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Center City is the epicenter of arts and culture entertainment in Philadelphia. Along the Avenue of the Arts, decades-old theaters host an impressive lineup of performances, including shows from resident artists and traveling companies. Vibrant greenspaces, like Rittenhouse Square, offer a reprieve from the bustle of city excitement, and at Dilworth Park, visitors of all ages are welcome to enjoy free events, seasonal amenities and a stunning view of historic City Hall. One-of-a-kind museums, nightlife and luxury hotels are just some of the many other highlights to explore.

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Barnes Foundation

  • PECO Free First Sunday Family Day | First Sunday of every month | 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
    This event offers no-cost admission to the collection galleries as well as an array of family-friendly activities, including arts and crafts, musical performances, and interactive workshops.
  • First Friday! | First Friday of every month | 6-9 p.m.
    Enjoy an evening of art, live music, cocktails, and light fare at our monthly First Friday mixer. First Friday at the Barnes includes access to the collection galleries.

2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, 215.278.7000

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Ensemble Arts Philly 

  • Seth Meyers | April 6 | 7 p.m. | Emmy Award–winning writer, New York Times bestselling author, Seth Meyers, brings his brand-new stand-up to the Miller Theater.

  • PHILADANCO! ...Director's Choice | April 12-14 | This spring PHILADANCO! takes a trip down memory lane, revisiting masterpieces and iconic ballets that are ingrained in the foundation of PHILADANCO!'s extraordinary legacy.  

Various locations, 215.893.1900 

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The Fabric Workshop and Museum
The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) is an internationally acclaimed contemporary art museum devoted both to the creation and presentation of innovative works of art. Below are some of their offerings.

  • Saturday Studio and Hands-On Screenprinting Tour | Saturdays | Explore the facilities and learn about the printing process, browse artist designs from archives, and make your own print to take home.
  • Sunday Behind-the-Scenes Collections Tour | Sundays | 1:30p.m.| Join this guided behind-the-scenes tour of the museums 7th floor archive where you will explore a variety of stored collection pieces and get a first-hand look at how the work is preserved. 

1214 Arch Street, 215.561.8888

Fashion District Philadelphia: Wonderspaces
Ongoing | Wonderspaces presents an evolving lineup of 16 extraordinary art installations and signature cocktails to experience with friends and family. This year-round, ever changing immersive art installation is located inside Fashion District Philadelphia.
901 Market Street, 267.534.7705

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The Franklin Institute: Solar Eclipse Viewing Party 
April 8 | 1:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. | Join Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts for a free community-wide viewing party as the moon takes center stage to cast its shadow on the Earth! Safely observe the solar eclipse under our large solar filter tents, or through our specially equipped telescopes—or even your own eclipse glasses. Whether a seasoned stargazer or a first-time eclipse viewer, be prepared for an afternoon celestial celebration! There will be a DJ and beer garden on-site with food and beverages available to purchase.
222 N 20th St, 215.448.1200 

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Koresh Dance Company presents: Hollow Apple 
April 25 - 28 | Experience the world premiere of Artistic Director, Ronen Koresh's latest work: Hollow Apple. A contemporary dance work inspired by the endless desire to be liked, and loved by strangers, only to reveal our fears of unworthiness. 
Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad Street, 215.751.0959 


Lantern Theater Company: Flex Subscription Packages
Pay one low price and get your choice of two or three FlexPasses to use in any combination of shows during the 2023/24 season, including Faith HealerThe Comedy of Errors and Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol
923 Ludlow Street, 215.829.0395

The Philadelphia Film Society: Spring Fest 
April 12-14 | Local cinephiles will enjoy a weekend packed with new unique selections from the international festival circuit, from American indie darlings and eye-opening documentaries to acclaimed foreign titles. Each film at SpringFest, presented by the Philadelphia Film Society, will have its Philadelphia premiere, ensuring an early jump on some of the most anticipated films of 2024. 
Philadelphia Film Center, 1423 Chestnut Street, 267.239.2941

Philadelphia Museum of Art

  • Friday Lounge Series | Fridays | 5 p.m.–8:45 p.m.| Enjoy evening access to the museum’s galleries every Friday night. Stop by the Friday Lounge to get a glass of wine or a cocktail and enjoy the live music. Admission is pay what you wish, with discounted parking at the museum’s parking garage after 5 p.m.
  • Pay What You Wish Admission | First Sunday of each month | 10 a.m.–5 p.m. | Pay whatever amount you’d like for general admission to the museum. This does not include ticketed exhibitions and special programs. 

