Philadelphia

Everything You Must Do in Philadelphia this Spring

Philly Wine Cru
Philly Wine Cru
Philly Wine Cru

Though this winter in Philly didn’t bring us any snow, it certainly brought us dark days and blustery wind. Now that the days are growing longer, it’s time to shed your heated blanket and fleece slippers to bask instead under sunny skies and almost-summer vibes. There is plenty going on this season to truly celebrate spring, from outdoor bars to outdoor concerts to so many festivals. Take a look at all the things you must do, see, eat, and watch in Philly this season.

Bid farewell to winter at Kick the Keg at Winterfest

March 7-8
Penn’s Landing
Though we’ve had a kind of wimpy winter here in Philly (no snow days? c’mon), at least say farewell to the “season” with gusto at Kick the Keg, your last chance to see the glittery spectacles of Winterfest on the water until next year. Have one last cup of spiked cocoa, steal one last seat by the fire, and enjoy discounted beer on sale all weekend until the keg is officially kicked.
Cost: Pay as you go

Wonderspaces
Wonderspaces
Wonderspaces

Check out all the fuss (and VR) at Wonderspaces

Ongoing
Fashion District
Wonderspaces is an interactive art exhibit that found place in a downtown Philly mall — consider it the city’s little slice of Burning Man. A ticket gets you into the exhibits, plus a couple VR experiences that make the ticket well worth it. If you’ve already visited, it’s always worth another look — the gallery will be updating what’s on view so you can always find something unexpected.
Cost: $24

Watch Ilana Glazer take over the Merriam Theater

March 21
Center City
One half of Broad City is coming to Broad Street as Ilana Glazer takes her “Horny 4 Tha Polls” show on the road. See what Glazer can do outside of the show and, well, get horny for the polls just in time for the PA primary election.
Cost: $35

Watch March Madness at these sports bars

March 15 – April 6
Various locations
Time to get super into your fantasy league and college basketball! March Madness is the perfect time to check out all our favorite sports bars and all the food and drink specials they have to offer during the season.
Cost: Pay as you go

Philly Wine Cru
Philly Wine Cru
Philly Wine Cru

Sip and swirl your way around Philly Wine Week

March 30 – April 6
Various locations
Let your inner wino shine as Philly Wine Week comes to town in all its elegant glory. More than 50 bars and restaurants will be hosting special wine nights that take you around the world with the sip of magic grape juice . . . or it will at least feel that way. It all kicks off with Opening Corks (tickets start at $65), the swanky Bellevue party where you can mingle with winemakers, restaurateurs, and fellow wine lovers. Prefer to just find a pretty wine flight and maybe a cheese plate? Check back here for where to find all the places with good events. 
Cost: Pay as you go

Welcome home Leslie Odom Jr. at the World Cafe Live

March 31
University City
Snag a rare chance to see Hamilton star and Philly native Leslie Odom Jr. in a more intimate performance venue at the World Cafe Live. Broadway’s original Aaron Burr is returning on his Stronger Magic Tour, so expect some original tunes and maaaaaybe a couple from that musical he was in.
Cost: $25

Expand your horizons during Philly Celebrates Jazz

April 1-30
Various locations
This year is the 10th anniversary of Philadelphia’s Jazz Appreciation month, a citywide event bringing jazz programing to venues all around the city so more and more people can get inspired by the genre. 
Cost: Free admission

Shofuso
Shofuso
Shofuso

See all the cherry trees in bloom at Shofuso

April 4-5
West Fairmount Park
The Shofuso Japanese House and Garden will be in full bloom for the weekend’s Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival, where you can take in the pretty views and celebrate Japanese culture through traditional performances and even a sushi making class.
Cost: $12-$25

Stroll down Main for the Manayunk StrEAT fest

April 19
Manayunk
Try pizza in a cone, a macaron ice cream sandwich, fried cheese curds, and so much more at the annual Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival, crammed into the buzzing Main Street so that food trucks and other vendors can take over the road. Enjoy small town charm in this hilly Philly neighborhood.
Cost: Pay as you go

