Celebration of Black Arts
May
1
May 31

Celebration of Black Arts

  • Philadelphia, Pa.

A 31-day celebration of black artists and intellectuals, held at various venues throughout the city. Highlights include an exhibit and lecture by illustrator/writer Bryan Collier; readings by Marita Golden, founder of the African-American Writers Guild; a literacy and arts conference; and the Celebration of Black Arts Legacy Awards Ceremony & Show

celebrationofblackwriting.org

Please see website for times and locations

Making in Place: Art in the Open, Exhibition Opening
May
24
6:00 pm18:00

Making in Place: Art in the Open, Exhibition Opening

  • Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

Fifteen artists extend the Schuylkill Center’s art gallery onto the trails, with works that respond to their installation site, exploring concepts of placemaking, reused materials and natural/unnatural sound. These works were created as part of Art in the Open, a public art program on the Schuylkill Banks.

schuylkillcenter.org

Free 

How Food Moves: Edible Logistics
May
27
6:00 pm18:00

How Food Moves: Edible Logistics

  • Rowan University

This exhibition aims to highlight the work of contemporary artists grappling with the complexity of the food movement through multimedia, research-based and participatory practices that focus on the social and industrial impacts of migrant workers, food justice movements, immigration, multiculturalism and economic disparities.

rowan.edu

Free 

Philadelphia International Tango Festival
Jun
1
Jun 5

Philadelphia International Tango Festival

  • German Society of Pennsylvania

This festival, in its seventh year, includes 28 workshops for dancers at every level, including a special track for beginners, and 26 hours of social dancing. Seven tango professionals will be teaching during the day and performing at night. DJs will keep everyone dancing until the wee hours for four nights straight.

philadelphiatangofestival.com

Prices vary

Saturday Morning Yoga in the Garden
Jun
3
Jun 24

Saturday Morning Yoga in the Garden

  • Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum provides the backdrop for this unique opportunity to study inspirational vinyasa (flow style) yoga led by Jennifer Schelter.

morrisarboretum.org

$80
This class takes place on four Saturdays: June 3, 10, 17, 24.

 

West Park Arts Fest
Jun
3
12:00 pm12:00

West Park Arts Fest

  • 4231 Avenue of the Republic Philadelphia, Pa.

The 10th anniversary of this festival features dancing, arts and crafts, storytelling, food vendors, historical trolley tours and more. westparkcultural.org

Free  

On the Avenue of the Republic, near the Please Touch Museum

United By Blue’s FDR Park Cleanup
Jun
6
5:00 pm17:00

United By Blue’s FDR Park Cleanup

  • FDR Park

Join United By Blue, Aqua Vida, Oru Kayak, Little Baby's Ice Cream, Philadelphia Water Department, and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation for a cleanup of the lakes of FDR Park. Cleanup supplies will be provided, and volunteers will be treated to Little Baby's Ice Cream afterward.

unitedbyblue.com

Free

Forage and Feast at Awbury Arboretum
Jun
7
6:00 pm18:00

Forage and Feast at Awbury Arboretum

  • 901 E. Washington Lane Philadelphia, Pa.

During this educational workshop, attendees will go on a foraging walk and learn about common plants and mushrooms, how to identify them, and their edible and medicinal properties. Then they'll turn their harvest into a multicourse meal. 

weaversway.coop

$35-$50 sliding scale

 

Backyard Adventures
Jun
9
Sep 10

Backyard Adventures

  • The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Through active outdoor play, attendees can learn about the fascinating science that’s literally in their own backyard.

ansp.org

$18.95 and up

History Lab: Bodies and the Future
Jun
10
1:00 pm13:00

History Lab: Bodies and the Future

  • Chemical Heritage Foundation

What do newer technologies—from Fitbits to fetal monitors—mean for our health, our privacy and the future of our society? Join the Chemical Heritage Foundation for an afternoon of lively activities and conversation.

chemheritage.org

Free 

A Taste of Kensington: 20th Anniversary Benefit for Greensgrow
Jun
10
6:00 pm18:00

A Taste of Kensington: 20th Anniversary Benefit for Greensgrow

  • Philadelphia Brewing Company

The tasting room and open-air courtyard of the Philadelphia Brewing Company will be transformed for a night celebrating Greensgrow's two decades in urban farming. Favorite local chefs and food businesses will provide samples of signature dishes and desserts, including farm-to-table hors d’oeuvres from Greensgrow’s Community Kitchen.

