15 Fantastic Things To Do In Philly This Week, February 26-March 4

Philadelphia Flower Show, final week for both RiverRink Winterfest and Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor and more...

There’s a dose of spring in the air as the Philadelphia Flower Show returns (starting Saturday, March 3!) with awe-inspiring displays of horticulture at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. In addition to beautiful displays (including a 25-foot waterfall) the Flower Show also brings back annual events like the gala preview party on Friday night and a Saturday night dance party.

This Sunday marks the closing day of The Franklin Institute’s Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor exhibition, featuring 10 life-size Terracotta Warrior sculptures from ancient China as well as collections of other artifacts, interactive displays and more. Tickets are available for time slots throughout the week, so scoop yours up soon.

As spring nears, the final days of Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, a popular wintertime attraction, arrive. The winter hangout entertains visitors and locals with ice skating, games, food, drinks and more through Sunday.

Read on for our guide to this week in Philly.

Last Chance: Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Blue Cross RiverRink WinterfestPhoto courtesy Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Sunday marks the final day of the season for Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, a cold-weather attraction that brings ice skating, fire pits, games, tasty eats, beer and more to the Delaware River waterfront. On Thursday night, enjoy acoustic sets from both Slaughter Beach, Dog (fronted by Modern Baseball's Jake Ewald) and songstress Aleana near the fire pits as part of Winterfest's Fireside Sessions. Stop by for one last dose of winter fun on the waterfront!

Last Chance: Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

When:Through Sunday, March 4
Where:Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, 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:Various locations including the Spring Garden Triangle near The Oval
Cost:Free

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East Passyunk Restaurant Week

Bing Bing Dim SumPhoto by Visit Philadelphia

During East Passyunk Restaurant Week, three-course prix-fixe lunches and dinners are available (tax, alcohol and gratuity not included) at 26 different restaurants — including Fond, Noord, Perla, Townsend and Will — in the vibrant East Passyunk neighborhood for the bargain price of $15-$35. Book a reservation now and get ready to chow down!

East Passyunk Restaurant Week

When:February 26-March 9
Where:Various locations including Bing Bing Dim Sum, 1648 East Passyunk Avenue
Cost:$15, $25 and $35 for prix-fixe lunch or dinner

www.eastpassyunkrestaurantweek.com

Science After Hours: Love and Lust at The Franklin Institute

Franklin InstitutePhoto courtesy The Franklin Institute

This Tuesday night, The Franklin Institute opens its doors for an after-hours party revolving around the topics of love and lust. From 7 to 10 p.m, guests can take part in quizzo, a silent disco dance party, love-related science experiments and more, all while exploring the museum's galleries. Food and drinks are available for purchase at this 21-plus event.

Science After Hours: Love and Lust at The Franklin Institute

When:Tuesday, February 27, 7-10 p.m.
Where:The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street
Cost:$20

www.fi.edu

Something Rotten! at the Academy of Music

Something RottenPhoto by Jeremy Daniel

Something Rotten!, a Tony-nominated (and hilarious) musical, makes a stop at the Academy of Music for a nearly week-long run starting this Tuesday, February 27. The musical tells the story of two brothers in the 1590s who desperately want to create their own hit play, but are constantly overshadowed by Shakespeare. The brothers are encouraged to try to create something different — the world's very first musical.

Something Rotten! at the Academy of Music

When:February 27-March 4
Where:Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost:$20 and up

www.kimmelcenter.org

Fashioning Philly: The Local Black Aesthetic at The African American Museum

This week, the African American Museum in Philadelphia teams up with the Philadelphia Media Network for a special Black History Month panel that focuses on black art and style. Cassie Owens, a Philadelphia Inquirer reporter, will lead the panel, which spotlights representatives from the fashion, hair, dance, art and music industries. Tickets — which include access to the museum's galleries before the pane — are free and required, so snag them here before going.

Fashioning Philly: The Local Black Aesthetic at The African American Museum

When:Tuesday, February 27, 6-8:30 p.m.
Where:The African American Museum, 701 Arch Street
Cost:Free with RSVP

www.aampmuseum.org

Women's History Month at National Constitution Center

National Constitution CenterPhoto by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

The National Constitution Center kicks off its Women's History Month celebrations this Thursday, March 1. All month long, guests can enjoy self-guided tours that focus on women's history, a game board challenge, an interactive show about women's suffrage and more.

Women's History Month at National Constitution Center

When:March 1-31
Where:National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street
Cost:Online: $10, adults; $7.50, youth (6-18)

www.constitutioncenter.org

Grand Opening: Franklin Square

Franklin SquarePhoto by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Ready for a sign of spring? Franklin Square opens for its 2018 season on Thursday, which means the welcome return of mini-golf, a carousel, food and drink options and pleasant outdoor space for simply hanging out.

