14+ Excellent Things To Do In Philly This Week, April 10-16

Free yoga at Race Street Pier, South Street Easter Promenade, FDR Fest and more...

With festivals, free outdoor fitness and the opening of a beer garden, it’s shaping up to be a quintessential spring week in Philly.

This week marks the first days of free yoga at Race Street Pier, a favorite warm-weather activity in Philadelphia. Yogis of all levels simply have to bring their yoga mat to the class to do sun salutations with the help of an experienced teacher.

In Manayunk, more than a dozen of the neighborhood’s most popular eateries serve up meal deals for Manayunk Restaurant Week. Starting Monday, April 10, guests of spots like Taqueria Feliz, Manayunk Brewing Company and Winnie’s Le Bus can feast on multi-course meals without breaking the bank.

Read on for our guide to this week in Philly.

Manayunk Restaurant Week

Complementing its popular Manayunk StrEAT Festival that hit the neighborhood on April 9, Manayunk continues to celebrate its food scene with Manayunk Restaurant Week, which starts April 10 and runs through April 21. Throughout the week, diners can enjoy three-course meal deals at favorite restaurants like Taqueria Feliz, Manayunk Brewing Company, The Goat's Beard, Winnie's Le Bus and more.

Manayunk Restaurant Week

When:Through April 21
Where:Various locations including Taqueria Feliz, 4410 Main Street
Cost:Three-course meals for $15, $25, and $35

www.manayunk.com

Passover at London Grill

London Grill celebrates Passover with a special menu running from April 10 through 18. For $45 per person, guests of the Fairmount restaurant can enjoy matzah ball soup, sweet and sour beef brisket, kugel and more. Special wines and cocktails will be available for purchase, too.

Passover at London Grill

When:April 10-18
Where:London Grill, 2301 Fairmount Avenue
Cost:$45 per person

www.londongrill.com

Free Yoga at Race Street Pier

Yoga at Race Street PierPhoto courtesy Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

One of the first signs of spring in Philadelphia is the kickoff of free yoga at Race Street Pier. Starting this Monday, April 10, free classes fill the pier on a daily basis (weather permitting) through November 12, running from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Monday through Friday, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday (yes, there are two classes Monday through Thursday!) and 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Namaste.

Free Yoga at Race Street Pier

When:April 10-November 12
Where:Race Street Pier, Race Street & N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

www.delawareriverwaterfront.com

Silent Film Screening with Live Score: Phantom of the Opera at the Mütter Museum

The Mütter Museum opens its doors after its normal hours for a screening of the 1925 silent film Phantom of the Opera that will be accompanied by a live score by Not-So-Silent Cinema. In addition to the film, guests will learn how the movie relates to the Mütter's exhibition Imperfecta.

Silent Film Screening with Live Score: Phantom of the Opera at the Mütter Museum

When:Tuesday, April 11, 6-9 p.m.
Where:Mütter Museum, 19 S. 22nd Street
Cost:$20 general admission, $15 for members

www.muttermuseum.org

Cinedelphia Film Festival at PhilaMOCA

This week, the Cinedelphia Film Festival returns for another year of one-of-a-kind movie screenings and cool panels at PhilaMOCA in the city's Callowhill neighborhood. The film festival began as a celebration of independent film and has blossomed into a two-week-long festival full of screenings of VHS-era flicks and oft-overlooked films.

Cinedelphia Film Festival at PhilaMOCA

When:April 13-29
Where:PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th Street
Cost:$12-$144

www.cinedelphiafilmfestival.com

Opening Reception: Tone Poems & Light Stories: The Great Migration at the African American Museum

African American MuseumPhoto By: J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

The African American Museum unveils a new exhibition that focuses on the Great Migration, a time (1916-1929) when masses of African-Americans migrated to Philadelphia to get away from Southern racial oppression. The museum called on five artists to create audio and/or visual works that celebrate the impact of five Philadelphia institutions — Mother Bethel AME Church, Universal Negro Improvement Association, Tindley Temple, The Wissahickon Boys Club and the Philadelphia Tribune — on the Great Migration in the City of Brotherly Love. This exhibition opens this Thursday with a special opening reception.

Opening Reception: Tone Poems & Light Stories: The Great Migration at the African American Museum

When:Thursday, April 13, 6-8 p.m.
Where:The African American Museum, 701 Arch Street
Cost:Free

www.aampmuseum.org

PHILADANCO: Black Steam at Perelman Theater

Philadelphia's acclaimed dance troupe PHILADANCO premieres new choreography at the Kimmel Center this weekend with a showcase of modern dance routines performed to music by Prince, Teddy Pendergrass and more.

