20 Fabulous Things To Do In Philly This Week, May 7-13

The Chinese Lantern Festival, opening of Spruce Street Harbor Park and RiverRink Summerfest, Spring Art Star Craft Bazaar and more...

Need a good reason to get out this week? Here are 20!

For starters, two of Philly’s most-loved waterfront attractions — Spruce Street Harbor Park and Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest — open for the season, and the luminous Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival continues to mesmerize crowds in Franklin Square.

It’s a big week for sports in Philly, starting on Monday when the 76ers bring their A-game versus Celtics in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the NBA playoffs. Later on this week, the largest collegiate rowing race — the Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta — takes place on the Schuylkill River and the Phillies host the Mets and the Giants at Citizens Bank Park.

For art and music lovers, the dynamic genre-blending musical group Killiam Shakespeare is Sittin’ In at the Kimmel Center for a free concert on Wednesday, the 117th Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’ Student Exhibition begins on Thursday, and the Spring Art Star Craft Bazaar takes over the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing on Saturday and Sunday.

Also on Sunday: It’s Mother’s Day! Celebrate mom at special brunches, craft workshops, live shows and more events citywide.

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

Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

Philadelphia Chinese Lantern FestivalPhoto by J. Fusco for Tianyu

Led by a 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).

Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

When:Through Saturday, June 30
Where:Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th Street
Cost:$18, adults; $15, seniors and military; $12, youth

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Media’s Dining Under the Stars

People eating at Dining Under the Stars in Media, PAPhoto courtesy Dining Under the Stars

Restaurants in Media bring their food and drinks to State Street (which is completely closed to vehicular traffic) for a full night of outdoor dining and drinking on Wednesday during this weekly alfresco dining extravaganza. In addition to food and drinks, guests can pop into Media shops throughout the evening, too.

Media’s Dining Under the Stars

When:Through Wednesday, September 26 (Wednesdays only)
Where:Various locations including Ariano, 114 S. Olive Street, Media
Cost:Pay as you go

www.visitmediapa.com

Opening Day of Longwood Gardens Festival of Fountains

People at the Main Fountain Garden at Longwood GardensPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Longwood Gardens’ new fountain turns on for a second season starting on May 7 and brings with it an impressive showcase of 1,700 jets that create beautiful fountain shows. Each show is set to both music and choreographed color displays. Timed tickets are required for entry.

Opening Day of Longwood Gardens Festival of Fountains

When:May 7-September 30
Where:Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square
Cost:$23, adult (19+ years); $20, senior (62+ years) and college students with valid ID; $12, youth (5-18 years); free, child (0-4 years)

www.longwoodgardens.org

NBA Playoffs: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics (Game 4) at the Wells Fargo Center

Philadelphia 76ersPhoto courtesy Philadelphia 76ers

The pivotal Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals tips off on Monday, with the 76ers trailing the Celtics 3-0. Watch the beginning (hopefully) of the Sixers incredible comeback at the Wells Fargo Center or at one of Philly’s awesome sports bars.

NBA Playoffs: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics (Game 4) at the Wells Fargo Center

When:Monday, May 7, 6 p.m.
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street
Cost:$108 and up

www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com

Philadelphia Phillies vs. San Francisco Giants and New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park

Citizens Bank Park in PhiladelphiaPhoto by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

This week, it's a baseball lover's dream in South Philly: seven games in seven days at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies play against the San Francisco Giants in a four-game series earlier in the week, then take on their rivals, the New York Mets, over the weekend for the first time at home this season.

Philadelphia Phillies vs. San Francisco Giants and New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park

When:May 7-13
Where:Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way
Cost:$17 and up

www.mlb.com

Sittin' In Featuring Killiam Shakespeare at the Kimmel Center

Local experiential collective Killiam Shakespeare brings their eclectic blend of funk, soul, jazz, R&B and hip-hop to the Kimmel Center for this installment of its Sittin’ In free concert series. See the group, led by well-known musician/producers Steve McKie and Corey Bernhard, perform their creative music live in the casual, club-like SEI Innovation Studio inside the Kimmel Center.

