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Flavors on the Avenue, Philadelphia Children’s Festival, Bucks County Restaurant Week, and other events around Philadelphia, April 26-May 2

Flavors on the Avenue, Philadelphia Children’s Festival, Bucks County Restaurant Week, and other events around Philadelphia, April 26-May 2

Flavors of the Avenue returns, bringing eats and drinks from more than two dozen bars and restaurants to a five-block stretch of East Passyunk Avenue.
Flavors of the Avenue returns, bringing eats and drinks from more than two dozen bars and restaurants to a five-block stretch of East Passyunk Avenue.Read moren/a / Photo courtesy East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District


Flavors on the Avenue

Savor your way down East Passyunk Avenue on Sunday as dozens of restaurants and bars take over a five-block stretch of the area. The festival features street food and drinks of all kinds, but also live music, a moon bounce, and carnival games, and shopping from an array of local vendors. — Grace Dickinson

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, East Passyunk Avenue from Broad Street to Dickinson Street, pay as you go,


Be a Scientist!

They’re at work all year, but it’s not every day that you’ll get a chance to peek into a scientist’s laboratory. Take a look at the Philadelphia Science Festival’s online schedule to see where you can explore: 17 locations, including hospitals, universities, and museums, will offer a peek into their inner workings. You’ll talk to STEM professionals, and get an insider perspective on research in Philadelphia. — Thea Applebaum Licht

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, various locations. Free, or free with admission. 215-448-1200,

Pop in the Park

Your kids may have dabbled in bubbles before, but they’re sure to be impressed by this family-friendly celebration of soap. Kids will mix bubble formulas, generate pearlescent bubbles of all sizes, even stand inside of a person-sized bubble crafted with the help of a Hula-Hoop. — T.A.L.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, the Rail Park, Callowhill Streets between 11th and 12th. Free. 215-685-0750,

2019 Philadelphia Children’s Festival

Coming into its 34th year, the Philadelphia Children’s Festival features dozens of family-oriented performances across three days at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Bring the kiddos to watch performances ranging from a ballet version of Cinderella to a slapstick-humor-filled circus showcase to a multimedia theater production. Families will also find free daily activities at the outdoor “PlazaMania.” — G.D.

May 2-4, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St., Prices vary by event,


West Craft Fest

Spend a sunny Saturday perusing the West Craft Fest, an outdoor show featuring 100 artists and crafters from the Philadelphia area. You can pick up things to wear, things to hang on your wall, things to furnish your home and give to friends, and support local artisans in the process. You’ll also enjoy live music and a selection of food trucks for fresh eats and drinks. — T.A.L.

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, the Woodlands, 4000 Woodland Ave.

Fools Circus Festival

Walk the tightwire, swing high on the flying trapeze, flip through fabrics, and more at the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts’ Fools Circus Festival. The all-afternoon celebration will feature free classes and performances. Afterward, festivalgoers will be invited to stick around for the school’s adult student circus showcase ($10), filled with tricks and stunts of all sorts. — G.D.

12:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, 6452 Greene St. Free; $10 for the 8 p.m. showcase.


Bucks County Restaurant Week

Dine out at one of more than 80 participating restaurants during Bucks County Restaurant Week to score a $25 or $35 prix fixe meal. Whether seeking Italian in Doylestown (Piccolo Trattoria), seafood and steak in Lumberville (Black Bass Hotel), or Thai in Buckingham (Siam Cuisine Thai), an array of options and locations abound. — G.D.

April 28-May 4, select locations throughout Bucks County, $25-$35,


Guided Hike and Meditation with Fairmount Park Conservancy

Spend Sunday exploring Boxers’ Trail in Fairmount Park with fellow nature enthusiasts. This three-mile group hike ends with a guided meditation led by Evolve Philadelphia yoga teacher Nicole Taylor. Participants are advised to bring water and a snack. — G.D.

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, 3800 Mt. Pleasant Dr., $15,


Philadelphia Antiques and Art Show

Whether you’re searching for an art nouveau couch or some antique porcelain, you’ll find plenty to peruse at this annual showcase, bringing 60 of the nation’s top antiques dealers and fine art curators together in one spot. — G.D.

Friday through Sunday, Navy Yard at corner of League Island Blvd. and Kitty Hawk Ave. $16-$20,

Spring Plant Sale

Open your doors to a new host of greenery at Bartram’s Garden’s first plant sale of the season. You can get your hands on everything from outdoor plants, trees, and aquatic flora, to edible greens like herbs and heirloom vegetables. Hundreds of plants and a team of Horticulturists available for questions and advice mean that you’ll not walk away disappointed. — T.A.L.

