What To Do This May In Philly

Dated: 05/07/2019

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There's always something happening in Philly, but doesn't it feel like May is when it all comes to a peak? The weather is finally (hopefully) consistent in temperature and the days are getting longer allowing for more time to get out and enjoy it. Plus, the city isn't a ghost town on weekend just yet with the mass exit on Fridays - maybe Thursday nights if your boss get you - for a weekend at the shore. So with that, we've picked our top events happening this month that we think you ABSOLUTELY need to know about:

The Chinese Lantern Festival: We've already been and it is amazing! Although the 4th year for the festival, this is the first time we've gone & will certainly be back. Not only is the entire park showcasing beautifully crafted lanterns, but there are so many options for food and drink. It's definitely an event you can plan to come hungry to with offerings from Roe and Sang Kee Noodle House...plus the Dragon Beer Garden is the perfect stop for some libations! This festival runs through until the end of June. So while you think that's a lot of time...see our opening line about Philly becoming a ghost town...once the weather hits 80 a few days in a row, we're out - so stop by soon!

Festival of the Fountains at Longwood Gardens: Longwood Gardens is always stunning from the landscape to the flowers blooming, but this is another level. This is the 3rd season they know how to put on a show! More than 1,000 jets create the fountain festival plus some vibrant lighting paired with some great music. 

Full time festival at your leisure at the Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest on the Delaware Riverfront. Day and night you can enjoy the skating rink, boathouse lodge or ride the Ferris Wheel. And it wouldn't be a true Philly festival without classic Philly favorites and carnival treats like funnel cake, cotton candy & ice cream! This pops up this Friday & is here for the summer. Grab the kids & get to Market & Columbus Boulevard.


In similar fashion, the Spruce Street Harbor Park is getting dolled up and ready for a new season of hammock hanging, larger than life patio games, floating beer garden, cocktails, beer and other sweet eats from popular Philly restaurants. Order up, find a spot to relax and fully unwind at this amazing waterfront destination. 

The ever popular; Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival. If you like crowds, great food & drinks, cool vendors & a ton of local artists, you will not want to miss this on May 18th - rain or shine. Walnut Street is shut down from Broad Street through 20th for a street festival full of some of Philly's hottest restaurants & bars. 

A true Philly festival - the Italian Market Festival. A two-day event full of entertainment...including the greased pole climbing contest (not to be missed). Plus the name says it all - Italian Market Festival - you know there will be food, food & more delicious Italian food! There will be everything from homemade meatballs & sausage to unbeatable cannolis & so much more.

So, before the weather sends half of Philly's residents to the shore, enjoy everything May and Philly have planned for the month!


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Justin Bresson

Justin was born and raised on the Main Line in Bala Cynwyd, just outside of Philadelphia. He graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. After graduation, Justin....

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