18+ Fantastic Things To Do In Philadelphia This Week, January 16-21

Center City Restaurant Week, the Eagles in the NFC Championship game, the Philly Home Show and more...

It’s looking like a delightfully delicious week here in Philadelphia.

Center City District Restaurant Week is in full swing at more than 120 different eateries where you can spend a night out enjoying a three-course meal.

Elsewhere, the snack- and libation-filled Tippler’s Tour hosts a special Ben Franklin’s birthday edition this weekend, while the New Hope-Lambertville Winter Festival brings events like a Chili Cook-Off for you to enjoy.

In non-food-related (but equally delightful) news, the Philadelphia Eagles are just one win away from the Super Bowl (!!) as they take on the Minnesota Vikings this Sunday in South Philadelphia.

The massive, annual Philly Home Show returns this weekend, and performances — including Les Miserables at the Academy of Music and Rufus Wainwright with the Philly POPS at the Kimmel Center — unfold at stages citywide.

Our picks for this week in Philly, below.

Center City District Restaurant Week

Butcher & Singer / Center City District Restaurant WeekPhoto by 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 some of the best restaurants in the city, as well as a $20 lunch at select restaurants. More than 120 restaurants — from Abe Fisher to Butcher and Singer (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 Butcher and Singer, 1500 Walnut Street
Cost:$20, three-course lunch (at select restaurants); $35, three-course dinner

www.centercityphila.org

Dilworth Park Wintergarden at City Hall

People in America's Garden Capital Maze in PhiladelphiaPhoto courtesy Center City District

The seasonal fun continues at City Hall, where Dilworth Park has been transformed into a true winter wonderland offering chances to explore (America's Garden Capital Maze) and ice skate (Rothman Institute Ice Rink) in the shadow of City Hall. For those looking to hang out inside, the Rothman Institute Cabin is a great spot to warm up and enjoy winter treats. Ongoing special events continue this week, including the Tuesday evening Game Night and the Friday evening Karaoke Night.

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 Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

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 Latin Night at the Lodge (Thursday, January 18), a performance from Matthew Law (Friday, January 19) and Winterfest Brewfest (January 20-21).

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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Broadway Philadelphia's Les Misérables at the Academy of Music

Broadway Philadelphia Les MiserablesPhoto by Matthew Murphy

The Victor Hugo-by-way-of-Broadway musical smash Les Misérables brings the spirit of the French Revolution to the Academy of Music. Seen by more than 70 million people in 44 countries and in 22 languages around the globe, the production stands as the world's most popular musical, breaking box office records everywhere as it carries out its 32nd year.

Broadway Philadelphia's Les Misérables at the Academy of Music

When:Through Sunday, January 21
Where:Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost:$20 and up

www.kimmelcenter.org

Pegsicle at FringeArts

La Peg at FringeArts has brought back Pegsicle, a massive ice bar carved by chef-owner Peter Woolsey set up in the Haas Biergarten outside the restaurant. Each night this week starting Tuesday, January 16, local artists will carve their own ice sculptures to add to an ice sculpture garden, including a Philadelphia Eagles ice sculpture carved by Chef Woolsey ahead of this weekend's playoff game. The bar will remain in action for as long as the ice remains.

Pegsicle at FringeArts

When:Now open
Where:FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Pay as you go

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Last Chance: Gardens of the Mind at the African American Museum

AAMPPhoto by M. Edlow for the African American Museum in Philadelphia

Tuesday marks the final opportunity to check out Gardens of the Mind at the African American Museum. The exhibition features five black women artists (Barbara Bullock, E.J. Montgomery, Glynnis Reed, Martha Jackson-Jarvis and Joiri Minaya) in varying stages of their careers exploring spiritual cultivation and memory through large-scale installation, sculpture, painting and printmaking.

Last Chance: Gardens of the Mind at the African American Museum

When:Through Tuesday, January 16
Where:African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street
Cost:$14, adults; $10, senior citizens, youth (4-12) and students with ID; $2, ACCESS / EBT cardholders; free, members

www.aampmuseum.org

Community Night at The Franklin Institute

The Franklin InstitutePhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

The Franklin Institute hosts Community Night this Tuesday evening, offering free admission to the popular museum starting at 5 p.m. Those of all ages are welcome to come out for a night of exploring the attraction's exhibitions, taking part in special programs and participating in interactive activities.

Community Night at The Franklin Institute

When:Tuesday, January 16, 5-8 p.m.
Where:The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street
Cost:Free

www.fi.edu

Opening Day: Woven Strands: The Art of Human Hair Work at the Mütter Museum

Hair art is the basis for a new exhibition at the Mütter Museum that explores how human hair from both deceased and living people has been used in art and design from flower bouquets to braided jewelry chains.

Opening Day: Woven Strands: The Art of Human Hair Work at the Mütter Museum

When:Opens Friday, January 19
Where:Mütter Museum, 19 S. 22nd Street
Cost:$18, adult; $16, senior 65 and up; $15, military with ID; $13, students with ID and youth (6-17); free, children 5 and under

www.muttermuseum.org

Barnes Young Professionals Night: Gothic Glam at the Barnes Foundation

Dress in either all black or dark colors for the Barnes Foundation's monthly young professional party. Enjoy great music, smooth spirits and tasty bites while taking in contemporary artist Anselm Kiefer's dark world and Auguste Rodin's classic works in the museum's Kiefer Rodin exhibit.

