The best free events in Philadelphia this weekend and next week

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(Community/in-person/multi-day) Delta and omicron variants are driving an increase in COVID-19 cases in the region. Make a plan to get vaccinated; there are many places across Pennsylvania and New Jersey – CVS, Rite Aid, neighborhood recreation centers, etc. – where you can get your free COVID-19 vaccine. (phila.gov)

(Music/In Person) The Philadelphia Public Orchestra is a newly founded group of dozens of musicians who come together across all genres to challenge the concept of the Western symphony. At this performance, you’ll hear everything from DJ sets to French horn performances that create a sound as diverse as our city. (April 8-10, 121 N. Columbus Blvd., cherrystreetpier.com)

(Seasonal / In-Person / Multi-Day / Kid-Friendly) The grounds around West Fairmount Park’s Shofuso Japanese House and Garden are the perfect place to see thousands of pretty roses on two evenings (trees are illuminated on Saturdays ) and one day while enjoying Japanese infusions of hip hop, taiko, funk, dance, reggae. (The 5K and market are suspended for the year.) Tickets to Shofuso are timed but admission to the festival is free. (Apr 8, 7-10 p.m., Apr 9, 6-10 p.m., Apr 10, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Lansdowne and Horticultural Dr., japanphilly.org)

(Music/In Person) Poppy, the Philadelphia rock trio who were mainstays of the club scene in the 1990s, made a most welcome comeback with their LP Snakes of New Jersey on Ardmore Sister Raygun Records label in 2019 They just followed it up with Brilliant Volume, an excellent EP that features The War on Drugs’ Robbie Bennett on organ on all three songs. Gerry McGoldrick and Airlift Duo open. (April 8, 7 p.m., 7673 Germantown Ave., themermaidinn.net)

(Fitness/in-person/outdoors) Head to the Schuylkill Banks for a morning of zen movement. Bring your own yoga mat or towel and enjoy this instructor-led yoga class for all levels. Yoga classes are held (weather permitting) Saturdays and Sundays at 10 a.m., and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. throughout the spring and summer season. (Pay what you can, various dates through October, 2500 Locust St., eventbrite.com)

(Music/Virtual/Community) Celebrate Robeson’s 124th birthday with an evening of musical tributes and performances. You’ll hear some of Robeson’s classic works in addition to performances from Theater in the X and more. Donations will benefit Paul Robeson House’s “Art in the Parlor” program, which supports local artists. (Donations encouraged, April 9, 4-6 p.m., eventbrite.com)

Join Ken Johnston and Deborah Price this weekend as they continue their 165-mile “March to Freedom,” retracing the Underground Railroad routes freedom seekers fleeing slavery took in New Jersey. This segment picks up where last weekend ended: at Wawa, at 121 Main St. in Dennisville, NJ, Saturday at 8 a.m. The duo plan to walk 13 miles via Route 347 to Port Elizabeth, NJ on Saturday. On Sunday, the walk continues from Port Elizabeth to My Neighborhood Deli, in Millville, NJ via Route 670. Check the Walk to Freedom website for Sunday location updates. The walk is free and participants are encouraged to carry a light backpack with water, snacks, cell phone and insect repellent. Waterproof hiking shoes are also recommended. (Free, 9-10 April, departure from 121 Main Street, Dennisville at 8 a.m. on April 9, location to be determined on April 10, ourwalktofreedom.com)

(Community/In-Person) Listen and learn as three queer activists participate in a roundtable on race, gayness and activism in Philadelphia. The panel includes Hanae Mason of Black Lives Matter Philadelphia, Jorian Rivera-Veintidos of GALAEI: QTBIPOC Radical Social Justice and Dionne Stallworth, co-founder of the Transgender Health Action Coalition. The conversation will be moderated by a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. contestant Kim Cardenas. (April 13, 4 p.m., 133 South 36th Street., upenn.edu)

(Seasonal/In-Person/Multi-Day) Those of us who feel nervous about sending toddlers out to free-for-all grass in search of eggs can opt for a lower contact version of the Easter tradition. Like last year, stores on South Street are displaying (but also sort of hiding) oversized 2D eggs made by local artists. Researchers can take a photo and post on Insta with #SouthStreetEggHunt and tag @southstreetphilly to enter and win gift cards. 4 years and over. (Until April 17, between M in front and wide. on South Street., southstreet.com)

(Seasonal/In-Person/Multi-Day) They’re back, those adorable Day-Glo Marshmallow Bunnies and Bunnies, on display around dinner tables, in backyard gardens, at rock concerts, or formed into flowers, transforming Peddler’s Village into a creative, step-by-step Easter basket. 2 years and over. (Until April 24, 2400 State Road, New Hope, peddlersvillage.com)

(Art/In-Person/Multi-Day) Stone Mansion-turned-Museum on Chestnut Hill opens exhibit of more than 85 Philadelphia-made works of creatures large and small (little kingfishers, giant sperm whales) in forms both realistic and fantastic (a fish on a plate, a formal portrait of a gorilla). Children go home with a free activity book, while supplies last. 2 years and over. (Free on Sundays until May 8, 9201 Germantown Ave., woodmereartmuseum.org)

(Educational/virtual/multi-day/kid-friendly) Through daddy jokes, real conversations, and superb listening, Mr. Maurice connects with his students – and connects students to each other. Each workshop is aimed at specific audiences: black boys, young teenagers, future entrepreneurs, sports enthusiasts, home cooks, etc. The workshops teach a bit of writing and a lot of life lessons. 8 years and over (Until May 28, powerfulwriters.org)

(Art / in person / outdoors) magic fantasy, a collection of bold and bright 3D artwork by London-based artist Morag Myerscough, has transformed The Navy Yard into a colorful playground. Stop to wander around the exhibition and escape to an abstract dreamland without leaving the city. (Until October, Broad St. and Constitution Ave., marineyard.org)

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