Events 4/12-4/18: Marvel Universe of Super Heroes at the Franklin, Tax Day Drink Specials, Reimagined Parkway Central Library, Philly Art Walk, Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival & More!

Some of the most interesting things happening across the region from Friday, April 12th to Thursday, April 11th. Share your event by tweeting us @citywidestories or tagging us on Facebook.


Marvel Universe of Super Heroes at the Franklin Institute

Friday, April 12th

6 – 10 pm   

The Franklin Institute

222 North 20th St

Cost: $35-45

Come out to the exclusive preview party for the new Marvel exhibit at the Franklin Institute. The evening will include character photo ops, panel discussions, live performances. Plus food and drink.


Reimagined Parkway Central Library: Grand Opening Weekend

April 12 – 14

Free Library of Philadelphia

1901 Vine St

Celebrate the grand opening of nearly 41,000 square feet of reimagined public and staff space at the Parkway Central Library with a weekend of fun and festivities! Beginning Friday, April 12 and continuing through the weekend, the public is welcome to explore for the first time The Robert and Eileen Kennedy Heim Center for Cultural and Civic Engagement, the Business Resource and Innovation Center (BRIC), and the Field Teen Center. Additionally, the Free Library will unveil a new work by Philadelphia-based artist Colette Fu, an original artwork commissioned by the City of Philadelphia’s Percent for Art Program and the Free Library of Philadelphia.


Philadelphia Film Festival: Spring Fest

April 12 – 14

Various times and locations

Cost: $13 – $100

With #PFFSpringFest, the Philadelphia Film Society presents a mid-year survey of the freshest cinematic marvels from the international festival circuit–from American indie darlings and eye-opening documentaries to acclaimed foreign titles. Each film will be having its Philadelphia premiere.


Philly Art Walk: Center City West

Saturday, April 13th  

11 am – 1 pm & 2 – 4 pm

SE corner of Broad and Race

Cost: $15

Kick off the 2019 art walk season in Center City West with Conrad Benner of On this tour, you’ll see lots of murals, some really dynamic public art installations. The tour ends with a visit to Moore College of Art & Design’s brilliant MFA thesis exhibition!


Manayunk StrEAT food festival  

Sunday, April 14th  

11 am – 5 pm

Main St, Manayunk

Cost: Pay as you go

Love food trucks? Check out the Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival and sample dishes from some of Philly’s best food trucks. Participating vendors will be preparing special dishes with spring’s theme ingredient: strawberries! Eat delicious food, shop from local stores, and listen to some live music while hanging out on Main Street.


Sakura Sunday

Sunday, April 14th    

10 am – 5 pm

Fairmount Park Horticulture Center

100 N Horticultural Dr

Cost: $10-15

Celebrate traditional and contemporary Japan under the cherry blossoms in Fairmount Park during an all-day celebration of Japanese culture. Enjoy live music, dance, and martial arts performances,  fashion shows, arts and crafts, karaoke, and much more. Bring family, friends, pets, and a picnic blanket and enjoy a beautiful day beneath the blossoms.


Animal Shelter National Day of Service

Sunday, April 14th

All Day

Your Local Animal Shelter

Cost: Free  

Love animals? Head out to your local animal shelter on this national day of service, and see how you can get involved and give back to the community.


Tax Day Drink Specials

Monday, April 15th

Various locations and times

Cost: Pay as you go

Gin lovers should raise a glass at  Square 1682 – adjacent to Hotel Palomar – with all-day G&Ts for just $2. Come in for a drink or two, stay for lunch or dinner.

The Bar by Bluebird Distilling, the craft-cocktail bar inside The Bourse is well known for its extensive selection of award-winning spirits and one-of-a-kind concoctions. Celebrate filing your taxes with a delicious rum creation, Libation without Taxation, for $10.40.

CO-OP, the contemporary restaurant in University City adjacent to The Study Hotel, will be serving two fun Tax Day cocktails – both for just $10.40 each. Depending on whether you are getting money back (sweet) or have to pay this year (bitter), you can choose between a Negroni made with Campari, gin and sweet vermouth, or an Aviation creation in the form of gin, lemon juice, maraschino liqueur and Crème de violette.


Film Essentials: Cabaret on 35mm

Wednesday, April 17th

7 – 9:30pm

Philadelphia Film Society

1412 Chestnut St

Cost: $5 – $9

Wilkommen! Bienvenue! Welcome to the Kit Kat Club, where the girls are beautiful, life is beautiful, and absolutely nothing is off-limits. Bob Fosse’s adaptation of the hit stage musical follows wide-eyed young Brit Brian (Michael York), who arrives in Berlin in 1931 and falls in with a decadent circle led by free-spirited cabaret performer Sally Bowles (Liza Minnelli). Sally headlines the Kit Kat Club, a seedy venue presided over by a sinister Master of Ceremonies (Joel Grey) and frequented by disreputable patrons more concerned with the threat of syphilis than with the increasingly violent and powerful Nazi party.


Artist Talk: Amplifying Civic Power in North Philadelphia

Thursday, April 18th

6 – 7:30pm

Philadelphia Foundation

1835 Market St, Suite 2410

Cost: Free

Artists in residence from The Village of Arts and Humanities will present the process behind creating “Home Court: The Hartranft Basketball Court Revival,” a creative placemaking project that used art to unite community leaders across generations and revitalize a local basketball court with deep ties to the neighborhood. Artists Scott Ziegler, Jordan McCree and Michael McDermott will present the soundscapes created for the exhibit and discuss the intensive process of turning interviews with community members and ambient recordings into a soundscape illustrating the past, present, and future of the neighborhood.