5 Things to Do in Philly This Weekend: Zombie Crawls, Farm Fests, Fleas, and Jazz

We round up five of the weekend’s guaranteed-good-time events, including Farm Fest at The Oval, the Center City Jazz Festival, Franklin Flea, and more. 

Looking for more Easter-centric events? We’ve roundup up some of those, too. Find 6 of our top picks here.

You Can See Billy Idol in Atlantic City for $9.99

That’s right; get your ’80′s fix for just ten bucks. Tomorrow, Friday, April 18th, Harrah’s Atlantic City, Harrah’s Philadelphia, and Showboat Atlantic City will host a flash sale, reducing tickets for summer shows to just $9.99.

Perhaps the biggest name in the lineup is Billy Idol, who’s starting off his U.S./European Summer tour at House of Blues in Atlantic City on May 31st. That could mean shouting all the words to “White Wedding” along with Billy for less than the cost of a Best of Billy Idol CD.

Also on sale are tickets for Neon TreesMy Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, and I’m in Therapy, Nick DiPaolo and Robert Kelly, Paul Reiser, and Lisa Marie Presley. The promotion is only available for one day and while tickets last, so buy early. You can purchase House of Blues Tickets here.

6 Easter Weekend Festivities in Philly


 Courtesy of South Street Headhouse District

Courtesy of South Street Headhouse District

Where can you find (or avoid) the Easter Bunny this year? Here, we round up some of the city’s best Easter weekend to-dos: 

Philly Rabbit Run 5KShake it Off for Parkinson’s hosts a 5k walk/run/hop at the Philadelphia Zoo. Great for families or anyone who wants a little pre-ham exercise. Saturday, 4/19, 7 a.m., Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 West Girard Avenue.

Camden Children’s Garden Brunch with Bunny: Hop across the river for a festive brunch at Camden’s Children’s Garden, catered by the Tortilla Press. In attendance will be the Easter Bunny, available for pictures and to share in activities like the Garden Carousel, an egg hunt, and arts and crafts. Saturday, April 19th, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m., $25, Camden Children’s Garden, 3 Riverside Drive.

Easter at the Bellevue featuring the Easter Bunny:  Springs fluffiest guest of honor makes the rounds at the Bellevue Hotel, where kids can pose with the hopper. Be sure to post your picks with #BellevueBunny. Oh, and come back for Easter brunch the next day. Saturday,  April 19th, noon-2 p.m., Bellevue Philadelphia, Broad and Walnut streets.

Stenton Easter Egg Hunt: Historic Stenton opens up its grounds to young scavengers at its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday. Also scheduled are activities like natural-egg dyeing, arts and crafts, and games. Saturday, April 19th, 1 – 3 p.m., free, Stenton, 4601 North 18th Street.

South Street Headhouse District 83rd Annual Easter Promenade: Easter fun and Philly history come together in this longstanding spring festival. Kids can partake in Easter festivities like costume contests, a bunny hop, traditional treats, and live music from the Philadelphia Freedom Band. Sunday, April 20th, 12:30 -2 p.m., free, Passayunk and South streets. 

Sister City Parks Plant Pop-Up: Sister City Parks celebrates Easter and the long-awaited spring with a pop-up plant and produce shop from Greensgrow Farms. It’s the perfect way to prep and stock up for Easter dinner. The kids can get their hands dirty, too, with a planting exercise designed for miniature green thumbs. Sunday, April 20th, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sister Cities Park, 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

7 Philadelphia Charity Events in May

renegade company fundraiser

Promo photo for Renegade Company’s Star Wars-themed fundraiser. Details below.

Apparently, there’s something about spring that makes the city feel extra philanthropic. Throughout the month of May Philly will see all kinds of charity events — from those supporting the local arts and disease research to poverty. Because soirees of this kind require a little planning ahead, Ticket has rounded up seven of the season’s not-to-be-missed charity events that’ll fit any giving budget.

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New Paths Festival Connects Experimental Greats Under Many Roofs

john zorn new paths festival

An impressive roster of experimental music greats come together in Philadelphia for the New Paths Festival, presented by Ars Nova Workshop. The festival aims to create a connectivity between the artists of varying genres — from caustic free jazz to drone-ish electronica to pedal-heavy noise — and to their performance spaces.

Iconic figures of experimental jazz (including legendary and prolific John Zorn, who rarely journeys to Philly) and plenty of other namedrop-worthy innovators are scheduled for the festival’s April 21st to May 30th run, operating from various venues around town. The unique concert venues housing the artists in the project include Bartram’s Garden, Barnes Foundation, American Swedish Historical Museum, German Society of Pennsylvania Library, and Girard College Chapel.

Check out the full schedule after the jump:

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5 Things to Do in Philly This Week: Film and Book Festivals Out the Yang

We round up five of the week’s best to-dos, including our picks for the Philadelphia Book Festival, and Philly Film Society’s Spring Showcase

Looking for something else? We’re keeping a good list of local events now through June on our Philadelphia Event Listings page

6 Things to Do in Philly This Weekend: It’s Cherry Blossom Festival Time

We round up six of the weekend’s top to-dos:

Find more events now through June in our carefully curated Philadelphia Event Listings

7 Fun Philly Things to Do With the Kids Over Spring Break

Knowing Spring Break is coming up in Philadelphia April 14th through 18th, we did some research to find some of the best kid-centric to-dos happening in town. From rock camps to book festivals to Dr. Seuss, we think we pretty much covered the gamut. 

Still didn’t find what you’re looking for? Check out our Philadelphia Event Listings page for a roundup of local events happening now through June. 

On Our Radar: Emerging Philly Musician Alex G.

Photo by Greg Goldstein

Photo by Greg Goldstein

It’s a very good time to be an Alex G. fan (or an Alex G.) right now. The Temple English major may be young, but he’s got a firm, if lofty, five-or-so year plan laid out ahead of him. His new release — his first with a real label — and his slew of upcoming shows (in and out of basements), are on the horizon. Alex G. the recording name of 21-year old Havertown native Alexander Gianascoli, has been serving up the emotionally rich, lyrically mature, and sonically lush since 2010. He’s got fans in high places (hear Coma Cinema’s Matt Cothran gush over  the Philly singer-songwriter), and lots of them (it’s still a shock for him to hear concert-goers sing along).  And while none of this is really an accident, it sure is an outlier. With almost no self-promotion — just the tin-can determinism of word-of-mouth — Alex G. has become the musician everyone loves to love.

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LISTEN: Bluegrass Revivalist Suzie Brown is Almost Home

Photo by Shervin Lainez

Photo by Shervin Lainez

Boston cardiologist-turned Americana crooner Suzie Brown has a deep Philly connection — she was named on Philly Mag’s 2010 “Best of Philly’ list, and she recorded her debut album, Heartstrings, at MilkBoy Studios in 2011 — but her music is straight from the South, a catchy collection of Bluegrass strummers. She will release her sophomore album, Almost Thereindependently on May 6th. Listen to one of the album’s tracks, “Sugar Blues,” below.

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