14+ Awesome Things To Do In Philly This Week, January 9-16

Final day for the Barnes Foundation's current special exhibition, zombie skate at Dilworth Park, Radio 104.5 Winter Jam and more...

A new week in Philly means major concerts, a beer festival, cool exhibitions and so much more.

Get your tickets — it’s the final week for another group of great exhibitions, the Barnes Foundation closes its first-ever photography exhibition on January 9, the Academy of Natural Sciences ends its dinosaur exhibit on January 16 and the National Museum of American Jewish History bids farewell to its Bill Graham showcase.

On Sunday, the blockbuster Radio 104.5 Winter Jam — a free ticketed concert — returns to XFINITY! Live with performances by Grouplove, Phantogram, Capital Cities and more.

We’re extending this week’s edition of Picks of the Week through Monday, January 16 (Martin Luther King Day!) for day-off planning. Check out our guide to this week in Philly.

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Blue Cross RiverRink WinterfestPhoto by Matt Stanley for DRWC

Winter is better with twinkling lights, hot chocolate, s’more-roasting pits and ice skating. You can take full advantage of the cold-weather months at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, which is open all winter long with ice skating, festive eats, holiday lights and much more.

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

When:Through March 5, 2017
Where:Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Pay as you go

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Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park

Dilworth ParkPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Ice skating? Check! Dilworth Park is a winter fan's dream this season. Revelers flock to Dilworth Park for its ice rink, garden maze and food-filled cabin all season long.

Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park

When:Through February 26, 2017
Where:Dilworth Park, 1401 JFK Boulevard
Cost:Pay as you go

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Live and Life Will Give You Pictures: Masterworks of French Photography, 1890-1950 at the Barnes Foundation

http://www.uwishunu.com/2016/10/barnes-foundation-debuts-first-ever-photography-exhibition/#sm.000k5zfg28cedhi11hf158ntwuyvzPhoto by C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia

Monday, January 9 marks the final day to check out Live and Life Will Give You Pictures at the Barnes Foundation. The exhibition provides an amazing opportunity to view close to 200 images taken between 1890-1950 by French photographers and photographers working extensively in France. Nearly a third of the images have never been displayed before, offering an interesting insight into life in France from the late 19th- to mid-20th century.

Live and Life Will Give You Pictures: Masterworks of French Photography, 1890-1950 at the Barnes Foundation

When:Through January 9
Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:$10-$25

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The Philadelphia Orchestra Presents The Paris Festival

The Philadelphia Orchestra celebrates the music and culture of Paris with a special multi-week concert, The Paris Festival. The concert kicks off this week with performances of works by some of Paris' most accomplished composers.

The Philadelphia Orchestra Presents The Paris Festival

When:January 12-14
Where:Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:$30-$99

www.philorch.org

Night Skies in the Observatory at The Franklin Institute

The Franklin Institute celebrates the start of the 2017 season of Night Skies in the Observatory and the Philly Loves Bowie festival (a celebration of David Bowie’s life and legacy) with a special edition of its recurring stargazing event. Hosted by Derrick Pitts, The Franklin Institute’s chief astronomer, the event allows guests to stargaze while learning about the galaxies, planets and stars in the sky while also making their own commemorative Night Skies Bowie pin.

Night Skies in the Observatory at The Franklin Institute

When:Thursday, January 12, 6-9 p.m.
Where:The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street
Cost:$5-$10

www.fi.edu

Benjamin Franklin’s Birthday Celebration

Tuesday, January 17 marks Benjamin Franklin’s 311th birthday, and Philadelphia celebrates its favorite Founding Father with a slew of special events this week. Listen to stories about his life at the Independence Visitor Center’s storytelling bench, embark on a special-edition Tippler’s Tour and more. Click here for more info on how to celebrate Ben Franklin’s birthday in Philly.

Benjamin Franklin’s Birthday Celebration

When:Friday, January 13
Where:Independence Visitor Center, 1 N. Independence Mall W.
Cost:Free

www.phlvisitorcenter.com

Zombie Skate at Dilworth Park

Anyone who misses the frights of Halloween should visit Dilworth Park this Friday night for the annual Zombie Skate hosted by Center City District and Terror Behind the Walls. Zombies from Eastern State Penitentiary's annual fright fest will skate their way around the rink, and guests are encouraged to dress as zombies. Rothman Cabin, which is adjacent to the rink, will be serving up zombie-themed food and drink specials throughout the evening.

Zombie Skate at Dilworth Park

When:Friday, January 13, 7-11 p.m.
Where:Dilworth Park, 1 South 15th Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.dilworthpark.org

Philadelphia Home Show

Looking for advice and inspiration on how to make your home the best and most beautiful it can be? Join 50,000 of your fellow homeowners and take advantage of the talents of more than 300 exhibitors and experts who will be on hand to help at this massive show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Philadelphia Home Show

When:January 13-16 and 20-22
Where:Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street
Cost:$3-$10

www.phillyhomeshow.com

Big Philly Beerfest at the Pennsylvania Convention Center

It’s all about the beer at the annual Big Philly Beerfest. Spread over two nights, this crowd-pleasing event features more than 125 breweries and more than 350 varieties of craft beer. Another bonus: Proceeds benefit Animal Rescue Partners.

