20+ Wonderful Things To Do In Philly This Week, April 17-23

The grand opening of the Museum of the American Revolution, beer gardens and much more...

It’s a blockbuster week in Philly with the grand opening of the Museum of the American Revolution (yes!), opening days for al fresco drinking spots, major spring festivals and so much more.

On Wednesday, the highly anticipated Museum of the American Revolution makes its grand debut in the heart of a city that served as the headquarters for the Revolution.

On Thursday, Morgan’s Pier kicks off its 2017 season with delicious food from the chefs behind Helm and South Helm, cold drinks and great riverfront views. On Friday, more beer garden fun hits the city as the sky-high beer garden at Cira Green opens for its first Friday night event of the season. Cheers!

Read on for our guide to this week in Philly.

Free Yoga at Race Street Pier

Race Street PierPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

It’s week two for free yoga at Race Street Pier. Bring your yoga mat down to the waterfront for free daily classes (weather permitting). Classes run 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.

Free Yoga at Race Street Pier

When:Daily through November 12
Where:Race Street Pier, Race Street & N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

www.delawareriverwaterfront.com

Spring Training at Dilworth Park

Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Dilworth Park's free fitness classes continue for spring/summer 2017. This week, enjoy yoga on April 18, boot camp on April 19, zumba on April 20 and more. Click here for the full schedule.

Spring Training at Dilworth Park

When:April 18-22
Where:Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street
Cost:Free

www.ccdparks.org

Todrick Hall Presents: Straight Outta Oz at The Fillmore

YouTube sensation and MTV reality star Todrick Hall performs his popular show at The Fillmore this Monday night. Expect singing, dancing and fun-filled entertainment throughout the evening.

Todrick Hall Presents: Straight Outta Oz at The Fillmore

When:Monday, April 17, 8 p.m.
Where:The Fillmore, 29 E. Allen Street
Cost:$29 and up

www.lnphilly.com

Hedwig and the Angry Inch at Forrest Theatre

Ready to rock? The Forrest Theatre goes glam with a high-energy touring production of the smash Broadway musical all about rock and roll. The score hits high notes (literally) with music that harkens back to the 1970s glam-rock style of David Bowie and early-punk performers like Lou Reed and Iggy Pop.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch at Forrest Theatre

When:April 18-23
Where:Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut Street
Cost:$62 and up

www.kimmelcenter.org

Grand Opening of the Museum of the American Revolution

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

Drumroll, please! The Museum of the American Revolution opens its doors this Wednesday 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.

Grand Opening of the Museum of the American Revolution

When:Wednesday, April 19
Where:The Museum of The American Revolution, 101 S. 3rd Street
Cost:$19, adults; $12, youth (6-18); free for children (under 5) and members

www.amrevmuseum.org

Star Trek Night at the Penn Museum

Penn MuseumPhoto courtesy Penn Museum

Trekkies, take note: This week, the Penn Museum hosts a special evening of Star Trek-themed fun throughout the galleries. Guests are encouraged to dress as their favorite Star Trek character and see how lessons learned in ancient times could benefit the Starfleet. Guests of the evening program are also promised space-themed cocktails and the opportunity to take part in both physical and mental challenges.

Star Trek Night at the Penn Museum

When:Wednesday, April 19, 6-9 p.m.
Where:Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Cost:$20 general admission; $15 members

www.penn.museum

Free Admission to the National Museum of American Jewish History

National Museum of American Jewish HistoryPhoto by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

The National Museum of American Jewish History celebrates its 1917: How One Year Changed the World exhibition with select days of free admission, including this Wednesday, April 19. Stop by to explore the impressive collection as well as the moving 1917 exhibition.

Free Admission to the National Museum of American Jewish History

When:Wednesday, April 19
Where:National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall E.
Cost:Free

www.nmajh.org

Dining Out for Life

Talula's GardenPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Nearly 200 restaurants in the region are giving back during Dining Out for Life, an annual event that helps raise money for those suffering from HIV and AIDS. The event starts with a food truck pop up in Midtown Village during lunchtime and continues with fundraiser dinners at more than 200 spots arond town, including Bistrot La Minette, Butcher and Singer, Zahav, Village Whiskey, Frankford Hall and Pizzeria Stella. Participating restaurants will donate a third of their proceeds to the cause.

Dining Out for Life

When:Thursday, April 20
Where:Various locations including Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Avenue
Cost:Pay as you go

www.diningoutforlife.com

Grand Opening of Morgan’s Pier

Morgan's PierPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Morgan's Pier, a quintessential warm-weather bar, reopens for the season this Thursday with all of the waterfront fun you've come to expect at the beer garden – think craft beer, cold cocktails, great brews and more. This year, the restaurant will be serving food by 2017 chefs-in-residence Kevin D'Egidio and Michael Griffiths, the chefs and owners of Helm and South Helm.

Grand Opening of Morgan’s Pier

When:Thursday, April 20
Where:Morgan's Pier, 221 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Pay as you go

www.morganspier.com

Movie Night at Schmidt's Commons: Purple Rain

Movie Night At Schmidt's CommonsPhoto courtesy The Schmidt's Commons

Honor the life and legacy of Prince (who died a year ago this week) with a free screening of Purple Rain at Schmidt's Commons. The movie starts at 7 p.m. and will be accompanied by food and drink specials from Crabby's Cafe and Gunner's Run. Guests of the flick are encouraged to bring their own lawn chair for maxium movie-watching enjoyment.

