Events 5/16-5/22: The Betsy at, Astronomy Night at The Rail Park, Cocktails & Cheese Workshop and More!

Some of the most interesting things happening across the region from Thursday, May 16th to Wednesday, May 27th. Share your event by tweeting us @citywidestories or tagging us on Facebook.


Astronomy Night at The Rail Park

Thursday, May 16th

7:30 – 9:30pm

Cost: Free

BYOB (bring your own blanket) to the very first astronomy night at the Rail Park! Sip on some Cà Phê Roasters, look at the sky with courtesy of The Franklin Institute, and space out to some celestial tunes!


The Betsy at

May 16-19

18th & Walnut St

Cost: Pay as you go

From Thursday, May 16 until Sunday, May 19, will partner with Bluecoat Gin to transform into The Betsy, a floral wonderland of live flowers and gin cocktails. The pop-up, named for a Bluecoat cocktail honoring American Revolutionary luminary Betsy Ross, will include a menu of drinks featuring Bluecoat gins, with a focus on their new elderflower gin, plus expansive, photo-friendly floral installations and fun, cocktails. It will also sprawl onto the sidewalk during the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival, with a live lawn at and sidewalk “lawn games,” such as bocce, at neighboring restaurant


Italian Market Festival

May 18-19

9 am – 6 pm  

Cost: Pay as you go

Celebrate the nation’s oldest outdoor market at the annual Italian Market Festival. Bring the entire family to experience the procession of saints, and to enjoy the traditional half ball tournament, grease pole contest, live entertainment stages, family events areas, crafts, and of course, food.


Rock the Cause  

Sunday, May 19th

6 – 10 pm

World Cafe Live  

3025 Walnut St

Cost: $15 advanced tickets; $20 at the door  

Listen to music for a good cause. Rock The Cause is a benefit concert, with proceeds going to music education organization Rock To The Future.


Garden to Glass’ Cocktail Class

Monday, May 20th

5:30 pm

Bar Amis

4503 S Broad St

Cost: $75

Shake things up with a cocktail class that showcases how to create delicious drinks featuring ingredients in your everyday garden – perfect for your upcoming summer mixers and parties! The ‘Garden to Glass’ cocktail class will provide the best tips and techniques for crafting cocktails utilizing fresh fruits and vegetables, a tasting of the cocktails created during the class and assorted bruschetta to snack on.


Edible Alphabet en Español: Learn Spanish Through Cooking    

Tuesday, May 21st

6 – 8:30 pm

Free Library of Philadelphia: Culinary Literacy Center

1901 Vine St, 4th Floor Kitchen Classroom

Cost: $30

Interested in meeting new people, learn to cook a new recipe, and brush up on your Spanish language skills? Join the Culinary Literacy Center for a hands-on Spanish language cooking class.


Cocktails & Cheese Workshop

Tuesday, May 21st

6 – 8 pm

Art in the Age

116 N 3rd St

Cost: $40

Join Alex Jones of Collective Creamery at Art in the Age for an evening of cocktail pairings. Featuring local cheese from Collective Creamery and cocktail accompaniments from Art in the Age. Cheese plate and snacks with guided tastings, and two cocktails are included with your ticket.


Parks on Tap: FDR Park  

May 22-27

Various times

FDR Park

1800 Pattison Ave  

Cost: Pay as you go  

Grab your friends, hang out outside and enjoy a beer at one of the many beautiful Parks on Tap pop-up locations.