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What’s Happening in Philly This Weekend: Mar. 31-Apr. 2

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 [email protected].


1. The Philly Pops Presents: Ella, Louis & All That Jazz

Where: Verizon Hall in the Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St.
When: Friday, March 31st-Sunday, April 2nd, various times

Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th birthday will be heralded in the month of April. In celebration, The Philly Pops will be covering the best from this iconic jazz vocalist and more. The orchestra will also fill Verizon Hall with swinging and rhythmic tunes from Fitzgerald’s legendary collaborator Louis Armstrong. There will be guest artists performing as well. Come see Pops jazz trumpeter Byron Stripling and singer Marva Hicks serenade the audience.

For tickets, click here.

2. Philadelphia Furniture Show

Where: 23rd Street Armory, 22 S. 23rd St.
When: Friday, March 31st-Sunday, April 2nd

In its 22nd year, the Philadelphia Furniture Show will take over the Rittenhouse Square area this weekend. There will be a kickoff preview party event this Friday from 6-9pm. On Saturday and Sunday, the event opens its doors to the public at 10am. This special and fabulous artisan furniture event will have several handcrafted and specialized pieces on display.

For tickets and information, click here.

3. Final Fridays: Rebel, Rebel

Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
When: Friday, March 31st, 5PM-8:45PM

The Philadelphia Museum of Art has been hosting the “Art After 5” series for months. This perfect blend of art and music will jolt your Friday evening. There will be a poetry workshop, revamped gallery tours, a dance performance from Brian Sanders’ JUNK, DJ Lil Dave will be spinning tunes, and so much more. This Friday will thematically celebrate creative pranksters in art history including Marcel Dechamp.

For information, click here.

4. XPN Music Film Festival

Where: Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut St.
When: Friday, March 31st-Sunday, April 2nd, various times

The Philadelphia Film Society will be celebrating the 25th anniversaries of Philadelphia Film Festival and the World Café Live Music Radio Program this weekend. This exquisite film festival will be highlighting and commemorating some of the best music films over the last 40 years. Come see great feature productions including The Last Waltz, Almost Famous, and more.

For tickets and information, click here.

5. Bon Jovi

Where: Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.
When: Friday, March 31st, 7:30PM

New Jersey native and rock royalty Bon Jovi will be igniting the Wells Fargo Center this Friday. The “Livin On a Prayer” and “It’s My Life” band released their thirteenth studio album last year. Lead singer Jon Bon Jovi will be wooing the crowd with a range of his many hits and some amazing new material.

For tickets, click here.

6. Rachel Feinstein

Where: Punch Line Philly, 33 E Laurel St.
When: Friday, March 31st, 8PM & 10:15 and Saturday, March 1st, 7:30PM &9:45PM

This entertaining comedian can be seen in several productions including the films Top Five, Trainwreck, and the Amazon series Red Oaks. Rachel Feinstein has tours the US and shocked audiences with her edgy brand of comedy. This in your face comedian will be doing multiple shows at Punch Line Philly this weekend that you don’t want to miss.

For tickets, click here.

7. TEDxPenn

Where: Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St.
When: Saturday, April 1st, 1PM

This year the theme of TEDxPenn is “Rise and Run”. This engaging event will have a wide range of notable speakers from various fields. Come hear these pioneering conversations about advancement from creators, entrepreneurs, and innovators. This will be a great event that brings science, tech, and design to the front of the podium.

For tickets, click here.

8. Neshaminy Mall Spring Fling

Where: Neshaminy Mall, 707 Neshaminy Mall, Bensalem PA
When: Saturday, April 1st, 10AM-9PM

The first weekend in April will be rung in at this family fun event. The Neshaminy Mall will be hosting a Spring Fling. There will be an exotic animal show provided by Jungle Joe’s Wildlife, a magic show, face paining, costumed characters, live music, shopping and vendors, balloon art, and many more fun activities.

9. Cherry Blossom Festival

Where: Various locations
When: Saturday, April 1st-Sunday, April 9th

Presented by Subaru, this annual festival embraces and illustrates the richness of tradition and culture. Over 1,000 trees will be blossoming throughout the city. Each location participating in this multi-day celebration will have several events including live music, artistic performances, ceremonial drumming, origami and sushi making, and more. The Shofuso Japanese House and Garden will have its opening and will be hosting several tours throughout the beautiful structure.

For information, click here.

10. The Beach Boys

Where: Keswick Theater, 291 N. Keswick Ave. Glenside, PA
When: Saturday, April 1st, 3PM & 8PM

International and famed band The Beach Bock will be featured at two headlining shows at the Keswick Theater this Saturday. The kings of the surf pop sound are musical pioneers. The Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winners were named 12th on Rolling Stone Magazine’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list. The “Good Vibrations” band has something musically unique and memorable to add to your Saturday.

