21+ Excellent Things To Do In Philadelphia This Week, April 23-29

Flavors on the Avenue, Center City Jazz Festival, Science Carnival on the Parkway and more...

Calling all foodies, music lovers, techies, outdoorsy types, theater buffs and science fans — there’s a ton of fun to be had in Philly this week.

The Philadelphia Science Festival keeps chugging along with events every day this week, all leading up to Saturday’s highly anticipated Science Carnival, which returns to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for the first time since 2015.

Three beloved outdoor series start this week as well: Parks on Tap opens at the Azalea Garden on Thursday, the first Twilight in the Gardens event occurs Friday at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens and the PHS Pop-Up Gardens set up shop on Thursday (South Street) and Friday (uCity Square).

On Sunday, hungry pedestrians pack Philly’s East Passyunk neighborhood for the annual Flavors on the Avenue food festival and Bucks County’s kicks off its first-ever restaurant week just days after Manayunk’s restaurant week finishes up on Friday.

And in its final week, Philly Celebrates Jazz’s main event — the Center City Jazz Festival — returns to fill Fergie’s Pub, Milkboy, Chris’ Jazz Cafe, Franky Bradley’s and Time Restaurant with six hours of performances.

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

Manayunk Restaurant Week

Taqueria FelizPhoto courtesy Taqueria Feliz

Last call for $15, $25 and $35 meal deals in Northwest Philly! Manayunk's food-filled, week-plus-long restaurant week — featuring La Roca, Bourbon Blue, The Goat's Beard and 14 other eateries — wraps up on Friday.

Manayunk Restaurant Week

When:Through Friday, April 27
Where:Various locations including Taqueria Feliz, 4410 Main Street
Cost:$15, $25 and $35

www.manayunk.com

¡BIENVENIDOS BLANCOS! or WELCOME WHITE PEOPLE! at FringeArts

¡BIENVENIDOS BLANCOS! or WELCOME WHITE PEOPLE!Photo courtesy FringeArts

FringeArts presents the world premiere of this bilingual theater performance that dives into the complicated history and relationship between Cuba and America. The themes of cultural exploitation, race, embargoes and more are explored in this new, original play.

¡BIENVENIDOS BLANCOS! or WELCOME WHITE PEOPLE! at FringeArts

When:Through Saturday, April 28 (select dates)
Where:FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:$29, general admission; $15, student (25 and under)

www.fringearts.com

Philadelphia Science Festival

Frankford Hall Science Festival eventPhoto courtesy Philadelphia Science Festival

The geeking out continues this week at the Philadelphia Science Festival. Highlights from he dozens of events going down during the fest's final week include an enlightening food sustainability discussion and tasting event at Drexel Bistro on Monday, a scientific story slam at Frankford Hall on Wednesday, Reading Terminal Market’s late-night food science showcase, and, of course, the massive Science Carnival on the Parkway.

Philadelphia Science Festival

When:Through Saturday, April 28
Where:Various locations including Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Avenue
Cost:Varies by event

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Philly Celebrates Jazz

Photo courtesy Warmdaddy's

Philly Celebrates Jazz continues grooving this week with more Jazz Appreciation Month programming. Events of note include a performance by famous trumpeter Herb Alpert and award-winning vocalist Lani Hall at World Cafe Live (Monday), a screening of the documentary Blue Note: A Story of Modern Jazz (Wednesday), DivaNation at the Divine Lorraine Hotel (Thursday) and Jazz Extravaganza XIX at Drexel University (Friday).

Philly Celebrates Jazz

When:Through Monday, April 30
Where:Various locations including Warmdaddy's, 1400 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Varies by event

www.creativephl.org

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

The 76ers look to continue their domination of the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the first round of the NBA playoffs, which goes down this Tuesday night in South Philly. With one more win, Ben Simmons and the rest of the Sixers squad move on to the conference semifinals. Can't make the game? Hit up an awesome sports bar to catch the matchup with other, like-minded Philly fans.

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

When:Tuesday, April 24, 8 p.m.
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street
Cost:$110 and up

www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com

Broadway Philadelphia: The Sound of Music at Merriam Theater

The Sound of MusicPhoto by Matthew Murphy

Philadelphia is about to be alive with the sound of music! The timeless musical and its beloved score arrive in the city this week for a six-day run at the Merriam Theater.

Broadway Philadelphia: The Sound of Music at Merriam Theater

When:April 24-29
Where:Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad Street
Cost:$40 and up

www.kimmelcenter.org

Philadelphia Black Pride

Philly Black PridePhoto by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

Celebrations of black culture are the theme of Philadelphia Black Pride, an annual spring festival that coincides with the Penn Relays. The weekend-long event welcomes people of different genders, races and sexual orientations for parties at popular bars, fashion shows, happy hours and more.

