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What’s happening in Philly this weekend: May 18-20

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 [email protected].

Here’s a list of the best Sips & Eats this week!

Events Running Through the Week

1. Closing This Weekend: Sacred Lands

Where: Paradigm Gallery + Studios, 746 S. 4th St.
When: Runs through Saturday, May 19th

Drew Leshko has recreated some of the historic and memorable structures in Fishtown for this amazing artistic showcase. Leshko’s 1:12 doll house and three-dimensional replicas of the Kensington Soup Society, Penn Treaty Metals, and the Edward Corner Marine Merchandise Warehouse. These hand-crafted and painted sculptures are worth seeing before it’s too late.

For more information, click here.

2. Wizard World Comic Con

Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St.
When: Thursday, May 17th-Sunday, May 20th

Come to the Pennsylvania Convention Center this weekend to catch some cast members from Game of Thrones, The Arrow, The Punisher, Guardians of the Galaxy, WWE professional wrestlers, and more. All of you comic, fantasy, action, and adventure fans get ready for the photo ops, vendors, live displays, and all the fun and games.

For more information, click here.

3. Philadelphia International Children’s Festival

Where: Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St.
When: Thursday, May 17th-Saturday, May 19th

The 33rd annual Philadelphia International Children’s Festival begins this Thursday and runs through the weekend. This is a rain or shine event that will have plenty of hands-on crafts for kids, live performances, food trucks, face painting, balloon, and more.

For more information, click here.

4. Mamma Mia!

Where: Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.
When: Runs through Sunday, July 15th

Walnut Street Theatre always has some of the best productions in the city. Come to the storied playhouse for a production of the beloved musical Mamma Mia! Over 60 million people worldwide have listened to ABBA’s hits including, “Super Trouper,” “Lay All Your Love On Me,” “Dancing Queen,” “Waterloo”, and others.

For more information, click here.

5. The Philadelphia Orchestra Presents Tosca

Where: Verizon Hall, 300 S. Broad St.
When: Wednesday, May 16th-Sunday, May 20th

This week The Philadelphia Orchestra will be doing performances of Tosca with the help of famed soprano Jennifer Rowle. This brilliant Italian opera will be on the main stage at Verizon Hall. To hear great musicianship and phenomenal vocals come down Kimmel Center.

For more information, click here.

6. Carlos Mencia 

Where: Punch Line Philly, 33 E. Laurel St.
When: Thursday, May 17th-Saturday, May 19th

Comedian, actor, and entertainer Carlos Mencia will be at Punch Line Philly this weekend. The former Buscando Estrellas “International Comedy Grand Champion”, In Living Color, and Mind of Mencia lead and producer has will be wowing the audience with his new standup.

For more information, click here.

7. Art in the Open

Where: Various locations
When: Friday, May 18th-Sunday, May 20th

Art In The Open will be coming back to Philadelphia this weekend to take over  The Schuylkill River banks. The open-air studio and gallery will be displaying and illustrating the best works from local artists at these scenic and riverfront surroundings.

For more information, click here.

8. International Museum Day

Where: Various locations
When: Friday, May 18th

Free admission to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Perelman Building, and Rodin Museum will be on the menu this Friday. In celebration of International Museum Day, you can go to these celebrated institutions at a wallet-friendly discount. The day raises awareness for the importance of museums for societal development.

For more information, click here.

9. Young Professionals Night at the Barnes Foundation 

Where: Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
When: Friday, May 18th, 7PM–10PM

This Friday night bring your friends to the Barnes Foundation for Young Professionals Night: Sirens of the Screen. #BarnesYP will be promoting the new Renoir: Father and Son/Painting and Cinema exhibition. Get dressed up like one of your favorite old Hollywood icons and enjoy a night of cocktails, bites, entertainment, and more.

For more information, click here.

10. Gary Owen

Where: Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St.
When: Friday, May 18th-Sunday, May 20th

Come to Helium Comedy Club this weekend to see ComicView, Real Husbands of Hollywood, and Tyler Perry’s House of Payne entertainer Gary Owen bring the laughs. All his fans in the City of Brotherly Love come to this Sansom Street laugh house for a good time.

For more information, click here.

11. Brandi Carlile 

Where: Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.
When: Friday, May 18th, 8PM

Promoting her 2018 By The Way, I Forgive You, Brandi Carlile will be coming to the Merriam Theater this Friday night. This talented singer-songwriter and Grammy nominee has released six studio albums to date. The Joke” singer will certainly enchant audiences with her distinctive vocals and range.

For more information, click here.

12. Diamond Day

Where: Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th St.
When: Saturday, May 19th, 10AM-3PM

The Reading Terminal Market is one of the best places to find a variety. There are countless food options at this vendor surplus market. This Saturday bring your friends and family out to Diamond Day for food samples, free Taste of Philly food tours, prizes and raffles, and more.

For more information, click here.

13. South 9th Street Italian Market Festival

Where: 919 S. 9th St.
When: Saturday, May 19th-Sunday, May 20th, 11AM-6PM

The Saturday and Sunday the savory aroma of delicious food will be in wafting through the Italian Market. This South Philadelphia Market will be hosting this rain or shine event. There will be a grease contest, live entertainment, crafts, and plenty of food.

