The Eastern State Penitentiary’s 2016 tour season officially kicks off with the opening of their newest exhibit, "Prisons Today: Questions in the Age of Mass Incarceration." The interactive showing, which was put together over the last three years, asks visitors to rethink prison and their impact on the 2.2 million inmates currently serving sentences in America. 2027 Fairmount Ave., 215-236-3300
Celebrate the 4th Annual South Street Spring Festival this year, when more than 12 city blocks, from South and Front streets to Eighth and Pine streets, will host over 125 vendors and 35 of the best local restaurants, including MilkBoy Philadelphia, Bridget Foy’s, and more. Plus, with over 40 bands as diverse as the city inhabitants themselves performing throughout the day, like blues rock band Memphis Crawl, funk group Swift Technique, and country sensation Liv Devine, there's no better way to celebrate the season. 215-413-3713
The annual fundraising event invites guests to join them for "All Colors of Happiness" at the Arts Ballroom of Philadelphia. Peruse the works of up-and-coming and seasoned local artists and fashion designers, while enjoying cocktail hour, a fashion show, silent auction, and art exhibit. Each year, the gala benefits a charitable organization in Philadelphia, and this year the philanthropic team behind the event will give all proceeds to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to support their neurosurgery department and the art therapy program. 1324 Locust St., 215-621-8561
From the talented performers behind the beloved Cirque du Soleil productions comes a new show exploring our amazing ecosystem and the beautiful insects that embody it. The Liacouras Center invites you to watch in awe as ant acrobats and flea contortionists tell the story of our diverse environment through beautiful sets and bright costumes. 1776 N. Broad St., 215-204-2400
Known for their breathtaking exhibits, The Philadelphia Museum of Art will not disappoint with their newest exhibit, "Creative Africa." Some of Africa’s most talented artists will be celebrated through this beautiful display, from photographers to architects. Throughout its four-month stint in the Perelman Building, guests will have the opportunity to attend artist talks, family festivals, and an exhibit featuring Penn Museum’s African Collection, "Look Again: Contemporary Perspectives on African Art." 2525 Pennsylvania Ave., 215-763-8100
The Walnut Street Theatre will present musical comedy, Sister Act, featuring music by Alan Menken. Based on the film starring Whoopi Goldberg, the story follows Deloris Van Cartier who, for her protection, is put in a California convent after witnessing a murder. Acting as a nun, Deloris stumbles upon the convent’s choir, where she helps her fellow sisters and Mother Superior become a soulful singing group.
The most upscale street festival is back again this year, and will span Walnut Street, from Broad to 19th and 18th streets, and from Locust to Sansom streets. The event celebrates the neighborhood's love of fashion, food, and locally made products, and will treat festival goers with giveaways, live music, and complimentary beer and cocktail tastings.