Weekend Picks: Italian Market Festival, Trenton Avenue Arts Festival, Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby, Free Admission To Area Museums For International Museum Day, Wheat Beer Festival And More

Street festivals fill popular thoroughfares across the city this weekend, visit South Philly for the annual (and two-day!) Italian Market Festival, and Fishtown for the Trenton Avenue Arts Festival and Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby. (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Don’t let a few showers dampen enthusiasm for the weekend.

The weekend forecast is ideal, with temps in the 70s and mostly sunny skies, are perfect for a welcomed deluge of alfresco weekend activities.

Tomorrow, the Trenton Avenue Arts Festival and Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby arrive to the streets of Fishtown and Kensington. The festivals promise plenty of shopping from local artisans, a solid lineup of food trucks, craft beer and a fantastical design competition and derby of human-powered floats. Don’t miss it.

On both Saturday and Sunday, Italian and international food and drink takes the spotlight at the popular Italian Market Festival which takes over 9th Street from Fitzwater to Federal streets. The weekend-long festival also happens to be one of the city’s best-attended block parties, so get ready.

This Sunday also marks International Museum Day, an annual celebration of the world’s museums and their impact on global cultures. In honor of the celebration, five of our well-loved museums are set to swing their doors open for free — the Philadelphia Museum of Art, PAFA, ICA and the Brandywine River Museum of Art.

Read on for our guide to the weekend’s happenings.

Friday, May 16

Top Pick: Art in the Open 2014 (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: Love Your Park Week (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: Half-Price Admission to the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Fri, Sat)

Top Pick: Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Presents Farah Siraj

First Person Arts’ Grand Slam at Underground Arts

11 Hour Theatre Company presents Altar Boyz (Fri, Sat, Sun)

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

The Age of Consequences at The Gershman Y

New Hope Celebrates Pride Week (Fri, Sat, Sun)

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

Chicken Bone Beach at Art Sanctuary (Fri, Sat)

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

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

I am Here at the James Oliver Gallery

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

Umer Piracha at Tashan

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

The Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus Presents Let’s Do It: The Music of Cole Porter (Fri, Sat)

Souled Out with Oz at The Trestle Inn

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

Tours of Eastern State Penitentiary (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Saturday, May 17

Top Pick: Italian Market Festival (Sat, Sun)11 a.m.-6 p.m., 9th Street between Fitzwater and Federal streets

Top Pick: Trenton Avenue Arts Festival 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Trenton Avenue and E. Susquehanna Avenue

Top Pick: Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derbynoon-5 p.m., Trenton Avenue and Norris Street

Top Pick: South Philadelphia Tap Room Wheat Beer Fest — noon-8 p.m., 1509 Mifflin Street

Top Pick: New Hope Celebrates Pride Presents Pride Parade and Rock The Block Partynoon, Downtown New Hope

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

Party in the Park at Clark Park

Di Bruno Bros. 75th Birthday Celebration at the Italian Market Festival

Preakness At The Piazza

Opening Day for Mural Arts’ psychylustro

Free Yoga at the Schuylkill Banks

Dance with the Bride! 45th Anniversary Celebration at the Painted Bride Art Center

Moore College of Art and Design’s Student Fashion Show

Macy’s Family Fun Day at the African American Museum in Philadelphia

PHAIR Open-Air Market at the Headhouse Square Shambles

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

Stotesbury Cup Regatta (Fri, Sat)

More picks, below.

Clark Park Farmers’ Market

Grand Opening for Dreamscapes Conceptual Landscapes at The Bazemore Gallery

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

New Paths Festival at the American Swedish Historical Museum

Radnor Hunt Races

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

Antique and Vintage Sidewalk Sale on East Passyunk Avenue

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

53rd Global Gala: Colors of Brazil at International House Philadelphia

Spring Open Mic Night at Julian Abele Park

Spring Flea Market and White Elephant Sale at Awbury Arboretum

Clothesline Art at Penn Treaty Park

SS United States Exhibition at the Independence Seaport Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Sunday, May 18

Top Pick: Free Admission to 4 Area Museums for International Museum Day

• PMA, PAFA, ICA and the Brandywine River Museum

Top Pick: Italian Market Festival (Sat, Sun)11 a.m.-6 p.m., 9th Street between Fitzwater and Federal Streets

Top Pick: Yoga on the Steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Top Pick: Our Guide to the Best Brunch in Philadelphia

Top Pick: Clover Market in Ardmore

Top Pick: Israel 66 Festival at Penn’s Landing12-5 p.m., Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing

Society Hill Open House And Garden Tour

Free Yoga at Race Street Pier (Sat, Sun)

J.J. Bootleggers’ Moonshine Brunch

2014 World Press Photo Exhibition at Drexel’s URBN Center Annex’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Sunday Suds and Grub at Alla Spina

Day in the Park at Eakins Oval Presented by Naked Juice

Free Brewery Tours at Yards Brewing Company (Sat, Sun)

Treasures from Korea at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Stogie Joe’s Tavern Rock the Block Festival

Big Cat Crossing at the Philadelphia Zoo

Spring Festival at the Mount Pleasant Plantation in Fairmount Park

How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying at the Walnut Street Theatre (Fri, Sat, Sun)

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

Late-Night Happy Hour at North Bowl

Karaoke at The Barbary


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