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This week in Philly marks many exciting new beginnings. The highly anticipated Museum of the American Revolution opens its doors in historic Old City. The city debuts its first-ever elevated park, Cira Green, at 95 feet about street level. Morgan’s Pier opens for the season with the guys from Helm and South Helm as this year’s chefs-in-residence. And the Philadelphia Science Festival starts and runs all through the next week. We have a feeling that there won’t be a dull moment this spring and summer. 

Monday, April 17

  • Get ahead start on Taco Tuesday by learning how to make an awesome and authentic tortilla at Taco Workshop with South Philly Barbacoa! Join co-owners Christina Martinez and Ben Miller at Free Library of Philadelphia: Culinary Literacy Center. They’ll be sharing the process of nixtamalization, an ancient culinary process used to create nutrient-dense tortillas.
  • MTV/YouTube star Todrick Hall performs at The Fillmore tonight with an encore of his Straight Outta Oz tour. The performance will include everything from soul, R&B, rap, drag, acting, dancing, Broadway, and a whole lot more!

Tuesday, April 18

  • Come out and celebrate the 10th anniversary of Iron Chef Jose Garces’ Tinto, in Rittenhouse Square through Friday.The weeklong festivities include a special tasting menu featuring items from the original menu, an anniversary party, and Basque-inspired menu items from Chef Garces.
  • Head on over to the Forrest Theater to see Hedwig and the Angry Inch, a show dubbed by Entertainment Weekly as “groundbreaking and undoubtedly ahead of its time.” The show runs in Philadelphia until next Monday.

Wednesday, April 19

  • Today’s the day! It’s the grand opening of the highly anticipated new Museum of the American Revolution. It begins with a ceremony  at 8 a.m. in Washington Square Park featuring militia from each of the original colonies and a parade to 3rd and Chestnut Streets.
  • Piano man, Emanuel Ax, will be in town for a one-night only performance at the Perelman Theater. His first PCMS solo recital program in three seasons features core repertoire by Schubert and Chopin alongside a Philadelphia premiere by Chicago-based composer Samuel Adams.

Thursday, April 20

  • Philly’s favorite warm-weather bar Morgan’s Pier opens for the season today! Come to sip on craft beer, cold cocktails, great brews, and more. Plus, the restaurant will be serving food by 2017 chefs-in-residence Kevin D’Egidio and Michael Griffiths, chefs and owners of Helm and South Helm.
  • Action Wellness* (formerly ActionAIDS) invites everyone to participate in Dining Out For Life! A list of 200 of restaurants in the Greater Philadelphia area will be donating 33% of each check to local organizations that help provide services to those living with the HIV/AIDS virus and other chronic illnesses.
  • Head on over to 13th and Locust for the special Dining Out For Life Food Truck Pop Up event that goes from 11:00 a..m – 2:00 p.m. Favorites such as The Cow and the Curd, NOMAD Pizza Truck, Cupcake Carnivale and more will be there. These mobile purveyors are also generously donating 33% of sales for the day to Action Wellness!*

Friday, April 21

  • Raise your glasses to the sky as Philly debuts its first elevated park, Cira Green! Kick off your weekend with a drink at the park’s Beer Garden presented by World Cafe Live, which is open Friday nights through June 23.
  • Let your GEEK flag fly. It’s the first day of the 7th Annual Philadelphia Science Festival! The festival is a nine-day celebration of fun events centered around science and technology throughout the city. Check out Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet’s Dance Engineered: Science and Art Intersect today at The Performance Garage.
  • The Philadelphia Science Festival beings with the Franklin Institute’s Science After Dark: Prom. The punch will be spiked and the science will shine bright like a sequined gown. The official after party continues with Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival’s opening night party  at the Prince Theater after 10 p.m.

Saturday, April 22

  • Calling all Philly history and outdoor lovers! Today is opening of the city’s Bartram’s Mile, a 1.1-mile addition to Schuylkill Banks recreational trail. The 15-foot-wide multi-use path will extend along the western bank of the Schuylkill River. It runs through the grounds of historic Bartram’s Garden, frequented by Washington, Jefferson and other bold names from American history.
  • Learn how to live the GOOD life at The Good Festival at Skybox Events. Come for a yoga/pilates sesh, drink green juice, browse the Wellness Marketplace, meet some inspiring health and wellness bloggers, and much more.

Sunday, April 23

  • Run or walk through the Philadelphia Zoo in the 3rd Annual Care to Carry on 5k Run/1 Mile Walk. Help raise awareness about children’s grief and support Camp Erin Philadelphia. All-day admission to the zoo is included in your registration, along with pre and post-run yoga stretch, refreshments, entertainment, and more. 
  • Hurry! It’s the last day to see the Franklin Institute’s exhibit Jurassic World: The Exhibition. Don’t miss your chance to come face-to-face with lifelike animatronic dinosaurs. Museum hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


* Action Wellness is a client of Philly PR Girl.

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