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Philadelphia 2018 Event Calendar: The Best Things to Do This Month

The ultimate calendar of fun things to do in Philadelphia today, this weekend, and beyond. These events and adventures have been hand-picked to cover all of Philly's major happenings, plus some hidden gems you may not know about otherwise. From awesome concerts and performances to classes, food festivals, and everything in between, we've got your plans covered.

By / April 12, 2018

May 21 - 27

Andrew W.K.

Union Transfer

Fresh off the release of his first record in over a decade, Andrew W.K. brings his brand of uplifting party rock to Philly. You won't be able to shred anywhere else on a Monday.

$25 / RSVP

Night Skies in the Observatory

The Franklin Institute

Take a peek at the night sky in The Franklin Institute's observatory, where Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts will point out notable celestial bodies before you head to the planetarium for a presentation

$10 / RSVP

Taco Tuesdays

Vesper Sporting Club

Eat your blues away with $2 tacos and $2 Bud Light every Tuesday.


New Found Glory

Electric Factory

Two decades later and Warped Tour faves New Found Glory are still kicking. Catch them touring behind their ninth album, Makes Me Sick, released last year.

$30 / RSVP

Maggie Rogers

Union Transfer

After being discovered by Pharell at an NYU masterclass, Maggie Rogers released an EP of experimental pop with hip-hop influences and magnetic vocals. She's gearing up for more.

$30 / RSVP

Urban Village Trivia Thursday

Urban Village Brewing Company

Grab a gang and show off your seemingly-useless knowledge at trivia. Beer is $3 and snacks are $5.


Guac Off 2018

Morgan's Pier

Sample unlimited chips and fresh guacamole whipped up by local restaurants like Misson Taqueria, Morgan's Pier, Cafe Ynez, and more. Wash it down with drinks from the bar.

$35 - $55 / RSVP
   via Facebook

Sail Philadelphia

Penn's Landing

This five-day festival begins with the arrival of Tall Ships to the city, and continues with tours and sails on the boats, daily waterfront festival, and more.

$7 - $150 / RSVP


Festival Pier

Daryl Hall and John Oates return to the waterfront for their second-annual festival, which also sees performances from Train, Fitz & the Tantrums, and more. And, of course, hoagies.

$40 - $95 / RSVP

Wine Tasting & Pasta Making with Chef Michael Loughlin

Scarpetta Philadelphia

First, you'll start with canapes and wine. Next, make your own pasta from scratch. Finally, chow down on your creation (with more wine).

$79 / RSVP

LCD Soundsystem vs. Daft Punk


It's a '90s versus '00s dance showdown. The party starts off with cuts from Daft Punk (and similar acts) and finishes off with LCD Soundsystem hits (and other dancey faves from the early aughts).

$23 / RSVP

May 28 - June 3

   via Facebook

Greensgrow Twilight Market

Greensgrow Farms

The farmstand is open late, so pick up your fresh produce. There'll also be Philadelphia Brewing Co. and Rowhouse Spirits Distillery drinks and seasonal snacks. Vendors will sell tea, soaps, and more.


Awkward Sex… And The City

Punch Line Philly

Five comedians recount - in gory detail - their most embarrassing sexual encounters. It'll be enlightening, bonding, cringeworthy, but most of all, it'll make you laugh.

$9 / RSVP

Philly Beer Week Beer Cocktails Class

Alchemist Society

Who said beer couldn't be classy? Learn to make unique beer cocktails at this two-hour session.

$37 / RSVP
   via Facebook

Philly Beer Week Opening Tap

Fillmore Philadelphia

The boozy extravaganza that is Philly Beer Week kicks off with over 50 breweries handing out samples of their finest libations. Grab your tasting glass and get sipping.

$46 - $66 / RSVP

Emo Night Brooklyn in Philly

The Foundry

The popular Emo Night Brooklyn event series heads a wee bit south for a Philly version, where resident DJs will play the genre's best, with some special guests.

$12 / RSVP
   via Facebook

Summertime ’90s Dance Party


Head to a party that Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff would approve of. This '90s dance party - dress in your period best - takes place both indoors and outdoors on the patio at FringeArts.


Beer Under The Big Top

The Navy Yard

Sample over 150 craft beers from both local and national brewers in a carnival atmosphere. Expect contortionists, sword swallowers, jugglers, games, and food trucks.

$12 - $75 / RSVP

Fete Day

Elfreth's Alley

The homes on the oldest residential street in America open their doors for tours for visitors to get a taste of what colonial Philly was (sort of) like.

$10 - $25 / RSVP

KBC Bike & Brew Tour 2018

Kennett Brewing Company

This 50-mile bike ride through Chester and Delaware County country roads makes four pit stops at local taverns and breweries for a quick drink. The day wraps with food and drinks at Kennett Brewing.

$53 / RSVP

Roots Picnic

Festival Pier

Although they've decamped to New York, Philly is still home to The Roots. The annual festival, which features Dave Chappelle, Lil Uzi Vert, Dirty Projectors, and more, is back again for the 11th year.

$75 / RSVP

Dead and Company

BB&T Pavilion

The revamped Grateful Dead, features former Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann, along with John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenti to bring the catalog to new audiences.

$49 - $275 / RSVP

June 4 - 10

Cristal Palace

Fairmount Park

This Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts show features aerial performers creating a "human chandelier" on the banks of the Schuylkill River.

