Easter celebrations, drive-in movies, and Phillies baseball are showcased in this week’s ‘Things to Do’
April 1- 5: The week’s events including Easter options, Phillies and Andalusia reopeningListen 4:19
COVID-19 continues to make the events landscape unpredictable as an increase in cases continues in the greater Philadelphia area, despite vaccinations. More venues in the tri-state area are re-opening, but with caution and without knowing what the future will yet bring. That said, there is good news in that vaccinations are expected to be open to most Pennsylvania residents on April 19. However, Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley says that widespread vaccination eligibility in Philadelphia won’t happen until May 1.
The Un-Prison Cell
Anti-violence activist Michael ‘OG Law’ Ta’bon uses his interactive Un-Prison Cell event to encourage solutions to violence, something sorely needed as Philadelphia contends with an uptick in homicides. The event, part of his Hardknock University initiative, features opportunities to record music, make T-shirts, play ball and consider ways to combat aggression and conflict.
- What: Interactive anti-violence event
- Where: Franklin Square 200 N. 6th St.
- When: Saturday, April 3 noon – 2 p.m.
- How Much: Free
Spring Fling at the Fort
The historic, forty-acre Fort Mifflin hosts an event to commemorate the season featuring the only intact battlefield from the Revolutionary War. Saturday’s event at Philadelphia’s only fort includes guided tours, and history reenactors who portray an 18th-century gentleman scientist and Mary Walker, a Civil War surgeon. The site, which includes fire pits, promises other surprises. BYO picnics and leashed dogs are always welcome.
- What: Outdoor tour, event
- Where: Fort Mifflin, 6400 Hog Island Rd.
- When: Saturday, April 3, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- How Much: $6 – $10
Philadelphia Phillies home opener
The Phillies start their 2021 season with their home opener vs. the Atlanta Braves on Thursday. The Braves are also playing on Saturday and Sunday, so tickets for those games may still be available. Tickets will be sold in two, three, and four-person ‘pods’ but keep in mind, capacity limits mean a full-house of 43,000 at Citizens Bank Park has been reduced to 8800. Note: tickets will be mobile-only this season, no tailgating will be allowed, masks will be required at all times except when eating or drinking, and backpacks are no longer allowed though bag storage lockers will be available for a fee on site.
- What: Live sporting event
- Where: Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way
- When: Thursday, April 1, 3:05 p.m.
- How Much: $24 – $40
West Chester Railroad Easter Bunny Express
The railroad heads out on its Easter-themed ride from the Market St. station in West Chester to Glen Mills Village, a 90-minute excursion round-trip. The Easter Bunny will be on board to hand out treats and presumably to pose for pics. He may not have to wear a mask, but you and the kiddies will need to in order to ride. FYI, although you can bring snacks and purchase snacks on the train, the coaches were built in the early 1930s and do not have restrooms. (There are ‘facilities’ according to the official website, at both Market Street and Glen Mills.)
- What: Easter-themed rail ride
- Where: 230 E. Market St., West Chester, Pa.
- When: Saturday, April 3 – Sunday, April 4, noon, 2 p.m. departure
- How Much: $8 – $27
Easter parade (of events)
Easter Sunday offers some varying brunches around the area though most, like the Four Seasons Easter brunch at JG Sky High, their 60th-floor restaurant, is sold out, though you can always check for cancellations. However, you can still order takeout from Vernick Fish via their Easter Weekend Provisions Box that includes crab quiche, jalapeno cream cheese, and Caffe Umbria’s cold brew. Other than that, you can try Open Table for a selection of restaurants in the Delaware Valley that might still have availability. Linvilla Orchards Hayrides to Bunnyland event has been canceled, though their playground and fishing attraction is still open and you can pre-order Easter cakes, pies, and treats. The second annual PEEPS in the Village event in Peddler’s Village, a competitive exhibit of creations made up of the Philly-based treats, runs through April 17. If you’re not specifically interested in the religious aspects of the holiday weekend, the Drag Diva brunch on Saturday, April 3, at 10:30 a.m. at Punch Line Philly still has seats.
- What: Holiday events
- Where: Various
- When: Friday, April 1 – Sunday, April 4
- How Much: Various prices
Arden Cabaret Series – Robi Hager: So Far
Broadway veteran and Philly fave Robi Hager will perform virtually via the Arden Theater Cabaret Series. Hager, a Mexico native who now lives in Philadelphia, has appeared in “Ragtime,” “Next to Normal,” and “Fun Home” at the Arden and in “Spring Awakening” and “Bye, Bye Birdie” on Broadway, is also a lyricist and composer who will play his original music cabaret-style.
- What: Streaming on-demand concert performance
- Where: Via The Arden Theater’s website
- When: Through Sunday, April 11
- How Much: $15 – $30
PFS Drive In at the Navy Yard
The Philadelphia Film Society returns to the Navy Yard for screenings on the expansive grounds of the once military, now multipurpose complex. This week’s offering “Godzilla vs. Kong” opens in theaters and on HBO Max too, but if anything seems like it’s fit for a spring drive-in experience it’s this pulpy take on the battle of the big apes.
- What: Drive-in movie screenings
- Where: Navy Yard, Admiral Peary Way, and League Island Blvd.
- When: Thursday, April 1 – Sunday, April 4, 8 p.m.
- How Much: $7 children 12 and under, $12 adult
Andalusia Tour season 2021
Once the home of the obviously well-to-do Biddle family, Andalusia reopens this Saturday, but visitors will be limited to the grounds only until further notice. Fortunately, the grounds are on a wooded promontory that overlooks the Delaware River and includes gardens and native woodlands. Andalusia is a member of Greater Philadelphia Gardens, a consortium of more than 30 Philadelphia-area gardens that came together to encourage tourism. They helped the region earn the distinction of becoming America’s garden capital.
- What: Historic home and grounds
- Where: 1237 State Rd. Andalusia, Pa.
- When: Starting Saturday, April 3 – October 27
- How Much: $15
Verzuz: Earth Wind & Fire vs. The Isley Brothers
The Isley Brothers may be best known these days for the solo career of Ron “Mr. Biggs” Isley but they’ve cranked out classic soul hits over seven decades including “Who’s That Lady” to “Between the Sheets.” Earth, Wind & Fire is simply the seminal 70s funk/jazz/soul/R&B outfit that offered a higher vibration through music with their classics like “That’s the Way of the World” and “Shining Star.” The two groups will slug it out for Verzuz domination although the competition has been friendly thus far. No word yet on who’s representing for either group, but DJ D Nice and TV and radio personality Steve Harvey will host.
- What: Online music ‘competition’
- Where: Instagram @Verzuztv or via the Triller app, available for download for Apple and Android devices
- When: Sunday, April 4, 8 p.m.
- How Much: Free
Philadelphia Film Society Oscars Party & Screening
Philadelphia Film Society’s annual Oscars Party event is normally the place to see-and-be-seen for the city’s well-heeled lovers of arts and culture. But like everything else, the party returns this year in altered form. Taking advantage of the delayed 2021 Oscars ceremony, which usually happens in February, it will be held both outdoors and online. It’s weeks away but if you do want to go in person, best to get your tickets soon. (Note: The virtual event is a pre-show party that does not include screening of the ceremony).
- What: Hybrid viewing event
- Where: Cira Green 129 S. 30th, online
- When: Sunday, April 25, 6 p.m.
- How Much: $60 – $200
Keep checking with “Things To Do” as we continue to provide our picks for entertainment during the industry’s COVID-19 recovery. Please consult our coronavirus updates to keep up with the latest information regionally.
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