15 fun things to do in Philly this weekend

Little Nonna's opens up their outdoor garden for spring. | Jason Varney
Jason Varney


Test Flights
April 12, 8:15 p.m.
Circadium School of Contemporary Circus
6452 Greene St.

Perhaps one of the best deals in Philly theater right now is this work-in-progress show at the Circadium School of Contemporary Circus, which is open to the public, free of charge and features seven performers of all different disciplines. This work-in-progress series includes circus, music, dance and physical theatre.


Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival
April 14, 10:15 a.m.
Morris Arboretum
100 E. Northwestern Ave.

With a diverse collection of cherry trees, including many with varying bloom times to ensure trees are in bloom at different points of the season, this festival includes a walking tour of the arboretum, a drumming crew, a kimono dressing demonstration and a demonstration of samurai sword technique. There will also be a mid-afternoon tour of the arboretum’s own Japanese garden, set in the backdrop of the otherwise Victorian landscape.

Sakura Sunday
April 15, 10 a.m.
Fairmount Park Horticulture Center
Montgomery Drive and Belmont Avenue

The marquee event of the Philadelphia Cherry Blossom Festival, Sakura Sunday celebrates the bloom of Fairmount Park’s cherry trees and Japanese culture. The day-long festivities include a sushi-making contest, a Harajuku fashion show, dance performances, a cosplay showcase and a tea ceremony. There will also be a pop-up “Sake Garden,” with Asian-fusion foods, beer and cocktails, located outside of Shofuso Japanese House and Garden.



April 13, 10 p.m.
Premier Nightclub
1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City

Robbert van de Corput, aka Hardwell, is a 25-year-old Dutch DJ who’s often been rated among the top DJs in the world. His catalog includes EDM hits like “Spaceman,” “Three Triangles” and “Jumper.”


Secret Garden Opening
April 13
Little Nonna’s
1234 Locust St.
Pay as you go

Available on a first-come, first-served basis is this “secret garden” patio dining area, reopening for the warm-weather months. An experience best paired with a giant helping of Nonni’s spaghetti and meatballs.

Spring Refresh at aMuse
April 14
1421 Arch St.
Pay as you go

Chef Jennifer Salhoff refreshes French bistro aMuse’s menu for spring—including a Bouillabaisse dish. The updated menu will be available for a limited time. 

Dining Out for Life: Food Truck Pop-up
April 14, 11 a.m.
13th and Locust streets
Pay as you go

In support of Dining Out for Life, trucks like Cupcake Carnivale, Foolish Waffles, Oink and Moo BBQ, The Cow and the Curd and The Tot Cart dot the streets of the Gayborhood. There will also be beer from Yards Brewing Company. Thirty-three percent of sales will go to Action Wellness.

The Warm Brownie Sundae Debut
April 14, 12 p.m.
Weckerly’s Ice Cream
9 W. Girard Ave.

For the first time, Weckerly’s—a Fishtown outfit best known for ice cream sandwiches—debuts a warm brownie sundae, made with ice cream infused with Rival Bros. Coffee, topped with a twice-baked brownie crumble, chocolate sauce and whipped cream.

Sunday Supper
April 15, 5 p.m.
Rex 1516
1516 South St.
Pay as you go

For $30, indulge in three smoked meats with two sides, white bread, pickles and barbecue sauce. A complimentary drink is promised, but a Philadelphia Fish House Punch is also on the cocktail menu lineup–Jamaican rum with peach brandy, sugar, cognac and lemon juice.


Dulce Sloan
April 13, 8 p.m.
Punch Line Philly
33 E. Laurel St.

A regular guest on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” having made several appearance on other late-night programs and sitcoms, Sloan’s punchy personality is full of off-the-cuff wit. Sloan is, to put it mildly, not a shy nor subdued personality.


Philly Spring Jam
April 13, 7:30 p.m.
Liacouras Center
1776 N. Broad St.

Headlined by R&B group Guy, known for Billboard R&B hits like “I Like” and Groove Me” in the ‘80s, this seasonal celebration also features singer-songwriter Teddy Riley and soul-pop singer Tank.

Franz Ferdinand
April 13, 8 p.m.
The Fillmore
29 E. Allen St.

This Glasgow indie-rock band was formed in 2002 and has been nominated for Grammy Awards, as well as received two Brit Awards on their home turf. They released their fifth album, Always Ascending, in February.

Chris Smither
April 14, 8 p.m.
World Café Live
3025 Walnut St.

Long-running blues musician Chris Smither, who began performing in the ‘60s, has issued 16 albums in his storied career, heavily influenced by American folk and poetry. His most recent album, “Still on the Levee,” released in 2015 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his debut.

I’m From Driftwood Brunch
April 14, 1 p.m.
John C. Anderson Apartments
249 S. 13th St.

The fifth-annual spring brunch at the John C. Anderson Apartments and community center is a giant brunch buffet in the courtyard, complete with a three-hour open bar of mimosas, Bloody Marys, beer and wine—plus, jazz music from the Justin Sekelewski Trio.

GayBINGO! Studio 54
April 14, 7 p.m.
The Gershman Y
401 S. Broad St.

The by-now-iconic drag bingo event, held with a different theme each month, adopts a stylish Studio 54 look during Saturday’s game. Featuring lip-sync performances and, as always, fabulous prizes.


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