Weekend Picks: The 2011 Phillies Season Officially Kicks Off, First Friday In The City And Suburbs, Philly Spring Cleanup And More

What a way to kick off a weekend: the Phillies’ 2011 season officially begins today, with a 1:05 p.m. match-up against the Houston Astros.

Fingers crossed that we’ll have cause to celebrate tonight; there are plenty of opportunities to do so, from First Friday to the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s inaugural spring Art after 5 event to the official reopening of Franklin Square and Squareburger (hello, Tastykake milkshake).

Keep the weekend’s wheels spinning with a last-chance theater show (three are closing Sunday), or else get your hands dirty at the Philly Spring Cleanup.

What else to do this weekend, below:

Friday

Phillies Opening Day: Phillies vs. Houston Astros at 1:05 p.m. Check out our guide to where to watch

First Friday in Old City, Doylestown, Fishtown/Kensington and Main Line

Sixers vs. New Jersey Nets at 7 p.m.

Project Capucci Fashion Competitions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Soil Kitchen launches

Franklin Square And SquareBurger reopen for the season

Peter Nero and the Philly Pops Music and Comedy featuring Robert Klein

Drink Philly Benefit for Japan Earthquake Relief

Birthday Cheers Happy Hour at Hotel Palomar

Saturday

Philly Spring Cleanup

Spring Wine Weekend at Chaddsford Winery

Brooklyn Day at Terrain at Styer’s garden and home boutique

International Children’s Book Day celebration at the Arden Theatre

Japanese Cherry Blossom Celebration at Morris Arboretum

Kevin Smith at the Keswick Theatre (uwishunu readers get a special discount on tickets!)

Health for Sale: Posters from the William H. Helfand Collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art — Opening Day!

Sunday

Instant Composers Pool Orchestra at Ars Nova Workshop

The Pride of Parnell Street at Act II Playhouse

First Sunday Supper at JG Domestic

Macy’s Flower Show

Let Me Down Easy at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre

Superior Donuts at the Arden Theatre — Closing Day!

ARTwear craft show at Philadelphia Art Alliance — Closing Day!

Azuka Theatre’s the terrible girls — Closing Day!

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