Go to the Philadelphia Easter Parade


85th Philadelphia Easter Parade
Sunday, 12:30 p.m.
Passyunk and South Sts.
Free, Facebook.com/southstreetheadhousedistrict

This 85th annual Easter Parade is a celebration of all that makes South Philly great – food, community and absolutely nowhere to park. The parade grand marshal Henri David leads the march from the corner of Passyunk and South to Headhouse Square. Candy, live music from the Philadelphia Freedom Band and photos with the Easter Bunny complete the event.

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Philly Rabbit Run 5k & 1 Mile Walk
Saturday, 8 a.m.
Philadelphia Zoo
3400 W. Girard Ave.
From $40, Shakeitoff4pd.org

This third annual 5k and 1-mile walk is a zoo-themed fundraiser for Parkinson’s disease research. Stroll or jog through the Philadelphia Zoo on a glorious spring morning, meet the Easter Bunny and get a free pair of rabbit ears. Entry fee includes admission to the zoo for the day.

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Family Egg Hunt and Matinee

Saturday through Mar. 27
PFS Roxy Theater
2023 Sansom St.
From $1, Filmadelphia.org

Don’t worry about bringing candy to this weekend’s matinee screenings of “The Velveteen Rabbit” — an Easter egg hunt will take place in the theater before each viewing. Kids can get their Easter energy out, then sit back and replenish it with found Easter confections while watching this feature length children’s movie.


Daymé Arocena

Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
African American Museum
701 Arch St.
$25, Aampmuseum.org

Afro-Cuban jazz vocalist Daymé Arocena is one of the foremost modern Cuban musicians, and her latest album “Nueva Era” was named one of the 50 best albums of the year by NPR. Her style includes scatting, whispering and chanting, simultaneously paying homage to and reinterpreting traditional Cuban music.

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Ethan Bortnick

Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Perelman Theater
300 S. Broad St.
From $60, Kimmelcenter.org

Fifteen-year-old pianist and singer Ethan Bortnick is the youngest solo musician to ever headline a concert tour, which he did at the age of 10. He continues to play sold-out shows, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity with his proceeds. His Philadelphia performance will feature a children’s choir and local guest artists.

Collegiate A Cappella Mid-Atlantic Semifinal

Verizon Hall
300 Broad St.
Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
From $29, Varsityvocals.com

Experience the real-life rush of “Pitch Perfect” and “Glee” during the semi-finals for the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella. The winner of this Mid-Atlantic round, either The Mixtapes from NYU or Wagner College’s Vocal Synergy, will compete in the ICCA finals in New York on April 30.

Bonnie Raitt

Friday, 8 p.m.
Verizon Hall
300 Broad St.
Sold out, Kimmelcenter.org

Only her third stop on an impressively long tour, nine-time Grammy award-winner Bonnie Raitt performs in support of her latest album, and twentieth overall, “Dig in Deep,” released last month. R&B and soul band The California Honeydrops opens.

Titus Andronicus
Sunday, 8:30 p.m.
Union Transfer
1024 Spring Garden St.
$20, Utphilly.com

This punk-influenced indie band has an explosive, expansive sound. Their latest album, “A Most Lamentable Tragedy,” is a rock opera of sorts, featuring 29 tracks that wind in and out of experiences of depression. Never the type to dwell, however, their music is honest and observant, loud and anthemic.

Rising Appalachia
Friday, 12 p.m.
World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut St.
$17, Philly.worldcafelive.com

Leah and Chloe Smith are the founding members of this outfit that incorporates world music, folk and funk into a unique sound that interprets and borrows from traditional Appalachian instrumentation. Their shows often feature guest musicians, poets and circus performers; Philadelphia rapper Kuf Knotz opens.


“Too Much Sun”
Thursday through Mar. 27
Walnut Street Theatre
825 Walnut St.
$25, Walnutstreettheatre.org
A story of fame, secrets and family, this play centers around actress, Audrey Langham, who loves her life of glory and luxury — until one day she has a meltdown while performing. Abandoning the limelight, she retreats to Cape Cod with her neglected family, only to find a more surprising existence in the process.
“The Little Flower”
Saturday, 8 p.m.
Prince Theater
1412 Chestnut St.
$87, Filmadelphia.com
Tony Lo Bianco presents his Emmy Award winning, one-man show, “The Little Flower,” about the mayor of New York City, Fiorello H. La Guardia on his last day in office in 1945. This humorous and educational look at the life and career of La Guardia is accompanied by music from the Philly POPS.


Tarantulas: Alive and Up Close
Thursday through May 30
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
Free with admission, Ansp.org

This interactive exhibit encourages understanding of one of the world’s most feared spiders. Learn about why certain species of the animal prefer different climates, why they are covered in hair and how their unique characteristics can help with medical advancements.

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