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26 Outstanding Things To Do In Philly This Week, April 15-21

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26 Outstanding Things To Do In Philly This Week, April 15-21 

Philly Celebrates Jazz — the city’s celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month — continues this week with live performances, special talks, film screenings and workshops at venues across the city. Free events this week include the 2019 All-City Jazz Festival, featuring students from the School District of Philadelphia (Tuesday); two screenings of Chasing Trane, a documentary about legendary jazz musician (and one-time Philly resident) John Coltrane (Thursday at the Athletic Recreation Center and the South Street Cinema; and a celebration with music and spoken-word-poetry performances at Rush Arts Philadelphia (Friday).

When:Varies by event

Where:Various locations including the Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street

Cost:Varies by event

Rhys Hoskins, Bryce Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies take on the New York Mets, a divisional opponent, in a three-game series this week at Citizens Bank Park. Soccer fans, head to Talen Energy Stadium in Chester County on Saturday to catch a Philadelphia Union game against the Montreal Impact.

When:Varies by event

Where:Various locations including Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way

Cost:Varies by event

The executive pastry chef at Bank & Bourbon, the restaurant at the Loews Hotel, concocts a special bourbon-barrel-shaped cake to celebrate the fifth year of the Bourbon Bash, also featuring delicious signature dishes like beef tartare and a raw crudo station. The bash continues its tradition of raising money for Donors Choose (nearly $100,000 so far!) to support educational needs in Greater Philadelphia.

When:Monday, April 15, 6-9 p.m.

Where:Bank & Bourbon, 1200 Market Street

Cost:$69 per person

Make this Tax Day exponentially more exciting by spending it with Martha Graham Cracker! The popular local drag queen takes the stage at L’Etage for a very special Tax Day performance on Monday.

Let’s go, Sixers! Process trusters flock to Wells Fargo Center on Monday to see the third-seed Philadelphia 76ers play the sixth-seed Brooklyn Nets in game two of the NBA’s Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and the 76ers went 2-2 against the Nets during the regular season.

Manayunk Restaurant Week kicks off on Monday to offer delicious meals from prix-fixe menus for $15, $25 or $35 at participating spots. Tacqueria Feliz, Jake’s and Cooper’s Wine Bar, Manayunk Brewing Company, Bourbon Blue and many more neighborhood favorites whip up special dishes for the two-week-long event.

When:April 15-26

Where:Various locations including Taqueria Feliz, 4410 Main Street


Guests can learn about the Stamp Act by playing a Price-Is-Right-style game, enjoy a free gin cocktail, take part in Benjamin Franklin-themed trivia and more at the next edition of this monthly after-hours event at the Museum of the American Revolution.

When:Tuesday, April 16, 5-8 p.m.

Where:Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. 3rd Street


Tyler Akin (Stock), Camille Cogswell (Zahav) and Alexandra Cherniavsky (The Love) and more outstanding Philly chefs, sommeliers and bartenders prepare some of their best dishes and drinks at this tasting event celebrating the Philadelphia food industry pros named to StarChefs magazine’s Rising Stars class of 2019. The 20 honorees serve some of their tastiest concoctions for attendees to pair with sommelier-recommended wines and handcrafted cocktails.

When:Tuesday, April 16, 7-9:30

Where:The Curtis Atrium, 601 Walnut Street


Connie’s Ric Rac in South Philly hosts this monthly performance series featuring talented LGBTQIA+ artists and musicians. This installment features Adam + Park and Mercury & Lorna Doom.

When:Tuesday, April 16, 8-11 p.m.

Where:Connie’s Ric Rac, 1132 S. 9th Street


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Claude Monet, Mary Cassatt and Vincent van Gogh may have made their most lasting impression with oils on canvas, but they and their contemporaries were also skilled in other media. The Philadelphia Museum of Art offers a rare opportunity to view impressionist sculptures, paintings and works on paper all in one place at this new exhibition that opens on Tuesday.

When:April 16 – August 18

Where:Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Just in time for Easter, Peddler’s Village hosts a special celebration of the ultimate Easter candy — PEEPS — with a special week-plus-long display of PEEPS creations throughout the grounds. Guests vote on their favorite display, and the showcase with the most votes is crowned winner of PEEPS in the Village.

On Thursday, popular waterfront beer garden, restaurant and bar Morgan’s Pier opens for another season of riverside brews — including the new Pier Beer by Mainstay Independent Brewing Company — and a reimagined menu by chef Adam Lazarick. New this year: karaoke every Monday!

When:Opens for the season on Thursday, April 18, 4 p.m.

Where:Morgan’s Pier, 221 N. Christopher Columbus Boulevard


Back by popular demand, this riveting lecture about Philadelphia’s sewer system — seriously! — dives into the history of the streams that once covered Philadelphia, how they were systematically wiped off of the city’s map and the unfavorable impact that has had on the environment. Led by historical consultant Adam Levine of the Philadelphia Water Department, the lecture promises to reveal some stunning information about the infrastructure of cities and urban environments.

When:Thursday, April 18, 6-7:30 p.m.

Where:Wagner Free Institute of Science, 1700 W. Montgomery Avenue


Every year, Dining Out for Life returns to cities across the globe — including Philadelphia — to help raise funds for local HIV/AIDS services. More than 150 restaurants across the city, including Cheu Noodle Bar, El Vez, Harp & Crown, The Love and Barbuzzo, participate in the event on Thursday and donate a portion of the day’s proceeds to the cause.

