14+ Excellent Things To Do In Philly This Week, March 13-19

Philadelphia Flower Show, Philly Wine Week, free admission to PAFA and more...

The city is full of fun events this week as we approach the last full week of winter(!).

At the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the Philadelphia Flower Show continues with beautiful blooms, Dutch-inspired design and special events all week long. This year’s impressive show wraps for the season on Sunday.

Also this week, Philly Wine Week kicks off. The annual wine event is a favorite for local vinos and includes tastings, parties, wine-fueled dinners and more at restaurants and attractions throughout the city.

Read on for our guide to this week in Philly.

Philadelphia Flower Show

The annual Philadelphia Flower Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center is the oldest and largest indoor show of its kind, drawing more than 250,000 people in 2016. It features top-of-the-line horticulture and landscape design, entertainment and more than 100 vendors. For 2017, the show focuses on Holland, exploring the country's eco-design, modern greening, traditional windmills, wooden shoes and tulips. The show continues through Sunday.

Philadelphia Flower Show

When:Through March 19
Where:Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street
Cost:Online tickets, $28, adults ($31 March 11-19); $20, students; $15, children; Box office tickets, $35, adults; $22, students; $17, children; Free for children under 2

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Last Chance: The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now at the Institute of Contemporary Art

This Sunday marks the final day for The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now, the marquee exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA). The exhibition takes a look at the jazz and experimental music era of the late 1960s and its continuing influence on art and culture today. The vibrant show also focuses on African-American culture and aesthetics by exploring the avant-garde and creative culture of the time. Be sure to check out this interesting exhibition before it's too late — plus, admission to the ICA is always free!

Last Chance: The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now at the Institute of Contemporary Art

When:Through March 19
Where:Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S. 36th Street
Cost:Free

www.icaphila.org

Le Corsaire at the Academy of Music

Le CorsairePhoto by Arian Molina Soca

Continuing this week, Pennsylvania Ballet artistic director Angel Corella choreographs Le Corsaire, a lavish tale of pirates, freedom and true love at the Academy of Music.

Le Corsaire at the Academy of Music

When:Select dates through March 19
Where:Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost:$35 and up

www.paballet.org

QFlix Film Festival

The annual qFlix festival celebrates all genres of film that pertain to or were created by members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. This year's venues are clustered along and near the Avenue of the Arts: Kimmel Center, Prince Music Theater and University of the Arts.

QFlix Film Festival

When:March 14-19
Where:Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street
Cost:$13 and up

www.qflixphilly.com

Science After Hours: Cosmos at The Franklin Institute

Due to inclement weather, this event will take place next Tuesday, March 21. The Franklin Institute's recurring after-hours series returns this Tuesday night with special events that relate to the theme of cosmos. Guests can learn about stars, nebulae and galaxies through hands-on activities, demonstrations and more while exploring the exhibitions in the museum and enjoying light bites and drinks for purchase.

Science After Hours: Cosmos at The Franklin Institute

When:Tuesday, March 14, 7-10 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, 7-10 p.m.
Where:The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street
Cost:$20 general admission, $15 for members

www.fi.edu

The Importance of Being Earnest at Walnut Street Theatre

This week, a classic comedy opens on the stage at the Walnut Street Theatre. Be sure to scoop up tickets to The Importance of Being Earnest, an Oscar Wilde classic.

The Importance of Being Earnest at Walnut Street Theatre

When:March 14-April 30
Where:Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut Street
Cost:$20-$85

www.walnutstreettheatre.org

Community Night at The Franklin Institute

Franklin InstitutePhoto by R. Kennedy for the Franklin Institute

On select Wednesday nights throughout the year, including this Wednesday, The Franklin Institute offers free admission to all. Guests receive free access to special programs, exhibitions and hands-on activities. Admission is first-come, first-served.

Community Night at The Franklin Institute

When:Wednesday, March 15, 5-8 p.m.
Where:The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street
Cost:Free

www.fi.edu

Women's Film Festival

The popular Women's Film Festival returns to a number of major arts institutions this month to celebrate the work of women in the film industry. This year's festival runs from March 16 to 19 at both the Kimmel Center and the Prince Theater. For more ways to celebrate Women's History Month in Philly, click here.

