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Fun Things to Do in Philly this Week and Weekend

This week in Philly we have a street food fest in Manayunk, a sci-fi convention, PHS tree planting, the Kun-Yang Lin dancers, a maker's faire, and much more

Fun Things to Do in Philly this Week and Weekend

This week in Philly we have a street food fest in Manayunk, a sci-fi convention, PHS tree planting, the Kun-Yang Lin dancers, a maker's faire, and much more

This week in Philadelphia, spring is in full swing with things to do outside, on the block, and in the street. There’s a food fest in Manayunk, Parks on Tap in Fairmount, historical monuments open for tours, and the roller rink opening for the season at City Hall.

Indulge your nostalgia at a concert this week or see an internationally acclaimed dance troupe. This weekend marks 4/20, so feel free to chill out at a block party or get weird at a sci-fi convention or both! A week from today also happens to be Earth Day, and Philly is getting started early with tree plantings and park events. For a full rundown of how you can pitch in to combat climate change, clean up the environment, and make the city a greener, more sustainable place to live, check out our Citizen’s Guide to Earth Day in Philadelphia:

Thinking of things to do further head? Check out our year-round calendar about how to be a good citizen.


Get your voice heard on the city budget, visit a historical landmark, help the Horticultural Society green the city, and relax in the park with a beer.

An old shipping container, painted red, stands in LOVE Park in Philadelphia. A sign next to two open door spaces reads "PEOPLE'S BUDGET OFFICE."
An old shipping container serves as the People’s Budget Office in LOVE Park. Photo by Rosie Simmons.

MAKE THE CITY’S BUDGET. Mural Arts’ 2024 People’s Budget project allows residents of Philadelphia to co-create, learn, empower and engage in the City of Philadelphia budget process. Workshops through April around the city, with the next in West Philly on Tuesday, April 16, from 5:30 to 7:30pm at Blackwell Library. RSVP for workshops here. Free. 125 S. 52nd Street

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society volunteers planting a tree

PLANT A TREE FOR EARTH DAY! From April 16 to 21, The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) celebrates Earth Day by planting trees throughout Greater Philadelphia. More than 75 PHS Tree Tenders groups, neighborhood volunteers, and community organizations will distribute and plant over 1,100 trees during the week. Find out how to get involved here. Free. Locations region-wide

Parks on Tap photo by Jim Fennel

ENJOY BEER IN THE PARK FOR A GOOD CAUSE.  April 17, 4pm marks the return of Parks on Tap, the “beer garden that gives back.” Sample sandwiches, salads, snacks and cocktails alongside local brews all summer long at parks across the city to raise money for each park. The season kicks off at The Azalea Garden in Fairmount Park. Free admission. Aquarium Drive, Fairmount Park

Stabbing Westward

WE CAN NOT SAVE YOU SO JUST SAVE YOURSELF. By catching Stabbing Westward Live at Underground Arts on April 18 at 8pm with special guest M Ax Noi Mach. Reuniting in 2016 after a 14-year hiatus, industrial alternative heavy-hitters have been touring on the strength of their five studio releases. So, what do I have to do to get you to this show? 21 and over only. $25. 1200 Callowhill Street

The Fairmount Water Works, one of many historical landmarks celebrating International Day of Monuments

ENGAGE WITH PHILLY’S MONUMENTAL HISTORY. April 18 is the International Day of Monuments and Sites, and to honor the occasion, The Global Philadelphia Association is hosting events and tours throughout the day at some of Philadelphia’s 67 National Historic Landmarks. $0-$25. Various sites


Strap those skates on and get some laps in, support local makers and sustainable fashion, cosplay a rowdy Klingon, and hang out on a patio with drinks, friends, and live music.

The Roller Rink at Dilworth Park

OPEN DILWORTH PARK’S ROLLER RINK. On April 19, the City Hall’s roller rink returns for a short spring. Ribbon cutting takes place at 11:30am with a roller dance performance from local skate troupe Great on Skates and a demo from Philly Roller Derby. This year’s retro-inspired rink decor is courtesy of Lucky Dog Studio. The rink is open daily through June 30 from 11am to 8:45pm Sunday through Thursdays; 11am to 10pm Friday and Saturday. The Air Grille Garden will serve up eats and adult beverages for those over 21. Timed advanced admission, private events, and skate rentals can be purchased online. $8-$16. 1 S. 15th Street

