20 Magnificent Things To Do In Philly This Week, April 2-8

The Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival, Phillies home opener, Philly Celebrates Jazz events and more...

Philly’s collective spring fever might just hit its peak this week.

The Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia kicks off on Saturday to fete the blooming of cherry blossom trees, one of the first signs of spring. Another festival for nature lovers, the Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival, starts Friday and will feature thought-provoking films about environmental problems to inspire advocacy.

Winter truly feels like a distant memory now that baseball season has started! A strong turn out is expected at Citizens Bank Park on Thursday for the hotly anticipated Philadelphia Phillies home opener and pre-game block party.

Philly Celebrates Jazz takes off this week as well, with tons of events and performances booked at venues all over the city. This week’s programming includes rising star Daymé Arocena at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and jazz legends Wynton Marsalis and Chick Corea at the Academy of Music.

Check out all of our picks for this week in Philly, below.

Villanova vs. Michigan in the National Championship Game

On Monday night, Villanova plays Michigan for the NCAA National Championship. It's the second time Villanova has reached the National Championship Game in the last three years – the Wildcats won the National Championship in 2016, beating North Carolina on an incredible last-second shot. While the game is being played in San Antonio, it will be shown on TVs at bars and restaurants all across the city. Tipoff is at 9:20 p.m. Go Nova!

Villanova vs. Michigan in the National Championship Game

When:Monday, April 2, 9:20 p.m.
Where:Various locations including XFINITY Live!, 1100 Pattison Avenue
Cost:Pay as you go

www.villanova.com

Spring Break at the Museum of the American Revolution

Museum of the American RevolutionPhoto courtesy the Museum of the American Revolution

Through Sunday, the Museum of the American Revolution presents a number of special programs — all included with the price of admission — to celebrate local schools' spring break. This week, guests can learn more about Revolutionary women (Friday), the process of shoe-making for the Revolutionary army (Thursday and Sunday), the art of fencing (Tuesday) and more.

Spring Break at the Museum of the American Revolution

When:Through Sunday, April 8
Where:Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. 3rd Street
Cost:Free with museum admission: $19, adults; $17, seniors, students, military, and teachers; $12, youth; free, children (5 and under) and members

www.amrevmuseum.org

Last Chance: Chuck Close Photographs at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Chuck Close PhotographsBill T. Jones/Diptych | Image courtesy Chuck Close and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

There's not much time left to see the first comprehensive survey of Chuck Close's work. Catch the exhibit — which features 90 images from 1964 to the present, including the photographer's iconic black-and-white maquettes, composite Polaroids and recent Polaroid nudes — at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts before it closes on Sunday.

Last Chance: Chuck Close Photographs at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

When:Through Sunday, April 8
Where:Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118-128 N.Broad Street
Cost:Free with museum admission: $15, adults, $12, seniors (60 and up); $12, students (with ID); $8, youth (13-18); free, children (12 and under)

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Philly Celebrates Jazz

Philly Celebrates Jazz — the city's salute to Jazz Appreciation Month — really gets grooving this week with a variety of performances and special events lined up at the Clef Club (Yahzarah, Sy Smith and Hil St. Soul on Monday), Klein Recital Hall at Temple University (David Fahim on Wednesday) SOUTH Jazz Parlor (Bill Jolly with the Gerald Veasley Band on Thursday) and more locations all across the city.

Philly Celebrates Jazz

When:Through Monday, April 30
Where:Various locations including the Clef Club, 738 S. Broad Street
Cost:Varies by event

www.creativephl.org

Sciences After Hours: Prom at The Franklin Institute

The Franklin Institute sure knows how to throw a party! This prom-themed event, part of the attraction's after-hours adult programming series Science After Hours, includes a Stranger Things-inspired Snow Ball Dance Party, prom quizzo, superlative awards and prom after-party activities — like beer pong and spin bottle — with a scientific twist.