Women's Film Festival

When:March 16-19
Where:Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:$10 for general admission, $8 for students & children under 8, $5 for short programs

www.thewomensfilmfestival.org

Grand Opening of 1917: How One Year Changed the World at National Museum of American Jewish History

NMAJHPhoto by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Travel back 100 years to when the world underwent major political and cultural changes that still impact us today. 1917: How One Year Changed the World at the National Museum of American Jewish History includes artifacts like an original draft of the Balfour Declaration, Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis' judicial robes and more.

Grand Opening of 1917: How One Year Changed the World at National Museum of American Jewish History

When:March 17-July 16
Where:National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall E.
Cost:$12 adults, $11 for seniors (65 & up) and youth (13-21 or college ID), free for active military and children 12 & under

www.nmajh.org

UPPN After Work Mixer: Spring Series with Visit Philly

ICAPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Starting this week, Visit Philly teams up with the Urban Philly Professional Network (UPPN) for a series of after-work happy hours at museums across town. The series kicks off with happy hour at the Institute of Contemporary Art this Friday night with drinks, the chance to mix and mingle with local professionals and the opportunity to explore this impressive museum.

UPPN After Work Mixer: Spring Series with Visit Philly

When:Friday, March 17, 6-9 p.m.
Where:Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S. 36th Street
Cost:Free with RSVP, $10 without RSVP

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Raiders of the Lost Ark with the Philadelphia Orchestra Screening and Concert at the Kimmel Center

This weekend, the Philadelphia Orchestra performs John Williams’ impressive score for Raiders of the Lost Ark as the film plays on the silver screen in Verizon Hall.

Raiders of the Lost Ark with the Philadelphia Orchestra Screening and Concert at the Kimmel Center

When:March 17-19
Where:Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:$40 and up

www.kimmelcenter.org

Grand Opening of Charles Sheeler: Fashion, Photography, and Sculptural Form at Michener Art Museum

Michener Art MuseumPhoto by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia

Recognized as one of the founding figures of American modernism for his pioneering work as a painter and a photographer, Charles Sheeler takes center stage at the Michener Art Museum. On display is a body of work from Sheeler's robust career, analyzing the fashion-focused photography that he produced for Condé Nast between 1926 and 1931. Critics have dismissed this set of imagery as purely commercial, but the exhibition seeks to prove that Sheeler's work was actually crucial to his artistic development.

Grand Opening of Charles Sheeler: Fashion, Photography, and Sculptural Form at Michener Art Museum

When:March 18-July 9
Where:James A. Michener Art Museum, 138 S.Pine Street, Doylestown
Cost:$18 adults, $17 seniors, $16 college student with valid ID, $8 youth (6-18), free for youth 5 and under

www.michenermuseum.org

Philly Wine Week

Wine WeekPhoto by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Philly Wine Week returns for its fourth year of wine-centric events at bars and restaurants throughout Philadelphia this week. The eight-day celebration features events and specials at more than 50 venues throughout the city, all designed to highlight wine as an approachable and fun beverage option.

Philly Wine Week

When:March 19-26
Where:Various locations including Barbuzzo, 110 S. 13th Street
Cost:Various prices

www.phillywineweek.org

Free Admission to PAFA

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine ArtsPhoto by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia

In celebration of it impressive World War I and American Art exhibiton, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts offers free admission on Sundays through April 9. Stop by this weekend to view the special exhibition in addition to the permanent galleries.

Free Admission to PAFA

When:Sunday, March 19
Where:Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), 118-128 N. Broad Street
Cost:Free

www.pafa.org

Philly Wine Week Pick: Opening Corks

Philly Wine Week kicks off with a special tasting event at the Academy of Natural Sciences this year. Guests of this Sunday night soirée can enjoy samples of more than 100 fine wines in addition to light bites from the Good King Tavern, Tria, Di Bruno Bros., American Sardine Bar and a number of local cheeses.

Philly Wine Week Pick: Opening Corks

When:Sunday, March 19, 6-9 p.m.
Where:The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:$65

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