What’s Happening in Philly This Weekend: May 19-21

Each weekend, we will post some of the most unique social and culture places to visit in addition to exciting events in and around the Philly area. We call it Philly Influencer’s Weekend Picks. If you attend any of these places or events, let us know how it went! Tweet us or email us at

1. Parks on Tap Returns

Where: The Azalea Garden, Kelly Dr. and Fairmount Ave.
When: Wednesday, May 17th- Sunday, May 21st

Parks on Tap returns for the summer season this week. The roaming Philadelphia beer garden has found a party location at The Azalea Garden for the next few days. There will be great food, beer on tap, wine, and other beverage options. Come lay in a hammock and take in the glorious scenery that this beautiful park has to offer.

For more information, click here.

2. Philadelphia Children’s Festival

Where: Annenberg Center for Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St.
When: Thursday, May 18th-Saturday, May 20th

The University of Pennsylvania Annenberg Center opens it doors for the 2017 Philadelphia Children’s Festival this week. There will be dancing, theatrical performances, face painting, food trucks, live music, a Phillie Phanatic photo session and appearance, and more at this titled “PlazaMania” event.

For more information, click here.

3. Independence Park 5th Annual  Garden Party

Where: 100-152 S 5th St.
When: Friday, May 19th, 6PM-9PM

The Friends of Independence National Historic Park will be throwing its 5th annual garden party this Friday evening. The themed party will have music, festivities, and drinks centered around 1917 in commemoration of World War I. There will be an annual tie contest and many prizes.

For more information, click here.

4. Loni Love

Where: Punch Line Philly, 33 . Laurel St.
When: Friday, May 19th, 8PM & 10:15PM and Saturday, May 20th, 7:30PM & 9:45PM

“The Real” daytime talk host Loni Love will be bringing her brand of comedy to Punch Line Philly this weekend. She co-hosts radio show Cafe Mocha with hip hop act MC Lyte and has been credited in roles in several films. Head down to Punch Line Philly and get ready to laugh and sneak in a question about Tamar Braxton.

For tickets, click here.

5. Brad Paisley

Where: BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbor Blvd. Camden, NJ
When: Friday, May 19th, 8PM

Country Music star Brad Paisley will be serenading the crowd at BB&T Pavilion this Friday. The three time Grammy-winner and Grand Ole Opry member recently released his latest project Love and War in April of this year. Come hear the “Whiskey Lullaby” singer and see him in all his bonafide glory.

For tickets, click here.

6. Laura Marling

Where: Theater of Living Arts, 334 South St.
When: Friday, May 19th, 7PM

English singer-songwriter Laura Marling’s  intimate show will be the main attraction at the TLA this weekend. Marling won the Brit Award for best Best Female Solo Artist in 2011 and has since been nominated for the award three consecutive times. Her critically acclaimed newest release Semper Femina will be the the the focal point of this great musical night.

For tickets, click here.

7. Dirty Dancing

Where: Merriam Theater, 250 s. Broad St.
When: Runs through Sunday, May 21st

Speaking of musicals, Broadway Philadelphia will be hosting a run of Dirty Dancing at the Merriam Theater until this Sunday. From “Hungry Eyes” and to “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life”, the stage will be set to wow the crowd with this sensational production.

For tickets, click here.

8. UPPN After Work Mixer

Where: Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. 3rd St.
When: Friday, May 19th, 6PM

Visit Philly and UPPN have collaborated to bring this fantastic after work networking event to the city. As a part of the Spring 2017 Arts and Culture series, this happy hour gathering will have plenty of drinks, food, and will provide you with ample opportunity to connect with individuals from various fields.

For more information, click here.

9. Legacy Awards

Where: Arts Bank, 601 S. Broad St.
When: Friday, May 19th, 7PM

The Celebration of Black Arts Legacy Awards Ceremony & Show will take place this Friday night. The award winners and honorees include Bryan Collier, Ukee Washington, J. Donald Dumpson, and Colson Whitehead. There will extraordinary music and speeches at this special night of recognition.

For more information, click here.

10. MMRBQ Music Festival

Where: BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbor Blvd. Camden, NJ
When: Saturday, May 20th,

This is the second event at Camden’s waterfront pavilion this weekend. Budweiser and Radio WMMR present this day-long rock festival to kick-off your summer. The lineup includes Godsmack, Bush, The Struts, Zakk Sabbath, The Pretty Reckless, and more.

For tickets, click here.

11. Palazapalooza

Where: Grays Ferry Triangle, 2235 South St.
When: Saturday, May 20th, 12PM-7PM

The 2017 Plazapalooza is coming to the Grays Ferry Triangle this Saturday. There will be food, performances, games, live music, and more at this family-friendly. There will be five bands at this block party, face painters, and plenty of options for a fun time on this beautiful weekend.

