22+ Wonderful Things To Do In Philly This Week, May 15-21

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival, Parks on Tap, 9th Street Italian Market Festival and so much more...

Some of the biggest festivals of the season hit neighborhoods and city thoroughfares this weekend, including the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival, the two-day 9th Street Italian Market Festival, the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and Arts Festival and so much more.

In addition to huge fests, springtime fun hits the city as Parks on Tap debuts for 2017 in the picturesque Azalea Garden behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Read on for our guide to this week in Philly.

Free Yoga at Race Street Pier

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:May 15-21
Where:Race Street Pier, Race Street & N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

www.delawareriverwaterfront.com

Free Fitness at Dilworth Park

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 16), boot camp (also on May 16), a running club (May 17), zumba (May 18) and more. Click here for the full schedule.

Free Fitness at Dilworth Park

When:May 16-18
Where:Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street
Cost:Free

www.centercityphila.org

Spruce Street Harbor Park and UNIVESTival

Spruce Street Harbor ParkPhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

One of the warm-weather season's favorite attractions is now open along the Delaware River waterfront. This past weekend saw the grand opening of Spruce Street Harbor Park, and now, the pop-up waterfront village is back with a beer garden, lots of food options, Thursday night concerts, shopping on the weekends and more. Due to inclement weather, the attraction postponed its first-ever UNIVESTival, a three-day festival, to this weekend. From May 19 to 21, guests can enjoy performances, craft time with local arts companies and live music. Each night of the festival, a different local musician will take the stage at the waterfront park.

Spruce Street Harbor Park and UNIVESTival

When:May 12-October 1
Where:Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Pay as you go

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Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival at Franklin Square

Chinese Lantern FestivalPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

It's week two for the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square, which stuns crowds with more than 25 handcrafted lanterns that illuminate when the sun sets. The beautiful showcase also features Asian-inspired food and drink options, live performances, shopping and more.

Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival at Franklin Square

When:May 9-June 11
Where:Franklin Square, 200 6th Street
Cost:Free before 5 p.m.; $17, adults; $15, seniors/military; $12, youth ages 13-18; free, kids 12 and under

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Dirty Dancing at the Merriam Theater

Dirty DancingPhoto by Matthew Murphy

Watch the story of Dirty Dancing unfold on stage at the Merriam Theater as Broadway Philadelphia presents the timeless story of romance at a family summer camp. Tap your toes to songs made famous by the musical, including Hungry Eyes and (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life. Tickets for the show start at $40 and are selling out fast, so scoop up your tickets soon.

Dirty Dancing at the Merriam Theater

When:May 16-21
Where:Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad Street
Cost:$40-$105

www.kimmelcenter.org

Grand Opening of Parks on Tap

Parks on TapPhoto by Albert Yee for Fairmount Parks Conservancy

Parks on Tap, last year's popular roving beer garden, returns this season starting this Wednesday in the Azalea Garden behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Take in prime views of Boathouse Row, the museum and hundreds of different flowers at the scenic location for this pop-up beer garden. Parks on Tap will be at the Azalea Garden from Wednesday through Sunday with cold beer, cocktails and food.

Grand Opening of Parks on Tap

When:May 17-21
Where:Azalea Garden
Cost:Pay as you go

www.parksontap.com

Movie Night at The Schmidt’s Commons: Hidden Figures

This week, The Schmidt's Commons hosts a free screening of Hidden Figures as part of its warm-weather outdoor movie series. The flick starts at 9 p.m., and food and drinks will be available on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Movie Night at The Schmidt’s Commons: Hidden Figures

When:Thursday, May 18, 7-9 p.m.
Where:The Schmidt’s Commons, 1001 N. 2nd Street
Cost:Free

www.theschmidtscommons.com

Free Admission to the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Art MuseumPhoto by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

This Thursday, the Philadelphia Museum of Art celebrates International Museum Day with free admission for all guests. Guests can explore both the special exhibits and permanent collection inside of the main building, the adjacent Perelman Building and the Rodin Museum for no admission cost at all. In addition to the museum, Cedar Grove (one of the Historic Homes of Fairmount Park) offers free admission this Thursday, too.

Free Admission to the Philadelphia Museum of Art

When:Thursday, May 18
Where:Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free

www.philamuseum.org

Philadelphia International Children's Festival at the Annenberg Center

The Philadelphia International Children's Festival celebrates its 32nd anniversary at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts with family-friendly music and theater performances from around the globe along with face-painters, jugglers and other entertainers in the free Fun Zone.

