Weekend Things To Do In Philadelphia ~ Manayunk Restaurant Week, Easter Events, FDR Fest, Headhouse District’s Easter Promenade and More!

86th Annual Easter Promenade in South District Headhouse

86th Annual Easter Promenade in South District Headhouse

Celebrating Easter in Philadelphia & Much More!’

The weekend kicks off with Manayunk Restaurant Week, the continuation of American Spirits: The Rise & Fall of Prohibition and Jurassic World: The Exhibition at The Franklin Institute.

During the weekend enjoy Easter events and activities, FDR Fest, the Spring Blooms at Longwood Gardens, American Spirits: The Rise & Fall of ProhibitionFREE tours of Yards Brewing Co, Manayunk Restaurant Week, farmers’ markets and much more. The weekend ends with the South Street Headhouse District’s Easter Promenade and much more.

During the week enjoy Manayunk Restaurant Week, Dining Out For Life Philadelphia Food Truck Pop-UpAmerican Spirits: The Rise & Fall of Prohibition, Pay What You Wish at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and much more.

In upcoming weeks get ready for the Philadelphia Science Festival, NFL Draft Experience, 4th Friday in South Street Headhouse District, Manayunk Craft Beer Festival, Flavors On The Avenue, First Friday, South Street Spring Festival, Greater Northeast Philadelphia Beer Festival, Chinese Lantern Festival, Night Market Burholme and much more.

What event or activity this weekend or during the week excites you the most? Please share with us in the comments below.

Tip: If you haven’t done so in recent months or years, visit the many wonderful museums in Philadelphia. Philadelphia Museums

Did you hear that Philadelphia was named best place to visit in the U.S. by Lonely Planet. Read more, click here.

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Things To Do In Philadelphia this Weekend & Week of ~ April 14 – 20 ~

FYI – There are many events & attractions listed below that have been open prior today which are listed as “Now”. Also, check back daily for updates!

Informational Posts For Things To Do Year Round or Seasonal

  • Our Guide to All Museums in Philadelphia ~ Visit many wonderful museums in Philly. ~ Philadelphia Museums ~
  • Manayunk Restaurant Week ~ April 14 – 21 ~ Manayunk Restaurant Week offers various types of food selections such as Seafood, Steak, American, Japanese, Italian, Mexican, Indian, and more. Many local restaurants will be participating, allowing you to indulge in special three course meals offered at $15, $25, and $35 price ranges. (Does not include tax, gratuity or alcohol). Check it out! ~ Manayunk Restaurant Week ~
  • Jurassic World: The Exhibition ~ April 14 – 23 ~ Held at The Franklin Institute, this huge exhibition, thanks to the blockbuster movie franchise, allows visitors to come face-to-face with large life-like dinosaurs with thousands of square feet of dinosaur-inhabited galleries and incredibly life-like animatronic creatures! ~ Jurassic World: The Exhibition ~
  • American Spirits: The Rise & Fall of Prohibition ~ April 14 – July 16 ~ Held at the National Constitution Center from 9:30 am to 5 pm, this exhibit includes 100 + rare artifacts from the temperance movement, original ratification copies of the 18th and 21st amendments and much more.  ~ American Spirits: The Rise & Fall of Prohibition ~
  • Spring Blooms at Longwood Gardens ~ April 14 – May 26 ~  Held at Longwood Gardens in Kennet Square, be mesmerized by  a beautiful horticultural display garden of dogwoods, magnolias, wisterias, azaleas, foam-flowers, and more than 240,000 tulips! ~ Spring Blooms at Longwood Gardens ~
  • The Kinetic Sculptures of Lyman Whitaker at Morris Arboretum ~ April 14 until October 31  ~ From 1 pm to 3 pm at the Morris Arboretum, meet and observe metal artist Lyman Whitaker as he demonstrates how he creates and assembles his dynamic and beautiful sculptures! ~ The Kinetic Sculptures of Lyman Whitaker ~ 
  • Easter Activities & Events in Philly ~ April 15 & 16 ~ Easter Activities for Easter weekend in Philadelphia. Enjoy Easter egg hunts, photos with Mr. Cottontail, Easter brunches, an Easter Parade and much more. ~ Easter Activities & Events in Philly ~

