16+ Wonderful Things To Do In Philly This Week, January 23-29

Philadelphia Auto Show, Center City Restaurant Week, Chinese New Year events and more...

The coming days mark the first full week for Center City Restaurant Week, a favorite promotion that brings $20 three-course lunches and $35 three-course dinners to more than 100 eateries in Philly. Enjoy meal deals at spots like Zahav, Barbuzzo, Zama, Aldine and more.

On Saturday, the Philadelphia Auto Show returns with more than 700 cool cars, test drive events and more throughout a 700,000-square-foot space in the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

This weekend, the Chinese New Year kicks off with a number of special events throughout the city with the epicenter in Chinatown. Throughout the week, enjoy a Midnight Lion Dance performance in Chinatown, an after-long parade, a celebration at International House and more.

Check out our guide to this week in Philly.

Conversations at AAMP: I'm Judging You with "Awesomely" Luvvie Ajayi

African American MuseumPhoto by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

This week, Luvvie Ajayi, a popular blogger and new author, heads to the African American Museum for a discussion about her new book, I’m Judging You: The Do Better Manual. Every guest of the event will receive a copy of the book.

Conversations at AAMP: I'm Judging You with "Awesomely" Luvvie Ajayi

When:Monday, January 23, 7 p.m.
Where:The African American Museum, 701 Arch Street
Cost:$18-$25

www.aampmuseum.org

Grand Opening of Rooster Soup Co.

Photo by Michael Persico

The CookNSolo restaurant group (Zahav, Federal Donuts, Dizengoff) has teamed up with Philadelphia's Broad Street Ministry to turn Federal Donuts’ unused chicken backs and bones into soul-warming broths at Rooster Soup Co. The laid-back all-day luncheonette — serving sandwiches, salads, entrees, cocktails, wine and beer alongside its namesake soup — opens for lunch and dinner this Monday, with all profits benefiting Broad Street Hospitality Collaborative. Rooster Soup Co. is the first for-profit restaurant of its kind to donate 100% of its profits to a non-profit organization. Talk about a feel-good meal.

Grand Opening of Rooster Soup Co.

When:Opening Monday, January 23
Where:1526 Sansom Street

www.roostersoupcompany.com

Center City Restaurant Week

Center City Restaurant Week - High Street on MarketPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

It’s the first full week for Center City Restaurant Week, a promotion that brings $20 three-course lunches and $35 three-course dinner to more than 100 restaurants in the city. Throughout the week, feast on meals at spots like Garces Trading Company, El Vez, Barbuzzo, Mercato, Pumpkin BYOB and more.

Center City Restaurant Week

When:January 22-27 and January 29-February 3
Where:Various locations including High Street on Market, 308 Market Street
Cost:$20-$35

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Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

As winter continues in the City of Brotherly Love, so does the ever-popular Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest. Open daily, the site is home to ice skating, s'more roasting, games, food, craft beer, wine and 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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Budweiser x Boiler Room What's Brewing in Philadelphia

This Tuesday night, Budweiser x Boiler Room celebrates the Philly hip-hop scene with a free concert featuring DJ Jazzy Jeff and a number of the city's most popular hip-hop artists, including Cosmo Baker, Kur and more. While the show is free, those interested in attending must request an invite online.

Budweiser x Boiler Room What's Brewing in Philadelphia

When:Tuesday, January 24, 8 p.m.
Where:The Fillmore, 29 E. Allen Street
Cost:Free With RSVP

www.boilerroom.tv

Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park

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:January 23-29
Where:Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street
Cost:$13-$15

www.ccdparks.org

The Philadelphia Orchestra: The Paris Festival at the Kimmel Center

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

The Philadelphia Orchestra: The Paris Festival at the Kimmel Center

When:January 26-27
Where:Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:$35 and up

www.kimmelcenter.org

Hello! Sadness! at FringeArts

Photo courtesy FringeArts

This week, FringeArts opens Hello! Sadness!, a one-woman show that uses dark comedy to bring theater-goers on an adventure through time.

Hello! Sadness! at FringeArts

When:January 26-28
Where:FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:$15-$20

www.fringearts.com

The Bearded Ladies at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Bearded Ladies CabaretPhoto courtesy The Bearded Ladies

This Friday, January 27, the Bearded Ladies kick off a winter residency at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Color Me Barbara, Barbra Streisand’s television special that was filmed in the museum's galleries. The Bearded Ladies performance series at the museum continues on Wednesday and Friday nights from January 27 through February 10. This Friday's event consists of lots of live music (from Red 40 & The Last Groovement and Kate Nyx) and cabaret performances.

The Bearded Ladies at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

When:Wednesdays and Fridays, January 27-February 10
Where:Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:$20 for adults; $18 for seniors (65 & over); $14 for students with valid ID and youth 13–18; free for Children 12 & under and members

www.philamuseum.org

Lunar New Year Celebration at International House

Every year, the folks behind West Philly's International House host a Chinese New Year celebration that features an authentic Chinese meal and a show in International House’s Ibrahim Theater. This year, celebrate the Year of the Rooster with a show featuring traditional Chinese dance performances as well as martial arts demonstrations. Also included: a pre-show feast.

