20+ Awesome Things To Do In Philly This Week, April 30-May 6

Philly Tech Week, the Chinese Lantern Festival, the Broad Street Run and more...

Dozens of terrific events, festivals, exhibits and cultural celebrations energize the city this week as Philadelphia collectively says “so long” to April and welcomes May.

Philly Tech Week continues with events highlighting trends and innovations in the technology space, capping off with the signature event at Reading Terminal Market on Friday.

On the festival front, the awe-inspiring Chinese Lantern Festival returns to illuminate Franklin Square on Wednesday with 1,500 astounding, silk-wrapped creations. On Saturday, the South Street Spring Festival shuts down South Street for a giant open-air block party and Maifest celebration.

For more alfresco fun, check out Parks on Tap at Lovett Park in Mt. Airy (a new location this year!), the first Dining Under the Stars event of the season in Media, the first outdoor movie night at The Schmidt’s Commons and the Fishtown Flea at Evil Genius Brewing Company.

Check out all of our picks for this week in Philly, below.

Philly Tech Week

Women in Tech SoireePhoto courtesy Philly Tech Week

More than 25,000 business leaders and other self-proclaimed tech geeks — and the technically challenged — participate in more than 100 events that celebrate and highlight emerging trends, advances and innovating uses of technology. Upcoming events this week include a new a one-day conference filled with demos, networking and seminars (Thursday), the region’s largest annual technology and innovation expo (Tuesday), a soiree for women in tech (Wednesday) and Philly Tech Week’s signature event at Reading Terminal Market (Friday).

Philly Tech Week

When:April 27-May 5
Where:Various locations including SEER Interactive HQ, 1033 N. 2nd Street
Cost:Varies by event

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Bucks County Restaurant Week

Last chance for meal deals in Buck’s County! The region wraps up its first-ever restaurant week on Saturday, offering diners $25 or $35 meals from a special prix-fixe menu at nearly 70 participating restaurants and BYOBs countywide.

Bucks County Restaurant Week

When:April 29-May 5
Where:Various locations including Caleb's American Kitchen, 5738 U.S. 202, Lahaska
Cost:$25 or $35

www.visitbuckscounty.com

Parks on Tap at Lovett Park

Parks On TapPhoto courtesy Fairmount Park Conservancy

Raise a glass to the start of May with fresh-air brews and bites at Lovett Park, one of the seven new locations in the Parks on Tap rotation this year. The traveling beer garden series posts up from Wednesday through Sunday at this newly renovated, one-acre green space in Mt. Airy, located adjacent to the Mt. Airy branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia on Germantown Avenue.

Parks on Tap at Lovett Park

When:May 2-6
Where:Lovett Park, 6945 Germantown Avenue
Cost:Pay as you go

www.parksontap.com

Opera Philadelphia: Carmen at the Academy of Music

Academy of MusicPhoto by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia

Bizet's masterpiece Carmen, one of the most-performed operas in the genre, opens at the Academy of Music in late April. The classic show tells the story of Carmen, a seductive Spanish gypsy who wins the affection of every man around her, resulting in jealousy and deceit.

Opera Philadelphia: Carmen at the Academy of Music

When:Through May 6 (select dates)
Where:Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost:$20 and up

www.operaphila.org

Grand Opening: Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

Chinese Lantern Festival dragon lanternPhoto by C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia

Led by the 200-foot-long dragon, 1,500 brilliantly colorful illuminated sculptures overtake Franklin Square for the third year. New this year: an endangered species gallery, a walk-through great white shark lantern tunnel and an elephant lantern that changes colors as guests pedal a bicycle. As always, visitors can watch cultural performances, purchase food and drinks throughout the square and in the Dragon Beer Garden and shop for artisan-made crafts. Timed tickets are available online (and we recommend scooping up tickets in advance).

Grand Opening: Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

When:May 1 - June 30
Where:Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th Street
Cost:$18, adults; $15, seniors / military; $12, youth

www.historicphiladelphia.org

Media’s Dining Under the Stars

Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

The first Wednesday in May kicks off Media’s alfresco dining extravaganza, Dining Under the Stars. Restaurants in the town bring their food and drinks to State Street (which is completely closed to vehicular traffic) for a full night of outdoor dining and drinking. In addition to food and drinks, guest can pop into Media shops throughout the evening, too.

