18 Fabulous Things To Do In Philly This Week, March 26-April 1

Philly Wine Week, Easter festivities, opening of Game Masters at The Franklin Institute and more...

Other than March (presumably) going out like a lamb, there’s a whole lot to look forward to this week in Philadelphia!

Philly Wine Week continues through this Thursday with plenty of wine-centric events, tastings and dinners. Food-and-drink lovers can also look forward to The Brewer’s Plate on Friday, featuring local beer, spirits and food pairings at the Kimmel Center.

Families looking for fun ways to celebrate Easter can hop on over to Easter egg hunts at Franklin Square, One Liberty Observation Deck or the historic gardens at Stenton. The annual South Street Headhouse District Easter Promenade — another entertaining Easter tradition — closes out the week on Sunday.

Also this week, the National Museum of American Jewish History hosts an inspiring and educational seder dinner, the Philadelphia PHLASH Downtown Loop starts service for the 2018 season (with free rides on Thursday!) and the highly anticipated Game Masters exhibit opens at The Franklin Institute.

Read on for our guide to this week in Philly.

Philly Wine Week

Photo by C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia

Philly Wine Week hits its stride with week, with vino-centric events (92, to be exact!) at bars and restaurants across the city through Thursday. Highlights include a special Roederer Estate portfolio tasting at Panorama (Tuesday), a tasting inspired by the rainbow at Jet Wine Bar (Wednesday), a Slovenian wine tasting at Southwark Restaurant and a Jura wine dinner at Royal Boucherie (both on Wednesday).

Philly Wine Week

When:Through Thursday, March 29
Where:Various locations including Root Restaurant + Wine Bar, 1206 Frankford Avenue
Cost:Varies by event

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Sixth Annual Freedom Seder Revisited at the National Museum of American Jewish History

Exterior of the National Museum of American Jewish HistoryPhoto by Visit Philadelphia

All are welcome to the Passover table at the National Museum of American Jewish History's Freedom Seder Revisited, an interpretive seder dinner inspired by the original 1969 Freedom Seder. Instead of a retelling of the Exodus, guests will hear personal anecdotes from storytellers and explore what freedom in America means today. After sharing reflections and food, guests have the opportunity to see the museum's newest special exhibition, Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music.

Sixth Annual Freedom Seder Revisited at the National Museum of American Jewish History

When:Monday, March 26, 6:30 p.m.
Where:National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall E.
Cost:$36, general admission; $25 members

www.nmajh.org

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Denver Nuggets at the Wells Fargo Center

Philadelphia 76ersPhoto courtesy Philadelphia 76ers

The Sixers may have clinched a spot in the playoffs for the first time in six seasons (!) over the weekend, but there's still some unfinished regular-season business to attend to. Watch the young, promising team take on its next challenger, the Denver Nuggets, at the Wells Fargo Center on Monday night.

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Denver Nuggets at the Wells Fargo Center

When:Monday, March 26, 7 p.m.
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street
Cost:$56 and up

www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com

School of Rock at the Academy of Music

School of RockPhoto by Matthew Murphy

Based on the hit movie, the new School of Rock musical opens in Philly on Wednesday. Show-goers can choose from seven days of hilarious performances delivered at the Academy of Music.

School of Rock at the Academy of Music

When:March 27-April 1
Where:Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost:$20 and up

www.kimmelcenter.org

The Fisk Jubilee Singers (A Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul Event) at World Cafe Live

With Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul, WXPN has planned an ongoing series of free live music performances and new radio programs to explore and illuminate gospel music's rightful place in American popular music history. The Fisk Jubilee Singers — an award-winning gospel acapella group from Nashville — take the stage this week at World Cafe Live for one of the series' free shows.

The Fisk Jubilee Singers (A Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul Event) at World Cafe Live

When:Thursday, March 29, 8 p.m.
Where:World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street
Cost:Free (RSVP required)

www.xpngospelroots.org

Free Rides on the Philadelphia PHLASH Downtown Loop's Opening Day

Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

The Philadelphia PHLASH Downtown Loop starts service for its 2018 season by offering free rides all day this Thursday. Starting Friday, the service — which makes stops at or near must-visit museums and attractions throughout the city — will cost just $2 per person per ride or $5 for an all-day pass starting on Friday. Note that after this Thursday, PHLASH runs only on weekends (Fridays through Sundays) through April 29.

Free Rides on the Philadelphia PHLASH Downtown Loop's Opening Day

When:Opens for the season Thursday, March 29
Where:Various stops including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Thursday: Free rides; Normal service: $2, per person per ride; $5, all-day pass

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Philly Celebrates Jazz

Philly's gearing up this April to celebrate its rich jazz history and future with special events and performances all month long. The jazz appreciation begins this week with an award ceremony and reception to honor 2018 Benny Golson Award recipient Jamaaladeen Tacuma, a jazzy brunch at SOUTH featuring the Paula Johns Quartet and the Midtown Jazz Jam with the Tim Brey Trio at TIME.

Philly Celebrates Jazz

When:Philly Celebrates Jazz 2018 Kickoff Event: Thursday, March 29, 5-7 p.m.; Philly Celebrates Jazz: April 2018
Where:Various locations including SOUTH, 600 N. Broad Street
Cost:Varies by event

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The Brewer's Plate at the Kimmel Center

The Brewer's PlatePhoto courtesy The Brewer's Plate

This premier event for beer-loving locavores brings the Mid-Atlantic regions' top chefs, farmers, food artisans, brewers, distillers and winemakers to the Kimmel Center for an outstanding local food and beverage pairing festival. Participating local establishments include High Street on Market, Prohibition Taproom, Evil Genius Beer Co., Philadelphia Distilling and many more.

