Philly To-Do: Arts & Culture Events

We checked the forecast for this weekend and it looks like it’s going to be a good one! So plan to head outside with your friends and explore the arts and culture scene in Philadelphia. And to get the most out of your adventure, become a member of our Open Arts community by signing up here using sign-up code: social1617. As a member, you’ll get to see tons of cool stuff for almost half the price or FREE!

Final Fridays: Draft Night

Friday, April 28 | 5 p.m. at Philadelphia Museum of Art | $14 for Open Arts members 

Since the NFL Draft is in the house, we invite you to hold your own draft (of beer) and try your hand at sketching in the galleries.


April Twilight in the Gardens
Friday, April 28 | 7 p.m. at 
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens | $15 for Open Arts members 

The 2017 Twilight in the Gardens season off with a bang with “Creative Sparks: An Evening of Art and Music with CCW, SpArc, and Outside Sound.” Music collaborative Outside Sound will perform two sets of original compositions. Activity tables include Zine-Making and Screen Printing with Center for Creative Works (CCW) and SpArc Philadelphia! Come hang out picnic-style and enjoy this musical experience on your cozy blanket with snacks, or just bring a 6-pack and explore! Twilight also offers the opportunity to hear more about our visionary art environment with special tours of the seldom-seen mosaic basement.


The Marriage of Figaro
Friday, April 28 to Sunday, May 7 | Academy of Music | Free for Open Arts members 

Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Text by Lorenzo da Ponte. Performed in Italian with English supertitles Opera at the Academy. Hilarity of complication regarded as one of the greatest operas ever written, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro) is a screwball comedy complete with disguises, surprises, and compromises. From the opening notes to the final curtain, Mozart’s score delivers a tangled love story with great farce and satire.


Wanderlust Walking Tour: Michelle Ortiz
Saturday, April 29 | 10 a.m. at The Barnes Foundation | $10 for Open Arts members

Artist and muralist Michelle Ortiz focuses on people and communities whose histories are often lost or co-opted. Join Ortiz for a walking tour through South Philly’s Italian Market. Learn about the contributions immigrant communities have made to our city, and meet vendors who will share their immigrant experiences and family histories. Meet at the northwest corner of 9th and Washington.


New events are posted regularly on Open Arts, so be sure to check back. In addition to our Arts calendar, you can reference our curated events calendar for fun things to do.