20+ Excellent Things To Do In Philly This Week, February 12-19

Valentine’s Day fun, Lunar New Year celebrations, the return of the LOVE sculpture and more...

With Valentine’s Day, the Lunar New Year and Presidents’ Day all coming up in the next few days, it’s shaping up to be another exciting week in Philadelphia.

The Valentine’s Day celebrations, which take place all over the city, include everything from events like Sweetheart Skate at Rothman Institute Ice Rink at Dilworth Park to special meals for lovebirds to the return of the LOVE sculpture at LOVE Park.

The Year of the Dog kicks off this week with a giant party at International House, a midnight performance and daytime parade (both in Chinatown) and more.

Plus, on Monday, the National Constitution Center offers free admission (and a slew of special events) to all guests in celebration of African American History Month, while the National Liberty Museum offers pay-what-you-wish admission.

We’ll be celebrating the extended weekend, so we’re including Monday, February 19 in this week’s edition of Picks of the Week. We’ll be back on Tuesday with a guide to next week in Philly.

Read on for our guide to this lovely week in Philly.

Dilworth Park Wintergarden at City Hall

Rothman Rink at Dilworth ParkPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

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 and a Sweetheart Skate (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. On Wednesday, enjoy a sweet evening of skating with that special someone as part of Sweetheart Skate.

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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Philly Theatre Week

Marie Antoinette / Philly Theatre WeekPhoto courtesy Curio Theatre Company

This week, Theatre Philadelphia continues 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. Tickets range from free (!) to $30.

Philly Theatre Week

When:Through Sunday, February 18
Where:Various locations including the Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. 2nd Street
Cost:Price varies by event

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Lunar New Year

Dancers at the International House's Lunar New Year celebration.Photo courtesy International House

All week long, the city celebrates the Lunar New Year and the Year of the Dog with events and parties around the city. Events include the annual (and super fun!) lion dance parade in Chinatown on Sunday, the Philadelphia Suns' midnight lion dance on Thursday and a food-filled celebration at Reading Terminal Market on Saturday. Click here for more Lunar New Year celebrations in Philly.

Lunar New Year

When:Through February 18
Where:Various locations including International House, 3701 Chestnut Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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LOVE on the Move Parade

Love Sculpture in PhiladelphiaPhoto by J. Smith for Visit Philadelphia

Following months of restoration, the beloved LOVE sculpture is set to return to John F. Kennedy Plaza — better known as LOVE Park — this Tuesday, just in time for Valentine's Day. Beginning at 10 a.m., the sculpture will be paraded through the city, starting at the Joan of Arc statue at 25th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue and stopping at five other public art sculptures on or near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway before landing at LOVE Park for installation. This will be the first time that the public will see the sculpture restored to its original colors: red, green and purple.

LOVE on the Move Parade

When:Tuesday, February 13, 10-11:15 a.m.
Where:Various locations including LOVE Park, 16th Street and JFK Boulevard
Cost:Free

www.creativephl.org

Night Skies in the Joel N. Bloom Observatory at The Franklin Institute

The Franklin InstitutePhoto courtesy The Franklin Institute

Derrick Pitts, The Franklin Institute's chief astronomer, leads night-sky enthusiasts in an evening of stargazing, celestial discussions, planetarium shows and live science demonstrations as the museum hosts its monthly Nights Skies in the Joel N. Bloom Observatory event. Weather permitting, guests can even view stars, planets and nebulae through telescopes on the observation deck.

Night Skies in the Joel N. Bloom Observatory at The Franklin Institute

When:Tuesday, February 13, 7-10 p.m.
Where:The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street
Cost:$10

www.fi.edu

Broadway Philadelphia's Waitress at the Forrest Theatre

Broadway Philadelphia WaitressPhoto by Joan Marcus

Music by Sara Bareilles highlights this Broadway musical based on the 2007 film. Small-town waitress Jenna dreams of moving to a new place and leaving her passionless marriage.

