April 2011 Philadelphia Events – PIFA Nightly Light Shows

April 2011 Philadelphia Events offer plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy the city, as the cold weather slowly vanishes and winter gives way to spring.

The most prominent event is the first ever Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, known as PIFA, which takes place all month, with many events scattered through the city. However many of them will take places on the Avenue of the Arts, on Broad Street.

There are 135 events over the course of 25 days, starting in April 2011. The best way to discover the theatrical performances, museum tours, historic trolley rides, and concerts is to visit the official PIFA site.

The Philadelphia Science Festival – A Jam Packed Calendar of Events, Promoting Fun, Entertainment, and Education All Rolled Into One – Takes Place From Friday April 15 Through Thursday April 28 At Many Science Attractions Throughout the City

The Philadelphia Science Festival will run for two weeks from middle to late April 2011. Nearly every scientific and cultural institution in Philadelphia will be participating. To see which of the many events and sites best suit you and your interests and schedule, we highly recommend that you visit official Philadelphia Science Festival site, which has a comprehensive Calendar of Events.

Some of the institutions represented include the Independence Seaport Museum, the Academy of Natural Sciences, the Philadelphia Zoo, and the Please Touch Museum.

Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM - The Franklin Institute Hosts Its April Night Skies Presentation - "Feeling Around in the Dark" - With Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts

On Thursday, April 14, 2011, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, the Franklin Institute will host its monthly Night Skies in the Observatory presentation - which always takes place on the second Thursday of each month.

This month, Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts offers his thoughts on what is unknown about astronomy. Admission is $5.00 / person, and free for members of the Franklin Institute.

Every Friday in April 2011, the Philadelphia Museum of Art Presents Art After 5 - Live Entertainment Which Is Included With Your Paid Admission For That Day

During every Friday in April 2011, the Philadelphia Museum of Art hosts its "Art After 5" entertainment, from 5:00 PM to 8:45 PM. There is a different theme for each week's event. During April 2011, the weekly entertainment schedule offered to patrons is:

Friday, April 1 - Project Runway: Capucci
Friday, April 8 - Miro Dance Theatre
Friday, April 15 - Rebecca Coupe Franks
Friday, April 22Martha Graham Cracker
Friday, April 29 - Philadelphia Freedom Jazz Orchestra

These events are free, with your paid admission for that day.

Mary Poppins Continues Its Run at the Academy of Music, on the Avenue of the Arts, From March 23 Through Sunday, April 17 – You Can Read Our Review

The national tour of the Broadway production of Mary Poppins has stopped in Philadelphia for nearly a month, giving you the opportunity to see the smash hit stage musical, based on the beloved classic 1964 film from Walt Disney, which starred Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke.

Mary Poppins is being staged at the historic Academy of Music, located at Broad and Locust Streets, on the Avenue of the Arts. You can obtain tickets at the Kimmel Center box office, either in person, on the phone, or online.

You can also read our detailed review of Mary Poppins – we attended the March 25 performance, and were very impressed by the stagecraft.

Channel Your Inner James Bond At the National Constitution Center, By Visiting The Museum's Latest Blockbuster Temporary Exhibit – Spies, Traitors and Saboteurs In Old City

The 21st-century, cutting-edge museum permits you a rare opportunity to enter the perilous, treacherous realm of intrigue, espionage and fascinating secrets of international politics – and you can do it without risking your life, driving an Aston Martin, or wearing a tuxedo.

Spies, Traitors and Saboteurs will be open every day in April 2011. In addition, you have the opportunity to see the many other exhibits of the National Constitution Center, included with your price of admission.

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