12. 11th Annual Asian Pacific Heritage Month Festival

Where: Franklin Square, 200 6th St.
When: Saturday, May 20th, 11AM-5PM

The Pan Asian Association of Greater Philadelphia will be hosting the 11th Annual Asian Pacific Heritage Month Festival this Saturday. There will be special showcases, a children’s fair, dancers, and so many other activities at this unique cultural event. Last year over 5,000 people came together to enjoy this wonderful celebration.

13. Preakness at the Piazza

Where: The Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons
When: Saturday, May 20th, 5PM-9PM

Northern Liberties is calling all of the locals to show off their hats and bow ties for a phenomenal cause. This year’s Preakness at the Piazza is a benefit for multiple sclerosis with 100% of the proceeds doing towards research and aide.. There will be open bar, food, live music, and more at this event to mark the Preakness Stakes.

For more information, click here.

14. 9th Street Italian Market Festival

Where: Italian Market, 919 S. 9th St.
When: Saturday, May 20th-Sunday, May 21st, 11AM-6PM

Bring your whole family to the 9th Street italian Market this weekend. This is the country’s oldest outdoor market. There will be the Procession of Saints, a half ball tournament, a grease pole contest, live music, crafts, and of course plenty of food.

For more information, click here.

15. Artisan Outdoor Bazaar

Where: Whole Foods Market, 2101 Pennsylvania Ave.
When: Saturday, May 20th-Sunday, May 21st, 8AM-6PM

Whole Foods Center City will be hosting an first annual Philadelphia Artisan Bazaar this Saturday and Sunday. There will be plenty of merchants and vendors selling handmade crafts, collectibles, body care products, and more. There will be tons of food to taste and live entertainment.

16. Philly Food Truck Festival

Where: Saunders Park Greene, 39th and Powelton St.
When: Saturday, May 20th, 11AM-4PM

Saunders Park Greene will be the location for this blowout food truck festival event this Saturday. There will be over twenty food trucks on location, a bouncy house, face painting, balloon art and an endless list of amazing activities for your whole family. This is a fundraising event with proceeds going to Kamp For Kids.

17. All Star Craft Beer & Wine Festival

Where: Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way
When: Saturday, May 20th, 2PM-7PM

Craft beer and wine will be on the menu at this massive drinking festival at Citizens Bank Park this Saturday afternoon. This event will have hundreds of samples on display for your tasting pleasure. There will be live bands, a DJ, free parking, and more. Guests will be able to walk the bases of the ballpark and get a photo in front of the Phillies dugout.

For more information, click here.

18. Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and Arts Festival

Where: Trenton Avenue (From Norris to Dauphin)
When:  Saturday, May 20th, 12PM-6PM

The Philadelphia Credit Union will be sponsoring the wacky and creative Kensington event. This Saturday, over 200 regional artists and vendors will unite to show off several amazing human-powered floats. This entertaining and exciting derby is one of the most anticipated events in Kensington each year.

For more information, click here.

19. Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival

Where: Walnut Street between Broad and 19th Streets and 17th and 18th from Samson to Locust
When: Saturday, May 20th, 12PM-5PM

Presented by Capital One, this yearly event will feature art, beauty products, fashion, eateries, cooking demonstrations, and more. Thousands will come out for the live music, beer and cocktail samples, and to eagerly browse the endless shops in the neighborhood.

For more information, click here.

20. 40th Street Summer Series Returns

Where: 40th St. and Walnut St.
When: Saturday, May 20th, 5PM-8:30PM

University City District, Penn, and The Rotunda have created this amazing summer concert series and have brought it back for another year. This community engaging event will have free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, Honeygrow snacks, and cold brew coffee from Saxby’s. All of the spectacular events lead up to evening concert.

For more information, click here.

21. Eagles Women’s Clinic

Where: Lincoln Financial Field, 1020 Pattison Ave.
When: Sunday, May 21st, 11AM-3PM

The Philadelphia Eagles Football Festival for Women is providing an unforgettable and amazing one-of-a-kind experience. Eagles fans will get to meet head coach Doug Pederson, current Eagles players and alumni, and learn the X’s and O’s from true teachers of the game. Come to this interactive, informative, and glorious sports themed event.

For more information, click here.

22. Philly Burger Crawl 2017

Where: XFINITY Live!, 1100 Pattison Ave.
When: Sunday, May 21st, 3PM

The 2017 Burger Brawl hosted by XFINITY Live! is this Sunday. There will be unlimited burge samples from 60 of the local top restaurants. Celebrity judge’s will be in the building from WMMR’s Steve Morrison to FOX Good Day’s Mike Jerrick. This will be tastiest event in the city this weekend.

For tickets, click here.

23. Letters From Iraq

Where: International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut St.
When: Sunday, May 21st, 7PM-9PM

Two-time Grammy nominee Rahim Alhaj will be taking over the stage at International House this Sunday evening with his wonderful cultural musical showcase. Letters From Iraq perfectly represents the voices of Iraqi citizens who have lived through pangs and extremes of the war in Iraq. There will also be a pre-show artistic exhibition starring local artist and architect Mayyadah Alhumssi.

For tickets, click here.



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