26+ Terrific Things To Do In Philly This Week, May 29-June 4

Philly Beer Week, the Roots Picnic, Irish American Festival and more...

After the long holiday weekend, Philadelphia shows no signs of slowing down this week with late-spring festivals, outdoor concerts, al fresco beer garden events and so much more.

Philly Beer Week kicks off this week with a slew of drink-fueled events all around town. Cheers!

This Saturday, some of hip-hop’s finest take the stage at Festival Pier for the annual Roots Picnic, which welcomes acts like Pharrell, Lil Wayne, Solange, The Roots and more.

On Sunday, the PECO Multicultural Series starts its 2017 season with the Irish American Festival at Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. All day long, enjoy music, food, activities and more that celebrate Irish culture.

Also this week? Free admission to the Barnes Foundation and the National Museum of American Jewish History, Parks on Tap at Belmont Plateau and so much more.

Read on for our guide to this week in Philly.

Free Yoga at Race Street Pier

Race Street PierPhoto by Matt Stanley for DRWC

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 29-June 4
Where:Race Street Pier, Race Street & N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

www.delawareriverwaterfront.com

Spruce Street Harbor Park

The popular warm-weather hot spot that is Spruce Street Harbor Park is now open for al fresco lounging along the Delaware River waterfront. Stop by one of the best urban beaches in America this week to enjoy an exclusive craft beer (made by favorite local brewery Yards Brewing Company!) and other drinks on a floating barge, relax in one of 50 colorful hammocks, take in a free concert on Thursday and shop from a pop-up market on both Saturday and Sunday.

Spruce Street Harbor Park

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

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Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

Chinese Lantern FestivalPhoto by J. Fusco for Tianyu

It's week three 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 (including the Dragon Beer Garden), live performances (including acrobatics and plate spinning), a pop-up market and more.

Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

When:Through June 11
Where:Franklin Square, 200 6th Street
Cost:$17, adults; $15, seniors and military personnel; $12, youth ages 13-18; free, kids 12 and under

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Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

Blue Cross RiverRink SummerfestPhoto courtesy Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, Spruce Street Harbor Park’s sister site, is back for its third year, transforming into a warm-weather space with an outdoor roller rink, nine-hole mini-golf course, outdoor bowling alley and food and drinks from Franklin Fountain, Chickie’s and Pete’s and more.

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

When:May 26-September 3
Where:Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Pay as you go

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Hop Sing Laundromat's 5th Anniversary

hop-sing-laundromat-780uwPhoto by Robert Neroni for Hop Sing Laundromat

Chinatown’s mysterious Hop Sing Laundromat bar marks five years of pouring meticulously crafted liquid delights this month. To celebrate, we suggest seeking out the unmarked storefront and gaining entry to sample the most recent additions to the ever-evolving laundry list of inventive cocktails. The meticulous care that goes into the Hop Sing experience has not gone unnoticed, hence its inclusion as one of the 30 best bars in the world by Condé Nast Traveler and the five years of success here in Philly. Note, too, that enigmatic proprietor Lê has recently made visiting his bar more approachable by relaxing the bar's dress code — patrons are now permitted to wear sneakers.

Hop Sing Laundromat's 5th Anniversary

When:5 pm-close, Tuesday-Saturday
Where:Hop Sing Laundromat, 1029 Race Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.hopsinglaundromat.com

Broadway Philadelphia Presents Motown the Musical

Motown The MusicalPhoto by Joan Marcus

Starting Tuesday, the Academy of Music welcomes Motown the Musical to its stage for 11 days of soulful classics. Presented by Broadway Philadelphia, the performance promises to be affordable for all, with tickets starting at just $20.

Broadway Philadelphia Presents Motown the Musical

When:May 30-June 11
Where:Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost:$20-$117

www.kimmelcenter.org

Yoga on the Banks at the Schuylkill Banks

This summer, pay-what-you-wish yoga returns to the Schuylkill Banks with classes on Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday. Guests are asked to bring their own yoga mat to this discounted class.

Yoga on the Banks at the Schuylkill Banks

When:Tuesday, May 30, 6-7 p.m.; June 3-4, 11 a.m.-noon
Where:Schuylkill Banks, 2501 Walnut Street
Cost:Pay what you wish

www.yogaonthebanks.com

Revolutionary: A Pop-Up Street Art Exhibition in Philadelphia's Historic District

Revolutionary ArtPhoto By A. Ricketts For Visit Philadelphia

Running through Tuesday, July 4, Revolutionary: A Pop-Up Street Art Exhibition showcases free public artwork exploring revolutionary themes at 13 locations in Philadelphia's Historic District. Presented by VISIT PHILADELPHIA, the exhibit features a curated selection of street artists chosen by Conrad Benner, the founder and editor of street art photo-blog streetsdept.com.

