This post lists some of our favorite things to do in April in Philadelphia (updated for 2020) and details some of the best spring events and some activities unique to this time of year.
For even more ideas on popular tourist activities, be sure to check out our popular posts:
TOP 11 EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN APRIL
This section covers our top activities list for April.
We also have a similar list on our top things to do in Philadelphia post for year-round attractions.
Keep in mind that some of the attractions below are included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass.
1) Attend a Concert
Philadelphia is home to multiple great music and event venues. This means there will be several great artists and bands here this April.
- Marc Broussard | April 1
- Blue October | April 2
- Grace Kelly | April 3
- Delta Rae | April 10
- Little Dragon | April 20
- King Krule | April 21
- Brent Faiyaz | April 23
- David Archuleta | April 24
You can find all the concerts in the city here.
2) Go to a Game!
Spend an evening cheering on one of Philadelphia’s pro sports teams. April is a great time to catch the end of the NHL and NBA regular-season games.
You can find all the professional sporting events in Philadelphia here.
3) Enjoy the Theatre
There are several great theatrical productions running in Philadelphia this April! You can find all of them here.
Dear Evan Hansen took Broadway and the Tony Awards by storm in 2017 and is now on a very successful tour. It tells the story of a teenager with social anxiety whose therapist-mandated letters to himself fall into the wrong hands and set off an unforeseen chain of events.
- Dates: April 7 - May 3, 2020
- Find Dear Evan Hansen tickets here.
The beloved children’s book character Junie B Jones comes to life on stage this month, as well. In the books, Junie B is a kindergartner and first-grader who tends to find herself in misunderstandings with the world around her.
- Dates: April 2 - 11, 2020
- Find Junie B Jones tickets here.
Jesus Christ Superstar is a modern retelling of the last three years of the life of Jesus. However, it's told through the eyes of the disciple who betrayed him, Judas.
- Dates: April 7 - 12, 2020
- Find Jesus Christ Superstar tickets here.
4) Celebrate Easter with a Parade
The FREE annual Easter tradition is celebrating its 89th year. Head to the South Street Headhouse District in your Easter finest and join the parade with the whole family. Of course, special guests Mr. and Mrs. Cottontail will be available for photos, and you can expect Easter treats on hand.
Enjoy live music from the Philadelphia Freedom Band and Bunny Hop, and be sure to enter the best-dressed contest - there are categories for adults, kids, and even pets!
For more information on the 89th annual Easter Promenade, visit their website.
5) Save Up to 50% Off with a Tourist Attraction Discount Pass
Visitors who are working with a budget should think about getting a Philadelphia tourist pass. These services provide heavy discounts at some of the most popular attractions in the city.
Here are a few of the sites you can visit with various discount passes:
- Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Tour
- Adventure Aquarium
- Longwood Gardens
- National Liberty Museum
- National Constitution Center
- Philadelphia Museum of Art
- Franklin Institute Science Museum
- Academy of Natural Science
- Museum of the American Revolution
- LEGOLAND Discovery Center
These are just a few of the activities you can enjoy. If you plan to visit even a few of these attractions, you could easily end up saving a lot of money over general admission prices.
For more details, make sure to read our full post covering Philadelphia tourist passes.
6) Philadelphia Science Festival
The nine-day Philadelphia Science Festival boasts more than 80 events around the city with hands-on science fun for kids and adults from April 16 - 25, 2020.
The festival is hosted by the Franklin Institute, and events take place at the museum and throughout the city. Expect to find a lecture on the science of distilling, a neighborhood science crawl and a citywide sky party.
There are kid-friendly events, like Science After School, as well as adult cocktail parties.
Most events are free and don't require reservations but look at the Festival At A Glance guide to plan what you want to see.
7) Take a Sightseeing Tour
Check out our tour schedule to book one of the walking tour options.
You could also have a lot of fun on one of the different bus tours of the city. Hop-on-hop-off and guided bus tours are a nice complement to our walking tours and give you the chance to see all the neighborhoods of Philly.
8) Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia
Celebrate all things Japan at the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival. The festival centers around the hundreds of cherry blossom trees in Fairmont Park that were a gift from the people of Japan in 1926.
The highlight of the festival is Sakura Sunday at the Fairmont Park Horticulture Center on April 4, which features activities, entertainment, and contemporary Japanese culture.
For more information about the festival, including admission costs and off-site activities, visit their website.
9) African American History & Cultural Showcase
This FREE event at the Philadelphia Convention Center features activities and exhibits that celebrate the important role African Americans have played throughout the history of the United States, as well as to contemporary culture.
Expect to find documentaries, never-before-seen exhibits, performances, and appearances from living legends including Tuskegee Airmen.
The 2020 showcase will be held on April 11 - 12 from 11:00 am - 6:00 pm.
You can find more event details on their website.
10) Philly Wine Week
We can’t think of a better way to welcome spring than with a toast (or several) during Philly Wine Cru (formerly Philly Wine Week) from March 30 - April 6, 2020.
With more than 50 venues participating across the city, there are plenty of opportunities for experts and novices - think wine pairing dinners, tastings, and even wine trivia.
Events range from casual to upscale, so keep an eye out for venues that strike your fancy. Some events require advance tickets.
11) Check out a Film Festival
Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival
Celebrate Earth Day weekend with a program of cutting-edge films from around the world that raise environmental awareness and inspire action. The festival takes place at the historic Prince Theater, home to the Philadelphia Film Center on the Avenue of the Arts, from April 1 - 5, 2020.
Catch international and independent films at venues throughout the city during the Philadelphia Film Society’s spring festival. This is a mid-year celebration of the newest film releases since the main festival is held in the fall.
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