What to do in NW Philadelphia this weekend

Looking for something to do in and around Northwest Philadelphia this weekend? Here’s a list of options from Newsworks NW Playlist blogger Jimmy Viola. 


Cocktail fundraiser for Allens Lane Art Center – 601 West Allens Lane 

Sandi Pierantozzi and Neil Patterson create pottery, drawing influences from the florid palettes of nature with geometic lines, patterns and textures. Their work will be showcased on Saturday night from 7 to 9:30 p.m. to benefit the art center at Allens Lane on Saturday night. For a $25 ticket, patrons will be treated to hors d’ourves, beer, wine and cocktails.

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Hiking on the Wissahickon 

There might not be a more pristine time to explore the outdoors free of the stifling humidity summer brings to Philadelphia. Join tour guide Scott Quitel for a free two-hour tour of the Lower Wissahickon trails, which meets at Rittenhouse Town at 9 a.m.. The tour will cover such landmarks like the Lover’s Leap – the precipice overlooking the Wissahickon gorge, and Hermit’s Cave, the home of the German mystic and poet Johannes Kelpius, who relocated to Germantown until his death in 1708. A second tour of the Lower Merion Park will be held on Sunday at 2 p.m., this one meeting at the Chestnut Hill Avenue entrance to Wissahickon Park. Click here to register.  

Hot glassblowing experience at East Falls Glassworks – 3510 Scotts Ln., Suite 3113

East Falls Glassworks offers introductory glassblowing workshops designed for groups of two people or more. Attendants will be instructed in crafting their own glass paperweight, vase or ornament, with the supplies included by East Falls Glassworks. These classes are offered on Sunday at 10 a.m., noon, and 3 p.m. and costs $200 for two people.

O’Doodles Easter egg hunt – at Jenks playground

Chestnut Hill’s toy store enourages youngsters and their parents to hop over for two egg hunts on Sunday at noon, with free face painting and a live Easter bunny visiting O’Doodles afterward.  

Standup comedy at Coyle’s Café – 6080 Ridge Avenue

Chris Morris performs observational, Don Rickles-inspired comedy to Roxborough in “The Riot Who Needs a Diet”, with a $15 cover on Friday at 6:30 p.m. The Philadelphia-based comic has gained a following in Roxborough from his long-running “The Chris and Dad Show”, which he performs with his father at Keenan’s Valley View Inn. Joining him is a slew of other local comics including Conshohocken’s Sidney Gantt, Steve Miller-Miller and N.A. Poe.

Relish’s soul food buffet – 7152 Ogontz Avenue

A 40-foot breakfast buffet awaits patrons on Sunday at West Oak Lane’s Relish. The breakfast buffet will turn out made-to-order omelets and pancakes along with other comfort fare. Drummer and Philly native Leon Jordan Sr. will also perform at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Saturday night and 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Sunday night.

Easter Brunch and Jake and Cooper’s Wine Bar – 4365 Main Street

This tenured Manayunk haunt has served Sunday brunches for more than 24 years, and patrons will only be limited by their own appetites for its Easter Sunday menu. For $22.50, this two-course meal includes dishes like portabella mushroom soup with chives and truffle oil, roasted beet salad and tuna tartare for appetizers. The second part of the menu includes lobster omelets, poached egg and pulled pork, and brick-oven frittatas with sun-dried tomato, arugula and goat cheese, to name a few.

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