Philly experimental cabaret troupe The Bearded Ladies teams with Opera Philadelphia to present the Andy Warhol-inspired ANDY: A Popera. It's cabaret. It's opera. It's a larger-than-life biography. Developing in three stages until its final form in 2015, the project begins its first leg Friday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Art After 5. Singers, opera, rock, and life-size pop-up books will pay tribute to and examine the life and work of Pop Art's most famous provocateur. The project will evolve through the course of pop-up stints at Eastern State Penitentiary, First Friday street corners, and even local grocery stores until it becomes a full-fledged show. Bring your own T-shirt Friday to become a work of (pop) art yourself. Friday, May 2nd, 5 p.m., Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Philadelphia Science Week culminates this Saturday with an all-out bash, taking over the Parkway for a day of geeky fun for all ages. Experiment with making slime, meeting zoo animals, extracting DNA from a strawberry, and checking out what makes robots tick. There'll be plenty of live entertainment and more than 174 vendors and exhibitions. A eureka moment for kids and families alike. Saturday, 5/3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 20th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Like the iconic Oktoberfest, this German celebration is full of beer and food, but it's, uh, in May. German eatery Brauhaus Schmitz hosts Philly's iteration of the beer-guzzler's dream day, spilling out into the streets (specifically South Street from 8th to Front streets). There'll be German food, German beer, German fun, and plenty of freude to be had. VIP tickets get you access to the Baruer Bund Room and a take-home Brauhaus stein. Prost! Saturday, 5/3, 11 a.m.-8p.m., free, $100 (VIP), Brauhaus Schmitz, 718 South Street.
Celebrate Irish heritage at this cultural festival and celebration. See a dozen bands play, and join in a Ceili at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., where you can learn traditional Irish song and dance. Also, catch Feis at the Fleadh, a showcase of Irish dance. With plenty of Irish-themed vendors, live music, and entertainment, it's another great bet for this weekend's festival picks. Saturday, 5/3, 11 a.m., $20, Pennypack Park, 8500 Pine Road.
Walnut Street (between Broad and 19th Streets) becomes a showcase for the fashion, food, drink, and livelihood of the neighborhood, with tons of kiosks set up with plenty of shopping and people-watching. There's also plenty of entertainment, like the Starr Culinary Demonstration Stage and an appearance from Hope Cohen from Fast, Fresh + Fast. Saturday, 5/3, noon-6 p.m., Walnut Street (between Broad and 19th Streets.)
Grays Ferry Avenue between South and 23rd streets comes alive with live entertainment, food and drink for Plaza Palooza. Celebrating the six-month expansion of the plaza, the all-day fest promises a great kick-off to the season. Food trucks Phoebe's BBQ, Undrgrnd Donuts, Poi Dogs, and Tacos Don Memo, and other local eateries will bring the local flavor. Hear live music hosted by Jeff from South Street Sounds, and his band, Tall Trees, and tons of other fresh, local tunes. Saturday, 5/3, 1 p.m.-7p.m., Grays Ferry Avenue (between South and 23rd streets.)
Get your home (and garden) spring-ready this Sunday at the Chestnut Hill Home and Garden Festival. Over 150 vendors have everything from seed and plant necessities to furnishings and art. B101 will be on site with games and giveaways, as well as an Eco Alley station for smart ideas on being more eco-friendly. More incentive? Face-painting, kids' yoga, and amusement park rides for tots, live music, and al fresco dining for everyone. Sunday, 5/4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Germantown Avenue between Rex and Willow Grove avenues.