Weekend Picks: Philadelphia Flower Show Kicks Off, First Friday, Philly Chili Bowl, Barrels On The Brandywine, Last Call At The RiverRink And More

The 2012 Philadelphia International Flower Show kicks off this Sunday, March 4, packed with more than 10 acres of floral displays, a real 25-foot waterfall, a CGI wave wall a Hawaiian restaurant amidst the gardens and more. (Concept rendering courtesy GMR Design. Artist: William Lance)

Befitting the first weekend in March (and the weather to match), the 2012 Philadelphia Flower Show is finally here! The show opens its doors at the Convention Center this Sunday. Luckily, from now until then, there’s plenty else to keep you busy.

Check out our top picks for this weekend, below:

Friday, March 2

First Friday in Manayunk, Old City, Doylestown, Kennett Square and Frankford Avenue and Chestnut Hill

The Sixers’ Wilt Chamberlain Night

The Philadelphia Orchestra and Pepe Romero Celebrate the Music of Spain (Fri, Sat)

Bell’s Tap Takeover at City Tap House

Penn vs. Brown at The Palestra

Next Level Dance Party featuring Questlove at the African American Museum

Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

“Pen to Publisher: The Life of Three Sendak Picture Books” at The Rosenbach Museum & Library (Fri, Sat, Sun)

First Friday at the Arden

The Philadelphia Poetry Slam and Jive Poetic at the Media Bureau

“Fantasme: Saira McLaren and Michelle Oosterbaan” at the Grizzly Grizzly Gallery

Glenlivet Scotch Dinner at Fountain Restaurant

FX star Adam Ferrara at Helium (Fri, Sat)

FiberPhiladelphia Arts Festival (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Saturday, March 3

Barrels on the Brandywine (Sat, Sun)

Lemon Hill brunch

Medium Rare Cinema’s Screening of Burn! at the Broad Street Ministry

16th Annual Israeli Film Festival

Philadelphia Flower Show-Inspired Food, Drinks And Art Around The City

Le Bec-Fin’s Last Night

KidsInCenterCity.com Saturday Playdate with Sprout: The Super Why Celebration

Penn vs. Yale at The Palestra

Henry Ossawa Tanner: Modern Spirit at PAFA (Fri, Sat, Sun)

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Zoe Strauss: Ten Years at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Orchid Extravaganza at Longwood Gardens (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Design Zone at Franklin Institute (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen at the National Constitution Center (Fri, Sat, Sun)

“Live from the Plaza Stage” Series at the Kimmel Center

3rd Annual Philly Chili Bowl

Sunday, March 4

The 2012 Philadelphia Flower Show Kicks Off

National Liberty Museum’s “Liberty In Bloom”

Iron Chef America: Forgione Brothers vs. Campanaro Brothers

Chestnut Hill Restaurant Month

Artist Talk: Zoe Strauss On Bruce Springsteen

Blue Cross RiverRink at Penn’s Landing Closes

Theatre Exile’s Knives In Hens (Fri, Sat, Sun) Closing Day!

Time Stands Still at Act II Playhouse (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Van Gogh Up Close at The Philadelphia Museum Of Art (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Intelligent Design at the Michener Art Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Force of Nature at Woodmere Art Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Clybourne Park at the Arden Theatre (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap at the Walnut Street Theatre (Fri, Sat, Sun) — Closing Day!

Giant Mysterious Dinosaurs at the Franklin Institute (Fri, Sat, Sun)


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