Grand Opening: Franklin Square

When:Opens for the season Thursday, March 1
Where:Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.historicphiladelphia.org

Philly Craft Beer Festival

Philly Craft Beer FestivalPhoto courtesy Philly Craft Beer Festival

Called “one of the top 10 beer festivals in America” by Forbes Traveler, the Philly Craft Beer Festival features national and international breweries, food trucks and a VIP session with rare brews, all at The Navy Yard.

Philly Craft Beer Festival

When:Saturday, March 3, 1:30-5 p.m.
Where:The Navy Yard, 4747 S. Broad Street
Cost:$46 and up

www.phillycraftbeerfest.com

Philadelphia Flower Show

Flower ShowPhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Spring has sprung at the Pennsylvania Convention Center as the Philadelphia Flower Show returns. The theme for this year's show, Wonders of Water, features top-of-the-line horticulture and landscape design, including an entryway complete with a rope bridge and a 25-foot-tall waterfall. The major event (which draws around 250,000 people each year) runs from March 3 through 11, but kicks off on Friday, March 2 with the annual Preview Party Gala. The first official night (March 3) is celebrated with Flowers After Hours, a disco-themed dance party.

Philadelphia Flower Show

When:March 3-11
Where:Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street
Cost:Online during show: $32, adults on weekdays; $35, adults on weekends; $22, student (ages 17-24) on weekdays; $24, students (ages 17-24) on weekends; $17, children (ages 2-16)

Box office: $35, adults on weekdays; $40, adults on weekends; $24, student (ages 17-24) on weekdays; $26, students (ages 17-24) on weekends; $19, children (ages 2-16) on weekdays; $20, children (ages 2-16) on weekends

www.theflowershow.com

Israeli Film Festival

The Israeli Film Festival, Philadelphia's annual showcase of the best in Israeli film, returns with a powerful lineup of documentaries, dramas and more. The festival opens on Saturday with a screening of Maktub, a comedic story about two Jerusalem mobsters, and continues nearly all month with a range of films that celebrate Israeli culture, actors, writers and directors. Screenings take place at arts venues around town, including International House and the Kimmel Center.

Israeli Film Festival

When:March 3-25
Where:Various locations including International House, 3701 Chestnut Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.iffphila.com

Last Chance: Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor at The Franklin Institute

Terracotta Warriors at The Franklin InstitutePhoto courtesy The Franklin Institute

The Franklin Institute is the only East Coast stop for Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor, a collection of 10 life-size Terracotta Warrior sculptures and more than 170 other artifacts that date back more than 2,000 years to ancient China. The exhibition, which closes this Sunday, March 4, combines historical artifacts with an augmented reality app and an immersive burial chamber to create a life-like look at the creation and discovery of these impressive clay figures. Check out these international treasure before it's too late.

Last Chance: Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor at The Franklin Institute

When:Through March 4
Where:The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street
Cost:$35, daytime admission for non-member adults; $30, daytime admission non-member children; $20, evening admission for non-member adults; $15, evening admission for non-member children; $10, members

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

People outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art in PhiladelphiaPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Looking for a deal? The first Sunday of the month is always pay what you wish at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which means this Sunday, March 4, you can make your way around the impressive museum for whatever price you'd like to pay. The deal-fueled promotion runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

When:Sunday, March 4
Where:Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Pay what you wish

www.philamuseum.org

Free First Sunday Family Day: From Concept to Creation at the Barnes Foundation

Barnes FoundationPhoto courtesy the Barnes Foundation

There are a slew of special events scheduled for Sunday at the Barnes Foundation as the museum hosts its monthly Free First Sunday. This week's event centers on the theme of “From Concept to Creation” and promises a variety of events for folks of all ages, but specifically for children. Special activities include a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) fair with projects by local students, stroller tours of the galleries, craft stations throughout the museum, hula hoop workshops and a discussion with Walé Oyéjidé, a designer whose fashions were featured in Black Panther.

Free First Sunday Family Day: From Concept to Creation at the Barnes Foundation

When:Sunday, March 4
Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free

www.barnesfoundation.org

The Harlem Globetrotters at the Wells Fargo Center

The Harlem Globetrotters bring entertainment and sportsmanship (basketball!) to the Wells Fargo Center this weekend for their 2018 World Tour. Watch the team of performers dunk, flip, dance and clown around on the court this Sunday during two separate games.

The Harlem Globetrotters at the Wells Fargo Center

When:Sunday, March 4, noon & 5 p.m.
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 South Broad Street
Cost:$21 and up

www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com

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