Broadway Philadelphia's Waitress at the Forrest Theatre

When:February 13-18
Where:Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut Street
Cost:$62 and up

www.kimmelcenter.org

Valentine's Day in Philadelphia

Red Owl TavernPhoto By J. Fusco For Visit Philadelphia

Wednesday marks Valentine's Day in Philadelphia and attractions, performance groups, bars and restaurants celebrate the holiday with a slew of love-fueled celebrations. What's on tap? A Valentine's Day murder mystery dinner at Red Owl Tavern, ice skating at both Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest and the Rothman Institute Ice Rink, an open-mic poetry night at Parkway Central Library and so much more. Click here for a full guide to Valentine's Day in Philly.

Valentine's Day in Philadelphia

When:Wednesday, February 14
Where:Various locations including Red Owl Tavern, 433 Chestnut Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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First Person Arts Ex Files StorySlam at Punch Line Philly

Photo courtesy First Person Arts

First Person Arts' annual Valentine's Day StorySlam hits Punch Line Philly in Fishtown for an evening of laughs and tears. Some of the city's best storytellers share their own tales of heartache and true love with the audience. Those interested in attending are encouraged to purchase tickets soon — this event is known to sell out.

First Person Arts Ex Files StorySlam at Punch Line Philly

When:Wednesday, February 14, 7-8:30 p.m.
Where:Punch Line Philly, 33 E. Laurel Street
Cost:$14

www.punchlinephilly.com

A Special Valentine's Day Jazz Concert: Celebrating The Music of Gamble & Huff and Curtis Mayfield at World Cafe Live

World Cafe Live celebrates Valentine's Day with a special concert this Wednesday night. Throughout the evening, Marcell Bellinger and Larry Brown Jr. perform music made famous by Curtis Mayfield and Philly's own Gamble and Huff.

A Special Valentine's Day Jazz Concert: Celebrating The Music of Gamble & Huff and Curtis Mayfield at World Cafe Live

When:Wednesday, February 14, 8 p.m.
Where:World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street
Cost:$20, advance; $25, at the door

www.worldcafelive.com

#KimmelMingle at the Kimmel Center

Sittin' In (a free, monthly concert) returns to the Kimmel Center this Valentine's Day, bringing a dose of romance to the event. The Kimmel Center invites single and coupled-up music fans in for an evening of live music, drinks and a chance to mix and mingle with fellow music fans.

#KimmelMingle at the Kimmel Center

When:Wednesday, February 14, 9 p.m.
Where:Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:Free

www.kimmelcenter.org

Went Looking for Beauty: Reception & Lecture with Deborah Willis, Ph.D. at the African American Museum

The African American Museum hosts a free lecture featuring Dr. Deborah Willis, whose photographs are currently featured throughout the museum in a special exhibition entitled Went Looking for Beauty: Refashioning Self. Willis will speak about fashion and art's place in public and private space while also showcasing her photography, which represents beauty, culture and identity.

Went Looking for Beauty: Reception & Lecture with Deborah Willis, Ph.D. at the African American Museum

When:Thursday, February 15, 6-8:30 p.m.
Where:The African American Museum, 701 Arch Street
Cost:Free

www.aampmuseum.org

Door 19: The Mating Game at the Academy of Natural Sciences

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel UniversityPhoto courtesy The Academy of Natural Sciences

The Academy of Natural Sciences welcomes after-hours guests for a 21-plus party featuring a range of activities, games and discussions about mating in the animal kingdom. From 6 to 9 p.m. this Thursday night, stop by the museum for behind-the-scenes tours, courtship dance workshops and an open bar from 8 Oaks Distillery.

Door 19: The Mating Game at the Academy of Natural Sciences

When:Thursday, February 15, 6-9 p.m.
Where:The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:$60 and up

www.ansp.org

Gobsmacked! The Amazing A Cappella and Beatboxing Show at the Merriam Theater

GobsmackedPhoto courtesy the Kimmel Center

After making its way around the world, Gobsmacked! The Amazing A Cappella and Beatboxing Show takes the stage at the Merriam Theater for an evening of awe-inspiring a capella. The show promises to feature impressive vocals from accomplished a cappella artists and music from renowned beatboxer Ball-Zee.

