15+ Spectacular Things To Do In Philadelphia This Week, January 22-28

Center City District Restaurant Week, the Philadelphia Auto Show, Villanova basketball and more...

The atmosphere is electric in Philly this week. (Might that have anything to do with the Eagles playoff win and forthcoming Super Bowl appearance?) Thankfully, between now and the big game on Sunday, February 4, there are a ton of excellent events going on in the City of Brotherly Love.

The Philadelphia Auto Show rolls into the Pennsylvania Convention Center this weekend with more than 700 concept, classic, luxury and exotic cars on display.

This Friday marks the end of another Center City District Restaurant Week (no!), so snag a $35 three-course dinner (or a $20 three-course lunch) at one of more than 120 Center City eateries before it’s too late.

Elsewhere, both The Franklin Institute and the Academy of Natural Sciences host awesome after-hours events, the city’s performing arts venues put on a number of fascinating shows and the No. 1-ranked Villanova Wildcats look to continue their fantastic season with a game at the Wells Fargo Center.

Our picks for this week in Philly, below.

Center City District Restaurant Week

Amada - Center City Restaurant WeekPhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Treat yourself to a fantastic meal without breaking the bank during the always popular Center City District Restaurant Week. Enjoy a three-course dinner for $35 at restaurants in the heart of the city, as well as a $20 lunch at select restaurants. More than 120 restaurants — from Abe Fisher to Amada (above) to Harp and Crown to High Street on Market — are participating.

Center City District Restaurant Week

When:Through Friday, January 26
Where:Various locations including Amada, 217-219 Chestnut Street
Cost:$20, three-course lunch (at select restaurants); $35, three-course dinner

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Dilworth Park Wintergarden at City Hall

Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth ParkPhoto Courtesy Center City District

The seasonal fun continues at City Hall, where Dilworth Park has been transformed into a winter wonderland with chances to explore (America's Garden Capital Maze), ice skate (Rothman Institute Ice Rink) and lounge (Rothman Institute Cabin). Special events this week including both Game Night and Skate.Pride.Love night on Tuesday as well as Karaoke Night and a very special Zombie Skate (featuring zombies from Eastern State Penitentiary's Terror Behind the Walls) on Friday.

Dilworth Park Wintergarden at City Hall

When:Through Sunday, February 25
Where:Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.centercityphila.org

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Blue Cross RiverRink WinterfestPhoto courtesy Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

The popular Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest continues to bring the waterfront alive with a chalet-style Lodge Restaurant and Bar, hearty fare from Garces Group and Chickie's & Pete's, sweets from Franklin Fountain Confectionery Cabin and a regulation skating rink with a spectacular view of the Ben Franklin Bridge. This week's special events include a Fireside Sessions performance from Philly-based singer-songwriter Abi Reimold on Thursday.

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

When:Through Sunday, March 4
Where:Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Pay as you go

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Winter Fountains on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

The free, outdoor Winter Fountains exhibition illuminates the Benjamin Franklin Parkway this winter with a stunning nighttime display of surreal, glowing videos projected on to four large domes. The dazzling works — inspired by the Parkway's grand fountains — are a centerpiece exhibition of Parkway 100, the city's 14-month celebration commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the avenue's groundbreaking.

Winter Fountains on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

When:Through Sunday, March 18
Where:Four points along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway including outside the Rodin Museum, 2151 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free

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Pegsicle at La Peg at FringeArts

For the second year in a row, La Peg at FringeArts is celebrating winter with Pegsicle, a massive outdoor bar cut out of ice. New this year, the bar is nestled among a winter garden of ice sculptures carved by five local artists. Drinks will be available at this frozen accomplishment until the bar itself melts, so don't wait. Cheers!

Pegsicle at La Peg at FringeArts

When:Open until the ice melts
Where:La Peg at FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Pay as you go

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Passing Strange at The Wilma Theater

Passing Strange at Wilma TheaterPhoto courtesy Wilma Theater

Through mid-February, The Wilma Theater revives a raucous Tony-winning musical about an African-American artist seeking himself in Europe.

Passing Strange at The Wilma Theater

When:Through Sunday, February 18
Where:The Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad Street
Cost:$10-$30

www.wilmatheater.org

Movie Monday: Blade Runner 2049 at Trocadero Theatre

Ryan Gosling stars in a sequel to Ridley Scott's futuristic sci-fi classic Blade Runner for this week's edition of Movie Mondays at the Trocadero. Admission is $3 and the fee goes toward attendees' first drink or snack.

Movie Monday: Blade Runner 2049 at Trocadero Theatre

When:Monday, January 22, 8 p.m.
Where:Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch Street
Cost:$3

www.thetroc.com

Men's College Basketball: Villanova vs. Providence at the Wells Fargo Center

The top-ranked Villanova men's basketball team is ready for another marquee matchup against Providence. Cheer on the Wildcats with other hometown fans at South Philly's Wells Fargo Center.

