18 Wonderful Things To Do In Philadelphia This Week, January 2-7

Warm up to 2018 with free museum days, Three Kings celebrations and more...

Welcome to 2018, Philadelphia!

A winter freeze may be in full effect but there are plenty of ways to warm up and enjoy Philly this week.

Keep the holiday spirit going and celebrate the annual Latin holiday Three Kings Day with events at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Taller Puertorriqueño and Painted Bride Art Center.

The beginning of the month also delivers a great chance to tuck indoors and enjoy museum admission deals with Pay-What-You-Wish First Sunday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Free First Sunday at The Barnes Foundation.

For those looking to brave the chill and hit the ice, Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest at Penn’s Landing and the Rothman Institute Ice Rink and Cabin at Dilworth Park Wintergarden both continue their seasons with ice skating and warm places to hang out and enjoy winter treats.

Speaking of treats, Philly sports lovers are in a for a thrill on Saturday as the top-ranked Villanova Wildcats take on Marquette’s Golden Eagles at the Wells Fargo Center.

Check out all of our picks for the first week of 2018 in Philly, below.

Dilworth Park Wintergarden

Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

The seasonal fun continues at City Hall, where the Dilworth Park has transformed into a true winter wonderland. Have fun exploring America's Garden Capital Maze and skating at the Rothman Institute Ice Rink. For those looking to hang out inside, the Rothman Institute Cabin is a great spot to warm up and enjoy warm winter treats. Ongoing special events continue this week, including the Wednesday evening happy hour, Cocktails and Cold Ones.

Dilworth Park Wintergarden

When:Dates vary by attraction
Where:Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.centercityphila.org

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Photo courtesy Blue Cross RiverRink

The popular Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest continues to bring wintertime diversions to the Delaware River waterfront 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 Thursday, January 4, head out for Latin Night at The Lodge with Afrotaino and Telemundo62 featuring Arturo Stable y su Tumbao, dance duo Michael & Leilani Chirino and DJ Rahsaan.

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

When:Through Sunday, March 4, 2018
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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Movie Tuesday: The Lion King at Trocadero Theatre

The Trocadero's weekly movie night spotlights The Lion King, Disney's story of a young lion cub working to find his way in the world. You'll laugh, cry and remember how much you "just can't wait to be king."

Movie Tuesday: The Lion King at Trocadero Theatre

When:Tuesday, January 2, 8 p.m.
Where:Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch Street
Cost:$3

www.thetroc.com

Throwback Thursday Quizzo & Movie: A Knight's Tale at Prince Theater

Have fun competing in quizzo with your friends and check out the 2001 film A Knight's Tale at Center City's comfortable Prince Theater.

Throwback Thursday Quizzo & Movie: A Knight's Tale at Prince Theater

When:Thursday, January 4, 7:30 p.m.
Where:Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street
Cost:$13, adults; $12, seniors and students

www.filmadelphia.org

El Día de Reyes (Three Kings Day) at Taller Puertorriqueño

Photo courtesy Taller Puertorriqueño

Three Kings Day is a Latin holiday falling shortly after New Year's Day that celebrates the Biblical story of the Three Wise Men. Taller Puertorriqueño's annual party features gifts for kids (with registration) and an appearance from The Three Kings themselves.

El Día de Reyes (Three Kings Day) at Taller Puertorriqueño

When:Friday, January 5, 3-5 p.m.
Where:Taller Puertorriqueño, 2600 N. 5th Street
Cost:Free with RSVP

www.tallerpr.org

Havana Nights: A Celebration of Cuban Music & Food at World Cafe Live

Come out to University City's World Cafe Live for a free night of dancing to upbeat Cuban music from Cuban band Conjunto. ¡Bailamos!

Havana Nights: A Celebration of Cuban Music & Food at World Cafe Live

When:Friday, January 5, 8 p.m.
Where:World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street
Cost:Free

www.worldcafelive.com

POSTPONED: Films at AAMP: Black Orpheus at the African American Museum

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

Note: This film screening has been postponed. The African American Museum hosts a free screening of Black Orpheus, an Academy Award-winning film that updates the Greek myth of Orpheus by placing it in the shantytown slums of Brazil.

POSTPONED: Films at AAMP: Black Orpheus at the African American Museum

When:POSTPONED
Where:The African American Museum, 701 Arch Street
Cost:Free with RSVP

www.aampmuseum.org

First Friday in Old City

First Friday in Old City features late hours and shows at galleries like The Clay Studio and The Center for Art in Wood. Step out of the cold and into Old City's galleries for a cultural way to start the month.

