Over 35 Things to do this April Around Philadelphia’s Western Suburbs
From Longwood Garden’s Spring Blooms to Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival to lots of 5K runs, these are your best bets this month.
The 2019 Philadelphia Science Festival returns April 26-May 4. Photo by R. Kennedy for VISIT PHILADLEPHIA.
Spring Blooms at Longwood Garden
Through May 5, Kennett Square
As the season changes and the landscape reawakens, so do the grounds at Longwood Gardens. Visit over the next two months to see thousands of bulbs bursting with colors. Look for plant varieties like tulips, crocuses, wisteria and more.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Through April 14, West Chester
Resident Theatre Company presents Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, which transports audiences to the French Riviera. The comedic show is a take on the 1988 Steve Martin film of the same name.
Chanticleer at Unionville High School
April 3, Kennett Square
Grammy Award-winning a cappella group, Chanticleer, will perform at Unionville High School.
Costuming the Crown at Winterthur Museum
Through Jan. 5, 2020, Winterthur, Del.
In one of the most anticipated local exhibits of the year, Winterthur displays 40 iconic looks from the Emmy-winning Netflix series The Crown. Its first two seasons explore the early reign and life of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip and other storied royals. Throwing a spotlight on the show’s beautiful and intricate costuming, it features the coronation robe, Princess Margaret’s wedding dress and more. The exhibit is well worth the trip to nearby Delaware.
Decadent Desserts and Wine Cocktails at Wayne Art Center
April 4, Bryn Mawr
Wayne Art Center’s latest workshop teaches attendees to make an array of desserts, from Italian pear cake to chocolate soufflé. Once they’re complete, Chaddsford Winery helps pair them with wine cocktails for a truly indulgent treat.
Philadelphia Fine Art Fair
April 4-7, Philadelphia
This four-day fair at the 23rd Street City Troop Armory features 40 elite art galleries all in one place. There will be a VIP Opening Night Preview on April 4.
Girls Spark 2019 at Delaware County Community College
April 6, Media
For this unique one-day teen conference, high school aged women address how they’ve overcome social, physical and emotional struggles.
Raffles for Ruffs
April 6, West Chester
Chester County based nonprofit To Love a Canine Rescue hosts its annual poker tournament at the Quality Inn and Suites in West Chester. The event, which benefits its no-kill mission, includes raffles and dinner.
April 6, Philadelphia
Thorncroft Equestrian Center celebrates its 50th anniversary with its annual Victory Gallop at the Bellevue Hotel. The event benefits Thorncroft’s mission to help individuals with learning differences through equine therapy.
Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia
April 6-14, Philadelphia
From drumming performances to film screenings, take in the beauty of spring during this weeklong celebration of local Japanese culture.
Carnival of the Animals
April 7, Aston
The Academy of International Ballet and the Delaware County Symphony combine forces for their April chamber concert entitled Carnival of the Animals.
Brandywine Hills Point-to-Point
April 7, West Chester
Now in its 77th year, Brandywine Hills Point-to-Point returns to the 318-acre Myrick Conservation Center for a day of steeplechase races, children’s activities and a parade of foxhounds. The gates open at 11 a.m.
Wine Women and Shoes
April 7, Bryn Mawr
The Baldwin School hosts this fun fashion event, which benefits the Alzheimer’s Association. FOX 29’s Bill Anderson will emcee.
April 9-14, Philadelphia
Childhood favorite Anastasia comes to the Academy of Music this spring, transporting audiences back to the tumultuous Romanov reign in Russia. The heartwarming story and fantastic music—scored by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens—make this a can’t-miss.
April 11, Malvern
The Mountainfilm festival heads to the Conference Center at Penn State Great Valley, featuring award-winning films focused on the environment and adventure.
Main Line Animal Rescue Tails and Trails 5K
April 13, Phoenixville
Bring your furry friend to participate in Main Line Animal Rescue’s 8th annual 5K run or 2K walk, which traverses the nonprofit’s 60-acre farm. The run benefits the organization’s mission to find homes for animals. There will also be an after-party with food, beer, raffles and, of course, plenty of animals up for adoption.
Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes at the Franklin Institute
April 13 – June 14, Philadelphia
Costumes, props and rare comic books from the Marvel universe will be on display during this super hero-filled exhibit.
Spring Super Sunday
April 14, Media
Food trucks and local craft vendors will take over Media’s State Street for a day of family fun.
Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival
April 14, Manayunk
Head to Main Street in Manayunk to try more than 50 of the area’s best food trucks. There will also be live music from local bands.
