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What’s happening in Philly this weekend: May 31-June 2

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 atthephillyinfluencer@gmail.com.

This week’s best Sips & Eats!

1. Closing Soon: Devon Horse Show and Country Fair

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Where: Devon Horse Show Grounds, 23 Dorset Rd. Devon, PA
When: Runs through Sunday, June 2nd

The Devon Horse Show will conclude this weekend. Don’t miss your opportunity to see this tremendous equestrian competition with your own eyes. Thousands flock each year to the region for this show-stopping attraction.

For more information, click here.

2. Closing this Weekend: PAFA Student Exhibition 

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Where: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118 N. Broad St.
When: Runs through Sunday, June 2nd

This weekend ends the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts’ The 118th Annual Student Exhibition (ASE). The institution’s BFA, third and fourth-year undergraduates, and second-year MFA students have had their works on full display. These emerging artist’s had the great opportunity to “curate, install, and sell their own works in PAFA’s museum galleries.

For more information, click here.

3. Philadelphia Latino Film Festival

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Where: Various locations
When: May 30 – June 2

The 8th Annual Latino Film Festival kicks into gear this weekend. There will be several Latino-themed shorts, documentaries, feature films, and more on display at several locations in the city. Get a ticket to view several immersive and cultural productions, Q&As, panel discussions, and more.

For more information, click here.

4. StoryCorps MobileBooth Tour

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Where: The Porch at 30th Street Station, 2901 Market St.
When: Runs through Friday, June 28th

StoryCorps will be in the City of Brotherly Love through the end of June. In partnership with WHYY, come down to The Porch at 30th Street station to record meaningful conversations with another person. You’ll be able to keep a digital recording of the exchange after you dive into who you are, how you want to be remembered, and more. Sign up for this free heart-to-heart encounter today!

For more information, click here.

5. The Book of Mormon

Where: Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St.
When: Runs through Sunday, June 9th

for those looking to hit up the theater, The Book of Mormon will be at the Academy of Music through next week. The New York Times called it “the best musical of this century.” The nine-time Tony award-winning hit is a can’t miss adventure this weekend.

For more information, click here.

6. Paradigm Gallery’s Exhibitions 

Hyland Mather and Evan Hecox

(Left: Hyland Mather // Right: Evan Hecox)

Where: Paradigm Gallery + Studio, 746 S 4th St.
When: Runs through Sunday, June 22nd

Hyland Mather’s and Evan Hecox’s first solo shows at Paradigm Gallery + Studio should be added to your stops this weekend. The two concurrent exhibitions, Combiner (Mather) and Future Green (Hecox) are truly a sight to behold.  Mathers newly hand-painted wood and paper assemblages are all made from discarded found objects, while Hecox’s imagery, inspired by his recent travels to Hong Kong, incorporates abstraction and realism.

For more information, click here.

7. Whitman at 200

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Where: Various locations
When: Friday, May 31st

This Friday is Walt Whitman’s birthday. Several institutions and events will be examining his connection to the Philadelphia/Camden region and his relevance in literature. There will be a free birthday bash at Philadelphia’s City Hall featuring a performance by Patti Smith and her daughter Jesse, poetry readings and more activities. Head over to Camden, where Whitman resided, for a special program that includes guest speakers, a poetry reading, music and more.

8. Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship

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Where: Talen Energy Stadium, 1 Stadium Drive. Chester, PA
When: Runs through Sunday, June 2nd

For the ninth consecutive year,  Talen Energy Stadium will be hosting the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship. The nation’s top men’s and women’s rugby 7s teams will be battling it out all weekend for the coveted championship trophy.

For more information, click here.

9. Philly Beer Week

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Where: Various locations
When: Runs through Sunday, June 9th

The 12th annual Philly Beer Week begins this Friday and runs through Sunday, June 9th. The brewing showcase will feature and highlight over 50 regional breweries. There will be an  Opening Tap at 2300 Arena this Friday. Stop by the  Milkboy’s O.G.B. Block Party this Saturday and the Craft Beer Day on Passyunk Avenue this Sunday

For more information, click here.

10. Luke Bryan 

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Where: BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Blvd. Camden, NJ
When: Friday, May 31st, 7PM

Nashville country music star Luke Bryan will be rocking the waterfront this Friday night at the BB&T Pavillion. The outdoor entertainment center will be flooded with hits like “I Don’t Want the Night to End”, “Crash My Party”, and more.

For more information, click here.

11. Independence Dragon Boat Regatta

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Where: 2200 Kelly Dr.
When: Saturday, June 1st, 8AM- 5PM

Speaking of the waterfront, the 2019 Independence Dragon Boat Regatta is this Saturday. The event is the only Dragon Boat race in the nation run by active members of Team USA and World Champions through the years. These five-lane races will be exciting to watch.

For more information, click here.

12. Fete Day at Elfreth’s Alley

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Where: Elfreth’s Alley, 124-126 Elfreth’s Alley
When: Saturday, June 1st, 1PM-5PM

Take a trip back to Historic Philadelphia this Saturday. Elfreth’s Alley Fete Day opens the doors to the past each year. Stroll down the streets with your friends and family. There will be plenty of colonial activities, games, live music, food, and so much more.

