20+ Awesome Things To Do In Philly This Week, January 30-February 5

Center City Restaurant Week, free museum admission, a pop-up ice bar and more...

The start of a new month (can you believe February is already here?!) brings with it special museum events, cool festivals and so much more in the City of Brotherly Love.

This week marks the final days for Center City Restaurant Week, so be sure to head out for deals at restaurants like Zahav, Barbuzzo, Amis, El Vez and more before the foodie promotion ends its winter run.

Also this week, a number of the city’s great museums offer up free admission on certain days, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Barnes Foundation, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the National Museum of American Jewish History.

Read on for our guide to this week in Philly.

Philadelphia Auto Show

Philadelphia Auto ShowPhoto by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

The Pennsylvania Convention Center transforms into a car lover’s dream during the Philadelphia Auto Show, when more than 200,000 attendees take in 700 pre-production, hot-production, classic and green vehicles from a range of manufacturers. Attendees will have the chance to test drive models from Mazda, BMW, Kia, Toyota and more.

Philadelphia Auto Show

When:Through 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

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Center City Restaurant Week

Center City Restaurant WeekPhoto by C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia

This week marks the final days for Center City Restaurant Week, one of the city's most popular foodie events. Through February 3, eat your way through Philadelphia’s stellar dining scene at an affordable price, which includes three-course dinners for $35 and three-course lunches for $20 at more than 130(!) popular eateries.

Center City Restaurant Week

When:Through February 3
Where:Various locations including Alma de Cuba, 1623 Walnut Street
Cost:$20 for lunch, $35 for dinner

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Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

With ice skating, s’more roasting, tasty snacks, craft beer and plenty of games, it’s no wonder that Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is one of the most popular wintertime attractions in the city. The waterfront spot is open daily through March 5.

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

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

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Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park

Through February 26, Dilworth Park welcomes winter revelers for ice skating, exploration throughout its winter garden maze and delicious food and drinks inside of the Rothman Cabin.

Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park

When:Through February 26
Where:Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street
Cost:$13-$15

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Taste of the Nation

An annual foodie event, Taste of the Nation, returns to Philadelphia this Monday night with samples of food and drink from top-notch bars and restaurants. Throughout the evening, enjoy food and drink from spots like Alla Spina, Lolita, the Blue Duck, Loco Pez, Yards Brewing Company, Good King Tavern, Capogiro, Lou Bird’s and more. The feel-good event helps combat childhood hunger.

Taste of the Nation

When:Monday, January 30; VIP, 5:30 p.m., general admission, 6:30 p.m.
Where:23rd Street Armory, 22 S. 23rd Street
Cost:$75 for general admission, $125 for VIP

www.nokidhungry.org

Chinese New Year Dinner at Bing Bing Dim Sum

Bing Bing Dim SumPhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Four courses of inspired Chinese fare fill the menu at Bing Bing Dim Sum for its sure-to-be-delicious Chinese New Year dinner. For $39.99 per person, enjoy shrimp and truffle soup dumplings, hand-cut egg noodles, lacquered duck and mandarin semifreddo.

Chinese New Year Dinner at Bing Bing Dim Sum

When:Monday, January 30, 5-10 p.m.
Where:Bing Bing Dim Sum, 1648 East Passyunk Avenue
Cost:$39.99 plus drinks, tax and gratuity

www.bingbingdimsum.com

Uncorked: Wine Tasting at The Market & Shops at Comcast Center

Fans of free wine and cheese (so, everyone) should make plans to visit the Market and Shops at the Comcast Center for a free wine and cheese tasting this Tuesday night. Guests will enjoy sips from Liberte Lounge at the Sofitel in addition to wines from Vinedrea Wines and Pinot Boutique. As for cheese, DiBruno Bros. will have bites ready for all of your pairing needs.

Uncorked: Wine Tasting at The Market & Shops at Comcast Center

When:Tuesday, January 31, 5-7 p.m.
Where:The Market and Shops at Comcast Center, 1701 JFK Boulevard
Cost:Free

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Black History Month

The Penn MuseumPhoto courtesy the Penn Museum

Throughout February, the National Constitution Center, the Annenberg Center, Independence National Historical Park and more offer special programming to celebrate Black History Month. Click here for our complete guide to events like live dance performances, arts workshops, film screenings and more.

Black History Month

When:February 1-28
Where:Various locations including Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Cost:Various prices

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Roots At 40: Screening & Discussion at AAMP

African American MuseumPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

This Wednesday night, the African American Museum hosts a discussion and screening of the first episode of the reimagined Roots series, a remake of the 1977 show of the same name. After the screening, guests can stick around for a discussion with some of the members of the creative team from the Roots revamp.

Roots At 40: Screening & Discussion at AAMP

When:Wednesday, February 1, 5:30 p.m.
Where:The African American Museum, 701 Arch Street
Cost:Free with RSVP

www.aampmuseum.org

Free Admission to the National Museum of American Jewish History

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Throughout the month of February, the National Museum of American Jewish History offers up free admission to its collections thanks to generous support from the Parkway Corporation. That's right: Starting this Wednesday, museum guests can explore the museum for no cost at all.

