25+ Wonderful Things To Do In Philly This Week, May 14-20

The South 9th Street Italian Market Festival, Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival, free museum admission and more...

Are you as excited as we are for this absolutely jam-packed week and weekend in Philadelphia?

Five (!) of the city’s biggest festivals and events of the year go down over the next seven days, including the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival, the South 9th Street Italian Market Festival, the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and Arts Festival, the Night Market (in Burholme) and New Hope Celebrates PrideFest in New Hope.

Elsewhere, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Rodin Museum, the Penn Museum, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and more participating local museums offer guests free admission on Friday in celebration of International Museum Day.

Keep the arts appreciation going and see The Philadelphia Orchestra perform the lauded Italian opera Tosca on Saturday and check out Art in the Open from Friday through Sunday, where 40 artists take to the Schuylkill River Trail for an outdoor showcase of creativity and public art.

And fans of comics, cosplay and pop culture get not one but two action-packed conventions to attend this week: the Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia and the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention.

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

New Hope Celebrates PrideFest

New Hope PrideFestPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

The neighboring towns of New Hope, Pennsylvania and Lambertville, New Jersey team up once again for the 15th annual New Hope Celebrates PrideFest. This Bucks County-based festival runs this whole week, with events like the annual Lipstick Monday Drag Show at The Raven on Monday, a Pride Trivia Night at Triumph Brewing Co. on Thursday and the giant Pride Parade on Saturday, which is expected to draw 15,000 people.

New Hope Celebrates PrideFest

When:Through Sunday, May 20
Where:Various events including New Hope Ferry Market, 32 South Main Street, New Hope
Cost:Varies by event

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117th 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, which kicked off last Thursday, continues all week with opportunities to view and purchase sculptures, paintings, installations and more.

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

When:Through Sunday, 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

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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Spruce Street Harbor Park

Spruce Street Harbor Park at nightPhoto courtesy M. Stanley for DRWC

The city's super-popular warm-weather urban hang-out — which welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors each year — is back for its first full week of the season to offer eats and drinks from local chefs, dozens of colorful hammocks, oversized games and plenty of space for lounging along the waterfront.

Spruce Street Harbor Park

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

www.delawareriverwaterfront.com

Parks on Tap at Fernhill Park in Germantown

Parks On TapA. Yee for Parks On Tap

Raise a glass to the sunny days ahead with fresh-air brews and bites at Fernhill 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 spacious neighborhood park in Germantown.

Parks on Tap at Fernhill Park in Germantown

When:May 16-20
Where:Fernhill Park, 4600 Morris Street
Cost:Free admission; pay-as-you-go food and drink

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Philadelphia Orchestra Presents: Tosca at the Kimmel Center

Photo by J. Griffin for Visit Philadelphia

Puccini's Tosca, one of Italy's most famous operas, is the Philadelphia Orchestra's featured work this May. The talented group performs the piece this week and also welcomes renowned international singers to take part in the performance at the Kimmel Center.

Philadelphia Orchestra Presents: Tosca at the Kimmel Center

When:May 16 & 19
Where:Verizon Hall, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:$45 and up

www.kimmelcenter.org

Night Market Philadelphia: Burholme

Crowds at Night MarketPhoto by D. Tavani for The Food Trust

Start working on your appetite, Philly! Night Market, The Food Trust's popular, four-times-a-year street-food festival, heads to Burholme in Northeast Philadelphia on Thursday for its first event of 2018. Expect live music and a ton of food truck fare from local favorites like Authentik Byrek and Tu's Tea & Banh Mi plus new-to-Night-Market vendors like Original 13 Ciderworks, House of Cupcakes and Royal Zarasa.

Night Market Philadelphia: Burholme

When:Thursday, May 17, 6-10 p.m.
Where:Intersection of Cottman and Rising Sun avenues
Cost:Pay-as-you-go food & drink

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Philadelphia International Children's Festival

Philadelphia International Children’s FestivalMy Father's Dragon | Photo courtesy Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Get ready for a weekend of fun, family-oriented programming during the Philadelphia International Children's Festival, which celebrates its 33rd year in May. Performances range from circus arts to an imaginative show featuring a giant, costumed dragon. Outside of the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (the festival venue), kids can take part in hands-on activities and enjoy eats from a roster of food trucks.

Philadelphia International Children's Festival

When:May 17-19
Where:Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut Street
Cost:Varies by event

www.annenbergcenter.org

Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Convention Center

Wizard World Comic ConPhoto courtesy Wizard World

Comics, cosplay and pop culture fanatics of all ages invade the Pennsylvania Convention Center for four days of non-stop, action-packed entertainment at Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia. Sebastian Stan (Captain America franchise), Jason Momoa (Aquaman, Game of Thrones), Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones), Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings, Stranger Things 2) and more big-name celebrities, comics artists, writers and directors will be present to participate in exclusive Q&A sessions, sign autographs, pose for solo and group photos and host movie screenings.

Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Convention Center

When:May 17-20
Where:Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street
Cost:$35 and up

www.wizardworld.com

Free Admission at Select Philly Museums for International Museum Day

Philadelphia Museum of ArtPhoto courtesy the Philadelphia Museum of Art

On Friday, museums all over the world take part in International Museum Day to raise awareness about the importance and positive impact of these institutions. This year's theme, Hyperconnected Museums, highlights the function of a museum as a central place for connection — in person and online — within communities. Get free admission for the day at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Penn Museum, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Rodin Museum and more local participating museums.

Free Admission at Select Philly Museums for International Museum Day

When:Friday, May 18
Where:Various locations including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free

www.aamd.org

Young Professionals Night: Sirens of the Screen at the Barnes Foundation

The Barnes FoundationPhoto courtesy the Barnes Foundation

The muses of master artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir and his son, filmmaker Jean Renoir, inspired the theme of this edition of Young Professionals Night at the Barnes Foundation. Dress to impress like a film noir star and spend the evening mingling with other art enthusiasts over bites and beverages, plus get after-hours access to the museum's permanent collection and new exhibition Renoir: Father and Son/Painting and Cinema.

Young Professionals Night: Sirens of the Screen at the Barnes Foundation

When:Friday, May 18, 7–10 p.m.
Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:$35, general admission; $15, members

www.barnesfoundation.org

Get Pegged Cabaret at FringeArts

Get Pegged CabaretPhoto courtesy FringeArts

Performance artist John Jarboe hosts the monthly Get Pegged Cabaret at La Peg. Friday's late-night, uncensored affair features a lineup of local and international cabaret artists: Tareke Ortiz, Dieter Rita Scholl, Bridge Markland, Malgorzata Kasprzycka, Cherdonna Shinatra, Adrienne Truscott, Daniel Park, Messapotamia Lefae, and Cookie DiOrio.

Get Pegged Cabaret at FringeArts

When:Friday, May 18, 10:30 p.m.
Where:FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:$5

www.fringearts.com

Art in the Open

The biennial citywide showcase of public art returns with 40 artists and collaborative teams creating brand-new works outdoors along the Schuylkill River Trail between Fairmount Water Works and South Street. All are welcome to come out and watch the creative process in action and engage with the artists — who work from dawn until dusk over the course of three days — at this celebration of art, community and Philadelphia's outdoor spaces and waterways.

Art in the Open

When:May 18-20
Where:Various locations along the Schuylkill River Trail
Cost:Free

www.artintheopenphila.org

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

Blue Cross RiverRink SummerfestPhoto courtesy Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest opens its roller rink, mini-golf course, The Midway (with the giant Ferris wheel!) and food concessions for another brief stint this weekend before opening seven-days-a-week starting Thursday, May 24.

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

When: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

Diamond Day at Reading Terminal Market

Reading Terminal MarketPhoto by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

For its 125th birthday, Reading Terminal Market thanks its visitors and loyal guests on Saturday with a full day of awesome deals, free Taste of Philly food tours, a prize wheel, food samples and raffles every hour from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. for the chance to win a $100 shopping spree. Kicking off the event at 10 a.m. is sociologist Elijah Anderson, who will discuss his book The Cosmopolitan Canopy and the market's role as a cross-cultural space that helps spread tolerance.

Diamond Day at Reading Terminal Market

When:Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where:Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th Street
Cost:Pay as you go; free parking available with voucher

www.readingterminalmarket.org

Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival at Mifflin Square Park

The Pan Asian Association of Philadelphia celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with the 12th annual Asian Heritage Festival. The all-ages fest takes place at Mifflin Square this year and includes arts and crafts, a health fair and live music — all completely free of charge.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival at Mifflin Square Park

When:Saturday, May 19, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where:Mifflin Square
Cost:Free

www.panasianphila.org

East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention

Fans of comic books about African-American superheroes — and the artists and writers who develop these characters and stories — converge on Philadelphia for the annual East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention. Now in its 17th year, the convention features panel discussions, film screenings, a costume contest and workshops about topics like self-publishing and graphic arts.

East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention

When:Saturday, May 19, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where:TECH Freire Charter School, 2221 N. Broad Street
Cost:Free

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Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival

Crowds at the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival in PhiladelphiaPhoto by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

The Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival, one of the biggest fests of the spring, returns to the bustling Rittenhouse Square neighborhood on Saturday. During the afternoon-long event, area businesses set up shop alfresco to serve festival-ready eats and drinks — sliders, tacos, ice cream, frozen cocktails, beer and more. Beyond food and drinks, live music and a fashion show, featuring designs from local shops, round out the fun.