The VIP reception will feature a craft liquor tasting provided by Kensington’s newest distilleries, live music of Brian Caselli Jordan and an option to bid early on a silent auction. 

greensgrow.org/tasteofkensington

Designing Your Backyard Eco-Orchard
Jun
13
7:00 pm19:00

Designing Your Backyard Eco-Orchard

  • Carmen Tilelli Hall

Robyn Mello, orchard director for the Philadelphia Orchard Project and owner of Edenspore LLC, will speak about the fundamentals of eco-orchard design, touching on soil building, plant niches, and pest and disease management. Participants will have the option to go home with a berry cutting for a small donation.

hssj.org

Free 

Summer Grilling in the Garden
Jun
14
5:30 pm17:30

Summer Grilling in the Garden

  • Morris Arboretum

Join Morris Arboretum chef Josh Hunter for an evening of instructional grilling in the garden. In this class, you will learn how to prepare simple, light and flavorful entrées and accompanying side dishes on the grill.

morrisarboretum.org

$42

 

School’s Out, Camp Out
Jun
17
Jun 18

School’s Out, Camp Out

  • Riverbend Environmental Education Center

Riverbend Environmental Education Center is celebrating the end of the school season with a family camp-out. Staff will help campers set up tents, build the campfire, provide the food and lead a nighttime program.

riverbendeec.org

$100 per family 

Field Jam at Gwynedd Wildlife Preserve
Jun
24
4:00 pm16:00

Field Jam at Gwynedd Wildlife Preserve

  • Gwynedd Wildlife Preserve

Black Horse Motel brings a lively blend of rock, country and Americana to Gwynedd Wildlife Preserve’s outdoor stage among the birds, butterflies and colorful wildflowers.Ticket holders will receive two free drinks from Victory Brewing Co. Please: no dogs, outside alcohol or outside food.

natlands.org

Members $30; nonmembers $40 


ArtWell Festival
May
21
1:00 pm13:00

ArtWell Festival

  • Oxford Mills

At this interactive street festival, young community members will share their visions with festival-goers and engage in activities such as collaborative mosaic and crafting masks and instruments. Local artisans and food trucks will sell their goods, and music, dance and educational workshops will take place throughout the afternoon.

theartwell.org

Free

 

Tadpole Transformation Weekend
May
20
May 21

Tadpole Transformation Weekend

  • Riverbend Environmental Education Center

It’s that time of the year again when ponds fill to the brim with squirming tadpoles. Riverbend Environmental Education Center hosts an afternoon to explore this spring phenomenon.

riverbendeec.org

Free for members; $5 per person or $10 per family

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival
May
20
12:00 pm12:00

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival

  • Walnut Street & Broad Street Philadelphia, Pa.

This annual event attracts more than 50,000 attendees and is the only time when Walnut Street is closed to vehicular traffic. Featuring art, beauty and fashion vendors; culinary demonstrations; beer and cocktail samplings; and live music and entertainment.

rittenhouserow.org

Free 
Walnut Street between Broad and 19th streets; and 17th and 18th streets from Sansom to Locust

South 9th Street Italian Market Festival
May
20
May 21

South 9th Street Italian Market Festival

  • 9th Street & Federal Street Philadelphia, Pa.

