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The best things to do in Philadelphia this week

If you're looking for the best things to do in Philly this week, you've come to the right place.

Guests of Parks on Tap group together in circles in a park during the garden social hour.
Guests of Parks on Tap group together in circles in a park during the garden social hour.Read more(Courtesy of FCM Hospitality )

Explore all of the best things to do in and around Philadelphia: from upcoming events and art installations to the most picturesque date spots, we share all you need to know to make the most out of your week in Philly.

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Devon Horse Show & County Fair

(Community) The Devon Horse Show is one of the largest multi-breed horse shows in the country. Come watch as competitors from around the world showcase their skills in hopes of winning top prize. The County Fair features activities for the entire family and includes food, games and unique vendors to shop.

⌚️ May 22-June 2, 📍23 Dorset Rd., Devon, PA 19333, 🌐 devonhorseshow.net, 💵 $20-350

Spruce Street Harbor Park

(Outdoors / free / multiday) The seasonal riverside pop-up returns to Penn’s Landing with special daytime family programming on Sundays (11 a.m.-3 p.m.) and plenty of games and pay-as-you-go snacks for just about everyone. Ages 3 and up. Also re-launching on the Delaware this weekend (May 25): the RiverLink Ferry from Philly to Camden, NJ.

⌚May 24-Sept. 29, 📍301 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106, 🌐delawareriverwaterfront.com , 💵 Free

Latino Arts and Film Festival

(Movies) Both established and emerging Latino filmmakers will be celebrated for their creativity and contributions to culture. This festival lineup includes workshops, feature films, shorts, animations and so much more. Plus, celebrate the 10th annual LOLA Awards, which honors the filmmaking achievements of Latino creatives.

⌚️May 26-July 7, 📍Various Locations, 🌐 phlaff.org/

Teddy Dewatt at Bookers

(Music) Need great dinner plans this week? Head to Bookers for dinner and a show, featuring singer Teddy Dewatt. You’ll leave pleasantly serenaded and full from a great meal.

⌚️May 29, 7-9 p.m., 📍5021 Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia, Pa, 19143, 🌐 bookersrestaurantandbar.com, 💵 Pay-as-you-go

Parks on Tap at Penn Treaty Park

(Community) The best way to enjoy late spring weather is always at an outdoor happy hour. Head to Penn Treaty Park to soak up the warmth with a great beer or cocktail. The park is perfect for an evening of laying back, hanging out with your furry friends and enjoying the views.

⌚️May 29 - June 2, 4-10p.m., 📍1301 N. Beach St., Philadelphia, PA 19125, 🌐 parksontap.com, 💵 Pay-as-you-go

Elfreth’s Alley Day

(Community) One of the oldest continuously inhabited residential streets in the city is springing to life for this annual neighborhood celebration. Residents will open their doors to give guests a look at what it’s like to live in an 18th or 19th century home in 2024. You’ll leave with some new nuggets of Philly history and get a one-of-a-kind experience on the block.

⌚️June 1, 1-5p.m., 📍 126 Elfreth’s Alley, Philadelphia, Pa, 19106, 🌐 elfrethsalley.org, 💵 $11-62

Philly Beer Week

(Community) It’s no secret that Philly loves good beer. This 10 day celebration of brews is back with tons of tastings, happy hours, bar crawls and so much more.

⌚️May 31 - June 9, 📍Various Locations, 🌐 phillylovesbeer.com, 💵 pay-as-you-go

Black Restaurant Week

(Community) Give your kitchen a break and explore some of Philly’s best Black Owned Restaurants this week. You’ll have the chance to get a taste of everything from soul food to African specialities.

⌚️May 31 - June 9, 📍Various Locations, 🌐 blackrestaurantweeks.com, 💵 Pay-as-you-go

Odunde Festival

(Community) Odunde is back for its 49th year celebrating all things Black and African culture. The week will be filled with events offering everything from networking to yoga and ending with the country’s largest Black and African street festival. Don’t miss out on amazing food, shopping from more than 100 vendors, live music performances and more.

⌚️June 2-9, 📍Various Locations, 🌐 odundefestival.org/, 💵 Pay-as-you-go

Roots Picnic

(Music) This festival is truly a Philly staple. Music fans, don’t miss the chance to see some of your favorite artists live including Jill Scott, Nas, Andrè 3000 and more. In addition to three stages of great music, there will be plenty of food trucks, a Black vendor village and other activations. Passes are available for a single day or the full weekend.

