Everything Fun You Can Do in Philadelphia This Weekend

A muddy obstacle course, AAPI Heritage Month food festival, and more springtime fun.

On your mark, get set, weekend! Kick off the weekend on a relaxing note with a movie in the park and fill up on delicacies on Saturday before winding down with free music on Sunday. There’s also a food market in honor of AAPI Heritage Month and an idyllic spring concert in the park—and that doesn’t even scratch the surface. So clear some space in your schedule and check out all there is to do in Philly this weekend.

Friday, May 20
Rodin Museum
Kill two birds with one stone: See art and have a drink. An oasis along the Parkway, the Rodin Museum’s lush garden is infused with fresh energy thanks to a summertime pop-up bar. On Fridays through the end of September, beer, wine, cocktails, and small dishes will be served while you lovingly admire “The Thinker” and other works for art.
Cost: Pay-as-you-go

Friday, May 20
Clark Park
It’s outdoor movie season! Local film programming organization cinéSPEAK and noncommercial radio station WXPN will host a screening of the documentary “Nothing Compares,” about Sinéad O’Connor’s rocky rise to stardom, this weekend. Come early to shop from local vendors and food trucks and to stake your claim to the best seat in The Bowl (the recessed grassy area in the park where the screening takes place). Don’t forget to bring your chairs and blankets.
Cost: Free

Friday, May 20 – Sunday, May 22
New Hope and Lambertville
Kick off Pride festivities a little early with New Hope’s all-out weekend celebration. The weekend begins with live music and drinks at the Bucks County Playhouse on Friday and continues with a massive parade on Saturday beginning in Lambertville and crossing over the Delaware River into New Hope. The parade gives way to the Pride Fair, also on Saturday, complete with vendors, performers, and more. Things wrap up with a Sunday Funday day party—DJs, cocktails, drag performers, and stilt walkers included.
Cost: Varies per event

Friday, May 20 – Sunday, May 22
Proscenium Theatre at The Drake
Just off Philadelphia playwright James Ijames’s 2022 Pulitzer Prize win, audiences can see Ijames’s newest work before anyone else. “Reverie” runs through Sunday and touches on grief and family. When protagonist Jordan receives a surprise visit from Paul, the father of a former boyfriend, he learns that Paul’s son Lucas died six months ago and Jordan’s address was amongst his son’s belongings. Grab a ticket to see what happens next.
Cost: Pay-what-you-wish

Saturday, May 21 – Sunday, May 22
Italian Market
With culinary delights spanning pasta, pizza, tacos, and beyond, the Italian Market is so much more than its moniker implies. Taste all its merchants have to offer during the Italian Market Festival, a two-day affair bringing tons of food vendors to South Ninth Street. Fill up on meatball subs, cannoli, pizza, and cheesesteaks, while listening to live music and watching brave souls attempt to climb up a greased pole. It’s tradition.
Cost: Pay-as-you-go

Saturday, May 21 – Sunday, May 22
Plantation Field, Coatesville, Pa.
Not for the faint of heart, the Tough Mudder obstacle course will come to the Philly area this weekend offering three distances: 5K, 10K, and 15K. The 15K is on Saturday only, the 10K is on Sunday only, while the 5K is on both days. Expect obstacles like a grip-less climb over an angled wall, a crawl under a heavy net, and mud pits galore. Make sure your shoes are tied tightly.
Cost: $109-144

Saturday, May 21
Rittenhouse Row, starting at 18th and Walnut Streets
This weekend, a pared back version of the annual Spring Festival, the Rittenhouse Row Spring Stroll, will offer a mini-festival with a sampling of what the neighborhood has to offer. All afternoon, live music will fill the air, kids will get their faces painted, streeteries will offer special menus, fitness studios will lead free workouts, and plenty of shops will keep you perusing. Plus, the farmers market is running extended hours.
Cost: Pay-as-you-go

Saturday, May 21
Fishtown
You know what they say: One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Neighbors throughout Fishtown will set up shop outside their homes for a community-wide sidewalk sale. See what trinkets, clothing, music, and furniture your fellow Philadelphians are trying to find a good home for. It’s the most sustainable way to shop, and, who knows, your next favorite home good could be sitting at someone else’s doorstep.
Cost: Pay-as-you-go

Saturday, May 21
Laurel Hill Cemetery
Morbid, odd, and curious items are the name of the game at the Market of the Macabre. Naturally, the market is held in a cemetery, and vendors will be selling gravestone art, spooky home decor, vintage clothes, witchy candles, and plenty of other grisly goods. Plus, take mini tours of the cemetery, enjoy live music, and pick up lunch from food trucks. In case of rain, the market will be pushed to Sunday.
Cost: $5 entry fee

Sunday, May 22
Cherry Street Pier
Take a load off at Cherry Street Pier for a free Sunday afternoon concert. The multi-disciplinary event features musicians from the Curtis Institute of Music performing tunes from “Swan Lake” while dancers from the Philadelphia Ballet elegantly move to the sound—it’s all set to the backdrop of narration and illustrations, all from locally-based creators.
Cost: Free

Sunday, May 22
Sor Ynez
Restaurateur Ellen Yin’s Wonton Project, along with Kalaya, Tabachoy, Hardena, Dimmie Sum, Gabriella’s Vietnam, Emei, Angie's Vietnamese Cuisine, and Sate Kampar will sell a special dish of choice at this outdoor market spotlighting local AAPI food concepts. Even better? Proceeds will benefit the Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Associations Coalition.
Cost: Pay-as-you-go

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Allie Volpe is a writer based in Philadelphia. She hasn't slept in days. Follow her on Twitter: @allieevolpe.