Date Specific Events & Activities ~ April 14 – 20 ~

  • Philadelphia Mural Arts Tours ~  Month of April ~ Come check out the many Mural Arts tours throughout Philadelphia. ~ Philadelphia Mural Arts Tours for April 2017 ~ or 215-925-3633. ~ About Philadelphia Mural Arts ~
  • Art After 5 ~ April 14 Free with admission, from 5 pm to 8:45 pm. ~ Ensemble Novo Delight in the music of Brazil with this six-piece ensemble. Held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the Great Stair Hall. Art After 5 ~ 
  • Manayunk Restaurant Week ~ April 14 – 21 ~ Manayunk Restaurant Week offers various types of food selections such as Seafood, Steak, American, Japanese, Italian, Mexican, Indian, and more. Many local restaurants will be participating, allowing you to indulge in special three course meals offered at $15, $25, and $35 price ranges. (Does not include tax, gratuity or alcohol). Check it out! ~ Manayunk Restaurant Week ~
  • American Spirits: The Rise & Fall of Prohibition ~ April 14 – July 16 ~ Held at the National Constitution Center from 9:30 am to 5 pm, this exhibit includes 100 + rare artifacts from the temperance movement, original ratification copies of the 18th and 21st amendments and much more.  ~ American Spirits: The Rise & Fall of Prohibition ~
  • The Kinetic Sculptures of Lyman Whitaker at Morris Arboretum ~ April 14 until October 31  ~ From 1 pm to 3 pm at the Morris Arboretum, meet and observe metal artist Lyman Whitaker as he demonstrates how he creates and assembles his dynamic and beautiful sculptures! ~ The Kinetic Sculptures of Lyman Whitaker ~
  • Filter Square Farmers’ Market ~ April 15 From 9 am to 2 pm, The Food Trust holds an outdoor market at 23rd and Pine Streets. Enjoy fresh vegetables & food from favorite local farmers and producers. Filter Square Farmers’ Market ~ 
  • Liberty Lands Market ~ April 15 ~ From 9 am until 3 pm at 926 N. American St in Northern Liberties. One can find everything from fresh organic produce to hand crafted wears and lotions. Hand made soaps, Ice Creams, sauces, organic teas and coffees and more. Part of the market, you will find animal rescues with adoptables & pet products. Liberty Lands Market ~
  • Rittenhouse Farmers’ Market ~ April 15 ~ From 9 am to 3 pm from 18th & Walnut Streets, enjoy fresh seasonal produce, fresh seafood, fresh bread and much more! ~ Rittenhouse Farmers’ Market ~  
  • Clark Park Farmers’ Market ~ April 15 ~ From 10 am to 2 pm, The Food Trust holds an outdoor market at 43rd St and Baltimore Ave. Enjoy fresh vegetables & food from favorite local farmers and producers. ~ Clark Park Farmers’ Market ~
  • FDR Fest ~ April 15 ~ From noon to 5 pm at FDR Park at 1800 Pattison Ave, kick off the spring season with food trucks, a beer garden, live music, paddle boats, bike rentals and more! ~ FDR Fest ~
  • Easter Activities & Events in Philly ~ April 15 & 16 ~ Easter Activities for Easter weekend in Philadelphia. Enjoy Easter egg hunts, photos with Mr. Cottontail, Easter brunches, an Easter Parade and much more. ~ Easter Activities & Events in Philly ~
  • Yards Brewing Co Tours ~ April 15 & 16 FREE - Saturdays & Sundays from 12 pm to 4 pm at Yards Brewery, enjoy a wonderful tour of the brewery! All tour-goers must be 21+ unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Bus tours, private tours and guided tastings are offered by appointment only. Please contact events@yardsbrewing.com for booking information. ~ Yards Brewing Co Tours ~
  • Taste of Philadelphia: Market Tours ~ April 15 & 19 ~ Starts at 10 am every Wed & Sat – Learn the story behind cheese steaks, hoagies, pretzels and other Philly food favorites, and the 115-year history of the vibrant Reading Terminal Market where they’re sold during this 75-minute, food-writer-led walking tour. ~ Taste of Philadelphia: Market Tours ~
  • Easter Activities & Events in Philly ~ April 16 ~ Easter Activities for Easter weekend in Philadelphia. Enjoy Easter egg hunts, photos with Mr. Cottontail, Easter brunches, an Easter Parade and much more. ~ Easter Activities & Events in Philly ~
  • South Street Headhouse District’s Easter Promenade ~ April 16 ~ South Street Headhouse District’s Easter Promenade will be on Easter Sunday starting at 12:30 pm. Master of Ceremonies Henri David will lead the parade down South Street with his furry friends such as Mr. and Mrs. Peter Cottontail, the Bunny Hop and more. Guests will enjoy live music from the Philadelphia Freedom Band, personal photos with the Easter Bunny himself, a best dressed contest with several categories and more. ~ South Street Headhouse District’s Easter Promenade ~
  • Pay-What-You-Wish ~ April 19 ~ Stop in at the Philadelphia Museum of Art every Wednesday from 5 pm – 8:45 pm and ”Pay What You Wish”,  as you explore the museum and its remarkable collections. ~ Pay What You Wish ~ 
  • Dining Out For Life Philadelphia Food Truck Pop-Up ~ April 20 ~ Dining Out for Life is a special yearly event in which over 150 restaurants and Philly food trucks will donate 33 percent of the night’s proceeds to benefit men, women and children with HIV/AIDS. ~ Dining Out For Life Philadelphia Food Truck Pop-Up ~
  • Dilworth Park ~ Now Open ~ Enjoy seating areas for relaxation, food & live music. ~ Dilworth Park ~
  • Franklin Square ~ Now Open for the 2017 season ~  The Franklin Square is a great place to bring the family or for a date. Located in the historical part of Philadelphia in Old City. This park offers a carousel, a miniature golf course, a storytelling bench, a playground, a picnic area and more. ~ Franklin Square ~
  • Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk  ~ Now Open ~ Enjoy this 2,000 foot new extension bridging the South Street Bridge & the Locust Street bike trail. ~ Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk  ~
  • “Your Brain” at Franklin Institute ~ Now Open ~ A permanent exhibit at the Franklin Institute. Travel through a two-story tall neural network climbing structure with dynamic lighting and sound effects that are triggered by your footsteps. Kids can act as a Doctor by scanning the brain with an MRI machine, explore your brain, challenge your brain & much more.   ~ “Your Brain” at Franklin Institute ~ 
  • Native American Voices Exhibit at Penn Museum ~ Now Open ~ Stop over at Penn Museum in University City and learn about contemporary issues in Native America. Uncover the rich history and identity of the Native American people through 200 plus objects on display & much more. Native American Voices Exhibit at Penn Museum ~
  • The Artifact Lab – Mummy Conversation at Penn Museum ~ Now until (no date set) ~ Here is your chance to get up close and personal. Watch conservators clean, examine, & preserve Egyptian Mummies at Penn MuseumBest of all, there are special times during the week to where you can ask them questions in person. ~ Conserving Mummies at Penn Museum ~

