Mexican Week

It's Mexican Week all weekend in Philadelphia. Make sure you add some culture to your social calendar. | Image courtesy: Visit Philadelphia

We get five days to celebrate Mexican culture right here in Philadelphia? How could we not make that this week’s main event? 

This kicked off Wednesday and runs through the weekend with the raising of the Mexican flag outside City Hall this Friday, May 3.

Over the next few days, discussions regarding heritage, cultures and more will be on display throughout several events across the city. Of course, all of this wouldn’t be complete without the opportunity to try authentic Mexican cuisine over and over again, the first being a food demonstration at Magic Gardens on May 3 as well.

This week will be fun for all ages as there are arts and crafts, games and other events for children to check out. We were intrigued at what an Alebrije means to the Mexican culture, now both your kids and the kid in you can check out an exhibit of these imaginary spirit animals created entirely out of papier mache at the Barnes on Sunday, May 5.

All of what we just mentioned is a mere sampling of what you can expect from an event that continues to grow in popularity in the City of Brotherly Love.

WHAT: Semana Mexicana (Mexican Week 2019); WHEN: May 1-5.; COST: Prices vary.; WHERE: Various locations; MORE: mexicanculturalcenter.org/mexican-week-2019/

FRIDAY, MAY 3

LGBT | Cabaret Sauvignon

Celebrate the one year anniversary of drag queen Lili St. Queer’s one woman show. Apparently an “amateur alcoholic,” St. Queer is motivated by her inebriation as she plays her piano and twirls all over the stage. We could only imagine that this is a high-energy, provocative show by a fierce queen. | 8 pm. $10. Franky Bradley’s, 1320 Chancellor St. eventbrite.com

Music | Red Not Chili Peppers

It’s not a typo - these guys really aren’t RHCP. But they definitely have their stage presence, sound and essence -  minus all the drug abuse, probably. You shouldn’t pass up a chance to see them play with Somebody Else’s Sky, a Pearl Jam tribute band. | 8:30 pm. Prices vary. Tir na Nog Irish Bar & Grill, 1600 Arch St. bandsintown.com

LGBT | Gender Queery

The best trans and nonbinary drag show where you can feel free to be yourself. Complete with special celebrity appearances from Beary Tyler Moore and Paula Deen White, you womxn won’t want to miss out on dancing all night and being inspired by fabulous performances. But if you can’t make it, don’t worry - this jawn will be going on every First Friday. | 8 pm. Prices vary. Stir, 1705 Chancellor St. eventbrite.com

Interests | Annual Pottery Sale

Simply collect some clay works of art. You probably don’t need any of it, but you have to show support to students and artists that have donated their work. You would easily spend your money on some shit at Ikea, so why not give it to local artists who deserve it more? | 12 pm. Free. The Clay Studio, 137 N. 2nd St. facebook.com

Shopping | Girls Night Out

Gather all your lady friends for an expensive stroll around Chestnut Hill. Buy shit from stores with pink balloons outside and earn raffle tickets for the after party and drawing. It’s a pretty good excuse to just get lost in the city and spend all your money. | 5 pm. Prices vary. Locations vary. facebook.com

Interests | Strange Salon: An Evening of Witchery

Crowd into a comfortable odd shop and listen to some works of witch-erature. Local artists will have witchy jewelry on display, and there will be plenty of magick in the air. | 6:30 pm. Free. The Spiral Staircase, 112 Cotton St. facebook.com

Food | Rita’s National Italian Ice Day

We’re not sponsored. We just really don’t want you to miss out on some free ice - you know that shit is delicious. Get it from any Rita’s in Philly. | 12 pm. Free. Locations vary. facebook.com

Performance | Nerdy by Nature Open Mic

Unload all that nerdy knowledge that’s been suppressed by your friends that never wanted to hear it. Cosplay and participate in a variety show where you can bring whatever geeky talent you have. As long as it’s entertaining - and again, nerdy - it’s welcome on stage. | 8 pm. $5. Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, 2578 Frankford Ave. facebook.com

SATURDAY, MAY 4

Music | The Strumbellas

The only band we’ve seen be described as “farm emo.” We have no fucking clue what that means, but it sounds awesome. It sounds like you’re gonna simultaneously want to giddy up and cry about your problems, which honestly seems like a great time. | 8:30 pm. $25. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. etix.com

