Things to Do in Philadelphia This Weekend

The annual Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival returns Saturday. (courtesy Gloss PR)


Art in the Open
Local artists display their works along the banks of the Schuylkill in this large, open-air art fair. If the weather cooperates, this should be a lovely way to while away the day.
Free, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday-Saturday, Schuylkill River Trail, from Fairmount Water Works to South Street.

The Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus
The PGMC’s concludes its season with its Pride Tour, making three stops and performing selections from The Wiz, Ragtime and The Greatest Showman.
$20; Friday, May 18, 8 p.m., Abington Friends School, 575 Washington Ln., Jenkintown, PA; Saturday, May 19, 8 p.m., Saint Luke Lutheran Church, 203 N. Valley Forge Rd., Devon, PA; Sunday, May 20, 6 p.m., University Lutheran Church, 3637 Chestnut St.

Philadelphia Children’s Festival
This family-friendly festival promises professional performances, from juggling to magic to theater, through Saturday. Shows include: My Father’s Dragon (Enchantment Theatre Company), The History of Hip Hop (Rennie Harris RHAW), Human Alphabet Workshop (Pilobolus @ Play) and more.
Check schedule for times and prices, runs through Saturday, Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St.

The Philadelphia School of Circus Arts performs at the Philadelphia Children’s Festival.

Parks on Tap at Fernhill Park
The popular traveling beer garden series touches down in Germantown. Presented by Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, Fairmount Park Conservancy and FCM Hospitality. The series continues through September 30.
Free; Friday, 4-11 p.m.; Saturday, 1-11 p.m.; Sunday noon-10 p.m., Fernhill Park, Abbottsford Avenue & Morris Street., Germantown.

Wizard World
Comics, games and other pursuits once considered nerdy are celebrated at this annual extra-large convention. Celebrity autograph givers include Elijah Wood (aka Frodo), Jon Bernthal (aka the Punisher and Shane from The Walking Dead), Henry Winkler (aka the Fonz, Barry Zuckercorn), a bunch of Game of Thrones people, wrestlers, comic book artists, etc.
$35; Friday, noon-7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.- 7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St.

Cosplayers are expected to assemble at Wizard World. (Wizard World)

The South 9th Street Italian Market Festival
Eat, drink and stroll around at this big ol’ street fair. Attractions include live music, a half ball tournament, greased pole climbing competition, the Traditional Procession of Saints and more. Look, if we’re gonna keep winning championships, we’ll need some expert greased pole climbers.
Free, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday & Sunday, S. Ninth Street, Fitzwater to Wharton streets.

Love Your Park Week
The weeklong celebration of greenery — including cleanups, workshops, a flea market and more — wraps up this weekend. There’s too much going on to list, but here’s one: This Saturday at Wissahickon Environmental Center (300 W. Northwestern Ave.), visitors are invited to learn about Eating Invasives: Garlic Mustard.
Free, through Saturday, various locations.



The Big Sleep
Fridays are retro nights at South Street Cinema. This week, enjoy a screening of Howard Hawk’s memorable noir film starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.
$5, 8 p.m., South Street Cinema, 327 South St.

International Museum Day
Tons of museums throw open their doors for free admission all day long. Participating museums in the area include: Brandywine River Museum of Art (Chadds Ford), Institute of Contemporary Art, Penn Museum, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Free, all day.

The Conspirators
Lightbox continues its celebration of the works of Brazilian filmmaker Joaquim Pedro de Andrade. The Conspirators (1972) tells the story of Brazil’s early struggle to gain independence from Portugal. (And maybe come back on Saturday for Conjugal Warfare.
$10, 7 p.m., Lightbox Film Center, 3701 Chestnut St.



Jay Leno plays the Academy of Music on Saturday.

Jay Leno
The former Tonight Show host does standup.
$29-$139, 8 p.m., Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St.

The Philadelphia Orchestra performs Puccini’s opera. Features soprano Jennifer Rowley, tenor Yusif Eyvazov and baritone Ambrogio Maestri. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts.
$45-$259, 8 p.m., Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival
This family-friendly fest features food, arts, crafts, a health fair and presentations and performances by several cultural groups.
Free, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Mifflin Square Park, Sixth and Ritner streets.

