20+ Excellent Things To Do In Philly This Week, February 13-20

Valentine's Day events, final days for Unbounded Histories at the Barnes Foundation, Presidents' Day happenings and more...

Feel the love in the air?

Valentine’s Day returns this Tuesday with couples skating events, special dinners, performances and more. Click here for our full guide to Valentine’s Day in Philadelphia.

In addition to romance, the highly anticipated Philadelphia Distilling Fishtown opens its doors to the public this weekend with tastings, fine cocktails, tasty food and more. The distillery is best known for its Bluecoat Gin, which is a hit among gin fans locally and across the country.

We’re extending this week’s edition of Picks of the Week through Monday, February 20 (Presidents’ Day!) for day-off planning. There are plenty of special events happening across the city in celebration of the holiday — think free museum admission, special exhibits and more.

Check out our guide to this week in Philly.

Black History Month

National Constitution CenterPhoto by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

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 National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street
Cost:Various prices

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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, 2017
Where:Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Pay as you go

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Free Admission to the National Museum of American Jewish History

nmajh_g-widman-08-1280uwPhoto By G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

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 — every day this month, 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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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:$5 for adults, $3 for children 10 and under; $10 skate rental

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Last Chance: Unbounded Histories at the Barnes Foundation

On Sunday, February 19, the Barnes Foundation closes its first-ever sound installation, Unbounded Histories. Museum guests are invited to immerse themselves in the sound installation that pairs several dozen original poems written by Andrea Hornick, a local artist, with specific works throughout the Barnes Foundation. The poems, which Hornick says were created by tapping into her inner psyche, encourage the viewer to consider works in a new way — perhaps as portals to the unconscious.

Last Chance: Unbounded Histories at the Barnes Foundation

When:Through February 19
Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:$25 for adults; $23 for seniors; $10 for youth 6-18; free for youth 5 and under

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Skate.Pride.Love at Dilworth Park

The day after its Sweetheart Skate, the ice rink at Dilworth Park continues its Valentine’s Day celebrations with an LGBT skate night featuring ice skating, a rainbow-themed cocktail inside of Rothman Cabin, dance-worthy tunes from a DJ and more.

Skate.Pride.Love at Dilworth Park

When:Monday, February 13, 6-10 p.m.
Where:Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street
Cost:$20 admission and skate rental; $10 admission only

www.ccdparks.org

Valentine’s Day in Philadelphia

Blue Cross RiverRink WinterfestPhoto courtesy DRWC

Valentine's Day arrives in Philadelphia with special dinners, ice skating events, performances and more. Click here for our full guide to Valentine's Day — and romance — in Philadelphia.

Valentine’s Day in Philadelphia

When:Tuesday, February 14
Where:Various locations including Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Various prices

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Pegsicle at La Peg at FringeArts

After some weird weather last week that saw both 60-degree weather and snow, the pop-up ice bar is back at La Peg at FringeArts for a few more days of cold-weather drinks, games and hanging out. The bar is expected to be open until Tuesday, February 14, but will close down sooner if the ice melts.

Pegsicle at La Peg at FringeArts

When:Through Tuesday, February 14 (or until the ice melts)
Where:La Peg at FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Pay as you go

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Sweetheart Skate at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Sweetheart SkatePhoto by Matt Stanley for DRWC

From ice skating hand-in-hand with your significant other to chocolate, flowers, cocktails and music, the annual Sweetheart Skate at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is the perfect way to soak up some V-Day feels. Guests of the waterfront ice rink can skate during one of two sessions — from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. or 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Sweetheart Skate at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

When:Tuesday, February 14, 7-8:30 p.m. & 9-10:30 p.m.
Where:Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:$25

www.delawareriverwaterfront.com

Anti-Valentine’s Day Story Slam

For the seventh year, First Person Arts presents Ex-Files Story Slam, its highly anticipated anti-Valentine's Day event. Scorned lovers will take to the stage to share their personal stories of breakups and makeups in front of a live audience.

Anti-Valentine’s Day Story Slam

When:Tuesday, February 14, 7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
Where:Punch Line Philly, 33 E. Laurel Street
Cost:$14

www.punchlinephilly.com

Last Chance for Love at Dilworth Park

LOVE StatuePhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

After a successful run at Dilworth Park, the iconic LOVE sculpture leaves Dilworth Park this Wednesday, February 15 in order to get restored to be placed back at its original home at LOVE Park. On Tuesday, February 14, Center City District and 101.1 More FM team up to bid farewell to the artwork with free roses for the first 200 guests, giveaways, a soundtrack of love songs and more. The goodbye party runs from noon to 2 p.m.

Last Chance for Love at Dilworth Park

When:Tuesday, February 14, noon-2 p.m.
Where:Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street
Cost:Free

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Sittin’ In: Live Sessions at The Kimmel Center

Kimmel CenterPhoto by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

A free event fills the stage at the Kimmel Center as the recurring Sittin' In jam session hits the theater. During this special edition of the event, guests can groove to Big Band tunes and hear from music experts as they speak about the history of the jam session in African-American culture.

