Weekend Picks, Flower Show Edition: Opening Weekend For The 2014 Philadelphia Flower Show, Black Tie Preview Party, Young Friends Cocktail Party, LGBT Night; Plus Free/Discounted Admission To The Barnes, PAFA And PMA On Sunday, East Passyunk Restaurant Week Wraps Up And More

Beginning tomorrow, March 1, the Philadelphia Flower Show returns for its 185th show under the theme of ARTiculture, a fusion of plants, flowers and world-renowned pieces of art. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

It’s a weekend of openings and closings in Philadelphia, and the first days of March bring some spring-like events to the mix — but not necessarily spring-like weather (seriously??).

The Philadelphia Flower Show returns under the theme of ARTiculture, a mash up of renowned art and intricate flowers and plants. Beginning tomorrow, March 1 and running through Sunday, March 9, the Pennsylvania Convention Center turns into a mecca for all things gardening and a haven for those looking for signs of spring.

Also this weekend, a number of the city’s most popular museums celebrate the beginning of the month with free or discounted admission on Sunday. Visit the Barnes Foundation and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts for no admission fee at all, and explore the Philadelphia Museum of Art at whatever price you’d like to pay as part of pay-what-you-wish first Sunday. Sunday plans, check!

Tomorrow marks the final day of the foodie frenzy, East Passyunk Restaurant Week. Visit any number of the 24 participating restaurants for deals on brunch, lunch and dinner. If you haven’t dined along the super popular restaurant row yet, visit today or tomorrow to take full advantage of the promotion.

Two museums debut new marquee exhibitions this weekend, too. The Penn Museum opens Native American Voices: The People — Here and Now on Saturday and the Philadelphia Museum of Art welcomes Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392-1910 on Sunday.

Read on for our picks for this weekend.

Friday, February 28

Top Pick: East Passyunk Avenue Restaurant Week (Fri, Sat)

Top Pick: Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Presents Joanna Pascale

Top Pick: Karneval Party at Brauhaus Schmitz

Top Pick: 2014 Flower Show Black Tie Preview Party at the Convention Center

Top Pick: 2014 Flower Show Young Friends Cocktails + After Party at The Barnes and Convention Center

Top Pick: Embrace The Cold — Closing Weekend At The Lodge at Waterfront Winterfest (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: Perfect Roundup for a Cold Friday Night — The Best Bourbon Bars In Philadelphia (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: Frigid Weather Dining Recommendations — Our Guide to Philly’s Best Pho and Our Guide to Philly’s Best Ramen

Stadler-Kahn Winter Sale

Onward Summit 2014 at Project Basho (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Diversities in the Arts of the African Diaspora at The Barnes Foundation

Free Fries at Shake Shack Center City

Mardi Gras Menu at Headhouse Crab & Oyster House

27 Amendments(in 27 Days) at the National Constitution Center

Canicular: Demetrius Oliver at The Print Center

Souled Out at The Trestle Inn

Welcome To Campus Show at Drexel (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Frogs: Nature’s Messenger at Adventure Aquarium
 (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Muhammad Spins at L’Etage

Pretty Vacant: The Graphic Language of Punk at Moore College of Art and Design

Rafea: Solar Mama at International House

Sarah Sze at The Fabric Workshop and Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

MileyBall at Voyeur

Archives Alchemy: The Art of the Dumpster Divers at The National Archives at Philadelphia

Saturday, March 1

Top Pick: 2014 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show (Sat, Sun) — Opening Day!

** Must Read Before You Go: Top 10 Reasons Not To Miss This Year’s Philadelphia Flower Show

Top Pick: Allen Iverson Number Retirement Ceremony – Philadelphia 76ers vs. Washington Wizards, 7:30 p.m.

Top Pick: Mummers Mardi Gras at The Piazza at Schmidts

Top Pick: Franklin Square Opening Day 2014

Top Pick: Sweet or Savory? Our Guide to Brunch in Philadelphia (Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: Native American Voices: The People – Here and Now at the Penn Museum (Sat, Sun) — Opening Day!

Mardi Gras and 1st Birthday Party at Cedar Point Bar and Kitchen

2014 Oscar Documentary Showcase at the PFS Theater at the Roxy

The Suit at the Prince Music Theater (Fri, Sat, Sun)

The Unflinching Eye: Works of the Tiberino Family Circle at the African American Museum in Philadelphia (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Spring Garden Indoor Heated Flea Market

More happenings, below.

The People’s Choice: Celebrating Michener’s Top 25 at the Michener Art Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Joel Katz: And I Said No Lord at the Galleries at Moore (Fri, Sat)

Philly Bike Party Mardi Gras Celebration

In a Relationship: Art, Science & Medicine at the Michener Art Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

First Saturday Brunch at Johnny Brenda’s

Water By The Spoonful at The Arden Theatre Company (Fri, Sat, Sun)

One Day in Pompeii at The Franklin Institute (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Live Music at Sugarhouse Casino

This Weekend, the Philadelphia Museum of Art offers multiple great reasons to visit including Art After 5 on Friday, Pay-What-You-Wish Admission on Sunday, and the opening of the unprecedented Treasures from Korea exhibition on Sunday as well. See you there. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

Sunday, March 2

Top Pick: Free First Sunday at The Barnes Foundation

Top Pick: Pay-What-You-Wish First Sunday at The Philadelphia Museum of Art

Top Pick: Free Admission to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Top Pick: 2014 Philadelphia Flower Show (Sat, Sun)

** Show Highlights include: the Butterfly Experience; Andy Warhol Pop-Up Gallery; Guggenheim, Getty, Smithsonian Installations; Buy Tickets Online & Save; VIP All-Access Pass; and much more.

CLICK HERE for our Complete Flower Show Guide.

Top Pick: LGBT Night at The Philadelphia Flower Show

Top Pick: Where To Watch the 86th Academy Awards in Philadelphia

Top Pick: Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392-1910 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art — Opening Day!

In Case it Snows — Our Guide to Where to Watch the Snow Fall in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Red Carpet Party at 10 Arts at The Ritz-Carlton

Free Admission to Blue Cross RiverRink Presented by Visitphilly.com (Fri, Sat, Sun) — Closing Day!

USS Somerset Public Tour

Karneval at Brauhaus Schmitz and Wursthaus Schmitz (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Gala Flamenca at the Merriam Theater

Black Bodies in Propaganda: The Art of the War Poster at the Penn Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun) — Closing Day!

Winter Adventure Tours at Eastern State Penitentiary (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Orchid Extravaganza at Longwood Gardens (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Other Desert Cities at the Walnut Street Theatre (Fri, Sat, Sun) — Closing Day!

Paint Nite Philadelphia

Hooley Coloring Party at City Tap House

Just In: Martha Mayer Erlebacher at the Woodmere Art Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun) — Closing Day!

Late-Night Happy Hour at North Bowl

Ghost Tours of Philadelphia (Sat, Sun)

Dinosaurs Unearthed At The Academy Of Natural Sciences (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Sugo Sunday at Modo Mio


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