Revolutionary: A Pop-Up Street Art Exhibition in Philadelphia's Historic District

When:Through July 4
Where:Various locations including the Shambles at Headhouse Square, 200 Pine Street
Cost:Free

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Grand Opening of PHS Pop Up Garden at uCity Square

PHS-Pop-Up-South-Street-May-2016-780uwPhoto by Rob Cardillo for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

This Wednesday, the second location of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) Pop Up Garden opens at uCity Square at 36th and Filbert streets, where Jet Wine Bar will run the show and delicious Tex Mex style eats will be served from Rex 1516 and Café Ynez. The new pop-up beer garden remains open daily throughout the summer months.

Grand Opening of PHS Pop Up Garden at uCity Square

When:Wednesday, May 31, 5:30 p.m.
Where:uCity Square, 36th and Filbert streets
Cost:Pay as you go

www.phsonline.org

Parks on Tap: Belmont Plateau

Parks On TapPhoto courtesy Fairmount Park Conservancy

Cold drinks with a side of stellar skyline views? Count us in! This week, Parks on Tap — the popular roving beer garden — hits Belmont Plateau for five days of drinks, food and plenty of space for lounging.

Parks on Tap: Belmont Plateau

When:May 31-June 4
Where:Belmont Plateau, Army Road
Cost:Pay as you go

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Philly Beer Week

Craft beerPhoto by C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia

It’s the largest beer celebration in the U.S. — and it's in Philadelphia. Lasting 10 days and nights, Philly Beer Week — celebrating its 10th year in 2017! — attracts people from all over for events ranging from tastings of locally crafted brews in cozy neighborhood taprooms to educational offerings such as guided tastings, lectures and prix-fixe beer-pairing dinners.

Philly Beer Week

When:June 1-11
Where:Various locations including The Fillmore, 29 E. Allen Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.phillylovesbeer.org

Center City Sips Kick-Off at Marathon on Market

The warm weather means it's almost time for (drumroll, please!) Center City Sips. The summertime happy hour returns officially next Wednesday, June 7 but kicks off with a pre-party this Wednesday night at Marathon on Market. From 5 to 7 p.m., enjoy all of the great Sips deals while grooving to music from a DJ and mixing and mingling with fellow happy hour attendees.

Center City Sips Kick-Off at Marathon on Market

When:Wednesday, May 31, 5-7 p.m.
Where:Marathon Grill, 1818 Market Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.centercityphila.org

Philly Beer Week Pick: Opening Tap

Raise your pint glasses! Philly Beer Week kicks off this Thursday night with the much-loved Opening Tap. The party runs from 6 to 10 p.m. and features samples of brews from the area's top craft breweries — Dogfish Head, Troegs, Victory, Yards and more.

Philly Beer Week Pick: Opening Tap

When:Thursday, June 1, 6-10 p.m.
Where:The Fillmore Philadelphia, 29 E. Allen Street
Cost:$46, general admission; $92, VIP; $15, designated driver

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Free Screening of Cat Ballou at the Schuylkill Banks

Schuylkill BanksPhoto courtesy Schuylkill Banks

A popular summer movie series kicks off this Thursday night along the Schuylkill River. When the sun sets at about 8:30 p.m., the Schuylkill Banks free summer movie series kicks off with a screening of Cat Ballou. Guests are encouraged to bring picnic dinners to enjoy throughout the film.

Free Screening of Cat Ballou at the Schuylkill Banks

When:Thursday, June 1, 8:30 p.m.
Where:Schuylkill Banks at the Walnut Street Bridge, 2501 Walnut Street
Cost:Free

www.schuylkillbanks.org

Philadelphia International Tango Festival

For both dance professionals and dance newbies, the Philadelphia International Tango Festival offers tango lessons, performances featuring master tango performers, seminars about the dance and more at locations throughout Philadelphia. Registration is available for certain classes and workshops start at $15 per person.

Philadelphia International Tango Festival

When:June 1-4
Where:Various locations including the German Society, 611 Spring Garden Street
Cost:$15-$45

www.philadelphiatangofestival.com

Free Admission to the National Museum of American Jewish History

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

This week, the National Museum of American Jewish History offers up free admission to its impressive collection — including its 1917: How One Year Changed the World exhibition. Admission to the museum is free on both Thursday and Friday this week. Deal!

Free Admission to the National Museum of American Jewish History

When:June 1 and 2
Where:National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall E.
Cost:Free

www.nmajh.org

Wizard World Comic Con

wizard-world-comic-con-780uwPhoto courtesy Wizard World Comic Con

This week, Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia returns to the Pennsylvania Convention Center for another year of special events, cool programming and visits from celebrities. Thousands of fans of all ages will descend upon the Pennsylvania Convention Center to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, original art, collectibles and much more.

