25 Great Things To Do In Philadelphia This Week, May 29-June 3

PIFA, Roots Picnic, official reopening of LOVE Park, Philly Beer Week, Summer Sounds in the Historic District and more...

Get into a summer state-of-mind this week as outdoor concerts, new exhibition openings, massive festivals and more exciting events jump-start June in Philly.

On the major festival front, The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) begins on Thursday and brings award-winning performance artists and entertainers from all over the world to Philly for 11 days of critically acclaimed, awe-inspiring shows.

Summer Sounds in the Historic District kicks off this week as well and promises more than 50 free live musical performances across Old City, Society Hill and along the Delaware River waterfront to look forward to all summer.

Speaking of awesome live music, Philly’s own The Roots present the 11th annual Roots Picnic this weekend, hosted by comedian Dave Chappelle and featuring performances by Lil Uzi Vert, Dirty Projectors, The Diplomats, 2 Chainz and more.

The start of the month also marks the opening of two thought-provoking exhibitions: Collective Conscious: The Art of Social Change at the African American Museum in Philadelphia and Danny Simmons: 92 to Now at Painted Bride Art Center. The latter is the last formal exhibit at the popular art center’s Old City space.

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

Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival fish lantern entry archPhoto by J. Fusco for Tianyu

More than 1,500 brilliantly illuminated sculptures have overtaken Franklin Square for the third year in a row. 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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Photo Pop Philly

The interactive pop-up exhibit Photo Pop Philly begins its first full week of showcasing the creative work of local artists in a once-vacant Center City space. The exhibit, which is presented by VISIT PHILADELPHIA and curated by Philly PR Girl, features five red-white-and-blue themed rooms filled with original, Instagram-worthy art, murals and installations.

Photo Pop Philly

When:Through Sunday, July 8, 3-11 p.m. (last entry at 10 p.m.)
Where:Philadelphia Building, 1315 Walnut Street
Cost:$22.50-$25, adults; free, children 5 and younger

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Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

Blue Cross RiverRink SummerfestPhoto courtesy Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

It’s official: Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest is now open every day for the rest of the summer! The huge seasonal attraction draws crowds eager to experience Philadelphia’s only outdoor roller-skating rink and The Midway, with its light-up 60-foot-tall Ferris wheel, enchanting carousel, fun boardwalk games and nine-hole mini-golf course.

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

When:Through, Monday, September 3
Where:Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free; pay-as-you-go food and drink

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Spruce Street Harbor Park

People hanging out at Spruce Street Harbor Park in PhiladelphiaPhoto by M. Edlow

Spruce Street Harbor Park, one of the city’s most beloved waterfront hangouts, comes complete with colorful hammocks, Adirondack chairs, cold drinks and twinkling light fixtures. The park’s new Lights + Flights series — a weekly light show and beer tasting around the park’s lagoon — kicks off this Friday from 6-10 p.m. and continues every Friday through September 28.

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

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Hand To Hand Circus Festival at FringeArts

Photo courtesy FringeArts

See daring, high-flying circus arts performances during this brand-new, multi-day festival of contemporary circus arts at FringeArts in Philadelphia’s Historic District. Jaw-dropping stage productions occur every day, and attendees at the free Circus Midway event on Saturday can build some circus arts skills of their own at juggling, tight wire and aerial stations manned by teachers from the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts.

Hand To Hand Circus Festival at FringeArts

When:May 29-June 3
Where:FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Varies by event

www.fringearts.com

Official Reopening of LOVE Park

LOVE SculpturePhoto by Paul Brady / Alamy Stock Photo

After years of construction, LOVE Park officially unveils its latest renovations and enhancements on Wednesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by a fundraising event in the evening featuring music by DJ Jazzy Jeff, an open bar, a raffle and more.

Official Reopening of LOVE Park

When:Wednesday, May 30
Where:Love Park, N. 15th and Arch streets
Cost:Free

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Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA)

Cristal Palace at PIFA in PhiladelphiaPhoto by Laurent Quinkal

The epic Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) starts Thursday and features more than 50 captivating performances curated by the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts to transfix audiences at venues and public spaces citywide over the course of 11 days. Performances to note this week: acrobatic troupe Plastic Boom’s high-flying, gravity-defying Water on Mars (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) and Part I of Taylor Mac’s thrilling spectacle A 24-Decade History of Popular Music (Saturday), which lasts an astonishing 12 hours. (Part II runs Saturday, June 9.)

Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA)

When:May 31-June 10
Where:Various locations including the Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:Varies by event

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Black Thought Presents Delirious: Roots Picnic Edition at Punch Line Philly

Spend Friday night in fits of laughter at Punch Line Philly during a special Roots Picnic edition of Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter’s Delirious comedy series featuring a mystery lineup of “special guest comedians.”

Black Thought Presents Delirious: Roots Picnic Edition at Punch Line Philly

When:Friday, June 1, 8 p.m.
Where:Punch Line Philly, 33 E. Laurel Street
Cost:$22.50

www.punchlinephilly.com

Latino Film Festival

Films by established and emerging Latino and Latin-American filmmakers screen this weekend at the Latino Film Festival. The lineup includes feature films, shorts, youth films, animations and documentaries, in English or Spanish with subtitles, along with workshops and discussions.

Latino Film Festival

When:June 1-3
Where:Various locations including Terra Hall at University of the Arts, 211 S. Broad Street
Cost:Varies by event

www.phlaff.org

The Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship at Talen Energy Stadium

Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby ChampionshipPhoto Courtesy Penn Mutual

Eight hard-hitting collegiate teams from the premier rugby programs in the country try to out-tough the competition as they vie for the nation’s top spot at Talen Energy Stadium this weekend at the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship.

The Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship at Talen Energy Stadium

When:June 1-3
Where:Talen Energy Stadium, 1 Stadium Drive, Chester
Cost:$63 and up

www.usasevenscrc.com

Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show

Photo Courtesy Rittenhouse Fine Art Show

Now in its 90th year, the Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show is the nation’s oldest outdoor art show of its kind. The area in and around Rittenhouse Square fills up with 100-plus artists (professionals and students) from across North America, bringing works of all different types of subject matters and mediums to peruse.

Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show

When:June 1-3
Where:Rittenhouse Square, 18th and Walnut streets
Cost:Pay as you go

www.rittenhousesquareart.com

Philly Beer Week

People drinking beer in PhiladelphiaPhoto by Visit Philadelphia

Philly Beer Week, the 11th annual celebration of Philadelphia’s vibrant beer culture, takes over the city and region for 10 days starting on Friday, when over 50 breweries showcase more than 100 styles of beer at the Opening Tap event at The Fillmore. On top of the dozens of happy hours and beer-pairing brunches and dinners happening this first weekend, there’s also a brewing class at Tria (Saturday), a luau-themed beer barbecue at Uptown Beer Garden (Saturday) and the fifth annual Philly Beer Week Bar Olympics at Grey Lodge Pub (Sunday).

Philly Beer Week

When:June 1-10
Where:Various locations including The Fillmore, 29 E. Allen Street
Cost:Vaies by event

www.phillylovesbeer.org

Opening: Danny Simmons: 92 to Now at Painted Bride Art Center

Painted Bride Art CenterPhoto by J. Smith for Visit Philadelphia

Danny Simmons: 92 to Now, the new and final exhibit at the Painted Bride Art Center’s Old City space, opens on Friday and fills the two stories of the building with American abstract artist Danny Simmons’ works from 1992 to the present. Visitors to the retrospective can examine how the artist's painting style — which he describes as neo-African abstract expressionism — has progressed over time.

Opening: Danny Simmons: 92 to Now at Painted Bride Art Center

When:June 1-July 8
Where:Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.paintedbride.org

Opening Weekend of Collective Conscious: The Art of Social Change at the African American Museum

The African American Museum in Philadelphia | Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

The African American Museum in Philadelphia presents Collective Conscious: The Art of Social Change, a new group exhibition that features the thought-provoking work of nine artists of color that examines or responds to shifting cultural landscapes and the effects of displacement, gentrification and other socio-political themes. A free opening reception for the exhibit takes place on Friday and the exhibit runs through Sunday, August 26.

Opening Weekend of Collective Conscious: The Art of Social Change at the African American Museum

When:Opening Reception: Friday, June 1; Exhibition: June 2-August 26
Where:The African American Museum, 701 Arch Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.aampmuseum.org

Launch of Summer Sounds in the Historic District

Photo courtesy Spruce Street Harbor Park

This summer, visitors to Philadelphia’s Historic District can enjoy 50-plus live musical performances as part of Summer Sounds in the Historic District, a series of long-popular concerts and new programming curated by VISIT PHILADELPHIA. Head to Spruce Street Harbor Park on Friday for the first performance of the series: a lively DJ set by Matthew Law and Rich Medina.

