Going to college in Philly, we're so often bombarded—on social media and IRL—with seemingly endless options for how to spend our free time. So I’m delighted to announce that Street has done the hard part for you: we’ve rounded up what we think are the can’t–miss events for the month in one convenient place. If I’ve done my job right, there’ll be something in here for every one of our readers, no matter what you like to do with your weekends.
—Arielle Stanger, Print Editor
May 2: Peter Cat Recording Co. @ The Fillmore Philly
Delhi–based Peter Cat Recording Co. is the summer soundtrack you didn't know you needed. Their damn—near—perfect 2019 album Bismillah is the epitome of easy listening, ideal for every setting from the library to the beach. Tickets starting at $18, Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m., 29 E. Allen St.
May 4: Sarah Silverman @ The Met Philly
Known for her deadpan humor and social criticism, Sarah Silverman will definitely put on a hilarious show at the Philadelphia stop of her “Grow Some Lips” tour. Tickets starting at $39.50, Doors at 6:30 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m., 858 N. Broad St.
May 5: MUNA @ The Met Philly
MUNA, the indie pop trio best known for their viral song “Silk Chiffon” with Phoebe Bridgers, will be hosted by WXPN at the Met Philly this month. After releasing their 2022 album, MUNA was praised by publication Pitchfork for their “celebratory, affirming” sound with unabashedly queer themes. Tickets starting at $35, Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m., 858 N. Broad St.
May 6: South Street Fest @ South Street
Philadelphia’s favorite block party festival is back this may with much more to offer! Come hungry to enjoy international cuisines and classical restaurants, and after the feast don’t forget to shop from the eclectic selection of iconic South Street businesses. This year’s festivity also includes the launch of the Artist Row project! 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., South Street spanning 2nd to 8th Streets
May 6: Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival @ Walnut Street
Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival returns for the first time since 2019. Featuring street cafes, local artist showcases, fashion shows, and live music, Philadelphia’s most upscale street festival is a springtime must–have for you to soak up much–needed sun while enjoying music and art! 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Rittenhouse Square
May 6: Makers Market @ Elfreth’s Alley
Step into Elfreth’s Alley and take a step back in time. This biannual event takes place on this historical site of craftsmanship and creativity where you can shop for treasures while exploring one of Philly’s historical treasures. The Spring Makers Market is the place to live out your cottagecore dreams while supporting local makers and small businesses. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Elfreth's Alley
May 6–7: Strawberry Month Kickoff Weekend @ Peddler’s Village
Summer is around the corner and we’re salivating at the thought of fresh picked fruit—strawberries to be exact. At the Strawberry Festival, all of your berry wild dreams will come true. From strawberry-themed treats and drinks to live music there is something for everyone and there’s no better way to ring in the summer season. May 6 11 a.m. to May 7 5 p.m., Peddler’s Village, 2400 Street Road, New Hope, PA
May 10: Walk Up @ Lightbox Film Center
One of the most prolific contemporary auteurs, Hong Sangsoo returns to his special interest in form and structure that defines his filmography from the very beginning. Described by critics as “Eric Rohmer but with a lot more Soju,” Walk Up is both reflexive and provocative, deep yet playful, and it will be screened in center city for an one–night–only special limited engagement. $8 with student ID, 7 p.m., 401 S. Broad St.
May 13: Kensington Derby and Arts Festival @ Trenton Avenue
Come to the wide cobblestone streets of Trenton Avenue and celebrate human–powered transits, neighborhood artists, and local businesses in Fishtown! Funds raised from the festival will be used to support neighborhood projects and community revitalization. 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Trenton Avenue, Frankford Ave. to Norris St.
May 13: Met Gala GayBINGO! @ Congregation Rodeph Shalom
It’s that time of the year when we watch celebrities parade up the steps of the Met, realizing that once again, they've missed the mark on the theme. Ever spend late nights fantasizing about what your Met look would be? Well dream no longer, Philly Aids Fund’s May GayBINGO night is Met Gala themed! Here’s your chance to support a worthy cause while finally upstaging all those B-list celebs who showed up to the Met in, you guessed it, a black tux. Tickets starting at $38, Doors open at 6 p.m., GayBINGO begins at 7 p.m., Congregation Rodeph Shalom, 615 N. Broad St.
May 20–21: South 9th Street Italian Market Festival @ Italian Market
Grease pole, halfball tournament, and Italian eateries—the annual Italian Market Festival is full of gelatos, participatory entertainments, and loads of fun! Come down for a day of family–friendly fun and celebration in the nation’s oldest outdoor market. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wharton To Fitzwater Streets
May 21: Fairmont Avenue Arts Crawl @ Fairmont Avenue
Including more than 40 exhibitions overall, Fairmont Avenue Arts Crawl will showcase a diverse range of local artists and performers with an array of media including painting, printmaking, photography, and sculpture. You can also come and join participatory events like craft–making, face painting, and sidewalk chalk art—all for free! 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Fairmount Avenue & Surrounding Blocks
May 25–Sept. 4: Night Tours: Summer Twilight @ Eastern State Penitentiary
Eastern State Penitentiary is available for special evening access starting from May! As the sun sets in the west, explore the historic cellblock and reflect on its history and legacy through hands–on activities, or just grab a beer or soft drinks and enjoy the golden glow in The Fair Chance Beer Garden. New themes and events are added every month! $21 for online purchase, Thursday through Sunday evenings, 2027 Fairmount Avenue
May 27–Sept. 4: Paddle Penn’s Landing @ Penn’s Landing
If you need a sweet escape from the Philly heat, make your way over to Penn’s Landing to paddle your way into the sunset. Whether you’re romancing your newest Hinge match or taking grandma out for an afternoon excursion, the paddle boats are an unforgettable experience sure to impress. Boats starting at $25, Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., Penn’s Landing
May 28–June 4: Philadelphia Latino Film Festival @ Various Locations
The only festival showcasing the extraordinary and innovative work of emerging and established Latino filmmakers in the greater Philadelphia region, Philadelphia Latino Film Festival returns with a brand–new edition with screenings both virtual and in–person, workshops, special presentations, and other special events! $10 for single feature film ticket, various times