We’ve made it through the worst of winter. Spring is finally here, and it’s time to celebrate with the best Philadelphia events in April. Despite its rainy reputation, the month features some of Philly’s first outdoor festivals of the season, like the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival and the kooky Easter Promenade along South Street. April also marks the return of Parks on Tap, the roving beer garden that pops up every week in different Philadelphia parks, and some of the best restaurants in Philadelphia take part in annual charity event Dining Out for Life (make reservations now!). Find details on all that plus a heap of concerts, comedy shows, cool art exhibits and more in our guide to the best Philadelphia events in April below.
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Best Philadelphia events in April 2018
The popular roving storytelling series Tell Me a Story comes to South Philly for an evening of tales based on an “at the table” theme, so expect a mix of anecdotes that could run the gamut from awkward Thanksgiving memories to that time Teresa Giudice flipped a table on the Real Housewives of New Jersey. Six raconteurs take the stage, including Andy Futuro, author of Josephine Wins Again, comedian Geoff Jackson, Little Baby’s Ice Cream maker Karen Johnson, and the founder and butcher at Primal Supply Meats, Heather Thomason. As a complement to the night’s theme, this iteration of Tell Me a Story is a fundraiser that benefits South Philly Food Co-op’s mission to build, staff and stock a community-owned grocery at 2031 S. Juniper Street. Admission is pay-what-you-wish on a sliding scale starting at $10.
This annual event gets a head start on Philadelphia’s Pride season with four days of activities aimed at uplifting and uniftying the black LGBTQ community. Around 5,000 people are expected to take part in the lineup of events, which includes informative panels; nightclub ragers like the popular 2,000+ Sexy Men Mega Party; and the Family Affair picnic, which features a potluck spread, live music and games.
The nine-day, city-spanning Philadelphia Science Festival closes with a huge, geek-approved shebang along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The features more than 180 science-centric exhibitors, experiment stations for kids and adults, live demonstrations, performances and more.
More than 4,000 art appreciators look forward to the Fairmount Avenue Arts Crawl each year, when the streets of Philly’s Art Museum district are flooded with nearly 40 exhibits by up-and-coming and established artists at a host of nearby venues. From painting to sculpture, print-making to photography, the day-long festival is a feast for the eyes. Kids and families can even participate in craft-making workshops and express their own personal brands of creativity through sidewalk-chalk art.
This nine-day festival, a celebration of the science and technology that touches our everyday lives, features more than 80 events, including a bash at Independence National Historical Park, a foodie event at the Reading Terminal Market and pop-up citywide star parties, where you can gather around a telescope to look at the stars with friends. The whole thing closes with the free Science Carnival on the Parkway.
Wahl Grooming kicks off its 10-city tour in the City of Brotherly Love, which was recently named the No. 1 facial-hair-friendly city in the country. The fest, taking place in the open air area of Schmidt’s Commons features a 30-foot mobile barber shop, where guys can pop in for a free trim, plus craft beers and spirit tastings,l beard contests, live tunes and even beard-centric speed dating.
If you’ve been wanting to try that hot Manayunk eatery that all of your friends have been raving about, Manayunk Restaurant Week is the perfect time to do so. For 10 days in April, more than a dozen local spots, including goodies like Bourbon Blue, Taqueria Feliz and Winnie’s, offer the chance to sample their cuisine with three-course, prix-fixe menus for $15, $25 or $35. See the full lineup here.
Get up close and personal with Philadelphia artist Drew Leshko’s dollhouse-scale replicas of Fishtown’s overlooked and, often, neglected buildings, including the Edward Corner Warehouse, Kensington Soup Society, Penn Treaty Metals, the Barbary, Bicycle Stable and “Old Brick” (aka Kensington Methodist Episcopal Church). Read our review of the exhibit here.