Philly Tech Week block party. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from Crabby's Cafe and Gunner's Run. Guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chair to this event.

Movie Night at the Schmidt’s Commons: Star Wars: Episode IV

When:Thursday, May 4, 8-10 p.m.
Where:The Schmidt’s Commons, 1001 North 2nd Street
Cost:Free

theschmidtscommons.com

River Alive Night at the Independence Seaport Museum

Independence-Seaport-Museum-New-780uwPhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Independence Seaport Museum's after-hours (and 21-plus) program returns this Thursday night with an evening program that focuses on the use of celestial navigation. Starting at 6 p.m., learn how sailors looked to the night's sky to navigate their way through the dark seas, take part in basic sword fighting classes, dissect sea stars and more. Admission, which includes access to the programming and one drink ticket, is $18 for non-members and $14 for members.

River Alive Night at the Independence Seaport Museum

When:Thursday, May 4, 6-9 p.m.
Where:Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:$14, members; $18, non-members

www.phillyseaport.org

Free First Friday at the National Museum of American Jewish History

National Museum of American Jewish HistoryPhoto by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

The National Museum of American Jewish History offers free admission on select days this spring in celebration of its 1917: How One Year Changed the World exhibition. This week, the museum celebrates the first Friday of the month with free admission for all.

Free First Friday at the National Museum of American Jewish History

When:Friday, May 5
Where:National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall E.
Cost:Free

www.nmajh.org

Cinco de Mayo Party at the Schmidt's Commons

UPDATE: Due to rain, this event has been postponed until Sunday, May 7. Margarita, anyone? This Sunday, the Schmidt's Commons celebrates Cinco de Mayo with a margarita-fueled block party featuring live music, Mexican fare, free salsa lessons, deals on drinks and more. Admission to the party is free and all food and drinks are available on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Cinco de Mayo Party at the Schmidt's Commons

When:Friday, May 5, 5-10 p.m. Sunday, May 7, 1-6 p.m.
Where:The Schmidt's Commons, 1001 North 2nd Street
Cost:Free

www.theschmidtscommons.com

Philadelphia Art Book Fair

For two days this weekend, the Philadelphia Art Book Fair returns with innovative creations from the world of art and photo book publishing. Browse works from dozens of local and national book publishers. Admission to the event is free and all books are available on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Philadelphia Art Book Fair

When:May 5-6
Where:Twelve 27, 1227 N. 4th Street
Cost:Free admission

www.phlartbookfair.com

Grand Opening of the PHS Pop-Up Garden at South Street

PHS Pop Up GardenPhoto by Rob Cardillo for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

The popular South Street pop-up beer garden, run by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, opens for the season this Friday night (yes!) with a Cinco de Mayo-themed party. (Think mariachi music, discounts on Corona, giveaways, Mexican fare and more.) After the Friday night party, the beer garden opens on a daily basis with food and drinks curated by the team behind Cantina Los Caballitos.

Grand Opening of the PHS Pop-Up Garden at South Street

When:Friday, May 5, 5 p.m.-midnight
Where:PHS Pop Up Garden, 1438 South Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.phsonline.org

Phillies vs. Nationals

The Phillies take on the Washington Nationals this weekend at Citizens Bank Park. Cheer on the home team at the South Philly stadium. Tickets start at just $17.

Phillies vs. Nationals

When:May 5-7
Where:Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way
Cost:$17-$75

www.phillies.mlb.com

El Rey's Cinco de Mayo Block Party

El Rey celebrates Cinco de Mayo with an afternoon-long block party featuring live mariachi music, tunes from DJ Gun$ Garcia and more. Mexican street food (tacos, guacamole, nachos) and cold drinks (margaritas and cold beer) will be available for purchase throughout the day.

