15 Awesome Things To Do In Philly This Week, March 12-18

Final week for Winter Fountains on the Parkway, grand opening of Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music, two free events at the Kimmel Center and more...

Get ready for a week full of free performances, fascinating exhibitions and so much more, Philly!

On Sunday, the picturesque Winter Fountains exhibition ends its (free!) run on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Those interested can stop by a special closing reception at Park Town Place this Friday night or can choose to wander the Parkway on their own time to catch one last view of the glowing nighttime-only display.

This Friday, the National Museum of American Jewish History opens an exhibition that has been anticipated by many — Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music. The exhibit celebrates the famous composer’s centennial and is also the world’s first large-scale exhibition on this subject.

Plus, with St. Patrick’s Day quickly approaching, the city welcomes a number of celebrations for the holiday, including a special day of family fun at the Please Touch Museum and the citywide bar crawl Erin Express.

Read on for our guide to this week in Philly.

Last Chance: Kiefer Rodin at the Barnes Foundation

Kiefer Rodin at the Barnes FoundationAuguste Rodin, Reclining Woman, undated. Terracotta and granite. 7 1/2 × 13 3/8 × 7 3/16 in. © Musée Rodin (photo by Jerome Manoukian).

This Monday, March 12, is the final day to visit the Barnes Foundation's Kiefer Rodin exhibition, a fascinating showcase that celebrates the work of two artists: German contemporary Anselm Kiefer and French master sculptor Auguste Rodin. The exhibition features almost 100 works and serves as a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Rodin's death and the five-year anniversary of the Barnes Foundation's move to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Last Chance: Kiefer Rodin at the Barnes Foundation

When:Through Monday, March 12
Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:$30, adults; $28, seniors; $5, youth and students; free, 12 and under

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Winter Fountains on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

It's the final week to see the free, outdoor Winter Fountains exhibition, which illuminates the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with a stunning nighttime display of surreal, glowing videos projected onto four large domes. The dazzling works — inspired by the Parkway's grand fountains — are the centerpiece exhibition of Parkway 100, the city's 14-month celebration commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the avenue's groundbreaking. To mark the final week of the public exhibition, the Rodin Museum will feature extended hours on Friday night (staying open until 7 p.m.) and Park Towne Place will welcome guests for a Friday evening reception featuring refreshments and art discussions.

Winter Fountains on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

When:Winter Fountains: Through Sunday, March 18; Winter Fountains Final Reception: Friday, March 16, 7-8:30 p.m.
Where:Various locations including the Spring Garden Triangle near The Oval
Cost:Free

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Women's History Month Events in Philadelphia

M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

March is Women's History Month and a number of cultural attractions and local organizations are celebrating the occasion. This week, check out the Women's Film Festival (which kicks off on Friday), new exhibits at the Betsy Ross House, an interactive poetry event on Saturday at Stenton in Germantown and more. For our full guide to Women's History Month in Philadelphia, click here.

Women's History Month Events in Philadelphia

When:Through Saturday, March 31
Where:Various locations including the Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch Street
Cost:Varies by event

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Israeli Film Festival

This week, the Israeli Film Festival continues with acclaimed Israeli films and screenings about the Israeli experience. Featured films this week include A Quiet Heart, an award-winning film about a young pianist who moves away from the pressure she is faced with in Tel Aviv and Beneath The Silence, a film about a veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder during a time when the military doesn't acknowledge the condition.

Israeli Film Festival

When:Through Sunday, March 25 (select dates)
Where:Various locations including The Ritz East, 125 S. 2nd Street
Cost:Cost varies by event

www.iffphila.com

La NOCHE at the Kimmel Center

This Monday night, the Kimmel Center plays host to this month's edition of LA NOCHE, a free performance in Commonwealth Plaza. The recurring series, featuring the La NOCHE band and a special guest group, offers attendees the chance to dance along to rhythmic tunes.

La NOCHE at the Kimmel Center

When:Monday, March 12, 8 p.m.
Where:Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:Free

www.kimmelcenter.org

Science After Hours: Cosmos at The Franklin Institute

The Franklin InstitutePhoto courtesy The Franklin Institute

Every month, The Franklin Institute hosts Science After Hours, a special program for 21-plus guests. This Tuesday night, the fun-filled night returns with dozens of cool activities and presentations that focus on the theme of Cosmos. Guests can enjoy themed quizzo, a presentation about deadly forces in space, a grown-up science fair, stargazing through NASA-grade telescopes and much more. Tickets are known to sell out, so be sure to purchase your ticket soon!

