Tonight Picks: Drinks With The Sphinx At The Penn Museum, Franklin Square Holiday Festival, Ice Skating At Dilworth Park, Dine Out Wash West And More

As the winter cold sets in, find a place to sit fireside with a drink in hand, like The Dandelion, pictured above.
(Photo courtesy Starr Restaurants)

Wintry Wednesdays call for toasty visits to museums, comforting dinners and making the most of the holiday season (ice skating, anyone?).

Tonight, two museums host after-hours events for post-work guests: The Penn Museum hosts Drinks With The Sphinx, an evening of flashlight tours, a cash bar, workshops, crafts and more while The Philadelphia Museum of Art continues its well-loved pay-what-you-wish Wednesday event.

Dinner plans? Mercato, Varga Bar and Valanni invite diners in for a cozy meal for a good cause as the three restaurants donate a portion of tonight’s bill to the Washington Square West Civic Association.

Franklin Square and Dilworth Park both welcome the holiday season by hosting events fit for a wintry night out. Visit Franklin Square to view hundreds of twinkling lights at its Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show, and head to Dilworth Park to show off your ice skating at the new ice rink.

Our top picks for tonight, below.

Franklin Square Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show

Tonight, the holiday magic at Benjamin Franklin’s namesake park kicks off with the return of the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show, a free dazzling show of more than 50,000 lights. The lights are set to the music of The Philly Pops, with additional songs from The Nutcracker this year, too. The free show runs every half hour from 4:30 to 8 p.m.

When: Wednesday, November 19, 4:30-8 p.m.
Where: Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th Street
Cost: Free

Drinks with the Sphinx at The Penn Museum

Spend a night with a 15-ton Egyptian sphinx at the Penn Museum’s P.M. at the Penn event series. Tonight, Drinks with the Sphinx runs tonight from 6 to 9:30 p.m. and promises drinks from a cash bar, flashlight tours, a belly-dancing workshop, trivia and more. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for museum members.

When: Wednesday, November 19, 6-9:30 p.m.
Where: Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Cost: $20, general admission; $15, Penn Museum members

Rothman Institute Ice Rink at Dilworth Park

Celebrate the glory of the cold weather season with an evening ice skating session at the new Rothman Institute Ice Rink at Dilworth Park. The rink will remain open tonight until 9 p.m.

When: Wednesday, November 19, until 9 p.m.
Where: Dilworth Park, Broad and Market streets
Cost: $4, adults; $3, children 10 and under; $8, skate rental

Dine Out Wash West

Tonight, support the Washington Square West neighborhood by participating in the Dine Out Wash West fundraiser. Have dinner at Mercato, Varga Bar or Valanni and a portion of funds raised — 25 percent of each bill — will benefit the Washington Square West Civic Association. Dinner for a good cause? Count us in.

When: Wednesday, November 19
Where: Participating Restaurants
Cost: Pay as you go

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Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Spend this chilly Wednesday evening at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s pay-what-you-wish Wednesday promotion. From 5 to 8:45 p.m., explore the galleries within the main building while also enjoying crafts, yoga, a scavenger hunt, themed tours and more.

When: Wednesday, November 19, 5-8:45 p.m.
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Pay What You Wish

Lobster Month at Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House

Both the University City and West Chester locations of Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House are dishing out lobster at insanely low prices through the end of November. Fill up on half-price whole steamed lobsters and a variety of lobster appetizers and entrees. Pair your eats with fishbowl cocktails at $22 a pop.

When: Wednesday, November 19
Where: Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House; University City, 3432 Sansom Street; West Chester, 117 E. Gay Street
Cost: Pay as you go

Kensington Homestead at Johnny Brenda’s

Tonight, Head and the Hand Press and Johnny Brenda’s team up for a night of music and literature. Beginning at 8:30 p.m., listen to a reading by local author Nic Esposito as he reads excerpts form his new work Kensington Homestead, a collection of essays about co-managing an urban farm in Kensington. After the reading, groove to a variety of live music by rocking local bands.

When: Wednesday, November 19, 8:30 p.m.
Where: Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Avenue
Cost: $10

The Brady Bunch Variety Hour at The Trestle Inn

Tonight is movie night at The Trestle Inn as it screens The Brady Bunch Variety Hour from 8 to 10 p.m. Admission is free and cocktails will be flowing. Purchase one Welcome Home cocktail and receive a free one, too.

When: Wednesday, November 19, 8-10 p.m.
Where: The Trestle Inn, 11th and Callowhill streets
Cost: Pay as you go


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