For more information, click here.

13. Historic Saturdays at Strawberry Mansion and Andalusia

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Where: Various locations
When: Saturday, June 1st

The 11th annual East Park Strawberry Harvest Festival is this Saturday. Spend a sweet afternoon enjoying tours of the Historic Strawberry Mansion, strolling through the Mansion’s fruit orchard, and picking your own strawberries. Plus, goats from the Philadelphia Goat Project will make a special appearance. For those in a similarly scenic and festive mood, head over to Andalusia Open Saturdays. Enjoy a peaceful afternoon of fresh air and gorgeous blooms, and more. There are guided house tours, a special garden lecture series, and beautiful gardens and riverfront grounds. This is the last Open Saturday of the season; next one is 10/19.

For more information, click here.

14. Art for the Cash Poor

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Where: 1003 Buttonwood St.
When: Saturday, June 1st,  12PM- 6PM

For those who always had expensive artistic tastes without the wallet to match, here’s a great event for you. Art for the Cash poor is a block and art sale mashup. You can get phenomenal artistic pieces for  $199 and under. There will be live entertainment, vendors, and more.

For more information, click here.

15. Roots Picnic 

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Where: The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Ave.
When: Saturday, June 1st, 12PM

This weekend the Roots Picnic will descend on the city of Philadelphia. The Roots, H.E.R., 21 Savage, Tank and the Bangas, Ari Lennox, and many other acts will be lighting up the stage. This annual cultural and music event embraces the diverse elements of R&B, Hip-Hop, Soul, and many other genres. There will be live podcast tapings, panel discussions about the community, and more.

For more information, click here.

16. Northwest Philly Spring Festival

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Where: 71st & Ogontz Ave.
When: Saturday, June 1st, 2PM-8PM

The Northwest Philly Spring Festival is this Saturday afternoon. Sponsored by Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corporation and Representative Isabella Fitzgerald, this event will feature food trucks, drinks,  arts & crafts, a kids corner, health resources, street performers, and games.

For more information, click here.

17. Destroyers vs. Soul

Philadelphia Soul vs. Columbus Destroyers

Where: Wells Fargo Center, 3601. S. Broad St.
When: Saturday, June 1st, 7PM

The Philadelphia Soul will be playing their sixth game of the season this Saturday night when they take on the Columbus Destroyers. TheWells Fargo Center will be pumped with a  raucous crowd for this amazing arena football showdown. Don’t miss your opportunity to see this high-paced sport with your very eyes.

For more information, click here.

18. Night Nation Run

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Where: XFINITY Live!, 1100 Pattison Ave.
When: Saturday, June 1st, 7PM

Night Nation Run continues lighting up cities across the nation. This Saturday the illuminating and rigorous 5K run will be lining the streets of Philadelphia. There will be a light show, live music stages, selfie stations, a bubble complex, and more at the color run festival.

For more information, click here.

19. La Festa Italian Street Festival

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Where: 1904 E. Passyunk Ave.
When: Sunday, June 2nd, 11AM-7PM

This Sunday will be the 8th Annual “La Festa” Italian Festival. Filitalia on Passyunk Ave will be flooding with Philadelphians wanting to get in on a spaghetti eating contest, live Italian music, performances, wine demonstrations, food instructionals, and more. This is a rain or shine event.

For more information, click here.

20. Museum Sundays

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Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. and Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
When: Sunday, June 2nd, 10AM-5PM

The Sunday come to The Barnes Foundation for PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Summer Solstice.  There will be art-making and crafts, storytime, live music, a Mural Arts Studio discussion with Jonathan D. Pinkett, and more.  Stop by the Philadelphia Museum of Art for pay-what-you-wish Sunday as well. It’s a Family Festival: Impressions of Nature event. You’ll be able to paint your own outdoor scene in our Balcony Studio. This event is inspired by landscapes on view in the exhibition The Impressionist’s Eye.

21. The African American Experience at Epsom Farm

Where: Cliveden, 6401 Germantown Ave.
When: Sunday, June 2nd, 1PM-3PM

Come to Historic Cliveden for The African American Experience at Epsom Farm. Tina Sheller, Assistant Professor of History at Goucher College, and two alumnae—Hannah Lane and Sophia Lipman—will present research on Epsom Farm and the free and enslaved workers who toiled on the property. There will also be an exhibit featuring artifacts and collectibles from the time.

For more information, click here.

22. Philadelphia Irish Festival

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Where: Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.
When: Sunday, June 2nd, 12PM-PM

Come to the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing for the first event in the PECO Multicultural Series. The Philadelphia Irish Festival takes place this Sunday afternoon. There will be cultural food, dancing, musical performances, activities, and more.

For more information, click here.

23. Radio 104.5 Birthday Bash

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Where: BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Blvd. Camden, NJ
When: Sunday, June 2nd, 1PM

The Lumineers, Deathcab For Cutie, Grouplove, Phantogram, The Revivalists, and others will be rocking the stage at the BB&T Pavilion this Sunday. Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party series kicks off in the best way this weekend. Bring your friends out for this amazing summer show on the waterfront. This is a rain or shine event.

For more information, click here.

Map of Events 


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