Sciences After Hours: Prom at The Franklin Institute

When:Tuesday, April 3, 7-10 p.m.
Where:The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street
Cost:$20, non-members; $15, members

www.fi.edu

Villanova Wildcats Championship Parade

The Villanova Wildcats are champions of college basketball — again! For the second time in three years, the Main Line squad are officially the NCAA Men's Basketball National Champions, and you know what that means — a victory parade! (Note that this will be the second victory parade in Philadelphia in just two months.) This Thursday morning starting at 11 a.m., the Cats will parade down Market Street (starting at 20th Street) to Dilworth Park for a victory rally. Congrats, 'Nova!

Villanova Wildcats Championship Parade

When:Thursday, April 5, 11 a.m.
Where:Parade runs from 20th and Market streets to Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street
Cost:Free

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Philadelphia Phillies Home Opener at Citizens Bank Park

Photo courtesy Philadelphia Phillies

Spring arrives in Philadelphia in the form of the Philadelphia Phillies' home opener. The fun starts with a pre-game opening day block party, which promises a Ferris wheel, live entertainment, food and more. After the party, the Phillies take on the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park.

Philadelphia Phillies Home Opener at Citizens Bank Park

When:Thursday, April 5, 3:05 p.m.
Where:Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way
Cost:StubHub: $44 and up

www.mlb.com

Patti LaBelle at the Kimmel Center

Patti LaBellePhoto courtesy Patti LaBelle

Philadelphia native and iconic songstress Patti LaBelle takes the stage at the Kimmel Center for what's sure to be an unforgettable performance. Fans of her diverse catalog of music can hear her belt out the hits live on Thursday.

Patti LaBelle at the Kimmel Center

When:Thursday, April 5, 8 p.m.
Where:Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:$45 and up

www.kimmelcenter.org

Philadelphia Voices at the Kimmel Center

Familiar Philadelphia sounds (a cheesesteak sizzling on a grill, a Saturday at the Philadelphia Zoo, a summer evening at Penn's Landing) and audio submitted by Philadelphians form the foundation of composer Tod Machover's new, innovative symphony, Philadelphia Voices. Hear it for the first time at the Kimmel Center this week.

Philadelphia Voices at the Kimmel Center

When:April 5-7
Where:Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:$42 and up

www.thekimmelcenter.org

Pennsylvania Ballet Presents Grace and Grandeur at the Merriam Theater

Pennsylvania BalletPhoto courtesy the Pennsylvania Ballet

Three different performances make up Grace and Grandeur, a springtime show by the Pennsylvania Ballet. The show consists of For Four, a ballet created for the world's four best male dancers, Theme and Variations, a work by George Balanchine that salutes the techniques of classical ballet and Paquita, a ballet that showcases the impressive footwork of the performers.

Pennsylvania Ballet Presents Grace and Grandeur at the Merriam Theater

When:April 5-8
Where:Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad Street
Cost:$35 and up

www.paballet.org

Opening Reception for Extension or Communication: Puerto Rico at Taller Puertorriqueño

Photo courtesy Taller Puertorriqueño

Young artists will transform the Taller Puertorriqueño gallery into a hybrid studio/lab space for Extension or Communication: Puerto Rico, an exploration of emancipatory projects materializing in Philadelphia and Puerto Rico in response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. The artists plan to host discussions and workshops, organize and present selections from Taller's archives and work with the Youth Artist Program for this project. Learn more on Friday night at the opening reception.

Opening Reception for Extension or Communication: Puerto Rico at Taller Puertorriqueño

When:Opening Reception: Friday, April 6, 5:30-8 p.m.; Extension or Communication: Puerto Rico: Through Saturday, May 5
Where:Taller Puertorriqueno, 2600 N. 5th Street
Cost:Free

www.tallerpr.org

First Friday! Crescent City Groove at the Barnes Foundation

People dancing at the Barnes FoundationPhoto courtesy Barnes Foundation

Join the Philly-based Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble as they pay tribute to the birthplace of jazz, New Orleans, at the Barnes Foundation. This First Friday! event also features a discussion and book signing with David Brownlee, the award-winning author of Building the City Beautiful.

