Hi, I’m Taylor Sheppard! I’m a sophomore Interior Design major at Drexel University, with a minor in Fine Arts. I’m very passionate about the visual and performing arts, and I enjoy writing and gardening in my free time.
I’m originally from Bowie, Maryland, so I’m having a lot of fun discovering Philadelphia and trying new things. I really love walking around and marveling at the art in this city—from the murals, to the statues, to the buildings… it’s just a fun place to be!
Guest-written by Taylor Sheppard
Spring break is just around the corner, and we can’t be more excited! We’ll finally have time to smile, let loose, and have a good time. Lucky for us, Philly is the best place to do that! Here are some great events and activities happening around Philly that are sure to give us a good time.
1. Shofuso Cherry Blossom Festival (April 8-10)
Spring means the cherry blossoms are blooming soon! If you love nature, and are curious about Japanese art and culture, you should definitely attend the Shofuso Cherry Blossom Festival. Hosted by the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia, this year’s event is a three-day experience from April 8 to 10.
All ages are invited to enjoy live performances while picnicking among the cherry blossoms. And the best part: this event is free, non-ticketed, and open to the public!
Can’t visit in April? The Shofuso Japanese House and Garden opens March 23, and you can visit anytime. Admission is $9 for college students who show their student ID!
2. Clay Studio Grand Opening (April 9)
The Clay Studio is hosting a Grand Opening for its new building on April 9! From 11am to 3pm, explore the beautiful work on display, and learn about the ceramics during the free open house. Stay on the lookout for their Making Place Matter exhibit in late April, and their recurring Hands-On Clay events in the summer!
3. Upcoming Restaurant Weeks (Various Dates)
Philly food is some of the best in the country, and we have tons of events that celebrate it. Throughout March and April, there are multiple Restaurant Week events to take part in, where visitors and foodies alike will have the opportunity to support local businesses and enjoy special discounts!
Be sure to check out the Dine Latino Restaurant Week (March 14-18), Northern Liberties Restaurant Week (April 1-10), and King of Prussia Restaurant Week (April 4-10), for delicious food and lots of fun. Plus, mark your calendar for Manayunk’s StrEAT Food Festival, returning this year on Sunday, April 24, from 11am-5pm. I’ll see you there!
4. Harry Potter™: The Exhibition at The Franklin Institute
The long-awaited Harry Potter™: The Exhibition is now open at The Franklin Institute! From the iconic characters, to the artistry and crafts behind the movies, guests will be completely immersed in the magical world of Harry, Hermione, and Ron.
All ages are welcome, so bring friends, roommates, and family along! Tickets are $43 for adults, and discounted prices ($30!) are offered for groups of 15+ (pro tip: visiting during the daytime is the best!). I hope to see you there, with wands in hand.
5. Fabric Workshop and Museum (Every Saturday)
This one’s perfect for aspiring artists who love to get their hands dirty. The Fabric Workshop and Museum hosts a recurring Studio and Hands-on Screenprinting Tour for all ages to enjoy!
Not only will you get to look at beautiful art in the museum, but you’ll also have the chance to learn the printmaking process in detail.
Sound interesting? These events occur every Saturday afternoon, and tickets are only $5. I can’t think of a better way to spend your weekend!
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