⌚️June 1-2, 📍5201 Parkside Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19131, 🌐 therootspicnic.com/, 💵 $135-1399

Philadelphia Pride Festival

(Community) Pride Month kicks off in Philly with a march through Center City and an epic celebratory festival. Grab your flags, walking shoes and most vibrant outfits and head to the Gayborhood for live music, more than 200 vendors, food trucks and more. This year’s pride theme is “Be You.”

⌚️June 2, 10a.m. - 7p.m., 📍Various Locations, 🌐 phillypride365.org/, 💵 Pay-as-you-go


The best events for kids in Philly

Grown-ups always have their say in family plans, and the coming weekend offers a spectrum of possibilities: Pride at the PMA, a Revolutionary War reenactment in Haddonfield, Cambodian dance at the Barnes, pets in Chestnut Hill, and your basic kid-centric festival at the Navy Yard.

Pinocchio

(Theater / multiday) The Arden Theatre recently extended its lovably modernized take on this classic tale of a boy made of wood, his creator-dad, a whale, a cricket, and believing in yourself. Tickets remain for two ASL interpreted performances on May 25 at 4 p.m. and June 5 at 10:30 a.m. Ages 4-12.

⌚May 21-June 9, times vary, 📍40 N. 2nd St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106, 🌐 ardentheatre.org, 💵$20-$45

Garden Railway: Dinos!

(Dinosaurs / garden / multiday) An elegant Chestnut Hill botanical enclave has declared the coming months the “Summer of Dinos” at Morris Arboretum featuring a self-guided tour of prehistoric-related plants, an expansive outdoor toy train setup featuring fantastic Tyrannosaurus rex, Triceratops, Velociraptor, etc. made out of bark, and a “paleontologist’s cottage” with fossil-digging capabilities. Ages 2 and up.

⌚May 25-Sept. 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends, 📍100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia, Pa., 19118 🌐 morrisarboretum.org , 💵$20 adult, $18 ages 65 and up, $10 ages 3-17, free under age 3 and member

Wild Kratts®: Creature Power®

(Science / multiday) From the popular PBS kids’ show and Minnesota Children’s Museum, Memorial Hall’s latest interactive exhibit at the Please Touch Museum channels a tropical rainforest, Australian outback, the Antarctic, and your backyard, inviting kids to pretend to be animals — kangaroos, jaguars, spider monkeys, whatever’s in your backyard — in their natural habitat. Ages 3-9.

⌚May 31-Sept. 1, 📍4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, Pa. 19131, 🌐pleasetouchmuseum.org , 💵 $22, $2 ACCESS cardholder

Navy Yard Family Fest

(Seasonal) Just your basic free family event, a block party with live entertainment, food trucks, games, kids’ activities — all in one place at the Navy Yard. All ages.

⌚June 1, noon- 6 p.m., 📍Central Green Rouse Blvd. Intrepid Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19112, 🌐navyyard.org, 💵 Free, pay-as-you-go

The Skirmish

(History / free) Kings Highway in Haddonfield transforms into a battleground for the Redcoats and the Continental army in an 18th-century reenactment that’s part war, but first Williamsburg, VA-esque street fair featuring dancing, blacksmithing, basketry, muskets, sword fighting, and puppetry. Ages 4+.

⌚Jun. 1, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Skirmish at 2 p.m.,📍233 Kings Hwy E, Haddonfield, NJ, 08033, 🌐 haddonfieldskirmish, 💵Free

Free First Sunday Family Day: Cultivating Culture

(Art / Culture / Free) The Barnes’ monthly free-for-all (provided you snag tickets in advance; reservations are available from May 30 at 10 a.m.) stars the Philadelphia treasure Khmer Performing Arts and Culture performing Cambodian dance, a scavenger hunt, art-making, and gallery exploring. Ages 2 and up.

⌚June 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 📍2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., Philadelphia, Pa, 19130, 🌐barnesfoundation.org , 💵 Free with reservation

Shine Your Light Family Festival

(Art / Pride) Colors — including neon and glow-in-the-dark — and courage to be yourself mark the annual Pride celebration at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Great Stair Hall hosts a pop-up studio with Philadelphia artist Kah Yangni, who illustrated the picture book Not He or She, I am Me. All ages.

⌚June 2, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 📍2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., Philadelphia, Pa, 19130, 🌐 philamuseum.org, 💵 Pay-what-you-wish

Petapalooza

(Pets / Free) Because pets are kids, too, this event offers a kiddie pool, vendors, and treats galore (and potential new kids to adopt) along a charming avenue in Chestnut Hill. All ages.

⌚June 2, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., rain date: June 9, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.📍8424 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, Pa., 19118, 🌐 chestnuthillpa.com, 💵 Free