2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, 215.763.8100

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The Philadelphia Orchestra 

  • Orchestra After 5: Haydn and Mozart Power Hour | April 4 | 6:30 p.m. | The evening features engaging pre-concert activities, a concert by Your Philadelphia Orchestra, themed cocktails, and casual conversations with our own GRAMMY-winning musicians. Classical concerts with a casual vibe—focused on Haydn’s and Mozart’s repertoire.

  • Yannick Conducts Mahler’s Symphony No. 7 | April 11, 13 and 14 | Times vary | Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Mezzo-Soprano Karen Cargill, and The Philadelphia Orchestra perform Gustav Mahler’s dramatic and empathetic Seventh Symphony paired with his wife’s, Alma, own beautiful compositions. 

Verizon Hall, 300 S Broad St, 215.893.1900 

Vinyl: Dueling Pianos 
April 10 | 6 p.m. | The Philly Keys represent the newest sensation of live music. Bringing you all the fun and good vibes of the dueling piano mentality such as song requests, sing alongs, crowd participation, and great musicianship. The Philly Keys uses a smaller number of musicians to create the same big sound by incorporating dueling pianos, live guitars, and professionally engineered and customized tracks. This combines the greatest elements of a DJ and live music. 
215 S 15th Street, 215.914.8116

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Walnut Street Theatre

  • $30 Under 40 |Ongoing | As a member of the $30 Under 40 program, you’ll get a full evening of entertainment for only $30! You can buy tickets for $30 tickets for you and a friend to every Walnut Street Theatre show. Plus, you’ll be invited to exclusive post-show parties on select nights where you’ll enjoy meeting the artists while mingling with other  members. And the best part... It's free and easy to join!
  • BEAUTIFUL - The Carole King Musical l March 26 – May 5  The inspiring true story of Carole King’s remarkable journey from a teenage songwriter to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  

  • MADAGASCAR – A Musical Adventure Jr. | April 13 – May 5 | Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar  

825 Walnut Street, 215.574.3550

WWE World at Wrestle Mania/ WWE Superstore 
April 4-8 | WWE World at WrestleMania will feature a variety of immersive experiences for fans including a central main stage that will host roundtable discussions with top WWE Superstars, a WWE 2K24 gaming tournament, live podcast recordings, live memorabilia and autograph sales through Fanatics Live, and the largest WWE Superstore in WrestleMania history. 
Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street

2024/2025 Theater and Classical Music Subscriptions

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia  | Becoming a subscriber gives you exclusive benefits and flexibility with subscriptions starting as low as $87. This season features music from some of your favorites like Beethoven, Mozart, and Bach.

Curtis Institute of Music | Step into the heart of their centennial celebration as Curtis Institute of Music unveils a season brimming with passion, energy, and greatness. Subscriptions start as low as $36. Choose your own shows or treat yourself and enjoy the benefits of a full season pass.

Ensemble Arts Philly, Broadway Series | Flexible 7-show packages are available now and include performances of Hamilton, A Beautiful Noise, MJ the Musical, & Juliet, Some Like It Hot, The Wiz, and Life of Pi starting as low as $37.00 per show

Lantern Theater Company | Save more than 20% off regular ticket prices. See shows like William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing and Anna Ziegler's The Wanderers.

Opera Philadelphia | This season, Opera Philadelphia continues to bring beloved classics to the Academy of Music. Build your custom package and save 20% on two or more performances, or join for the entire season with the Academy Series subscription. 

Walnut Street Theatre | With titles like Jersey Boys, DreamGirls and ELF The Broadway Musical, the historic Walnut Street Theatre has a show for everyone. Their 5 show subscription starts as low as $26 per ticket.

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Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month in Center City

Ensemble Arts Presents Terence Blanchard: Fire Shut Up in My Bones | April 7 | 5 p.m.
A phenomenally gifted artist, trumpeter, composer and arranger Terence Blanchard is a Grammy Award-winning jazz icon.
Marion Anderson Hall, 300 South Broad Street

City Winery: Steven B | April 14 | 7:30 p.m. 
Having a sound that could be described as “smooth and edgy at the same time”, saxophonist Steven B. comes straight at you with a mission of seizing your ears! Filling each musical moment with emotions and colors that can only come from one’s soul, his saxophone is the tool used to tell a story. His story! His voice!! His WAY!!!
990 Filbert Street

Chris’ Jazz Café: Nightly Performances | Every Tuesday through Saturday
Nightly jazz performances that live up to the slogan "Every Night, Something Tight."
1421 Sansom Street

Philly Celebrates Jazz | April 1-30 
There are more than 100 jazz activities, for all ages, happening live and virtually throughout the city during Philly Celebrates Jazz. 
Various Locations

Time Restaurant: Early Evening Jazz 
Thursday through Saturday | 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Throughout the week sip and dine while enjoying live laid-back Jazz music from a rotating list of special musicians each night.
1315 Sansom Street

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