The Brewer's Plate at the Kimmel Center

When:Friday, March 30, 7:30 p.m.
Where:Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:$77 and up

www.kimmelcenter.org

Pop-Up Museum: Walls Make Good Neighbors at Eastern State Penitentiary

Eastern State PenitentiaryPhoto courtesy Eastern State Penitentiary

The Eastern State Penitentiary's sixth annual pop-up museum debuts this week. The theme, Walls Make Good Neighbors, commemorates the 100th birthday of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway that sits just beyond the penitentiary. The objects on display focus on the relationship between the storied prison and the bustling neighborhood that now surrounds it.

Pop-Up Museum: Walls Make Good Neighbors at Eastern State Penitentiary

When:March 30-April 8
Where:Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue
Cost:Free with admission: $14, general admission; $12, senior general admission; $10, students with ID and children (7-12)

www.easternstate.org

The Hop-A-Long Trail at Franklin Square

Franklin SquarePhoto courtesy Franklin Square

New this year at Franklin Square, The Hop-A-Long Trail sends children off on a new kind of Easter egg hunt. Participants will follow a map to find giant spring tulips and collect Easter eggs at special stops all around the square. At the end of the trail, children will meet a surprise guest!

The Hop-A-Long Trail at Franklin Square

When:Saturday, March 31, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where:Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th Street
Cost:Free

www.historicphiladelphia.org

Stenton Easter Egg Hunt

StentonPhoto courtesy Stenton

Children of all ages are invited to Stenton's historic gardens in Germantown for an Easter egg hunt featuring goodies and Easter eggs colored with natural dyes from flowers, vegetables and animal products. The free event also includes games and crafts for kids.

Stenton Easter Egg Hunt

When:Saturday, March 31, 1-3 p.m.
Where:Stenton, 4601 N. 18th Street
Cost:Free

www.stenton.org

Hop to the Top Easter Egg Hunt at One Liberty Observation Deck

One Liberty Observation Deck | Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

For an Easter egg hunt with a killer view, head to One Liberty Observation Deck for the first ever Hop to the Top Easter Egg Hunt. Kids can collect candy, win prizes and meet the Easter Bunny in the stunning space 57 floors above the city.

Hop to the Top Easter Egg Hunt at One Liberty Observation Deck

When:Saturday, March 31, 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Where:One Liberty Observation Deck, 1650 Market Street
Cost:$5, admission for youths (3-11) from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.; $14.50, adults

www.phillyfromthetop.com

African American History & Culture Showcase at the Convention Center

The free, annual African American History and Culture Showcase at the Pennsylvania Convention Center includes private exhibits that have never been shown in museums, living legend history makers, documentary films, historical reenactments, panel discussions, lectures, workshops, visual artists and crafters, poetry readings, theatrical performances and historical musical concerts.

African American History & Culture Showcase at the Convention Center

When:March 31-April 1
Where:Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street
Cost:Free

www.blackhistoryshowcase.org

Opening: Game Masters at The Franklin Institute

Game Masters exhibition gamesPhoto courtesy Mark Ashkanasy

The Franklin Institute celebrates the genius and popularity of more than 30 game design innovators in an interactive setting in Game Masters. Visitors can engage in more than 100 video games, ogle original, transformative artwork, learn the stories behind celebrity characters, observe interviews with gaming pioneers and delve into both classic arcade diversions and immersive multiplayer experiences.

Opening: Game Masters at The Franklin Institute

When:March 31-September 3
Where:The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street
Cost:Daytime hours: $30, adults; $26, children (3-11); evening hours: $20, adults; $15, children (3-11)

www.fi.edu

It's The Year 1998 at Johnny Brenda's

Nostalgic for the '90s? Make moves to Johnny Brenda's on Saturday, where DJs Emynd and Bo Bliz plan to play 1998's greatest hits by artists like the Beastie Boys, Lauryn Hill, DMX and Destiny's Child all night long.

It's The Year 1998 at Johnny Brenda's

When:Saturday, March 31, 9 p.m.
Where:Johnny Brenda's, 1201 Frankford Avenue
Cost:$7 and up

www.johnnybrendas.com

South Street Headhouse District Easter Promenade

On Easter Sunday, the South Street Headhouse District hosts its annual Easter Promenade, a celebration featuring a parade down South Street, live music, Easter brunch deals, a costume contest (for those wearing their Easter best!) and more.

South Street Headhouse District Easter Promenade

When:Sunday, April 1, 12:30 p.m.
Where:Parade runs from Passyunk Avenue and South Street to Headhouse Square
Cost:Free

www.southstreet.com

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

Philadelphia Museum of ArtPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

The first Sunday of the month is always pay what you wish at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which means this Sunday, April 1, you can make your way around the impressive museum for whatever price you'd like to pay. This particular Sunday, a special family-friendly April Fool's event invites visitors to learn how artists can fool audiences' eyes, create an original deceiving masterpiece and more.

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

When:Sunday, April 1
Where:Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Pay what you wish

www.philamuseum.org

PECO Free First Sunday: Spring Awakening at the Barnes Foundation

The Barnes FoundationPhoto courtesy Barnes Foundation

Spring gets a warm welcome at the Barnes Foundation's Free First Sunday. The day includes art-making sessions, a scavenger hunt and live music, all inspired by the spring season.

PECO Free First Sunday: Spring Awakening at the Barnes Foundation

When:Sunday, April 1
Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free

www.barnesfoundation.org

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