Gobsmacked! The Amazing A Cappella and Beatboxing Show at the Merriam Theater

When:Friday, February 16, 8 p.m.
Where:Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad Street
Cost:$29 and up

www.kimmelcenter.org

Marvel Universe Live! at Wells Fargo Center

Photo courtesy Marvel Universe LIVE!/Feld Entertainment

Marvel superheroes take to the Wells Fargo Center for Marvel Universe Live!, which kicks off this Friday and runs through the holiday weekend. The show combines video, special effects, stunts and engaging performances from superheroes like Iron Man, Thor, Black Panther and the Hulk as they try to save the world from evil.

Marvel Universe Live! at Wells Fargo Center

When:February 16-19
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street
Cost:$23 and up

www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com

Philly Loves Dilla 6th Annual Party

Donuts rapper and producer J. Dilla is extremely influential. Professional crate diggers hope to find him, hip-hop artists and producers try to emulate him and, of course, Philly loves him. It's no wonder that 12 years after his death, this party in his honor is still going strong.

Philly Loves Dilla 6th Annual Party

When:Saturday, February 17, 9 p.m.
Where:Johnny Brenda's, 1201 Frankford Avenue
Cost:$10, until 11 p.m.; $15, after

www.johnnybrendas.com

Presidents' Day Weekend at the Museum of American Revolution

Museum of the American RevolutionPhoto by J. Fusco for the Museum of the American Revolution

This Saturday through Monday, the Museum of the American Revolution celebrates Presidents' Day with an array of special events and attractions. Throughout the weekend, guests can enjoy themed activities in the galleries, a special (ticketed) breakfast with George Washington, giveaways and more. Take note: Presidents' Day is also the final day to check out Among His Troops: Washington's War Tent in a Newly Discovered Watercolor at the Museum of the American Revolution.

Presidents' Day Weekend at the Museum of American Revolution

When:February 17-19
Where:Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. 3rd Street
Cost:Free with museum admission: $19 for adults; $12 for youth; $17 for senior; $17 for students, military, and teachers; free for children and members

www.amrevmuseum.org

Presidents' Day Weekend at the National Liberty Museum

National Liberty MuseumPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

This Presidents' Day weekend, the National Liberty Museum teaches guests about the profound impact America's presidents have had on history through special exhibitions, hands-on activities and even a few rounds of presidential trivia. And on Monday, the museum honors the holiday with pay-what-you-wish admission.

Presidents' Day Weekend at the National Liberty Museum

When:February 17-19
Where:National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut Street
Cost:February 17-18: $7, adults; $6, seniors; $5, college students; $2, children (5-17); free for children under 5
February 19: Pay what you wish,

www.libertymuseum.org

Grand Opening: The Best of Britain - Forgotten Fiberglass Racers! at Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum

Simeone Automotive MuseumPhoto courtesy Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum

The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum brings British-made fiberglass race cars to the spotlight in its coming-soon exhibition, The Best of Britain - Forgotten Fiberglass Racers!. Opening this Saturday, the exhibition features oft-forgotten two-seat British race cars hailing from the 1950s and 1960s. Admission to the museum is just $12 for adults.

Grand Opening: The Best of Britain - Forgotten Fiberglass Racers! at Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum

When:February 17-March 4
Where:Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, 6825-31 Norwitch Drive
Cost:$8 and up

www.simeonemuseum.org

Free Admission to National Constitution Center for African American History Month

National Constitution CenterPhoto courtesy National Constitution Center

On Monday, February 19, the National Constitution Center offers free (!) admission to its impressive collection in celebration of African American History Month. Museum guests can explore the museum's current exhibitions while also checking out important artifacts in African-American history, including items from President Obama's inauguration, signed copies of the 13th Amendment and Emancipation Proclamation and more. Additional activities include an African-American history tour and an Emancipation Proclamation Document Workshop.

Free Admission to National Constitution Center for African American History Month

When:Monday, February 19, 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Where:National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street
Cost:Free

www.constitutioncenter.org

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