Events 5/11-5/19: Mother’s Day Gatherings, UNIVESTival at Spruce Street Harbor, Night Market, Second Saturday Festivals & More!

The latest and greatest things happening in Philly from Friday, May 11 to Thursday, May 19. Share your event by tweeting us @citywidestories or tagging us on Facebook.


2nd Friday on Lancaster Avenue Jazz Series

May 11 – 12

8 – 10 pm  

Community Education Center

3500 Lancaster Ave.

Cost: $20

Head over to Lancaster Avenue for Second Friday at Blue Grotto for their Jazz series. Geri Oliver, a jazz singer, will be performing along with a trio of Aaron Graves on keys, Dylan Taylor on bass and Tony Day on drums.



May 11 – 13

11 am – 11 pm

Spruce Street Harbor Park

Columbus Blvd. and Spruce St.  

Cost: Free

UNIVESTival is a FREE weekend-long festival featuring exciting activities such as wirewalkers, live music, crafts, and a huge Univest Prize Vault. Check out the schedule of this weekend long event!


2nd Saturday Street Art Tour: The Gayborhood

Saturday, May 12

11 am – 1 pm, 2 pm – 4 pm

The South Gate of City Hall

South Broad St. and South Penn Sq.

Cost: $15

Explore art around The Gayborhood with Conrad Benner, founder of Streets Dept. This event is a part of the 2nd Saturday Art Tours, where each tour will explore a different neighborhood!


Riverwards Run

Saturday, May 12

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

500 Cecil B Moore Ave.

Cost: Sliding scale donations   

The Riverwards Run is a community charity run to benefit schools in the river wards. This run will begin with a 1.5-mile run (or walk) between N5 Square in South Kensington and Avenue 30 in East Kensington, and will end with a party at Avenue 30.


Germantown Second Saturday Festival

Saturday, May 12

12 – 5 pm   

Historic Germantown

5501 Germantown Ave.

Cost: Free

Head to Germantown to celebrate the kickoff of the Second Saturday series, a day each month when all 16 Historic Germantown sites are open to showcase the many attractions and activities that make Germantown a great place to be!


Electoral Dysfunction

Saturday, May 12

9 – 10 pm

Philly Improv Theater

2030 Sansom St.

Cost: $12

Come out for an evening filled of politically themed improv and a panel of Philly’s finest. We also hear that there will be special appearance by Young Ben Franklin, the rapping OG of America.


Women For A Sustainable Philadelphia Inaugural Gathering    

Tuesday, May 15

6 – 8 pm

United By Blue

205 Race St.

Cost: $5

This networking event will begin with a short “speed networking” so you can quickly meet a few new people, and then we will continue the night with more mingling and refreshments. If you are a woman passionate about impacting the current and future environmental, social, and economic resilience of the Greater Philadelphia region, then come to United by Blue for a “speed networking” event with Women For a Sustainable Philadelphia.


Night Market Philadelphia

Thursday, May 17

6 – 10 pm

Five Points

Cottman Ave. & Rising Sun Ave.

Cost: Free

Night Market, Philly’s favorite food truck festival, is back and bigger than ever! The season will kick off in Northeast Philadelphia.


Tire Fire Presents: Pico, Arnett, Salas Rivera, & Osmundson

Thursday, May 17

7 – 10 pm    

Tattooed Mom

530 South St.

Cost: Free

Tire Fire is back for their once-a-month readings, this time featuring Whiting Award winner Tommy Pico, poet Joseph Osumndson, Philly Poet Laureate Raquel Salas Rivera, and fiction writer/twitter genius Kristen Arnett. Read more about Poet Laureate Raquel Salas Rivera in our interview with them.


Mother’s Day Events:

Art Star Craft Bazaar

May 12-13

11 am – 6 pm   

Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing

Columbus Blvd and Chestnut St.

Cost: Pay as you go

Shop at over 100 vendors from the Philadelphia region for this Mother’s Day Weekend craft fair! There will also be live music, make-and-take crafts, and more!


Mother’s Day Tea & Art Show

Saturday, May 12

3 – 5 pm


4722 Baltimore Ave.  

Cost: $10

Vegan moms can enjoy a Mother’s Day Tea & Art show at A-Space this weekend! 50% of proceeds will go to support Indraloka Animal Sanctuary, 50% of proceeds will go to support Liberation Philadelphia’s local animal rights activism.


Mother! at PhilaMOCA on Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 13

7 – 9 pm


531 N 12th St.

Cost: $10  

What better movie to watch on Mother’s Day than, Mother!, a psychological thriller starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem.


The Comments Section: A Comedy Show

Sunday, May 13

7 – 10 pm

The Sable Collective

3133 N 22nd St.   

Cost: $20  

Enjoy signature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and comedy at The Sable Collective this Mother’s Day with The Comments Section.


Mother’s Day Market at Front Street Cafe

Sunday, May 13

9 am – 4 pm   

Front Street Cafe (outside)

1253 N Front St.  

Cost: Free

Brunch AND shopping will be happening at the Mother’s Day Market. Find flowers, chocolate, Shibori dyed handbags, and more, all at Front Street Cafe. This market is curated by Plume Salon and Elements of Aura.


Mother’s Day Tea

Sunday, May 13

1 pm – 3 pm

Museum of the American Revolution

101 S 3rd St.

Cost: $50

Sip some tea with Martha Washington at the Museum of the American Revolution for Mother’s Day! Enjoy tea sandwiches and baked goods, and afterwards, explore the exhibits to learn about the women of the American Revolution!


Mother’s Day Sips and Suminagashi Scarves

Sunday, May 13

4 pm – 6:30 pm     

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

Horticultural & Lansdowne Dr.

Cost: $75

Come to the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden for an after hours experience to sip mimosas, take a tour, and create your own suminagashi silk scarf.