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The best things to do in Philadelphia this weekend

The best things to do in Philadelphia, including popular events, festivals, attractions and tours, free activities and entertainment. See upcoming events and what’s on in Philly today.

The only thing that outnumbers the food trucks and vendors during Manayunk's StrEAT Food Festival is the crowd.
The only thing that outnumbers the food trucks and vendors during Manayunk's StrEAT Food Festival is the crowd.Read moreCourtesy of

Happy Friday! Below are some of our favorite things to do in the Philadelphia area this weekend. We put out new Philly weekend plans for you every week, so you’ll always have something to do on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

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printPHILLY! 2024

(Art) The second annual printPHILLY! print fair is back for another year. The fair brings together more than 50 artists, print shops and collectives so you’ll have the chance to meet and purchase from a range of printmakers. This fair is free and open to all. (Apr. 20, 10a.m.-3p.m., 320 S. Broad St.,

Be Black Be Beautiful Mural Tour

(Art) Philadelphia is known for our incredible public art, especially our one-of-a-kind murals. This tour will immerse you in Black culture through a 2 hour walking tour of some of those murals. During the tour, you’ll hear stories about the power of art, community building, resistance and more. ($33-44, Apr. 20, 1:30-3:30p.m., 11th St. & Cecil B. Moore Ave.,

Dinah Memorial Unveiling

(Community) Stenton House will unveil a memorial in honor of Dinah, a once enslaved woman who lived and worked at Stenton in the 18th Century. It is recounted that Dinah played a huge role in saving Stenton House from being burned by the British in 1777. You’ll have a chance to learn more about Dinah, her history and the role she played at Stenton. (Apr. 20, 2-4p.m., 4601 N. 18th St.,

Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival

(Community) Prepare your tastebuds for a seriously flavorful experience. Some of Philly’s best food vendors will be in Manayunk serving everything from BBQ and pasta to sweet treats and desserts. Wear your eating pants and come ready for great food and live music performances from local artists on two different stages. The event will go on rain or shine. (Apr. 21, 11a.m.-5p.m., 4000 Main St.,

Maker Faire

(Art) At Maker Faire, creativity, resourcefulness and invention take center stage in celebration of the Maker Movement. The makers present will represent a range of disciplines from homesteaders to garage tinkerers. This space was created to help inspire other makers through sharing what others are making and share what they’ve learned. (Apr. 21, 10a.m.-5p.m., 120 S. Columbus Blvd.,

Lavender Bliss: Crafting Workshop

(Community) Looking to relax and unwind this weekend? This workshop is the perfect stop to express your creativity while clearing your mind. You’ll explore hands on crafting techniques using essential oils to create diffusers, bath salts, and other aromatics. You’ll leave with five amazing smelling products infused with lavender to take home. ($49, Apr. 21, 9-10:30a.m., 1314 Limekin Pk.,

PHS Pop Up Garden Opening

(Community) ‘Tis the season for drinks outside in the garden. South Street’s favorite pop up garden is back for another season. Stop by for tasty food, great drinks and even better vibes. (1438 South St.,

(re)Focus 2024

(Art) (re)FOCUS celebrates the 50th anniversary of Philadelphia Focuses on Women in the Visual Arts/1974, a citywide festival recognizing the contributions of women artists. This festival will be a collaboration between Philadelphia’s art institutions and include panels, demonstrations, workshops and more. (Runs through May 31,

The best events for kids in Philly

Indoors and outdoors, there’s a whole lot to do with your kids this week and weekend, from the center of Center City to Fishtown to Delco.

Roller Rink Reopens, Dilworth Park

(Roller skating) Quick! City Hall’s outdoor roller rink is open for a hot minute (before the fountains turn on). Opening day celebration includes a performance by Great on Skates. Ages 4 and up. ($8-$10 admission, $14-$16 rental, Apr. 19-Jun. 30, 1 S. 15th St.

