The 14 Biggest Events And Festivals Coming To Philly This April

The Philadelphia Science Festival, Cherry Blossom Festival, Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival and more...

April marks the beginning of the amazing spring event season here in Philadelphia.

In the coming weeks, festivals of all sort — science festivals, food truck events, celebrations of the tech community and so much more — pop up on thoroughfares and at cultural institutions around the city.

This month, two huge events hit the city after much anticipation: the Museum of the American Revolution opens its doors, and the NFL Draft fills the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with a major (and free!) fan festival.

Check out our picks for major April events and festivals, below.

Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival

Subaru Cherry Blossom FestivalPhoto courtesy of Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia

Whether it’s enjoying the fragile pink blossoms of 1,000 cherry trees or taking in the many featured festivities such as live music and cultural demonstrations, the 20th annual Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia is the time to celebrate all things Japanese.

Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival

When:April 1-9
Where:Fairmount Park

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LEGOLAND Discovery Center Grand Opening

LEGOLAND Discovery CenterPhoto courtesy LEGOLAND Discovery Center

Block by block, LEGOLAND® Discovery Center will unlock imaginations as wannabe builders dive into an interactive world of hands-on play. Children and parents will be entertained for hours at this indoor playground, featuring iconic Philadelphia landmarks created from millions of LEGO bricks in MiniLand, Play Zones with an almost unlimited supply of LEGO bricks, a kid-friendly ride and a 4-D cinema .

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Grand Opening

When:Opens Thursday, April 6
Where:Plymouth Meeting Mall, 500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting

www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com

Philly Farm and Food Fest

Philly Farm and Food FestivalPhoto courtesy Philly Farm and Food Festival

Heads up, local food lovers. The Philly Farm and Food Fest creates a farm-to-city experience at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, featuring over 100 vendors, an excellent lineup of speakers and classes and a pop-up market with local goods and produce. Makers, bakers and innovate food product creators will be onsite to chat about everything from heirloom wheat to third wave coffee to curds that come in every form.

Philly Farm and Food Fest

When:Saturday, April 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where:Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street

www.phillyfarmfest.org

Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival and Manayunk Restaurant Week

Manayunk StrEAT FestivalPhoto courtesy Manayunk Development Corporation

Held twice a year, Manayunk’s StrEAT Food Festival brings together the neighborhood’s many restaurants with food trucks, local stores and gourmet food vendors. The result is a street fair with sidewalk sales, live music and plenty of incentives to support local businesses. Manayunk Restaurant Week returns for the two weeks after the festival, featuring special three-course menus at a variety of area restaurants. Prix-fixe dining options range from $15-35 per person, making it a delicious and affordable night out in Manayunk.

Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival and Manayunk Restaurant Week

When:Festival, Sunday, April 9, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Restaurant Week, April 10-21
Where:Main Street, Manayunk

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Museum of the American Revolution Grand Opening

MoARPhoto by J. Fusco for the Museum of the American Revolution

The Museum of the American Revolution opens its doors this spring in Philadelphia's Historic District, just steps from Independence Hall and in the heart of a city that served as the headquarters for the Revolution. Through immersive exhibitions and priceless artifacts, the museum traces the evolution of the colonies from the earliest days of unrest through a legendary war and the improbable victory that led to a new nation. Highlights include General Washington’s original headquarters tent, Revolutionary War weapons, centuries-old military documents and hundreds of other authentic objects.

Museum of the American Revolution Grand Opening

When:Opens Wednesday, April 19
Where:Museum of The American Revolution, 101 S. 3rd Street

www.amrevmuseum.org

Last Call for Jurassic World: The Exhibition at The Franklin Institute

Jurassic WorldPhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

April is your last chance to be transported to Isla Nublar from the 2015 blockbuster film Jurassic World. This animatronic exhibit — making its North American debut at The Franklin Institute — brings dozens of massive prehistoric beasts to life, immersing guests in an exciting, multi-sensory experience.

