Events 4/13-4/19: Shut Up & Dance, Vinyl Listening Parties, Community Futurisms, StrEAT Food Festival & More!

The latest and greatest things happening in Philly from Friday, April 13 to Thursday, April 19. Share your event by tweeting us @citywidestories or tagging us on Facebook.


Home Soon: An affordable art sale to reunite the Alsirafi family

Friday, April 13

8 pm  

Elixr Coffee  

207 S Sydenham St. 

Elixr is hosting an affordable art sale to help reunite the Alsirafi family, a Syrian family split between Boston and Jordan. All proceeds will go toward a fund to sponsor the family’s resettlement in Canada. There will be snacks and music, so come and find something to hang on your wall!


NTX Second Friday Artist Talk: Continuing the Family Legacy

Friday, April 13  

7 – 9 pm  

4017 Lancaster Ave. 

Ellen Tiberino is the current Neighborhood Time Exchange artist-in-residence through July 2018. As the daughter of artists Ellen Powell Tiberino and Joe Tiberino, she continues the family legacy through her fifteen year career as a mosaic artist. This event is an opportunity to meet her and to share your dreams for the West Philadelphia community!


Riot Nerd Craft Bazaar

April 14 – 15

12 – 5 pm  

District N9NE  

460 N 9th St.   

Cost: $5

Riot Nerd is setting up at District N9ne to bring you over 55 different vendors selling handmade and up-cycled curiosities, oddities, and pop-culture inspired items.  Come out to find something odd or unusual!


Shut Up & Dance 2018

Saturday, April 14

8 pm

The Forrest Theatre

1114 Walnut St.

Cost: Tickets start at $75

Shut Up & Dance, presented by Dancers of Pennsylvania Ballet, is back for it’s 26th year! This one-night-only event will be hosted by  John Jarboe & The Bearded Ladies Cabaret and is also benefit for MANNA.


Community Futurisms: Time & Memory in North Philly 002 – Black Space Agency

Saturday, April 14

7 – 9 pm

Icebox Project Space

1400 North American St.

Cost: Free

Don’t miss this art exhibit which explores issues of affordable and fair housing, displacement/space/land grabs, and gentrification through the lens of afrofuturism. This exhibit is curated by Black Quantum Futurism and is largely inspired by the space race in North Philadelphia in the 1960’s.



Slow Art Day

Saturday, April 14

10 am – 5 pm

Philadelphia Museum of Art

2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.

Cost: Free with Admission

Slow Art Day is a global event intended to help you be more mindful in appreciating art! Join the Philadelphia Museum of Art for a day of mindful meditations, gallery conversations, slow sketching, and more!



Cobbs Creek Cleanup

Saturday, April 14

10 am – 12 pm

Cobbs Creek

61st St. and Baltimore Ave.

Cost: Free

Join United by Blue, the Philadelphia Water Department, and Keep Philadelphia Beautiful for the 11th annual Philly Spring Cleanup! Cobbs Creek Park is a recreation haven and wildlife oasis in the middle of the city, and trash and debris often get trapped along the banks of the creek from storm water run-off. Help to clean up this site!


Opening Reception – Jane Irish: Antipodes

Sunday, April 15

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Lemon Hill Mansion

Lemon Hill Dr.

Cost: Free

Come out for the opening reception of Jane Irish: Antipodes—a floor-to-ceiling installation of paintings and ceramics at Lemon Hill Mansion. Explore the interconnectedness of history, from colonialism on the Indian subcontinent to anti-Vietnam War activism in Philadelphia.



StrEAT Food Festival

Sunday, April 15

11 am – 5 pm  

Main Street, Manayunk  

Cost: Free  

Sample everything from savory BBQ to sweet desserts from over 50 of Philadelphia’s best food trucks and gourmet food vendors! Discover homemade oils, spices, or stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables at the farm stand and see all that Manayunk merchants have to offer!


Help Philly’s Legendary Keech Kill Cancer: A Benefit Art Show at Tattooed Mom

Sunday, April 15

6 – 10 pm

Tattooed Mom

530 South St.

Cost: Pay as you go

The legendary Philly graffiti writer and artist Keech began a “Kill Cancer” campaign around the city to raise awareness and money for cancer research in 2015. Keech is now battling cancer himself which is why Philly’s graffiti and arts communities have come together to support him. This benefit will feature work from Philadelphia street art and graffiti artists and Tattooed Mom’s will also be donating 20% of all food and drink sales to the cause.


All Vinyl All Night – Industry Event

Monday, April 16

10 pm 


334 South St. 


Michna (Ghostly), and Matthew Law will be spinning records all night at TLA for All Vinyl, All Night. This Monday night dance party is made for those who work the weekend, so grab some friends and come through!


Judy Wicks: The Me to We Story Screening and Q&A

Tuesday, April 17

6  – 8:30 pm


150 North 6th St.

Cost: Free

Join WHYY for a screening of Friday Arts’ new feature, Judy Wicks: The Me to We Story, and a conversation with author and activist Judy Wicks on the importance of building fair trade relationships and sustainable economies.



Booze & Vinyl Listening Party

Wednesday, April 18

7  – 8:30 pm


150 North 6th St.

Experience the book Booze & Vinyl, written by Philadelphia authors André and Tenaya Darlington, with cocktails crafted by Art in the Age, craft beer from Philly’s first microbrewery Dock Street Brewery, and vinyl galore!


From Making to Selling: A Discussion with CultureWorks

Wednesday, April 18

6:30 – 8:30 pm

1227 N. 4th St.

Cost: Free

Join CultureWorks for another discussion in a series designed to support entrepreneurs, makers, and enterprising artists. Explore the advantages and disadvantages of for-profits and nonprofits, as well as demystify fiscal sponsorship during this discussion about how to move from making to selling.



Celebrating Women in Conservation Awards

Thursday, April 19

6:30 – 8:30 pm  

Independence Seaport Museum

211 S. Columbus Blvd. 

Cost: $25

Celebrate outstanding women in conservation with PennFuture at the Independence Seaport Museum. Five women will be honored at this event for work in environmental justice, work with the Delaware River Watershed, work in Renewable Energy & Climate and more!