Tonight Picks: Night Market Kicks Off Its 2014 Season In Old City, Philadelphia Orchestra Free Neighborhood Concert, Free Art In The Age Drink Samples At The Trestle Inn And More

The Food Trust's Night Market returns to Philadelphia's downtown streets tonight as more than 80 food trucks, local restaurants, drink vendors and more take over Old City from 6 to 10 p.m. (Photo by D. Tavani for Visit Philadelphia)

The evening is abuzz with major events, neighborhood happy hours and entertaining shows.

Night Market Philadelphia debuts its first event of the year as more than 80 food trucks, local restaurants, drink stands and entertainment groups take over Old City on 3rd Street between Market and Race streets. Tonight, sip local beer from Yards Brewing Company while filling up on favorite street food like pizza from Pitruco Pizza, fried cheese curds from Cow and the Curd, cupcakes from Sweetbox Cupcakes and much more. Click here for our full guide to the always-popular event.

In South Philly, The Philadelphia Orchestra closes out its free concert series with a neighborhood concert at the Urban Outfitters Headquarters at The Navy Yard. The concert is completely free, but note that free tickets (available online) are required.

As part of The Trestle Inn’s weekly Spirit of Thursday events, the Callowhill hangout pours two punches created with Art in the Age spirits. Sip samples of the sure-to-be-tasty creations for free and enjoy $6 pours all evening.

Our top picks for tonight, below.

Night Market Old City: Tonight, Night Market returns to the city streets for its 2014 season with its biggest festival to date. Tonight, 85 vendors, including food trucks, Old City businesses, drink vendors and entertainment providers, are slated to park along the streets of Old City from Market Street to Race Street on 3rd Street. Enjoy eats and drinks from popular eateries spots including Mac Mart Cart, Little Baby’s Ice Cream, Nomad Pizza, Han Dynasty, Taco Mondo and Yards Brewing Company. Check out our full guide to the alfresco eating-and-entertainment fest. Be sure to stop by and check out the Visit Philly pop-up photo booth at 3rd and Arch streets for the opportunity to get a free print and share your photo directly on social media.

When: Thursday, May 15, 6-10 p.m.
Where: 3rd Street between Market and Race streets
Cost: Pay as you go

Neighborhood Concert at Urban Outfitters Inc. Headquarters at The Navy Yard: Wrapping up the week of freebies, the orchestra presents one of its uber-popular Neighborhood Concerts. The Philadelphia Orchestra’s newly-named Orchestra Assistant Conductor Designate Lio Kuokman will lead his first Neighborhood Concert at the impressive Urban Outfitters Inc. Headquarters at the Navy Yard. Tickets are completely free, but free tickets are required. Reserve tickets online.

When: Thursday, May 15, 6 p.m.
Where: Urban Outfitters Inc. Headquarters at the Navy Yard, Building #543, 16th Street and Flagship Avenue
Cost: Free; Tickets required

Spirit of Thursday at The Trestle Inn: Tonight, Art in the Age spirits fills glasses at The Trestle Inn’s weekly Spirit of Thursday event. Sip two punches — Art in the Age Sage with honey lavender and Art in the Age Sage Rhubarb with cherry lime. Enjoy complimentary samples and discounted featured cocktails all night. The punches will be offered at $6 a glass until 2 a.m.

When: Thursday, May 15, 6-8 p.m.
Where: The Trestle Inn, 339 N. 11th Street
Cost: Pay as you go

Dinner or Drinks at Morgan’s Pier: Take advantage of Morgan’s Pier, an ideal warm weather hangout, and stop by for dinner or drinks this balmy evening. The carefully curated food menu by Chef David Gilberg — of the now-shuttered, but highly regarded Koo Zee Doo — promises diners plates like lobster rolls, pulled pork sandwiches, grilled vegetable kabob and more. Our tip: try the watermelon ricky, a 21st amendment watermelon wheat ale poured over watermelon puree.

When: Thursday, May 15
Where: Morgan’s Pier, 221 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost: Pay as you go

Beer Garden Quizzo at Memphis Taproom: Sip an alfresco beer and answer trivia questions as Memphis Taproom hosts its weekly beer garden quizzo (on every rain-free Thursday night). The quizzo winner receives beer garden bucks to use on drinks and food. Hosted by the well-loved quizzo host JB Farley, beer garden quizzo is set to occur every (non-rainy) Thursday this spring and summer.

When: Thursday, May 15, 6 p.m.
Where: Memphis Taproom, 2331 E. Cumberland Street
Cost: Pay as you go

Free Beer and Cheese Happy Hour at Di Bruno Bros.: Thursday night means free beer and cheese samples at Di Bruno Bros. at The Franklin. Tonight, sip free beer from Ommegang Brewery while noshing on appropriate cheese pairings, too. Stop by for a free after work happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m.

When: Thursday, May 15, 5-7 p.m.
Where: Di Bruno Bros. Franklin Market, 9th and Sansom Streets
Cost: Free

Jazz in the Park at Hawthorne Park: Free music alert! Hawthorne Park kicks off the first of its free summer jazz concerts with a performance by Edgardo Cintron, a Latin jazz quartet. The concert is slated to being at 7 p.m. Guests are encouraged to pack picnics and blankets for maximum enjoyment.

When: Thursday, May 15, 7 p.m.
Where: Hawthorne Park, 12th and Catharine Streets
Cost: Free

Free Yoga at Race Street Pier: Bring your yoga mat and head out to Race Street Pier for a sunny evening of free yoga on the waterfront. Beginning at 6 p.m., get your yoga on with a number of fellow yogis from the community. Can’t make it tonight? No worries, Race Street Pier hosts free yoga every day except Wednesdays.

When: Thursday, May 15, 6 p.m.
Where: Race Street Pier, Columbus Boulevard and Race Street
Cost: Free

11 Hour Theatre Company presents Altar Boyz: Opening tonight, the 11th Hour Theatre Company, presents Altar Boyz, an award-winning off-Broadway hit about a fictitious Christian boy band on the last night of their national “Raise the Praise” tour. The musical comedy promises tongue and cheek lyrics and satirical look at boy bands. Tonight’s show is slated for 7 p.m.

When: Thursday, May 15, 7 p.m.
Where: The Arts Bank at the University of the Arts, 601 S. Broad Street
Cost: $31

Pennsylvania 6 First Anniversary Party: Celebrate one year of Pennsylvania 6 with a variety of programming during the next two weeks. Tonight, “the Maine Event” brings affordable lobster to the spotlight. For $19 fill up on a one pound steamed lobster paired with a summer salad. Pair your lobster with a beverage from the restaurant’s solid cocktail and beer list, too. Reservations are strongly suggested.

When: Thursday, May 15, 5 p.m.
Where: Pennsylvania 6, 114 S 12th Street
Cost: Lobster dinner, $19; Drinks, pay as you go



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