Philadelphia International Children's Festival at the Annenberg Center

When:May 18-20
Where:Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut Street
Cost:$12 and up

www.annenbergcenter.org

Brews & Views: Spring Rooftop Mini Series at Parkway Central Library

Parkway Central LibraryPhoto Courtesy The Free Library Of Philadelphia

This week, Parkway Central Library welcomes 21-plus guests to the first week of its warm-weather rooftop parties. Continuing on Thursday nights through June 29, the event promises prime views of the skyline from the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, cold drinks and food from Brûlée Catering.

Brews & Views: Spring Rooftop Mini Series at Parkway Central Library

When:Thursday, May 18, 5-9 p.m.
Where:Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Visit Philly's UPPN Happy Hour at the Museum of the American Revolution

MoARPhoto by J. Fusco for the Museum of the American Revolution

This Friday marks the final day for the Visit Philly and the Urban Philly Professional Network (UPPN) after-work happy hour. The series closes out with happy hour at the Museum of the American Revolution this Friday night with drinks, the chance to mix and mingle with local professionals and the opportunity to explore this impressive museum. Click here to register for the event.

Visit Philly's UPPN Happy Hour at the Museum of the American Revolution

When:Friday, May 19, 6-9 p.m.
Where:Museum of The American Revolution, 101 S. 3rd Street
Cost:Free with RSVP

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Celebration of Black Arts Legacy Awards Show at the Arts Bank

Art Sanctuary's Celebration of Black Arts comes to its height this Friday night with the Celebration of Black Arts Legacy Awards Show at the Arts Bank. The awards show celebrates the best of local black literature, community and art with both live performances and awards.

Celebration of Black Arts Legacy Awards Show at the Arts Bank

When:Friday, May 19, 7 p.m.
Where:Arts Bank, 601 S. Broad Street
Cost:$35, general admission; $50, VIP

www.celebrationofblackwriting.org

Young Friends of Independence Park Garden Party

The Young Friends of Independence National Historical Park celebrate the year 1917 with a themed party at the scenic Jefferson Garden in Philadelphia's Historic District. Starting at 6 p.m., guests can enjoy 1917-themed food, drinks and music, too. Tickets are $25 per person and include food and drinks.

Young Friends of Independence Park Garden Party

When:Friday, May 19, 6-9 p.m.
Where:Jefferson Garden, 104 S. 5th Street
Cost:$25

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Cira Green Beer Garden

This Friday night, the Cira Green Beer Garden returns to University City for rooftop views of the skyline and plenty of food and drinks to boot. Live music (curated by World Cafe Live) also fills this popular beer garden.

Cira Green Beer Garden

When:Friday, May 19, 5-9 p.m.
Where:Cira Green, 80 S. 30th Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival

Rittenhouse Row Spring FestivalPhoto by E. Mencher for Visit Philadelphia

Shopping and dining venues in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood come together for the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival, a massive public street fest and a day of music, outdoor shopping, fashion events, international entertainment and food from some of the city’s most renowned restaurants.

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival

When:Saturday, May 20, noon-5 p.m.
Where:Broad to 19th streets on Walnut Street and 17th and 18th streets from Sansom to Locust streets
Cost:Free

www.rittenhouserow.org

Craft Beer and Wine Festival at Citizens Bank Park

Spend time at Citizens Bank Park with a beer or glass of wine in hand at the Craft Beer and Wine Festival. Hitting the ballpark this Saturday, the festival promises high-quality sips from beer and wine producers from across the world, in addition to spirits tastings, too. Beyond drinks, guests of this festival can enjoy snacks, live music and fun-filled activities.

Craft Beer and Wine Festival at Citizens Bank Park

When:Saturday, May 20, 3-7 p.m.
Where:Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way
Cost:$25 and up

www.ballparkfestival.com

FringeA-Thon

RiverRink-Summerfest-OG-900uwPhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

This Saturday, FringeArts teams up with the Delaware River Waterfront to present a twelve-hour dance marathon hosted by John Jarboe, artistic director of The Bearded Ladies Cabaret. The dance party features tunes from some of the city's most popular DJs (DJ Cosmo Baker, DJ Royale and more), performances from professional dance crews from the city and more. Funds raised benefit FringeArts' year-long programming. Spectator tickets are $35 per person.

FringeA-Thon

When:Saturday, May 20, noon-midnight
Where:Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:$35

www.fringearts.com

9th Street Italian Market Festival

ItalianMarketFestival-M.Fischetti-2-720UWPhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

South Philadelphia’s Italian Market is the nation’s oldest continuously operating outdoor market, with more than 100 years in production. So what better way to celebrate it than with the 9th Street Italian Market Festival? This annual fest features live entertainment, games (including a greased pole-climbing contest) and food, plus the Italian Market’s dazzling array of homemade sausages, delicious cannolis, imported meats and cheeses, luscious cappuccino, butcher-cut beef and poultry, specialty cookware and fresh pastas.

