Philadelphia is an underrated hotbed for art, science, and culture. Home to an array of venues, museums and institutions, there’s really no good excuse to be bored in this city.
Feed Your Curiosity is a weekly roundup of events in Philadelphia that will broaden your horizons, tantalize your mind, and hopefully sophisticate you into something more than the heathen that you are. Here’s what’s going on this week.
Penn’s Landing Marina
It’s Memorial Day, baby! If you are lucky enough to get off of work, enjoy the extended weekend and head to Penn’s Landing Marina for the final day of Sail Philadelphia 11 am to 7 pm, featuring waterfront activities like live music and food trucks, tours of a slew of ships, and even 90 minute sailing excursions on the Delaware River.
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Philly Improv Theater
If you need to laugh off a hangover from the weekend, this indie improv showcase guarantees you a good time, and this week they’re featuring classic and short rib comedy from 7:30 to 8:30 pm.
The Kimmel Center
Hosted by the Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs and Mayor’s Commission on LGBT Affairs, this is the first of its kind event for LGBTQ+ Philadelphians to listen and engage with LGBTQ+ organizations in a Ted Talk-esque presentation about their accomplishments in the past year and their plans for the forthcoming year. It lasts from 6 to 8:30 pm.
Landmark Americana University City
Okay, so if you’re a fan of taco Tuesday you should definitely check this event out. Tacos are $2 and you can wash them down with $5 pitchers of beer, all while proving to your friends that you’re Always Sunny’s #1 fan. Quizzo starts at 9 and ends at 11:30pm.
PHS Pop-Up Garden South Street
For all you plant moms and dads out there looking for new babies, come out for the free plant pop up garden shop. Have questions about ill or misbehaving babies? PHS experts will also be there to help. It begins at 6 pm.
Support your local Philly artists. Come out and see Elijah B. Pringle III, local connoisseur of visual and performing arts, host a poetry night of featured poets and an open mic starting at 7 pm, followed by a comedy showcase at 9:30pm.
Philadelphia Art Museum
Free ticket at desk
You definitely need to be taking advantage of free events at the PMA such as pay as you wish Wednesday nights after 5 pm. Yoga, board games, Legos, and cocktails means there’s something for everyone.
The Cat Doctor
If you’re a cat person looking to pet cats, or on the lookout to adopt a rescue, come check out this Catvengers event with Morris Animal Refuge. There will be drinks and snacks from 5:30 to 7 pm to feed you and your curiosity.
This is the first Twilight Market event of the year, and features local food vendors, artisans, and musicians. It is also the kickoff of the Farm Share and Snap Share programs, which offer locally sourced food from farmers. Come out from 5 to 8 pm for some market madness.
The Kimmel Center for Performing Arts
Philadelphia’s International Festival of the Arts begins today, so look online to book tickets for upcoming shows including the Cristal Palace, Doggie Hamlet, and Bassam Youssef, who is deemed to be the “Jon Stewart of the Arab World.”
Loews Philadelphia Hotel
If you haven’t already noticed, Philly has a homelessness problem. Project HOME has been working since 1989 to fight homelessness, and this fundraising event is aimed at continuing to fund programs and find homes for those who are struggling on the streets. Come out from 6:30 to 9pm for a good cause; one that affects 15,000 of our fellow Philadelphians.
Rival Bros. Coffee
Calling all coffee connoisseurs! This caravan is no ordinary food truck, offering Ethiopian and Bourbon brews, and it’s making its way to Philly on a legendary coffee tour. It starts at 4 and ends at 7 pm.
UArt’s Caplan Recital School
The Latino Film Festival kicks off on Friday with a short program and performance, continuing Saturday and Sunday with 13 featured films, many of which are documentaries.
The Latvian Society of Philadelphia
Ever feel like breaking out in folk dance? Well you’re in luck. In celebration of Latvia’s Centennial, the Latvian Society is hosting a dance workshop from 4 pm to 2 am for all levels to come and learn some traditional folk dances. And of course there will be a bar in case your significant other needs to loosen up before breaking it down on the dance floor.
The Mann Center of Performing Arts
Come listen to the classic John Williams’ Academy Award-winning score while simultaneously watching the full-length, feature film on three giant screens at The Mann. Can it get any better than a mega movie with live music, all while lounging out under the stars? Event starts at 7:30pm.
Hey, you may not eat Vegan, but you can still shop Vegan. Philly’s pop-up Vegan flea market, open 1-5pm is another series that will continue over the summer, and features vendors selling vegan products from needlework to nail polish.