Sittin' In Featuring Killiam Shakespeare at the Kimmel Center

When:Wednesday, May 9, 9 p.m.
Where:Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:Free

www.kimmelcenter.org

Parks on Tap at Campbell Square in Port Richmond

Parks on TapPhoto courtesy Fairmount Park Conservancy

Raise a glass to the sunny days ahead with fresh-air brews and bites at Campbell Square, 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 lovely low-key park that sprawls for three acres at the corner of Allegheny and Belgrade avenues in Port Richmond.

Parks on Tap at Campbell Square in Port Richmond

When:May 9-13
Where:Campbell Square, 2535 E. Allegheny Avenue
Cost:Free admission; pay-as-you-go food and drink

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Pennsylvania Ballet Presents Jewels at the Academy of Music

Pennsylvania BalletPhoto by Alexander Iziliaev

From Thursday through Sunday, the Pennsylvania Ballet performs George Balanchine’s Jewels, a three-act ballet that was inspired by a visit to Van Cleef and Arpels, a luxury jewelry company. The show tells the story of three major moments in Balanchine’s life by comparing it to three different and fanciful jewels.

Pennsylvania Ballet Presents Jewels at the Academy of Music

When:May 10-13
Where:Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost:$35 and up

www.paballet.org

Séancers at FringeArts

Seancers at FringeArtsPhoto courtesy FringeArts

With Séancers, award-winning Nigerian-American performance artist, curator and poet Jaamil Olawale Kosoko explores how the American racialized body deals with the complexity of loss and oppression. See the dynamic performance art piece — which features a special guest séancer each night — at FringeArts this Thursday through Saturday.

Séancers at FringeArts

When:May 10-12
Where:FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:$15 and up

www.fringearts.com

Grand Opening of Spruce Street Harbor Park & UNIVESTival

Lights at Spruce Street Harbor ParkPhoto by M. Stanley for DRWC

Get excited: Spruce Street Harbor Park, one of the Delaware River waterfront’s most popular attractions, reopens on Friday! The beloved beer garden and relaxing waterfront hangout kicks off its 2018 season with Univestival, a weekend-long festival full of musical performances, hands-on activities and tasty food and drink options.

Grand Opening of Spruce Street Harbor Park & UNIVESTival

When:Opens Friday, May 11
Where:Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free; pay-as-you-go food and drink

www.delawareriverwaterfront.com

Grand Opening of Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

Blue Cross RiverRink SummerfestPhoto by Matt Stanley for DRWC

Get excited (again!): To coincide with the opening of Spruce Street Harbor Park, Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest opens its roller rink, mini-golf course, The Midway (with the giant Ferris wheel!) and food concessions for a brief stint this weekend (and next) before opening seven-days-a-week starting Thursday, May 24. On Friday night, celebrate the new season and get your groove on at a throwback skate party.

Grand Opening of Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

When:May 11-13; May 18-20; May 24-September 3
Where:Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free; pay-as-you-go food and drink

www.delawareriverwaterfront.com

Rittenhouse Square Fine Craft Fair

Rittenhouse SquarePhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

More than 100 vendors from Pennsylvania and the surrounding states take over Rittenhouse Square for the neighborhood’s annual fine craft fair this Saturday and Sunday. Snag photographs, paintings, sculptures, handmade furniture, jewelry and more at this weekend-long artisan showcase.

Rittenhouse Square Fine Craft Fair

When:May 11-13
Where:Rittenhouse Square, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square
Cost:Pay as you go

www.pacrafts.org

Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta

Photo courtesy Head of the Schuylkill Regatta

Athletes from more than 100 universities flock to the Schuylkill River and Kelly Drive for the Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta, the largest collegiate regatta in the United States. The race begins just north of Kelly Drive and Hunting Park Avenue and continues for 2,000 meters (an Olympic-length race) to the Columbia Avenue Bridge. The best place to spot the action is along the Schuylkill at the John B. Kelly statue, which is also near the grandstands.

Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta

When:May 11-12
Where:Kelly Drive
Cost:Free

www.dadvail.org

9th Annual IPA, Champagne & Rosé Festival at Hawthornes Beer Cafe

The 9th annual IPA, Rosé and Champagne Block Party returns to fill up crowds outside Hawthornes Beer Cafe with cold beer, refreshing rosé, bubbly champagne and delicious food truck fare.

9th Annual IPA, Champagne & Rosé Festival at Hawthornes Beer Cafe

When:Saturday, May 12, noon-8 p.m.
Where:Outside on street in front of Hawthornes Beer Cafe, 738 S. 11th Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.hawthornecafe.com

117th Annual Annual Student Exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

PAFA Student ExhibitionPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is known for admitting the best of the best in the student art world, and this spring, the public has the opportunity to view and purchase works by talented students at the school. The annual PAFA Student Exhibition kicks off on Thursday, May 10, with a preview party and continues from May 11 to June 3 with opportunities to view and purchase sculptures, paintings, installations and more.

117th Annual Annual Student Exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

When:May 11-June 3
Where:Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118-128 N. Broad Street
Cost:$15, adults; $12, seniors (60+) and students (with ID); $8, youth (13-18); $2, ACCESS cardholders; free, children 12 and under, military personnel and STAMP pass holders

www.pafa.org

Opening Day of Treetop Quest in West Fairmount Park

Climb, crawl and zip around Fairmount Park this spring when Treetop Quest makes its debut in Philly. The aerial adventure park features ropes courses for thrill-seeking adults and kids as young as four.

Opening Day of Treetop Quest in West Fairmount Park

When:May 12-November 25 (select dates)
Where:51 Chamounix Drive
Cost:$17 and up

www.treetopquest.com

Spring Art Star Craft Bazaar

Photo courtesy Art Star Craft Bazaar

Heads up, shoppers! Art Star Craft Bazaar’s spring market brings handmade goods by more than 100 local artists to Penn’s Landing for local shopping over Mother’s Day weekend. In addition to craft shopping, guests can also find food options, drinks and crafts at the waterfront market.

Spring Art Star Craft Bazaar

When:May 12-13
Where:Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Pay as you go

www.artstarcraftbazaar.com

Taco Festival at SugarHouse Casino

This May, the Philadelphia Taco Festival returns for year two with delicious tacos from more than 15 restaurants — and tequila tastings to boot. And since nothing pairs better with tacos than margaritas, the festival also promises a beach-themed margarita bar where bartenders will be slinging frozen and classic margs.

Taco Festival at SugarHouse Casino

When:May 12-13
Where:SugarHouse Casino, 1001 N. Delaware Avenue
Cost:$9.99 and up

www.tasteofyourtown.com

New Hope Celebrates’ Annual Pride Fest

New Hope Celebrates PridePhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

A giant parade, a cocktail contest, fun performances and parties are just a smattering of the great events that go on during New Hope Celebrates’ Annual PrideFest. On Saturday, don’t miss a special pride flag tribute — featuring live music and a daytime fireworks show — on the New Hope-Lambertville Bridge.

New Hope Celebrates’ Annual Pride Fest

When:May 12-20
Where:Various events including Lambertville House, 32 Bridge Street, Lambertville
Cost:Varies by event

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Mother’s Day in Philadelphia

Shofuso Japanese GardenPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

There’s no wrong way to celebrate Mother’s Day with loved ones in Philadelphia — especially if it involves brunch. Lacroix, Franklin Square, Elmwood Zoo and many more restaurants and attractions offer special Mother’s Day brunch menus or buffets, and other venues host special Mother’s Day programming — like a comedy show! — in the evening.

Mother’s Day in Philadelphia

When:Sunday, May 13
Where:Various locations including Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, Lansdowne & Horticultural drives
Cost:Varies by event

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