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What's Happening in:  South Philadelphia West 

6th Annual Saint Pio Festival – today through Sunday

Your chance for a photo op with Super Bowl-winner Jason Kelce!

The 6th Annual Saint Pio Festival takes place today through Sunday May 20th at St. Pio Catholic Regional School, 1826 Pollock Street.  The festival kicks off at 6pm and features Italian food and desserts, amusement rides, games, and carnival treats like cotton candy. On Sunday you’ll have a chance to meet the Eagle’s Jason Kelce and other stars including Jack Griffo, from the Nickelodeon series The Thundermans.

The event is a fundraiser for St. Pio School, located next to St. Richard of Chichester Church.  Rev. Michael Reilly, Pastor of the church and administrator of the school, explained that “the festival started as a small event for our school families and the local community, but it’s grown each year. We come together to show support for continuing Catholic education in our area – and to have some fun.”

Festival organizer Janine Massi added, “This is our 6th annual festival. We’ve added new activities and entertainment each year to become bigger and better.”  Massi said the festival attracts visitors from Delaware County, Center City, Northeast Philly, New Jersey and Delaware, “We raise money for our school and have a whole lot of fun doing it thanks to our board members, sponsors and volunteers!”

Two special guests will help the school raise additional funds.  On Saturday, May 19th, Jack Griffo, who plays Max on The Thundermans, will participate in a photo op.  Tickets are available here.  On Sunday, May 19th, the Eagle’s Jason Kelce will appear at the festival from 6:30-8:00pm.  Tickets are available for a photo shoot with Kelce here (sorry folks, no autographs).

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What's Happening in:  Bella Vista :  Passyunk Square 

Italian Market Festival returns – with a challenge to Eagles fans!

The South 9th Street Italian Market Festival returns this Saturday May 19th and Sunday May 20th from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  The event will fill 9th Street between Wharton and Fitzwater streets with family fun, fine food, outstanding crafts, live music, and Italian traditions like the Procession of Saints. This year’s festival also promises to help supply fresh vegetables to local schools, assist students struggling with dyslexia, and presents a challenge to diehard Eagles fans from South Philly and beyond!

Italian flags on sweet treats. Photo by the Italian Market Festival.

Pat’s King of Steaks, and its Spread the Whiz Foundation, is sponsoring the “Spread the Whiz Zone.” As festival executive director Michelle Gambino explains, “it’s all about teaching kids to give back to the community by playing with their food!” Children will be able to make their own cannoli to take home – if it makes it that far. Proceeds will fund a garden at a local school that will grow produce for use in the school’s cafeteria. The Zone will also feature a balloon artist, raffles and live entertainment.  Continue Reading →

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What's Happening in:  All over South Philly 

Upcoming Events: 2 Italian festivals, 2 beer fests, and more!

Thursday, May 17

  • 7 pm – 8:30 pm. Enjoy a little night music as the Jazz in Hawthorne Park Summer Concert Series returns to the park at 1201 Catharine Street. You’re welcome to bring lawn chairs, beach chairs, picnic baskets and friends to these free concerts. Hosted by Jazz Bridge. Rain date: May 24th.

Friday, May 18

Saturday, May 19

Wheat Beer Fest. Photo by South Philadelphia Tap Room.

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What's Happening in:  Point Breeze 

You’ve never met a NICEr group

By C.T. Liotta

NICE, Neighbors Investing in Childs Elementary, helps support excellent education for all children in the George W. Childs Elementary School catchment area. This Sunday, May 20th, NICE will host the first of what it hopes will become an annual fundraiser, A NICE Night. Billed as an elegant evening to gather, socialize and support public education, the event will take place at On Point Bistro, 1200 Point Breeze Ave. Chef Juan Lopez will provide heavy hors d’oeuvres.

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What's Happening in:  All over South Philly 

Weekend Primer – a bevy of flea markets west of Broad, and a whole lotta other stuff to do.

Each week we strive to provide you with a comprehensive list of weekend activities in South Philly.  Did we miss your event?  Do you have an upcoming event you’d like us to post? Please email us at and we’ll be happy to add it.

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Assorted dates & times. Love Your Park WeekCity-wide park cleanup events, including many in South Philadelphia. Check out your volunteer options at


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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Free Comic Book Day!

What began as a way for retailers to revive interest in comic books has since turned into an annual, worldwide event. Free Comic Book Day is typically held on the first Saturday of May. The East Passyunk Community Center Advisory Council’s 3rd annual Free Comic Book Day will be held this Saturday, May 12th from 11am to 1pm.

Co-sponsored by Alphabet Academy and Brave New Worlds Comics, the Center uses the comic book give-away to focus on reading.  “Our primary intention was to use comic book day to promote literacy. We ask parents to stay and read the comic to their children, or if the parents aren’t fluent in English, that the children read to them,” said Joseph F. Marino, the Advisory Council’s President.

The first 100 children will receive a free comic book of their choice. A variety of free comic books will be distributed including LEGO, Barbie, Archie, Casper, and assorted superheroes.

Children will also have the opportunity to transform into their favorite comic book character at the face painting station and have their photo taken with special guest, Wolverine.

“I really like comic books,” Nathan Dean, an after-school student at East Passyunk Community Center said, “I’m really excited to see everything that will be there.”

East Passyunk Community Center is located at 1025 Mifflin Street.


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