For more information, click here.

14. Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration

Where: Mifflin Square Park, 6th St. & Ritner St.
When: Saturday, May 19th, 11AM-5PM

This Saturday Mifflin Square Park will be filled with a cultural celebration like no other. The 12th annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Month soiree will feature arts and crafts, a health fair, food trucks, live music entertainment, performances, discussions, and more.

For more information, click here.

15. East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention

Where: TECH Freire Charter School, 2221 N. Broad St.
When: Saturday, May 19th, 11AM-7PM

The Comic-Con at the Convention Center isn’t the only graphic novel and arts celebration in the city this weekend. This Saturday come to TECH Freire Charter School for the 17th Annual East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention. There will be writing and drawing workshops, panel discussions, a costume contest, vendors, and more.

For more information, click here.

16. Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival

Where: Rittenhouse Row, Walnut St. between Broad and 19th St. and 17th and 18th from Sansom to Locust.
When: Saturday, May 19th, 12PM-5PM

Presented by Capital One, this rain or shine event will have beauty vendors, food sampling stations, live music, entertainment, family fun areas, cooking demonstrations, arts, and more. 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.


Where: BB&T Pavillion, 1 Harbour Blvd. Camden, NJ
When: Saturday, May 19th, 12:30PM

There’s only one place to see rockers Alice In Chains, Ghost, Stone Temple Pilots, Dorothy, Radkey, In The Presence of Wolves, and more this weekend. BB&T Pavillion will be hosting this year’s radio MMRBQ. This will be a sensational live music event for all rock fans in the area.

For more information, click here.

18. 2018 Philadelphia Federal Credit Union Kensington Derby and Arts Festival

Where: Trenton Avenue from Norris to Hagert
When: Saturday, May 19th, 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.

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

Where: Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way.
When: Saturday, May 19th, 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.

20. Preakness at the Piazza at The Schmidt’s Commons

Where: The Schmidt’s Commons, 1001 N. 2nd St.
When: Saturday, May 19th, 5PM-9PM

The 6th annual Preakness at the Piazza will highlight the 143rd running of the historic Preakness Stakes this Saturday at The Schmidt’s Commons. There will be open bar food, live music, a fashion competition, and more at this event in which 100% of the net proceeds will go to the National MS Society.

For more information, click here.

21. 40th Street Summer Series

Where: 40th St. and Walnut St.
When: Saturday, May 19th, 6PM

University City District rotating outdoor music festival is popping up this weekend. The festival will include double headliners the West Philadelphia Orchestra and Dan Blacksberg’s Hot Klezmers. Come out to this free event that will have food and more.

For more information, click here.

22. Soul vs. Empire

Where: Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.
When: Saturday, May 19th, 6PM

The Philadelphia Soul will be playing their fifth game of the season after their bye week. The arena league champions 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.

23. Union vs. Real Salt Lake

Where: Talen Energy Stadium, 1 Stadium Dr, Chester, PA
When: Saturday, May 19th, 7:30PM

The Philadelphia Union will be taking on Real Salt Lake under the Saturday night lights this weekend. The three loss local team will be looking to notch their eleventh win of the season against the (10-4) opponent. Bring your enthusiasm, cheers, and passion to Chester this Saturday.

For more information, click here.

24. Jay Leno

Where: Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St.
When: Saturday, May 19th, 8PM

Acclaimed former TV late night show host, comedian, author,  and public persona Jay Leno will be a the Academy of Music this Saturday night. The bestseller will be bringing his candor and command of the stage to town for an amazing show. Don’t miss out.

For more information, click here.

25. Hannibal Buress

Where: Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.
When: Saturday, May 19th, 8PM

This Netflix, Adult Swim, and Comedy Central star has made you laugh on both the big and small screen. This Saturday night the Broad City and The Eric Andre Show stand-up act will be performing at the Merriam Theater. There’s no better way to spend your Saturday night than laughing the night away.

For more information, click here.

26. Hop Along

Where: Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St.
When: Saturday, May 19th, 8:30PM

Hop Along is a Philadelphia indie folk-rock band that’s been making waves on the music scene for years. This Saturday night they’ll be playing in front of their home crowd at Union Transfer. The band released their fourth studio album in April titled Bark Your Head Off, Dog.

For more information, click here.

27. Rap Caviar

Where: Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing, 601 N Christopher Columbus Blvd.
When: Saturday, May 19th, 7PM

One of the most popular Spotify playlists is RapCaviar. The music streaming service has launched RapCaviar live across the country. This Saturday night come to the Festival Pier to hear hip-hop stars Migos, PNB Rock, and Trippie Red. There will also be a Migos concert after-party at NOTO Philadelphia.

For more information, click here.

28. Dierks Bently 

Where: BB&T Pavillion, 1 Harbour Blvd. Camden, NJ
When: Sunday, May 20th, 4PM

Dierks Bently is the proud owner of 15 Billboard Country number ones and 25 charted songs. This Sunday evening the “Woman, Amen” singer will be coming to the Camden waterfront or the 34th XTU Anniversary Show. The amphitheater will be rocking with all the hits from this act.

For more information, click here.



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