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival

When:Saturday, May 19, noon-5 p.m.
Where:Walnut Street between Broad and 19th streets and 17th and 18th streets from Sansom to Locust streets
Cost:Free

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Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and Arts Festival

Kensington Kinetic Derby and Arts FestivalPhoto by C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia

Residents of the Kensington/Fishtown area and visitors to the area hit the neighborhood's most bustling streets for the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and Arts Festival. At the sculpture derby, human-powered vehicles make their way down Trenton Avenue in hopes of crossing the finish line first. At the festival, local vendors peddle crafts, artwork, food, drinks and more.

Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and Arts Festival

When:Saturday, May 19, noon-6 p.m.
Where:Trenton Avenue, Haggert to Norris streets
Cost:Pay as you go

www.kensingtonkineticarts.org

The All-Star Craft Beer, Wine, and Cocktail Festival at Citizens Bank Park

This year, the All-Star Craft Beer, Wine and Cocktail Festival returns to Citizens Bank Park with more drinks, more activities and more space for partying at the ballpark. Guests can sample more than 200 beers and wines in the Craft Beer, Wine, and Cocktail Garden, walk the bases and around the warning track, get photos taken in the Phillies' dugout, groove to live music and more.

The All-Star Craft Beer, Wine, and Cocktail Festival at Citizens Bank Park

When:Saturday, May 19, 3-7 p.m.
Where:Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way
Cost:$19.95 and up

www.ballparkfestival.com

Preakness at the Piazza at The Schmidt's Commons

The Piazza at The Schmidt's Commons holds a special party on Saturday for the Preakness Stakes, the second race of the Triple Crown series. Accessorize appropriately with a statement-making hat or bow-tie and come out to watch the excitement unfold while enjoying an open bar, live music and delicious food.

Preakness at the Piazza at The Schmidt's Commons

When:Saturday, May 19, 5-9 p.m.
Where:The Schmidt's Commons, 1001 N. 2nd Street
Cost:$75.65 and up

www.theschmidtscommons.com

40th Street Summer Series

40th Street Summer SeriesPhoto courtesy University City District

University City's popular 40th Street Summer Series kicks off its 2018 season on Saturday with not one but two great headliners: the West Philadelphia Orchestra and Dan Blacksberg's Hot Klezmers. Starting at 6 p.m., guests can enjoy free scoops of Ben & Jerry's ice cream and a craft activity led by the University City Arts League.

40th Street Summer Series

When:Saturday, May 19, 6 p.m.
Where:40th and Walnut streets
Cost:Free

www.universitycity.org

The South 9th Street Italian Market Festival

Crowds at the Italian Market in PhiladelphiaPhoto by L. Bercky for Visit Philadelphia

This major, annual festival centered at Philly's wonderful Italian Market features live entertainment, games (including a greased pole-climbing contest) and food, including the market's dazzling array of homemade sausages, delicious cannoli, imported meats and cheeses, cappuccino, beef and poultry, specialty cookware and fresh pasta.

The South 9th Street Italian Market Festival

When:May 19-20
Where:S. 9th Street, from Fitzwater to Wharton streets
Cost:Pay as you go

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Strawberry Festival at Peddler's Village

Strawberry Festival at Peddler's VillagePhoto by M. Edlow for Peddler's Village

Peddler's Village dedicates an entire festival to strawberries on Saturday and Sunday with the annual Peddler's Village Strawberry Festival. Throughout the fest, guests can sample strawberry treats, shop for handmade crafts from over 60 artisan vendors, watch a pie-eating contest and enjoy live music from Rendition Jazz Band, Galena Brass Band and more local performers.

Strawberry Festival at Peddler's Village

When:May 19-20
Where:Peddler's Village, 2400 Street Road, New Hope
Cost:Pay as you go

www.peddlersvillage.com

Clover Market in Bryn Mawr

Clover MarketPhoto courtesy Clover Market

Clover Market returns this Sunday to the delight of shoppers across the region and beyond. Over 90 vendors total will set up shop in downtown Bryn Mawr selling handmade jewelry, vintage clothing, original art, intricate ceramics, high-quality antiques and more.

Clover Market in Bryn Mawr

When:Sunday, May 20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where:7 N. Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn Mawr
Cost:Free

www.theclovermarket.com

Chestnut Hill Home & Garden Festival

Crowds at the Chestnut Hill Home and Garden FestivalPhoto by Wendy Concannon

Germantown Avenue welcomes gardening and festival enthusiasts to the Chestnut Hill Home and Garden Festival, which was rescheduled to this Sunday due to inclement weather. Festival guests can learn about landscaping, gardening, home design and tree care while browsing goods from more than 150 vendors along the avenue. In addition to home- and garden-centric shopping and activities, guests can also enjoy food from Chestnut Hill restaurants, live music, hands-on activities and more.

Chestnut Hill Home & Garden Festival

When:Sunday, May 20, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where:8000 to 8600 blocks of Germantown Avenue
Cost:Free

www.chestnuthillpa.com

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