This post lists some of our favorite things to do in April in Philadelphia 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.
- Kem | Apr 2nd
- Jerry Cantrell | Apr 3rd
- Mogwai | Apr 6th
- Lil Tecca | Apr 6th
- Senses Fail | Apr 8th
- Daryl Hall | Apr 9th
- Portugal. The Man | Apr 13th
- Key Locke | Apr 13th
- Lorde | Apr 20th
- The Darkness | Apr 23rd
- The Story So Far | Apr 24th
- Mastodon | Apr 26th
- Opeth | Apr 26th
- Ashe | Apr 27th
- Napalm Death | Apr 29th
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. If the MLB manages to avoid a lock out, April will also be the beginning of the Phillies baseball season!
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.
Here are some of the best musicals and plays available in this month:
- Waitress | Apr 1st - 3rd
- Always...Patsy Cline | Apr 12th - 30th
- Paw Patrol Live: Race to the Rescue | Apr 14th - 16th
- Friends: The Musical Parody | Apr 15th, 16th
- The Deep Blue Sea | Apr 29th, 30th
- Disney's Moana Jr. | Apr 30th
4) See a Stand-up Comedy Performance
There will be a lot of great comics performing in Philadelphia this month, and a few famous comedians are going to be doing shows just down the road in Bensalem, PA.
If you're willing to travel about 20 minutes outside of the city, you'll open yourself up to even more opportunities to enjoy a good laugh in April!
Here are the best stand-up comedy shows to see in the Philadelphia area throughout the month:
- Vir Das | Apr 3rd
- Steve Trevino | Apr 21st - 23rd
- Chris Distefano | Apr 30th
- Whitney Cummings | Apr 30th
Check this list of stand-up comedy performances in Philadelphia this April to find even more excellent shows to see.
5) 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.
6) Go to Monster Jam
If you're a fan of motorsports, chances are you're quite familiar with Monster Jam. This show features a variety of monster trucks competing in several different events including racing and stunt driving.
Visitors can expect to see popular monster trucks such as Bigfoot, Grave Digger, Kraken, Wrecking Machine, Blue Thunder, and many others. Ticket holders will have the opportunity to vote on which trucks performed the best!
If you or your children love monster truck stunts and racing, consider taking the family to this show. Best of all, tickets usually cost as little as $40 per person!
7) 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.
8) Take the Kids to Disney Princess: The Concert
In addition to all the concerts taking place this month, there will also be a special family themed concert for families featuring some of the most popular music from various Disney Princesses.
If you're looking for a fun event for your young daughters, this could be an excellent option. Alternatively, with Mother's Day coming up in early May, this might make for a great gift for the mothers in your life!
Disney Princess: The Concert will be taking place at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. Tickets start at just $45 and they are selling out fast!
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 showcase will be held on April 23rd and 24th from 11:00 am - 6:00 pm.
You can find more event details on their website.
10) Grab a Bite During King of Prussia Restaurant Week
With $15-$25 lunches and $30-$50 dinners, you can try the eclectic fixed-price meals at while donating to a good cause.
All Restaurant Week participating establishments are raising money for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s (CHOP) King of Prussia Specialty Care Center.
There are over 20 different options to choose from during April 4th - 10th.
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 March 31st - Apr 3rd.
UNCONFIRMED: Celebrate Easter with a Parade
The FREE annual Easter tradition is celebrating its 91st 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 91st annual Easter Promenade, visit their website.
UNCONFIRMED: 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 in April.
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.
UNCONFIRMED: 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 in April, which features activities, entertainment, and contemporary Japanese culture.
For more information about the festival, including admission costs and off-site activities, visit their website.
UNCONFIRMED: 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).
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.