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Memorial Day Weekend: Things to Do in and Around Philly



    'World’s Biggest Bounce House' Hops Into Philly Suburbs

    Big Bounce America is bringing its record-breaking infaltible fun to Delaware County Memorial Day weekend. At 10,000 square feet, Big Bounce America's inflatable wonderland is dubbed the "World's Biggest Bounce House."

    (Published Friday, May 24, 2019)

    Philadelphia and its surrounding counties always have something going on, especially when it is the unofficial start to summer! Whether it’s a horse show, kite festival, beach opening, tango fest or parade this area is full of fun this Memorial Day Weekend. We’ve found the top (and affordable) choices of what to do this weekend, May 24-27, in Philly and New Jersey.

    What: Memorial Day Weekend

    Philadelphia’s unofficially start to summer kicks off with festivals and concerts.

    Where: Various locations

    When: Friday through Monday

    Cost: Varies

    Jersey Shore Set to Unlock the Start of 'Summer'Jersey Shore Set to Unlock the Start of 'Summer'

    Memorial Day weekend is here and thousands of families are heading to the Jersey Shore to celebrate the unofficial start of summer. As visitors prepare to fill the boardwalk and beaches, NBC10’s Randy Gyllenhaal is in Atlantic City with details on how they can enjoy some fun in the sun. Just leave the cigarettes at home when you head to the beach.

    (Published Friday, May 24, 2019)

    What: 'The World's Biggest Bounce House'

    The Big Bounce America is bringing it's mega touring bounce house to Delaware County. They offer fun for the entire family ona  series of inflatable attractions, including a 900-foot long obstacle course.

    Where: Maplezone Sports Village, 4881 Chichester Ave., Aston, PA 

    When: Friday through Sunday, next two weekends. Times vary.

    Cost: Timed tickets range from $16 to $30


    What: Devon Horse Show and Country Fair

    Check out the country’s oldest and largest equestrian event that features horse competitions, shopping, food, music and more.

    Where: Devon Show Grounds, 23 Dorset Road, Devon

    When: through June 2

    Cost: Varies


    What: Free Toll Friday

    Start your summer at the shore with free tolls for one hour courtesy of Chickie’s & Pete’s.

    Where: Atlantic City Expressway at the Egg Harbor Exit

    When: Friday between 5 and 6 p.m.

    Cost: Free                    


    What: Wildwoods International Kite Festival

    Experience the largest kite festival in North America featuring kite markers from around the world flying colorful creations.

    Where: Wildwoods Beach, Rio Grande to Burke Avenues, Wildwood, NJ

    When: Friday through Monday

    Cost: Free to watch


    What: Swing Into Spring

    Enjoy dancing, food trucks, performances and beginner swing dancing lessons at this event.

    Where: Society Hill Dance Academy, 409 S. 2nd Street, Philadelphia

    When: Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.

    Cost: Free


    What: Beach Opening Ceremony

    Stone Harbor’s emergency services personnel will compete in varies challenges in order to unlock the ocean for the summer beach season.

    Where: 95th Street and Beach, Stone Harbor, NJ

    When: Saturday from noon to 1 p.m.

    Cost: Free to watch


    What: Philly Tango Fest

    Celebrate Argentinian dance with workshops, performances and of course, dance parties.

    Where: Lithuanian Music Hall Association, 2715 E. Allegheny Avenue, Philadelphia

    When: Friday through Monday

    Cost: From $25


    What: Memorial Day Block Party

    Enjoy music, a prize wheel, sidewalk sales and more at this block party.

    Where: Tanger Outlets Atlantic City, 2014 Baltic Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ

    When: Saturday through Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m.

    Cost: Free to attend


    What: Brigantine Art Walk

    Artists will display their pieces, including painting, photographs, sculptors and more, for display and sale.

    Where: Brigantine City Ball Field, 24th Street and Brigantine Ave., Brigantine, NJ

    When: Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Cost: Free to attend


    What: Brandywine River Museum of Art Antiques Show    

    Browse antiques like furniture, rugs, porcelain and artwork at this antique show.

    Where: Brandywine River Museum of Art, 1 Hoffmans Mill Road, Chadds Ford

    When: Saturday through Monday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Cost: $20, free for members


    What: Fireworks and Fountains at Longwood Gardens

    Start summer with a “To Philly, With Love” themed fireworks display featuring music and artists with a connection to Philadelphia.

    Where: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, Pa.

    When: Sunday at 9:15 p.m.

    Cost: From $25


    What: Turtle Trot 5K and 2-Mile Fun Walk

    Runners, walkers and families can enjoy this fun walk.

    Where: 95th Street and First Avenue, Stone Harbor, NJ

    When: Sunday from 8 to 10 a.m.

    Cost: Free to watch


    What: Philly POPS' Memorial Salute

    Comcast NBCUniversal (the parent company of NBC10) teams up with the Philly POPS for a saltue concert to those who have served and to honor the memory of Phillies chairman David Montgomery.