Visiting Philadelphia

Are you Visiting Philadelphia? Have you lived in or near the City of Philadelphia, but never ventured out too the many historical sites in Philly? Here is a quick guide for some must see attractions in the City of Brotherly Love.

  • The Independence Visitor’s Center – Your guide for all of your information relating to historical sites in Philadelphia and other things to do in Philadelphia. ~ Independence Visitor’s Center ~
  • Philadelphia Zoo ~ With the warmer weather approaching, you can not miss America’s Oldest Zoo. 42 acres of awesomeness and over 1,000 animals. ~ Philadelphia Z00 ~
  • Liberty Bell – Symbol of American Independence – If you are visiting Philadelphia, this is one site that must be seen. ~ Liberty Bell ~
  • Elfreth’s Alley ~ Get to walk down a street with 300 years of history. Elfreth’s Alley is one of the oldest continuously inhabited residential streets in America. ~ Elfreth’s Alley ~
  • Philadelphia City Hall ~ Like Architecture? Philadelphia History? They give tours of the Philadelphia City Hall. If you go up high enough, you get to see the whole city. ~ Philadelphia City Hall ~
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art – So many things that surround this museum. The “Rocky” Steps or the “Rocky” statue. A great view down Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Behind the museum, you can view Boat House Row and a few other things. ~ Philadelphia Museum of Art ~
  • Betsy Ross House – Did Betsy Ross actually make the American Flag? Learn about some of Philadelphia’s earliest history. ~ Betsy Ross House ~
  • Independence Hall – This is where the Declaration of Independence was adopted and where the Constitution of the United States was debated, drafted and signed. ~ Independence Hall~
  • Museum of  the American Revolution ~ Opens April 2017 ~ The Museum of the American Revolution tells the full story of the American Revolution and explores its ongoing legacy, showcasing a vast collection. There are over 3,000 artifacts that have been collected to include General George Washington’s marquee and much more. Anchoring the eastern end of Independence National Historical Park, The Museum is going to be an exciting and important project. ~ Museum of the American Revolution ~
  • National Constitution Center – If anything, you must see the ‘We the People’ exhibit. There are other timely exhibits. ~ National Constitution Center ~
  • Philadelphia Parks – Such as Fairmount Park or even Franklin Square for the kids or relaxing.

Those visiting who need a good tour company to show you around the City of Philadelphia, the historical sites, and much more, please ask us in the comments below, Tweet us at @MyPhillyAlive or ask us on our Facebook Page. ~ If you feel like walking instead, check out Free and Friendly Tours. Click Here for more info.

