18+ Excellent Things To Do In Philly This Week, March 19-25

Philly Wine Week, opening of Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, free admission to The Franklin Institute and more...

This week, the first day of spring (Tuesday!) hits Philadelphia and brings with it a slew of fun events, concerts and even the opening of a seasonal attraction.

On Thursday, Philly Wine Week kicks off with a huge, wine-centric party at the 23rd Street Armory and continues throughout the weekend (and the following week) with happy hours, special dinners, tastings, parties and more.

This weekend, Shofuso Japanese House and Garden opens for the season with tours of the beautiful home and garden.

Also this week? Women’s History Month events, free admission to The Franklin Institute, a bourbon competition at The Trestle Inn and more.

Read on for our guide to this week in Philly.

Women's History Month Events in Philadelphia

Betsy Ross HousePhoto by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Throughout the month of March, local attractions and organizations host special events to mark Women's History Month. Those looking to celebrate the occasion this week can enjoy the Classy Broads and Daring Dames tour at Laurel Hill Cemetery, special programming at the National Constitution Center, new exhibits at the Betsy Ross House, a lecture and a book discussion at Free Library locations and more.

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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qFLIX

The annual qFlix Philadelphia festival celebrates all genres of film that pertain to or were created by members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. For the 2018 fest, attendees can look forward to more than 35 full-length films and collections of shorts at venues clustered along and near the Avenue of the Arts: Kimmel Center, Plays and Players Theatre (which is serving as festival headquarters) and University of the Arts.

qFLIX

When:March 19-25
Where:Various locations including Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Place
Cost:Varies

www.qflixphilly.com

Community Night at The Franklin Institute

The Franklin InstitutePhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Ready for a deal? The Franklin Institute offers free admission for all this Tuesday evening. Starting at 5 p.m., visit the popular science museum for planetarium shows, drone demonstrations, celestial viewings in the observatory and more.

Community Night at The Franklin Institute

When:Tuesday, March 20, 5-8 p.m.
Where:The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street
Cost:Free

www.fi.edu

The Trestle Inn Presents The 6th Annual Bourbon Battle

Bourbon fans, take note. This Wednesday evening, the Trestle Inn hosts its annual Bourbon Battle, a tasting of bourbon-based creations by four local bartenders. Guests can sip on cocktails from each of the bartenders, enjoy light bites and take part in a silent auction — all to help raise money for the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The Trestle Inn Presents The 6th Annual Bourbon Battle

When:Wednesday, March 21, 6-9 p.m.
Where:The Trestle Inn, 339 N. 11th Street
Cost:$25 and up

www.thetrestleinn.com

Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers at Prince Theater

This week, a new show from Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers displays the relationship between modern dance and religious practices. The show opens on Thursday at the Prince Theater and runs through Saturday.

Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers at Prince Theater

When:March 22-24
Where:Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street
Cost:$20 and up

www.princetheater.org

Philly Wine Week

Philly Wine WeekPhoto by C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia

Philly Wine Week kicks off on Thursday with the Opening Corks celebration at Vie and continues throughout the weekend (and next week!) with events like a Spanish wine tasting at Amada, a pop-up wine bar at Kensington Quarters, a wine pong tournament at Maison 208, wine-fueled dinners and more.

Philly Wine Week

When:March 22-29
Where:Various locations including Vie, 600 N. Broad Street
Cost:Varies by event

www.phillywineweek.org

Dinos After Dark at the Academy of Natural Sciences

Dinos After Dark, the Academy of Natural Sciences' monthly after-hours program, returns this Friday evening (5-8 p.m.) with pay-what-you-wish admission and a number of fun activities. On tap this month: an indoor beer garden, the chance to meet live animals, a preview screening of the Darren Aronofsky documentary series One Strange Rock (narrated by Will Smith!) and more.

Dinos After Dark at the Academy of Natural Sciences

When:Friday, March 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

Tangle Movement Arts' Elements of Friction

Tangle Movement ArtsPhoto courtesy Tangle Movement Arts

Tangle Movement Arts, one of the city's most exciting circus arts performance groups, presents a new show of impressive acts this weekend at Northern Liberties' Icebox Project Space. The show incorporates circus arts, live music, a video installation and trapeze and aerial performances.

Tangle Movement Arts' Elements of Friction

When:March 23-24
Where:Icebox Project Space, 1400 N. American Street
Cost:$10 and up

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Rain – A Tribute to The Beatles at the Academy of Music

Rain - A Tribute To The BeatlesPhoto by Richard Lovrich

Fans of The Beatles should head to the Academy of Music for a special tribute to the band as Rain – A Tribute to the Beatles takes the stage. This year, the show also celebrates the 50-year anniversary of the release of the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album.

Rain – A Tribute to The Beatles at the Academy of Music

When:March 23-25
Where:Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost:$25 and up

www.kimmelcenter.org

Opening: Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped a Nation at the National Constitution Center

Delve deep into the history of our Founding Fathers at the National Constitution Center's new exhibition, Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped a Nation. The exhibition focuses on Alexander Hamilton and the challenging relationships (and friendships!) he had with some of our country's history makers — James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Aaron Burr.

Opening: Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped a Nation at the National Constitution Center

When:March 23-December 31
Where:National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street
Cost:Winter Warm-Up Online Sale (through March 31): $10, adults; $7.50, youth (6-18); Regular pricing (April 1 onward): $14.50, adults; $11, youth (6-18)

www.constitutioncenter.org

Season Opening: Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

Shofuso Japanese House and GardenPhoto courtesy Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

The Shofuso Japanese House and Garden opens its beautiful gardens and tea house for the 2018 season this weekend. To celebrate opening weekend — and the 60th anniversary of the attraction — Shofuso offers tours of the home and gardens and other special events throughout the weekend.