For tickets, click here.

11. Delaware County Wine & Chocolate Festival

Where: Barnaby’s of Ridley, 2107 MacDade Blvd. Holmes, PA
When: Saturday, April 1st, 2PM-5PM

Delaware County is holding its first ever wine & chocolate festival. Local chocolatiers and wineries will show off their collection of savory treats and bold wines. There will be more than 30 reds and whites to choose from. The festival will have live music and each attendee will go home with a commemorative wine glass. This event will have your taste buds tingling with excitement.

For information, click here.

12. Wissahickon Brewing Company Grand Opening

Where: Wissahickon Brewing Company, 3705 W. School House Lane.
When: Saturday, April 1st, 2PM-10PM

The Wissahickon Brewing Company will be hosting a grand opening event this Saturday. There will be food trucks and of course a great selection of beers. Reef’s and Orange County, CA DJ Redasko will be entertaining the crowd with live music. Come welcome this new brewery into the local craft beer community.

13. Conshohocken Brewing Company 3rd Anniversary Party

Where: Conshohocken Brewing Company, 739 E. Elm St.
When: Saturday, April 1st, 11AM-Midnight

It’s an annual party like no other. The Conshohocken Brewing Company will be celebrating their 3rd anniversary with an all-day party. Before the party there will be a trail cleanup through Conshohocken at 9:30 am. Later on in the day there will be a new food menu, brewery gear giveaways, and a multitude of drink specials.

14. Flyers Vs. Devils

Where: Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.
When: Saturday, April 1st, 7PM

The Philadelphia Flyers take on the New Jersey Devils this Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center. The two teams last squared off on March 16th. Philly looks to avenge the 6-2 embarrassing loss from weeks ago. This will be the third consecutive home game for the Flyers as try to keep the momentum going and finish out the season strong.

For tickets, click here.

15. Films at AAMP: A Moving Image

Where: African American Museum in Philadelphia,
When: Saturday, April 1st, 8PM

The African American Museum in Philadelphia hosts a special screening of the feature film  A Moving Image. London filmmaker and  award winner  Shola Amoo’s work centers on gentrification and community strife in the town of Brixton. There will be an open gallery hour at 5 p.m. and after the screening Shola Amoo will be doing a Q&A.

For more information, click here.

16. The 2017 Red Ball

Where: Lincoln Financial Field, One Lincoln Financial Field Way.
When: Saturday, April 1st, 8PM

The American Red Cross will be hosting their annual red-tie fundraiser at Lincoln Financial Field this Saturday night. There will be dancing, live music and entertainment, a silent auction, and much more. All the funds from the gala will go to the Red Cross House center for Disaster Recovery and local disaster relief.

For tickets, click here.

17. Kehlani

Where: Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St.
When: Saturday, April 1st, 8PM

R&B singer Kehlani will be bringing her expressive lyricism and smooth vocals to Philly this weekend. The “SweetSexySavage Tour” makes its stop at Union Transfer to promote singer’s debut album. The mixtape You Should Be Here garnered Kehlani critical acclaim and surging success in 2014. The EP led to her first Grammy nomination. and commercial notoriety. Come out to hear the “CRZY” singer this Saturday night.

“Disclaimer: Event Rescheduled: Due to an unforeseen medical restriction, Kehlani’s show will now take place at Electric Factory on Monday July 10. All previously purchased tickets will be honored for the rescheduled date and venue.

SweetSexySavage Tour”

18. 22nd Annual Donor Dash

Where: Eakins Oval, 2451 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
When: Sunday, April 2nd, 7AM

Gift of Life will be hosting thousands of runners and participants for a good cause. In its 22nd year, this fundraiser helps raise money for organ donation awareness. There will be five runs throughout the day including a 10K, 5K, kids fun run, and a 3K walk. With more than 5,400 people in our region in need of a transplant, this run will help educate the community and spread the word for those in need.

For information, click here.

19. Museum Sundays

Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy and The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
When: Sunday, April 2nd, 10AM-5PM

Every first Sunday of the moth its pay-what-you-wish at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and free admission into The Barnes Foundation. These two prestigious art institutions have phenomenal exhibits and  collections to choose from. Come see Persons of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie or Lino Tagliapietra: Painting in Glass.

20. Media Restaurant Week

Where: Various restaurants in Media, PA
When: Sunday, April 2nd-Friday, April 7th

Over a dozen restaurants in Media, Pennsylvania to offer up this great culinary week. There will be dinner specials ranging from $25, $35, and $45. Some eateries are offering up to four-course meals for just $35. Don’t miss on this opportunity to take in some of the best that regional restaurants have to offer.

For information, click here.


You can follow Candis McLean on Twitter (@CandisRMcLean) and e-mail her at [email protected]. Follow Philly Influencer on Twitter (@PHL_Influencer), Facebook and Instagram.

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