Tim Ward performs at City Winery’s patio. Photo by Skylar Watkins Photography

KICK-OFF PATIO PARTY SEASON. On April 19 from 4 to 7pm, City Winery Philadelphia hosts a Patio Happy Hour Kick-Off Party with Yards Brewing Co. Indulge in tastings and seasonal happy hour specials on beer, wine, cocktails and food available exclusively on the patio all summer long. A DJ will be on hand for live entertainment. Happy hour prices vary. 990 Filbert Street

Kun-Yang Lin Dancers performing Breath Into Air

EXPERIENCE A WORLD PREMIERE DANCE PERFORMANCE. Kun-Yang Lin Dancers (KYL/D) begins its 26th home season, Breath Into Air, at FringeArts on April 19 at 7:30pm and April 20 at 2:30 and 7:30pm. This world-premiere performance explores death and loss, what remains, and how to be thankful for the gift of every breath. $25 – $40. 140 N. Christopher Columbus Boulevard

Scenes from 2023’s Galactic D&I Con

LIVE LONG AND BE SEEN. At GAAAYS IN SPAAACE annual Galactic D&I Con, happening April 19 through 21 at Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel. Spend three days of panels, cosplay shows, workshops, autograph sessions, and photo ops with science fiction icons Kate Mulgrew, JG Hertzler, Michelle Hurd, Rico Anderson, Tim Russ, and dozens more. Visit merch vendors, exhibitions, parties, and see live entertainment, including Saturday night’s Encounter at Barpoint at City Winery, headlined by The Roddenberries$0 – $500. 201 N 17th Street

An Evil Genius block party is one of the things to do this week in Philly. Here, people stand outside, drinking beer under an overpass.
An Evil Genius block party.

GO TO A 4/20 BLOCK PARTY IN FISHTOWN. Evil Genius hosts its first-ever 4/20 block party on April 20 from noon to 6pm. The brewery closes the street outside its taproom to traffic in order to fete its latest release, the Pineapple Express-theme hazy IPA “The Apex of The Vortex of Joint Engineering.” Look for movies, including the aforementioned Harold & Kumar and Dude, Where’s My Car?, live music, vendors, and the Machine Munchies food truck. Free / pay-as-you-go. 1700 N. Front Street

Philly Maker Faire wares

SUPPORT LOCAL MAKERS. The 2024 Philly Maker Faire happens April 21 from 10am to 5pm at the Cherry Street Pier. On hand: demonstrations, workshops and hands-on activities, design projects, entrepreneurial networking and business opportunities for local manufacturers and angel investors. $0-$24. 121 N. Columbus Boulevard

Kids eating street corn at Manayunk Streat Fest

EAT YOUR WAY THROUGH MANAYUNK. Manayunk StrEAT Festival is happening on Main Street April 21 from 11am to 5pm with live music on two stages and more than 70 food trucks and vendors serving up pizza, tacos, lobster, burgers, ravioli, dumplings, pickles, pound cake, corn on a stick, bacon on a stick, grilled cheese, wok bowls ... Free. Main Street


Franklin Square, photo by R. Kennedy

ATTEND AN EARTH DAY BLOCK PARTY. On April 21 from 1 to 4pm, Franklin Square hosts a Philadelphia Earth Day 2024 Block Party featuring live music from Philly’s own Speedy Ortiz and rising R&B star Phabo, plus speakers, family activities, food and more. Free. 200 N. 6th Street

Rework the Runway

CELEBRATE EARTH DAY IN STYLE. On April 22 from 7 to 11pm, be sustainably fashionable at Rework the Runway, a sustainable fashion show and design competition at North Bowl. Fifteen Philly-based designers using secondhand clothing and recycled materials are creating unique looks. The winner gets sales space inside Urban Exchange Project at full profit for two months as well as a First Friday event highlighting their residency. There will be food and drink, plus bowling, art, and a vintage sustainable night market. $25-$250. 909 N. 2nd Stree


Art exhibitions, plays, and more things to do, until you can’t anymore.

CELEBRATE SUSTAINABILITY! Throughout April, Da Vinci Art Alliance (DVAA) hosts the month-long Everyday Futures Fest arts, science and culture festival. Explore how to incorporate cultural, urban and environmental sustainability into your everyday life with exhibitions, events, and activities across the city throughout April. This year’s theme is Building Capacity — Towards Self-Sufficiency And Collective Resilience. Free. Various locations

Bi Jean Ngo, left. HotHouse Artist Ross Beschler, right.