Sittin’ In: Live Sessions at The Kimmel Center

When:Wednesday, February 15, 8 p.m.
Where:Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:Free

www.kimmelcenter.org

Parc Pastry Dinner

Folks with a sweet tooth, take note. This Thursday, Parc Restaurant presents its second-annual Pastry Dinner, which comes complete with four courses of different desserts. On the menu? Poached pear sabayon, coconut whipped ganache tart, chocolate and peanut butter mousse and salted caramel brûlée. The dinner costs $45 per person plus tax and gratuity. An optional drink pairing is available for $50.

Parc Pastry Dinner

When:Thursday, February 16, 7:30 p.m.
Where:Parc, 227 S. 18th Street
Cost:$45; optional beverage pairing $50

www.parc-restaurant.com

BalletX Winter Series 2017

BalletXPhoto courtesy BalletX

The talented modern ballet group BalletX takes the stage at the Wilma Theater for its Winter Series performance this week. Watch the troupe perform an impressive work by choreographer Jo Strømgren, whose work has been seen before by Fringe Festival guests.

BalletX Winter Series 2017

When:Select dates through February 19
Where:The Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad Street
Cost:$25 and up

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Mummers Mardi Gras Parade

Mummers Mardi GrasPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Seventeen Mummers musical ensembles are set to parade down Main Street in Manayunk on February 18. Afterwards, revelers will gather for a fun-filled fair complete with activities like face painting and photo booths.

Mummers Mardi Gras Parade

When:Saturday, February 18, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where:Along Main Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.mummersmardigras.com

Black History Month Celebration at Reading Terminal Market

Philadelphia's popular Reading Terminal Market honors Black History Month with a day-long event featuring cooking demonstrations, live performances and discussions. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is completely free to attend.

Black History Month Celebration at Reading Terminal Market

When:Saturday, February 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where:Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.readingterminalmarket.org

Quizzo Bowl XIII: The British Invasion at World Cafe Live

This Saturday, Quizzo Bowl returns for its 13th year of challenging questions, cold beer and musical entertainment. Hosted by popular local quizzo personality Johnny Goodtimes, the event features questions of all sort and live music by a Beatles cover band. Tickets are $30 per person and $200 for a table of eight.

Quizzo Bowl XIII: The British Invasion at World Cafe Live

When:Saturday, February 18, 8 p.m.
Where:World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street
Cost:$30 per person

www.philly.worldcafelive.com

Presidents' Day Weekend in Philadelphia

National Constitution CenterPhoto by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

There are few places more apt to spend Presidents' Day weekend (February 18-20) than Philadelphia, a city intimately linked with our Founding Fathers and many of our country's presidents. Attractions like the National Constitution Center, National Museum of American Jewish History and the Benjamin Franklin Museum host special programs to mark the holiday in the City of Brothelry Love.

Presidents' Day Weekend in Philadelphia

When:February 18-20
Where:Various Locations Including the National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street
Cost:Various prices

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Mardi Gras Parade on South Street

The Wild Bohemians' Mardi Gras parade returns to South Street this Sunday with colorful costumes, live music and an epic celebration of Mardi Gras. The parade/bar crawl starts at NOLA-themed bar Fat Tuesday’s and continues to Downey’s, PaddyWhacks, O’Neals and more.

Mardi Gras Parade on South Street

When:Sunday, February 19, 1-6 p.m.
Where:South Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Opera Philadelphia Presents Tancredi

Rossini’s music provides the soundtrack for Opera Philadelphia's performance of Tancredi, a love story about exiled soldier Tancredi and the beautiful Amenaide, daughter of the powerful Argirio.

Opera Philadelphia Presents Tancredi

When:Select Dates, February 10-19
Where:Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost:$19 and up

www.operaphila.org

Grand Opening of Philadelphia Distilling Fishtown

Get excited. This weekend, the brand-new Philadelphia Distilling Fishtown debuts with a tasting room, event space, restaurant, a liquor store and a full-blown distillery where all of your favorite sips (Bluecoat Gin and more) will be made. Stop by to tour the space (and drink the drinks!) this weekend at its two-day grand opening party, which runs from 1 to 9:30 p.m. on both Sunday and Monday.

Grand Opening of Philadelphia Distilling Fishtown

When:February 19-20
Where:Philadelphia Distilling, 25 E. Allen Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.philadelphiadistilling.com

Free Admission to the National Constitution Center

national-constitution-center-j.smith-1280UWPhoto by J. Smith for Visit Philadelphia

In celebration of Presidents' Day, the National Constitution Center offers free admission on Monday, February 20. Stop by the Historic District museum to check out its hands-on activities, interactive exhibits and more.

Free Admission to the National Constitution Center

When:Monday, February 20
Where:National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street
Cost:Free

www.constitutioncenter.org

Free Admission to the Benjamin Franklin Museum

Benjamin Franklin MuseumPhoto by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Benjamin Franklin’s namesake museum invites guests in for a free Presidents' Day celebration as it offers free general admission on Monday, February 20.

Free Admission to the Benjamin Franklin Museum

When:Monday, February 20
Where:Benjamin Franklin Museum, 317 Chestnut Street
Cost:Free

www.nps.gov

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