What’s happening in Philly this weekend: April 12-14

Each weekend, we will post some of the most unique social and cultural 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

This week’s best Sips & Eats!

Events Running Through the Weekend


1. Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia

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Where: Various locations
When: Runs through Sunday, April 14th

The 2019 Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia continues to take over the city. This Friday there will be a sake garden, food demonstrations, and a performance by Taiko artist Kaoru Watanabe. The Morris Arboretum will be holding celebrations all weekend long.  Sakura Sunday will feature an all-day outdoor celebration of Japanese culture. There will be contests, cosplay, a drum and dance troupe performances, and so much more.

For more information, click here.

2. Philly Celebrates Jazz Events

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Where: Various locations
When: Various times

Jazz Appreciation Month continues to sweep across the nation. Over the past few weeks, and many more to come, Philadelphia will be heralding this great genre of music. Come to the John Anderson Cultural Center to hear Roxi Fab and Shekhinah B. this Friday. Chris’ Jazz Cafe will have wonderful performers each day of the week.

For more information, click here.

3. Philly Autism Awareness Events

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Where: Various locations
When: Various times

Autism and the masses of individuals on the diverse spectrum will be highlighted this weekend in the City of Brotherly Love. This Friday is the Philadelphia Autism Conference with keynote speaker and celebrated professor Temple Grandin. This Sunday is Autism Awareness Day at the Philadelphia Zoo. There will be an Autism Resource Expo and advocacy area, sensory stations and craft areas, giveaways, face Painting, and more.

4. Marvel at The Franklin Institute

Life-size sculptures of Marvel’s beloved characters, including Spider-Man and The Thing.

Where: The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St.
When: Runs through Monday, September 2nd

The Franklin Institute is always finding ways to immerse the masses in wonder with each new exhibit. This weekend Marvel opens and will feature “life-size scenes straight from the comic world”, concept sketches, artwork, props, interactive designs, and plenty more exciting activities.

For more information, click here.

5. The Great Philadelphia Comic Con

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Where: Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Avenue, Oaks, PA
When: Runs through Sunday, April 14th

Staying in the same exciting genre, The Great Philadelphia Comic Con will be in town through Sunday. The convention will have countless comic books, games, and collectibles.  You’ll have access to top-tier vendors, film and TV screenings, and more.  Enjoy a cosplay contest, gaming competitions, and TV star guests.

For more information, click here.

6. The Philly POPS Present Cole Porter’s Broadway: Too Darn Hot 

Where: The Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St.
When: Runs through Sunday, April 14th

Recently appointed POPS Principal Guest Conductor David Charles Abell will be bringing the great music of Cole Porter to The Kimmel Center this weekend. Jazz stylist Catherine Russell and Broadway stars Lisa Vroman and Ben Davis will be belting out stellar tracks including “Too Darn Hot,” “Anything Goes,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” and “Begin the Beguine”.

For more information, click here.

7. Anastasia at the Academy of Music

Where: Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St.
When: Runs through Sunday, April 14th

Broadway Philadelphia’s Anastasia will be one of the gems of this weekend’s theatrical productions. Be swept back to the Russian Empire and to 1920s Paris in this tale of a young woman trying to reclaim her identity.

For more information, click here.

8. PHILADANCO: Dance Philly Style

Where: The Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St.
When: Runs through Sunday, April 14th

Local and famed dance company Philadanco will be bringing Dance Philly Style to the Perelman Building at the Kimmel Center all weekend long. The show rafted a show features acclaimed choreographers and highlights the “unique vision and style” that has shaped Philadelphia dance and influenced the art form around the globe.

For more information, click here.

9. Cinedelphia Film Festival

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Where: Various locations
When: Runs through Saturday, April 20th

The 2019 Cinedelphia Film Festival kicks off this week! This will be a city-wide celebration of films and productions related to Philadelphia. There will be shorts, feature films, documentaries, live radio tapings, discussion panels, and Q&A groups, and more.

For more information, click here.

10. Philadelphia Film Festival SpringFest

Where: Philadelphia Film Center, 1412 Chestnut St.
When: Runs through Sunday, April 14th

Another film celebration to check out this weekend is the Philadelphia Film Festival SpringFest. Philadelphia Film Society offers you a glimpse into some of the best mid-year cinematic marvels. There will be international features, documentaries, buzzworthy releases with Hollywood elites, and much more.

For more information, click here.

