Weekend Picks: Chinese New Year Celebrations Around Town, Super Bowl Sunday, Free Admission To The Barnes And PAFA, Pay-What-You-Wish Sunday At The Art Museum And More

With Super Bowl parties, Chinese New Year celebrations and first Sunday museum discounts, it's a weekend to grab your friends and head out, plus the weather is flirting with 50 degrees which is all the more reason to celebrate. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

With Chinese New Year celebrations, Super Bowl parties, the final day of Center City Restaurant Week (today!) and first Sunday museum discounts, this weekend is chock full of things to do.

Today marks the Chinese New Year, so celebrate the Year of the Horse with special dinners, museum events and a parade in Chinatown throughout the course of the weekend.

On Sunday, tons of bars and restaurants are dishing out Super Bowl specials — a wing cook-off, take-out specials, beer battles and plenty of parties complete with all of your game day favorites — so you’ll be well-fed while watching Super Bowl XLVIII.

On the first Sunday of every month, The Barnes Foundation offers guests free admission while The Philadelphia Museum of Art provides guests with pay-what-you-wish admission all day long. In addition to The Barnes and PMA, The Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts continues its free admission Sunday this weekend. How’s that for an art-full weekend?

Plus, the weather forecast for this weekend is a serious breath of fresh air. Saturday is slated to be 45 degrees and Sunday is expected to hit 50. Enjoy the mild temps with an ice skating session at the RiverRink followed by some craft beer at The Lodge.

Our picks for this weekend, below.

Friday, January 31

Top Pick: Center City District Restaurant Week — Closing Day!

Top Pick: Art After 5 at The Philadelphia Museum of Art

Top Pick: Late-Night fried chicken and biscuits at The Fat Ham (Fri, Sat)

How about a soul-warming bowl of pho? Our Picks for Ramen

Bus Stop Boutique’s Annual Winter Warehouse Sale (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Ladysmith Black Mambazo at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Renegade Theatre Company presents Grimm’s Juniper Tree (Fri, Sat, Sun) — Opening Day!

Opening Reception for Shop on the Square Craft and Design Sale

Arcadia Boutique Annual Winter Warehouse Sale (Fri, Sat, Sun)

MileyBall at Voyeur

Beyond the Paint: Philadelphia’s Mural Arts at PAFA (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Nicole Miller Semi-Annual Sale — Closing Day!

Wing Bowl

Other Desert Cities at the Walnut Street Theatre (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Art in City Hall Presents Eco + Fashion

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

Haute Winter Nights at the Four Seasons Hotel

One Day in Pompeii at The Franklin Institute (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Broadway Philadelphia Presents 50 Shades! The Musical at The Merriam Theater

Tribes at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Dinosaurs Unearthed At The Academy Of Natural Sciences (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Saturday, February 1

Top Pick: Dinner is served — Our picks for pho in Philadelphia

Top Pick: Sweet or Savory? — Our Top Picks for Brunch

Top Pick: Blue Cross RiverRink (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Béla Fleck and Brooklyn Rider at the Merriam Theater

African American Children’s Book Fair

Lunar New Year at the Independence Seaport Museum

Friends of Heinz National Refuge at Tinicum Groundhog Day Family Festival

Black Bodies in Propaganda: The Art of the War Poster at The Penn Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

The Lodge at Waterfront Winterfest (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Mural Installation Unveiling at Elixr with Federal Donuts and Brooklyn Brewing Co.

The Wagner Free Institute of Science’s Winter Wonderland

More happenings, below.

Chinese New Year Special at Buddakan (Fri, Sat)

Water By The Spoonful at The Arden Theatre Company (Fri, Sat, Sun)

2nd Annual Veggie Wing Bowl Comedy Spectacular at Adobe Cafe

Winter Adventure Tours at Eastern State Penitentiary (Fri, Sat, Sun)

The Mauckingbird Theatre Company Presents Beautiful Thing

Canicular: Demetrius Oliver at The Print Center (Fri, Sat)

DJ DeeJay’s Silk City Saturdays

Free to Love: The Cinema of the Sexual Revolution at International House Philadelphia (Fri, Sat)

The Surrealists: Works from the Collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Happy Hour and Live Entertainment at 10 Arts at The Ritz-Carlton

True West at the Plays & Players Theatre (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Pretty Vacant: The Graphic Language of Punk at Moore College of Art and Design (Fri, Sat)

Sunday, February 2 — Super Bowl Sunday!

Top Pick: Super Bowl Sunday in Philadelphia — Where To Watch The Big Game And Order Take-Out

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

Top Pick: Free First Sunday at The Barnes Foundation

Free Admission to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Brauhaus Schmitz’s Super Bowl Party

Charles Dickens’ Birthday at Clark Park

Super Fowl IV Competition at Varga Bar

Philadelphia Sun’s Lion Dance Parade

Seattle and Denver Beer Match Up at Tria Taproom

The Unflinching Eye: Works of the Tiberino Family Circle at the African American Museum in Philadelphia (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Shop on the Square Craft and Design Sale (Sat, Sun)

Frogs: Nature’s Messenger at Adventure Aquarium
 (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Cherokee at The Wilma Theater (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Industry Appreciation Happy Hour at Bar Ferdinand

Just In: Martha Mayer Erlebacher at the Woodmere Art Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Wine and Chocolate Class at Chaddsford Winery (Sat, Sun)

Sarah Sze at The Fabric Workshop and Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Sunday Tapas at Jamonera

Late-Night Happy Hour at North Bowl


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