Weekend Picks: First Friday, Free First Sunday At The Barnes, Pay-What-You-Wish First Sunday At The Art Museum, Easter Brunches And Events, Passover Dinners And More

First Friday
The first First Friday of spring is upon us, get out there and enjoy exhibition openings, parties, museum events and more in neighborhoods like Old City (shown here) and Fishtown. (Photo by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia)

Happy Weekend, Philadelphia. It’s finally starting to feel like springtime, so don’t let a few April showers rain on your parade.

Tonight marks the first First Friday of the spring, which makes it a great night to get out there and take full advantage of the exhibition openings, parties, sales and more, no matter the weather.

On Sunday, two of the city’s most popular museums offer discounted — or free — admission for those looking to make their Sunday into a museum day. Head to the Barnes Foundation for free admission and the Philadelphia Museum of Art for pay-what-you-wish admission.

This weekend also marks Passover and Easter — a ton of the area’s top restaurants have special menus planned for those celebrating the holidays.

Read on for our guide to Easter/Passover weekend.

Friday, April 3

Top Pick: First Friday

First Friday in Old City and Frankford Avenue in Fishtown

Top Pick: Happy Passover! Our Guide To Passover Dinners in Philadelphia (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Top Pick: First Friday at the Barnes Foundation

Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out at the Franklin Institute (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Automat Opening

Richard Avedon: Family Affairs at the National Museum of American Jewish History (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Jazz Appreciation Month (Fri, Sat, Sun)

First Friday at Little Baby’s Ice Cream

First Friday Sale at Third Street Habit

Vox Populi First Friday

A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre (Fri, Sat, Sun)

The Taming of the Shrew at the St. Stephen’s Theater (Fri, Sat, Sun)

First Friday: The Alchemist’s Cookbook at The Chemical Heritage Foundation

Spring Sessions at Skyspace at Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting (Fri, Sun)

Beneath The Surface: Life, Death And Gold In Ancient Panama at the Penn Museum

Easter Eggstravaganza at Shady Brook Farm (Fri, Sat)

Art and Jewelry Show at Soiree Philadelphia

Look It’s Not You It’s Everything Opening at Indy Hall

The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887-1920 at PAFA (Fri, Sat, Sun)

First Friday Open House at Asian Arts Initiative

Everything is Going On Brilliantly: Oscar Wilde and Philadelphia at the Rosenbach Museum and Library

Barnes Foundation
The Barnes Foundation celebrates the first Sunday of the month by offering free admission to guests.
(Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

Saturday, April 4

Top Pick: Breakfast — Our Guide To Bagels in Philadelphia

Top Pick: 35+ New Philadelphia Restaurants To Check Out This Spring

Top Pick: Spring Blooms at Longwood Gardens (Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: Now Open: Franklin Square (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography Of Jacques Lowe at the National Constitution Center (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Easter Hayride To Bunnyland at Linvilla Orchards (Fri, Sat)

Framing Fraktur at the Parkway Central Library

The Philadelphia Orchestra Presents St. Matthew’s Passion

Macy’s Flower Show (Fri, Sat) — Closing Day!

More Weekend Picks, below.

Science Saturdays at Fairmount Water Works

Mz. Fest at Plays & Players Theatre (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Stenton Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt at Awbury Arboretum

The Great Philadelphia Comic Con

Macbeth at the Arden Theatre (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Brunch at Rosa Blanca (Sat, Sun)

Patrick Dougherty Sculpture at Morris Arboretum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Behind-the-Scenes Tours of Historic Ships at Independence Seaport Museum

Split Thy Skull Barleywine Festival at Tattooed Mom

Matthew E. White at World Cafe Live

The Fair Maid of the West at Broad Street Ministry

Dinosaurs of the Deep at Adventure Aquarium (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Native American Voices: The People — Here and Now at the Penn Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Four Seasons
On Sunday, the Four Seasons Hotel not only hosts an Easter brunch, but also presents an egg hunt for youngsters.
(Photo courtesy Four Seasons Philadelphia)

Sunday, April 5

Top Pick: Happy Easter! Our Guide To Easter Brunches, Dinners, Egg Hunts and More (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: Free First Sunday at the Barnes Foundation

Top Pick: Pay-What-You-Wish First Sunday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Top Pick: Jamie Wyeth at the Brandywine River Museum of Art (Fri, Sat, Sun) — Closing Day!

SkyBrunch at Top of the Tower

Philadelphia’s 84th Easter Promenade in South Street Headhouse District

Greet the Light Easter Morning at the James Turrell Skyspace

The Great Egg Hunt at Franklin Square

Easter Brunch at Longwood Gardens

Philly Zombie Crawl

Represent: 200 Years of African American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of ArtClosing Weekend!

Dirty Dancing at the Academy of Music (Fri, Sat, Sun) — Closing Day!

Ink and Gold: Art of the Kano at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Fri, Sat, Sun)

And Then There Were None at the Walnut Street Theatre (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Mz. Fest at the Plays and Players Theatre (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Great Egg Hunt at Franklin Square

The Art of The Brick at The Franklin Institute (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Liberace at the Walnut Street Theatre (Fri, Sat, Sun)


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