Big Philly Beerfest at the Pennsylvania Convention Center

When:January 13-14
Where:Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street
Cost:$45-$75

www.bigphillybeerfest.com/

Cirque Eloize: Saloon

Cirque Eloize: SaloonPhoto courtesy the Kimmel Center

This weekend, the Kimmel Center welcomes an entertaining Quebec-based cirque troupe — Cirque Eloize. The troupe performs dramatic acrobatics and circus arts to a folk-music scored Wild West-themed show.

Cirque Eloize: Saloon

When:January 13-14
Where:Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad Street
Cost:$45-$85

www.kimmelcenter.org

Martha "Bill Graham" Cracker Cabaret at NMAJH

To mark the final days of the Bill Graham exhibition at the National Museum of American Jewish History, Martha Graham Cracker — Philly’s favorite drag queen — takes the stage for not one, but two rock ’n’ roll-inspired cabaret performances. Both shows will take place at the museum on the 14th, the first at 7 p.m. and the second at 10 p.m. The shows are expected to sell out, so be sure to scoop up tickets soon.

Martha "Bill Graham" Cracker Cabaret at NMAJH

When:Saturday, January 14, 7 and 10 p.m.
Where:National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Ml E.
Cost:$30 for non-members, $24 for members

www.nmajh.org

Bavaria in Bucks at Peddler’s Village

You don’t have to travel all the way to Europe to experience authentic German culture. Instead, visit Peddler’s Village, where a three-day festival showcases the best of Bavarian cuisine, wine, beer and entertainment.

Bavaria in Bucks at Peddler’s Village

When:January 14-16
Where:2400 Street Road, Bensalem
Cost:Pay as you go

www.peddlersvillage.com

Radio 104.5 Winter Jam

This weekend, the hotly anticipated Radio 104.5 Winter Jam returns to XFINITY Live! with a solid lineup of rock performers. Musicians like Grouplove, Phantogram, Civil Youth and Capital Cities will perform on two outdoor stages (read: bundle up!) this Sunday. Free tickets are required for entry and are available at ticket raids throughout the area.

Radio 104.5 Winter Jam

When:Sunday, January 15, noon
Where:XFINITY Live!, 1100 Pattison Avenue
Cost:Free tickets required

www.radio1045.iheart.com

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Free MLK Tribute Concert

Philadelphia Orchestra Opening NightPhoto By J. Griffin For Visit Philadelphia

Honor the extraordinary life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during a free concert by The Philadelphia Orchestra. The orchestra will combine the traditions of African-American culture and Western classical music to pay tribute to the modern day hero. Free tickets are required for entry. Tickets are available online starting at noon on Tuesday, January 10. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Free MLK Tribute Concert

When:Monday, January 16, 1:30 p.m.
Where:Girard College, 2101 S. College Avenue
Cost:Free tickets required

www.philorch.org

Ambler Restaurant Week

More than a dozen local restaurants are set to participate in Ambler Restaurant Week, which brings can’t-miss specials and prix-fixe menus at eateries ranging from high-end to casual. Participating restaurants include Cantina Feliz, Dettera Restaurant and Wine Bar, Bridget’s Steakhouse and Massa.

Ambler Restaurant Week

When:January 16-23
Where:Various locations including Cantina Feliz, 424 South Bethlehem Pike, Fort Washington
Cost:Various prices

www.amblermainstreet.org

Dinosaurs Unearthed at the Academy of Natural Sciences

Velociraptor-Dinosaurs-Unearthed-780UWPhoto courtesy Dinosaurs Unearthed

Want to see and experience the mightiness (and roar) of a dinosaur up close? Head to the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and embark on a multi-sensory adventure that involves moving, life-size animatronic dinosaurs. State-of-the-art and scientifically accurate (down to the feathers on T. rex), Dinosaurs Unearthed features more than a dozen realistic and full-bodied dinosaurs as well as skeletons, fossil casts of skulls, claws, horns and the ever-popular coprolite (dino poop).

Dinosaurs Unearthed at the Academy of Natural Sciences

When:Through January 16
Where:The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:$18.95-$22.95

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Bill Graham and the Rock and Roll Revolution at the National Museum of American Jewish History

NMAJHPhoto by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

From Jimi Hendrix to Santana to The Rolling Stones, Bill Graham worked with many of the greats of rock and roll and helped launched the careers of plenty of legends who gained their fame in the '60s. Through rock memorabilia, photographs, psychedelic art and more, the National Museum of American Jewish History dives deep into the life of this notable promoter and manager while also exploring the cultural transformations that took place during the '60s, '70s, and '80s in the world of rock and roll. The exhibition ends its run on Monday, January 16.

Bill Graham and the Rock and Roll Revolution at the National Museum of American Jewish History

When:Through January 16
Where:National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S.Independence Mall E.
Cost:$11-$12; free for children 12 and under & active military

www.nmajh.org

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

African American MuseumPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

The city is home to dozens of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day events including $2 admission to the African American Museum, pay-what-you-wish admission to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, special programming at the National Constitution Center and more. Click here for more ways to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Philly.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

When:Monday, January 16
Where:Various locations including the African American Museum, 701 Arch Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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