Men's College Basketball: Villanova vs. Providence at the Wells Fargo Center

When:Tuesday, January 23, 6:30 p.m.
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street
Cost:$32 and up

www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com

Science After Hours: Party Like a Rock Star at The Franklin Institute

Sciences After Hours at The Franklin InstitutePhoto courtesy The Franklin Institute

The Franklin Institute's monthly after-hours event combines the wonders of modern science with drinks, entertainment and live music. This month's edition features performances from dance band Minka and Philadelphia-based rapper Chill Moody as well as quizzo and five fun interactive science demonstrations.

Science After Hours: Party Like a Rock Star at The Franklin Institute

When:Tuesday, January 23, 7-10 p.m.
Where:The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street
Cost:$20, general admission; $15, members

www.fi.edu

Week 3: Haydn and Beethoven from The Philadelphia Orchestra at the Kimmel Center

The Philadelphia Orchestra continues to tell engaging stories through classical music with a third week of shows at the Kimmel Center. This week's performances include works from a couple guys you may have heard of: Beethoven, Wagner and Haydn.

Week 3: Haydn and Beethoven from The Philadelphia Orchestra at the Kimmel Center

When:January 24-26
Where:Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:$39 and up

www.kimmelcenter.org

Dear Diary LOL at FringeArts

Dear Diary LOL at FringeArtsPhoto courtesy FringeArts

Life for a teenager is full of laughs, tears and a lot of funny stories. This comedy performance explores female views of those precocious teenage years in an earnest, funny way.

Dear Diary LOL at FringeArts

When:January 25-26, 9:30 p.m.
Where:FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:$15

www.fringearts.com

Dinos After Dark at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Dinosaur Hall at the Academy of Natural SciencesPhoto by Mike Servedio for The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Philadelphia's natural history museum will be celebrating fourth Fridays this winter and spring with Dinos After Dark, featuring pay-what-you-wish admission, family programming and an indoor beer garden. Attendees can meet live animals, enjoy interactive activities and wander the historic museum with a drink in hand.

Dinos After Dark at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

When:Friday, January 26, 5-8 p.m.
Where:Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Pay what you wish

www.ansp.org

Virago-Man Dem

Photo courtesy Painted Bride Art Center

Virago-Man Dem is an exploration of black masculinity from the perspective of Cynthia Oliver, a leading African-American female choreographer. After its successful debut at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival, the show arrives in Philadelphia as part of a national tour.

Virago-Man Dem

When:January 26-27
Where:Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street
Cost:$20

www.paintedbride.org

Chinese New Year Celebration at Penn Museum

Chinese New Year at Penn MuseumPhoto courtesy Penn Museum

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with the Penn Museum, featuring everything from contemporary Asian film and kung fu martial arts demonstrations to calligraphy and a lion dance and parade.

Chinese New Year Celebration at Penn Museum

When:Saturday, January 27, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where:Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Cost:$15, adults; $13, senior citizens; $10, children (6-17) and full-time college students with ID; free, active military, members, PennCard holders and children under 5

www.penn.museum

Art Star CRAP Bazaar

The Art Star CRAP Bazaar hits the Northern Liberties shop this weekend with not-so-perfect (but still endearing) clothing, jewelry, pottery and accessories from more than 20 makers. Plus, 25 percent of proceeds benefit three organizations: the ACLU of Pennsylvania, Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory.

Art Star CRAP Bazaar

When:January 27-28
Where:Art Star, 623 N. 2nd Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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WWE at the Wells Fargo Center

Pile drivers, clotheslines and more arrive at the Wells Fargo Center this week when World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) takes up residence in South Philly. Saturday sees NXT TakeOver, featuring rising rookie talent, while Sunday brings the arrival of Royal Rumble, one of WWE's biggest annual events.

WWE at the Wells Fargo Center

When:January 27-30
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 South Broad Street
Cost:Varies by event

www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com

Philadelphia Auto Show

Philadelphia Auto ShowPhoto by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Explore the automotive industry's newest creations at the Pennsylvania Convention Center during the 2018 Philadelphia Auto Show. More than 700 concept, classic, luxury and exotic cars will be on display over a 700,000-square-foot area. The best part? A select number of cars will be available to test drive.

Philadelphia Auto Show

When:January 27-February 4
Where:Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street
Cost:Online: $14.00, general admission (age 13+); $11, military personnel with active ID; $7, child (age 7-12) and seniors (age 62+); free, children age 6 & under are admitted free with a ticketed adult

www.phillyautoshow.com

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