Launch of Summer Sounds in the Historic District

When:June 1-September 8
Where:Various locations including Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

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Roots Picnic

Photo courtesy Roots Picnic

Philly’s own The Roots bring together hip-hop and R&B artists — and host Dave Chappelle — for the 11th annual Roots Picnic at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing. Look forward to a day-long festival of music featuring Lil Uzi Vert, Dirty Projectors, The Diplomats, 2 Chainz and more.

Roots Picnic

When:Saturday, June 2, noon
Where:Festival Pier at Penn's Landing, 601 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:$75 and up

www.rootspicnic.com

Fete Day at Elfreth’s Alley

Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Take a rare look inside the homes along the nation’s oldest continuously inhabited residential street during Fete Day on Elfreth’s Alley. For one afternoon, residents open their doors to the public to showcase how generations have lived and preserved the homes on the historic block. Food, crafts, live music and colonial games add to the day’s festivities.

Fete Day at Elfreth’s Alley

When:Saturday, June 2
Where:Elfreth's Alley, 124-126 Elfreth's Alley
Cost:Pay as you go

www.elfrethsalley.org

Jaws In Concert with The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia at The Mann Center

Mann CenterPhoto courtesy the Mann Center for the Performing Arts

Forget Shark Week! Movies @ The Mann kicks off its 2018 season with a screening of the timeless summer thriller Jaws. See the film play on three large screens while The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia performs the haunting, Academy Award-winning score in sync with the movie.

Jaws In Concert with The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia at The Mann Center

When:Saturday, June 2, 7:30 p.m.
Where:The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Avenue
Cost:$25 and up

www.manncenter.org

Philadelphia Art Book Fair at the 23rd Street Armory

Looking for a new coffee table book? Photography and art book publishers, artists and institutions from all over the world come to Philly this weekend to present and sell their work at the Philadelphia Art Book Fair at the 23rd Street Armory.

Philadelphia Art Book Fair at the 23rd Street Armory

When:June 2-3
Where:23rd Street Armory, 22 S. 23rd Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.phlartbookfair.com

Philadelphia Burger Brawl

Photo courtesy Burger Brawl

At the Philadelphia Burger Brawl, more than 60 chefs and restaurants bring their best burger recipes — but only one will reign supreme. Two other contests, the Taco Takedown Competition and the Cutthroat Cocktail Competition, take place alongside the main event as well. Dig in!

Philadelphia Burger Brawl

When:Sunday, June 3, 3-6 p.m.
Where:Xfinity Live! Philadelphia, 1100 Pattison Avenue
Cost:$45-$100

phillyburgerbrawl.com

La Festa Italian Festival

Bring the whole family out to celebrate Italian culture on East Passyunk Avenue during the annual La Festa Italian Festival. The festival — now it its eighth year — draws thousands of people with its variety of food, drink, and artisan vendors, wine-making demos, live entertainment, culinary displays and entertaining spaghetti-eating contest.

La Festa Italian Festival

When:Sunday, June 3, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where:Fitalia International, 1834 East Passyunk Avenue
Cost:Free; pay-as-you-go food and drink

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Barnes on the Block and PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Summer Solstice at the Barnes Foundation

The Barnes FoundationPhoto courtesy the Barnes Foundation

It’s a busy day at the Barnes on Sunday! Visitors to the monthly First Sunday Family Day event can get free admission, view the permanent collection and the new Renoir exhibition, take part in art-making and family activities and catch live performances by genre-blending musician Ryan Tennis and cellist Daniel de Jesus. Afterwards, head to the parking lot for even more fun at the first-ever Barnes on the Block, an outdoor party from 4-8 p.m. with food trucks, dancing, a beer garden and more opportunities to see free art. Brooklyn-based artist Olek will also be on-site all day — for both events — to crochet her upcoming mural in partnership with Mural Arts Philadelphia.

Barnes on the Block and PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Summer Solstice at the Barnes Foundation

When:Sunday, June 3; Free First Sunday Family Day: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Barnes on the Block: 4-8 p.m.
Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free

www.barnesfoundation.org

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

Photo courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art

With the first Sunday of a new month comes the opportunity to pay what you wish at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, when guests can explore all the museum’s offerings — including the museum’s newest exhibition Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950 — for an admission price of their choosing.

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

When:Sunday, June 3
Where:Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Pay what you wish

www.philamuseum.org

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