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What’s Happening in Philly This Weekend: April 14-16

Each weekend, we will post some of the most unique social and culture places to visit in addition to exciting events in and around the Philly area. We call it Philly Influencer’s Weekend Picks. If you attend any of these places or events, let us know how it went! Tweet us or email us at thephillyinfluencer@gmail.com.

Running Through the Weekend:

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1. Cinedelphia Film Festival


Where: PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St.
When: Runs from Thursday, April 13th- Saturday, April 29th

Back for its fifth year, this annual film festival pays tribute to a wide spectrum of features. There’s plenty of locally shot productions rare, and unique films for every moviegoers tastes. This year’s opening night film will be Blue Velvet Revisited and the closing night will feature On the Sly: In Search of the Family Stone. Come check out this festival and view its lineup of enriching and engrossing movies.

For tickets and information, click here.

2. Art After 5


Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
When: Friday, April 14th, 5PM-8:45PM

Start your weekend with this musical and cultural experience. The Philadelphia Museum of Art hosts this happy hour themed soiree that includes live music, cocktails, and tapas-style cuisine by Starr Catering. This Friday Ensemble Novo, a  six-piece Brazilian ensemble, will provide the soundtrack for the night.

For information, click here.

3. Spend the Night with Billy Crystal


Where: Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St.
When: Friday, April 14th & Saturday, April 15th, 8PM

Famous comedian, actor, writer, director, and producer Billy Crystal will be the main attraction at Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center this weekend. Moderated by  talented actress Bonnie Hunt, this event will showcase Crystal’s unique humor, great storytelling, and precision for entertaining.

For tickets and information, click here.

4. Tony Rock


Where: Punch Line Philly, 33 E. Laurel St.
When: Friday, April 14th, 8PM & 10:15PM and Saturday, April 15th 7:30PM & 9:45PM

Tony Rock is the host of Russell Simmons’ “All Def Comedy Live” and the classic televised talent series “Apollo Live”. Rock has displayed his comedic and acting talents in several television broadcasts such as, “Real Husbands of Hollywood” and more. Come see this established and in-your-face comedian at Punch Line Philly this weekend.

For tickets, click here.

5. Mike Birbiglia


Where: Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St.
When: Friday, April 14th, 7:30PM & 10PM and Saturday, April 15th, 7:30PM & 10PM

Mike Birbiglia recently toured over 100 cities with the show “Thank God for Jokes.” Birgbiglia is ready to project that recent success onstage and bring some fresh new standup material to his fans. The comedian said, “I’ve never been more excited about standup in my whole career. These shows will blend an entirely new material, improvisation, and a few stories from “Thank God for Jokes.”

For information, click here.

6. The Decemberists


Where: The Fillmore Philadelphia, 29 E. Allen St.
When: Friday, April 14th, 8PM

Portland indie rock band The Decemberists will be performing at The Fillmore Philadelphia this Friday night. The critically  accailmed group has seven album releases under their belt. The five member act is no stranger to success. The popular single “The King Is Dead” was nominated for Best Rock Song at the 54th annual Grammys. Come hear the beautiful instrumentation, picturesque lyricism, and all this band has to offer.

7. Black History and Culture Showcase


Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St.
When: Saturday, April 15th-Sunday, April 16th

This cultural celebration is free to enter. This events commemorates and touches on the important and pivotal roles African Americans have played in American history. There will be art exhibits, speaking engagements, workshops, poetry sessions, concerts, documentary film viewings, and more

For more information, click here.

8. National Constitution Center Family Festival


Where: National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St.
When: Saturday, April 15th, 9:30AM-5PM

Presented by Alex’s Lemonade, this charitable event will have several activities for your friends and family. The festival is free for kids 18 years of age and under. Admission for adults will be $14.50. Half of the proceeds from this event will go to the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.  There will be colonial-era games, live music, water ice, food trucks, games, and of course the lemonade will be flowing.

For information, click here.

9. Easter Egg Hunts


Where: Franklin Square, 6th & Race St.
When: Saturday, April 15th, 11AM-1PM

The Easter bunny will be in attendance at the beloved Franklin Square playground. This event is free to enter. For those looking to participate, there will be an in-park registration on the day of the event. Reading Terminal Market will also be hosting an Easter egg hunt between the hours of 9:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. There will be story time and egg dyeing for all. Make sure you bring your baskets.

