20+ Fantastic Things To Do In Philly This Week, April 9-15

The Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival and Sakura Sunday, On Your Feet!, the Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival and more...

With hot-ticket shows, massive festivals, fun dance performances and big games, it’d be impossible not to find something awesome to do in Philly this week.

For starters, the Broadway smash On Your Feet! congas into Philadelphia for a short stint at the Academy of Music, Grammy Award-winning Cuban pianist Chucho Valdés performs at the Annenberg Center and the African American Museum in Philadelphia celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month with its Jazz Music Jam.

Food, film and furniture showcases provide endless entertainment as well, with the Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival, Cinedelphia Film Festival and the Philadelphia Furniture Show all happening this week.

Last but certainly not least, Sakura Sunday, a huge celebration of the beauty and splendor of Japanese culture and arts, closes out the week and the annual Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia.

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

Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia

Photo courtesy Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

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. Learn how to fold origami (Monday), attend a nodate tea ceremony (Saturday), sip on specialty sake cocktails at a brand new sake garden (now through Sunday) and more during this week-long celebration of Japanese arts, culture and sakura.

Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia

When:Through Sunday, April 15
Where:Various locations including Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, Lansdowne & Horticultural drives
Cost:Varies by event

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Philly Celebrates Jazz

FIshtownPhoto by Visit Philadelphia

Philly Celebrates Jazz — the city's salute to Jazz Appreciation Month — keeps on grooving this week with a variety of performances and special events lined up at the Clef Club (Christopher Williams, Joe Little of the Rude Boys, Jeff Bradshaw on Monday), Johnny Brenda's (Bill Orcutt and Billy Martin on Wednesday), Union Transfer (Thirdstory on Wednesday), the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Red Hot Ramblers) and more locations all across the city.

Philly Celebrates Jazz

When:Through Monday, April 30
Where:Various locations including Johnny Brenda's, 1201 Frankford Avenue
Cost:Varies by event

www.creativephl.org

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Cincinnati Reds at Citizens Bank Park

Citizen's Bank ParkPhoto by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

The Phillies host the Cincinnati Reds and their roster of young, promising pitchers for a series of games at beautiful Citizens Bank Park this week. Of special note: The first Dollar Dog Night (!) of the season is Tuesday.

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Cincinnati Reds at Citizens Bank Park

When:April 9-11
Where:Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way
Cost:$17 and up

www.mlb.com

Broadway Philadelphia: On Your Feet! at the Academy of Music

Photo by Matthew Murphy

On Your Feet!, the Broadway musical based on the music and life of Emilio and Gloria Estefan, breezes into Philadelphia for a limited time to get audiences shaking. See the charismatic show — featuring hit songs like Rhythm Is Gonna Get You and Conga — at the Academy of Music this Tuesday through Sunday.

Broadway Philadelphia: On Your Feet! at the Academy of Music

When:April 10-15
Where:Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost:$20 and up

www.kimmelcenter.org

Donuts and Coffee with Massimo Bottura and Jeff Gordinier

Massimo Bottura, the famous chef and owner of Italy's three-Michelin-starred Osteria Francescana, joins Esquire food and drink editor Jeff Gordinier on Tuesday morning for an exclusive conversation at Drexel University. The state of the hospitality industry, Bottura's latest book (Bread is Gold) and his Refettorio Gastromotiva initiative — a project that repurposes excess food to feed the hungry — are the main topics of the discussion. A book signing will follow.

Donuts and Coffee with Massimo Bottura and Jeff Gordinier

When:Tuesday, April 11, 10:30 a.m.-noon
Where:Bossone Research Enterprise Center, 3140 Market Street
Cost:$20 and up

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Free for All with Matt Savitsky and DJ Jasmine Infiniti at the Institute of Contemporary Art

ICAPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

The Institute of Contemporary Art stays open late on Wednesday for a special night of free music and performance art featuring artist Matt Savitsky and DJ Jasmine Infiniti. Also free: Food, photos from a photobooth and tours of the exhibit Tag: Proposals on Queer Play and the Ways Forward.

Free for All with Matt Savitsky and DJ Jasmine Infiniti at the Institute of Contemporary Art

When:Wednesday, April 11, 6:30 p.m.
Where:Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S. 36th Street
Cost:Free

www.icaphila.org

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Milwaukee Bucks at the Wells Fargo Center

Before the 76ers head to their first playoff appearance in six years, they'll vie for a win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Center in their last regular season game.