PHILADANCO: Black Steam at Perelman Theater

When:April 13-15
Where:Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:$49 and up

www.kimmelcenter.org

Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival at Morris Arboretum

Morris ArboretumPhoto courtesy Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum in Chestnut Hill welcomes spring with its annual Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival this Saturday. Throughout the day, guests can enjoy drumming demonstrations, origami workshops, walks throughout the cherry blossoms, tours of the Japanese-inspired gardens in the attraction and more.

Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival at Morris Arboretum

When:Saturday, April 15, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where:Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Avenue
Cost:Adults $17, seniors (65+ years) $15, students, active and retired military (with ID) $9, free for PennCard holders, members and children under 3

www.morrisarboretum.org

Maker's Market in the Piazza at Schmidt's Commons

Shopping fan? Get excited! This week, the Piazza at Schmidt's Commons debuts an all-new open-air shopping market featuring local businesses and makers peddling candles, clay goods, soaps, jewelry and more. The market runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Saturday.

Maker's Market in the Piazza at Schmidt's Commons

When:Saturday, April 15, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where:The Schmidt’s Commons, 1001 N. 2nd Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Buzz Festival at the Free Library

A chance to sample coffee, beer and spirits in efforts to raise money for the Free Library of Philadelphia? Count us in! The Free Library of Philadelphia and Home Brewed Events present The Buzz: A Craft Coffee, Beer & Spirits Festival, bringing samples of coffee, tea, cocktails and beer to one of the city's most iconic landmarks. A quarter of the proceeds will go to the Free Library.

Buzz Festival at the Free Library

When:Saturday, April 15, 5-9 p.m.
Where:Parkway Central Library (Free Library of Philadelphia), 1901 Vine Street
Cost:$45 general admission, $65 VIP

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FDR Fest at the FDR Park Boathouse

South Philly's biggest park gets a festival of its own starting this year with FDR Fest. On Saturday, April 15, FDR Park kicks off the spring season with an afternoon-long festival featuring eats from food trucks, drinks from a beer garden, live music, paddle boat rentals for use on the lake, bike rentals and more.

FDR Fest at the FDR Park Boathouse

When:Saturday, April 15, noon-5 p.m.
Where:FDR PARK, 1500 Pattison Avenue
Cost:Pay as you go

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National Park Week at Independence National Historical Park

Independence Historic National ParkPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

National Park Week kicks off this week at National Parks across the country, including right here at Independence National Historical Park. Our park starts the celebrations with Junior Ranger Day, an opportunity for youngsters to experience what life was like for children during Colonial times. The festivities will take place outside of the Liberty Bell Center and will include games, the opportunity to meet Colonial reenactors, demonstrations and more.

National Park Week at Independence National Historical Park

When:Saturday, April 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where:Independence National Historical Park, 5th and Chestnut streets
Cost:Free

www.nps.gov

Pig Roast at Drury Beer Garden

The colorful outdoor bar that is Drury Beer Garden at Opa opens for the season this Saturday with a complimentary pig roast and plenty of other food and drinks to boot. The beer garden officially opens at noon and the pig roast runs from 3 to 5 p.m.

Pig Roast at Drury Beer Garden

When:Saturday, April 15
Where:Drury Beer Garden at Opa, 1311 Sansom Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.opaphiladelphia.com

Black History & Culture Showcase at Pennsylvania Convention Center

This weekend, the Pennsylvania Convention Center welcomes celebrated African-Americans from across the country for the Black History and Culture Showcase. The showcase is made up of special events and exhibits throughout the weekend that celebrate the impact that African-Americans have had on American history and modern-day society, too. One of the most highly anticipated pieces of this showcase is A Place for All People, the poster exhibition from the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C.

Black History & Culture Showcase at Pennsylvania Convention Center

When:April 15-16
Where:Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street
Cost:Free

www.blackhistoryshowcase.org

South Street Easter Promenade

South Street Easter PromenadePhoto by South Street Headhouse District

Easter festivities return to South Street this year as the 86th annual Easter Promenade fills the neighborhood with a parade featuring folks dressed in their Easter bonnets and bunny costumes, performances and Easter brunch.

South Street Easter Promenade

When:Sunday, April 16, 12:30 p.m.
Where:5th and South streets to 2nd Street and Lombard streets
Cost:Free

www.southstreet.com

Yowie Pop Up at UBIQ

Yowie, a Bella Vista-based design company, continues a multi-week pop-up shop at UBIQ. Yowie's merchandise is normally only available online, so fans of the brand will have the rare opportunity to shop the beautifully designed ceramics, pillows, vases and more.

Yowie Pop Up at UBIQ

When:Through April 30
Where:UBIQ, 1509 Walnut Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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