Things to Do in Philadelphia Right Now

From festivals to museum exhibits, these are our top picks for what to do this month in Philly.

From festivals to museum exhibits and shows, we break down the best things to do right now in Philadelphia. 

March 1-May 14

American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent at the Philadelphia Museum of Art: View rarely seen works of art that give viewers a closer look at the rise of American Watercolor paintings. Take a look through the eyes of artists like Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent; their paintings tell a story of innovation and experimentation. See landscapes, illustrations and ceramic and stained glass designs. On view March 1-May 14. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, 215.763.8100


March 19-26

Philly Wine Week: Wine lovers unite! Philadelphia is dedicating a whole week to the popular imbibe. Find wine-focused events at local restaurants and bars like Amis, Fork and Martha. 

March 21 

Billy Crystal at the Kimmel: Get your laughs on at the Kimmel Center during “Spend the Night with Billy Crystal.” Listen to him tell stories about his life and career, show film clips and interact with the audience. 300 S. Broad St., 215.670.2300

March 24

National Cheesesteak Day: National Cheesesteak Day may be celebrated all over the country, but there’s no better way to honor the day than right here in Philly. Look for specials, promotions or just dig into a steak at local spots like Geno’s, Pat's and more. 

Geno's Steaks
(Courtesy Geno's Steaks)

April 1-9

Cherry Blossom Festival: Every year, the city is transformed into a garden oasis by the presense of a springtime favorite, the Cherry Blossom. To celebrate the newfound beauty, the Japan Society of Greater Philadelphia hosts an annual celebration centered around the flowers and Japanese culture. The festival spreads across two weeks, during which visitors can see martial arts demonstrations, participate in sushi making classes, enjoy live music and dance performances and more. The main celebration ends the festival and is held on Sakura Sunday (April 9) at the Horticulture Center in Fairmount Park, starting at 10 am.

Cherry Blossom Festival
Cherry Blossom Festival. (Courtesy Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia)

April 19

Museum of the American Revolution Opening: The long awaited Museum of the American Revolution official opens this month. Witness the unfolding of the nation’s founding through theater, recreated scenes and galleries in a brand new space in Old City. 101 S. 3rd St., 215.253.6731

Museum of the American Revolution
Museum of the American Revolution. (Courtesy Museum of the American Revolution)

April 21-23

Philadelphia Antiques and Art Show: Calling all antiques lovers! The Philadelphia show is one of the longest running antiques shows in the country. See 59 exhibitors offering everything from furniture and home décor to fine and decorative art. The Navy Yard, S. Broad St. & Intrepid Ave.,

April 21-29

Philadelphia Science Festival: The annual Philadelphia Science Festival is back again this year with all things science. Ending the week, the Science Carnival at Penn’s Landing (April 29) will allow visitors to make slime, meet live zoo animals, tour a helicopter and more.

Philadelphia Science Festival
Philadelphia Science Festival. (©M. Kennedy/Visit Philly)

April 27-May 1

Philadelphia Black Pride Week: The 18th annual Philly Black Pride Week, which coincides with the Penn Relays Celebration, hosts events focused on bringing people together. Find events using the hashtag #PhillyBlackPride2k17.

April 28- May 6

Philly Tech Week: Rounding out the month of April is Philly Tech Week, a week-long even celebrating technology and innovation in media, business, science and more.

Through June 16

Jurassic World At Franklin Institute: Step inside the famous blockbuster, “Jurassic World” without leaving Philadelphia. Great for all ages, the Franklin Institute invites you to get up close and personal with dinosaurs and the land of Isla Nublar, where Jurassic World takes place. The museum worked closely with paleontologist Jack Horner, using DNA to create life-like creatures and allowing visitors to get a sense of what T-rex really looked like. Opt for a daytime ticket, which includes entry to the rest of the museum, or evening admission for a lower ticket price, not including general museum admission. Group tickets are also available. The Franklin Institute, 271 N. 21st St., 215.448.1200.

Jurassic World Exhibit
Jurassic World Exhibit (©James Thomas)