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What to Do This Weekend Around Philadelphia: May 17-19, 2013

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What's there to do in the Philadelphia region, including some options in the suburbs, this weekend, May 17-19? For starters, it's a big weekend for the Phillies and festivals. Saturday is also Super Adoption Day on the Walnut Street Pier at Penn's Landing. Read on for more of your weekend options.

Cincinnati Reds vs. Philadelphia Phillies

Friday, May 17, 7:05 p.m.; Saturday, May 18, 4:05 p.m.; Sunday, May 19, 1:35 p.m.

Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia

Friday is the first of three home games against the Reds, but what's special about the Friday game is that it's the Irish Heritage Celebration, featuring Irish foods, live music, and Irish dance demonstrations. Cliff Lee starts for the Phils on Friday, Kyle Kendrick takes the mound on Saturday, and rookie Jonathan Pettibone looks to extend his 3-0 record on Sunday.


Friday, May 17, 8 p.m.

The Electric Factory

421 N. Seventh St., Philadelphia


Headquartered in Maryland, Clutch is touring to promote their latest album, "Earth Rocker," which was released on March 19. They'll only be in Philadelphia for one show before moving on. Opening for Clutch are groups Lionize and The Sword. Lionize, a reggae/rock band, is also out of Maryland. The Sword is a heavy metal group from Austin.

Tom Jones

Friday, May 17, 8 p.m.

Theater of the Living Arts

334 South St., Philadelphia


If hardcore rock isn't your cup of tea, perhaps Tom Jones is. Yes, he's still turning out music at 70 years of age. He's appearing at the Theater of the Living Arts this Friday night, promoting his latest album, "Spirit in the Room." The album has been gaining praise far and wide, described as "simply stunning," "a beautiful album," and "magnificent."


Friday, May 17, 8 p.m.; Saturday, May 18, 2 p.m., 8 p.m.; Sunday, May 19, 2 p.m., 7 p.m.

Walnut Street Theatre

825 Walnut St., Philadelphia

From $10

This is the first weekend for the classic musical at the Walnut Street Theatre, which is running the show through mid-July. See your favorite songs from "Grease" performed up close in this intimate setting.

Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires

Friday, May 17, 8:30 pm

Union Transfer

1026 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia


Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, from Brooklyn, is a soul band touring to promote their latest album, "Victim of Love." Opening for the band is Paul & The Tall Trees, previously known as Pablo.

Family Fun Festival

Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Johnson's Corner Farm

133 Church Road, Medford, NJ

$5 wristband

This festival benefits the Armed Forces Heritage House. In addition to the usual activities offered at the farm (such as hayrides, the animal farm, and the Discovery Barn), there will be a Black Hawk helicopter landing and display; Civil War, WWII, and Korean War reenactors; military vehicles on display; a K-9 unit demo; a performance by the Cherry Hill School of Rock; and, of course, child activities like face painting, jugglers, and balloon art.

With Love: Super Adoption Day 2013

Saturday, May 18, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Walnut Street Pier, Penns Landing, Philadelphia

Organized by Citizens for a No-Kill Philadelphia, this is one of the largest pet adoption events in the Philadelphia area. The event features shopping, music, food and refreshments, raffles, prizes, and special guests, with nearly 30 animal rescue groups in attendance.

The South Ninth Street Italian Market Festival

Saturday-Sunday, May 18-19, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Italian Market Visitor Center

919 S. Ninth St., Philadelphia

Billed as "Philadelphia's Largest Block Party," there will be the Annual Procession of the Saints; entertainment including music, a magician, balloon art, and face painting; crafts; displays by local artisans; a halfball tournament; and more -- but most especially, food of all sorts.

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival

Saturday, May 18, 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

Walnut Street between 19th and Broad; 18th Street between Locust and Sansom, Philadelphia

Join 50,000 people for what's called "Philadelphia's most upscale festival," with food, shopping, kids activities, and entertainment. Walnut Street will be closed to cars so festival-goers can enjoy food from Rittenhouse Row restaurants, vendor booth, demonstrations, wine tastings, music, cocktails, and more. Rain or shine.

Trenton Avenue Arts Festival

Saturday, May 18, 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

Trenton Avenue and East Susquehanna, Philadelphia

Enjoy more than 200 local arts and food vendors in support of East Kensington projects and revitalization. Check out the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby, featuring human-powered vehicle/sculptures in a parade that starts at noon.


Saturday, May 18, 8:30 p.m.

The Electric Factory

421 N. Seventh St., Philadelphia


Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, Soja is touring to promote their latest album, "Strength to Survive," their fourth full-length album. Also touring with Soja are John Brown's Body and Los Rakas. Los Rakas, out from California, offers a unique mix of reggae, hip-hop, Latin, and experimental sounds.

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