Media’s Dining Under the Stars

When:May 2-September 26
Where:Various locations including Ariano, 114 South Olive Street, Media
Cost:Pay as you go

www.visitmediapa.com

Movie Night at The Schmidt's Commons: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Movie Night At Schmidt's CommonsPhoto courtesy The Schmidt's Commons

'Tis the season for outdoor screenings! The Schmidt’s Commons kicks off their free outdoor movie night series on Thursday, starting with the latest installment of the Star Wars saga, Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Movie Night at The Schmidt's Commons: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

When:Thursday, May 3, 7-9 p.m.
Where:The Schmidt’s Commons, 1001 N. 2nd Street
Cost:Free

www.theschmidtscommons.com

Cinco de Mayo

Photo by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Fiesta in Philly for Cinco de Mayo at special celebrations of Mexican culture all over the city. Among many other events, there’s a block party at El Rey, a taco eating contest at North Bowl, a fun and informative cultural celebration at the International House and festivities at both the South Street and uCity Square PHS Pop Up Garden locations.

Cinco de Mayo

When:May 3-6
Where:Various locations including El Rey, 2013 Chestnut Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Asian Arts Initiative’s 25th Anniversary Celebration

Asian Arts InitiativePhoto courtesy Asian Arts Initiative

The 25th anniversary celebration of this multidisciplinary art center features dozens of events citywide that showcase the work of more than 30 acclaimed local, national and international artists over the course of four days. Highlights include performances of hip-hop protest piece Activist Songbook on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and a performance showcase featuring poetry, spoken word and hip-hop works inspired by the country’s present social climate on Saturday evening.

Asian Arts Initiative’s 25th Anniversary Celebration

When:May 3-6
Where:Various locations including Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine Street
Cost:Various costs

www.asianartsinitiative.org

Eastern State Penitentiary Reception for the 2018 Season

Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

The Eastern State Penitentiary hosts an after-hours reception for the new artist installations on exhibit for 2018. This free event includes a preview of the new featured works, a meet-and-greet with the artists and light refreshments.

Eastern State Penitentiary Reception for the 2018 Season

When:Friday, May 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where:Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue
Cost:Free

www.easternstate.org

Philadelphia Magazine's Wine Festival at Lincoln Financial Field

Sponsored by Philadelphia magazine and taking place at Lincoln Financial Field’s SCA Club, this annual festival brings together more than 500 hard-to-find vintages and rare blends along with delicious food pairings. The special guest this year is Pandora Vanderpump, the daughter of reality T.V. star Lisa Vanderpump, who will be meeting fans and pouring her brand of rosé.

Philadelphia Magazine's Wine Festival at Lincoln Financial Field

When:Thursday May 3, 6:30-9 p.m.
Where:Lincoln Financial Field, 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way
Cost:$30 and up

www.lincolnfinancialfield.com

South Street Spring Festival & Brauhaus Schmitz Maifest

South Street Headhouse DistrictSouth Street Spring Festival and Maifest | Photo courtesy South Street Headhouse District

Thousands of revelers take part in fresh-air family fun, from Headhouse Square and along South Street. 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, complete with a giant traditional Maypole.

South Street Spring Festival & Brauhaus Schmitz Maifest

When:Saturday, May 5, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where:South Street from 2nd to 8th streets
Cost:Pay as you go

www.southstreet.com

Phoenixville Food Festival

Phoenixville Food FesitvalPhoto courtesy Phoenixville Food Festival

Food trucks dishing out empanadas, cannoli, soul food, Korean BBQ and more line the streets of Phoenixville for a day-long food festival in both the spring and the fall. Vendors selling homemade snacks and handmade trinkets take part in the festival as well, which is expected to attract thousands this year.