$25 / RSVP

Beer and Boats

Bartram's Garden

This Philly Beer Week event takes participants out to the Schuylkill River. Local brews will be served along the water, then hop in a boat or kayak for an aquatic adventure.

$10 - $15 / RSVP

The Decemberists

The Mann Center

The folky stalwarts go a little synthy on their new album "I'll Be Your Girl," but catch their performance that spans all 17 years of their history in the open air of the Mann.

$39 - $79 / RSVP
   via Facebook

Waterfront Sessions: Harmony Woods

Spruce Street Harbor Park

Every Thursday from June to September, Spruce Street Harbor Park hosts a free concert starring local artists. Kicking things off is indie-alternative outfit Harmony Woods.


Jay Pharoah

Punch Line Philly

"Saturday Night Live" alum, actor (who starred in this year's "Unsane"), and comedian Jay Pharoah brings his standup tour to Philly. Expect some of his world-class impressions.

$30 - $40 / RSVP

Hedwig And The Angry Inch Opening Night

Ruba Club

Don't miss opening night of this local production of the drag rock musical "Hedwig And The Angry Inch," starring "RuPaul's Drag Race" alum Mimi Imfurst, a.k.a. Braden Chapman in the title role.

$33 - $44 / RSVP

Fishtown FestivAle

Frankford Avenue between Girard Avenue and Oxford Street

Neighborhood eateries and watering holes like Frankford Hall, Johnny Brenda's, and Weckerly's Ice Cream provide the eats and drinks. You provide the beer drinking services.


Bill & Ted Day Marathon


For the uninitiated, June 9 is Bill and Ted Day, an occasion honored by PhilaMOCA with a marathon of all Bill and Ted titles: "Excellent Adventure," "Bogus Journey," and episodes of the TV spinoffs.

$15 / RSVP

Booze & Tattoos

Theatre of Living Arts

Get inked by some of the city's best tattoo artists or show your art off at the live tattoo pageant. There will, of course, be food, booze, and live music.


The Wonder Years

Fillmore Philadelphia

The Philly group plays a hometown show in support of their transformative new album "Sister Cities."

$32 / RSVP

Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts Street Fair

Broad Street from City Hall to South Street

This huge block party features performances, rides, interactive experiences, food, and more.


June 11 - 17

   via Facebook

Yoga Behind The Wall

Eastern State Penitentiary

The country's first penitentiary now is a historical monument and a museum... and they're hosting weekly all-levels yoga inside the towering walls every Tuesday from June to October.

$10 / RSVP

Sip & Play: Game Night at the Pier

Morgan's Pier

Every Tuesday all spring and summer, Morgan's Pier hosts a game marathon night. Begin with bingo, then move into quizzo, and finally, end with cornhole. Winners can score free drinks and bar tabs.

   Danny North


Wells Fargo Center

Not only will the Irish band perform legendary cuts like "Beautiful Day" and "Sunday Bloody Sunday," they'll also incorporate augmented reality into the show, which features a huge LCD screen.

$41 - $325 / RSVP


Academy of Music

You know the story: boy finds genie, wishes to be prince, carpet rides, drama. See the classic tale come to life on stage featuring songs from the movie as well as new tunes.

$69 - $85 / RSVP
   via Facebook

Collins Park Wine Garden

John F. Collins Park

Chaddsford Winery sets up shop in Collins Park for a summer evening wine bar, offering Chaddsford wines and Pennsylvania craft beer, on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.


Kayak Excursion: Graffiti Pier

Independence Seaport Museum

Graffiti Pier may be closed by land, but on this six-mile kayak tour of the Delaware River, you'll float by the decorative landmark, Penn Treaty Park, and more.

$39 / RSVP

Vixen Workout with Tasha

For the Love of Dance Studio

Not only does this fitness class infuse choreography and exercise, you'll also dance under stage lighting to top pop and hip-hop remixes.

$14 - $107 / RSVP
   via Facebook

Barks on Tap: Schuylkill River Park

Schuylkill River Dog Park

Have a beer with your best furry friend at this outdoor happy hour at the Schuylkill River Park dog run.

   via Facebook

Harry Styles

Wells Fargo Center

One-fifth of the OG One Direction crew takes his turn in the solo spotlight, touring behind last year's debut glam-rock-inspired solo album.

$29 - $99 / RSVP

Paul Simon

Wells Fargo Center

A storied songwriter and performer in his own right and one-half of Simon & Garfunkel continues his farewell tour with a pit stop in Philly.

$49 - $175 / RSVP
   via Facebook

Clark Park Music and Arts Festival

Clark Park

This annual event in West Philly brings local musicians and artists to exhibit for a wider crowd. Bands Grandchildren, TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, and more will play. Chow on grub from food trucks.


Historic Fairmount Park Scavenger Hunt

Lloyd Hall

Teams of 2-5 will make their way by bicycle (or any other form of transportation) to six historic Fairmount Park houses to perform challenges and activities to earn them the next clue on this hunt.

$20 - $25 / RSVP
   via Facebook

Art For The Cash Poor 2018

Callowhill District

Eliminating any art sale pretense, this outdoor block party-style gathering allows artists to sell their low-priced work (all pieces are under $199) directly to buyers.




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