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May 15, 2018

A roundup of what's happening over Memorial Day weekend in Philly

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Delaware River Waterfront Matt Stanley/DRWC

View of the Penn's Landing Marina.

Celebrating the unofficial start to summer in the City of Brotherly Love?

Below are festivals, beer gardens, exhibit openings, concerts and more things to do on Memorial Day weekend in Philly.

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Brews & Views: May Edition

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Looking out at the city from the Free Library of Philadelphia's rooftop during Brews & Views summer 2017.

Kick-start your Memorial Day weekend with extended happy hour on the rooftop of the Free Library of Philadelphia's Parkway Central branch. 

May's Brews & Views dates will be Tuesday, May 22, through Thursday, May 24. From 5 to 9 p.m., enjoy beer, wine, cocktails and snacks.

No tickets required to attend. Just pay-as-you-go for all food and drink.

1901 Vine St., Philadelphia, PA 19103

Sail Philadelphia

A five-day celebration honoring the sailing community and Philadelphia's maritime heritage will begin Thursday, May 24. 

Nearly a dozen tall ships will sail to Philadelphia's waterfront along the Delaware River on the opening date.

Through May, 28, you'll have the unique opportunity to explore U.S. and international tall ships while they're docked at Penn's Landing, or you can hop aboard one for a trip down the Delaware River.

Part of Sail Philadelphia’s waterfront festival programming will also be a fireworks show on Saturday, May 26, at 9 p.m.

Parks on Tap at FDR Park

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A pint of Parks Pale Ale by St. Benjamin's Brewing at Parks on Tap.

Each week, Parks on Tap travels to a different Philadelphia park. Over Memorial Day weekend, the beer garden will pop up at FDR Park in South Philadelphia.

It will be there from Wednesday, May 23, through Monday, May 28. There will be seating and tables, games, restrooms and a menu of beer, barbecue, salads and snacks. 

Parks on Tap is both family-friendly and dog-friendly.

1500 Pattison Ave. and South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19145

Movie Night at The Schmidt's Commons

Catch a free screening of "Thor: Ragnarok" on Thursday, May 24, at The Schmidt's Commons. 

The movie will begin at 7 p.m. in the outdoor piazza. Just remember to bring a lawn chair or blanket.

1001 N. Second St., Philadelphia, PA 19123

Admiral's Tavern Opening Weekend

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Admiral's Tavern is located on Cruiser Olympia at Independence Seaport Museum.

Independence Seaport Museum announced that its pop-up beer garden on Cruiser Olympia will return this summer for a second season. 

Over Memorial Day weekend, you can hop aboard the ship. The beer garden will be open Thursday, May 24, through Sunday, May 27.

211 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Photo Pop Philly

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Two of Amberella's Goth Hearts on the exterior wall of One Shot Coffee in Northern Liberties.

A five-room, pop-up exhibit is opening Memorial Day weekend, featuring the work of local artists. Inside will be one-of-a-kind pieces that can't be seen anywhere else.

For $25, you'll get one hour in the space to take as many photos as you please and hopefully get that perfect Instagram shot (discounts available for military with ID).

1315 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19107

Bok Bar Opening

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Looking north from Bok Bar in South Philadelphia.

Bok Bar will open for the 2018 season on Thursday, May 24. Enjoy skyline views, while sipping beer, wine or a cocktail.

The rooftop bar is only open to those 21-plus, with the exception of Sundays when children and dogs are welcome.

800 Mifflin St., Philadelphia PA 19148

Night Race at Morris Arboretum

Join in an evening 5K run or 2K walk at Morris Arboretum on Thursday, May 24. 

The course will loop through the grounds, which features outdoor sculptures and lush greenery. At the finish line, there will be an after-party with a beer garden and tables of Philly foods.

Registration is $25-$60 per person.

100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19118

Pop-Up Beer Garden at Mutter Museum

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The Mutter Museum's outdoor space will become a beer garden.

The Mutter Museum is kicking off the long weekend with a party in its Benjamin Rush Medicinal Plant Garden on Thursday, May 24.

Tickets are $12. Included is access to the pop-up beer garden, plus the full museum. Attendees can sip on sangria then step inside to check out the skeletons. 

19 S. 22nd St., Philadelphia, PA 19103

Twilight in the Gardens at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

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Philadelphia's Magic Gardens is a place you need to see for yourself, with personality all its own.

May's Twilight in the Gardens at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens will take place on Friday, May 25. 

At the after-hours event, visitors will be treated to live music, craft-making and a tour of the mosaicked space. The event is also BYOB, so go ahead and bring your favorite beer or wine, as well as a blanket.

Tickets are available here.

1020 South St., Philadelphia, PA 19147

'Xtreme Bugs' Opening at Academy of Natural Sciences

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A larger-than-life Madagascar hissing cockroach in Xtreme Bugs lets visitors see what makes the species so successful in real life.

Families can check out a new exhibit at the Academy of Natural Science of Drexel University, beginning Saturday, May 26.

"Xtreme Bugs" will feature nearly 20 giant, moving, hissing, clicking insects from around the world. 

There will be an 18-feet-long, wiggling centipede and a 12-feet-tall, hissing orchid mantis among the supersize bugs.

Tickets to "Xtreme Bugs" are $20.95 for children and $24.95 for adults.

1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19103

The Philly POPS Memorial Salute at the Mann

The Philly POPS' third annual Comcast NBCUniversal Memorial Salute at the Mann Center, a community concert honoring those who serve, will take place on Saturday, May 26.

Tickets are free but registration is required. The concert begins at 7 p.m.

5201 Parkside Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19131

Fireworks & Fountains: Sounds of Summer

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After the sun goes down, watch a colorful fountain show.

On Saturday, May 26, Longwood Gardens will present a special, nighttime fountain show.

It will be set to popular, summertime anthems from artists like The Beach Boys, The Go-Go's and Justin Timberlake.

Recently, the Main Fountain Garden underwent a $90 million revitalization project. It's one of the main draws to the Kennett Square property, which includes more than 1,000 acres of gardens, woodlands and meadows.

Tickets are $18-$50.

1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348

HoagieNation Festival

Hall & Oates are once again hosting a hoagie-themed music festival at Festival Pier. There will be lots of food, drink and live music. 

Among the artists performing on Saturday, May 26, are Train and Fitz and the Tantrums.

Get tickets to the festival here.

601 N. Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19123

Yoga on the Moshulu Kick-Off

Starting Sunday, May 27, there will be yoga every Sunday on the deck of the Moshulu this summer. Yoga will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. and is $10 to join (cash only).

The four-masted tall ship is docked at the Delaware River waterfront. If you stay aboard for brunch after the workout, enjoy 15 percent off.

401 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19106

Memorial Day Parade, Service and Reception at Laurel Hill Cemetery

On Sunday, May 27, all are invited to gather in Laurel Hill Cemetery to honor all veterans who fell defending the nation.

Wreath-laying, speeches and honor guards will enhance the ceremony. The event is free and begins at noon.

3822 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19132