The 5th Annual Maifest by Brauhaus Schmitz will take over the 700 block of South Street with food, drinks, dancers and live music, all free and open to the public; limited VIP tickets are available now. Open to the public, Maifest has quickly become a beloved annual South Street Spring Festival tradition of food, drinks and live music. Maifest t is free to attend, with pay-as-you-go food and beer, and limited VIP Tickets.
Chinese Lantern Festival – They’re silk, illuminated and super-sized. Led by the 200-foot-long dragon, 29 sculptures take over Franklin Square for the second year of this popular festival, which also features Chinese dancers, acrobats and crafts, plus the popular dragon-side beer garden. May 9-June 11, 2017. 6th & Race Streets, (215) 629-4026, phillychineselanternfestival.
Eastern State Penitentiary – The wondrous prison-turned-museum offers first-ever public tours of its Hospital Block after a series of stabilization projects have made the medical wing safe for visitors. Among the spaces are an operation room, laboratories, X-ray lab and solarium—some still contain original medical artifacts. 2027 Fairmount Avenue, (215) 236-3300, easternstate.org
Philadelphia, PA - The Speakeasy, hosted by the newly rebranded Young Professionals of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (YPALSF), returns Saturday, April 22 at 8 PM at the Pyramid Club. The annual prohibition-themed mixology event is back and better than ever to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF). Since 2012, the Speakeasy has raised more than $100,000 for ALSF and childhood cancer research.