Wizard World Comic Con

When:June 1-4
Where:Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street
Cost:$35 and up

www.wizardworld.com

Philadelphia Latino Film Festival

Film fans can view works by established and emerging Latino and Latin American filmmakers during the Philadelphia Latino Film Festival. The lineup includes feature films, shorts, animations and documentaries, in English or Spanish with subtitles, along with workshops and discussions.

Philadelphia Latino Film Festival

When:June 2-4
Where:Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:$12 and up

www.phlaff.org

First Friday Movie Nights Under the Stars & Stripes

This Friday night, the Betsy Ross House kicks off its first Friday movie nights with a free outdoor screening of It! Terror from Beyond Space. Admission is $5 per person and includes entry to the historic home, too.

First Friday Movie Nights Under the Stars & Stripes

When:Friday, June 2, 5-9 p.m.
Where:Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch Street
Cost:$5

www.historicphiladelphia.org

Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show

Coming into its 90th year, the Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show is the nation’s oldest outdoor original artwork show. Each year, the area in and around Rittenhouse Square fills up with 100-plus artists from across North America, bringing works of all different types to peruse.

Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show

When:June 2-4
Where:Rittenhouse Square, 18th and Walnut streets
Cost:Pay as you go

www.rittenhousesquareart.com

Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship at Talen Energy Stadium

Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby ChampionshipPhoto Courtesy Penn Mutual

Eight hard-hitting collegiate teams from the premier rugby programs in the country will try to out-tough the competition as they vie for the nation’s top spot at Talen Energy Stadium this week at the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship.

Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship at Talen Energy Stadium

When:June 3-4
Where:Talen Energy Stadium, 1 Stadium Drive, Chester
Cost:$56 and up

www.usasevenscrc.com

Roots Picnic

The Roots Picnic returns this Saturday with a stellar lineup of musicians including Usher featuring the Roots, Future and Willow Smith.Photo courtesy Roots Picnic

Philly's own Grammy Award-winning hip-hop band The Roots bring together artists from various genres for the 10th annual Roots Picnic at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing. This year's performers include Pharrell, Lil Wayne, Solange, Thundercat and, of course, The Roots.

Roots Picnic

When:Saturday, June 3, noon
Where:Festival Pier at Penn's Landing, 601 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:$75

www.rootspicnic.com

Fete Day on Elfreth’s Alley

elfrethsalley-r-kennedy-24-780uwPhoto by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Take a rare look inside the homes along the nation's oldest residential street during Fete Day on Elfreth's Alley. For one afternoon, residents will open their doors to the public to see how generations have lived and preserved the homes on the historic block. Throughout the day, enjoy food, crafts, live music and colonial games.

Fete Day on Elfreth’s Alley

When:Saturday, June 3, 1-5 p.m.
Where:Elfreth's Alley, Along Elfreth's Alley
Cost:Pay as you go

www.elfrethsalley.org

Italian National Day Festival in East Passyunk

East Passyunk celebrates its Italian roots with the annual Italian Nation Day Festival this Sunday. From Broad to Moore streets along East Passyunk, enjoy Italian-inspired food, limoncello, music, the annual spaghetti bowl and more.

Italian National Day Festival in East Passyunk

When:Sunday, June 4, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where:Broad to Moore streets on East Passyunk Avenue
Cost:Pay as you go

www.visiteastpassyunk.com

PECO Multicultural Series: Irish American Festival at Penn's Landing

Celebrate all of Ireland's cultural gems, from music to dancing to food, at the Irish American Festival, which is part of the PECO Multicultural Series at Penn's Landing. While enjoying traditional eats like shepherd’s pie and bangers and mash, browse the outdoor shops for authentic and traditional Irish goods.

PECO Multicultural Series: Irish American Festival at Penn's Landing

When:Sunday, June 4, 1-7 p.m.
Where:Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Pay as you go

www.delawareriverwaterfront.com

Free First Sunday at the Barnes Foundation

The Barnes FoundationPhoto courtesy The Barnes Foundation

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, June 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free

www.barnesfoundation.org

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

Photo Courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of ArtPhoto Courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art

The first Sunday of the month returns with a deal on admission to the popular Philadelphia Museum of Art. All day long, explore the galleries for whatever price you’d like to pay.

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

When:Sunday, June 4
Where:Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Pay what you wish

www.philamuseum.org

Last Call for the 116th Annual Student Exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

PAFA Student ExhibitionPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

The annual (and super impressive!) student exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) closes this Sunday. More than 1,000 works of art, all by PAFA students, are on display now through June 4 within the storied museum galleries. PAFA’s Annual Student Exhibition offers students the unique opportunity to showcase their work in a major museum. Plus, art appreciators get to purchase pieces from up-and-coming artists at the start of their careers.

Last Call for the 116th Annual Student Exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

When:Through Sunday, June 4
Where:Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118-128 N. Broad Street
Cost:$15, adults, $12, seniors, $12, youth 13-18; free, kids 12 and under, military personnel and PAFA members; artwork available for sale

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