15 Terrific Things To Do In Philly This Week, February 5-11

Eagles victory parade, Philly Theatre Week, Philly Bloco’s Mardi Gras celebration and more...

Fly, Eagles, fly! The energy in the city is at an all-time high after last night’s epic Super Bowl win by the Eagles.

As if the upcoming Eagles parade on Thursday and all of the accompanying festivities aren’t enough, the city keeps the good times going all week long with (non-Eagles-related) performances, special museum events, dance parties and more.

This week, the first-ever Philly Theatre Week kicks off with more than 250 performances (!), parties and fun events. The theater-centric fun continues for the next two weeks with everything from musicals to open-mic nights.

More performing arts hit the city as Opera Philadelphia opens Written on Skin, a modern opera that making its Philly debut this week.

Read on for our guide to this week in Philly.

Dilworth Park Wintergarden at City Hall

Center City DistrictPhoto by Rob Cardillo

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 include Game Night (Tuesday), Cocktails and Cold Ones (Wednesday) and Karaoke Night (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 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 Saturday, share samples of sweet drinks with that special somebody for Sweets & Stouts.

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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La NOCHE at the Kimmel Center

The week starts with an evening of dancing and live music at La NOCHE, a free monthly jam session at the Kimmel Center. The La NOCHE band kicks off the evening with engaging percussion at 8 p.m., followed by the fusion sounds (think cumbia, psychedelic funk, soul and salsa) of Combo Chimbita at 9 p.m.

La NOCHE at the Kimmel Center

When:Monday, February 5, 8 p.m.
Where:Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:Free

www.kimmelcenter.org

Image China: Dragon Boat Racing at the Merriam Theater

Image China: Dragon Boat RacingPhoto courtesy the Kimmel Center

For two nights this week, Image China: Dragon Boat Racing, a highly anticipated show of Chinese dance and theater, fills the stage at the Merriam Theater. The show tells the story of two young lovers during Japanese occupation in the 1930s and features a score that has become immensely popular throughout China.

Image China: Dragon Boat Racing at the Merriam Theater

When:February 7-8
Where:Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad Street
Cost:$25 and up

www.kimmelcenter.org

Philadelphia Eagles Victory Parade

Photo by Visit Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Eagles are Super Bowl champions! (No matter how many times you say it, it's still true. Amazing.) And with a championship comes a sure-to-be-epic championship parade (YAY!), which kicks off this Thursday at 11 a.m. at Broad Street and Pattison Avenue. The parade is likely to go north on Broad Street to City Hall, then cut down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway before finishing at the Philadelphia Musuem of Art. Stay tuned for more info — and get excited.

Philadelphia Eagles Victory Parade

When:Thursday, February 8, starting at 11 a.m.
Where:Parade begins at Broad Street and Pattison Avenue and finishes at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Cost:Free

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Philadelphia Orchestra: A New Generation at the Podium at Verizon Hall

Renowned visiting conductor Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla steps onto the stage to direct a memorable performance by The Philadelphia Orchestra and a special guest, pianist Menahem Pressler. The program features music by Mozart and Mahler.

Philadelphia Orchestra: A New Generation at the Podium at Verizon Hall

When:February 8-10
Where:Verizon Hall, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:$39 and up

www.kimmelcenter.org

Philly Theatre Week

This week, Theatre Philadelphia kicks off a 10-day celebration of all things theatrical in Philly. Philly Theatre Week features more than 70 organizations, 80 events and 268 performances ranging from a show by songstress Laurin Talese (who has toured with Alicia Keys and Ed Sheeran) to a Shakespeare-inspired open-mic poetry night. Other highlights include an opening party at Yards Brewing Company, a Game of Thrones parody performance and a modern portrayal of Marie Antoinette’s life. Tickets range from free (!) to $30.

Philly Theatre Week

When:February 8-18
Where:Various locations including Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. 2nd Street
Cost:Various prices

www.theatrephiladelphia.org

Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention at the Pennsylvania Convention Center

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Philadelphia Tattoo Convention, which returns to the Pennsylvania Convention Center from February 9 to 11. Guests of the event can check out tattoo demonstrations, hear from tattoo experts from shows like Ink Master, browse local crafts and enjoy live performances. Tickets are $22 for a day pass and $45 for a three-day pass. Note that tickets are only available at the door.

Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention at the Pennsylvania Convention Center

When:February 9-11
Where:Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street
Cost:$22

www.villainarts.com

Opera Philadelphia's Written on Skin at the Academy of Music

The interior of the Academy of Music in PhiladelphiaPhoto by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia

Written on Skin opens in Philadelphia for its City of Brotherly Love premiere. The modern operatic work is brought to the Academy of Music stage by Opera Philadelphia for four special performances. The show tells the story of an affair between a powerful woman and a young artist who was commissioned by her husband to create artworks for the family. The show is set to a soundtrack of dramatic, original opera.

Opera Philadelphia's Written on Skin at the Academy of Music

When:February 9, 11, 16 and 18
Where:Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost:$20 and up

www.kimmelcenter.org

Philadelphia 76ers vs. New Orleans Pelicans at the Wells Fargo Center

The weekend starts with a basketball showdown in South Philly as the Philadelphia 76ers take on the New Orleans Pelicans at the Wells Fargo Center. The game begins at 7 p.m. and tickets start at $27.

Philadelphia 76ers vs. New Orleans Pelicans at the Wells Fargo Center

When:Friday, February 9, 7 p.m.
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street
Cost:$29 and up

www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com

Second Saturdays: The Olympics at the Penn Museum

Penn MuseumPhoto courtesy Penn Museum

The Winter Olympics kick off on Friday and to celebrate the competitive games, the Penn Museum hosts a special edition of its recurring Second Saturday event. All day long, the museum welcomes guests with special crafts, games throughout the galleries, a tour centering around the Ancient Olympics and more.

Second Saturdays: The Olympics at the Penn Museum

When:Saturday, February 10, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where:Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Cost:Free with general admission: $15, adults; $13, senior citizens (65 and above); $10, children (ages 6-17) and full-time students with college ID

www.penn.museum

Cornel West at Parkway Central Library

Cornel WestPhoto courtesy Cornel West

Cornel West, one of modern day’s most celebrated authors and scholars, will stop by the Free Library of Philadelphia for a discussion about his notable work, Race Matters, on Saturday night. West will discuss his book, research and what it means for society. Note that auditorium tickets are sold out, but simulcast tickets (only $6) are currently available.

Cornel West at Parkway Central Library

When:Saturday, February 10, 7:30 p.m.
Where:Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street
Cost:$6

www.freelibrary.org

PhillyBloco’s Brazilian Carnaval/Mardi Gras Bash at World Cafe Live

PhillyBlocoPhoto by Jaci Downs for PhillyBloco

PhillyBloco, a local Brazilian group, puts on its annual Carnival/Mardi Gras party at World Cafe Live this Saturday night. The night-long dance party features live music from Philly Bloco in addition to Samba Garage.

PhillyBloco’s Brazilian Carnaval/Mardi Gras Bash at World Cafe Live

When:Saturday, February 10, 8:30 p.m.
Where:World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street
Cost:$20 and up

www.worldcafelive.com

Family Arts Academy: Come.Sit.Color at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine ArtsPhoto by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts welcomes guests of all ages for an afternoon of crafting this Sunday. Jay McClellan, a graduate of PAFA, will teach guests about his artistic process while also hosting a free animal-portrait workshop.

Family Arts Academy: Come.Sit.Color at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

When:Sunday, February 11, 2-4 p.m.
Where:Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118-128 N. Broad Street
Cost:Free

www.pafa.org

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