11. Salsa & Bachata on the Patio 

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Where: City Tap House University City, 3925 Walnut St.
When: Friday, April 12th, 7PM-10PM

City Tap House University City will be hosting this free after work party on Friday. DJ Valentin will be playing the best of Salsa and Bachata. There will be food and drink specials all night long. Come take a break on this great outdoor patio.

For more information, click here.

12. Chelsea Handler 

Chelsea Handler

Where: The Met Philadelphia, 825 Walnut St.
When: Friday, April 12th, 8PM

Comedian, TV personality, author, and entertainer Chelsea Handler will be front-and-center at The Met Philadelphia this Friday night. Her brazen and blunt personality will have you on the edge of your seat all night long.

For more information, click here.

13. Mural Arts Tours

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Where: Various locations
When: Various times

Philadelphia has been called the “mural capital of the world.” With new stunning pieces unfolding in almost every corner, you may want the opportunity to hear the story behind the concepts and artists themselves. Mural Arts provides fun vehicle tours, city walking tours, train, segway, bike, and private group tours to enhance your experience and to gain in-depth knowledge about these phenomenal murals blossoming throughout the city. Over 45 new artworks have been added along tour routes. This is a great season to discover the wonder that the mural in the city has to offer.

For more information, click here.

14. Macy’s Family Funday at The African American Museum in Philadelphia

Where: The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch St.
When: Saturday, April 13th, 11AM – 3PM

In honor of National Poetry Month and Jazz Appreciation Month, Macy’s Family Funday theme this month will be Express Yourself. There will be live music, poetry creation, watercolor blow art, workshops, and more. Thanks to Macy’s, the first 250 people will receive free entry to the museum for this event

For more information, click here.

15. East Passyunk Ave Egg Hunt

Where: The corner of Passyunk Avenue/South Street down to Headhouse Square (2nd Street)
When: Saturday, April 13th, 12PM & 1PM

The East Passyunk Avenue Easter Egg Hunt takes place this Saturday. This is one of the most anticipated events of the Easter season each year. There will be food and drinks, bag decorations, an appearance from the Easter Bunny, and more.

For more information, click here.

16. Indian Festival of Colors 

Zoo Noel

Where: Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W Girard Ave.
When: Saturday, April 13th, 12PM-4PM

The Philadelphia Zoo will be glowing with vibrant shades and smiles this weekend at its Indian Festival of Colors celebrations. There will be Indian music, amazing dancing, food, artistic works, and “vendors from Philadelphia’s vibrant Indian American community”.

For more information, click here.

17. Locals Only Beer Festival 

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Where: Independence Seaport Museum, 211 Columbus Blvd.
When: Saturday, April, 13th, 1PM-5PM

This Saturday, the Seaport Independence Museum will be hosting a Locals Only Beer Festival. There will be countless breweries represented from the region, live entertainment, food, museum tours, free prizes, and more.

For more information, click here.

18. Decibel Metal & Beer Fest

Decibel Metal & Beer Fest 2019 feat Baroness, Obituary & More

Where: The Fillmore Philadelphia, 29 E. Allen St.
When: Saturday, April 13th & Sunday, April 14th

The official Decibel Metal & Beer Festival officially goes full-throttle this Saturday and Sunday. However, there will be a pre-fest event this Friday night. Come to The Fillmore Philadelphia this weekend for amplified music and a wide selection of breweries on hand. The live music will have the place rocking and the brews will be there to cap off your night.

For more information, click here.

19. Miguel and J.I.D. 

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Where: Penn Park, 3000 Walnut Street
When: Saturday, April 13th, 7PM-10PM

Sultry R&B and pop crooner Miguel will be performing at Penn Park this Friday night. Atlanta rapper J.I.D. will be bringing his DiCaprio2 tracks to the outdoor venue as well. This Spring Fling concert will surely have all the music lovers out in the park.

For more information, click here.

20. Real Ale Invitational

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Where: Yards Brewing Company, 500 Spring Garden St.
When: Sunday, April 14, 12PM – 4PM

This Sunday is the Real Ale Invitational at Yards Brewing Company. Several “real ales” will be on full display at this beer sampling event. This party will have plenty of local food and beverages, live music, and many fun activities.

For more information, click here.

21. Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival 

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Where: Main St.
When: Sunday, April 14th, 11AM- 5PM

One of the most anticipated food truck festivals hits the streets of Manayunk this Sunday. Kicking off Manayunk Spring Restaurant Week, this event will have over forty food vendors ready to fulfill all of your culinary needs. Bring your appetite and wallet out for this community and belly embracing event.

For more information, click here.

Map of Events


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