Spring has finally sprung in Philadelphia. Hallelujah! The April showers are starting to make their way out and the sun is shining bright. It’s a great time to enjoy the city and all it has to offer. There’s nothing the Philly Home Girls love to do more than explore the city and enjoy the warm weather with friends (when we’re not finding your dream home, that is!). We’ve put together a spring weekend guide to the best events happening around town that will keep your weekends full until the end of May! Pull out your calendar, whether it’s digital or analog, and get ready to mark it because here we go!
Friday April 22nd
Franklin Square is turning 10 this year and having lots of events to celebrate. Kicking it off in style is the Chinese Lantern Festival. This festival is the first of its kind in the Northeast US! Starting on April 22 and going through to June 12, each night the square will be lit up with stunning Chinese lanterns in all different sizes, shapes, and colors. There are also accompanying performances including acrobats and traditional Chinese dance and music. This is a ticketed event so grab yours before they sell out!
Saturday April 23rd
This is the 18th year for this amazing event. Can you believe it? Over 70 plus craft beers, BBQ, and bourbon samples are served from 1-5pm at the Manayunk Brewery on Main Street. It is a 21 and over event so plan accordingly. Tickets are $45 per person and includes all the great sips and tastes the fest has to offer.
Have you ever wanted to zipline down Broad Street? Or see the sights of Philly from the top of a ferris wheel? Then this is the event for you. The Avenue of the Arts (South Broad Street) is shut down from Chestnut Street to South Street to host this huge free event. There are local & international vendors selling art, amazing food vendors & trucks, carnival rides, and live performances by dance troupes & musicians. It starts at 11am and is sure to be a party all day.
Ready to get that garden into shape? The Dig into Spring Festival at Terrain in Glen Mills has everything you'll need to do just that! This free event starts at noon and goes to 5pm. There will be live music, activities for kids, delicious treats, and local artisans. Be sure to stop by our friend Bonnie's booth! Bonnie Kay Studio sells stunning floral printed home goods. She's got everything from amazing wrapping paper perfect for that special gift, to lovely fabric cocktail napkins that will make your house warming party really stand out!
Sunday April 24th
The Flavors of the Avenue is a highly anticipated event on East Passyunk every year. The local businesses and restaurants band together to host this delicious event. Tickets are $50 and include food from Bing Bing, Brigantessa, Fond, Palladino’s, Le Virtu, Will BYOB, and more! Just outside the food tent, the East Passyunk Merchants are hosting a free event in conjunction with Flavors. Enjoy live music, great wares, and even a fashion show!
On East Passyunk at the Singing Fountain, Crafty Balboa hosts their April Showers curated craft fair. The event is free and features about 50 local artisans and crafters. Say hi to our Philly Home Gal, Julianna, when you're there! She will be peddling her organic baby clothing brand, BonBonBaby Apparel. It's the place to get the cutest baby things. Our favorite is the Philly themed "cheesesteak" onesie! There are always great pieces to find from handmade jewelry, baby apparel, prints, candles, and more!
Saturday April 30th
Travel west, to west Philly that is, for the Go West! Craft Fest. There are more than 100 local artisans in attendance, so you know you’ll be sure to find that perfect item. It’s hosted at The Woodlands on the west bank of the Schuylkill River. It is a historic Philadelphian site with stunning gardens, a neo-classical home, and a Victorian cemetery. This free event is worth the trip just for the grounds, but the art, live music, and food vendors will make you want to stay all day!
Sunday May 1st
This year marks the 20th anniversary for the Home & Garden festival! This free event is always a great one and shouldn’t be missed. It’s located on Germantown Ave from Rex to Willow Grove Avenue. There are over 150 vendors selling anything you could need for your home or garden. Ready to get planting? This is the event for you. Stop by our friends Liberty Plants booth! They are Philly couple selling locally and sustainably grown organic heirloom plants. The best part is they sell the plants for all types of gardens. Whether you have a large plot or just a small city potted garden, they'll have what you're looking for. There are also secret gardens hidden in small areas along the event. We’re excited to see the Harry Potter garden, complete with visits from Dumbledore and Harry, himself!
