Tonight Picks: Parks On Tap, Chinese Lantern Festival And More

Tonight, having fun in Philly is a breeze...

Another beautiful night in Philadelphia means the opportunity to check out great events of all kinds.

The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival continues to enchant with its creative lanterns, live performances and themed food and drink (including the Dragon Beer Garden!).

Parks On Tap heads to FDR Boathouse in South Philadelphia this week and weekend, and Sittin’ In at the Kimmel Center offers free live music on the Avenue of the Arts.

Our top picks for Wednesday, below.

Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

Chinese Lantern FestivalPhoto by J. Fusco for Tianyu

The Chinese Lantern Festival continues to light up Franklin Square tonight with more than 25 elaborate lantern designs — including a 200-foot-long Chinese dragon, illuminated sea animals, lions, pandas and mythological creatures — handcrafted by artisans from China.

Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

When:Wednesday, May 24, 6-10 p.m.
Where:Franklin Square, 200 6th Street
Cost:$17, adults; $15, seniors and military personnel; $12, youth

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Parks On Tap at FDR Boathouse

Parks On TapPhoto courtesy Fairmount Park Conservancy

Grab a beer with friends as Philly's popular roving beer garden series sets up shop tonight at FDR Park's FDR Boathouse. Cheers!

Parks On Tap at FDR Boathouse

When:Wednesday, May 24, 5-10 p.m.
Where:FDR Boathouse at FDR Park, 1500 Pattison Avenue
Cost:Pay as you go

www.parksontap.com

Free Admission to The Franklin Institute

The Franklin Institute opens its doors to the community on the third Wednesday of every month via free admission and special evening hours.

Free Admission to The Franklin Institute

When:Wednesday, May 24, 5-8 p.m.
Where:The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street
Cost:Free

www.fi.edu

Spruce Street Harbor Park

Come out to Spruce Street Harbor Park on the Delaware River waterfront for relaxation in one of 50 colorful hammocks, great drinks and food, games and more.

Spruce Street Harbor Park

When:Wednesday, May 24, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Where:Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Pay as you go

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Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

PMAPhoto courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art

Tonight, the acclaimed Philadelphia Museum of Art offers one of the best deals in the city with pay-what-you-wish admission.

Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

When:Wednesday, May 24, 5-8:45 p.m.
Where:Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Pay what you wish

www.philamuseum.org

PAFA After Dark: Commencement

The after-hours event series at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) returns tonight with art on display from PAFA graduates, art making, live music, drinks and more.

PAFA After Dark: Commencement

When:Wednesday, May 24, 5:30-9 p.m.
Where:Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118-128 N. Broad Street
Cost:Free with admission: $15, adults, $12, seniors, $12, youth 13-18; free, kids 12 and under, military personnel and PAFA members

www.pafa.org

Sittin’ In at the Kimmel Center

Kimmel CenterPhoto by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia

Enjoy an intimate musical performance at the Kimmel Center tonight during this free(!) event.

Sittin’ In at the Kimmel Center

When:Wednesday, May 24, 8 p.m.
Where:Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:Free

www.kimmelcenter.org

Spring Training: City Fit Girls Running Club at Dilworth Park

Join women of all fitness levels for this fun Spring Training event featuring a 3.5-mile run through Center City.

Spring Training: City Fit Girls Running Club at Dilworth Park

When:Wednesday, May 17, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Where:Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street
Cost:Free

www.centercityphila.org

North Bowl Happy Hour

This Northern Liberties bowling alley hosts a happy hour featuring $5 games of bowling, $2 PBR beers and $3 Jim Beam Kentucky Fire drinks.

North Bowl Happy Hour

When:Wednesday, May 24, 5-7 p.m.
Where:North Bowl, 909 N. 2nd Street
Cost:$5, bowling; drink specials available for purchase

www.northbowlphilly.com

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Colorado Rockies at Citizens Bank Park

The Phillies are back in the city tonight as they take the field against the Colorado Rockies. Batter up!

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Colorado Rockies at Citizens Bank Park

When:Wednesday, May 24, 7:05 p.m.
Where:Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way
Cost:$20 and up

www.mlb.com

Commonspace LIVE: Gentrified at FringeArts

This performance series discusses the complexities of gentrification and the people it affects.

Commonspace LIVE: Gentrified at FringeArts

When:Wednesday, May 24, 8 p.m.
Where:FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:$10, general admission; $7, members of WHYY, First Person Arts and FringeArts

www.fringearts.com

East Passyunk Fountain Farmers' Market

This East Passyunk farmers' market features fresh produce and savory baked bread from High Street on Market.

East Passyunk Fountain Farmers' Market

When:Wednesday, May 24, 3-7 p.m.
Where:Singing Fountain, S. 11th Street & East Passyunk Avenue
Cost:Pay as you go

www.visiteastpassyunk.com

Live Music Tonight

Jacob Whitesides at The Foundry and Joe Jack Talcum at Boot & Saddle.

Live Music Tonight

When:All shows are tonight, May 24
Cost:Ticket prices vary and are subject to availability

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