Beginners, Hedgerow Theater

(Theater / multiday) Tim Crouch won an Obie for his stage drama for young audiences. The tale follows three families on a rainy vacation, inviting the audience into beanbag chairs and carpet squares for a participatory theater experience with all-ages appeal. Ages 10 and up. ($35, $20 student and ages 18 and under, Apr. 18-May 5, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media,

Cocomelon Party Time, Center City

(Interactive / multiday) Those lovable, singing, dancing, big-headed babies alight in Philly for three days in what amounts to a mega playroom. Look for storytime with JJ, Cody, and Nina and all sorts of hands-on play experiences for toddlers. Ages 1-4. ($35, free under age one, Apr. 19-21, 1800 Market St.,

Earth Day Celebration, Awbury Arboretum

(Nature / free) This Northwest Philadelphia gem opens up for an all-day festival featuring bird walks, a woods-based scavenger hunt, outdoor games, live music, drumming — and animals. All ages. (Free, Apr. 20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 1 Awbury Rd.,

Naturepalooza, Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

(Nature / free) One of Philly’s urban forests opens up all 365 acres for arts and crafts, guided hikes, food trucks, and general fun in nature. All ages. (Free, Apr. 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 8480 Hagy’s Mill Rd.,

Two of a Kind Concert, FDR Park

(Music) Musical duo David and Jenny Heitler-Klevans play two kid-friendly, 45-minute sets outside the new-ish playground with giant slides and lots of swings. Two of a Kind encourages little listeners to take part through dance, signing, singing, and puppetry. All ages. (Free, Apr. 20, 9:30-11:30 a.m.,

River Wards Kids Dance Party, Brooklyn Bowl

(Music) The last time the Fishtown Neighbors Association put on this live concert — expect Beatles, Queen, and Elton John covers — it sold out. This one comes with kid-friendly food and drink, and bowling. Advanced reservations only. Ages 2-10. ($8, Apr. 21, 1-3 p.m., 1009 Canal St.,

Bubble Bash, Adventure Aquarium

(Animals / multiday) Every hour on the hour, this Camden aquarium’s atrium turns on the bubble machines and immerses kids in a popping extravaganza. Throughout the venue, look for bubbling science experiments — and bubble tea in the food court. All ages. ($28-$48 ages 13-64, $26-$46 ages 65 and up, $18-$38 ages 12 and under, Mar. 22-Apr. 28, 1 Riverside Dr., Camden, NJ,

Art of the Brick, Franklin Institute

(LEGO / multiday) They’re back! The world’s most popular toys, as sculpted by Nathan Sawaya into Van Gogh’s Starry Night, a life-size T-Rex, and about 100 other imaginative scenes — like bright human forms with LEGO souls — return after a less-than-decade-ago exhibit also at the Franklin Institute. Most of the pieces are look-don’t-touch, but there are plenty of opportunities to be hands-on too. Ages 3 and up. (Daytime: $43 adult, $39 ages 3-11; evening: $20, Feb. 17-Sept. 2, 222 N. 20th St.,

Under the Canopy: Animals of the Rainforest, Academy of Natural Sciences

(Animals / multiday) A live sloth and boa constrictor (not together), climb-on sculptures of a gorilla, tortoise, and red-eye tree frog on a Banyan tree, plus discovery stations in English and Spanish all bring home the point that the lush and fragile rainforest habitat is key to keeping our Earth healthy. Ages 4 and up. ($20-$22 ages 13 and up, $16-$18 ages 2-12, $2 ACCESS cardholder and three guests, free ages 2 and under, Feb 17-Sept. 2, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.,

Adventure Woods, Awbury Arboretum

(Nature / free) This is the first weekend when a portion of the Northwest Philly arboretum re-opens its fairy tables, playhouse, willow circles and logs for building, sitting, and climbing on — a secret garden for imaginative play. Ages 3-12. (Free, weekends through October 26-27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 6060 Ardleigh St.,