Bok Bar
Bok Bar
Bok Bar

Bask in some of Philly’s best rooftops

Ongoing
Various locations
Now that the sun is generously shining past 5pm, what better way to have a happy hour (or dinner, or anything) than at one of Philly’s rooftop bars? Check out our list and enjoy the view.
Cost: Pay as you go

Join a delicious block party in the Italian Market

May 16-17
Italian Market
The nation’s oldest outdoor market is celebrating with a rain-or-shine block party to showcase the delicious food constantly being made and enjoyed in the Italian Market. Besides all the food, expect some live music, games, and the return of the now-infamous Grease Pole competition, because we’re still not quite over February 4, 2018
Cost: Pay as you go

Enjoy another Philly Beer Week

May 29 – June 8
Various locations
Philly fancies itself the best beer-drinking city in the nation. Just explore all the offerings at the annual Philly Beer Week, the citywide celebration that gives you the chance to try new, rare, or heretofore undiscovered beers at pretty much all your favorite neighborhood spots.
Cost: Pay as you go

Roots Picnic
Roots Picnic
Roots Picnic

Kick off the summer at the Roots Picnic

May 30
The Mann Center at Fairmount Park
The Roots are coming back to their hometown in full glory for the Roots Picnic, with performances from Meek Mill, Summer Walker, DaBaby, and a ton of others to fill out the festival. You can expect lotsa of food trucks and other vendors to make it the sweetest start of summer ever.
Cost: Starts at $80

Try Spiked everything at the Navy Yard

May 30
The Navy Yard
The latest boozy festival to hit Philly is Spiked, which will feature everything spiked, minus beer. That’s not only seltzer — but coffee, tea, cider, canned cocktails and many, many other things. 
Cost: $50

Courtesy of Alpen Rose
Courtesy of Alpen Rose
Courtesy of Alpen Rose

Go all in on your spring fling at Philly’s most romantic restaurants

Ongoing
Various locations
Cuffing season is coming to a close, so if you’re shedding a relationship along with the extra layers, maybe it’s time to up your dating game for all the new people you’re about to meet. Philly has so many restaurants perfect for a date, and even if the company is bust, we can at least guarantee you a good meal.
Cost: Pay as you go

Hang out for West Philly Porchfest

June 8
West Philadelphia
The living feels extra easy when the whole neighborhood is singing and strumming. West Philly Porchfest returns this June with performers setting up shop on porches throughout the neighborhood. Want to watch? Great. Want to play? You can do that, too. Find out the spirit that thrives from this self-proclaimed do-it-yourself music festival.
Cost: Free

Enjoy First Friday, warm-weather edition

First Fridays 
Various locations
Galleries and other small shops throughout Old City and Northern Liberties host first Friday  events all through the year, but there’s something particularly wonderful about going door to door as the first warm days of the year settle in and make everything extra rosy. Keep track of all the exhibits on the horizon here.
Cost: Free

Explore the vegan lifestyle at VegFest

June 13
Location TBD
Just because you’re vegan or vegetarian doesn’t mean you should have to miss out on the start of Philly festival season. VegFest welcomes vegan foodies and vendors big on sustainable living for a celebration of all things plant-based. Stay tuned as more details (including a mystery location) are revealed.

THE OFFICIAL ODUNDE FESTIVAL
THE OFFICIAL ODUNDE FESTIVAL
THE OFFICIAL ODUNDE FESTIVAL

Commemorate 45 years of the Odunde Festival

June 14
Graduate Hospital
The Odunde Festival has been going strong since 1975, today the largest African-American street festival in the country. In the week leading to the festival, expect ongoing cultural events before the day of amazing food, performances, and vendors.Sign up here for our daily Philly email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun in town.

Marielle Mondon is a writer from Philadelphia in full hibernation mode. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter @MarielleMondon.