Vendors and businesses will set up along sections of the Italian Market, closed to traffic, with plenty of Italian-American, South American and Asian cuisine, as well as live music by local musicians.

italianmarketfestival.com

Pay as you go 
Along 9th Street, between Federal and Wharton streets

Hypertufa Trough Planting Workshop
May
20
10:00 am10:00

Hypertufa Trough Planting Workshop

  • Morris Arboretum

Join Rock Garden Society member and staff horticulturist Louise Clarke for a hands-on planting session. Using small perennials suited to container culture, participants will design and plant their troughs measuring approximately 13" x 9"

morrisarboretum.org

$48

 

11th Delaware County Environmental Summit
May
20
9:00 am09:00

11th Delaware County Environmental Summit

  • John Heinz Wildlife Refuge

This summit is for individuals, groups, municipal, elected, appointed officials and environmental organizations that want to work together to strategize the protection of open space and improvement of parks. Speakers from Growing Greener III and Trust for Public Land will talk about statewide and local initiatives.

dcva.org

Free

Enchanted Forest: Party Beneath the Stars
May
19
6:30 pm18:30

Enchanted Forest: Party Beneath the Stars

  • Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

The Schuylkill Center hosts a party in the forest with sustainably sourced food, refreshments, live music and a raffle for prizes, including a vacation rental. The center’s most important fundraising event of the year supports its mission of connecting people and nature.

schuylkillcenter.org

$125 

Party in the Playground 2017
May
18
5:30 pm17:30

Party in the Playground 2017

  • 3500 Reservoir Drive Philadelphia, Pa.

A playful, adults-only celebration to benefit Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse and honor two local play champions. Enjoy delicious food from popular food trucks, drinks, a silent auction; live entertainment; and rides down the Ann Newman Giant Wooden slide.

smithplayground.ticketleap.com/pip2017

$75 or $125 for a pair

 

Celebration of the Arts Weekend
May
18
May 21

Celebration of the Arts Weekend

  • The Barn Studio Gallery at Gronendahl Farm

The Arts and Cultural Council of Bucks County hosts work by from Bucks County artists, live music, food and drink, and an afternoon tea with the artists. The art show will feature works in a variety of mediums, including photography, painting, sculpture and printmaking.

visitbuckscounty.com

Free 

Parks on Tap: The Azalea Garden
May
17
May 21

Parks on Tap: The Azalea Garden

  • The Azalea Garden

This fan-shaped garden boasts various annuals and perennials such as daffodils, irises, crocuses and tulips, as well as more than 150 species of azaleas and rhododendrons. Stop by the park for an afternoon enjoying a few drinks with friends and family during the season’s first installment of Parks on Tap.

parksontap.com

Times vary by day; pay as you go  
The Azalea Garden is between Boathouse Row and Philadelphia Museum of Art

United by Blue's Delaware River Cleanup
May
16
5:00 pm17:00

United by Blue's Delaware River Cleanup

  • Penn Treaty Park

United By Blue, honeygrow, Barefoot Wine, Philadelphia Water, Keep Philadelphia Beautiful and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation host a Love Your Park cleanup of the Delaware River. After the cleanup, meet up at Fette Sau (1208 Frankford Ave.) from 7 to 9 p.m. for a buffet and complimentary wine.

unitedbyblue.com

Free 

Open Green House
May
13
10:00 am10:00

Open Green House

  • Pohatcong N.J.

Visit Wild Ridge’s native plant nursery and farm in the height of spring planting season. There will be a selection of native wildflowers, shrubs and trees grown from local provenance seed in chemical-free greenhouses. Please register for directions: rachel@wildridgeplants.com

wildridgeplants.com

 

Frog Jump Day
May
13
10:00 am10:00

Frog Jump Day

  • Academy of Natural Sciences

Hop on over to the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and celebrate frogs before the last day of the exhibit Frogs: A Chorus of Colors, which closes May 14.

ansp.org

$18.95 and up 

Access to Science: Opening the Doors to Autism
May
13
9:00 am09:00

Access to Science: Opening the Doors to Autism

  • Academy of Natural Sciences

Children on the autism spectrum and their families are invited to experience the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University before the museum opens to the general public. Visit with the dinosaurs, meet live animals and wander through the dioramas without the extra visitors.

ansp.org

Pay what you wish 

Fitler Square Park Spring Fair
May
12
10:00 am10:00

Fitler Square Park Spring Fair

  • 23rd Street & Pine Street Philadelphia, Pa.