Last Call for Jurassic World: The Exhibition at The Franklin Institute

When:Through Sunday, April 23
Where:The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street

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Philadelphia Science Festival

Philadelphia Science FestivalPhoto by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

With hands-on events for kids, sophisticated activities for adults and a huge carnival, this citywide event demonstrates the role science plays in everyday life. Featuring more than 175 exhibitors, the nine-day festival includes a ton of interactive activities including slime making, hands-on DNA extraction from a strawberry and a detailed robot exploration.

Philadelphia Science Festival

When:April 21-29
Where:Various locations including The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street

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Bartram's Mile Expansion Grand Opening

Bartram's MileImage courtesy Andropogon

Here’s one that will please history lovers and outdoor fans. April brings the opening of the new Bartram’s Mile, a 1.1-mile addition to Schuylkill Banks recreational trail. The 15-foot-wide multi-use path will extend along the western bank of the Schuylkill River through the grounds of historic Bartram’s Garden, frequented by Washington, Jefferson and other boldface names from history. Selfie alert: The new plaza at the 56th Street access point offers great skyline views.

Bartram's Mile Expansion Grand Opening

When:Opens Saturday, April 22
Where:West Bank of the Schuylkill River from Grays Ferry Avenue to 56th Street

www.schuylkillbanks.org

NFL Draft and NFL Draft Experience

Score one for Philadelphia, landing the 82nd NFL Draft for the first time in more than 50 years. During three days of festivities — all taking place outdoors, including on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway — fans can enjoy interactive experiences, get autographs from current and former players, take pictures with the Vince Lombardi Trophy and much more.

NFL Draft and NFL Draft Experience

When:April 27-29
Where:Along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

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Penn Relays

Penn RelaysPhoto by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

High school, college and even professional track stars compete at Franklin Field during the Penn Relays, the oldest collegiate meet in the nation. With an average of one race every five minutes, it’s the most action-packed, too.

Penn Relays

When:April 27-29
Where:Franklin Field, 235 S. 33rd Street

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Philadelphia Black Pride

This pioneering multi-day gathering of people of different races, ethnicities and sexual orientations traditionally coincides with the Penn Relays. Bringing a diverse array of events to venues citywide, Philadelphia Black Pride is an annual opportunity to celebrate, network and build awareness.

Philadelphia Black Pride

When:April 27-May 1
Where:Various locations including the African American Museum, 701 Arch Street

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Philly Tech Week

Philly Tech WeekPhoto by N. Santos for Philly Tech Week

Throughout Philly Tech Week, more than 25,000 business leaders and other self-proclaimed tech geeks — as well as the technically challenged — can participate in more than 100 events, including a variety of programs, interactive activities and workshops that celebrate and highlight emerging trends, advances and innovative uses of technology.

Philly Tech Week

When:April 28-May 6
Where:Various locations including the Comcast Center, 1701 JFK Boulevard

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Center City Jazz Festival

Center City Jazz FestivalPhoto by G. Miller for Visit Philadelphia

As part of Philly Celebrates Jazz, a monthlong celebration of the city's jazz scene, the Center City Jazz Festival returns with a full day of live music at popular venues like Chris' Jazz Cafe, Fergie's Pub, Time and more. More than 20 local musicians will take the stage to perform throughout the day.

Center City Jazz Festival

When:Saturday, April 29
Where:Various locations including Time, 1315 Sansom Street

www.ccjazzfest.com

Flavors on the Avenue

east-passyunk-fountain-780uwPhoto courtesy East Passyunk

East Passyunk Avenue's popular Flavors of the Avenue festival gets a makeover this year and returns as Flavors on the Avenue. In previous years, the main event has been a ticketed festival, but this year, the festival is free and takes place all along East Passyunk Avenue. Don't worry: The great food and drink that the fest is known for will still be there. Note that a ticketed aspect will be available for those who want to truly indulge at this festival. Click here to purchase tickets Flavors on the Avenue.

Flavors on the Avenue

When:Sunday, April 30, noon-5 p.m.
Where:Along East Passyunk Avenue

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For more on April events and festivals in Philadelphia, check out a full guide on visitphilly.com.

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