Philadelphia

Museum Exhibits in Philly to Check Out Before They Disappear

Get in some culture (and selfies) at the best art exhibits in Philadelphia.

Photo courtesy of Disney
Photo courtesy of Disney
Photo courtesy of Disney

From the historical to the artistic, Philadelphia is jam packed with museums. Art aficionados of all ages can get lost inside the likes of tourist-friendly museums like the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Museum of the American Revolution or feast their eyes on unique exhibitions at institutions like the Fabric Workshop and Museum and the Museum for Art In Wood.

Between big-ticket exhibitions honouring the House of Mouse to collections showcasing the legacy of a prominent Black family in early America, there’s plenty of material to dig into. After you’ve planned a date night and rounded up friends to explore the city, here are the most exciting museum exhibits in Philly right now-before they’re gone for good.

Photo courtesy of Disney
Photo courtesy of Disney
Photo courtesy of Disney

The Franklin Institute

Exhibition: Disney 100: The Exhibition
Mickey Mouse, you look good for your age. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Disney is a retrospective exhibition, which got its world premiere right here in Philly. Between rarely-seen artworks and artifacts, costumes and props, and interactive installations where you can listen to hit Disney songs, the exhibit is a Disney lover’s wish-upon-a-star-come-true.
Dates: Until August 27, 2023
How to visit: The museum is open Monday through Sunday. Tickets are available online and at the door.

Photo by Ramon Torres, courtesy of ANS
Photo by Ramon Torres, courtesy of ANS
Photo by Ramon Torres, courtesy of ANS

Academy of Natural Sciences

Exhibition: Conversations With Birds
No, not an allusion to the Eagles, this exhibition is dedicated to actual birds, their migration patterns, and humans’ relationship with avian creatures. Expect avian photography and video by local birders and wildlife photographers along with an interactive exhibit showing five migratory birds that pass through the Philadelphia region on their seasonal passage between North and South America.
Dates: Until May 21, 2023
How to visit: The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday. Tickets are available online or at the door.

The Barnes Foundation

Exhibition: Sue Williamson & Lebohang Kganye: Tell Me What You Remember
The work of two contemporary South African artists-Sue Williamson and Lebohang Kganye-are shown side by side, offering a cross-generational dialogue. Both artists utilize video installations, photographs, sculptural installations, and textiles “to consider how the stories our elders tell us shape family narratives and personal identities.”
Dates: Until May 21, 2023
How to visit: The museum is open Thursday through Monday. Advanced tickets are recommended.

Photo by Jonathan Horowitz
Photo by Jonathan Horowitz
Photo by Jonathan Horowitz

Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History

Exhibition: The Future Will Follow the Past: An Exhibition by Jonathan Horowitz
Exploring the rapid change of societal issues in America since 2020-antisemitism, racial violence, immigration, women’s rights, LGBTQIA+ rights-Jonathan Horowitz designed installations inspired by recent occurrences. His works explore specific events like the infamous far-right rally from white supremacists in Charlottesville as well as recent themes in American history, like attacks on those within the BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities.
Dates: Until July 4, 2023
How to visit: The museum is open Friday through Sunday. Admission is available online and at the door.

Photo by Hoda Tawakol
Photo by Hoda Tawakol
Photo by Hoda Tawakol

The Museum for Art In Wood

Exhibition: The Mashrabiya Project
The newly renamed Museum for Art in Wood (formerly The Center for Art In Wood) celebrates the rebrand with a brand new project. Focusing on mashrabiya, the traditional Islamic architectural design, The Mashrabiya Project is a first of its kind effort in the U.S. to examine this aesthetic. As a part of the larger mission, a new exhibition Seeing Through Space features newly-commissioned, never-before-seen works by six female-identifying artists.
Dates: Until July 23, 2023
How to visit: The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday. Tickets are not required.

