15 Wonderful Things To Do In Philadelphia This Week, February 20-25

Last call for Dilworth Park Wintergarden, beer festivals, Reading Terminal Market's 125th birthday celebrations and more...

The short week (due to the Presidents’ Day holiday) kicks into high gear right away with fun wintertime attractions, cool performances, beer festivals and so much more.

It’s the final week to check out the Dilworth Park Wintergarden, a cold-weather attraction featuring ice skating, a cozy spot for food and drinks and a garden maze. Stop by the City Hall spot before the season wraps.

Throughout the week, some of the city’s most popular museums open their doors to late-night visitors for after-hours programming. Look forward to a music-based tour at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, live performances at the Barnes Foundation and dino-centric activities at the Academy of Natural Sciences.

Reading Terminal Market celebrates its 125th birthday this week with two exciting celebrations: Thursday’s 1893 Day (complete with occasional pricing from the late 19th century) and a huge ticketed party on Saturday.

Also on Saturday, three beer festivals hit the Philadelphia area — Kennett Winterfest, Beats, Brews and BBQ at World Cafe Live and Philly Bierfest. Each fest promises a solid selection of delicious beers from local and not-so-local breweries. Cheers!

Read on for our guide to this week in Philly.

Dilworth Park Wintergarden at City Hall

Dilworth Park WintergardenPhoto courtesy Center City District

Last call! This Sunday, the seasonal Dilworth Park Wintergarden wraps up for the season, so stop by for ice skating, garden-maze exploration and the chance to enjoy eats and drinks at the on-site Rothman Institute Cabin. The Wintergarden is also home to special events this week, including game night on Tuesday, happy hour on Wednesday, karaoke on Friday and a garden workshop on Saturday.

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.

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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Opera Philadelphia: Cycles of My Being at the Kimmel Center

Opera Philadelphia Cycles of My BeingPhoto courtesy the Kimmel Center

This Black History Month, Opera Philadelphia presents Cycles of My Being, a one-night-only show that spotlights life as a Black man in America. Through classical music and jazz, the show brings harsh realities to the spotlight with performances by African-American instrumentalists from the New York Philharmonic and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Opera Philadelphia: Cycles of My Being at the Kimmel Center

When:Tuesday, February 20, 7:30 p.m.
Where:Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:$25

www.kimmelcenter.org

P.M. at the Penn Museum: Let’s Talk About Sex(uality)

Guests can explore the Penn Museum’s collection after hours as part of its P.M. at the Penn Museum series this Wednesday night. This week, activities and gallery tours center on the theme of sexuality and gender. Check out two-spirit artifacts from a special Native American collection and a performance by drag queen Jasmine Anastasia.

P.M. at the Penn Museum: Let’s Talk About Sex(uality)

When:Wednesday, February 21, 6-8 p.m.
Where:Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Cost:$20, general admission; $15, members

www.penn.museum

Final Fridays: King Britt Presents “The Missed Guided Tour” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

Every month, the Philadelphia Museum of Art celebrates the last Friday of the month with a bang — think live music, after-hours gallery tours, dance parties, cocktails, light bites and more. This Friday, the museum hosts a special music-based tour of the museum with a soundtrack curated by renowned Philly musician and producer King Britt. The music-themed fun continues with a performance by King Britt himself and other music makers, a beat-making workshop and more.

Final Fridays: King Britt Presents “The Missed Guided Tour” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

When:Friday, February 23, 5-8:45 p.m.
Where:Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free with admission: $20, adults; $18, seniors; $14, students and youth (13-18); free, children 12 and under

www.philamuseum.org

Artist Bash: Heartache at the Barnes Foundation

The Barnes FoundationPhoto courtesy The Barnes Foundation

Heartbreak and heartache are often the inspiration behind some of the world’s most impressive works of art. This Friday, the Barnes Foundation brings in local performers — vocalists, dancers, DJs and even a shadow puppeteer — to perform works they created as a result of heartache. $10 gets attendees into the event as well as full access to the Barnes Foundation collections.

Artist Bash: Heartache at the Barnes Foundation

When:Friday, February 23, 8-11 p.m.
Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:$10 (includes access to collection and special exhibition)

www.barnesfoundation.org

Opening: Marian: The Philadelphia Story at the National Marian Anderson Museum

Marian Anderson Residence MuseumPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

The National Marian Anderson Museum — which celebrates the life and legacy of Marian Anderson, a renowned African-American opera singer — opens Marian: The Philadelphia Story, a brand-new exhibition about Anderson’s life in Philadelphia and her impact on the world. Starting Friday, guests can browse a range of Marian Anderson’s own possessions — performance gowns, costumes, photographs — in addition to recordings of some of her greatest performances.

