May has arrived in the City of Brotherly Love!
To quote NSYNC…. It’s gonna be May and there are tons of fabulous things happening in Philadelphia!! From cookie speakeasies to newly opened museums, check out these 27 fantastic things to do in Philly this month!
1. Delight yourself with authentic Latino cuisine during Dine Latino Restaurant Week
The Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GPHCC) is bringing back its popular Dine Latino restaurant week on Wednesday, May 5, for a five-day culinary event that will allow you to discover and rediscover Latino cuisine over and over again! Read more about it here.
2. Put your baker skills to the test and create your very own cookie flavor at Philly’s top-secret “cookie speakeasy”
A Wonka factory meets mad scientist lab, Insomnia Cookies’ new CookieLab is an experiential cookie speakeasy that invites visitors to customize their very own cookies and monster milkshakes as well as try unique cookie concoctions available only at the CookieLab. In order to access this secret but not-so-secret CookieLab, all you need do is enter Insomnia Cookie’s bakery on 833 Wharton Street and head on over to the inconspicuous bookshelf to enter this magical cookie world. Read more about it here.
3. Grab your skates and go roller skating at Dilworth Park’s new roller rink
Dilworth Park’s new retro-inspired rink will feature a checkerboard floor and marker lights for a totally groovy time, as well as a colorful installation of overhead hula hoops designed by Philly’s Lucky Dog studio for an added whimsical touch. The new Rothman Orthopaedics Roller Rink will be offering hour-long sessions to the public from 11 a.m. to 8:45 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and from 11 a.m. to 11:15 p.m., Friday through Saturday, with a 15-minute buffer in between sessions. Admission is $8 for children 10 and younger and $10 for adults; roller skate rental is $5. Matinee Skate will offer $5 off of admission to guests of all ages on Mondays and Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
4. Attend one of these enchanting candlelit concerts
You can still experience an absolutely magical (and safe) spring here in Philadelphia, and part of that is thanks to the amazing outdoor spaces the city has to offer. Luckily, Fever Originals is bringing its wildly popular Candlelight concert series to open-air spaces for the season, from enchanting gardens to stunning terraces.
5. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo!
This year, Cinco de Mayo falls on a Wednesday, but there’s still plenty of events and promotions going on around Philly in honor of this fun feast. Not to mention, it also gives us the perfect excuse to down a couple of margaritas in the middle of the week — and who doesn’t like mid-week margs?! Read more about them here
7. Visit the newly reopened Please Touch Museum
The museum opened its doors on Thursday, April 22, and has been operating at a reduced capacity with a new online reservation system to manage crowd size and allow for proper social distancing. Capacity during the morning and afternoon sessions is reduced in compliance with CDC, state and city health departments (PTM has more than 60,000 square feet of exhibit space). Properly fitting masks will be required for all visitors ages 2+. Read more about it here.
8. Or check out the Neon Museum, the latest addition to Philly’s art and culture scene
With a collection of over 100 vintage neon signs, the Neon Museum of Philadelphia promises to take visitors on a trip down memory lane and back to the time when corner stores and mom-and-pop shops ruled the streets of Philly. Old-school Philly classics like the Levi’s Hot Dog sign, the Horn and Hardart sign from 30th Street Station, the Shirt Corner sign, and the original Pat’s Steak Crowns sign shine bright inside the Neon Museum’s enclave in 1800 North American street.
9. Don’t miss out on the spectacular eclipse of May 26.
We were treated to a supermoon on April 26, but we’ll see a second supermoon on May 26. It will appear blood-red in the sky as it’s obscured by the Earth’s shadow.
According to TimeAndDate.com, this event will be visible in the skies above Philadelphia between 4:47 a.m. and 5:40 a.m., with maximum visibility at 5:37 a.m.
10-17. Cheer to the warmer days to come atop a gorgeous rooftop!
It’s rooftop season Philly! This year also calls for outdoor dining all year long and we’re loving it, especially when it comes with a side of gorgeous city views! From wonderful waterfront enclaves to leafy paradises, these seven Philly rooftops have it all (including safety measures)! Check out our map below to see which one you can visit next.
18-26. Head on out to the great outdoors for an invigorating hike.
Exploring the great outdoors has become a new socially distant favorite for many of us. We mean… with soo many beautiful places around Philly how could it not, right? That’s why we’ve come up with eight stunning trails to go hiking around Philly and explore the local wilderness.
27. Discover a kaleidoscopic world of art at Philly’s Magic Gardens
Tucked away in South Street, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens are one of the city’s most creative and best-kept secrets. This curious network of paths and tunnels, which has been adorned head to toe with whimsical mosaics and other wacky artworks, holds a wondrous world of art for any Philadelphian who dares to enter its galleries and tunnels.
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