El Rey's Cinco de Mayo Block Party

When:Friday, May 5, 1-11 p.m.
Where:El Rey, 2013 Chestnut Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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South Street Spring Festival and Brauhaus Schmitz Maifest

SkylinePhoto by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

Thousands of revelers take part in al fresco family fun at Headhouse Square and along South Street during the South Street Spring Festival. The annual event includes a few dozen concerts, eating contests, a Kids’ Zone and nearly 200 vendors. It also includes Maifest, Brauhaus Schmitz’s German beer and dancing extravaganza featuring a giant Maypole.

South Street Spring Festival and Brauhaus Schmitz Maifest

When:Saturday, May 6, 11 a.m.- 8 p.m.
Where:South Street from 8th Street to Front Street
Cost:Free

www.southstreet.com

Season Kickoff for Yoga on the Banks

This Saturday, donation-based yoga classes kick off at the Schuylkill Banks for another season of al fresco sun salutations. Yogis are asked to donate $5 before taking the class along the waterfront. This weekend's classes (both Saturday and Sunday) start at 11 a.m. and run until noon.

Season Kickoff for Yoga on the Banks

When:May 6 and May 7, 11 a.m.
Where:Schuylkill Banks, 2501 Walnut Street
Cost:$5 (suggested donation)

www.schuylkillbanks.org

Rittenhouse Flower Market

This weekend, flowers fill Rittenhouse Square for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's two-day flower market. Throughout the weekend, guests can browse cut flowers, potted plants and high-quality gardening supplies. Flower crafts and activities for kids will hit the park, too.

Rittenhouse Flower Market

When:May 6-7
Where:Rittenhouse Square, 18th and Walnut streets
Cost:Pay as you go

www.friendsofrittenhouse.org

Sly Fox Bock Fest and Goat Race

The Sly Fox Bock Festival & Goat Race pits several dozen goats against one another in a friendly race held at Sly Fox’s production brewery in Pottstown. The winner lends his or her name to the seasonal Maibock-style beer released that day. The festival returns this Saturday.

Sly Fox Bock Fest and Goat Race

When:Sunday, May 7, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where:Sly Fox Brewing Company, 331 Circle of Progress Drive, Pottstown
Cost:Free

www.slyfoxbeer.com

Broad Street Run

BroadStRun-04-M-Edlow-780uwPhoto by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

Growing in popularity every year, the Broad Street Run takes participants along a flat 10-mile stretch of one of the city’s main arteries. Spectators line the sidewalks of Broad Street to cheer on the wave of runners from North Philadelphia, around City Hall and to the finish line in South Philadelphia.

Broad Street Run

When:Sunday, May 7
Where:Starts at Broad Street and Somerville Avenue, Ends at the Navy Yard
Cost:Free

www.broadstreetrun.com

Chestnut Hill Home and Garden Festival

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Chestnut Hill's Germantown Avenue comes alive every year with vendors, entertainment and more for the Chestnut Hill Home and Garden Festival. Chat with gardening experts, check out landscape and flower displays, enjoy live music and more during an al fresco afternoon fit for all ages.

Chestnut Hill Home and Garden Festival

When:Sunday, May 7, 11 a.m.-5p.m.
Where:Germantown Avenue from Rex to Willow Grove avenues
Cost:Free

www.chestnuthillpa.com

Free First Sunday at the Barnes Foundation

The Barnes FoundationPhoto By R. Kennedy For Visit Philadelphia

The Barnes Foundation offers free admission to everyone this Sunday (and every first Sunday of the month). Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 9 a.m. In addition to self-guided tours of the galleries, guests can enjoy special programs throughout the day.

Free First Sunday at the Barnes Foundation

When:Sunday, May 7
Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free

www.barnesfoundation.org

Pay-What-You-Wish First Sunday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Philadelphia Museum of Art celebrates the new month with pay-what-you-wish admission this Sunday — and every first Sunday, for that matter. Explore the museum's regular collection for a discount all day long.

Pay-What-You-Wish First Sunday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

When:Sunday, May 7
Where:Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Pay what you wish

www.philamuseum.org

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