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Everything You Must Do in Philadelphia this Spring

Though this winter in Philly didn’t bring us any snow, it certainly brought us dark days and blustery wind. Now that the days are growing longer, it’s time to shed your heated blanket and fleece slippers to bask instead under sunny skies and almost-summer vibes. There is plenty going on this season to truly celebrate spring, from outdoor bars to outdoor concerts to so many festivals. Take a look at all the things you must do, see, eat, and watch in Philly this season.

Bid farewell to winter at Kick the Keg at Winterfest

March 7-8
Penn’s Landing
Though we’ve had a kind of wimpy winter here in Philly (no snow days? c’mon), at least say farewell to the “season” with gusto at Kick the Keg, your last chance to see the glittery spectacles of Winterfest on the water until next year. Have one last cup of spiked cocoa, steal one last seat by the fire, and enjoy discounted beer on sale all weekend until the keg is officially kicked.
Cost: Pay as you go

Check out all the fuss (and VR) at Wonderspaces

Fashion District
Wonderspaces is an interactive art exhibit that found place in a downtown Philly mall -- consider it the city’s little slice of Burning Man. A ticket gets you into the exhibits, plus a couple VR experiences that make the ticket well worth it. If you’ve already visited, it’s always worth another look -- the gallery will be updating what’s on view so you can always find something unexpected.
Cost: $24

Watch Ilana Glazer take over the Merriam Theater

March 21
Center City
One half of Broad City is coming to Broad Street as Ilana Glazer takes her “Horny 4 Tha Polls” show on the road. See what Glazer can do outside of the show and, well, get horny for the polls just in time for the PA primary election.
Cost: $35

Watch March Madness at these sports bars

March 15 - April 6
Various locations
Time to get super into your fantasy league and college basketball! March Madness is the perfect time to check out all our favorite sports bars and all the food and drink specials they have to offer during the season.
Cost: Pay as you go

Sip and swirl your way around Philly Wine Week

March 30 - April 6
Various locations
Let your inner wino shine as Philly Wine Week comes to town in all its elegant glory. More than 50 bars and restaurants will be hosting special wine nights that take you around the world with the sip of magic grape juice . . . or it will at least feel that way. It all kicks off with Opening Corks (tickets start at $65), the swanky Bellevue party where you can mingle with winemakers, restaurateurs, and fellow wine lovers. Prefer to just find a pretty wine flight and maybe a cheese plate? Check back here for where to find all the places with good events. 
Cost: Pay as you go

Welcome home Leslie Odom Jr. at the World Cafe Live

March 31
University City
Snag a rare chance to see Hamilton star and Philly native Leslie Odom Jr. in a more intimate performance venue at the World Cafe Live. Broadway’s original Aaron Burr is returning on his Stronger Magic Tour, so expect some original tunes and maaaaaybe a couple from that musical he was in.
Cost: $25

Expand your horizons during Philly Celebrates Jazz

April 1-30
Various locations
This year is the 10th anniversary of Philadelphia’s Jazz Appreciation month, a citywide event bringing jazz programing to venues all around the city so more and more people can get inspired by the genre. 
Cost: Free admission

See all the cherry trees in bloom at Shofuso

April 4-5
West Fairmount Park
The Shofuso Japanese House and Garden will be in full bloom for the weekend’s Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival, where you can take in the pretty views and celebrate Japanese culture through traditional performances and even a sushi making class.
Cost: $12-$25

Stroll down Main for the Manayunk StrEAT fest

April 19
Try pizza in a cone, a macaron ice cream sandwich, fried cheese curds, and so much more at the annual Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival, crammed into the buzzing Main Street so that food trucks and other vendors can take over the road. Enjoy small town charm in this hilly Philly neighborhood.
Cost: Pay as you go

Bask in some of Philly’s best rooftops

Various locations
Now that the sun is generously shining past 5pm, what better way to have a happy hour (or dinner, or anything) than at one of Philly’s rooftop bars? Check out our list and enjoy the view.
Cost: Pay as you go

Join a delicious block party in the Italian Market

May 16-17
Italian Market
The nation’s oldest outdoor market is celebrating with a rain-or-shine block party to showcase the delicious food constantly being made and enjoyed in the Italian Market. Besides all the food, expect some live music, games, and the return of the now-infamous Grease Pole competition, because we’re still not quite over February 4, 2018
Cost: Pay as you go

Enjoy another Philly Beer Week

May 29 - June 8
Various locations
Philly fancies itself the best beer-drinking city in the nation. Just explore all the offerings at the annual Philly Beer Week, the citywide celebration that gives you the chance to try new, rare, or heretofore undiscovered beers at pretty much all your favorite neighborhood spots.
Cost: Pay as you go

Kick off the summer at the Roots Picnic

May 30
The Mann Center at Fairmount Park
The Roots are coming back to their hometown in full glory for the Roots Picnic, with performances from Meek Mill, Summer Walker, DaBaby, and a ton of others to fill out the festival. You can expect lotsa of food trucks and other vendors to make it the sweetest start of summer ever.
Cost: Starts at $80

Try Spiked everything at the Navy Yard

May 30
The Navy Yard
The latest boozy festival to hit Philly is Spiked, which will feature everything spiked, minus beer. That’s not only seltzer -- but coffee, tea, cider, canned cocktails and many, many other things. 
Cost: $50

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Go all in on your spring fling at Philly’s most romantic restaurants

Various locations
Cuffing season is coming to a close, so if you’re shedding a relationship along with the extra layers, maybe it’s time to up your dating game for all the new people you’re about to meet. Philly has so many restaurants perfect for a date, and even if the company is bust, we can at least guarantee you a good meal.
Cost: Pay as you go

Hang out for West Philly Porchfest

June 8
West Philadelphia
The living feels extra easy when the whole neighborhood is singing and strumming. West Philly Porchfest returns this June with performers setting up shop on porches throughout the neighborhood. Want to watch? Great. Want to play? You can do that, too. Find out the spirit that thrives from this self-proclaimed do-it-yourself music festival.
Cost: Free

Enjoy First Friday, warm-weather edition

First Fridays 
Various locations
Galleries and other small shops throughout Old City and Northern Liberties host first Friday  events all through the year, but there’s something particularly wonderful about going door to door as the first warm days of the year settle in and make everything extra rosy. Keep track of all the exhibits on the horizon here.
Cost: Free

Explore the vegan lifestyle at VegFest

June 13
Location TBD
Just because you’re vegan or vegetarian doesn’t mean you should have to miss out on the start of Philly festival season. VegFest welcomes vegan foodies and vendors big on sustainable living for a celebration of all things plant-based. Stay tuned as more details (including a mystery location) are revealed.

Commemorate 45 years of the Odunde Festival

June 14
Graduate Hospital
The Odunde Festival has been going strong since 1975, today the largest African-American street festival in the country. In the week leading to the festival, expect ongoing cultural events before the day of amazing food, performances, and vendors.

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Marielle Mondon is a writer from Philadelphia in full hibernation mode. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter @MarielleMondon.
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