Major Events And Festivals Hitting Philadelphia This May

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

Spring has certainly sprung in Philadelphia as huge events and festivals hit for the 2017 season.

Festival fans, take note: In the coming weeks, the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival, South Street Spring Festival, South 9th Street Italian Market Festival, Night Market and more pop up with delicious food, cold drinks, live music and shopping.

Those looking for a spot to relax can either head out to the roving Parks on Tap beer garden, which debuts for the year on May 17 in the Azalea Garden (located behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art), or grab a hammock at Spruce Street Harbor Park, which opens on May 12 with a fun festival.

Check out the biggest events and festivals hitting Philadelphia this May, below.

Celebration of Black Arts Festival

Art SanctuaryPhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

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. Author readings, interactive workshops, live performances, an awards show and an outdoor festival take place throughout May 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

South Street Spring Festival and Brauhaus Schmitz Maifest

Photo courtesy South Street Headhouse District

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

Sly Fox Bock Fest and Goat Race

Sly Fox Goat RacePhoto courtesy Sly Fox Brewing Company

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 winning goat lends his or her name to the seasonal Maibock-style beer released that day.

Sly Fox Bock Fest and Goat Race

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

www.slyfoxbeer.com

Philly Tech Week

Philly Tech WeekPhoto by Aidan Un 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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Broad Street Run

Photo 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

Chestnut HillPhoto courtesy Chestnut Hill Visitor's Center

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

Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

Chinese Lantern FestivalPhoto by J. Fusco for Historic Philadelphia, Inc.

Drumroll, please! After last year's super successful fest, the Chinese Lantern Festival returns to Franklin Square this month. For five weeks straight, the square at 6th and Race streets will come alive with 15,000 LED lights shining on 29 different lantern displays, including a 200-foot-long Chinese dragon. Also on tap: awe-inspiring acrobatics and folk dance performances, the Dragon Beer Garden, classic Asian food and more.

Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in 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 3-17 and free for children under 2

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Night Market Philadelphia: Burholme

night market philadelphiaPhoto by Dave Tavani for The Food Trust

Food truck festivals are a favorite when the spring weather hits, and luckily, The Food Trust’s Night Market returns this spring, summer and fall. The first event of the year goes down in Burholme in Northeast Philadelphia on Thursday, May 11 with a roster of more than 80 food trucks, vendors and beverage producers (read: beer).

Night Market Philadelphia: Burholme

When:Thursday, May 11, 6-10 p.m.
Where:Cottman and Rising Sun avenues
Cost:Pay as you go

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Grand Opening of Spruce Street Harbor Park

SSHPPhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

One of the most anticipated openings of the spring is Spruce Street Harbor Park, the pop-up summer-only village along the Delaware River waterfront. This year, look forward to a floating restaurant (with eats from Garces Group, Federal Donuts, Chickie's and Pete's, Franklin Fountain and more), a beer garden, delicious food, hammocks, a boardwalk, colorful LED lights and a full entertainment schedule. The favorite attraction opens for the season on Friday, May 12, with the first-annual UNIVESTival, a three-day-long event with both on-the-water activities and off-the-water fun.

Grand Opening of Spruce Street Harbor Park

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

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Dad Vail Regatta

Dad Vail RegattaPhoto courtesy Dad Vail Regatta

The Dad Vail Regatta is the largest collegiate regatta in the United States, featuring participants from more than 100 colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada. The Olympic-length racecourse spans 2,000 meters on the beautiful Schuylkill River. Rowing fans fill the grandstand and line the east side of the river to cheer on their favorite crew teams from the banks.

Dad Vail Regatta

When:May 12-13
Where:2200 Kelly Drive
Cost:Free

www.dadvail.org

New Hope and Lambertville Celebrate Pride

New Hope Celebrates PridePhoto by A. Sinagoga for Visit Philadelphia

Now in its 14th year, the week-long New Hope and Lambertville Celebrate Pride culminates in a Pride Parade (May 20) that starts on the New Jersey side of the Delaware River in Lambertville before crossing the New Hope & Lambertville Bridge to New Hope for a fair featuring international entertainers and family fun.

New Hope and Lambertville Celebrate Pride

When:May 14-21
Where:Throughout New Hope, PA and Lambertville, NJ
Cost:Pay as you go

www.newhopecelebrates.com

Parks on Tap

Parks on TapPhoto by Albert Yee for Fairmount Parks Conservancy

Concession trucks meet permanent parks during the warm-weather Parks on Tap series. The traveling program takes advantage of green spaces throughout the city, and Philly’s wealth of mobile suppliers bring two trucks at a time (one food, one craft beer and other adult beverages) to rotating locations throughout the area. The series kicks off for its second summer on May 17 at the beautiful Azalea Garden in Fairmount Park and continues with pop-up events this month at the FDR Boathouse and Belmont Plateau.

Parks on Tap

When:Azalea Garden, May 17-21; FDR Boathouse, May 24-29; Belmont Plateau, May 31-June 4
Where:Various locations including the Azalea Garden, Kelly Drive and Fairmount Avenue
Cost:Pay as you go

www.parksontap.com

Grand Opening of Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

SummerfestPhoto courtesy Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, will return this May with roller skating and plenty of food and drink options on the waterfront. Stay tuned for more on this awesome attraction.

Grand Opening of Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

When:Late May
Where:Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Pay as you go

www.delawareriverwaterfront.com

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival

Photo by E. Mencher for Visit Philadelphia

The Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival transforms the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood into a come-one, come-all street fest. Residents and visitors flock to the area for 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:Walnut Street from Broad to 19th streetst
Cost:Free admission

www.rittenhouserow.org

9th Street Italian Market Festival

Italian Market FestivalPhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

The nation’s oldest outdoor market brings a food- and fun-filled jamboree every year with the South 9th Street Italian Market Festival. The annual celebration features live entertainment and activities, plus the Italian Market’s scrumptious array of homemade sausages, delicious cannoli, imported meats and cheeses, butcher-cut beef and poultry, specialty cookware and fresh pastas.

9th Street Italian Market Festival

When:May 20-21, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where:9th Street from Fitzwater to Federal streets
Cost:Free admission

www.italianmarketfestival.com

Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and Arts Festival

Kinetic SculpturePhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

During the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and 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 eccentric, handcrafted 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 and E. Norris Street
Cost:Free admission

www.kinetickensington.org

Summer of Spectacle at Longwood Gardens

Longwood GardensRendering courtesy Longwood Gardens

After delighting crowds for more than 85 years, Longwood Gardens’ fountains have undergone a $90 million makeover. Now enhanced by 21st-century technology and dramatic new lighting, a variety of newly choreographed fountain shows featuring jets that shoot more than 175 feet in the air will elicit ooohs and aahhhs. New seating areas, a grotto, a trestle bridge and landscaped paths offer guests lots of photo-worthy scenes.

Summer of Spectacle at Longwood Gardens

When:May 27-September 30
Where:Longwood Gardens, 401 E. Street Road, Kennett Square
Cost:Included in the price of general admission

www.longwoodgardens.org


For more May events and festivals in Philadelphia, check out a full guide on visitphilly.com.

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