WMMR (slogan: “Everything That Rocks!”) hosts a big giant rock show across the river. Artists include Alice in Chains, GHOST, Stone Temple Pilots, Dorothy and more.
$12:30, $5, BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, NJ.

East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention
The annual ECBACC convention celebrates Black comic books and their creators with panel discussions, a costume contest, film screenings, and more. There’s more to comics than the stuff you’ll find at Wizard World.
Free, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., TECH Freire Charter School, 2221 N. Broad St.

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival
Stroll Philly’s main quad while eating street food and checking out the 100+ artist and vendor booths. Rain or shine.
Free, noon-5 p.m., Walnut Street between Broad and 19th streets, and 17th and 18th streets from Sansom to Locust streets.

Mural Dedication: Ed Bradley
Mural Arts Philadelphia dedicates a new mural painted by Ernel Martinez paying tribute to Philly-born journalist Ed Bradley (CBS News, 60 Minutes). Plus: food, music and more.
Free, noon-2 p.m., 949 Belmont Ave.

Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and Arts Festival
Watch some of Philly most creative people race through the city’s streets on homemade, pedal-powered (possibly dangerous) contraptions. Plus lots of outdoor foods, drink and activities. A guaranteed good time.
Free, noon-6 p.m., Trenton Avenue, from Morris to Hagert streets.


The Georgia rap trio is known for “Look at My Dab,” among other songs, not to mention a memorable guest spot on Atlanta. Plus there’s that recent SNL parody.
$59-$69, 7 p.m., Festival Pier, 601 N. Christopher Columbus Blvd.

Rock The Troc: A Benefit for Play On Philly
A benefit for music education organization Play On Philly. Features performances by Shane Henderson, June Divided, Commonwealth Choir and more.
$15-$20, 7 p.m., Trocadero, 1003 Arch St.

Rumours: Philly Artists Pay Tribute To Fleetwood Mac
Katie Frank, Ryan Tennis, Meaghan Kyle, Black Horse Motel, Vessna Scheff, Midnight Singers, Stargazer Lily and lots more Philly artists team up to perform Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 album Rumours. The record is a classic, featuring “Don’t Stop,” “Go Your Own Way,” “Dreams” and a bunch of other tunes you know and love.
$15-$20, 8 p.m., Underground Arts, 200 Callowhill St.

Hannibal Buress
The hilarious, dry-witted comedian (Broad City, The Eric Andre Show, etc.) does stand-up. He’s one of the funniest people in the biz.
$30-$60, 8 p.m., Merriam Theater, 250 S Broad St.

Pink Martini
The long-running jumbo-sized jazz orchestra is famous for putting a swank, sultry spin on old favorites.
$49-$79, 8 p.m., Keswick Theatre, 291 N Keswick Ave, Glenside, PA.

King Tuff
Led by fiery guitarist Kyle Thomas, this Sub Pop band specializes in psychedelic and garage rock. They just dropped their fourth record, The Other, last month.
$18, 8:30 p.m., First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St.

All-Star Craft Beer, Wine and Cocktail Festival
The ballpark is good for more than just baseball. Sample all kinds of beer and wines and such, then stroll the warning track.
$20, 3-7 p.m., Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way.



Damien Jurado
The veteran indie singer-songwriter released The Horizon Just Laughed a couple weeks ago. His stuff is pretty, emotional and stark.
$18, 8 p.m., Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave.

Lovett or Leave It
Jon Lovett — currently the co-host of the Pod Save America podcast and formerly a speechwriter for President Obama and Senator Hillary Clinton — talks politics with comedians, journalists and other experts for a recording of his Lovett or Leave It podcast.
$39.50-$119.50, 7:30 p.m., Merriam Theater, 250 S Broad St.

Chestnut Hill Home and Garden Festival
Art, flowers, music, furniture and food highlight this big family-friendly throwdown along Germantown Ave. Buys some heirloom tomatoes, learn about bee keeping, visit the 150 home and garden vendors, etc. (You don’t have deja vu; this event was rescheduled from a few weeks ago due to rain.)
Free, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 8000-8600 blocks of Germantown Avenue.

Yannick and Hélène
The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Yannick Nézet-Séguin and pianist Hélène Grimaud team up for an afternoon program featuring Beethoven and Dvorák.
$108-$172, 2 p.m., Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St.