Italian Market

Great food, drink and greasy poles is the name of the game all weekend in South Philly, courtesy of the annual South 9th Street Italian Market Festival. | Image courtesy: VISIT Philadelphia

The most extravagant display of Italian culture and its influence in Philly is once again going down all weekend.

This annual party along South 9th Street is driven by authentic food, music and arrives complete with a greased pole climbing contest. The celebration doesn’t get completely lost in the (pasta) sauce, though. On Sunday, the time-honored tradition of the Roman Catholic Procession of Saints – in which church parishioners walk through the neighborhood holding statues of saints – is scheduled to take place.

We’re not sure how anyone is going to climb a pole after stuffing themselves with alcohol and food, but suppose that’s part of what makes this festival definitely worth checking out. The half-ball tournament seems pretty dope, too – it’s like baseball, but the ball’s literally cut in half and you use a broomstick to hit it.

We love how this festival stays true to Philly traditions.

It’s why we’ll see you there.

WHAT: South 9th Street Italian Market Festival WHEN: May 18-19 COST: Prices vary WHERE: 919 S. 9th St.  MORE: italianmarketfestival.com

FRIDAY, MAY 17

Fundraiser | Give After Dark

You should give whenever you can, but after dark is a pretty good time to do it. Wander through Reading after hours and be enticed by the open bar and by the entertainment provided. All the money you spend will go towards homeless families, so don’t be so conservative. | 7:30 pm. $150. Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th St. voadv.org

Music | Rodrigo y Gabriela

This acoustic duo has a history of selling out venues, like Red Rocks and the Royal Albert Hall. They’re also no stranger to success - they were invited by President Obama to perform at a reception for the President of Mexico in 2010. Their intense strums hit deep through speakers, so we could only imagine how impactful their live performances are. | 8 pm. $40. Franklin Music Hall, 421 N. 7th St. facebook.com

Party | Fistful of Kisses

Get hit in the face with some queer bops for a good cause. This is a monthly dance party that gives all donations earned to a different charity each month. This month’s charity is the Philadelphia Dyke March - an annual rally for the visibility of self-identified dykes. | 10 pm. Free. Dahlak Paradise, 4708 Baltimore Ave. facebook.com

Comedy | Rob Lowe

Where do we even begin with this guy? From “The Outsiders” to “Parks and Recreation,” Lowe has cemented himself in our memories. Remember that sex tape, too? Pretty legendary, but he probably doesn’t want you to remember that, so just try not to bring it up if you go to see him. | 8 pm. $49. Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St. kimmelcenter.org

LGBTQ | The Wedding of Ruby and Sapphire

We are gathered here today to join some drag queens for a sickening show. Your ticket price also gets you some free wedding cake. Dress in your formal best for this celebration of love. | 10 pm. $20. The Victoria Freehouse, 10 S. Front St. eventbrite.com

Music | Tash Sultana

The one-person band is here to make you wonder, “how the fuck do they do all that?” Sultana literally makes it look all too easy by taking on guitar, vocals, synth and keys all by themselves. The hard work effortlessly pays off in harmony to create a dreamy universe of poppy soft rock in every song. | 8 pm. $29.50. The Met Philly, 858 N. Broad St. facebook.com

Music | The Floozies

Your favorite whores have rolled into town. This band of brothers is dedicated to getting funkier with every set they play. As evident through their latest 2018 single “I Want It All,” this duo’s music is uninhibited electro craziness. | 8:30 pm. $20. Theatre of the Living Arts, 334 South St. facebook.com

Dance | PHLeX: Philadelphia Lindy Hop Exchange

Dance all weekend long to the talented stylings of local jazz musicians. Force someone to dance with you and you could make a new friend. Good music is simply supposed to get you moving, so if any of these bands playing are any good, you’ll be bouncing off the walls the whole weekend. | 8 pm. Prices vary. Locations vary. phlex.club

SATURDAY, MAY 18

Party | Pon De Barbary

Some reggae, some Sean Paul, a little Major Lazer. This is one of those dance parties you don’t have to feel guilty about getting too lit at. The host - There’s Drinking to Be Done - already knows what you’re going to be doing at this party. | 10 pm. $5-$7. The Barbary, 951 Frankford Ave. facebook.com

Party | Bloom & Bass Pool Party

Now that the sun is coming out, you should be, too. Daybreaker is here to remind you that dance parties are scientifically proven to benefit our health and happiness. Shake off that winter and early spring depression with a good game of Marco Polo. | 9 am. $15-$35. Vesper Day Club, 1031 Germantown Ave. daybreaker.com

Music | Addiction: Bach & Brown

Technology is fucking destroying us - not surprising. This is the world premiere of the musical performance “Phony,” which is about a couple meeting for dinner with nothing to talk about. It all relates to how addicted we are to modern technology. It hits pretty close to home, but if you wanna stay woke, you should probably check this out. | 8 pm. $30. Carpenter’s Historic Hall, 320 Chestnut St. eventbrite.com

