Philadelphia is an underrated hotbed for art, science, and culture. Home to an array of venues, museums and institutions, there’s really no good excuse to be bored in this city.
Feed Your Curiosity is a weekly roundup of events in Philadelphia that will broaden your horizons, tantalize your mind, and hopefully sophisticate you into something more than the heathen that you are. Here’s what’s going on this week.
Punch Line Philly
Grab your scrubs and stethoscope, and head to the ER. See how much you really know about Grey’s Anatomy and all of your favorite doctors at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. This event is free, but registration is required. The trivia starts at 8 pm.
121 N Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
Start your week off with tranquility by doing yoga under the Ben Franklin Bridge. In honor of the full moon, the practice will include Chandra Namaskars, or Moon Salutations.
Landmark’s Ritz East Theatre
Follow the true story of a woman who fights to keep her home and neighborhood from being taken over by a big-name pharmaceutical company. Showings are at 12:45 pm, 3:45 pm, 7:00 pm, and 9:35 pm.
Celebrate the opening day of the Chinese Lantern Festival, which runs until June 30. Here you can view lanterns influenced by the culture. There will also be a variety of performances and exhibitions throughout the night, including plate spinning, flute making, crystal engraving, and sugar painting. If you get hungry, you can try some food from Roe Thai and Japanese contemporary cuisine, including beef bao, chicken satay, and grilled corn. This event runs from 7 to 11 pm Sunday through Thursday. On Friday and Saturday, you can see the lights from 6 to 11 pm.
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Celebrate the start of Mexican Week 2018 with a flag raising ceremony at City Hall. This event will take place from 11:30 am to noon. Other events throughout the week include art exhibits, bilingual storytelling, a taste of traditional Mexican food, dance performances, a fashion show, and a Cinco de Mayo Festival featuring Hugo Cesar, a Mexican singer.
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Sona Pub & Kitchen
Spend the night answering trivia about Harry Potter and the entire gang at Hogwarts. The first place team will win a $50 gift card to Sona Pub & Kitchen, and the second place team will be awarded a $25 gift card. There will also be food and drink specials, including buy one, get one food items and $15 buckets of bud light. This event starts at 8:30 pm.
What’s better than cocktails and comedy? Spend the night with host Michelle Biloon, who has appeared on Comedy Central and Chelsea Lately. This show will feature Ryan Schutt, Jess Salomon, Eman El Husseini, Hannah Trav, Rachel Fogletto, Maddie McLennon, and Alex Grubard.
Reading Terminal Market
This battle of the breweries will determine who has the best beer in two categories: new beer and can-tacular. The best part is that guests can also participate in the judging, as they will be able to sample a variety of beers and vote for the best flagship beer. Some of the participating breweries include Blueprint Brewing, Dock Street Brewery, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, Locust Lane Brewing Company, Manayunk Brewing Company, and Yards Brewing Company. The 9th annual Philadelphia Brewvitational kicks off at 7 pm.
Punch Line Philly
Get ready for a night filled with comedy. The doors open at 7 pm and the show starts at 8 pm.
The Yard: Midtown Village
Not only does this event include a 45-minute yoga class, but there will be a conversation about body positivity, called “Body Confidence Vs Body Obsession.” Participants will receive a Sweetgreen Salad included in the price of their registration fee. Make sure to bring your own yoga mat to the class.
Philadelphia Brewing Co.
Are you a Star Wars expert? Test your knowledge about your favorite characters with some Star Wars trivia in Philly. The questions start at 7:30 pm.
Join DJ Dave Paul and DJ Marco as they celebrate the ’80s with all of your favorite music. The party starts at 10 pm.
Who is the ultimate slam poet? Find out at this championship competition, as 11 poets battle to be the best.The competition will feature 4 elimination rounds, in which the poets will be required to present 3-minute poems, 1 minute poems, a haiku, and another 3-minute poem for the final round. At 7 pm, there will be a poetry workshop that is free with the price of your ticket. The slam starts at 9 pm.
The Schmidt’s Commons
This event is hosted by Siempre Salsa Philly and Take the Lead Dance Project. At 7 pm, there will be a free dance lesson, followed by live music from Elvis Bonilla y su Orquesta. Dance the night away by practicing your salsa skills until 10 pm.
Front St. & Cecil B. Moore Ave
Support local vendors and artists by shopping at the Fishtown Flea. There will be live music to enjoy while you browse.
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Ontario Street Comics
From 10 am to 8 pm, head to Ontario Street Comics to get your free comic books. Every person will receive 5 comic books at no cost. You may also find some of your favorite characters in the store.
South Street Headhouse District
Kick off Spring with this fun festival. Throughout the day, you will find a variety of bars, restaurants, and vendors along with a taco eating contest. There will also be live music, activities, and entertainment.
2201 Fairmount Ave, Phila, PA 19130
From 8 am to 5 pm, this flea market is taking over the streets surrounding the Eastern State Penitentiary.
2000 Ranstead St
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the 4th annual block party. You will find all of your favorite foods, such as tacos and guacamole. And don’t forget the margaritas. Enjoy live entertainment throughout the day and night, including mariachi bands.
Good Good Comedy Theatre
Spend a night laughing with comedians Monroe Martin and Derek Gaines, who have appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and The Last OG with Tracy Morgan. The comedy starts at 8:30 pm.
Grab your sword and armor and head to Fort Mifflin, where you’ll enter into the Renaissance world. Here you find many performances, such as folk dancing, comedy, and music. Guests are encouraged to dress up. The faire runs from 11 am to 7 pm
The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College
From 2 to 4 pm, participants will be able to sample a variety of European wines.
Walnut Street Theatre
This one-woman show explores the journey for romance and love. The show starts at 2:30 pm.
Channel your inner artist while painting this night’s theme, Koi Fish Yin Yang. All of your supplies are provided and included in the price of the ticket. The event takes place from 5 pm to 7 pm.