7 Easter Weekend Events in Philly

Concerts, brunches, hayrides to Bunnyland and other places you're bound to discover an egg or two in Philadelphia.

Photo courtesy of South Street Headhouse District.

Photo courtesy of South Street Headhouse District.

It’s finally starting to feel like spring, and one of the season’s first big weekends is upon us. Here, a few suggestions on how to celebrate Easter weekend in Philadelphia.

Saint Matthew’s Passion at The Kimmel Center
Celebrate a classic holiday with classical music. This Easter weekend The Philadelphia Orchestra will perform Bach’s “Saint Matthew’s Passion” as it was done nearly 300 years ago. The groundbreaking performance will recount the New Testament story of Christ’s final days. Wednesday, April 1st, 8 p.m., and Saturday. April 4th, 8 p.m., Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street. 

Hayrides to Bunnyland at Linvilla Orchard
Let your imagination run wild as you journey through the charming Linvilla Orchard on a hayride to the Easter Bunny’s house. The fluffy fella himself will be there to great you at the end of your trip, posing for photo-opps and giving out candy. March 28th through April 4th, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., $8, Garden Center at Linvilla Orchard, 137 West Knowlton Road, Media. 

Easter Extravaganza at Shady Brook Farm
Yardley bucolic paradise Shady Brook Farm will be left a little more colorful after a stealthy visit from your favorite holiday rabbit. Easter eggs scattered across the grounds are waiting to be found and opened. Other kid-centric attractions, such as wagon rides, giant jumping pillows and the all new li’l bucking broncos, will be included on the Festival Field. Friday and Saturday, April 3rd and 4th, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., $8 (kids), $3 (adults), Shady Brook Farm, 931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley.

Easter Buffet At Longwood Gardens
Old Man Winter hasn’t quite left us alone. Yet, spring has sprung and you can escape the chilling atmosphere at Longwood Gardens over Easter weekend. Enjoy a feast of crepes, french toast, egg dishes and desserts among a blooming orchard. After your meal, head out to check out some of the Garden’s seasonal blooms. Saturday and Sunday, April 4th and 5th, Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennet Square. 

Easter Brunch at Granite Hill
Forget all that egg-hunting, a simple climb up the Art Museum steps can stir up any appetite. Satisfy your Easter cravings at Granite Hill on Sunday. Bring in the season with a spring-inspired menu of pastries, a carving station, salads and additional sweets. Feast your eyes on renowned art and your stomach on savory brunch favorites. Sunday April, 5th, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Granite Hill, Main Building of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. 

Great Egg Hunt at Franklin Square
Grab your baskets and head to one of Center City’s favorite oases, Franklin Square. Historic Philadelphia is holding an egg hunt that’s free for children under 10. Hunting parties will be broken down by age groups. Be sure to arrive about a half-hour before the event kicks off to register ahead of time. Don’t forget, its BYOB (bring your own basket). Sunday, April 5th, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., free, Franklin Square, 200 6th Street. 

84th Annual Easter Promenade
Throw on your Sunday best for a chance to win some costume prizes. This weekend, South Street will be chock full of colorful rabbits handing out holiday sweets and offering up warm hugs. The celebration will be made even more vibrant by its rainbow connection. LGBT musical guests such as Henri David and The Philadelphia Freedom Band will be rocking out and entertaining crowds. See photos from last year’s Promenade hereSunday, April 5th, 12:30 p.m., South Street and Passyunk Avenue.