Philadelphia Black Pride

When:April 25-29
Where:Various locations including Woody's, 202 S. 13th Street
Cost:Varies by event

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Spring Opening: PHS Pop Up Gardens

People hanging out at the PHS Pop Up Garden in PhiladelphiaPhoto by C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia

The PHS Pop-Up Gardens return on Thursday and Friday to set up shop at two outdoor spaces in the city. Relax and enjoy great beer, botanical-inspired cocktails and delicious bites courtesy of The Royal Tavern at the South Street location (opening Thursday) and Jose Pistola’s at the uCity Square outpost (opening Friday).

Spring Opening: PHS Pop Up Gardens

When:Opens Thursday, April 26
Where:PHS Pop Up Gardens: South Street, 1438 South Street; uCity Square, 36th & Filbert streets
Cost:Pay as you go

www.phsonline.org

Brews & Views: Spring Rooftop Mini Series at the Parkway Central Library

People on the Skyline Terrace at the Parkway Central LibraryPhoto courtesy Free Library of Philadelphia

This warm-weather series transforms The Parkway Central Library’s rooftop into a bustling beer garden — with Instagram-worthy skyline views! — serving craft beer, wine, cocktails and snacks from Brûlée Catering. The first pop-up of the season opens on Thursday (moved from Wednesday due to inclement weather).

Brews & Views: Spring Rooftop Mini Series at the Parkway Central Library

When:April 26-27
Where:Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Penn Relays

Penn RelaysPhoto courtesy Penn Relays

The oldest and largest collegiate track and field competition in the country dashes into the city this week for three full days of impressive races at Franklin Field in West Philly. Talented high school, collegiate and professional runners converge on the city to race in front of 115,000 spectators. Ticket-holders can also check out the popular Penn Relays Carnival, which features vendors selling athletic gear and clothing, a DJ and a new Food Village with tons of food and drink options located behind The Palestra.

Penn Relays

When:April 26-28
Where:Franklin Field, 235 S. 33rd Street
Cost:$21 and up

www.thepennrelays.com

Spring Opening: Parks on Tap at the Azalea Garden

Parks On TapPhoto by C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia

This popular traveling beer garden series returns to bring delicious bites and refreshing beverages to crowds at green spaces throughout the entire city for the next 23 weeks (the longest season yet, with seven new parks on this year's schedule!). The first pop-up of the season opens on Thursday (moved from Wednesday due to inclement weather) between Boathouse Row and the Philadelphia Museum of Art among the daffodils, irises, tulips and azaleas at Fairmount's serene Azalea Garden.

Spring Opening: Parks on Tap at the Azalea Garden

When:Azalea Garden: April 26-29; Parks on Tap: April 26-September 30
Where:Azalea Garden, Aquarium Drive
Cost:Pay as you go

www.parksontap.com

Twilight in the Gardens at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia's Magic GardensPhoto courtesy Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens stay open late on Friday for the first Twilight in the Gardens event of the season. The event is BYOE (bring your own everything: booze, snacks and seating arrangements) and features '80s-inspired synthwave music from Retroglyphstour.

Twilight in the Gardens at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

When:Friday, April 27, 7-10 p.m.
Where:Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, 1020 South Street
Cost:$20, adults; $16, students and seniors; $12, members

www.philadelphiasmagicgardens.org

POPS Rocks at the Kimmel Center

Philly POPSPhoto courtesy the Kimmel Center

The Philly POPS and Broadway’s Bryce Ryness pay tribute to Led Zeppelin, Queen, the Rolling Stones and more of rock’s greatest hitmakers with a head-banging, can’t-help-but-sing-along concert this weekend at the Kimmel Center.  

POPS Rocks at the Kimmel Center

When:April 27-29
Where:Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:$60 and up

www.kimmelcenter.org

Philly Tech Week

Philly Tech WeekPhoto courtesy Philly Tech Week

Philly Tech Week — presented by Technically Philly — begins Friday with a kick-off party at The Schmidt’s Commons and an after party at SPiN. Opening weekend events include the second-annual Penn XR Day — featuring companies like Google, Daydream and more — and the Tech for Social Impact Brunch with UPenn's hack4impact, both on Saturday.

Philly Tech Week

When:April 27-May 5
Where:Various locations including Temple University - Alter Hall, Liacouras Walk
Cost:Varies by event

www.phillytechweek.com

Opera Philadelphia: Carmen at the Academy of Music

Academy of MusicPhoto courtesy the Kimmel Center

Carmen, one of the world’s most famous operas, opens at the Academy of Music this week. The classic show tells the story of Carmen, a seductive Spanish gypsy who wins the affection of every man around her, resulting in jealousy and deceit.