Opening: Marian: The Philadelphia Story at the National Marian Anderson Museum

When:February 24-October 31
Where:Marian Anderson Historical Society & Museum, 762 Martin Street
Cost:$10

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

The fourth Friday of the month brings a slew of special events to the Academy of Natural Sciences for its recurring Dinos After Dark event. Guests can score pay-what-you-wish admission to the museum starting at 5 p.m., and inside of the museum, visitors can check out an indoor beer garden, special discussions about the ongoing Crocs exhibition and tours of the attraction's super-impressive permanent collection.

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

When:Friday, February 23, 5-8 p.m.
Where:The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Pay what you wish ($10, suggested donation)

www.ansp.org

Shen Yun 2018 at the Merriam Theater

Shen YunPhoto courtesy the Kimmel Center

Traverse 5,000 years of Chinese culture through an extravaganza of dance and music at Shen Yun’s winter performance at the Merriam Theater. The show opens this Friday with an all-original score and traditional Chinese dance performances.

Shen Yun 2018 at the Merriam Theater

When:February 23-March 11
Where:Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad Street
Cost:$80 and up

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Black History Month Celebration at the African American Museum

The African American Museum in PhiladephiaPhoto courtesy the African American Museum in Philadephia

As the end of Black History of Month nears, the African American Museum wraps up its celebrations with an afternoon filled with special events — a performance, a book signing and more — on Saturday and a performance featuring black musicians and poets on Friday night.

Black History Month Celebration at the African American Museum

When:February 23-24
Where:The African American Museum, 701 Arch Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.aampmuseum.org

Reading Terminal Market's 1893 Day and Party for the Market

People eating and drinking at Reading Terminal MarketPhoto courtesy Reading Terminal Market

This week, Center City’s iconic railway terminal turned epicurean haven fetes a century and a quarter of feeding foodies. The venue plans a grand period gala — Victorian costumes, penny-farthings and occasional rollbacks to 1893 prices throughout the day at the ring of a bell — for this Thursday (coinciding with the date the market opened in 1893). Also on tap: a ticketed, public party on Saturday featuring six live bands, four open bars, casino games, a cocktail lounge and all you can eat from more than 30 market merchants.

Reading Terminal Market's 1893 Day and Party for the Market

When:February 22 & 24
Where:Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th Street
Cost:1893 Day: Pay as you go
Party for the Market: $90-$175 per person

www.readingterminalmarket.org

Kennett Winterfest

Brewers from 21st Amendment, Dogfish Head, Oskar Blues, Yards, Southern Tier and more than 50 other breweries head to Kennett Square this Saturday for the sixth annual Kennett Winterfest, the town’s day-long beer festival. Guests can sip samples delicious brews while grooving to live music, and food will be available for purchase from a number of on-site food trucks.

Kennett Winterfest

When:Saturday, February 24, 12:30-4 p.m.
Where:600 S. Broad Street, Kennett Square
Cost:$60

www.kennettwinterfest.com

Beats, Brews and BBQ at World Cafe Live

Three of many people’s favorite things — music, beer and barbecue food — converge at World Cafe Live this Saturday for the fun-filled Beats, Brews and BBQ event. Enjoy music from the Bob Lowery Band while sipping on beer from featured breweries like Conshohocken Brewing, Left Hand, Sly Fox, Victory, 2SP and Neshaminy Creek.

Beats, Brews and BBQ at World Cafe Live

When:Saturday, February 24, 1 p.m.
Where:World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street
Cost:$55 and up

www.worldcafelive.com

Philly Bierfest 2018

Prost! The German Society of Pennsylvania and the Philly Roller Derby bring back their winter beer festival for another year of German-inspired Pennsylvania-made beers, in addition to cold brews from Germany. Guests can sample beers from Free Will, Yards, Roy Pitz, Paulaner, Radeberger and more while enjoying live bluegrass music, quizzo, Roller Derby arm wrestling, Berlin-style burlesque performances and more. Tickets are available online for this beer-fueled party.

Philly Bierfest 2018

When:Saturday, February 24, 2-5:30 p.m.
Where:German Society Of Pennsylvania, 611 Spring Garden Street
Cost:$25 and up

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