Ladies Night Out Main Line Today
April 17, Newtown Square
Main Line Today hosts its second annual Ladies Night Out at Aronimink Golf Club. Pamper yourself at this indulgent event and shop from a curated selection of the area’s hottest boutiques, all in one place.
Dining Out for Life
April 18, Philadelphia
Need an excuse to dine out? On April 18 head to one of nearly 200 Philadelphia area participating restaurants that will donate up to 33 percent of your bill to Action Wellness, which is working to eradicate HIV and AIDS. Participating restaurants include Amis Trattoria, La Belle Epoque, Lotus Farm to Table, Pinocchio’s Restaurant, Spasso Italian Grill, Spring Mill Café and Sterling Pig Brewery.
African American History and Cultural Showcase
April 20-21, Philadelphia
Celebrate African American culture during this annual event at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, which features panel discussions, poetry readings, theatrical performances and more—all for free.
Celebrity Cook-Off to Fight Hunger
April 25, King of Prussia
Now in its third year, the Celebrity Cook-Off to Fight Hunger brings together culinary greats including Marcie Turney (Lolita, Jamonera, Barbuzzo, Bud & Marilyn’s, Little Nonna’s), chef, author and TV personality Elizabeth Falkner, Top Chef winner Nicholas Elmi, chef and restaurateur Jason Cichonski (Ela, Gaslight), and chef Richard Blais, who’s also appeared on Top Chef. The event, which will take place at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Gallery’s showroom, benefits Philabundance.
Swarthmore CO-OP Food Truckathon
April 26, Swarthmore
The Swarthmore CO-Op’s food truck festival is back with 20 local vendors serving up everything from barbecue to tacos to gelato.
Kuerner Farm Plein Air Day
April 26, Chadds Ford
Artists can explore Kuerner Farm—a National Historic Landmark where Andrew Wyeth often painted—to sketch, paint and photograph, or take a guided tour to learn more about Wyeth’s relationship to the farm.
Dinos After Dark at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
April 26, Philadelphia
The Academy of Natural Sciences undergoes a transformation, complete with a Dino Drafts Beer Garden in the Dinosaur Hall. The family-friendly event includes a scavenger hunt, getting up close to real specimens and more.
West Chester International Short Film Festival
April 26-28, West Chester
Celebrating its 15th year, the West Chester Film Festival showcases over 60 films that are 30 minutes or shorter.
Philadelphia Antiques and Art Show
April 26-28, Philadelphia
The 57th annual Philadelphia Antiques and Art Show brings more than 60 dealers and exhibitors offering a wide variety of decorative and fine art to the Navy Yard. Proceeds benefit the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Division of Education and Public Programming.
Philadelphia Science Festival
April 26 – May 4, Various Locations
From hands-on experiments and interactive demonstrations to stargazing parties and chemistry-themed bar crawls, this region-wide celebration of science offers something for everyone.
Narberth Take A Breather 5 Miler
April 27, Narberth
Help raise money in the fight against cystic fibrosis during this annual five-mile race, which also includes a two-mile family fun walk.
Phoenixville Food Truck Craze
April 27, Phoenixville
The Shoppes at Valley Forge host the pay-as-you-go Food Truck Craze, which features over 20 food trucks, including Atomic Hogs BBQ, Donut NV, Nick’s Roast Beef and Ziggy’s Roaster.
Life is a Cabaret Fundraiser
April 27, West Chester
Head to Abbot’s Barn for an evening of jazz and Broadway tunes, all in benefit of West Chester nonprofit, Friends Association for Care and Protection of Children.
Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Fox Hounds Pony Club Paper Chase
April 27, Cochranville
Watch or partake as area equestrians hit the trails for this annual paper chase, which traverses a 5-7 mile course through hunt country. Riders can opt for a leisurely or fox hunting pace. All horses will start at Irwin’s Gate in Cochranville.
Valley Forge Revolutionary 5-Mile Run
April 28, King of Prussia
Scenic Valley Forge National Historic Park serves as the backdrop for this challenging five-mile race. The event also includes a three-mile walk and a 1.776 kilometer Young Patriots Run for kids ages 6-14.
Find Her Footing 5K
April 28, Bala Cynwyd
Now in its 7th year, this 5K run and walk traverses West Laurel Hill. Proceeds benefit Adoptions from the Heart’s Birthparent Support Fund.
Flavors of the Avenue 2019
April 28, Philadelphia
East Passyunk Avenue transforms into a veritable block party for this food festival, complete with live music, sidewalk sales and craft beer. A five-block section, from Broad to Dickinson streets, will host some of the city’s best food purveyors, including Barcelona Wine Bar, Cantina Los Caballitos and P’unk Burger.