It’s Memorial Day and You Don’t Have Plans

Future Islands plays Union Transfer tonight. (Tom Hines)

Memorial Dei Family Picnic and Festival @ Sexton Sideshow | 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sexton Sideshow of Queen Village presents its festival and picnic featuring food trucks, vendors, family activities and live music on multiple stages by Sweetbriar Rose, Kuf Knotz, Pawnshop Roses, Alison Wadsworth, Emmett Drueding and more.

Summerfest @ Rivverrink | 1 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
It’s opening weekend for the party down by the river. Roller skating, mini-golf, food, drinks, etc. Read more »

10 Healthier Cocktail Recipes for Your Holiday Weekend

Aside from Memorial Day meaning a long weekend (YESSSS), it’s also a pretty big drinking (and eating) holiday. Now, obviously, the best way to avoid ingesting the liquid equivalent of a giant calorie bomb (and having a serious hangover the next day) is to take it easy on the drinks. But you also can save yourself some calories (and avoid screwing with all the hard work you’ve been putting in at the gym) by making drinks that are a bittttt healthier for your Memorial Day picnic.

Below, 10 healthier cocktail recipes (the “er” in healthier is key, because let’s be honest: no cocktail is the picture of health), that aren’t completely overloaded with sugar, to serve up this weekend. And note: whenever a drink calls for simple syrup — even the fancy, herb-filled kind — you can always go lighter to cut back on the sugar. Read more »

Staying in the City This Memorial Day Weekend? You Will Not Go Hungry

Mike's BBQ is popping up at the Garage

Mike’s BBQ is popping up at the Garage

Over the last decade or so, it seems like the city doesn’t get abandoned as it used to, but Memorial Day definitely feels like the weekend when the city empties out the most. But if you are staying around, there are still fun things to do.

Over at Fitler Dining Room, where some of their management, employees and customers have jetted down to the Jersey Shore, those left behind are throwing a weekend long shindig called Taco Hut. On Saturday, Sunday and Monday, from noon to 9 p.m. the normally high-end American restaurant will go Mexican with tacos, taquitos, sopes and of course, margaritas.

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Heading to the Jersey Shore? Don’t Head Out Without Our Guide to the Best Shore Eats

Illustration by Melissa McFeeters

Illustration by Melissa McFeeters

Heading down to the Jersey Shore this Memorial Day weekend? Enjoy yourself but don’t head out without Philadelphia magazine’s guide to the Best Shore Eats. It has everything you need from the best shore pizza to the best boardwalk eats of Ocean City and Wildwood. And of course we also list the 20 best restaurants from Cape May to Long Beach Island.

Best Shore Eats »

TOP PICKS: The Best LGBTQ Events This Weekend

RAISED is a fundraising event to benefit a production in this year's 2016 Fringe Arts Festival.

RAISED is a fundraising event to benefit a production in this year’s 2016 Fringe Arts Festival.


Happy Bear — Memorial Day Kickoff
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar, 200 South 12th Street; over 21.

Mingle with Philly’s most intriguing bears, cubs, otters, and salmon at Tabu! Be on the second floor of one of the Gayborhood’s most social bars for bumping musical vibes, drink specials, and a memorable experience. Read more »

11 Local Memorial Day Sales to Shop This Weekend

memorial day weekend sales

Image via iStock/Massonstock.

Memorial Day Weekend is almost upon us, which means cookouts, shore trips, and quite possibly the first time you’ve been in a bikini in 100 years. (If that thought makes you sweat instantly, we’ve got you covered.) It also means local shops are having blowout sales to celebrate the unofficial start of summer. Here are 11 awesome local Memorial Day sales to shop this weekend in between ice cream cones and dips in the pool.  Read more »

11 Memorial Day Sales That Are Still Going On Today

The shops that are still doling out major deals. | Shutterstock

The shops that are still doling out major deals. | Shutterstock

Shops got generous with their Memorial Day sale deadlines this year, friends. You know what that means: many of those steep, start-of-summer deals are continuing through today. Here, the 11 sales and discounts we’re hitting up on our lunch break this afternoon.  Read more »

10 Healthier Cocktails for Your Holiday Weekend



Memorial Day weekend calls for a few things: sunshine, relaxing, barbecues, and of course, booze. Some cocktails are sneaky though, and can cause you to pack in a boatload of extra calories if you’re not careful. So here, 10 healthier cocktail recipes to help you steer clear of the calorie bombs. Happy drinking!

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Gay Things to Do Memorial Day Weekend in Philly


  • I Promised Myself to Live Faster plays this weekend at FringeArts. | Jason Frank Rothenberg

    I Promised Myself to Live Faster plays this weekend at FringeArts. | Jason Frank Rothenberg

    Local performance artist Sebastian brings his “part theatre part concert special part social commentary extravaganza” Showbiz to Adobe Cafe. (Friday and Saturday)

  • Don’t miss Pig Iron Theatre Company’s intergalactic gay extravaganza, I Promised Myself to Live Faster, at FringeArts. (Through May 31st)
  • In the vein of the Sisters Sirens, Franky Bradley’s is presenting this week a troupe of drag queens who will perform in the restaurant’s burlesque lounge: Franky’s Foxes!
  • Brittany Lynn, Honey EvilTree and Joey Martini kickoff the quirk-tastic Tongue and Cheek Cabaret at Tabu.
  • Bev is shedding her holier-than-though persona for an evening of comedy that no Christian woman in her right mind would go near, in “See You in Hell.”
  • qFLIX Fridays hosts a screening of Such Good People.
  • Get your gay skate on at Philly’s first outdoor skating rink at Spruce Street Harbor Park.

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