Get Out in Town: Festivals

With all the activities on Drexel's campus, it's easy to forget that there's a whole world-class city just steps away. The Get Out in Town series will highlight things going on in Philadelphia from hidden gems and seasonal activities to bizarre attractions and must sees that even a college student on a budget can afford.

April: Spring Out the Festivals

April is full of festivals in Philadelphia, from arts, music, and film to cherry blossoms. And with events going on all month throughout the city — many of them free — there’s a lot of opportunities for you to catch something interesting

Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival

Celebrating not only springtime and blossoms, Philadelphia’s Cherry Blossom Festival also pays homage to Japanese culture. The month-long festival offers more than 50 events all around the city and suburbs, including martial arts demonstrations, ikebana (flower arranging), live drumming and dance performances, the Cherry Blossom 5k, and the Prettiest Pet in Pink Parade. The central day of the celebration is April 14, Sakura Sunday, and is held at the Horticulture Center in Fairmount Park. Visit the website for a full listing of events.

Now–April 26
Locations throughout the city
Cost varies based on the event, most are free

Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA)

The central theme of the 2013 PIFA is “If you had a time machine…” Fittingly, the Kimmel Center’s Commonwealth Plaza has been transformed into a massive, interactive time machine-esque installation — Time Travel Plaza — that is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday and 10 a.m. to midnight Wednesday through Saturday until April 27, with additional free performances. Food will be available as well, provided by Garces Catering (but it isn't free). PIFA's month of events will be held around the city and will culminate in a street festival on Broad Street between Chestnut and South Streets on April 27 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Visit the PIFA website for a full listing of events.

Now–April 27
Locations throughout the city
Cost of admission varies based on the event, many are free

Cinedelphia Film Festival

The first of what is to become an annual festival, the Cinedelphia Film Festival celebrates all things related to Philadelphia film. This year’s line-up offers 40 programs and screenings of lesser-known Philadelphia and Philadelphian films. Screenings will take place at several locations around the city. Visit the Cinedelphia website for a full list of their festival screenings.

Now–April 27
Various locations
Cost of admission varies based on the event

XPN Music Film Festival

In its second year, the XPN Music Film Festival shows new films and documentaries based around music and musical themes. Among many screenings during the week, this year’s events will include a sing-along to Grease (the only film shown that wasn’t released in 2012–2013); a costume/dance party viewing of Freak Night, a video document of the Flaming Lips 2012 Halloween show; and The History of Future Folk, a musical sci-fi adventure plus a live performance by the band. For more information about the screenings, visit the XPN Music Film Festival website.

April 11–14
Various locations: Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Drexel’s Mandell Theater, World Café Live
Cost of admissions varies based on the event, student discount

April 3, 2013

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