Lunar New Year Celebration at International House

When:Friday, January 27, 7 p.m.
Where:International House , 3701 Chestnut Street
Cost:$5-$15

www.ihousephilly.org

Philadelphia Suns Midnight Lion Dance Performance

Chinese New YearPhoto by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

Chinatown recognizes the start of the Year of the Rooster with a Chinese New Year's Eve party full of fireworks, a midnight parade and the Philadelphia Suns performing Lion Dances in the streets to usher in the new year.

Philadelphia Suns Midnight Lion Dance Performance

When:Friday, January 27, 11:30 p.m.
Where:10th and Race Street
Cost:Free

www.chinatown-pcdc.org

Pho Friday at Front and Palmer

With cold weather in the forecast for the next few months, it’s the perfect time to learn how to make a soul-nurturing soup. Feast Your Eyes catering presents a pho cooking demonstration and dinner at Front and Palmer this Friday. Guests will learn how to make three different kinds of pho — aromatic beef, pork belly and mushroom tamarind. Tickets are $68 for the class and dinner, and $30 for just dinner.

Pho Friday at Front and Palmer

When:Friday, January 27, 6-10 p.m.
Where:Front & Palmer, 1750 N. Front Street
Cost:$30 for dinner; $68 for the demonstration and dinner

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Lunar New Year at the Independence Seaport Museum

A day of fun activities exploring the New Year customs of Asian cultures starts in the late morning at the Independence Seaport Museum. Things to do include playing a traditional Korean board game, making Chinese lanterns, building a Japanese Luck Cat, designing a Vietnamese dragon mask and calligraphy.

Lunar New Year at the Independence Seaport Museum

When:Saturday, January 28, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where:Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:$16 for adults, $12 for children, free for members

www.phillyseaport.org

Philadelphia Auto Show

Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Explore the automotive industry’s newest creations at the Pennsylvania Convention Center during the 2017 Philadelphia Auto Show. Navigate the 700,000-square-foot display floor to check out more than 700 concept, classic, luxury and exotic cars on display or hop in the driver's seat and go for a ride in vehicles from Jeep, BMW, Mazda and more.

Philadelphia Auto Show

When:January 28-February 5
Where:Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street
Cost:$14 general admission; $7 for children 7-12; children 6 & under free with ticketed adult; $11 for active military with ID; seniors age 62+ for $7

www.phillyautoshow.com

XFINITY Live! Winterfest Live

Photo courtesy Xfinity Live

Update: This festival is sold out. Winter beers are the theme of the weekend at XFINITY Live! as it presents its annual Winterfest Live festival. From 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, the South Philly sports bar welcomes brewers to pour more than 150 craft beer samples from more than 75 breweries. Beyond beer, guests can enjoy live music, food, games and more. Tickets are required for entry.

XFINITY Live! Winterfest Live

When:Saturday, January 28, 3-7 p.m.
Where:XFINITY Live!, 1100 Pattison Avenue
Cost:$20-$45 Sold out

www.xfinitylive.com

Art Star CRAP Bazaar

Nope, that isn’t a typo: the Art Star CRAP Bazaar hits the Northern Liberties shop this weekend with not-so-perfect (but still endearing) goods from some of the city’s makers. Browse clothing, jewelry, pottery, accessories and more. Plus, 25 percent of proceeds benefit the American Civil Liberties Union.

Art Star CRAP Bazaar

When:January 28-29
Where:623 N. 2nd Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.artstarphilly.com

The Philadelphia Suns Lion Dance Parade

This Sunday, a parade led by the Philadelphia Suns kicks off at 11 a.m. at 10th and Spring streets. Winding throughout the Chinatown neighborhood, the daytime celebration includes martial arts demonstrations and lots of firecrackers to keep things lively.

The Philadelphia Suns Lion Dance Parade

When:Sunday, January 29, 11 a.m.
Where:10th and Spring Street
Cost:Free

www.chinatown-pcdc.org

Sour Bowl III

BruPhoto courtesy Bru Craft and Wurst

Fans of sour beer, take note. This Sunday, Bru Craft and Wurst, U-Bahn and Cinder team up for Sour Bowl III, an annual festival that brings some of the world’s finest sour beers and ciders to taps across Center City. The events start at 11 a.m. at Bru with a sour beer draft tapping. After Bru, Cinder continues the booze-fueled fun with its first-ever Cider Bowl starting at 2 p.m. At 4 p.m., U-Bahn taps its first stouts.

Sour Bowl III

When:Sunday, January 29
Where:Brü Craft & Wurst, 1316 Chestnut Street; Cinder, 1500 Locust Street; U-Bahn, 1320 Chestnut Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Hotel Monaco Philadelphia’s Resolution Rx

Those looking to keep up any fitness-related New Year’s resolutions should purchase tickets to the Hotel Monaco’s annual Resolution Rx, a day of fitness classes, healthy snacks, mini massages and more. Starting at 10 a.m., guests can take part in 45-minute fitness classes led by instructors from Three Queens Yoga, Allongee, Philly Dance Fitness and more. Tickets are $5 and pre-registration is required for entry to each class. All proceeds benefit Back on my Feet, a nationwide initiative to combat homelessness.

Hotel Monaco Philadelphia’s Resolution Rx

When:Sunday, January 29, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where:Hotel Monaco , 433 Chestnut Street
Cost:$5

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