For information, click here.

10. Makers Market


Where: The Schmidt’s Commons, 1001 N. 2nd St.
When: Saturday, April 15th, 10AM-6PM

This open air and fresh monthly market makes its April stop this Saturday. The Schmidt’s Commons will host crafters, local businesses, farmers, and more. There will be plenty of vendors to take care of all your needs from jewelry, to soap, to music. This market offers up a community and memorable Saturday afternoon like no other.

For information, click here.

11. Escape The Room Philly


Where: Escape The Room Philly, 1528 Walnut St.
When: Establishment open daily for various sessions

Have you ever watched a film and tried to rationalize your way out of a scenario? Do you think you have natural problem solving skills? Escape The Room Philly might be the answer to liven up your weekend. This exciting and timed experience boasts several challenges and perplexing games designed to cultivate team building. Come see if your group has what it takes to escape in sixty minutes.

For more information, click here.

12. Bowling with the Easter Bunny


Where: Revolutions at Penn Treaty, 1009 Canal St.
When: Saturday, April 15th, 12PM-3PM

Revolutions at Penn Treaty will celebrating the holiday with this Easter themed bowling event. For $15 you’ll get a specialty lunch, pictures with the Easter bunny, an hour of bowling, and be able to partake in a creative Easter egg hunt. There will be special giveaways and many prizes for your whole family.

13. FDR Fest


Where: FDR Park, 1500 Pattison Ave.
When: Saturday, April 15th, 12PM-5PM

FDR Park will be the place to be this Saturday. This festival will have live music, pay-as-you-go beer and wine, and boat and bike rentals. Cow and the Curd and Farm Truck will be on hand for all your food needs. There will be a petting zoo, an egg hunt, the Easter bunny will be there, and the first 100 guest will get a Wheel Fun pass.

For information, click here.

14. The Buzz: A Coffee, Beer & Spirits Festival


Where: Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine St.
When: Saturday, April 15th, 5PM

The Free Library of Philadelphia will let you sample the best in coffee, cocktails, tea, and craft beer. Balboa Catering & Supper Club will provide light food. Guest will get to experience the library’s new roof deck as they enjoy the tastings, listen to presentations from breweries and distillers, and more.

For tickets, click here.

15. Drury Beer Garden Returns 


Where: Drury Beer Garden @ Opa, 1311 Samson St.
When: Saturday, April 15th, 2PM-5PM

Just in time for these nonstop days of sun, the Drury Beer Garden is back and open for business. This downtown beer garden will launch its Spring and Summer hours this Saturday. On Mondays through Fridays the garden opens at 3 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays the party starts at noon. Opa’s chef Bobby Saritsoglou will be cooking up the best in Mediterranean cuisine. This Saturday there will be a kickoff party.

16. Flux Pavilion presents Around the World in 80 Raves


Where: The Fillmore Philadelphia, 29 E. Allen St.
When: Saturday, April 15th, 9PM

When asked about this energetic tour Flux Pavilion said, “I have been traveling around the world for 8 years playing shows and seen some amazing places and met some amazing people. This tour is a celebration of the global electronic music scene.” Joined by special guest Kayzo, this musical explosion will be the destination for all EDM and electronic party people in the city this Saturday night.

For tickets, click here.

17. Philly Spring Jam


Where: The Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad St.
When: Saturday, April 15th, 8PM

R&B acts Ginuwine, Jagged Edge, Dru Hill, Next, and Guy bring their hits to The Liacouras Center this Saturday night. This concert series will have you dancing to some of the best party starters that 2000’s R&B had to offer. From “Too Close” by Next to “In My Bed” by Dru Hill, the jams from that cherished era will be nonstop and endless at this event.

For tickets and information, click here.

18. Easter Promenade


Where: From 5th & South to 2nd and Lombard St.
When: Sunday, April 16th, 12:30PM

This event has some egg-citing events for the whole family. South Street Headhouse District presents the 86th Annual Easter Promenade. Masses will come out to partake in this annual festival that aligns South St. There will be Easter treats, plenty of food and drinks, the Philadelphia Freedom Band will be doing a live performance, and more. The promenade is looking for creative attire. There will also be a best dressed contest with celebrity judges.

For more information, click here.

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