If you’re not headed “down the shore” for Memorial Day 2019, don’t worry that you’re going to miss out on any holiday weekend fun. That’s because our amazing city has a wide variety of activities to partake in for Memorial Day weekend. Plus, you won’t have to sit in the dreaded beach traffic. Win-win.
There’s no such thing as Memorial Day FOMO, especially not when you check out these five awesome events in Philadelphia from May 23-27. Let’s get this summer started, shall we Philly?
If you’re a fan of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s groundbreaking musical (who isn’t?) and can’t wait until August when the show comes to town to get your Hamilton fix, the National Constitution Center has got you covered. The new exhibit (which is included with your museum admission) explores Alexander Hamilton’s career, as well as his relationship with Aaron Burr, sir. Opening on May 23rd, you can be one of the first people to check it out. Lin would be so proud.
They don’t call them the Philadelphia Magic Gardens for nothing: this South Street mainstay is, well, pretty damn magical. On May 24th, the mosaic wonderland will feature art lessons, gallery tours, and live music from the River Bones Band. While there is a $20 admission for adults and $16 for students, the summer evening event is BYOB. (Oh, and you can totally bring your own snacks and blankets, too.)
What better way to kick off the holiday weekend proper than with a killer concert at The Fillmore? Electronica indie darlings Passion Pit will bring their infectious sound and energy, along with alt-rockers The Beaches, to kick off Memorial Day celebrations. With tickets at just $37.50, you’ll wanna take a walk (ahem) over to the top-notch Fishtown venue for the May 24th show.
Free admission? Check. Dogs welcome? Check. Those coveted hammocks under the twinkly where you can gently swing all your troubles away? Cheeeeeeck. This three-day festival, which runs from May 24-26 will feature all the Spruce Street Harbor Park faves (including Philly-centric food and drinks), as well as a fireworks show on Sunday night along the Delaware River waterfront.
Now entering its ninth year, the Philly Tango Festival is where tango experts and enthusiasts come together to celebrate and, of course, dance. In addition to some incredible performances from world-class dancers, there’s also classes, workshops, and live DJs. If you are looking to step, turn, and dance your way through Memorial Day weekend, this is the only place to be from May 24-27. Just FYI: prices vary depending on what you’re taking part in.