First Friday! Crescent City Groove at the Barnes Foundation

When:Friday, April 6, 6-9 p.m.
Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:$28, general admission; $10, patrons, contributors and Barnes member guests

www.barnesfoundation.org

Philadelphia 76ers vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Wells Fargo Center

Philadelphia 76ersPhoto courtesy Philadelphia 76ers

Wunderkind Ben Simmons and the playoff-bound Philadelphia 76ers take on seasoned-veteran Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers once again before the regular season comes to an end. Check out the big game Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

Philadelphia 76ers vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Wells Fargo Center

When:Friday, April 6, 7 p.m.
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 South Broad Street
Cost:$89 and up

www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com

Daymé Arocena at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Photo courtesy Dayme ArocenaPhoto courtesy Dayme Arocena

Daymé Arocena's powerful, soulful voice, catchy lyrics and and Afro-Cuban influences have earned her comparisons to artists like Aretha Franklin and Celia Cruz. See this young rising star make her debut at the Annenberg Center as a part of its Cuba Festival, a series the focuses on the artistic talent of Cuba.

Daymé Arocena at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

When:Friday, April 6, 7:30 p.m. & 9 p.m.
Where:Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut Street
Cost:$45 and up

www.annenbergcenter.org

Havana Nights: A Celebration of Cuban Music and Food at World Cafe Live

Head to World Cafe Live Friday night for the next installment of Havana Nights, a Cuban music and food series. This free event features authentic Cuban cuisine, cocktails and music from pre-revolutionary Cuba courtesy of Conjunto Philadelphia.

Havana Nights: A Celebration of Cuban Music and Food at World Cafe Live

When:Friday, April 6, 8 p.m.
Where:World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street
Cost:Free

www.worldcafelive.com

Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival

The Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival aims to inspire environmental advocacy by hosting screenings of films about the earth and potential environmental problems. Thirty-five short and feature-length films will be screened, including Anote's Ark, The New Climate feature from 2018's Sundance Film Festival, and Chasing Coral, which made the shortlist for an Academy Award for best documentary this year.

Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival

When:April 6-8
Where:Various locations including Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street
Cost:Single ticket: $12; Weekend Pass: $35

www.philaenvirofilmfest.org

TEDxPenn

Photo courtesy TEDxPenn

Local leaders and creatives from across the globe head to the University of Pennsylvania for TEDxPenn, a day-long event that brings inspirational people to the stage to discuss their experiences and vision. This year's event centers on the theme of In/Sight and features speakers like Mark Rober, a YouTuber and former NASA engineer, Chrissy Hofbeck, a Survivor finalist and Luam Keflezgy, a celebrity choreographer.

TEDxPenn

When:Saturday, April 7, 1 p.m.
Where:Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut Street
Cost:$20 and up

www.annenbergcenter.org

Jerry Seinfeld at the Academy of Music

Jerry SeinfeldPhoto courtesy Jerry Seinfeld

Enjoy an evening of nonstop laughter courtesy of the one and only Jerry Seinfeld. The wildly successful stand-up comedian performs his relatable brand of comedy to two shows on Saturday night at the Academy of Music.

Jerry Seinfeld at the Academy of Music

When:Saturday, April 7, 7:30 and 9 p.m.
Where:Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost:$70 and up

www.kimmelcenter.org

Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia

Cherry blossoms in Fairmount Park in PhiladelphiaPhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

One of the first signs of spring (the cherry blossom tree!) gets a festival of its own as the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia returns to the city on Saturday. Opening weekend highlights include a brand-new Sake Garden and workshops around sushi-making, Suminagashi (Japanese-style paper marbling) and more.

Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia

When:April 7-15
Where:Various locations including Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, Lansdowne Drive & Horticultural Drive
Cost:Pay as you go

subarucherryblossom.org

Wynton Marsalis & Chick Corea at the Academy of Music

Jazz legends Chick Corea and Wynton Marsalis are coming to town with the Jazz at the Lincoln Center Orchestra for a unique performance exploring the work of renowned pianist and composer Thelonious Monk. Hear them perform new, inspired versions of some of Monk's classics at the Academy of Music.

Wynton Marsalis & Chick Corea at the Academy of Music

When:Sunday, April 8, 8:30 p.m.
Where:Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost:$64 and up

www.kimmelcenter.org

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