SEE A BRAND-NEW PRODUCTION OF A CLASSIC STORY. Running through April 21 at The Wilma Theater, the Wilma HotHouse Acting Company presents The Good Person of Setzuan by Bertolt Brecht, reimagined by director Justin Jain with original live music. $29-$80. 265 S. Broad Street

CATCH THE CHEERS MURDER MYSTERY SHOW. Through April 28, Without A Cue Productions put on Cheers to Murder at the Red Rūm Theater. Norm has died, and the accusations are flying. Shows are Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm. $35-$75. 601 Walnut Street

A black-and-white abstract photograph by Alexey Brodovitch "Tricorne" taken in 1935.Alexey Brodovitch Tricorne, 1935. Philadelphia Museum of Art. From the Collection of Dorothy Norman, 1968. Image courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art.

SEE A NEW EXHIBITION AT THE BARNES. Designer, photographer and instructor Alexey Brodovitch (1898–1971) art directed Harper’s Bazaar from 1934 to 1958 and mentored many 20th century documentary and fashion photographers. His work is featured in a new exhibit at the Barnes, Alexey Brodovitch: Astonish Me, through May 19. $5-$25. 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Sidequest Theater Group

LEVEL UP WITH RPG IMPROV. Opening April 12 and running through May 26 at The Adrienne Theater, Sidequest Theater presents Roll Play: An Improvised Adventure, a live, interactive, fully-improvised fantasy RPG performance where audience suggestions and a roll of the dice determine the fate of our stage heroes, ensuring every show is a new experience. Showtimes: 8pm Fridays, 7pm Saturdays, 2pm Sundays. $25. 2030 Sansom Street

ENJOY YOUR COMMUTE IN CENTER CITY. Select Wednesday mornings through June 5 from 8 to 9am, Center City District celebrates residents, commuters, and workers with Center City Sunrise, offering coffee and entertainment from Capriccio Café, Bluestone Lane, Coco Grille, Termini Bros. Bakery, and Saxbys. The first event (April 3) is at Suburban Station. Full list of dates and locations here. Free. Various locations

Rikers Quilt, 2020, Jesse Krimes. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Photo by Dan Bradica.

SEE A PROVOCATIVE ART EXHIBITION. At The Philadelphia Museum of Art from through July 15, Philadelphia-based artist Jesse Krimes’s Rikers Quilt (2020) is on display for its first institutional exhibition. Krimes produced his work in response to ongoing abuses at Rikers Island, drawing on his own experiences of incarceration and reentry into society. Museum hours are 10am to 5pm Monday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, and 10am to 8:45pm on Fridays. Free-$30. 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Artist Risa Puno. Photo by Carlos Avendaño courtesy of the Fabric Workshop and Museum.Artist Risa Puno. Photo by Carlos Avendaño courtesy of the Fabric Workshop and Museum.

FEEL A GROUP HUG. The Fabric Workshop and Museum hosts Risa Puno’s first-ever solo exhibition, through July 21, Group Hug: Risa Puno is as visually captivating as it is interactive. Choose one of two paths in the show, and you’ll either lounge in a giant, soft, coconut shell-looking pod that transforms into a cozy armchair, or you’ll play Whack-a-Mole. Either way, you’ll learn a life lesson. Free. 1214 Arch Street

To Understand a Tree.

SEE NEW EXHIBIT AT THE MUSEUM FOR ART IN WOOD. Now through July 21, catch To Understand a Tree by interdisciplinary artist, designer and woodworker Gina Siepel. The exhibit focuses on “the dignity of a living tree, its network of eco-systemic relationships, and the ubiquity of the material of wood in design and daily life.” The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5 pm. Free. 141 N. 3rd Street

Courtesy of the Mütter Museum.

VISIT AN EXHIBITION ON HOMELESSNESS. Through August 5, the Mütter Museum hosts Unhoused: Personal Stories and Public Health, a special exhibition on American homelessness through the lens of public health. Museum hours are 10am to 5pm daily except Tuesday. Free-$20. 19 S. 22nd Street

Art of the Brick at the Franklin Institute.

EXPERIENCE LEGOS LIKE YOU NEVER HAVE BEFORE. Through September 22, the world’s largest display of LEGO art returns to the Franklin Institute. The Art of the Brick by Nathan Sawaya is a critically acclaimed collection of artworks made exclusively in plastic bricks that snap together, including original pieces and re-imagined versions of famous masterpieces, a multimedia exhibition of LEGO-infused photography by Dean Wes, and a 9,000-square-foot brick play space. Museum hours are 9:30am to 5pm daily, with evening hours to 8pm, Thursday through Saturday. $20-$43. 222 N. 20th Street


Manayunk Streat Fest

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