Festival | South Street Spring Festival

The opening day of the annual festival that inaugurates Philly spring. Drink, dance and see the largest maypole in the city. We couldn’t think of an event more true to the Philly spirit - except for maybe the Super Bowl parade. Go Birds. 11 am. Free. South Street Headhouse District, 200 Pine St. facebook.com

Party | Drexel Holi Bash

This celebration of the colorful Indian holiday is open to everyone who wants to party. Mark the beginning of spring as you throw some colors in the air. Your roommates will just hate you afterwards when you stain the shower rainbow. | 11 am. Free. Drexel Park, 3100 Powelton Ave. facebook.com

Festival | Bold Women & Beer Festival

You already know what it is. The first of its kind, this is a day dedicated to the delicious beers from female-led breweries. Four badass bands led by women will also be the stars of the show as they own the stage. Seems like a proper party for all these powerful women. | 1 pm. $45. Love City Brewing Company, 1023 Hamilton St. eventbrite.com

Food | Port Richmond Pierogi Fest

Do we really need to break this one down for you? There’s seriously nothing better than some homemade pierogies from people who know what the fuck they’re doing. Leave it to the chefs to stuff you with only the best and most authentic little dumplings of heavenly deliciousness. | 12 pm. Free. Campbell Square, 2535 E. Allegheny Ave. facebook.com

Party | TrapQuila

Trap music and tequila had a baby - and it’s this party. We don’t really need to tell you anything more to convince you to go. Twerk and get tipsy, because you have no excuses not to. | 10 pm. Free. Stats on 17th, 111 S. 17th St. eventbrite.com

Learn | I Love Me: The Self Love Summit

RuPaul’s famous catchphrase follows us in everything we do: “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else?” Harness that inner love and put yourself above all else at this event. | 7 pm. $80. Renaissance Philadelphia Airport Hotel, 500 Stevens Dr. eventbrite.com

Family Fun | Science Carnival on the Parkway

This blowout is the wrap-up to the Philadelphia Science Festival.You will actually have fun and learn valuable information at the same time. That’s what school wishes it could do. | 10 am. Free. The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St. fi.edu

SUNDAY, MAY 5

Party | Cinco de Mayo Block Party

You gotta do more than just go out to eat on Cinco de Mayo, especially since it’s on a Sunday this year. Start the party early and keep it going all day. Surround yourself with actual Mexican heritage - you should never miss a chance to celebrate another culture, anyway. | 11 am. Free. El Rey, 2013 Chestnut St. facebook.com

Music | Earth Crisis

The band considers this show to be “long overdue,” so you know this shit’s gonna be packed and that pit is gonna be moving. Call on the holy spirit to help you survive the night as you dodge punches from huge guys with neckbeards. 2 pm. $20. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St. brownpapertickets.com

Event | Philly Girls Jump 2019 Season Jump Off

This is an event for all the double dutch divas out there. Honestly, we don’t know many experts of this craft. Maybe you don’t either, and maybe you’ll find a strong community of women you could jump with, which is exactly what you should get from going to this event. | 2 pm. Free. Awbury Park, 6101 Ardleigh St. eventbrite.com

Food | Street Car Cookout

Not your typical Cinco de Mayo event, but a proper celebration, nonetheless. Eat some food while you gawk at some nice cars. We’re all for these events that fulfill our most simple pleasures. | 7 pm. Free. KleanFleet Truck & Auto Wash, 2250 E. Ontario St. facebook.com

Food & Drink | Rose Wine Tasting Brunch

Another one that just speaks directly to our hearts. Find the perfect Rose for spring and treat yourself to a good ol’ Sunday brunch. We’re not bougie enough to have a seasonal wine favorite - we just drink from whatever bottle we can find on sale - but maybe you are. | 2 pm. $55. The Victoria Freehouse, 10 S. Front St. brownpapertickets.com

Learn | Wax Play

It’s time to get hot and sticky. We have no clue what wax play is, but we can only assume that it’s pretty self-explanatory. Whether you know what it is or not, you can safely learn how to do it here. | 4 pm. $20. Kink Shoppe, 126 Market St. brownpapertickets.com

Music | Tribute to Weird Al Yankovic

Artists covering Weird Al songs seems like such a silly concept. Yankovic’s songs are already parody covers, and then artists will be doing covers of his covers. Silliness is the goal of this show, so it’s actually all very fitting. | 7 pm. $12. Philadelphia Folksong Society, 6156 Ridge Ave. eventbrite.com

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