Fun things to do in Philly this weekend

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Chester County Studio Tours is a free two-day event that highlights the artistic side of Chester County.
Jeff Schaller

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

Party in the Playground

This weekend, it’s time for the adults to play. Party in the Playground is back for its 15th year and this benefit will be held at Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse’s 16,000-square-foot Playhouse and 6.5-acre Playground in East Fairmount Park. The evening will feature games, music, dancing, plus food, drinks and sweets provided by Jack’s Firehouse, Yards Brewing Company, Moore Brothers Wine Company, Philadelphia Distilling, and more.

Proceeds from the event will directly benefit Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse. Party in the Playground will take place Saturday, May 20, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets ($100+) can be found online. 

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Part in the PlaygroundLance Washington

 3500 Reservoir Drive,

W Presents

This electronic music showcase will be taking place this week at the chic and popular Center City hotel, the W Philadelphia. On Thursday, May 18DJ_Dave will perform at the W’s Living Room with an opening act from Philly artist HVNLEE and Josh Lang, the hotel’s music curator. 

As a release states, W Presents is spearheaded by Leah Chisholm (LP Giobbi), Global Music Director for W Hotels. All performers have been selected by Chisholm, including opening acts who are part of her FEMME House organization, which creates equitable opportunities for women and gender-expansive individuals in the music industry. W Presents kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and is free—RSVP is available through Eventbrite. 

 1439 Chestnut St.,

Made on American Street Fest

Taking place on Saturday, May 20, this celebration will call the newly-refurbished American Street in Kensington home, and everyone is welcome to come out to see what’s in store at this energetic event.

From 2 to 6 p.m. (though there’s a VIP hour beginning at 1 p.m.) on that date, the event promises to be a day of celebration, creativity, food, drink and inspiration, showcasing the best of Philadelphia’s artistic community. In total, visitors will have access to small businesses, creative studios and talented artists who call this area of the city home.

Tickets cost $40 and include unlimited tastes of beer, cider, wine and cocktails from local producers, live music by local bands/performers, a limited edition tasting glass, mini golf hosted by Libertee Grounds, access to the Vendor Marketplace featuring handcrafted goods from local artists and more, with local food vendors offering pay-as-you-go options. VIP tickets on the other hand run for $65. For information and to purchase tickets, visit the festival’s Instagram page @festival_moas

Made on American Street Festival
The Made on American Street Festival takes place May 20.Provided

American Street between Master and Cecil B. Moore

Chester County Studio Tours

This free two-day event highlights the artistic side of Chester County. Now in its 13th year, the annual activation will be back on May 20 and 21. And as a release states, this go-around, organizers are looking forward to the largest event ever, featuring 200 artists and 79 studios throughout the region.

The Studio Tours feature Chester County’s best artists in studio environments focusing on painting, sculpture, jewelry, photography, clay, glass, paper and fiber. All artists will be present to interact with both buyers and browsers alike. Philadelphians can make their own itineraries on the event’s official site, which offers more information. Tour hours run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 20, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 21. 

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Chester County Studio TourJeff Schaller

The Boozy Bee 

This adult competition, dubbed “The Boozy Bee!”, will take place at Philly’s own one-of-a-kind tasting room, home bar supply, and bottle shop Art in the Age this Sunday, May 21, at 5 p.m.

As a release states, imbibers will compete in a series of challenges that will leave only the greatest spelling whiz standing. Tickets are $15/person and include one slot in the competition, one Dunce cap, one Dunce Whiskey shot glass, and one shot of Dunce Whiskey for a competition warm-up. 

While there, guests are also invited to sip on a special one-night-only menu of themed cocktails (think: Bees Knees, floral flavors, and plenty of honey), available à la carte. The winner of The Boozy Bee will ultimately win a bottle of Dunce Whiskey, a round of free cocktails at Art in the Age, and, of course, a shiny trophy. Additionally, the attendee who brings the most audience members to the competition will be awarded a Secret Special Hive Prize, which will be announced during the event.

116 North 3rd St.,

FanDuel Chicken Dinner Pop Up

This Thursday and Friday, get your hands on some tasty treats. According to FanDuel’s site, Philadelphians can enjoy a free chicken dinner (or lunch) at FanDuel Casino’s Winner Winner pop-up restaurant. The brand is partnering with local chef, Jennifer Carroll who puts a new spin on things with a special Philly-inspired chicken sandwich just for the occasion. All you have to do is show you have a verified FanDuel Casino account and get a free meal (while supplies last) from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

216 Market St.,