Fun things to do in Philly this weekend

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The Roxborough Spring Festival will take place this Saturday.

Looking for some fun and unique things to do in Philly this weekend? We’ve got you covered.

Roxborough Spring Fest

This Saturday, Roxborough will be hosting its annual Spring Fest, and from noon to 6 p.m., locals can check out live music, over 70 vendors, plenty of food and drinks options and other activities taking over Ridge Avenue.

The event will host three different stages for musicians (with talent this year spanning groups like the Ethan Cain Band, The Wild Hymns, The Providers, Acoustic Ferrari and more), plus plenty of space for food and drinks options (think Doris Donuts, Calle del Sabor, Mama Smoothies, Humpty’s Dumplings, Haagen-Dazs, Hardy Funnel Cakes, Deke’s BBQ and more.)

On top of all of the craft vendors in attendance, this year will also feature a dedicated Kids Zone, plus, the return of the student art show, with the 2024 theme being “Blossoming Renewal: A Celebration of Spring.” More information can be found online.

Love Your Park Week 

It’s that time of year again to show some endearment to the city and its green spaces through a community effort with Philly’s Love Your Park Week. Taking place now through May 19, this annual initiative prepares Philadelphia’s parks for the busy spring and summer ahead with over 100 different opportunities for volunteering.

Organized by partners Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Fairmount Park Conservancy, and the Park Friends Network, the different events will focus on planting flowers, tending trees, and removing litter as needed. As a release notes, tools will be provided and park lovers of all ages are welcome to participate with registration now open online. The occasion will also feature different ways to explore the parks with movie nights, bird watching and other events being offered as well.

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Love Your Park WeekAlbert Yee for Fairmount Park Conservancy

Made on American Street Festival

Back for another year this weekend, the Made on American Street Festival will be in full swing this Saturday, May 18, from 2 to 6 p.m. The beer and music festival comes from Wissahickon Brewing Company, Punchbuggy Brewing Company, and Home Brewed Events, and will overtake the Olde Kensington neighborhood of American Street between Master Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue.

The festivities will feature a diverse line-up of craft beer, cider, and spirits, hand-made goods, food trucks, specials from restaurants and much more. Tickets start at $50 and are available on Eventbrite.

Philly Wine Fest 2024

This Saturday, locals can head to the Philadelphia Zoo’s Impala Lawn for a full-fledged wine festival in partnership with Craft Concepts. There will be two sessions to choose from: 1 to 3 p.m., or 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., and both time slots will feature unlimited samples of wine from participating wineries (think Coastal Spritz, Mermaid Spirits Co., Old Line, Revolution Bees, DeRo Premium Cello and more), commemorative Philly Wine Festival sampling glasses, complimentary access to the Zoo and more.

There are also VIP and Early Bird admission options for those interested, and tickets ($45 to $69) are available online.

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Philly Wine Fest

3400 W. Girard Ave.,

‘Threads of Transformation’

The Magic Gardens is recognizable in its own right — a stroll in South Philly can show you its impact — but there’s a new reason to head to the venue this summer, and it opens this weekend.

Beginning May 17, the space will be showcasing a new exhibition curated by Exhibitions Manager Chelsey Luster, and it surrounds the idea of “self-reflection and growth through womanhood and motherhood.” Titled ‘Threads of Transformation: Works by Krista Dedrick-Lai and Margaux McAllister,’ the new works come from Dedrick-Lai and McAllister and will be onsite at the Gardens until July 14.

As a release notes, in the exhibition, the artists examine human connections and transformation, navigating brokenness, tenderness, and togetherness through the collection of mixed-media mediums. Dedrick-Lai, a multidisciplinary artist, uses the work to confront the everyday struggles of motherhood, domesticity, and being human. While McAllister, a multidisciplinary artist based in Phoenixville, explores the complexities of motherhood, familial relationships, mental health, and healing.

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Krista Dedrick-Lai’s ‘Asymptote’ is shown.Courtesy of Krista Dedrick-Lai

1020 South St.,