9th Street Italian Market Festival

When:May 20-21
Where:Italian Market, Washington Avenue & S. 9th Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.italianmarketfestival.com

Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and Arts Festival

Kensington Kinetic Sculpture DerbyPhoto courtesy Sean Bolton Photography

During the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby & Arts Festival, people stroll the streets of Kensington and Fishtown to find an eclectic mix of local artists, musicians and food. The derby portion of the day celebrates human-powered transit as fanciful mobile sculptures parade along a three-mile urban obstacle course.

Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and Arts Festival

When:Saturday, May 20, noon-6 p.m.
Where:Trenton Avenue, From Norris To Dauphin Streets
Cost:Pay as you go

www.kensingtonkineticarts.org

40th Street Summer Series: Sun Ra Arkestra

40th_Street_Summer_Series_780uwPhoto courtesy University City District

University City's popular (and free!) 40th Street Summer Series returns for the season starting this Friday night with a live performance from Sun Ra Arkrestra, a local group known for performing soul-shaking jazz. Beyond music, guests can enjoy samples from University City spots like Saxbys and Ben and Jerry's in addition to pre-performance giveaways and activities. The pre-show events start at 5 p.m. and the music kicks off at 6 p.m.

40th Street Summer Series: Sun Ra Arkestra

When:Friday, May 19, 5-8:30 p.m.
Where:40th and Walnut Street
Cost:Free

www.universitycity.org

11th Annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Festival

The Pan Asian Society of Greater Philadelphia hosts the annual Asian Pacific American Heritage celebration this weekend, featuring an array of food, live performances, a children's fair and other cultural entertainment. The festival takes place outdoors at Franklin Square this Saturday and features live performances, a variety of Asian-inspired eats and more.

11th Annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Festival

When:Saturday, May 20, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where:Franklin Square, 200 6th Street
Cost:Free

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Philly Artisan Outdoor Bazaar at Whole Foods Market

On both Saturday and Sunday, the expansive Fairmount Whole Foods welcomes local artisans and vendors for its first-ever Artisan Outdoor Bazaar. The outdoor shopping market will fill the sidewalk outside of the grocery store with vendors peddling clothing, jewelery, soaps, photography and more.

Philly Artisan Outdoor Bazaar at Whole Foods Market

When:May 20-21
Where:Whole Foods Market, 2101 Hamilton Street
Cost:Free

www.wholefoodsmarket.com

New Hope Celebrates' Pride Festival: Parade and Fair

New Hope Celebrates PridePhoto by A. Sinagoga for Visit Philadelphia

New Hope's annual Pride celebration culminates with the hugely popular Pride Parade and Fair. The events start with the parade at 11:30 a.m., which features giant floats, live music and so much more. The parade makes its way from Lambertville, N.J. to New Hope, where it turns into a fun-filled fair at the Logan Inn parking lot. At the fair, guests can find live music, food, drinks and more.

New Hope Celebrates' Pride Festival: Parade and Fair

When:Saturday, May 20, 11:30 a.m
Where:Throughout New Hope, PA and Lambertville, NJ
Cost:Various prices

www.newhopecelebrates.com

Plazapalooza

The Graduate Hospital neighborhood celebrates its businesses and residents with the eighth-annual Plazapalooza festival, taking place at the South Street Triangle at 22nd and South streets. Starting at noon, guests can enjoy eats from food trucks, live music, activities for kids, beer and more. Admission to the fest is free and all food and drinks are available as you go.

Plazapalooza

When:Saturday, May 20, noon-7 p.m.
Where:South Street Triangle, 2235 South Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Burger Brawl at XFINITY Live!

Returning for its seventh year, Burger Brawl creates the ultimate burger-making-for-a-good-cause fiesta. Watch a number of local restaurants fire up the grill in hopes of taking home the best burger crown, handing out samples as they go to festival-goers. The event began and continues to serve as a fundraiser for Philly’s public school system.

Burger Brawl at XFINITY Live!

When:Sunday, May 21, 2-6 p.m.
Where:XFINITY Live!, 1100 Pattison Avenue
Cost:$45, general admission; $100, VIP

www.phillyburgerbrawl.com

Historic Homes of Fairmount Park Free Open House

Strawberry MansionPhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

The beautiful historic homes that make up Fairmount Park open their doors for free on Sunday to mark the final day of Love Your Park Week. All day long, sites like Historic Strawberry Mansion, Lemon Hill Mansion, Cedar Grove, Woodford Mansion, the American Swedish Historical Museum and more offer free admission and special events to guests.

Historic Homes of Fairmount Park Free Open House

When:Sunday, May 21
Where:Various locations including Historic Strawberry Mansion, 2450 Strawberry Mansion Drive
Cost:Free

www.loveyourpark.org

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