What’s happening in Philly this weekend: May 10-12

Each weekend, we will post some of the most unique social and cultural 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

This week’s best Sips & Eats!

Events Running Through the Weekend 

1. Closing Soon: Philly Tech Week

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Where: Various locations
When: Runs through Friday, May 10th

Philly Tech Week will be ending this Friday. The demonstrations, panels, exhibitions, and more will be coming to an end. This Friday there will be a Philly Tech Week Signature Event official after party at Franky Bradley’s. Don’t miss out on all the festivities.

For more information, click here.

2. Festival of Fountains at Longwood Gardens

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Where: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Rd.  Kennett Square
When: Runs through Sunday, September 29th

Longwood Gardens Festival of Fountains returns for the season this weekend. The marvelous and scenic garden terrain will be overflowing with water lily displays,  a meadow garden, and more. Throughout the months there will be live music, crafts, family-friendly, fireworks, and other events.

For more information, click here.

3. Civil War and Reconstruction at the National Constitution Center

Where: National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St.
When: Opened Wednesday, May 8th

Civil War and Reconstruction: The Battle for Freedom and Equality opened this week at the National Constitution Center.  The exhibit highlights Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman, and other figures of the era. Come hear the inspiring stories and learn the American experience under slavery, “the battle for freedom during the Civil War, and the fight for equality during Reconstruction, which many call the nation’s “Second Founding.”

For more information, click here.

4. DGVTrigger Touch Fade, and Glass Pieces


Where: Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St.
When: Runs through Sunday, May 12th

The Pennsylvania Ballet will be putting on a performance of DGV, Trigger Touch Fade, and Glass Pieces this weekend. The final program of the season will be running through Sunday at the Academy of Music. Choreographer Jorma Elo’s will be premiering Trigger Touch Fade. 

For more information, click here.

5. Young Professionals Night

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Where: Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
When: Friday, May 10th, 7PM-10PM

This Friday night bring your friends to the Barnes Foundation for Young Professionals Night: Spot On. #BarnesYP will be spotlighting and is inspired by pointillism pioneer Georges Seurat. Come out in your best and fun polka dot prints for a night of “sips, late-night art, and beats by Mole Street Artists.”

For more information, click here.

6.  Annual Student Exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Installation view of the 2018 ASE.

Where: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 128 N. Broad St.
When: Runs through Sunday, June 2nd

This weekend kicks off the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts’ The 117th Annual Student Exhibition (ASE).  The institution’s BFA, third and fourth-year undergraduates, and second-year MFA students works will be on full display. There is an opening reception on Friday to meet artists and get sneak peeks at some phenomenal work.

For more information, click here.

7. Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta

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Where: Along Kelly Drive; races start at Hunting Park Avenue and end at the Columbia Avenue Bridge
When: Friday, May 10th-Saturday, May 11th

The Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta will be taking over Kelly Drive this weekend. Hundreds of universities from around the country and Canada will be rowing the Schuylkill River. Come see these amazing athletes thunderous speed through the course and cheer them on.

For more information, click here.

8. Spruce Street Harbor Park 

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Where: Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
When: Opens for the season Friday, May 10th

Sustained by UNIVEST, Spruce Street Harbor Park opens this Friday. The beautiful summer gathering hotspot has hammocks, floating gardens, stellar and colorful lights, craft beer stands, and plenty of food from the area’s top restaurants. This weekend, look out for UNIVESTal. The festival will be full of live music performances, crafts, art displays, and more.

For more information, click here.

9. Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

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Where: 101 S Christopher Columbus Blvd.
When: Opens for the season Friday, May 10th

The Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest kicks into full swing this Friday. There will be roller skating, the return of the carnival game area The Midway, mini golf, Chickie’s and Pete’s Crabshack, and the Franklin Fountain Cabin. Come out for the drinks, the waterfront splendor, and more.

For more information, click here.

10. 2nd Saturday Street Art Tours

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Where: Various locations
When: Saturday, May 11th

Streets Dept’s 2nd Saturday Street Art Tours returned for the 2019 season last month. Every second Saturday Conrad Benner will be hosting a walking tour of Philadelphia’s most stunning street art, murals, and graffiti. This will be an immersive and informative tour full of colorful designs and great conversation.

For more information, click here.

11. Rittenhouse Square Fine Craft Fair

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Where: Rittenhouse Square, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square
When: Friday, May 10th-Sunday, May 12th

The Rittenhouse Square Craft Fair will be opening this Friday. The downtown festivity space will have many vendors peddling paintings, jewelry, antiques, handmade soaps, candles, furnishings, and more. This will be a bustling vendors hub full of collectibles and plenty of goods.