Barnes Young Professionals Night: Gothic Glam at the Barnes Foundation

When:Friday, January 19, 7-10 p.m.
Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:$35, general admission; $15, members

www.barnesfoundation.org

The Philly POPS: Rufus Wainwright at the Kimmel Center

Rufus WainwrightPhoto by Nick Helderman

Vocalist, composer, and songwriter Rufus Wainwright joins the 65-piece Philly POPS orchestra for a unique show blending opera and rock. The Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus will also perform in support of Wainwright and as part of the show's grand finale.

The Philly POPS: Rufus Wainwright at the Kimmel Center

When:Friday, January 19, 8 p.m.
Where:Verizon Hall, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:$35 and up

www.kimmelcenter.org

AMEX Presents: The Most Lit Comedy Show on the Planet at Good Good Comedy Theatre

Composed solely of people of color, The Most Lit Comedy Show on the Planet kicks off in Chinatown Friday night with laughs galore.

AMEX Presents: The Most Lit Comedy Show on the Planet at Good Good Comedy Theatre

When:Friday, January 19, 10 p.m.
Where:Good Good Comedy Theatre, 215 N. 11th Street
Cost:$10

www.goodgoodcomedy.com

Get Pegged Cabaret at FringeArts

Get Pegged CabaretPhoto courtesy FringeArts

Openly gay performance artist John Jarboe hosts the monthly Get Pegged Cabaret at La Peg. The late-night, uncensored affair always features a new lineup of mostly LGBT performers, including Bearded Ladies Cabaret founder Jarboe, and takes a nod from original French and German cabarets from the turn of the century. This month's edition features drag performers Raja Feather Kelly and Suli Holum.

Get Pegged Cabaret at FringeArts

When:Friday, January 19, 10:30 p.m.
Where:FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:$5

www.fringearts.com

The Second City: Look Both Ways Before Talking at the Kimmel Center

Second CityPhoto courtesy the Kimmel Center

Laugh out loud when comedy enterprise The Second City hits the stage at the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center this Friday and Saturday night. Enjoy a show full of improv, audience interaction and sketches created on the spot from the troupe that nurtured comic legends like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and Bill Murray.

The Second City: Look Both Ways Before Talking at the Kimmel Center

When:January 19-20
Where:Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:$40

www.kimmelcenter.org

Ben Franklin's Birthday Limited Edition Tippler's Tour

Tippler's TourPhoto by J. Fusco for Historic Philadelphia

Take this limited edition tour through Old City with Philly statesman Benjamin Franklin to celebrate his 312th birthday. Taste delicious snacks and wonderful brews at National Mechanics, Victoria Freehouse and City Tavern and sing merry songs full of Brotherly (and Sisterly) Love.

Ben Franklin's Birthday Limited Edition Tippler's Tour

When:January 19-20, 5:30 p.m.
Where:Various locations including National Mechanics, 22 S. 3rd Street
Cost:$45 and up

www.historicphiladelphia.org

Philly Home Show at Pennsylvania Convention Center

Looking for advice and inspiration on how to make your home the best and most beautiful it can be? Join 50,000 of your fellow homeowners at the Pennsylvania Convention Center during the Philadelphia Home Show and take advantage of the hundreds of exhibitors and experts who will be on hand to help. The celebrity guest at the massive show's second weekend is Kevin O'Connor, the host of the award-winning PBS series This Old House and Ask This Old House. Plus, attendees of the Home Show can park for free at the IKEA parking lot in South Philadelphia and ride a $2 (roundtrip) shuttle serviced by the PHLASH to the Home Show. Click here for more.

Philly Home Show at Pennsylvania Convention Center

When:January 19-21
Where:Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street
Cost:$10, adults (ages 13+); $3, children (ages 6-12); free, children ages 5 and under

www.phillyhomeshow.com

Philadelphia Flyers vs. New Jersey Devils at Wells Fargo Center

Fresh off of a recent win streak, the Philadelphia Flyers meet the New Jersey Devils for the latest installment in what has become a fun interstate rivalry. Whether you're a fan of Broad Street's finest or their New Jersey rivals, this matinee game is a great one to watch this Saturday.

Philadelphia Flyers vs. New Jersey Devils at Wells Fargo Center

When:Saturday, January 20, 1 p.m.
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street
Cost:$80 and up

www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com

New Hope-Lambertville Winter Festival

The fun-filled New Hope-Lambertville Winter Festival returns in 2018, raising money to support the local community. Some events, like the Chili Cook-Off and the Fire & Ice Ball, are ticketed, while others, like the live ice sculpting performances and the Snowfolk Art contest, are free. Click the button below to check out all of the festivities.

New Hope-Lambertville Winter Festival

When:January 20-28
Where:Various locations including The Event Center by Cornerstone, 46 North Sugan Road, New Hope
Cost:Pay as you go

www.winterfestival.net

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Minnesota Vikings at Lincoln Financial Field

The Philadelphia Eagles playing at Lincoln Financial Field in South PhiladelphiaLincoln Financial Field | Photo courtesy Philadelphia Eagles

For the first time in a decade, the Philadelphia Eagles are back in the NFC Championship Game! With the home field advantage of the Linc helping their chances to get to the Super Bowl, the Eagles are flying high thanks to an unlikely hero in quarterback Nick Foles. Either you have tickets to the game (in which case, we're jealous!) or you'll be catching it at one of the city's excellent sports bars.

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Minnesota Vikings at Lincoln Financial Field

When:Sunday, January 21, 6:40 p.m.
Where:Lincoln Financial Field, 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way

www.philadelphiaeagles.com

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