First Friday in Old City

When:Friday, January 5
Where:The Clay Studio, 139 N. 2nd Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.oldcitydistrict.org

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: King For A Day! at Merriam Theater

Daniel TigerPhoto courtesy Kimmel Center For The Performing Arts

A play based on the popular PBS kids show, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: King For A Day! has positive lessons for kids of all ages to learn and an entertaining show to match.

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: King For A Day! at Merriam Theater

When:January 5-7
Where:Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad Street
Cost:$34.50 and up

www.kimmelcenter.org

Last Chance: Gingerbread Competition & Display At Peddler's Village

Photo courtesy Peddler's Village

This weekend is the last chance to check out popular Bucks County destination Peddler's Village's Gingerbread Competition & Display. Take time to see gingerbread houses as well as the rest of the attraction's gorgeous holiday decorations.

Last Chance: Gingerbread Competition & Display At Peddler's Village

When:Through Saturday, January 6
Where:Peddler's Village, 41 Peddlers Village Road, Lahaska
Cost:Varies

www.peddlersvillage.com

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

The Villanova Wildcats men's basketball team is ranked No. 3 in the country and looks to have another powerhouse season. The Marquette Golden Eagles meet them for a primetime Saturday matchup at South Philly's Wells Fargo Center that college basketball fans won't want to miss.

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

When:Saturday, January 6, 8 p.m.
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street
Cost:Tickets start at $20

www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com

Salsa Caliente! Three Kings Edition 2018 at Painted Bride Art Center

Photo courtesy Painted Bride

Celebrate Three Kings Day at Painted Bride Art Center with salsa dancing for all levels. After an early lesson in salsa dancing, a live Latin band will provide the sounds for the rest of the night.

Salsa Caliente! Three Kings Edition 2018 at Painted Bride Art Center

When:Saturday, January 6, 8 p.m.
Where:Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street
Cost:$20

www.paintedbride.org

Celebración del Día de Reyes (Three Kings Day) at the Kimmel Center

The Kimmel Center's Three Kings Day event is sponsored by the Mexican Consulate and the Mexican Cultural Center and features a live reenactment of the story of the Three Wise Men. In addition, guests will be able to enjoy piñatas and traditional "Rosca de Reyes" bread.

Celebración del Día de Reyes (Three Kings Day) at the Kimmel Center

When:Saturday, January 6, 6 p.m.
Where:Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:Free

www.kimmelcenter.org

Last Chance: A Longwood Christmas at Longwood Gardens

A Longwood Christmas at Longwood GardensPhoto By Hank Davis For Longwood Gardens

Thousands of topiaries, wreaths, mirrors and floating cranberries, apples and gilded walnuts transform Longwood Gardens' heated, four-acre, Versailles-inspired Conservatory during A Longwood Christmas, which ends this Sunday.

Last Chance: A Longwood Christmas at Longwood Gardens

When:Sunday, January 7
Where:Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square
Cost:$23, adults; $20, seniors (age 62 years and up); $12, students; free for members and children ages 4 and under

www.longwoodgardens.org

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

Photo by M.Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Go at your own pace and pay what you wish on Sunday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Admire the beautiful collections and take advantage of one of the best deals in Philly.

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

When:Through Sunday, January 7
Where:Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Cost:Pay as you go

www.philamuseum.org

Free First Sunday: Playful Interpretations at the Barnes Foundation

The Barnes FoundationPhoto courtesy The Barnes Foundation

Artist Collete Fu's pop-up books help center the theme of this month's free first Sunday at the Barnes Foundation. In addition to fun art-based activities, check out the Barnes' permanent collection and its current exhibition, Kiefer Rodin.

Free First Sunday: Playful Interpretations at the Barnes Foundation

When:Sunday, January 7, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free

www.barnesfoundation.org

Yoga in the Greenhouse at Fairmount Park Horticulture Center

End your week surrounded by lush plant life with a calming yoga session in Fairmount Park's Horticulture Center. Namaste.

Yoga in the Greenhouse at Fairmount Park Horticulture Center

When:Sunday, January 7, 1-2:30 p.m.
Where:Fairmount Park Horticulture Center, 100 North Horticultural Drive
Cost:$10

www.myphillypark.org

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