Events 5/1-5/8: Chinese Lantern Festival, Bold Women and Beer Festival, Lesbian Speed Dating & More!

Some of the most interesting things happening across the region from Wednesday, May 1 to Wednesday, May 8. Share your event by tweeting us @citywidestories or tagging us on Facebook.


2019 Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival

May 1 – June 30  

6 – 11 pm  

Franklin Square

Cost: $12 – 20

This blockbuster event will illuminate Franklin Square with 29 all new culturally-inspired lantern sculptures, performances and handcrafted keepsakes by Chinese folk artists. Enjoy sips in the Dragon Beer Garden, and much more.


Bold Women and Beer Festival 

Saturday, May 4th

1 – 4 pm

Love City Brewing

1023 Hamilton St

Cost: $45  

Come out for Philadelphia’s FIRST women-centered beer festival! You won’t want to miss out on tasting beers from 30+ breweries, food trucks, and live entertainment from four female-fronted bands.


Port Richmond Pierogi Fest  

Saturday, May 4th   

12 – 5 pm

Campbell Square

2535 East Allegheny Ave

Cost: Pay as you go

Bring the whole family and feast on some of the best pierogies from around Philly. There will be a kids section with tons of fun activities for the little ones.


Indian-ish with Priya Krishna: Free Library of Phila Culinary Literacy Center

Monday, May 6th

6 – 8 pm

Free Library of Philadelphia: Culinary Literacy Center

Parkway Central Library

1901 Vine St, 4th Floor

Cost: $30-45  

Learn how to cook from chef and author, Priya Krishna. In this class, you’ll dive into Indian-ish, with Matar Paneer, a dish that combines paneer with tomato sauce and cumin-studded peas. Tickets for this class include a copy of the book, to be signed by the author at the end of class.


Yappy Hour: Morgan’s Pier  

Monday, May 6th

4 – 8 pm

Morgan’s Pier

221 N Christopher Columbus Blvd  

Cost: Pay as you go

This happy hour is for the dogs! Come out to Morgan’s Pier with your pup for specialty cocktails, giveaways and a chance to adopt a dog.


Chronicling Resistance Presents: Sankofa  

Tuesday, May 7th

5:30 – 8 pm

“The Barn” at Bartram’s Garden & Sankofa Farm

5400 Lindbergh Blvd

Cost: Free

Come out for the final public listening session and a celebration of the Chronicling Resistance project! You will also get to hear what has been learned from this phase of the project, next steps, and close with a tour of Sankofa Farm and dinner.


Singles Event/MyCheeky GayDate/Lesbian Speed Dating in Philadelphia

Wednesday, May 8th

8 – 10 pm

Sonesta Rittenhouse

1800 Market St

Cost: $27-29  

Tired of swiping? Come out to a speed dating experience like none other. They have done away with all the cheesy parts of the speed dating experience and created a “cheeky-chic” vibe to make your night unforgettable.