The Best of Philadelphia (and Ardmore and Cape May, NJ) Easter and Passover Events in April 2023

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No matter whether you are a believer or not in a Heaven above, God will have His day – especially this week, as several different religious movements get their moment in the holiday sun.

While Pesach 2023 (the Jewish Passover) begins before sundown on Wednesday, April 5, 2023, and ends after nightfall on April 13, 2023, the long Easter weekend for Roman Catholics begins on Thursday April 6 and closes out on Easter Monday, April 10.

Here is a mash up of some of the best, most bountiful secular events in the Philadelphia, suburban and shore point New Jersey areas happening for Jews and Catholics within the next 10 days. And make sure you go to church and to synagogue, heathens.

90th Annual Easter Promenade off and on South Street

There’s no telling if Easter Philly’s traditional host-with-the-most, Henri David is part of this season’s proceedings as of yet. What is definitive is that moms, dads, grandparents and children alike will head to the South Street Headhouse District for the free, family-friendly celebratory walk with the Big Bunny and for Easter’s costume contests. Everyone gets pretty competitive when it comes to Easter Promenade dress up contests – and it is South Street – so, you know, bring the body armor.

Kicks off at 12:30pm at 5th & South Street, and ends at the Headhouse Plaza on 2nd & Lombard Street, Philadelphia, PA

Events at the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History

“How Saba Kept Singing, a film about Holocaust survivor David “Saba” Wisnia and his time at Auschwitz – an award-winning film famously executive produced by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton = makes its Philadelphia premiere on the last night of Passover. The documentary film screening, focusing on family and faith, features a post-show Q and A with David’s grandson Avi, who is featured in the documentary, and Sara Taksler, the film’s director.

Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall E., Philadelphia, PA

1st Annual Easter Bunny Brunch Buffet with Easter Bunny Photos and Egg Hunt at Brewerytown Food Hall

Glu Hospitality’s new restaurant celebrates Easter Sunday with its first ever Easter Bunny Brunch on April 9th, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Sure, you can chow down on singularly made omelettes and egg dishes, bagels and lox,  or hang at the create your own waffle station and toppings bar and turkey and ham carving stations. But kids will love the longform Easter Egg Hunt from 10:00am to 11:00 am, along with having their photos taken with the Easter Bunny from 10:00am to 2:00pm. For reservations call (267) 541-2847.

Brewerytown Food Hall, 1363 N. 31st Street, Philadelphia, PA 19121

J. Proud LGBTQ Passover Event at theGermantown Jewish Centre

J.Proud and the Germantown Jewish Centre hold their yearly LGBTQ Passover seder meal, outdoors and inside the Centre, with lively discussions about trans identity, queerness and activist issues a delicious desert to the holy dinner.

Germantown Jewish Centre, 400 W Ellet Street, Philadelphia, PA

Harry’s Bar & Grille in Cape May’s live music and Easter Bunny stuff

The Saturday and Sunday of Easter Weekend is a big deal for Harry’s B & G by the sea. On Saturday, April 8, there is an Easter Egg Hunt for the children (and weird adults) at 3:00 pm, Easter Bunny photos with the kids (and pets too – yes) will also be part of Easter’s Saturday from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm with live music by John King from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. On Easter Sunday, April 9, Harry’s is serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bars, deviled voodoo eggs (the devil on Easter – no way) Crab Quiche with Frisée Salad, Lamb Chops with port wine reduction, Harry’s Famous Carrot Cake and more. Call (609) 884-7011 for reservations.

Harry’s Bar & Grille at The Montreal Beach Resort, 1025 Beach Avenue, Cape May, NJ 08204

Rosa Mexicano

Ardmore, PA’s favorite Mexican restaurant and bar goes for a special Passover menu between April 5 and 13 with everything from hearty beef brisket, roasted half chicken, salmon pipian, chocolate mousse, chicken soup and more.

Rosa Mexicano 105 Coulter Avenue., Ardmore, PA

Special Easter Sunday Brunch at the Olde Bar in Old City Philadelphia

Jose Garces’ always tastefully appointed Old Bar at the Old City home of the famous Bookbinders takes one for the family and the kids by offering Noon to 3:00 pm Easter Sunday brunch featuring sweet tasting stuffed French Toast (with ‘Cheesecake’ Filling) and  Funfetti Waffles for the Kids with Whipped Cream for the children and Bubbly Brunch Trays and Build Your Own Bloodys with Vodka or Tequila for the parents.

The Olde Bar, 125 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Moshe Kasher at Helium Comedy Club Philadelphia

The cool and caustic stand-up comedian, Endless Honeymoon podcaster and full-time new father toughs out the last night of Passover on stage at Helium.

Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom Street, Philadelphia PA 19103

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