Five Reasons Philadelphia is just THAT awesome!

Five Reasons Philadelphia is just THAT awesome!

It’s Philly 5 Friday time! We’re giving you FIVE reasons why Philadelphia is just THAT awesome!

This weekend, it’s Mother’s Day. What a better way to tell mom you love her than spending time with her! Here are some great ideas and 5 things that you can only get right here in the great city of Philadelphia.


Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta

The Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta is the largest collegiate regatta (rowing or crew competition) in the U.S. Over 100 colleges and universities and thousands of athletes compete on the Schuylkill River. The Dad Vail Regatta, celebrating its 75th Anniversary and marking its diamond jubilee this year, brings teams from all over the world to compete over two days. The finish line for all races is at the grandstand. This event takes place Friday, May 10th & Saturday, May 11th from 7am-5pm. Dad Vail is FREE to watch so bring mom, your family and friends, and enjoy outside in the beautiful weekend weather!

Pennsylvania Ballet

Pennsylvania Ballet is one of the nation’s leading ballet companies. Headquartered in Philadelphia, the company’s annual local season features six programs of classic favorites and new works, including the Philadelphia holiday tradition The Nutcracker. This weekend, Christopher Wheeldon’s charming Carnival of the Animals is featured. Show times are as follows: Friday – 7:30pm, Saturday – 2:00 & 8:000pm, and Sunday – 2:00pm at the Academy of Music. The story follows the dream of a boy, asleep in the American Museum of Natural History. Wild creatures emerge, and hilarious antics ensue. With witty narration written by Tony-Award winning actor John Lithgow, Carnival unfolds to the well-known Camille Saint-Saëns score.

Philadelphia Orchestra

Founded in 1900, the Philadelphia Orchestra is one of the “Big Five” American orchestras. The orchestra’s home is the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts where it performs its subscription concerts, numbering over 130, in Verizon Hall. This weekend, shows can be enjoyed on Friday at 2pm and Saturday at 8pm. The Orchestra enjoys a historic connection with the great Finnish master Jean Sibelius–Stokowski led the U.S. premieres of his last three symphonies. Simon Rattle conducts the final two, together without interruption. Musical mega-star and Curtis graduate Lang Lang performs Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto, a revolutionary work that foreshadowed the Romantic era in music, plus a kinetic work by young American composer Andrew Norman. The title “Unstuck” refers to the moment when he overcame writers block and began composing at a furious pace.

Peter Nero and the Philly Pops

With two-time Grammy Award-winning pianist Peter Nero at the helm, Peter Nero and the Philly Pops is an entity that consistently brings an enthusiastic response from its audience. Now in its 30th year, The Philly Pops is a one-of-a kind orchestra that authentically performs a wide variety of musical genres. The POPS boasts a blend of talented musicians from the musically rich Philadelphia region; consistently bring audiences to their feet with exhilarating performances. Check out Super POPS Broadway this weekend. Playing the tunes you want in the style you love — this time with a Broadway twist. Peter and the Philly POPS orchestra take center stage with classic, timeless Broadway. Showtimes are Friday at 8pm and Saturday and Sunday at 3pm.

Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens is one of the premier botanical gardens in the United States and located in Kennett Square in the Brandywine Creek Valley. Consisting of over 1,077 acres of gardens, woodlands, and meadows, it is open to visitors year-round to enjoy exotic plants and horticulture (both indoor and outdoor), events and performances, seasonal and themed attractions, as well as take part in educational lectures, courses, and workshops. This weekend, treat mom to a day of beauty, fine food and entertainment at Longwood Gardens. Delight in acres of fragrant and colorful spring blossoms, and relaxing music in the Conservatory. They have a Mother’s Day buffet on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm.




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