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd. 215-729-5281,


Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida

The John/Rice take on Verdi’s Aida is eclectic, pop, and lush. It ran for four years on Broadway, copped a bunch of Tonys, and now tours the world. — John Timpane

Through May 19, Broadway Theatre of Pitman, 43 S. Broadway, Pitman. $35, 856-384-8381,


Moth GrandSLAM Championship

The Moth’s GrandSLAM event brings the ultimate battle of wits and words. Winners from 10 previous open-mike storytelling slams will go head-to-head onstage at Union Transfer to determine the preeminent champion among them all. — G.D.

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 1026 Spring Garden St., $25,


Maren Morris

If Kacey Musgraves can smooth her once-snarky, rockabilly-based country sound into something palpably comfortable for pop consumption and Grammy’s limelight, why can’t Maren Morris? Sure, we know her, first, from her homespun, hillbilly-ish debut single, “My Church” from 2016, but no sooner than she hit the country charts, she sang on “The Middle”, a top pop/EDM collaboration with Zedd and Grey. Now, along with producing 2019’s winningly colorful C&W-pop effort Girl, the high-pitched Morris just appeared at Coachella alongside Zedd and Alessia Cara, in what is a further blurring of the CWEDM form. Yee hah! — A.D. Amorosi

8 p.m. Friday, the Fillmore Philadelphia, 29 E. Allen St., $69-$71,

Center City Jazz Festival

The whole of April is designated as “Philly Celebrates Jazz” month, but for the past eight years that spirit has best been embodied by a single day. The Center City Jazz Festival truly feels like a celebration, with music filling the Sansom Street corridor. It’s always best to just make the rounds of the fest’s five venues, soaking in one set and moving on the next, sampling the many flavors of jazz in Philly (and visiting from beyond). But try to make your schedule align with a few of the highlights: eclectic D.C. keyboardist Marc Cary’s early afternoon set at Chris’, Chilean singer/guitarist Camila Meza at Franky Bradley’s, or fest founder Ernest Stuart’s trio Threezus closing things at Time. — Shaun Brady

1-7 p.m. Saturday. Various locations. $20.

The Mountain Goats

Although the Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle recently has been exploring the existential aftermath of celebrity (of goth rock bands on 2017’s Goths; of Waylon Jennings, Doc Gooden and wizards on the new In League with Dragons), his band’s fame shows no signs of waning. The Mountain Goats’ long ago sold-out a show Saturday at Rehoboth Beach’s Dogfish Head brewpub and sold out a July 19 show at the much larger Union Transfer so quickly that they added a second on the 20th. Unlike the frenetic early Mountain Goats albums (and cassettes from 25 years ago), In League with Dragons features gently orchestrated tunes produced by Owen Pallett. The psychological portraits are still raw, but the settings are subtle. — Steve Klinge

8 p.m. Saturday, Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth, Del. Sold out. 302-226-BREW,

July 19 and July 20 at Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. Sold out Friday; $30 Saturday. 215-232-2100,

Camp Cope

Australian punk-rock trio Camp Cope’s 2018 album is called How To Socialise & Make Friends, but it’s not about making nice. Singer-guitarist Georgia McDonald strikes out against the indie-rock patriarchy from the get-go on the opening “The Opener,” raging against the condescension an all-woman band such as theirs often faces when relegated to be the opening act. Opening for Camp Cope at the First Unitarian Church are Thin Lips, the Philadelphia band fronted by Chrissy Tashjian, whose 2018 album, Chosen Family, was produced by Frances Quinlan and Joe Reinhart of Hop Along, with whom Tashjian frequently plays. Oceanator, the project of Brooklyn drummer and songwriter Elise Okusami, comes on first. — Dan DeLuca

8 p.m. Saturday, First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St. $15-$17.

Meg Baird and Mary Lattimore

Both Meg Baird and Mary Lattimore established their musical roots in Philly in the early aughts before relocating to San Francisco and Los Angeles, respectively. Baird was guitarist and singer in the alternative folk band Espers; harpist Lattimore worked with the War on Drugs, Steve Gunn, and Jeff Zeigler; each contributed to albums from Kurt Vile. Baird and Lattimore teamed last year for the beautiful, impressionistic Ghost Forests, with songs that stretch and meander. Although each continues her solo career from California and Lattimore recently released an instrumental album with Superchunk’s Mac MacCaughan, their show at Johnny Brenda’s on Monday will feel like a celebration of locals. — S.K.

8 p.m. Monday at Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. $13-$15. 215-739-9684,

The Kali & Jorja Tour: Jorja Smith + Kali Uchis

With Nu R&B a thing (Lizzo, H.E.R., Solange, Jamila Woods), why not bring two of its lions, Jorja Smith and Kali Uchis, together for a double-trouble powerhouse tour? Especially because the twosome recorded together with Uchis’ “Tyrant” (featuring Smith) topping the charts. The women sound radically different, with opposing backgrounds — the Colombian American singer Uchis released her debut album, Isolation, last year; British vocalist Smith dropped Lost & Found, in 2018 — yet, blend seamlessly if “Tyrant” was any proof. — A.D.A.

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, The Fillmore Philadelphia, 29 E. Allen St., $51.50,