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Skip the shore: Memorial Day Weekend events in the Philadelphia area

If you've decided to stick around this holiday weekend, don't fret. There's major action happening everywhere, not just down the shore.

Skip the shore: Memorial Day Weekend events in the Philadelphia area

Students of Tango class are taking steps during the Tango Lesson at the Ruba Club in Northern Liberty. ( AKIRA SUWA  /  Staff Photographer )
Students of Tango class are taking steps during the Tango Lesson at the Ruba Club in Northern Liberty. ( AKIRA SUWA / Staff Photographer )

If you’ve decided to stick around this holiday weekend, don’t fret. There’s major action happening everywhere, not just down the shore.

From now until Sunday, June 1 the largest outdoor horse show in the country makes its 2014 run at the Devon Horseshow Grounds in Devon, PA. That’s right, the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair is back with a slew of competitions and new additions to the shopping at the Country Fair. This weekend, the show opens at 8 a.m. except for Sunday, May 25, when the gates open at 11 a.m.

Starting Thursday, May 22 at 5 p.m., PHAIR Open Air Market at The Oval brings food trucks, local brewers, musicians and vendors to the Parkway through Saturday, May 24. Throughout the whole market, you’ll be able to play games like chess, checkers and cornhole, grab a drink at the Local Libations Lounge and get a bite to eat one (or more) of the many food trucks. Special programming on Saturday, like the clay animation studio and face painting station is perfect for the kids. Thursday and Friday’s markets are open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday runs from noon until 7 p.m.  

Grab a partner and hit the dance floor during this weekend’s 4th Annual Philadelphia International Tango Festival. Instructors, DJs and performers from all over the country—and the world—will be leading workshops and social dances at Ruba Club and Philadelphia Argentine Tango School starting Friday, May 23 until Monday, May 26. Whether you’re a newbie or experienced pro, there are workshops available for all skill levels. Online registration is closed, but you can still register at the door. Classes begin at 7 p.m. on Friday and at noon on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

The Sundrop Music and Arts Festival, held at The Fire on West Girard, is a multi-genre music festival on Friday, May 23 through Sunday, May 25. On Friday, music starts at 9 p.m. with rapper Voss headlining. Both Saturday and Sunday’s shows begin at 2 p.m. outdoors, along with the arts fair (and it’s free!) and then the party moves indoors at 9 p.m. with reggae group Leana Song headlining Saturday and bluesy-rock band Shilpa Ray headlining Sunday. The evening shows are for 21-and-over audiences.

Head to King’s Court (a side street right off of King’s Highway in Haddonfield, NJ) to pick up fresh produce for your Memorial Day barbeque at the Haddonfield Farmer’s Market. From 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 24, local vendors like Duffield’s Farms, Marie’s Sandwich Bar and Farm and Fisherman Tavern and Market will be selling produce, organic food and more.

Enjoyable fitness and healthy living is the name of the game in Camden, NJ this weekend at Camden Children’s Garden’s Fit and Fun Festival. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25, families can learn how to incorporate nutritious foods into their diets as well as crafts and a veggie planting activity.

Ambler, PA’s Act II Playhouse continues its season with Man of La Mancha, where the cast of nine plays all 40 roles and serves as the pit orchestra. This weekend’s showtimes are 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 24 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 25.

What would Memorial Day be without a barbecue? Sesame Place in Langhorne, PA knows how to throw a party and they’re inviting families to enjoy some traditional holiday fare at their Memorial Day BBQ. Held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25 and 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 25 and Monday, May 26, you’ll be treated to dinner in Big Bird’s Pavilion and get to feast with Sesame Street characters.  

Garden shop Floral and Hardy in Skippack, PA wants you to bring your pooch to the store on Sunday, May 25. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., anyone who brings a dog to the store will receive a discount. In addition, Home at Last Dog Rescue will be at the store from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with rescue dogs available for adoption.  

Kick off the summer at Howl at the Moon with their dueling pianos on Sunday, May 25. The party starts at 7 p.m. and they’ll have exclusive Memorial Day specials: $3 Miller Lite Bottles, $4 Skyy and Flavors and $20 86oz Rum Runner Buckets.

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