Events 5/18-5/24: PFCU Kensington Derby, Italian Market Festival, Repair Fair, Asian American Diaspora in Philly & More!

The latest and greatest things happening in Philly from Friday, May 18 to Thursday, May 24. Share your event by tweeting us @citywidestories or tagging us on Facebook.


PFCU Kensington Derby and Arts Fest

Saturday, May 19

12 – 6 pm

Trenton Ave.

Cost: Free

This weekend is the 12th annual Kensington Sculpture Derby & Arts Fest! Get ready for over 200 local arts and food vendors and a parade of human-powered sculptural floats.


Italian Market Festival 2018

Saturday & Sunday, May 19 – 20

11 am – 6 pm

919 S 9th St.

Cost: Pay as you go

Celebrate this weekend in the nation’s oldest outdoor market at the Italian Market Festival. Experience the Procession of Saints, the Half Ball Tournament, and of course, the Grease Pole contest!


Katerina! An Electro Pop Liberation-Brunchtime Supper Theater

Sunday, May 20

1:30 – 5 pm

The Performance Salon

2704 w. Girard Ave., 3R

Cost: $35

Reveal the character of Katerina Ivanovna Marmeladov, a minor character in Dostoevsky’s classic novel “Crime and Punishment” at Katerina! An Electro Pop Liberation-Brunchtime Supper. Part theater, part musical performance, part liberation party, this concert performance will feature original rock songs, followed by a Russian inspired meal served by Katerina herself.


Repair Fair #15

Sunday, May 20

10 am – 1 pm

El Bar (Backyard)

1356 N Front St.

Cost: Free

A team of volunteer fixers will be present in the backyard of El Bar to help you learn to make repairs to any broken item you bring with. We can reduce the amount of waste we create if we learn to repair rather than replace our items.


First Person Arts Grand Slam

Tuesday, May 22

8 pm


140 N. Columbus Blvd.

Cost: $10

The winners of previous StorySlams are returning to compete for the title of “Best Storyteller in Philadelphia.” Prizes include free FPA Slam admission for life, a $250 cash, and bragging rights. Watch as the storytellers try to win over the celebrity judges with their most outrageous, gutsy, and heartfelt personal tales.


Asian American Diaspora in Philadelphia

Wednesday, May 23

6:30 – 8 pm

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

1300 Locust St.

Cost: Free

Join the Historical Society of Philadelphia to examine the immigration histories of several of Philadelphia’s most populous Asian ethnic communities. Experts will speak on how Japanese, Chinese, South Asian, and Southeast Asian American communities came to call Philadelphia home.


Guac Off

Thursday, May 24

6 – 9 pm

Morgans Pier

221 N. Columbus Blvd.

Cost: $35  

Taste and sample fresh guacamole crafted by  Philadelphia’s best restaurants at MANNA’s annual #GuacOffPHL! All proceeds from the event benefit MANNA and their mission to deliver meals to individuals battling life-threatening illnesses.


Southwest CDC Spring Garden Party

Thursday, May 24

5 – 7 pm

Bartram’s Garden

5400 Lindbergh Blvd.

Cost: $30

Celebrate spring with the Southwest CDC! Individuals that make a positive impact on Southwest Philadelphia will be honored at this event, and it’s a great excuse to enjoy the sunshine in the Historic Bartram’s Garden!