Opera Philadelphia: Carmen at the Academy of Music

When:April 27-May 6 (select dates)
Where:Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost:$20 and up

www.operaphila.org

Philadelphia Science Festival Pick: Science Carnival on the Parkway

Philadelphia Science FestivalPhoto by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Science Festival ends on Sunday with an explosive (and free!) daylong outdoor carnival. This massive party on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway packs in engaging activities, jaw-dropping visuals, unbelievable experiments and more from over 150 Philadelphia Science Festival partners.

Philadelphia Science Festival Pick: Science Carnival on the Parkway

When:Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where:Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free

www.fi.edu

Go West Craft Fest at The Woodlands

Go West Craft FestivalPhoto courtesy Go West Craft Festival

Over 100 local artisans sell handmade jewelry, ceramics, clothing, home goods and more during the Go West Craft Fest in West Philly. Aside from snagging one-of-a-kind trinkets, shoppers can enjoy food, live music and acrobatic performances by Tangle Movement Arts.

Go West Craft Fest at The Woodlands

When:Saturday, April 28, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where:The Woodlands, 4000 Woodland Avenue
Cost:Pay as you go

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Fairmount Avenue Arts Crawl

Dozens of arts organizations and exhibitors take to Fairmount for the indoor-outdoor Fairmount Avenue Arts Crawl, a celebration of local art. Both emerging and established artists will present their finest works — ranging from sculpture and photography to printing and mixed-media — at local bars, restaurants and shops as well as along Fairmount Avenue. In addition to arts showcases, festival attendees will find plenty of crafts and hands-on activities along the way.

Fairmount Avenue Arts Crawl

When:Saturday, April 28, noon-4 p.m.
Where:Various locations including Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue
Cost:Pay as you go

www.fairmountaveartscrawl.com

Center City Jazz Festival

Center City Jazz FestivalPhoto courtesy Center City Jazz Festival

The centerpiece of Philly’s Jazz Appreciation Month, the Center City Jazz Festival — now in its seventh year — showcases the music of talented jazz performers at five different venues around the city, including Chris' Jazz Cafe, Time Restaurant and more. The impressive lineup this year features Jeff Bradshaw Quartet, Ella Gahnt, BIGYUKI, Lena Seikaly and more.

Center City Jazz Festival

When:Saturday, April 28, 1-7 p.m.
Where:Various locations including Time, 1315 Sansom Street
Cost:$20

www.ccjazzfest.com

Punk Rock Flea Market at 23rd Street Armory

Two-hundred vendors peddling covetable records, clothing, art and goods bring crowds to the 23rd Street Armory for this two-day flea market. One $3 admission ticket is good for both Saturday and Sunday, and different vendors participate each day.

Punk Rock Flea Market at 23rd Street Armory

When:April 28-29
Where:23rd Street Armory, 22 S. 23rd Street
Cost:$3, general admission; free, kids under 12

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Flavors on the Avenue

Flavors on the AvenuePhoto by C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia

One of the city’s most bustling foodie corridors brings its giant food festival back for a multi-block-long event featuring festival-ready eats from East Passyunk Avenue’s most popular spots — Cantina los Caballitos, Bing Bing Dim Sum, Townsend, ITV, Noord and more. Beyond food, drinks (margaritas, beer, cocktails and more) will be available for purchase along the avenue.

Flavors on the Avenue

When:Sunday, April 29, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where:East Passyunk Avenue
Cost:Pay as you go

www.visiteastpassyunk.com

El Carnaval de Puebla

El Carnaval de PueblaPhoto by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Classic folk traditions of Mexico fill South Philly streets for El Carnaval de Puebla, a giant celebration of Mexican culture on Sunday, April 29. A parade, street fair and performances by dancers in traditional Mexican draw energetic crowds to this day-long event.

El Carnaval de Puebla

When:Sunday, April 29
Where:Washington Avenue
Cost:Pay as you go

www.carnavaldepuebla.com

Bucks County Restaurant Week

Buck’s County’s first ever restaurant week gets cooking on Sunday, offering diners $25 or $35 meals from a special prix-fixe menu at nearly 70 participating restaurants and BYOBs countywide.

Bucks County Restaurant Week

When:April 29-May 5
Where:Various locations including Caleb's American Kitchen, 5738 U.S. 202, Lahaska
Cost:$25 or $35

www.visitbuckscounty.com

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