    Where: Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19131

    When: Saturday, gates open at 5

    Cost: Free (click here to register)

    Free Philly POPS Concert to Honor Those Who ServedFree Philly POPS Concert to Honor Those Who Served

    Philly POPS presents the annual Comcast NBCUniversal Memorial Salute at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia this weekend.

    (Published Friday, May 24, 2019)

    What: Run to Remember

    Run or walk in honor of the 74 sailors lost on the Frank E. Evans, a US Navy destroyer off the coast of Vietnam in 1969.

    Where: 15th and the Beach, North Wildwood, NJ

    When: Sunday at 9 a.m.

    Cost: Free to watch


    What: Media Memorial Day Parade

    Veterans, the Penncrest Marching Band, community organizations and more will march in this parade.

    Where: State Street, Media, Pa.

    When: Monday at 10 a.m.

    Cost: Free


    What: Kennett Square Memorial Day Parade

    Local veterans, bag pipers, color guards, high school marching bands and community groups will march in this parade.

    Where: Starts at Kennett High School and ends at Union Hill Cemetery

    When: Monday at 10 a.m.

    Cost: Free


    What: Radnor Memorial Day Parade

    Local community groups, veterans and marching bands will lead this Memorial Day Parade.

    Where: Runnymede and South Wayne Avenues

    When: Monday at 9:45 a.m.

    Cost: Free


    What: Big Apple Circus

    The circus tent will feature jugglers, trapeze artists, rescue animals and more.

    Where: Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 State Ave., Oaks

    When: through June 16

    Cost: Varies

    NBC10's Britney Shipp Plays Ringmaster at Big Apple CircusNBC10's Britney Shipp Plays Ringmaster at Big Apple Circus

    Finding a little time to clown around this weekend might not be that difficult because the Big Apple Circus is under the big top in Montgomery County. NBC10’s Brittney Shipp stepped away from the newsroom and into the middle of the ring to preview some of the juggling, flipping and tightrope walking.

    (Published Thursday, May 23, 2019)

    What: Festival of Fountains

    This fantastic fountain show features more than 1,000 jets, vibrant colors, music and more.  

    Where: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, Pa.

    When: through Sept. 29

    Cost: Varies


    What: Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival

    Handcrafted lanterns illuminate the square after sun set each night, along with live performances and a beer garden.

    Where: Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th Street, Philadelphia

    When: through June 30

    Cost: $18

    Summer Bucket List: Outings for the Whole Family to EnjoySummer Bucket List: Outings for the Whole Family to Enjoy

    From the Philadelphia Zoo, the Spruce Street Harbor to the Franklin Square, NBC10’s Miguel Martinez-Valle takes you to some of the top family-friendly outdoor destinations to enjoy in Philadelphia this summer.

    (Published Monday, May 6, 2019)

    What: Marvel: Universe of Superheroes

    Check out this superhero comics and movies exhibit showing off Marvel’s most iconic memorabilia, like props, costumes, sketches and more.

    Where: The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street, Philadelphia

    When: Saturday through Sept. 2

    Cost: Tickets start at $35 for adults and $31 for children

    Inside Marvel Universe at The Franklin InstituteInside Marvel Universe at The Franklin Institute

    If you love all things Marvel, then Philadelphia is the place to be this weekend. Marvel Universe opens at The Franklin Institute on Saturday and NBC10's Tim Furlong is giving you a sneak peek inside.

    (Published Friday, April 12, 2019)

    What:Creatures of Habitat: A Gazillion-Piece Animal Adventure

    Life-size LEGO brick animals will fill the Philadelphia Zoo during this event in order to tell the story of endangered wildlife. Visitors can learn how human behavior impacts endangered species and be inspired to take action to stem the global change. The Zoo Key, a former local tradition, will also make its return with this exhibit. The Zoo Key will unlock secrets and stories about animals throughout the zoo.

    Where: Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Avenue, Philadelphia

    When: through Sept. 30

    Cost: Zoo admission is $16 for child ages 2 to 11 and $19 for any 12 or older

    A 'Gazillion' Reasons to Head to the Philadelphia ZooA 'Gazillion' Reasons to Head to the Philadelphia Zoo

    New fun changes are happening at the iconic Philadelphia Zoo. The zoo has opened new exciting programs for children as well as exhibitions like its LEGO-themed Creatures of Habitat: A Gazillion-Piece Animal Adventure.

    (Published Friday, April 5, 2019)

    What: PHS Pop Up Garden

    Throughout the summer this garden will host creative events, planet exchanges, arts and crafts for the kids and flower crown Fridays.

    Where: 15th and South Street, Philadelphia

    When: Open through October, Monday through Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 2 p.m. to midnight and on Sunday from noon to 10 p.m.

    Cost: Free to enter