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Milwaukee Bucks at the Wells Fargo Center

When:Wednesday, April 11, 8 p.m.
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street
Cost:$25 and up

www.nba.com

Door 19: Off the Hook at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

The Academy of Natural SciencesPhoto courtesy the Academy of Natural Sciences

The Academy of Natural Sciences' Door 19 series explores the strange intricacies of select scientific topics — and some of the museum's off-limits exhibits — at four special, after-hours events this year. The next installment, happening Thursday, focuses on water and marine life and includes a rare behind-the-scenes tour of the Ichthyology and Malacology exhibits, a shark dissection Q&A, an open bar from Flying Fish Brewing Co. (appropriate, given the theme!) and food from 12th St. Catering.

Door 19: Off the Hook at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

When:Thursday, April 12, 6-9 p.m.
Where:Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:$50 and up

www.ansp.org

Cinedelphia Film Festival

PhilaMOCAPhoto By M. Kennedy For Visit Philadelphia

Scream queens and horror-loving cinephiles, rejoice! The Cinedelphia Film Festival, which kicks off on Tuesday, screens a scary-good line up of films during its nearly three-week run, including horror cult classics (Eerie, Indiana on Saturday), festival favorites (I Am Not A Witch on Sunday) and Philly premieres (They Remain on Sunday).

Cinedelphia Film Festival

When:April 12-30
Where:Various locations including the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA), 531 N. 12th Street
Cost:Varies

www.cinedelphiafilmfestival.com

Philadelphia Furniture Show

Philadelphia Furniture ShowPhoto courtesy Philadelphia Furniture Show

Handmade furniture by craftspeople from across the nation fills the 23rd Street Armory during the Philadelphia Furniture Show. The show starts on Friday, April 13, with a special preview party and continues throughout the weekend with showcases of impressive craftsmanship, an art installation by the Center for Emerging Visual Artists and more.

Philadelphia Furniture Show

When:April 13-15
Where:23rd Street Armory, 22 S. 23rd Street
Cost:$8 and up

www.philadelphiafurnitureshow.com

PHILADANCO: Success Stories at the Kimmel Center

PHILADANCOPhoto courtesy Philadanco

With PHILADANCO: Success Stories, the professional dance organization showcases the work and careers of esteemed alumni Tommie Waheed Evans (Waheed Works), Iquail Shaheed (Dance Iquail), Hope Boykin (HopeBoykinDance) and Anthony Burrell (AB Dance/Breaking Barriers). Watch some of their celebrated works on stage this weekend at the Kimmel Center.

PHILADANCO: Success Stories at the Kimmel Center

When:April 13-15
Where:Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:$30 and up

www.kimmelcenter.org

American Whiskey Convention at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum

Simeone Foundation Automotive MuseumPhoto courtesy Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum

Sip and savor a diverse range of American-made whiskeys while exploring one of the world's more impressive collections of classic automobiles at the American Whiskey Convention. Guests can mingle with whiskey experts, farmers, distillers, maltsters and other whiskey lovers in addition to enjoying samples from a thoughtfully curated tasting menu at this event, which takes place among the hot rods on exhibit at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum.

American Whiskey Convention at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum

When:Friday, April 13, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Where:Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, 6825-31 Norwitch Drive
Cost:$50 and up

www.americanwhiskeyconvention.com

Cuba Festival: Chucho Valdés Trio Center at Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Grammy Award-winning Cuban pianist Chucho Valdés returns to the stage at the Annenberg Center to wow audiences with his talented trio for an energetic Afro-Cuban jazz performance. This is the last concert of the Annenberg's Cuba Festival, a series the focuses on the artistic talent of Cuba.

Cuba Festival: Chucho Valdés Trio Center at Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

When:Friday, April 13, 8 p.m.
Where:Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut Street
Cost:$30 and up

www.annenbergcenter.org

Jane Irish: Antipodes at Lemon Hill Mansion

For the first time in its 200-year history, Lemon Hill Mansion in Fairmount Park becomes the backdrop for one artist's large-scale paintings that vibrantly explore the global themes of colonialism, opulence, violence, activism and history itself in a not-to-miss show.

Jane Irish: Antipodes at Lemon Hill Mansion

When:April 13-June 3
Where:Lemon Hill, Lemon Hill Drive
Cost:$8, adults; $5, seniors (65+), students (with valid ID), youth (13–17); free, children (12 & under)

www.philadelphiacontemporary.org

Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival at Morris Arboretum

Morris ArboretumPhoto courtesy Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum celebrates sakura on Saturday with guided tours of its cherry trees and other Japanese elements, taiko drumming performances, Ken Jutsu Japanese sword demonstrations, origami workshops and a kimono demonstration.

Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival at Morris Arboretum

When:Saturday, April 14, 10:15 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where:Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, 100 E. Northwestern Avenue
Cost:$19, adults; $17, seniors (65+ years); $10, students (must have ID); active and retired military (must have ID), youth (3-17 years); Walk In or Bike In: $10 (Kids $5); free, members, PennCard holders and children under 3

www.morrisarboretum.org

Dining Out For Life Food Truck Pop Up

Dining Out For Life, the annual fundraising event where participating restaurants donate 33 percent of every bill to Action Wellness, kicks off on Saturday with a food truck pop-up in the heart of the Gayborhood at lunchtime and, new this year, a beer garden in partnership with Yards Brewing Company. The main event, featuring over 200 restaurants, is set for Thursday, April 19.

Dining Out For Life Food Truck Pop Up

When:Saturday, April 14, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where:1300 block of Locust Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.diningoutforlife.com

Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus Drag Revue at Voyeur

Sashay on over to Voyeur Nightclub for the annual drag cabaret fundraiser presented by The Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus. Chorus members join some of Philly's favorite queens and strut their stuff on the runway at this popular event, which outgrew the space it was held in last year.

Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus Drag Revue at Voyeur

When:Saturday, April 14, 8-11 p.m.
Where:Voyeur Nightclub, 1221 St. James Street
Cost:$15

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Philly Spring Jam at The Liacouras Center

See some of the biggest R&B stars of the '90s perform their hits live at the Philly Spring Jam on Friday. Ginuwine, Brandy, 112, Tank and Teddy Riley headline the hot-ticket concert and party, which starts at 7:30 p.m. at The Liacouras Center.

Philly Spring Jam at The Liacouras Center

When:Friday, April 13, 7:30 p.m.
Where:The Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad Street
Cost:$49.50 and up

www.liacourascenter.com

Macy's Family Fun Day at the African American Museum in Philadelphia - Jazz Music Jam

The African American Museum in PhiladelphiaPhoto by Visit Philadelphia

The African American Museum in Philadelphia invites families to its April Macy's Family Fun Day! event for a variety of interactive jazz music and arts workshops. Show up early! The first 250 guests receive free admission to the museum for this event.

Macy's Family Fun Day at the African American Museum in Philadelphia - Jazz Music Jam

When:Saturday, April 14th 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where:The African American Museum, 701 Arch Street
Cost:Free, first 250 people

www.aampmuseum.org

NBA Playoffs: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Miami Heat at the Wells Fargo Center

It's been quite a year for Philadelphia sports teams, and the good times keep rolling thanks to the red-hot Philadelphia 76ers. Following a 16-game win streak (!) to end the season, the team will make its first playoff appearance since 2012 on Saturday night against the Miami Heat in South Philadelphia.

NBA Playoffs: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Miami Heat at the Wells Fargo Center

When:Saturday, April 14, 8 p.m.
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street
Cost:$98 and up

www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com

Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival

Manayunk Streat Food FestivalPhoto courtesy Manayunk Development Corporation

Food trucks converge on Main Street in Manayunk for the spring edition of the neighborhood's Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival. More than 50 local food trucks — including Revolution Taco, Say Cheese Philadelphia and Zsa's Ice Cream — turn out for the delectable day, with live music, shopping and specials from Main Street eateries incorporated into the festivities as well.

Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival

When:Sunday, April 15, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where:Main Street, Manayunk
Cost:Pay as you go

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Sakura Sunday

Photo by Jim Allen

The Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia's main event, Sakura Sunday, brings crowds to West Fairmount Park for scores of events and demonstrations celebrating Japanese culture and arts. Taiko drum and dance performances, a sushi-making contest, a harajuko fashion show and more take place among hundreds of gorgeous pink and white blooming cherry trees on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sakura Sunday

When:Sunday, April, 15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where:Fairmount Park Horticulture Center, 100 North Horticultural Drive
Cost:$5 and up

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NHL Playoffs: Philadelphia Flyers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins at the Wells Fargo Center

This weekend, the Philadelphia Flyers look to bounce back after a tough loss on Wednesday night to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of the NHL Playoffs. Following Game 2 in Pittsburgh on Friday night, the Fly Guys take to the ice at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philly for Game 3 on Sunday afternoon.

NHL Playoffs: Philadelphia Flyers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins at the Wells Fargo Center

When:Sunday, April 15, 3 p.m.
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street
Cost:$129.50 and up

www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com

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