One Thursday night a month in the winter, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts opens its doors to a themed evening of performances, food, drinks and art, tonight it celebrates its marquee Mural Arts exhibition with a Philly-centric (indoor) block party. (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)
Thursday evenings in the winter bring a fair share of programming to the City of Brotherly Love.
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts opens its doors to after-hours guests for its recurring PAFA After Dark event. Tonight, the celebration raises a glass to the museum’s marquee exhibition, Beyond the Paint: Philadelphia’s Mural Arts, and also salutes Philadelphia with a ton of Philly-centric programming (and food!) all night long.
It’s also an evening of special happy hours — Nomad Roman Pizza serves up a pie and a Troegs Brewing Company beer for $8 (!), The Trestle Inn continues its Thursday night whiskey events with free samples of whiskey followed by discounted old fashions and Howl at The Moon plays host to a No Kid Hungry happy hour fundraiser featuring discounted drinks and dueling pianos.
The Flower Show continues with its annual Girls Night Out, an evening of ladies-centric programming — think on-site spa demonstrations, interesting vendors, food and drinks — in addition to the opportunity to check out the expansive flower show display inside of the Convention Center.
Our top picks for tonight, below.
• PAFA After Dark: Block Party: This evening, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts celebrates its marquee exhibition Beyond the Paint: Philadelphia’s Mural Arts and Philadelphia with a Philly-centric block party within its museum walls. Enter PAFA After Dark: Block Party, an opportunity to check out PAFA’s collections, sip beer, wine and cocktails and indulge in Philly-centric food. Guests are also invited to share their Philly story with a special edition of a First Person Arts Story Slam. Tickets are free for PAFA members and $10 in advance and $15 at the door for non-members.
When: Thursday, March 6, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 128 N. Broad Street
Cost: Free for PAFA Members; $15 in advance, $10 at the door for non-members
• Girls Night Out at the Philadelphia Flower Show: Ladies, take note. The Flower Show welcomes the return of its Girls Night Out event, an evening of ladies-centric fun. Hosted by Philadelphia Style magazine, the event brings more than 30 local vendors to the spotlight for shopping opportunities, on-site spa treatments, food, wine and special demonstrations. Tickets are $50 and are available online.
When: Thursday, March 6, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street, Ballroom B
• Spirit of Thursday at The Trestle Inn: Every Thursday night, The Trestle Inn ushers in the weekend a full day early with free whiskey samples from rotating distillers from around the county. Tonight, enjoy complimentary tastings of Gentleman Jack, a smooth, charcoal mellowed whiskey. The free tastings run from 6 to 8 p.m., and guests are invited to sip Gentleman Jack old fashions for $8 a pop until the bar closes at 2 a.m.
When: Thursday, March 6, 6-8 p.m.
Where: The Trestle Inn, 339 N. 11th Street
Cost: Samples, Free; $8 Featured Cocktail
• Troegs Happy Hour at Nomad Roman Pizza: Nomad Roman Pizza in Midtown Village hosts a Troegs Brewing Company happy hour from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. For $8, indulge in a pizza perfectly paired with a Troegs brew — think margherita pizza and Troegs’ spring-exclusive Cultivator beer.
When: Thursday, March 6, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Where: Nomad Roman, 1305 Locust Street
Cost: Pay as you go
• Chestnut Hill Restaurant Month: Dine at a discount at one of the many restaurants participating in Chestnut Hill Restaurant Month. For $25, fill up on quality fare at restos like Mica, McNally’s Tavern, Heirloom and Iron Hill Brewery. Special menus vary by restaurant, so be sure to call ahead to get the deets.
When: Thursday, March 6
Where: Participating Restaurants
Cost: Dinner, $25; Lunch, $15
• No Kid Hungry Happy Hour at Howl at the Moon: Tonight, the non-profit organization No Kid Hungry hosts a sing-your-heart-out benefit at Howl at the Moon. Fight against childhood hunger at the dueling piano bar with discounted drinks and a complimentary appetizer bar. Admission is $10 a person, whic includes one drink and the food. Proceeds will benefit No Kid Hungry’s Taste of the Nation Philadelphia event.
When: Thursday, March 6, 5:30-8 p.m.
Where: Howl at the Moon, 258 South 15th Street
Cost: $10 admission, pay as you go drinks
• Throwback Thursday (#tbt) Happy Hour at Oyster House: Beginning tonight, Oyster House honors past recipes with a foodie version of the Instagram phenomenon Throwback Thursday (#tbt). The event brings popular dishes of the past to the plates of patrons. Tonight’s special is oyster pan roast, poached oysters in a tomato broth served with shrimp-buttered crostini.
When: Thursday, March 6, open until 10 p.m.
Where: Oyster House, 1516 Sansom Street
Cost: Pay as you go
• Gunnar Montana’s Hybernate: Opening tonight, progressive choreographer Gunnar Montana pushes the envelope with Hybernate, a winter-themed production of imaginative art and dance. Look forward to performances of drag, burlesque and contemporary dance in The Latvian Society in Northern Liberties.
When: Thursday, March 6; Doors, 7 p.m.; Show, 8 p.m.
Where: The Latvian Society, 531 N. 7th Street
• Flameworking Demonstration at the National Liberty Museum: Tonight from 6 to 8:30 p.m., the National Liberty Museum hosts an evening of unique art as Robert Mickelsen, glass artist and organizer of the roving Lifeforms exhibit (which is currently on view at the National Liberty Museum), shows off his talents with an indoor flameworking demonstration. Also listen to Mickelsen discuss the exhibition and the glass art movement. While at the demonstration, guests are encouraged to explore the museum, enjoy light refreshments and purchase glass.
When: Thursday, March 6, 6-8:30 p.m.
Where: National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut Street, 4th Floor
Cost: In Advance; Members and students, $5; Non-members, $10; At the door; members and students, $7; Non-members, $12