Includes a raffle of goods and services; a large selection of flowering plants and herbs for home gardens, foods and drinks, gently used books and children's clothing, and more than 30 vendors of craft and antiques, with music all day.

fitlersquare.org

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday
Pay as you go

‘Inhabit’: Presented by Weavers Way Co-op
May
11
7:30 pm19:30

‘Inhabit’: Presented by Weavers Way Co-op

  • Ambler Theater

The film “Inhabit” offers a fascinating perspective on how we might best respond to the many environmental crises facing us today, using nature’s own patterns as a model. Join the Weavers Way Environment Committee and special guest Scott Quitel of the LandHealth Institute, followed by discussion and Q&A.

amblertheater.org

$10.50

Night Market Burholme
May
11
6:00 pm18:00

Night Market Burholme

  • Cottman Avenue & Rising Sun Avenue Philadelphia, Pa.

This ongoing street festival produced by the Food Trust always draws big crowds for local libations and food truck creations along with local performers.

thefoodtrust.org

Pay as you go
Cottman & Rising Sun avenues

78th Annual Herb Sale
May
11
10:00 am10:00

78th Annual Herb Sale

  • Historic Yellow Springs

Herb Society of Philadelphia features assortments of culinary and fragrant herbs; specialty plants, such as scented geraniums and salvias; and unique items made by members.

Pay as you go; $15 box lunch reservations

Third Annual Biophilic Cities Conference: Healthy City - Urban Habitat
May
10
6:00 pm18:00

Third Annual Biophilic Cities Conference: Healthy City - Urban Habitat

  • Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center

Focused on the connection between biophilia and health, this event features a networking reception followed by short presentations and a panel discussion. Speakers include: Tim Beatley of Biophilic Cities and Julia Africa of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

dvgbc.org

Members $25; nonmembers $35; students $10

Plant Swap
May
9
7:00 pm19:00

Plant Swap

  • Carmen Tilelli Hall

Share your plants with Horticultural Society of South Jersey. Suggested plants include houseplants, seedlings, seeds, bulbs, succulents, cacti and water plants, as well as clean garden tools in good condition. No invasive, sick, or insect-infested plants. Please identify your plant and list growing instructions. For more information, call 856-816-8508.  

hssj.org

Free 

Spring Foraging Walk
May
7
3:00 pm15:00

Spring Foraging Walk

  • Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust

“Wildman” Steve Brill will find seasonal wild edibles, and all participants will be encouraged to try these tasty, natural and free snacks. Advanced registration required.

pennypackfarm.org

$20 

Chestnut Hill Home and Garden Festival
May
7
11:00 am11:00

Chestnut Hill Home and Garden Festival

  • Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill

Germantown Avenue will turn into an outdoor marketplace for more than 150 home and garden vendors. The 21st installment of this annual celebration will include landscape and garden displays, flowers, terrariums, birdhouses, fountains, and “ask the experts” booths. There will also be live music, vendor demonstrations and lots of good food. Rain date: May 21.

chestnuthillpa.com

Pay as you go 
Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill, between Rex and Willow Grove Avenues

May
6
12:30 pm12:30

Right to Breathe Workshop

  • Health and Literacy Center

Physicians for Social Responsibility presents a public health workshop about air pollution, planned with community members and air pollution experts, hosted by Philly Thrive and PSR Philadelphia. Child care and light snacks will be provided during the event. psrphila.org

Free

Art-Reach Cultural Access Awards
May
6
12:00 pm12:00

Art-Reach Cultural Access Awards

  • FringeArts

Art-Reach will honor Roger Ideishi, Pennsylvania Ballet and SpArc Philadelphia, along with the premiere of an original ballet by Pennsylvania Ballet II, to celebrate cultural accessibility to the arts in Philadelphia.

art-reach.org

$150 to $300 

South Street Spring Festival
May
6
11:00 am11:00

South Street Spring Festival

  • South Street & Front Street Philadelphia, Pa.

A free festival spanning more than 12 blocks, with live music, food and vendors.

southstreet.com

Exact time to be announced
Free
South Street, starting at Front Street