Free Admission to the National Museum of American Jewish History

When:February 1-28
Where:National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall E.
Cost:Free

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Pegsicle at FringeArts

FringeArtsPhoto courtesy FringeArts

Starting this Wednesday, a pop-up ice bar fills the beer garden space at La Peg at FringeArts. Guests of the Historic District bar/restaurant can check out Pegsicle, a winter-only bar that will remain up through February 13 (or until the ice melts). The pop-up promises an ice bar (handmade by chef Peter Woolsey of La Peg), an ice shot luge and plenty of hot and cold cocktails — and beer and wine — to boot.

Pegsicle at FringeArts

When:February 1-13
Where:FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Pay as you go

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Build The Rail Happy Hour at the Trestle Inn

This past fall, the city broke ground on Phase 1 of the highly anticipated Rail Park, an elevated park in the Callowhill neighborhood. To help raise funds for this exciting development, the Trestle Inn hosts a deal-fueled happy hour this Wednesday night with a special cocktail and other happy hour deals. Twenty percent of the proceeds will benefit Phase 1 of the Rail Park.

Build The Rail Happy Hour at the Trestle Inn

When:Wednesday, February 1, 5-8 p.m.
Where:The Trestle Inn, 339 N. 11th Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Opening Reception: Church of Broken Pieces & Harlem, USA at AAMP

Why not kick off Black History Month with a visit to the African American Museum? On Thursday, February 2, the museum opens its latest exhibitions; Shawn Theodore: Church of Broken Pieces and Dawoud Bey: Harlem, USA; with a free opening reception complete with wine, light bites and the chance to be one of the first to view these fascinating exhibits.

Opening Reception: Church of Broken Pieces & Harlem, USA at AAMP

When:Thursday, February 2, 6:30-9 p.m.
Where:The African American Museum, 701 Arch Street
Cost:Free with RSVP

www.aampmuseum.org

Radio 104.5 Fireside Sessions at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Check out a free concert at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest this Thursday night as the waterfront attraction welcomes Jutaun, a local band that fuses soul, folk, reggae and rock music. The concert will take place in the Lodge, which will be full of food and drink options.

Radio 104.5 Fireside Sessions at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

When:Thursday, February 2, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Where:Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

www.delawareriverwaterfront.com

Jay Pharoah at Punch Line Philly

It’s Barack, it’s Denzel, it’s Kanye — no, it’s just Jay Pharoah! The master impressionist and current star of Saturday Night Live brings his antics to the stage at Punch Line Philly this week.

Jay Pharoah at Punch Line Philly

When:February 2-4
Where:Punch Line Philly, 33 E. Laurel Street
Cost:$25

www.lnphilly.com

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

This weekend, the renowned Alvin Ailey Dance Theater takes the stage at the Merriam Theater for three performances of impressive modern dance. Be sure to scoop up tickets soon for this highly anticipated performance.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

When:February 3-4
Where:Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad Street,
Cost:$80 and up

www.kimmelcenter.org

Philly Pops Presents Sgt. Pepper's 50th Anniversary

The Philly POPS celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album with a special concert featuring favorite songs like Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds, With a Little Help From My Friends and When I’m 64. The concert runs for three days, from February 3 through 5, and also features other popular songs from the group.

Philly Pops Presents Sgt. Pepper's 50th Anniversary

When:February 3-5
Where:Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:$45 and up

www.phillypops.com

Exhibition Opening: Frogs: A Chorus of Colors at the Academy of Natural Sciences

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Hop into a frog's world in the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University's newest exhibition Frogs: A Chorus of Colors. Find live frogs of every hoppable hue, listen to their colorful chorus and admire the many ways they swim, glide and jump around. An interactive exhibition, the display is perfect for those of all ages.

Exhibition Opening: Frogs: A Chorus of Colors at the Academy of Natural Sciences

When:February 4-May 14
Where:The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:$5 non members; $3 and individual and family members; free for Family Plus members and above

www.ansp.org

Chinese New Year Celebration at Reading Terminal Market

Reading Terminal Market teams up with the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation for a festive celebration featuring demonstrations, performances and food that honors Chinese culture.

Chinese New Year Celebration at Reading Terminal Market

When:Saturday, February 4, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where:Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.readingterminalmarket.org

Free First Sunday at the Barnes Foundation

The Barnes Foundation offers free admission to all on the first Sunday of the month, including this Sunday, February 5. All day long, browse the galleries while enjoying performances and hands-on activities.

Free First Sunday at the Barnes Foundation

When:Sunday, February 5
Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free

www.barnesfoundation.org

Pay-What-You-Wish First Sunday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Philadelphia Museum of Art celebrates the start of a new month with pay-what-you-wish admission to its impressive collections.

Pay-What-You-Wish First Sunday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

When:Sunday, February 5
Where:Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Pay what you wish

www.philamuseum.org

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