Dad Vail Regatta
“The Dad Vail Regatta” was named after famous rowing coach Harry Emerson ”Dad” Vail, a long-time coach at the University of Wisconsin. Vail’s strong beliefs and passion for the sport ushered in the modern day Dad Vail Regatta and inspires the hundreds of colleges and universities that come to compete.” This two-day race, which involves around 3,500 athletes from more than 100 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada are set to compete in the Dad Vail Regatta. This is the largest collegiate regatta in the nation, which Philadelphia has been celebrating for 73 years. The event is held on the Schuylkill River in Fairmount Park, which is one of the most famous and scenic rowing routes in the world. Crowds can reach up to more than 10,000 spectators.
Schuylkill River at 100 Bridge Street
Friday, May 13 through 14
“What Good is an Old Map in the Age of Mapquest?”
Join Dr. Daniel Traister, Curator for Research Services at Penn’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and map collector Jack Sosiak to explore what 16th and 17th century maps of European cities offer that Mapquest cannot. The evening will include a thirty-minute lecture, followed by reception and viewing of current exhibition, “Renaissance City Views from Above and Afar.” Between 1572 and 1617, Georg Braun, editor, and Franz Hogenberg, engraver, produced the “Civitates Orbis Terrarum,” a multi-volume collection of views of cities of the world published to complement the first modern atlas, Abraham Ortelius’ “Theatrum Orbis Terrarum,” a map collection first published in 1570. Collector Jack Sosiak’s large group of Braun and Hogenberg’s city views is exhibited, together with related city views from Penn’s own collections. This exhibition is presented in conjunction with a gathering of contributors to the Oxford Handbook on Cities in History.
Van-Pelt Dietrich Library Center at 3420 Walnut Street
Friday, May 13 at 4:30 p.m.
Scavenger Hunt in Center City Philly: The Game Launch Promo
Join Stray Boots for a scavenger hunt around Center City! Receive challenges by text message right on your own cell phone. Explore the city’s coolest spots to complete them and learn fun facts about Philly as you go. From City Hall to the Academy of Fine Arts, you’ll see some of the Philly’s most iconic landmarks. But you’ll also discover some of the City’s cool, hidden spots. Ride an old-time trolley car, spot gargoyles and old engravings, unscramble hidden messages, and much more. From Reading Terminal Market to crazy murals, you’ll spend the day surrounded by Philly’s best sights, sounds and smells. This event is Stray Boots’ inaugural kickoff for Philly: The Game-The Scavenger Hunt Tour, an experience that can be enjoyed anytime, any day of the week from your own cell phone. After great success with The Game in NYC, Boston and Vegas, Stray Boots is now bringing this unique experience to Philadelphia and invites you to celebrate! This promo hunt will be followed by a happy hour.
North Side of City Hall at N Broad St & Kennedy Blvd
Saturday, May 14 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Art Star Craft Bazaar
The Art Star Craft Bazaar is an outdoor retail art/craft show that is hosted by Philadelphia’s Art Star Gallery & Boutique. Over 100 local and national artists have been chosen to set up shop and sell their wares along the beautiful waterfront at Penn’s Landing. Shoppers can expect high quality handmade goods that reflect the unique and often quirky aesthetic of Art Star, set against the backdrop of the sparkling Delaware River. Art Star has hand selected a diverse collection of artists that create anything and everything, including housewares, paper goods, dolls, prints, ceramics, clothing, accessories, paintings/drawings, sculpture and many other one-of-a-kind curiosities. All items have been handmade from a variety of mediums that include fabric, clay, glass, wood, paper and much more.
Penn’s Landing at Columbus Boulevard between Walnut Street and Chestnut Street
Saturday, May 14 through May 15 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Taste of the Belle Fridays
The largest vessel of its kind on the east coast, the Philadelphia Belle provides unique water views of Philadelphia’s spectacular skyline and historic landmarks. Taste of the Belle Fridays is a fun, Philly-inspired happy hour cruise.The cruise includes an unlimited array of hors d’oeuvres inspired by Stephen Starr Events, a selection of local beers and wines and the sultry sounds of Philadelphia International Records’ “The Sound of Philadelphia.” Guests will also enjoy one of the best views in Philadelphia from the relaxed atmosphere of the Belle’s open-air, rooftop deck from which Philadelphia’s spectacular skyline and historic landmarks are framed.
Pier 3 at Penn’s Landing
Every Friday through August 26 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Cost $39.95 per person