When:Thursday, April 18

Where:Various locations including Barbuzzo, 110 S. 13th Street

Cost:Varies by restaurant

In 1939, African American opera singer — and Philadelphia native — Marian Anderson was denied the opportunity to perform at Constitution Hall due to her race. In response, first lady Eleanor Roosevelt invited Anderson to perform at the Lincoln Memorial, a history-making event that drew 75,000 people and helped inspire the civil rights movement. On Friday, the National Marian Anderson Museum commemorates the 80th anniversary of the monumental concert with a free event that includes historical remarks, a musical tribute, film clips and more at the Independence Visitor Center.

The monthly If My Grandma Were To Cook For You Lunch and Dinner Series brings a diverse lineup of chefs and cooks into Jezabel’s West Philly kitchen to make the meals their abuelas, mawmaws and nonnas cooked for them. Argentine cafe owner Jezabel Careaga’s series welcomes Fork purchasing manager Ana Caballero for the second installment of the series. Lunch and dinner offerings are BYO alcohol and include a starter, main course and dessert.

Pasion y Arte, a local all-female contemporary flamenco dance company, performs traditional tablao and contemporary flamenco at South Philly’s Fleisher Art Memorial on Friday evening. The show aims to recreate the cafe-like atmosphere where flamencos danced before the style was established as an art form.

When:Friday, April 19, 8-11 p.m.

Where:Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine Street


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For its fifth year, the Tiny Room for Elephants art and music festival heads to the new Cherry Street Pier for a full weekend of DJ performances, showcases by talented local street artists, a family day and more. The fest is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for certain events including Friday’s opening party and exhibition. Saturday’s music series — with sounds by 3xpo x Killiam Shakespeare, Aime, Blue Drew and more — is free to attend, as is an Easter egg hunt for families on Sunday.

When:April 19-21

Where:Cherry Street Pier, 121 N. Christopher Columbus Boulevard

Cost:Friday: $25-$50; Saturday & Sunday: Free

Runners, cyclists and merriment-seekers flock to Saint Michael Park along the Schuylkill River Trail for Sly Fox Brewing Company’s annual SRT Spree. The day consists of a 50K relay run, a group bike ride and a huge bash complete with live music, beer and juicy barbecue by Uncle B’s BBQ Shack.

When:Saturday, April 20

Where:Saint Michael Park, 400 Jacobs Street, Mont Clare

Cost:Varies by event

This Easter egg hunt at Tyler Arboretum stands out from the pack by incorporating technology and riddles! Kids ages four and up use a GPS to find the colorful eggs hidden all over the grounds, solving helpful riddles along the way. Bring your own GPS, or borrow one from the arboretum.

When:Saturday, April 20, 9:30-11:30 a.m. & 1-3 p.m.

Where:Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

Cost:$15, non-members; $10, members

Philly’s biggest free Easter egg hunt takes place in Gorgas Park in Roxborough on Saturday with a whopping 35,000 candy-filled eggs for kids to run around and collect. Children can also take photos with the Easter Bunny, play on inflatable slides, go on pony rides and pet animals at a petting zoo.

When:Saturday, April 20, 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where:Gorgas Park, 6300 Ridge Avenue


With a career spanning five decades and counting, the iconic Cher once again proved untouchable with her ABBA covers album last year. She’ll perform cuts from that record and the 25 that preceded it on this tour.

The Barnes Takeover Series returns for 2019 to bring local artists into the galleries to offer their own interpretation of the collections. The first event of the new season features Madhusmita Bora and Prerona Bhuyan, co-founders of the Philadelphia-based Sattriya Dance Company. Sattriya is a 600-year-old dance tradition from northern India that celebrates Krishna, one of the most honored Indian divinities. The performance draws inspiration from the paintings in the Barnes Foundation’s collection to tell the story of the god.

When:Saturday, April 20, 8-10 p.m.

Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Cost:$12, general admission; $10, students

This free annual event commemorates the African American experience with private exhibits that have never been shown in museums, documentary films, historical reenactments, panel discussions, lectures, workshops, poetry readings, theatrical performances and historical concerts, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

National Park Week begins on Saturday, and two of the region’s biggest national parks kick things off with fun-filled Junior Ranger Day programs for kids and families. Both Independence National Historical Park (Saturday) and Valley Forge National Historical Park (Saturday and Sunday) host Junior Ranger Days this week, where kids can take part in interactive activities, play games, meet park rangers and learn more about the significance of each site.

When:April 20-21

Where:Various locations including Valley Forge National Historical Park, 1400 N. Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia


On Easter Sunday, the South Street Headhouse District hosts the 88th annual Easter Promenade, a day-long affair featuring a parade hosted by Henri David, live music, special brunches and even a visit from the Easter Bunny. Guests are encouraged to wear their finest Easter apparel to the event for a costume contest in a range of categories.

When:Sunday, April 21, 12:30 p.m.

Where:Parade starts at East Passyunk Avenue & South Street and ends at Headhouse Square, 104 Lombard Street


26 Outstanding Things To Do In Philly This Week, April 15-21 

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