Season Opening: Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

When:Opens for the season Saturday, March 24
Where:Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, Lansdowne Drive & Horticultural Drive
Cost:$12, adults; $8, senior citizens, students with college ID and children (6-17); $2, ACCESS cardholders; free, children under 5, members and active duty military ID holder plus up to five family members

www.japanesehouse.org

East Passyunk Easter Egg Hunt 2018

East Pasyunk Easter Egg HuntPhoto by Kory Aversa

The weekend before the Easter holiday, the East Passyunk neighborhood welcomes children to an Easter egg hunt outside of the South Philadelphia Older Adult Center. The afternoon event promises opportunities to meet the Easter Bunny, participate in bag-decorating crafts and more. Egg hunt start times are broken up by age groups.

East Passyunk Easter Egg Hunt 2018

When:Saturday, March 24, 11 a.m.
Where:Singing Fountain, S. 11th Street & East Passyunk Avenue
Cost:Free

www.visiteastpassyunk.com

Egyptomania at the Penn Museum

The Penn Museum hosts a day-long celebration of Egypt this Saturday for its World Culture Day. Guests can check out the impressive Egypt Gallery — and the giant Sphinx that resides within — while also enjoying belly dancing, hieroglyph lessons, games and discussions about Egyptian history. Note: The Egypt Gallery will close for renovations on July 8, so be sure to check it out before then!

Egyptomania at the Penn Museum

When:Saturday, March 24, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where:Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Cost:$15, general admission; $13, senior citizens (65 and above); $10, children 6-17 and full-time students with college ID; free, members, active U.S. military personnel, children 5 and under, and PennCard holders (Penn faculty, staff, and students)

www.penn.museum

Opening Reception: Victoriana Reimagined at Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion

Ebenezer Maxwell MansionPhoto courtesy Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion

The stunning interiors at Germantown's Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion are celebrated with Victoriana Reimagined, a special exhibition. The 19th-century interior designs and decor were used as an inspiration by a number of local artists to create modern works. The new exhibition opens with a fun-filled reception on Saturday night.

Opening Reception: Victoriana Reimagined at Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion

When:Saturday, March 24, 5-7 p.m.
Where:Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, 200 W. Tulpehocken Street
Cost:Free with RSVP

www.ebenezermaxwellmansion.org

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves at the Wells Fargo Center

Philadelphia 76ersPhoto courtesy Philadelphia 76ers

This Saturday night, the (hopefully) playoff-bound Philadelphia 76ers take on the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Wells Fargo Center. The game starts at 6 p.m. and tickets for the anticipated game start at $56.

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves at the Wells Fargo Center

When:Saturday, March 24, 6 p.m.
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street
Cost:$56 and up

www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com

Black-Tie GayBINGO at the Gershman Y

AIDS Fund's popular GayBINGO gets kicked up a notch this month as a formal version of the event, Black-Tie GayBINGO, hits the Gershman Y. Guests are encouraged to dress in their finest — or most fun — black-tie attire and enjoy cocktails, food, a silent auction and the main event, GayBINGO.

Black-Tie GayBINGO at the Gershman Y

When:Saturday, March 24, 6:30 p.m.
Where:Gershman Y, 401 S. Broad Street
Cost:$25 and up

www.aidsfundphilly.org

Afrodisco: Future-Retro Selections of Dance Music From The Diaspora at World Cafe Live

The dance floor at World Cafe Live is sure to be full as DJ Rahsaan spins future-retro music hailing from the African Diaspora this Saturday night. Tickets get you into the show and access to a full bar and food from the kitchen, with food and drinks available on a pay-as-you-go basis. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the music starts at 8 p.m.

Afrodisco: Future-Retro Selections of Dance Music From The Diaspora at World Cafe Live

When:Saturday, March 24, 8 p.m.
Where:World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street
Cost:$5

www.worldcafelive.com

Israeli Film Festival

After nearly a month of film screenings around the region, the Israeli Film Festival comes to a close this weekend with two final showings:Longing, a film about a long-lost son and father, and the closing night film Shelter.

Israeli Film Festival

When:March 24-25
Where:Various locations including International House, 3701 Chestnut Street
Cost:Cost varies by event

www.iffphila.com

Spring Break at the Museum of the American Revolution

Museum of the American Revolution | Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

From March 24 through April 8, the Museum of the American Revolution presents a number of activities and crafts — all included with the price of admission — to celebrate local schools' spring break. Guests can enjoy demonstrations of activities that were popular during the Revolutionary Period: shoemaking, fencing, tailoring and more.

Spring Break at the Museum of the American Revolution

When:March 24-April 8
Where:Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. 3rd Street
Cost:Free with museum admission: $19, adults; $17, seniors, students, military, and teachers; $12, youth; free, children and members

www.amrevmuseum.org

Easter Family Fun Day at the American Swedish Historical Museum

Exterior of the American Swedish Historical MuseumPhoto courtesy American Swedish Historical Museum

Swedish Easter traditions are the focal point at the American Swedish Historical Museum's Easter Family Fun Day. Activities on the schedule include traditional Easter crafts, an egg hunt, face painting and Easter witch dress up.

Easter Family Fun Day at the American Swedish Historical Museum

When:Saturday, March 25, 2-4 p.m.
Where:American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Avenue
Cost:$10, general admission; free, members and children 2 and under

www.americanswedish.org

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