Our best picks for what to do in Philadelphia (and a little beyond) this weekend.
The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen brings back its annual show of wares to Rittenhouse this entire weekend. The square will be taken over by kiosks and tents for vendors who are all jury-selected artisans. Pick mom up something handmade and lovely, with a selection of furniture, jewelry, houseware, ceramics, pottery, glassware, and just about anything else two hands and some serious talent can make. Friday, May 9th to Sunday, May 11th, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Rittenhouse Square, 18th and Walnut streets.
From Foobooz: All week the Trestle Inn is presenting Kitten Week, a series of events and cocktails to support PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society). One dollar of allKitten with a Whip (Old Forester Bourbon, Licor 43, Prosecco and Angostura bitters) cocktails will be donated to PAWS. Tonight, Old Forester Bourbon is featured during the Trestle’s complimentary tasting and of course the cocktail will be available for order as well. See the list of Kitten week events here.
Queer As Folk star and former Talk Soup host Hal Sparks is rolling into Philly for a two-night, four-show standup gig at Helium Comedy Club. Friday, May 9th, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., and Saturday, May 10th, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom Street.
From Be Well Philly: Namas Day is back for its third run. The one-day yoga festival is hitting the WHYY Building with yoga workshops, master classes and a vendor marketplace. If you do yoga around town, you'll see a lot of familiar faces: Shawn DeClue of Maha Yoga, Sue Elkind of DIG Yoga, Beth Filla of Yogawood, and Biz Margarity of Nava Yoga Center, among others. The event runs from 8:30 to 6 p.m. More info and registration are here.
So many festivals, so little time! This one's a goodie: Philadelphia hosts its 11th annual Art Star Craft Bazaar this Saturday and Sunday, with plenty of glitter and decoupage to dip into. It's a juried art festival with over 100 carefully selected national and local artists showcasing wares to show and sell. Philebrity.com is presenting live music, and there'll be craft demonstrations and kiddie activities. Saturday, May 10th and Sunday, May 11th, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., The Great Plaza @ Penn's Landing, Columbus Boulevard between Chestnut and Walnut streets.
For the eighth year, the Pan Asian Association of Greater Philadelphia puts on a day of cultural celebration and festivities. It's Asian-American Heritage Month all May, and there are plenty of events going on in and around Philadelphia, but this Saturday's festival is a surefire hit. Enjoy Asian-American grub from Poi Dog and Foo Truck, while learning about Cambodian, Thai, Filipino, Japanese, and so many other cultures. Expect animal visitors from the Philadelphia Zoo, plenty of activities for the kids, and live performances of traditional dance from all over Asia. Saturday, May 10th, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Franklin Square, 200 North 6th Street.
It's another weekend full of festivals (blame it on the heat; blame it on a town in bloom) and one not to miss is the Pie in the Sky Food Truck Festival at Penn Treaty Park. It's a gathering of Philly's favorite mobile food vendors and a kite-making, kite-flying field day. Pie in the sky, indeed! Saturday, May 10th, noon-5 p.m., Penn Treaty Park, 1341 North Delaware Avenue.
Brewerytown, the up-and-coming hood just beyond Fairmount, takes over the 2600 to 2800 blocks of West Girard Avenue for its own spring celebration. What exactly Brewerytown is celebrating is its unique art, food, and music. Activities for kids will round out this neighborhood fest sure to draw people well beyond Girard. Saturday, May 10th, noon-5 p.m., 2600-2800 West Girard Avenue.
The Queen Village Art Center hosts an afternoon of crafting for parents and kids that doubles as a preview for the Center's summer camps. There will be stations set up for young ones of all ages: 9 to 13 year olds get to tinker with sewing machines and easels, while younger tots, those aged 4 to 8, explore "a range of two- and three-dimensional projects. There will also be a scavenger hunt for kids and parents alike that takes groups to various business around Queen Village to compile an art bag that can be brought back to create something crafty. Saturday, May 10th, 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., free, Queen Village Art Center, 514 Bainbridge Street.
It’s that time of year again: birds chirping, flowers blooming, and an aged Barolo airing as you sample Philly’s finest bites. Yes, it’s Philadelphia magazine’s Wine + Food Festival, coming to the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum. This year’s festivities include dining from some of Philly’s finest eating establishments, wares from local vendors, an on-site Fine Wine & Good Spirits store, and over 600 (!) samplings of wine from around the world. Also slated is a silent auction to benefit The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Saturday, May 10th, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. (VIP), 6:30 to 9 p.m. (general), $130-$225, Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, 6825 Norwitch Drive.
From Be Well Philly: Heads up if you’ll be on the Main Line this weekend: Paoli’s new Purenergy Studio is hosting a massive open house on Saturday with 35 free half-hour sampler classes from 10:30 am to 2 p.m. Options include Buff Barre, Spin Power, boxing, rowing, yoga and more. I’m exhausted just thinking about it. Editor Emily Leaman has a recommended game plan here.
Foobooz has put together a great list of new local spots worth considering for your Mother's Day brunch/dinner plans — from a brand new brunch menu at Petruce et al to a decadent-sounding duck scrapple egg skillet at Society Hilly Society. See the full list here. Still looking for a gift? Shoppist has five good ideas here.
More events now through June on our Philadelphia Event Listings page.