Dining Out For Life returns to Philadelphia tonight and the weather couldn't be better for an alfresco meal at the feel-good event. (Photo by M.Edlow for GPTMC)
The sun is shining once again and temperatures are feeling perfect this evening. Festival season is still in full swing; PIFA, Philly Tech Week and the Philadelphia Science Festival are all hosting fun events for some pre-weekend fun.
Read on for our top picks for this evening:
• Dining Out For Life: More than 200 restaurants are participating in Dining Out For Life, the annual feel-good foodie event. Some of the city’s most popular restaurants like Barbuzzo, El Vez, Alla Spina, Tria and Zahav, are donating 33 percent of their profit from the day to local HIV and AIDS initatives. The full list of participating restaurants is available here. Some restaurants are extending the goodness beyond this evening’s event. Certain eateries are offering 20-percent off Tuesdays to diners who donate $25 or more to tonight’s cause. For the rest of the year, receive 20 percent off your bill at participating restaurants.
When: Thursday, April 25
Where: Participating restaurants
Cost: Pay as you go
• Fun With Fermentation: Kimcheese: The Center City location of DiBruno Bros. hosts a tasty event tonight in association with the Philadelphia Science Festival. Fun with Fermentation: Kimcheese brings two esteemed food writers, Amanda Feifer, author of the blog Phickle.com and Tenaya Darlington, author of the blog Madame Fromage to the mix. Plenty of delicious (and fermented) cheese and bites of the fermented Korean dish kimchee will be available.
When: Thursday, April 25, 6 p.m.
Where: DiBruno Bros., 1730 Chestnut Street
• PIFA’s Daringly High Trapeze Performances: After a month of trapeze lessons on Broad Street, Fly School Circus Arts presents an epic trapeze performance high above Broad Street tonight at 8 p.m. Seasoned trapeze artists perform impressive tricks for all to see in the University of the Arts parking lot between Spruce and Pine Streets on Broad Street.
When: Thursday, April 25, 8 p.m.
Where: University of the Arts parking lot between Spruce and Pine Streets on Broad Street
• Fairmount Restaurant Week With Art: It’s the last night of Fairmount’s Restaurant Week With Art event. Numerous Fairmount restaurants are offering three-course meals on the cheap; all menus ring in at $35 or less. Participating restaurants include Granite Hill, London Grill, Cantina Feliz and The Belgian Cafe. The full list of participating restaurants (and their menus) is available here. Art and delicious food mix tonight as participating restaurants present displays of art in addition to their three-course dinner menu. Art displays vary at each location.
When: Thursday, April 25
Where: Participating Fairmount restaurants
Cost: $35 or less
• Penn Relays: Catch a glimpse of numerous high school and college track stars at the world’s largest annual relay meet, the Penn Relays. Today is the first day of the three-day long festival, so be sure to catch opening night happenings. The last event is the Olympic Development Men’s 10,000 meter run at 10:55 p.m. Also visit the Carnival Village for food vendors, official merchandise distributors, giveaways and more.
When: Thursday, April 25, until 10:55 p.m.
Where: Franklin Field, 235 S. 33rd Street
• Sounds Made Up: Tales From the History of Science: The Philadelphia Science Festival and Philly Improv Theater present a night of comedy and science at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Old City. Comedians and historians tell the story of past scientific efforts that didn’t go as planned in Sounds Made Up: Tales From the History of Science. Reservations are required, tickets are available online.
When: Thursday, April 25, 7 p.m.
Where: Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut Street
• 1492, Music and Dance from Spain to the Americas: In the final days of PIFA a number of blockbuster events are set to hit the stage. Tonight, don’t miss 1492, Music and Dance from Spain to the Americas at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre. At 7 p.m., embark on a journey to new worlds as the Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations, Inc. brings guests back to monumental moments in Spanish, Mexican and Cuban history. The performance brings guests to all different times in history. From ninth-century Spain to 18th-century Mexico to Christopher Columbus’ famous journey of 1492 and much more. The performance showcases live performances of Mexican Mariachi music, flamenco dancing, salsa dancing and vocal performances.
When: Thursday, April 25, 7 p.m.
Where: Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad Street
Cost: $30 General Admission, $25 Seniors and Students
• PIFA’s Time Travel Plaza: With PIFA coming to an end on Saturday, this is your last chance to catch the free programming and events at PIFA’s Time Travel Plaza. Located in the Kimmel Center’s Commonwealth Plaza, the area boasts PIFA’s massive time machine installation, live performances each night and just-for-PIFA concessions by Garces Catering. At 5:30 p.m. check out Shut Your Wormhole, a 15-minute comedic performance by the Tribe of Fools and at 7 and 10:30 p.m. watch Flash of Time, a short musical performance that brings guests through different historical eras.
When: Thursday, April 25, open until midnight
Where: Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
• Philly Give & Get Charity Auction: Incubated by Old City coworking space Indy Hall, Philly Give & Get combines professional networking with community engagement in a one-night-only Philly Tech Week soiree at National Mechanics. For a donation of $10 or more to Philadelphia Center for Arts and Technology (PCAT), gain access to auction items like a private circus class or a behind-the-scenes tour of Eastern State Penitentiary.
When: Thursday, April 25, 7-10 p.m.
Where: National Mechanics, 22 S. 3rd Street
Cost: Donation of $10 or more, which includes a drink ticket