The Metropolitan Opera House hosts a gamut of talent this spring, kicking off with the hilarious Chelsea Handler’s Sit-Down Comedy Tour on Friday, April 12. Bill and Hillary stop by on their speaking tour, An Evening With The Clintons on Saturday, April 13. The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah has three shows as part of his Loud & Clear Tour May 3-4. Political comedian and ‘Real Time with Bill Maher’ host Bill Maher will be here Saturday, June 8th. O.A.R. is coming for a “Crazy Game of Poker” on Sunday, June 9th. Derek Hough dances through on Friday, June 14th. LA indie-pop singer/songwriter Billie Eilish stops by Saturday, June 15th on her world tour, and The Lonely Island has already sold out their show on Wednesday, June 19th.
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The Academy of Country Music’s “Vocal Group of the Year” Old Dominion plays the Skyline Stage on Saturday, May 18 with special guests Jordan Davis and Mitchell Tenpenny. The lineup for the Roots Picnic 2019 at The Mann Center at Fairmount Park on Saturday, June 1st is so stacked it’s hard to believe they’ll fit it all in one day. The Roots will perform their album 'Things Fall Apart' in celebration of its 20th anniversary with supporting acts including H.E.R. and Tank & The Bangas. The National wraps up spring at The Mann when they come through on June 11 with Courtney Barnett.
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Head to The Kimmel Center this spring to see acts like Eddie Izzard on his WUNDERBAR tour on Wednesday, May 15. The Book of Mormon appears on Philly’s doorstep Tuesday, May 28th through Sunday, June 9th. The nine-time Tony Award-winner for Best Musical follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the good word. The movie ‘Cruel Intentions’ (which was originally a French novel, ‘Les Liasions Dangereuses’ #themoreyouknow) is now a musical, featuring hit ‘90s throwbacks by the likes of Boyz II Men, Christina Aguilera, REM, *NSYNC, and Britney Spears. Cruel Intentions: The 90s Musical plays from Wednesday, May 29 through Sunday, June 2nd. NPR’s popular Freakonomics Radio podcast comes to the Merriam Theater on June 6th. The Philadelphia Orchestra joins the circus with Cirque De La Symphonie, June 13th-14th. And Second City’s all-female show She The People roasts the patriarchy from Thursday, June 13th through Saturday, June 22.
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This springtime tradition celebrates 20 years with a week of Japanese cultural events that culminate with Sakura Sunday under the pink blossoms of 1,000 cherry trees at the Horticulture Center in Fairmount Park.
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Sun April 14
Over 50 of Philadelphia’s finest food purveyors take to Manayunk’s historic Main Street for an delectable fest followed by a whole two weeks of the misnamed Manayunk Restaurant Week (April 15-26) which features three-course, prix fixe menus at more than 15 area restaurants.
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Sun April 21
Dress in your Sunday best and hop on down to South Street for the 88th annual Easter Promenade. The free family event features contests for Best Dressed, Best South Street Razzle Dazzle, and Best Easter Bonnet for kids, adults, and pets.
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Coinciding with the Penn Relays, Philadelphia Black Pride celebrates diversity with events all over the city. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate, network, and build awareness at the largest gathering of LBGTQ people of color in the state.
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Fri April 26-Sat May 4
Science and tech nerds unite! The Franklin Institute’s Philadelphia Science Festival offers events for families and adults all across the Delaware Valley. Festivities culminate with Science Carnival on the Parkway, a daylong science extravaganza.
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Sun April 28
This free annual fest is an eclectic showcase of local emerging and ground-breaking artists in a range of media including painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, and mixed media. There are more than 40 exhibits, plenty of activities for the kiddos, and other entertainment.
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Fri May 3-Sat May 11
The 9th Annual Philly Tech Week celebrates technology and innovation with more than 100 events throughout the week. Join 25,000+ business leaders and tech geeks for a variety of programs, interactive activities, and workshops that highlight emerging trends, advances, and innovating uses of technology.
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