Movie Night at Schmidt's Commons: Purple Rain

When:Thursday, April 20, 7-9 p.m.
Where:The Schmidt’s Commons, 1001 N. 2nd Street
Cost:Free; food and drink specials available for purchase

www.theschmidtscommons.com

Manayunk Restaurant Week

ManayunkPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

This week, Manayunk continues to celebrate its food scene with Manayunk Restaurant Week, which 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

Grand Opening of the Beer Garden at Cira Green

UPDATE: This event has been canceled due to inclement weather. Raise your drinks to the sky — literally. This spring, a sky-high beer garden debuts at Cira Green, Philly's first elevated park. Presented by World Cafe Live, the beer garden debuts on Friday, April 21 and continues on Friday nights through June 23. The beer garden kicks off every week at 5 p.m. with the tapping of a limited-release keg and continues with a variety of drink selections. (Note: This beer garden is 21-plus only.)

Grand Opening of the Beer Garden at Cira Green

When:Friday, April 21, 5-9 p.m.
Where:Cira Green, 80 S. 30th Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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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. Click here for the calendar of festival events.

Philadelphia Science Festival

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

www.philasciencefestival.org

Visit Philly's UPPN Happy Hour

Visit UPPN Happy HourPhoto courtesy UPPN

Returning for round two this Friday, Visit Philly teams up with the Urban Philly Professional Network (UPPN) for a series of after-work happy hours at attractions across town. The series continues with happy hour at the Kimmel Center this Friday night with drinks, the chance to mix and mingle with local professionals and the opportunity to explore this impressive attraction. Click here to register for this week's event.

Visit Philly's UPPN Happy Hour

When:Friday, April 21, 6-9 p.m.
Where:Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:Free with RSVP

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Philadelphia Science Festival Pick: Science After Hours: Prom at The Franklin Institute

The Philadelphia Science Festival kicks off this Friday night with a prom-themed party at The Franklin Institute. Starting at 7 p.m., enjoy spiked punch, scientific activities,  throwback music and frilly prom attire. (Guests are encouraged to dress in their most fun prom outfit.)

Philadelphia Science Festival Pick: Science After Hours: Prom at The Franklin Institute

When:Friday, April 21, 7-10 p.m.
Where:The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street
Cost:$20

www.fi.edu

Alice in Wonderland GayBINGO!

GayBINGO, which raises funds for AIDS and HIV services in the region, returns to the Gershman Y this weekend with a special theme: Alice in Wonderland. The event is hosted by a number of drag queens who bring exciting energy to the stage via performances, jokes and more.

Alice in Wonderland GayBINGO!

When:Saturday, April 22, 6 p.m.
Where:Gershman Y, 401 S. Broad Street
Cost:$25-30

www.aidsfundphilly.org

Art is Life Festival

This Saturday, Roxborough celebrates the local arts community with an afternoon-long festival featuring food trucks, a beer garden, shopping from one-of-a-kind vendors and tons of arts activities for the whole family. Admission to the festival is completely free, and select activities are available on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Art is Life Festival

When:Saturday, April 22, noon-6 p.m.
Where:Ridge Avenue from Green Lane to Leverington Avenue
Cost:Pay as you go

www.roxboroughpa.com

Craft Beer Express

Craft Beer Express at City Tap HousePhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Put on your drinking caps! This Saturday, the ever-popular Craft Beer Express returns to more than 10 bars in the city with tap takeovers, beer specials and revelry. The multi-neighborhood bar crawl buses participants (via actual buses) from bar to bar all day long. Buses run every 25 minutes between all participating bars so guests can move at their own pace. Participating bars include City Tap House Logan, the Cambridge, Evil Genius Brewing Company and Brauhaus Schmitz. Cheers!

Craft Beer Express

When:Saturday, April 22, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where:Various locations including City Tap House, 2 Logan Square
Cost:$10 and up

www.craftbeerexpress.com

Life in Color at Festival Pier

As an EDM event company, Life in Color puts on the "world's largest paint party." Jauz, Seven Lions, Herobust and Solano will kick off the 2017 concert season at Festival Pier in late April and whip the crowd into a multi-color frenzy. Expect to leave covered in paint and dripping with bass.

Life in Color at Festival Pier

When:Saturday, April 22, 6 p.m.
Where:Festival Pier at Penn's Landing, 601 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:$65 and up

www.lifeincolor.com

Grand Opening of the Bartram’s Mile Expansion

This weekend 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.

Grand Opening of the Bartram’s Mile Expansion

When:Saturday, April 22
Where:Bartram's Garden, Lindbergh Boulevard
Cost:Free

www.schuylkillbanks.org

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

Jurassic WorldPhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Sunday is your last chance to be transported to Isla Nublar from the 2015 blockbuster film Jurassic World. This animatronic exhibit — which made 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:Sunday, April 23
Where:The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street
Cost:Daytime tickets (9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.); $34.95, adults and $29.95, children (3-11); Evening tickets, (5-9 p.m.); $19.95, adults and $14.95, children (3-11); Member adults, $13.95, Member children, $12.95 (3-18)

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Philadelphia Science Festival Pick: Fishtown Science Crawl

Photo courtesy Philadelphia Science Festival

The only thing better than bar-hopping throughout Fishtown’s varied and excellent bar scene? Bar-hopping and enjoying hands-on science-related activities. A $5 wristband gets attendees happy hour prices at all locations of the Fishtown Science Crawl.

Philadelphia Science Festival Pick: Fishtown Science Crawl

When:Sunday, April 23, 2-5 p.m.
Where:Various locations including Fette Sau, 1208 Frankford Avenue
Cost:Free, RSVP required; $5 happy hour wrist band

www.philasciencefestival.org

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