Nothing signals it’s time to relax and unwind more than the start of the weekend. In Philly there’s always plenty to do whether you are looking for something exciting or something chill. We’ve got you covered on the top ten cool things happening in and around the city this weekend. So forget the work week, leave your troubles for Monday and let’s welcome the weekend.
1. Seize the day at the Independence Blue Cross RiverRink
The Independence Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest has officially opened! Now until September 24, 2023, you can seize the day and enjoy an array of family-fun. Not only does it have the city’s largest-outdoor skating rink, but there’s also an arcade, boardwalk games, rides and more. Take a break from fun and refuel with funnel cake from Skelly’s or crab fries from Chickie & Pete’s. There’s also a bar for you to boost your spirits. Admission to the park is free, everything as is pay-as-you-go.
Where: 121 N. Columbus Blvd
2. Participate In An Interactive Murder Mystery Show
Murder at the Moulin, is an interactive murder mystery show set in 19th century Paris. Be transported to the Bohemian Revolution in Paris with this interactive murder mystery theater show. Follow the story of Monsieur and Mademoiselle Ennui who are desperately trying to keep the Moulin Bleu in business. Their dear night club is facing competition from the Moulin Rouge down the street, and when they come up with a plan, the repercussions could be deadly.
All things considered, don’t miss out on this unique experience that combines theatrical elements, technology, and comedy. Basically, get your tickets for Murder at the Moulin: A Murder Mystery Show in Philadelphia!
Where: 601 Walnut St Philadelphia, PA 19106
3. Take in your favorite TV show IRL at the FRIENDS™ Experience: The One Near Philadelphia
This experience will completely transport you into the world of FRIENDS™, as you’ll get to step in the shoes of the characters you love so dearly. Whether you’re lounging on Chandler and Joey’s recliner or sipping on an imaginary coffee at Central Perk, prepare to be filled with FRIENDS™ frenzy! Get your tickets here!
Where: The Pavilion at King of Prussia, 640 W Dekalb Pike, King of Prussia, PA
4. Enjoy A Delicious Dinner Completely Blindfolded
Studies show that 80 percent of people eat with their eyes. But when you take the sense of sight away, your other senses become even stronger. Interested in testing this theory? Then grab your tickets for the ultimate tasting experience combining fine dining and suspense: Dining In The Dark, a blindfolded dinner experience unlike anything you (haven’t) seen before.
Tickets are going quickly –get yours here!
Where: The Twisted Tail, 509 S 2nd St.
5. Take An R-Rated Ghost Tour Of Downtown Philly
This adult-only tour covers all the raunchy topics that your normal walking tour of Philadelphia wouldn’t dare to mention. Developed by a local university professor well-versed in the dark side of Philadelphia, this tour covers vampires, sex, ghosts, and more, all while sightseeing the classic Philly historical spots like Alexander Hamilton’s home, the Liberty Bell, and Independence Hall. Get your tickets here!
Where: Various locations
6. Enjoy Bottomless Brunch
Brunch is always better when it’s bottomless! The weather is nice and the outdoors are calling. Gather your squad and check out these exclusive brunch locations right in the city for specials and deals you can’t beat! From all-you-can-eat brunch buffets to bottomless mimosas to stunning decor, your taste buds will thank you.
Where: various locations
7. Unwind At Spruce Street Harbor Park
Open now for the season, Spruce Street Harbor Park is a much anticipating summer staple. Relax in a hammock, enjoy the river breeze, play games, eat delicious food, sip some spirits, make memories with your family. It doesn’t get any better than this! You can learn more about hammock rentals an ore by visiting their website. We will meet your there!
Where: 301 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd
8. Enjoy Gelato At The Grand Opening Of Cloud Cups
Philadelphia and Pennsylvania’s award-winning Black-owned gelato company Cloud Cups – and Gelato Artist Galen Thomas – will debut their first-ever brick and mortar scoop shop in Fishtown this weekend. Cloud Cups Fishtown’s grand opening is taking place at 4:00pm on Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20, 2023, with a free giveaway of two scoops of gelato/sorbet to the first 150 guests each night. The new scoop shop is located next to Pizza Brain and the world’s first Pizza Museum, and Cloud Cups shares a dining room and a unique outdoor patio and courtyard with Pizza Brain.
Where: 2311 Frankford Avenue
Take A Stroll Down The Oldest Residential Street In America
Did you know the oldest, continuously inhabited street in America is located right here in Philadelphia? Elfreth’s Alley is a cute, quaint street in the Old City section of historic Philly. Take a stroll down the picturesque tiny cobblestone street for the best photo-ops. Learn about early colonial life in Philadelphia with an audio-guided tour by Elfreth’s Alley Museum. .
Where: 126 Elfreth’s Alley
10. The Asian American And Pacific Islander Heritage Month Event At The Franklin Institute
Saturday May 20th beginning at noon until 4pm, The Franklin Institute will host an afternoon of special programming to celebrate APPI Heritage month. Guests can expect to enjoy a fashion show curated by The Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia, block printing workshops with artists from the Asian Arts Initiative ,a performance by musicians from the Philadelphia Orchestra, and a special pop-up talk about brain science from Jayatri Das. All APPI activities are included with the price of regular admission.
Where: 222 N. 20th Street
11. Made on American Street Festival
Saturday May 20, 2023 from 2-6pm enjoy the ultimate beer and music street festival in Kensington. Enjoy live music, mini-golf, vendors, and of course superb local beer, cider, and cocktails handpicked by local brewery, Punch Buggy. Tickets are required however there are a variety being offered from general admission to VIP. The festival is returning for its 17th year and is sure to be a bubbly good time.
Where: 1445 N. American Street
12. Illuminating Birds At The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Opening May 20 at The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, this exhibit gives us a peak into the life of our winged-friends through art. Illuminating birds takes visitors on a literary and visual experience with featured writings and works of art about birds from the academy archives. Tickets are required to enjoy this exhibit and while there, you too can try your hand at drawing or writing about birds while being surrounded by them. How cool!
Where: 1900 Ben Franklin Parkway