Science After Hours: Cosmos at The Franklin Institute

When:Tuesday, March 13, 7-10 p.m.
Where:The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street
Cost:$20, general admission; $15, members

www.fi.edu

The InLiquid Gallery Grand Opening

InLiquid, a local arts organization, celebrates the debut of its first permanent space with a grand opening party this Wednesday night. Beyond light bites and refreshments from Philadelphia Brewing Company, guests can be among the first to explore the new permanent space and its exhibitions. The current featured exhibition is Entrances and Exits, a show made up of mixed mediums.

The InLiquid Gallery Grand Opening

When:Wednesday, March 14, 6-8 p.m.
Where:InLiquid Gallery, 1400 N. American Street, Studio 108
Cost:Free with RSVP

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Sittin' In Featuring Donn T. at the Kimmel Center

Kimmel CenterPhoto courtesy the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

At this month's free Sittin' In performance at the Kimmel Center, groove along to the music of Donn T., a local musician (and Questlove's sister!) who's known for her captivating songs that showcase her impressive vocal talents. Most recently, Donn T. teamed up with Chill Moody to create her latest single, Clear.

Sittin' In Featuring Donn T. at the Kimmel Center

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

www.kimmelcenter.org

Cheers to the End of Winter at the Pop-Up Chalet at The Rittenhouse

Raise a glass to the final days of winter at the Lacroix at The Rittenhouse's end-of-winter party at its pop-up chalet in the courtyard. Tickets, which run $55 per person, get attendees unlimited glasses of Moet Chandon, delectable bites like foie gras s'mores and potato rosti bites with caviar and access to a full evening of alfresco fun in the picturesque courtyard at The Rittenhouse.

Cheers to the End of Winter at the Pop-Up Chalet at The Rittenhouse

When:Thursday, March 15, 6-8 p.m.
Where:The Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square
Cost:$55

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Deepak Chopra at the Merriam Theater

Deepak ChopraPhoto courtesy Merriam Theater

New York Times bestselling author and all-around health advocate Deepak Chopra discusses his most recent book, The Healing Self at a special evening event at the Merriam Theater. Guests of this discussion will learn the importance of higher consciousness, healing and transformation.

Deepak Chopra at the Merriam Theater

When:Thursday, March 15, 8 p.m.
Where:Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad Street
Cost:$49 and up

www.kimmelcenter.org

Get Pegged Cabaret featuring Becca Blackwell at FringeArts

Get Pegged CabaretPhoto courtesy FringeArts

The weekend kicks off with the popular Get Pegged Cabaret at FringeArts. The monthly performance series brings some of the best performers in the LGBT world to the stage at the Old City arts venue. This month, enjoy performances that combine comedy with impressive performance art.

Get Pegged Cabaret featuring Becca Blackwell at FringeArts

When:Friday, March 16, 10:30 p.m.
Where:FringeArts, 140 N. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Cost:$5

www.fringearts.com

Swan Lake at the Academy of Music

Performers from the Pennsylvania Ballet in Swan LakePhoto courtesy Pennsylvania Ballet

The renowned Swan Lake unfolds at the Academy of Music with four final performances this weekend. 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 16-18
Where:Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost:$35 and up

www.kimmelcenter.org

Opening: Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music at the National Museum of American Jewish History

This Friday, the National Museum of American Jewish History opens a highly anticipated exhibition, Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music. The exhibition consists of a collection of artifacts, films and sound bites that not only celebrate the talented composer's 100th birthday, but also bring to light the stress, fear and eventual hopefulness of an American Jew living through the Holocaust, World War II and the Vietnam War.

Opening: Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music at the National Museum of American Jewish History

When:March 16-September 2
Where:National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall E.
Cost:Included in the price of general admission: $13, adults; $12, seniors (65 & up); $12, youth (13-21 or college ID); free, children (12 & under); free, active military (with ID); free, members

www.nmajh.org

Family Festival: St. Patrick's Day at the Please Touch Museum

Please Touch MuseumPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

The traditions of Ireland are the focal point on Saturday (St. Patrick's Day!) when the Please Touch Museum celebrates the holiday with step dancing performances, activities centered around the color green, cooking workshops, stories of Irish folklore and more.

Family Festival: St. Patrick's Day at the Please Touch Museum

When:Saturday, March 17, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where:Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic
Cost:$19

www.pleasetouchmuseum.org

Philadelphia Flyers vs. Washington Capitals at Wells Fargo Center

Cheer on the Flyers as they play the Washington Capitals at home (Wells Fargo Center) this Sunday evening. Tickets start at $80 and the game starts at 5 p.m. How's that for Sunday Funday?

Philadelphia Flyers vs. Washington Capitals at Wells Fargo Center

When:Sunday, March 18, 5 p.m.
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street
Cost:$80 and up

www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com

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