14 Great Things To Do In Philly This Week, March 5-11

Philadelphia Flower Show, East Passyunk Restaurant Week, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and more...

The first full week of March brings flowers, food deals, a film fest, fountains and more to Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia Flower Show offers a full week of beautiful horticultural displays throughout the Pennsylvania Convention Center — and special events to boot. The show starts with a tropical rainforest entrance garden and a 25-foot-tall waterfall and continues with dozens of special exhibits throughout the expansive space.

This Friday, East Passyunk Restaurant Week ends its run at restaurants like Le Virtu, Bing Bing Dim Sum, Townsend and more. Be sure to stop by some of the Avenue’s most popular restaurants for $15, $25 and $35 meal deals before the foodie promotion ends.

Pre-St. Patrick’s Day festivities start this week with the huge St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Market Street. The annual event celebrates Irish culture with live music, marching bands, dance performances and more throughout Center City.

Read on for our guide to this week in Philadelphia.

East Passyunk Restaurant Week

BrigantessaPhoto courtesy Brigantessa

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 to $35. Book a reservation now and get ready to chow down before the deals end on Friday!

East Passyunk Restaurant Week

When:Through Friday, March 9
Where:Various locations including Brigantessa, 1520 East Passyunk Avenue
Cost:$10, $15 or $20, prix-fixe lunch; $20, 30 or $40, prix-fixe dinner

www.eastpassyunkrestaurantweek.com

Philadelphia Flower Show

All week long, signs of spring fill the Pennsylvania Convention Center during this year's edition of the Philadelphia Flower Show. Through Sunday, March 11, guests can browse floral installations and horticultural displays that fall under the theme of Wonders of Water. Special events round out the fun, including a teddy bear tea party on Sunday, daily garden tea parties and the first-ever Philadelphia Water Summit on Wednesday.

Philadelphia Flower Show

When:Through Sunday, March 11
Where:Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street
Cost:Online during show: $32, adults on weekdays; $35, adults on weekends; $22, students (ages 17-24) on weekdays; $24, students (ages 17-24) on weekends; $17, children (ages 2-16)
br>Box office: $35, adults on weekdays; $40, adults on weekends; $24, students (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

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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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Israeli Film Festival

It's week two for the Israeli Film Festival, a celebration of Israeli films and screenings about the Israeli experience. The nearly month-long festival features a number of anticipated films this week, including Ben-Gurion: Epilogue, a found-footage-style interview with David Ben-Gurion, the first prime minister of Israel, and An Israel Love Story, a film based on the love between two prominent Israelis.

Israeli Film Festival

When:Through Sunday, March 25 (select dates)
Where:Various locations including International House, 3701 Chestnut Street
Cost:Cost varies by event

www.iffphila.com

King of Prussia Restaurant Week

Steakhouses, seafood spots, fine-dining establishments and more set their tables for King of Prussia Restaurant Week, which returns with more than 20 participating eateries throughout the area this March. Restaurants offer up either $10, $15 or $20 lunch specials and $20, $30 or $40 dinner deals throughout the week-long event.

King of Prussia Restaurant Week

When:March 5-11
Where:Various locations including Legal Sea Foods, 680 West Dekalb Pike, King of Prussia
Cost:$10, $15 or $20, prix-fixe lunch; $20, $30 or $40 prix-fixe dinner

www.visitkop.com

History After Hours: Fierce Females at the Museum of the American Revolution

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

This Women's History Month, the Museum of the American Revolution hosts a discussion about Revolutionary, a novel about Deborah Sampson, America's first female soldier. In addition to an author-hosted book signing and lecture, the after-hours event also promise crafts and opportunities to learn about other powerful women from the early years of America.

History After Hours: Fierce Females at the Museum of the American Revolution

When:Tuesday, March 6, 5-8 p.m.
Where:Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. 3rd Street
Cost:$10, general admission; free, members

www.amrevmuseum.org

BalletX Spring Series 2018

BalletXPhoto courtesy BalletX

World premiere performances and the resurfacing of a popular 2014 show combine to make up BalletX's Spring Series 2018. The performances consist of works choreographed to Latin and Afro-Caribbean music, classical music and more.

BalletX Spring Series 2018

When:March 7-18 (select dates)
Where:The Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad Street
Cost:$25 and up

www.balletx.org

A Quiet Place at the Kimmel Center

Curtis Opera Theatre presents the American premiere of Garth Edwin Sunderland's rarely performed chamber adaptation of A Quiet Place by Leonard Bernstein, a fully staged production and part of Bernstein's centenary celebration in the Perelman Theater in the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

A Quiet Place at the Kimmel Center

When:March 7, 9 & 11
Where:Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:$25 and up

www.curtis.edu

Party for the Park at Voyeur

The Friends of the Rail Park present a fundraiser party at Voyeur this Thursday night, where guests can enjoy music by singers like Sango, Xavier Omär and Bosco and dance-worthy tunes from a number of local DJs. Before the music starts, a VIP reception goes down with food from Di Bruno Bros. and 13th Street Kitchens and drinks from an open bar. Proceeds benefit the renovation of a railroad car to convert it into a visitor center and public programming space for the coming-soon Rail Park.

Party for the Park at Voyeur

When:Thursday, March 8, 8 p.m.
Where:Voyeur Nightclub, 1221 Saint James Street
Cost:$20

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Swan Lake at the Academy of Music

Pennsylvania BalletPhoto by Alexander Iziliaev

The renowned Swan Lake unfolds at the Academy of Music this month. The Pennsylvania Ballet reprises the Tchaikovsky-scored ballet classic as staged by Angel Corella after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov.

Swan Lake at the Academy of Music

When:March 8-18
Where:Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost:$35 and up

www.kimmelcenter.org

Gala at FringeArts

Photo courtesy FringeArts

Gala, one of the Fringe Festival's most popular shows from 2016, returns to the stage again this winter. The show welcomes dancers of all ages and skill levels to the stage to recreate famous dances from a number of eras. The show reinforces the notion that dancing is meant for all different kinds of people and even the most rigid of dances is open to interpretation.

Gala at FringeArts

When:Friday, March 9, 8 p.m.
Where:FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:$15 and up

www.fringearts.com

The Peking Acrobats at Annenberg Theatre

Peking AcrobatsPhoto courtesy Peking Acrobats

Impressive displays of agility and acrobatics arrive at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts this week when the Peking Acrobats take the stage. Brightly costumed performers will perform gymnastics, juggling, tumbling and more to a score of live music.

The Peking Acrobats at Annenberg Theatre

When:March 9-10
Where:Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut Street
Cost:$30 and up

www.annenbergcenter.org

Philly POPS: Best of Broadway at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Photo by M. Kennedy For Visit Philadelphia

The Philly POPs team up this month with Broadway stars Debbie Gravitte, Susan Egan and Christopher Seiber — who have performed a total of two dozen Broadway shows collectively! — for three unforgettable nights of performances at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Look forward to a showcase of popular tunes including those from Chicago, Beauty and the Beast, Wicked, Phantom of the Opera and more.

Philly POPS: Best of Broadway at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

When:March 9-11
Where:Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:$35 and up

www.phillypops.org

St. Patrick's Day Parade

St. Patrick's DayPhoto by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Pull out your greenest attire and spend St. Patrick's Day watching marching bands, decorated floats, music and dance groups, youth groups and Irish associations parade down Broad Street to City Hall and from City Hall to Market Street to Penn's Landing.

St. Patrick's Day Parade

When:Sunday, March 11, noon-3 p.m.
Where:Starts at 16th Street & JFK Boulevard
Cost:Free

www.philadelphiastpatsparade.com

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