Festival | Peddler’s Village Strawberry Festival

Forty-first time’s the charm. This annual festival celebrates all things about the juicy fruit. There will be the usual food, drinks and family friendly activities. If you aren’t absolutely sick of strawberries at the end, then you didn’t do it right. | 10 am. Free. Peddler’s Village, 2400 Street Rd. peddlersvillage.com

Party | Color(Scheme): A Queer Day Party

The newest party for queer and trans people of color. This jawn is really serious about people celebrating their identity while supporting other POC. There will be drinks, hip-hop and trap music, and a black art exhibition. Just show up and turn up for a great time. | 1:30 pm. $10. Haute Restaurant & Lounge, 1420 Locust St. eventbrite.com

Music | Lawn Jawn

Yup, that’s exactly what it is. To dig a little deeper, though, it’s a music and arts festival. Local bands and artists will be turning it out on a small area of grass on Drexel’s campus. Luckily, this is open to the public. | 1 pm. Free. Race Lawn, 3310 Race St. facebook.com

Interests | Spirit, Soul & Body Vendor Expo

It’s never enough to just take care of your physical body. This is the perfect event for anyone who needs to rejuvenate themselves completely. There will be several vendors here focused on helping you to heal your mind, body and spirit. | 1 pm. $20. Courtyard by Marriott, 4100 Presidential Blvd. eventbrite.com

Food & Drink | (Not Just) Wheat Beer Fest

Lots of local bands and breweries will be serving up their best at this fest. For a minute, we thought, “well, what other fucking kind of beer is there?” We’re guessing there will be some great beers offered for our gluten-free friends to enjoy. | 12 pm. Prices vary. South Philadelphia Tap Room, 1509 Mifflin St. facebook.com

SUNDAY, MAY 19

Party | Brunch So Hard

Motherfuckers ‘gon find you... on a boat, with a mimosa in your hand. This is a full on party aboard the Spirit of Philadelphia with drinks, games and live performances. That shit sound cray enough for you? | 11 am. $80. Spirit of Philadelphia, 401 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd. eventbrite.com

Music | Joe Jack Talcum

This guy’s fine like baby powder. He was the frontman of the punk band “The Dead Milkmen,” but he’s been flying solo for a while and blessing us with his guitar ever since. He’ll be splitting the bill with S.T.A.R.W.O.O.D and F. Woods and the Fellow Humans. Are you a human too? Well, perfect - this is just the show for you. | 4:30 pm. $10. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St. ticketfly.com

Music | Rock at the Troc

We’re shedding a tear for the fallen. You better come out to the last blowout show at the legendary theater. A fat bill of local bands, like The Three 4 Tens and Alright Junior, will be performing all day. | 2:15 pm. $15. The Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. ticketfly.com

Party | Nitty Gritty: Dirty Dancing 60s Dance Party

Maybe all the new music out is too shitty for you. Maybe the songs of the 50s and 60s are some of your guilty pleasures. Maybe you’re just old. We don’t really give a shit what your reason for coming out to this is. Just come out - you’ll have the time of your life. | 10 pm. $5. Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar, 254 S. 12th St. facebook.com

Party | The Thrifty Disco

This jawn seems pretty nifty. Philly AIDS will turn into a club after hours and three DJs from 97.1 WKDU will spin tracks. All the cash made from this night will be given to Bebashi Transition to Hope, a nonprofit focused on awareness for hunger relief and breast and sexual health. | 9 pm. Prices vary. Philly AIDS Thrift, 710 S. 5th St. facebook.com

Fundraiser | Cocktails for Kitties

Have a drink or two - for the sake of the cats. This is a fundraiser for the Stray Cat Relief Fund to celebrate all their efforts in taking care of cats and their successes. You basically have no soul if you don’t wanna come out and support this event. | 11 am. $40. Seer Interactive, 1033 N. 2nd St. eventbrite.com

Party | Yavideo’s The Cookout: Old Skool Edition

Throwing it back to the 80s and 90s for you old heads out there. This is so “old skool” that you have to be 25 and over to enter. You know the drill - 80s and 90s hip hop and R&B music, food and games. Grammy nominated artist Mr Cheeks will be performing, and there will be “Yatta Yatta punch,” whatever the hell that is. | 7 pm. $20. Mad Rex, 1000 Frankford Ave. eventbrite.com

Event | Claim Malcolm X Day

Gather with your community to celebrate X’s birthday at the park named in his honor. Guests speakers, live entertainment, and areas for children and wellness will fill up your day. Show your face and throw your fist in the air. | 12 pm. Free. Malcolm X Park, 400 S. 51st St. facebook.com

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