Weekend Picks: Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta, Art Star Craft Bazaar, Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts Craft Fair, “Love Your Park Week”, Brewerytown Spring Festival, Mother’s Day Happenings And More

Beginning today, the Schuylkill River welcomes more than 100 collegiate crew teams for the annual Dad Vail Regatta, and across the city along the Delaware River, the Art Star Craft Bazaar brings one-of-a-kind items from more than 150 artists to Penn's Landing. (Photo by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia)

Year after year, Mother’s Day weekend brings a score of special events to Philadelphia.

Beginning today, the annual Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta fills the Schuylkill River with more than 100 collegiate crew teams for two full days of high-energy races. The regatta is free to watch and the sidelines, along Kelly Drive, are a great place for cheering on the teams, hanging alfresco with friends and some healthy competition. Check out our spectator’s guide to the regatta.

Along Philadelphia’s other river, the Delaware River, the Art Star Craft Bazaar pops up for its 11th year of handcrafted items made by artists from across the nation and carefully-curated live music. Buy mom one-of-a-kind fashion, accessories, home decor and more at the two-day shopping soiree and check here for our guide.

It’s no secret that Philly’s parks are expansive and straight up awesome, from Fairmount Park to Penn Treaty Park, our public outdoor spaces are made for festivals, impromptu sports games, picnicking and lounging. Raise a hat to the more than 10,000 acres of open space as “Love Your Park Week” returns for its third year of programming on Saturday. The festival kicks off tomorrow with a citywide clean up day at a number of the city’s parks.

For those looking for some last-minute Mother’s Day plans, check out our picks for dinners, brunch and events across the city.

And that’s not all, this weekend also hosts its fair share of neighborhood festivals, food truck gatherings, farmers’ markets and more. Plus, it’s going to be 80 degrees all weekend long.

Our picks for this weekend, below.

Friday, May 9

Top Pick: Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta (Fri, Sat)

Top Pick: Fired Up at Forty at The Clay Studio (Fri, Sat)

Top Pick: Pennsylvania Guild Fine Craft Fair at Rittenhouse Square (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Presents The Jōst Project

Top Pick: Dinner Idea — Our Guide to Pizza in Philadelphia

The Magic Message DJ’s at Morgan’s Pier

Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392-1910 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Philly PHLASH (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Opening Day for Rival Bros Coffee Bar at 2400 Lombard Street

Little Baby’s Ice Cream Tasting at Di Bruno Brothers Rittenhouse Square

Margaritas, anyone? — Now Open: Lolita

PAFA’s 113th Annual Student Exhibition (Fri, Sat, Sun)

2014 World Press Photo Exhibition at URBN Center Annex’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery at Drexel University

Jefferson, Philadelphia, and the Founding of a Nation at the American Philosophical Society Museum

Art Sanctuary’s Celebration of Black Writing

Native American Voices: The People — Here and Now at the Penn Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Tours of Eastern State Penitentiary

Director’s Choice at the Academy of Music (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Le Queue du Chat at The Trestle Inn

Marnie Stern at Johnny Brenda’s

Sendak in the ’60s at the Rosenbach Museum and Library

Saturday, May 10

Top Pick: Love Your Park Week Clean Up Day

Top Pick: Art Star Craft Bazaar at Penn’s Landing (Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: Fitler Square Spring Fair (Fri, Sat)

Top Pick: Pennsylvania Guild Fine Craft Fair at Rittenhouse Square (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: Franklin Flea at the Historic Strawbridge’s Building

Top Pick: Brewerytown Spring Festival

Top Pick: Pie In The Sky Food Truck Festival at Penn Treaty Park

Spruce Hill May Fair

Asian American Heritage Festival at Franklin Square

Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello at the National Constitution Center (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Namas Day at the WHYY Building

PHAIR Open-Air Market at the Headhouse Square Shambles

Second Saturday on East Passyunk Avenue

Walter Martin at World Cafe Live

Mother’s Day Tea Party at the Betsy Ross House

Write Sky: Skywriting

Jay Yo at Morgan’s Pier

Costumes Of Downton Abbey at the Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Philadelphia Wine & Food Festival

Greater Northeast Philadelphia Beer Festival

Coffee and Conversations at Terrain

More happenings, below.

The Philadelphia Soul Presents Out with the Soul, Champions for Equality at the Wells Fargo Center

MOMIX Presents Alchemia (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Collage Festival at the Community Education Center (Fri, Sat)

The Celebration of Black Writing Presents Literary and Arts Conference and Workshop at Temple University

Israeli Independence Day Party at Stella Rossa

Spring Blooms at Longwood Gardens (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Jessie Drew-Bear: Stories and Dreams at Woodmere Art Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Brunch Love at Lit Ultrabar

Tashan After-Dinner Happy Hour From 9-11 p.m.

The Pen is Mightier than the Sword at Laurel Hill Cemetery

Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution at the Academy of Natural Sciences (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Sunday, May 11 — Happy Mother’s Day!

Top Pick: Our Picks For Mother’s Day Brunch, Dinner and Events

Top Pick: Weekend are made for brunching — Our Guide to Brunch in Philadelphia

Top Pick: Free Yoga at Race Street Pier

Top Pick: Headhouse Farmers’ Market

New Hope Celebrates Pride — Opening Day!

Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love and Gerlan Jeans ♥ Patrick Kelly at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Fri, Sat, Sun)

7th Annual Radio 104.5 Birthday Show at the Susquehanna Bank Center

Dear Mom at the Penn’s Landing Playhouse

Family Jam’s at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

Mother’s Day Brunch at Franklin Square

Moonshine Brunch at J.J. Bootleggers

Now Open: Society Hill Society

Mother’s Day Tea Ceremony at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

This Is the Week That Is at the Plays and Players Theatre (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Burger Month at Iron Hill Brewery (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

Sunday Suds and Grub at Alla Spina

The People’s Choice: Celebrating Michener’s Top 25 (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Bocks and Brats at Johnny Brenda’s

Schuylkill Banks Riverboat Tours

Chasing Dreams: Baseball And Becoming American at the National Museum of American Jewish History (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Late-Night Happy Hour at North Bowl

Sugo Sunday at Modo Mio

Romeo and Juliet at the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Manayunk Loves Mom

Beer and Sandwich Lunch Special at Barcade

Hell on Heels Book Release Party at PhilaMOCA


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