For more information, click here.

12. Treetop Quest

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Where: Treetop Quest, 51 Chamounix Dr.
When: Open through the season

Fairmount Park’s zip line adventure is finally here. Treetop Quest will raise you 60 feet above the ground in some areas and launch you into a fun day great obstacle courses, soaring heights, and plenty of fun activities.

For more information, click here.

13. Love Your Park Week

Where: Various locations
When: Saturday, May 11th- Sunday, May 19th

There will be over 40 special events going on throughout the city over the next week. Each year several of Philadelphia’s parks host clean-ups and work days. This beautification event fosters community engagements and helps maintain public spaces. There will be countless family-friendly events and recreational activities at each location. Saturday there will be a potluck dinner at Bardascino Park. On the same day, McMichael Park will host a screening of Moana. 

For more information, click here.

14. Second Saturday Season Opener at Historic Germantown 

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Where: Various locations
When: Saturday, May 11th, 12PM – 4PM

This weekend kicks off  Second Saturday celebrations in Historic Germantown. For one-day-a-month Germantown will open the doors to all 16 of its historic houses, museums, and destinations. There will be historical re-enactors, giveaways, free food, performances, vendors and more.

For more information, click here.

15. Empire vs. Soul 

Philadelphia Soul vs. Albany Empire

Where: Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.
When: Saturday, May 11th, 7PM

The Philadelphia Soul are still very early into their amazing season. The arena league juggernauts will be taking on the Albany Empire at the Wells Fargo Center in front of a raucous crowd. Don’t miss your opportunity to see this high-paced sport with your very eyes.

For more information, click here.

16. Philadelphia Federal Credit Union Kensington Derby and Arts Festival

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Where: Along Trenton Avenue between Norris Street and York Street
When: Saturday, May 11th, 12PM – 6PM

Kensington will be the place to be this Saturday for their annual sculpture derby. The all-day street fair will have art vendors, food trucks, and brews. Come see the local race their man-made sculpture down the street.

For more information, click here.

17. May Fair

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Where: Clark Park, 4300 Baltimore Ave.
When: Saturday, May 11th, 12PM – 6PM

Come to Clark Park this Saturday for Spruce Hill’s 61st annual May Fair. There will be a petting zoo and moon bounce, live music, food, a raffle drawing with tons of prizes contributed by local businesses. All the local shops and eateries will be open for business and will be offering special deals during the event.

For more information, click here.

18. Philly All-Star Craft Beer, Wine and Cocktail Festival 

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Where: Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way
When: Saturday, May 11th, 3PM-7PM

This Saturday don’t miss your opportunity food drinks, food, amazing atmosphere, and an amazing ballpark experience at Citizens Bank Park. Over 100 craft beer,  wineries, breweries, and other vendors will be warming up the bases of the park this weekend.

For more information, click here.

19. IPA, Champagne, & Rosé Block Party

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Where: Hawthornes Cafe, 738 S. 11th St.
When: Saturday, May 11th, 11AM-8PM

Hawthornes Beer Cafe will be hosting their 10th annual IPA, Champagne, and Rosé Block Party this Saturday. The event is free to enter, will have live music, food trucks, and is kid and pet-friendly. There will be tremendous drink specials all night including more than 75 selections of IPA beers, cider, Champagne, rosé and other wines.

For more information, click here.

20. Spring Art Star Craft Bazaar at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing

Where: Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.
When: Saturday, May 11th & Sunday, May 12th

The 2019 Spring Art Star Craft Bazaar is this Saturday at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. There will be live music, food vendors, screen printers, a photo booth, and a craft making station at this free-to-enter event. There will also be countless merchants selling tons of home goods, body products, clothing, furniture, and other essentials.

For more information, click here.

21. Mother’s Day Weekend

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Where: Various location
When: Sunday, May 12th

One of the most adoring and beloved days of the year is this Sunday. Mother’s Day in Philadelphia offers up several options. For a fun time, come to Good Comedy Theatre this weekend for Ur Mom is Funny. There will be a Made at Bok Mother’s Day makers market this Saturday and a floral-design workshop at The Bourse. Don’t forget to read Philly Influencer’s Sips & Eats post for brunch destinations.

22. Zara Larsson

Where: Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St.
When: Sunday, May 12th, 8PM

Music lovers come to Union Transfer this Sunday to see and hear Swedish hitmaker Zara Larsson. Astrid S will be the opening act for this leg of the Don’t Worry Bout Me Tour. The “Ruin My Life” songstress will be delivering killer vocals and her signature stage presence to plenty of Philadelphia fans.

For more information, click here.

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