Saturday May 7th
This super popular all-ages festival is back in action for the fourth and largest year yet! Spanning 12 blocks on South Street, you’ll find over 100 vendors, 3 stages, and more than 30 participating local restaurants. This is an event that’s got something for everyone, and even has a kid zone complete with face painting and family friendly games. The fun starts at 11am and goes into the evening to 8pm.
Sunday May 8th
This epic craft fair is hosted right in Penn’s Landing and features over 150 local and national artisans. It spans two days, May 7 & 8, and is a great outing for Mother’s Day! Both days it runs from 11am to 6pm. Several of the artist’s host “make & take” booths perfect to create something special on the spot and to entertain kids. Live bands play throughout the event on the waterfront stage. There’s also an open air photo booth to document the fun!
Friday May 13th & Saturday May 14th
It wouldn’t be spring in Philadelphia without the Dad Vail Regatta! More than 125 colleges and universities from the United States and Canada ascend on Philly for this historic race. It’s hosted in the beautiful Fairmount Park right on the Schuylkill River with Boat House Row and the Philadelphia Art Museum as back drops. It couldn’t be more picturesque, maybe that’s why Thomas Eakins was so drawn to painting it! The event spans from Friday to Saturday with races happening all day. Bring your best folding chair or blanket and get ready to cheer for your favorite team.
Sunday May 15th
The Punk Rock Flea Market has become a staple for events in the city. Hosted between two days, May 14 & 15, it boasts over 500 vendors. Located at 9th and Spring Garden Streets, it’s definitely a must see. You’ll be able to find literally anything you could think of here. Looking for locally grown plants? They’re here. How about that long lost Cyndi Lauper record you loved in the 8th grade? It’s here, and probably in mint condition. Jewelry hand-made with crystals? Definitely. Stop by the Awesome Dudes printing booth! They are great Philly screen printers that can't be beat. Ralph, one of the owners, will also be there selling his amazing posters, koozies, and enamel pins. You couldn't think of something more perfect to pick up from the PRFM. It’s $3 at the door for both days, and all the money raised goes to different music schools for scholarships for local kids. Great goods and a great cause? What more could you want!
Saturday May 21st
Along Walnut Street from Broad to 19th, the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival showcases all that Center City has to offer. This is event is free and full of entertainment. Lots of the areas great restaurants show up in full force with delicious savory and sweet treats. There’s also free wine tastings and excellent shopping. Can you think of a better combination? Don’t forget the live music too! Different groups will be playing throughout the day along the strip.
The Italian Market in Philadelphia is the nations oldest open market. It celebrates it's 101 birthday this year! The Market's festival is always a blast and come ready to eat. This free event runs on both May 21 & 22 from 11am to 6pm. Of course there is delicious Italian fare (mmm... cannolis), but there also is great Mexican, South American, and Asian food. Di Bruno Brothers has a kid zone set up with lots of fun and games for the whole family. This giant block party will make you feel right at home.
We may have saved the best for last; well at least the most unique! This free event is one that you’ll surely be talking about for the whole year. The KKSD is a human powered sculpture competition where the designs are judged on Best Art, Best Costume, Best Engineering, People’s Choice, and more! There is race just for fun that finishes with a mud pit that typically takes a few of the sculptures out, adding to the excitement of the day. Our favorite derby sculpture is always the Philadelphia Brewing Company's truck! It's so much fun to see what they come up with each year. See the photo below of a past entry! In conjunction with derby, is the Arts Festival. Over 100 local artisans, restaurants, and neighboring businesses set up to sell their goods. Don't miss our friend Jocelyn from Eco Artisan Designs! She creates amazing homewares from recycled beautiful glass bottles. She's coming all the way from Hawaii just for this event! There are also several local bands slated to play the event. It really might be the most fun you have all year!
We hope you’ve enjoyed this list and that your calendar is now full. This is just a taste of what is happening in Philadelphia during spring. Say hello if you see us out -- we can’t wait to see you this spring!