Phoenixville Food Festival

When:Saturday, May 5, noon-6 p.m.
Where:Downtown Phoenixville including the 100 & 200 blocks of Bridge Street, Phoenixville
Cost:Pay as you go

www.phoenixvillefoodfestival.com

Renoir: Father and Son/Painting and Cinema Opening at the Barnes Foundation

Sign outside the Barnes Foundation in PhiladelphiaPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

This Barnes Foundation exhibition explores the relationship between impressionist master Pierre-Auguste Renoir and master filmmaker Jean Renoir by juxtaposing the father’s paintings and drawings with the son’s films, costumes, photos and ceramics. Sylvie Patry, consulting curator at the Barnes, curated the exhibition. It is organized by the Barnes and the Musées d’Orsay et de l’Orangerie, Paris, in collaboration with La Cinémathèque française, Paris.

Renoir: Father and Son/Painting and Cinema Opening at the Barnes Foundation

When:May 6-September 3
Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:$30, adults (includes collection admission); $28, seniors; $5, students; free, members

www.barnesfoundation.org

Fishtown Flea at Evil Genius Beer Company

Shop — and sip! — 'til you drop at this outdoor craft fair, where local designers and artisans sell their creations and Evil Genius Beer Company provides the refreshments.

Fishtown Flea at Evil Genius Beer Company

When:Saturday, May 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where:Evil Genius Beer Company, 1727 N. Front Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Broad Street Run

Broad Street RunPhoto by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

Thousands of Philadelphians take to the streets for the 10-mile Broad Street Run, a popular race for runners of all levels. The run makes its way down Broad Street from North Philadelphia to the Navy Yard. Along the course, spectators line the street to cheer on participants.

Broad Street Run

When:Sunday, May 6, 8 a.m.
Where:Starting point: Broad Street and W. Fisher Avenue
Cost:Free for spectators

www.broadstreetrun.com

Sly Fox Bock Fest and Goat Race

Sly Fox Goat RacePhoto courtesy Sly Fox Brewing Company

Bock beers are the name of the game at this popular, German-inspired event that celebrates the release of Sly Fox’s Maibock. The fun includes live German oompah music and the ever-popular goat races that delight all that attend.

Sly Fox Bock Fest and Goat Race

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

www.slyfoxbeer.com

POSTPONED: Chestnut Hill Home & Garden Festival

Photo courtesy Chestnut Hill PA

Note: This annual fest has been postponed until Saturday, May 20 due to inclement weather.

POSTPONED: Chestnut Hill Home & Garden Festival

www.chestnuthillpa.com

Pay-What-You-Wish First Sunday at Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of ArtPhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

With the first Sunday of a new month comes Pay-What-You-Wish day at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where guests can explore the galleries from open until close for an admission price of their choosing.

Pay-What-You-Wish First Sunday at Philadelphia Museum of Art

When:Sunday, May 6
Where:Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Pay what you wish

www.philamuseum.org

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day at the Barnes Foundation

Art lovers can get active at this Free First Sunday Family Day at the Barnes Foundation. In addition to art-making and stroller tours, Indego Bikes unveils the winning designs from the #BiketoBarnes contest and bike specialists offer 15-minute bike tours of the Parkway.

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day at the Barnes Foundation

When:Sunday, March 6
Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free

www.barnesfoundation.org

First Sundays for Families at Brandywine River Museum of Art

Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

It’s fun for the whole family at Brandywine River Museum of Art’s First Sunday event this week. Enjoy storyteller and musician Tahira’s performance of “Folktale Fun,” a meet-and-greet with Rapunzel and arts and crafts activities.

First Sundays for Families at Brandywine River Museum of Art

When:Sunday, March 6
Where:Brandywine River Museum of Art, 1 Hoffmans Mill Road, Chadds Ford
Cost:Free

www.brandywine.org

Last Chance: Crocs at Academy of Natural Sciences

Academy of Natural SciencesPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Live crocodilians descended from 200-million-year-old ancestors star in an Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University exhibition featuring a live Siamese crocodile, Albino American alligator, 3-D animation and more.

Last Chance: Crocs at Academy of Natural Sciences

When:Through Sunday May 6
Where:The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:$19.95, adults (ages 13 and up); $16.95, seniors (age 65 and up), military and students (with ID); $15.95, children (ages 3-12); free, children under age 3

www.ansp.org

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