Photo by Carlos Avenda├▒o
Photo by Carlos Avenda├▒o
Photo by Carlos Avenda├▒o

Fabric Workshop and Museum

Exhibition: Henry Taylor: Nothing Change, Nothing Strange
Combining painting and sculpture, Henry Taylor utilized recycled objects in this exhibition, the product of an 18-month residency. The entire second floor of the museum houses the large scale assemblages, tapestries, and textiles. Think: 30-foot billowing canvases and towering totems created from compressed blocks of paint buckets, vinyl home siding, and black plastic planters.
Dates: Until July 23, 2023
How to visit: The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday. Walk up admission is available but advanced registration is encouraged.

Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art
Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art
Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Exhibition: Judith Joy Ross
More than 200 photographs from renowned portrait photographer Judith Joy Ross will be on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, chronicling her career from the 1980s to today. Her black-and-white portraits are intimate reflections of everyday Americans, and this show features work from all her major projects, plus, never-before-seen images.
Dates: April 24 to August 6, 2023
How to visit: The museum is open Thursday through Monday. Advanced tickets are recommended.

American Swedish Historical Museum

Exhibition: Radically Marimekko
Famous for their bright and bold fabrics, Finnish textiles, clothing, and home furnishings, the company Marimekko is showcased at this special exhibit. Drawing attention to Finnish design, the collection traces the brand’s path from industrial art house to fashion icon.
Dates: March 30 to September 24, 2023
How to visit: The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday. Walk up admission is available.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and African American Museum in Philadelphia

Exhibition: Rising Sun: Artists in an Uncertain America
A collaboration between the African American Museum in Philadelphia and PAFA, Rising Sun showcases new work from 20 artists examining the question of Is the sun rising or setting on the experiment of American democracy? With pieces shown in both museums, visitors can reflect on, challenge, and expand their view of democracy through art.
Dates: March 23 to October 8, 2023
How to visit: The African American Museum in Philadelphia is open Thursday through Sunday; admission is available online and at the door. PAFA is open Thursday through Sunday; admission can be purchased in advance or at the door.

Museum of the American Revolution
Museum of the American Revolution
Museum of the American Revolution

Museum of the American Revolution

Exhibition: Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia
James Forten may not be a familiar name within early American history, but this new exhibit at the Museum of the American Revolution is looking to change that. Telling the story of Forten and his family through 100 historical artifacts, Black Founders explores the Forten family’s roles in the Revolutionary War, business in Philadelphia, and the abolitionist movement.
Dates: Until November 26, 2023
How to visit: The museum is open daily. Admission is available online and at the door.

National Constitution Center
National Constitution Center
National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center

Exhibition: The 19th Amendment: How Women Won The Vote
That lofty document known as the Constitution and its values, interpretations, and amendments are explored in great detail at the National Constitution Center, naturally. This semi-permanent exhibit examines the 19th Amendment-the one which granted women the right to vote-and the road to its ratification. Out of the near 100 artifacts, expect to see a rare printing of the Declaration of Sentiments from the first women’s convention at Seneca Falls, a ballot box used to collect women’s votes in the late 1800s, Pennsylvania’s ratification copy of the 19th Amendment, and various “Votes for Women” ephemera.
Dates: Semi-permanent, no end date announced
How to visit: The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday. Advanced tickets are recommended.

M├╝tter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
M├╝tter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
M├╝tter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

M├╝tter Museum

Exhibition: Spit Spreads Death
Eerily topical, the M├╝tter’s latest special exhibit, Spit Spreads Death, an exhibit about the 1918 flu pandemic, opened in the fall of 2019, less than six months before the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The exhibit traces the disease’s spread throughout Philadelphia neighbourhoods a century ago and how the pandemic impacted the city with artifacts like photos, newspaper clippings, and more.
Dates: Now through 2024
How to visit: The museum is open Wednesday through Monday. Advanced tickets are required.

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Allie Volpe┬áis a writer based in Philadelphia. She hasn’t slept in days. Follow her on Twitter:┬á@allieevolpe.

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