Upcoming Events & Attractions in Philadelphia ~ April 21 & beyond

  • Art After 5 ~ April 21 Free with admission, from 5 pm to 8:45 pm. ~ Joanna Pascale One of the premier East Coast jazz vocalists performs with pianist Orrin Evans. Held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the Great Stair Hall. Art After 5 ~
  • Philadelphia Science Festival ~ April 21 – 29 ~ Coming Soon   ~ Philadelphia Science Festival ~
  • NFL Draft Experience - April 27 – 29 ~ The NFL Draft Experience will be nothing like it before! There will be 25 football fields worth of action to include interactive exhibits like the Combine Corner and NFL Virtual Reality, awesome memorabilia in an NFL Museum and much more! ~ NFL Draft Experience ~
  • NFL Draft Experience Food & Beer ~ April 27 – 29 ~ Football and food sounds like a dangerous combination! Think of the ultimate tailgate party! During the NFL Draft Experience visitors will be able to feast on food from 20 plus vendors and food trucks! There will also be an NFL Draft Tavern presented by Bud Light! ~ NFL Draft Experience Food & Beer ~
  • 4th Friday in Headhouse District April 28 ~ Starting at 5 pm in the South Street Headhouse District, Experience the creativity and energy of the fabulous Fourth Street and South Street business communities with an evening of extended hours, art, music, food and shopping along Historic Fabric Row (and beyond). ~ 4th Friday in Headhouse District ~
  • Manayunk Craft Beer Festival ~ April 29 ~  Coming Soon   ~ Manayunk Craft Beer Festival ~
  • Flavors On The Avenue ~ April 30 ~ Flavors on the Avenue in East Passyunk Neighborhood is an exceptional event where guests can enjoy tasty food with specialty drinks from many East Passyunk restaurants. This spring time event that is held outdoors sells out quickly, so don’t hold back. ~ Flavors On The Avenue ~
  • Philadelphia Mural Arts Tours ~  Month of May ~ Come check out the many Mural Arts tours throughout Philadelphia. ~ Philadelphia Mural Arts Tours for May 2017 ~ or 215-925-3633. ~ About Philadelphia Mural Arts ~
  • Free Admission To National Museum of American Jewish History ~ April 7 ~ FREE ~ 10 am – 5 pm – Enjoy free admission to the National Museum of American Jewish History on the first Friday of each month. ~ Free Admission To National Museum of American Jewish History  ~
  • First Friday’s in Old CityMay 5 ~ Starts at 5 pm. Your chance to visit Art Galleries throughout Old City after normal hours. You will be able to talk to the art directors and possibly some of Philadelphia’s local artists. This also takes place as First Saturdays with select Art Galleries extending out to Fishtown. ~ First Fridays ~ 
  • First Friday’s in Manayunk ~ May 5 ~ Starts at 5 pm. Come enjoy art in Manayunk. Before or afterwards, enjoy a meal at the many restaurants, or stop in one of Manayunk’s wonderful specialty shops. ~ First Friday’s in Manayunk ~
  • South Street Spring Festival ~ May ~ Coming Soon ~ South Street Spring Festival ~
  • Greater Northeast Philadelphia Beer Festival ~ May 6 ~ Coming Soon ~ Greater Northeast Philadelphia Beer Festival ~
  • First Sundays at Barnes Foundation ~ May 7 ~ FREE - On the first Sunday of every month, visitors to the Barnes Foundation will enjoy free admission, family entertainment and informative seminars from 10 am to 6 pm. Free tickets can be obtained at the Barnes Foundation beginning at 9 am. Advance reservations are not available for Free First Sundays. ~ First Sunday’s at Barnes Foundation ~
  • Pay As You Wish ~ May 7 ~ Stop in at the Philadelphia Museum of Art every 1st Sunday of the month from 5 pm – 8:45 pm and ”Pay What You Wish”,  as you explore the museum and its remarkable collections. ~ Pay What You Wish ~
  • Chinese Lantern Festival ~ May 9 – June 11 ~ Take pleasure in the Chinese Lantern Festival at  Franklin Square ! The square will come alive and glow with 29 larger-than-life illuminated displays such as a huge 200-foot Chinese dragon, pandas, sea creatures, mythological creatures and more. Enjoy special food, shopping, live performances as well. ~ Chinese Lantern Festival ~
  • Night Market Burholme ~ May 11 ~ Coming Soon ~    ~ Night Market Burholme ~

As always, no matter if you are visiting Philadelphia or live in the City of Philadelphia, we hope our list of things to do in Philadelphia helps you out. If you have stumbled upon something else that we did not mention, please let us know in a comment or in an e-mail. If you are a business or organization that has an event coming up, please contact us. MyPhillyAlive If you happened to visit any of the things mentioned above, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment here or on that article describing what you liked about that event or attraction. As always, we would greatly appreciate any feedback. Thanks, MyPhillyAlive

Philadelphia Weather for the weekend of April 14 – 16

Friday  |  AM Clouds & PM Sun |  High 67°  |  Low 45°

Saturday  |  Cloudy  |  65°  |  Low 58°

Sunday  |  Partly Cloudy  |  84°  |  Low 63°

Disclaimer : This blog post is a weekly update of things to do in Philadelphia. Please check the date above, when such article was posted. If an earlier date appears above, just go to this link for current events and attractions in Philadelphia. ~ Click : Things to do in Philadelphia ~

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