Free and Exciting Things To Do In Philly This Week, February 12 – 19, 2018!!

Benjamin Franklin Bridge

Benjamin Franklin Bridge

‘Exploring Philly With LOVE!’

It’s going to be a fun packed week of things to do in Philadelphia!

After the Philadelphia Eagles winning the Super Bowl, and an awesome parade last week, how could one think the fun could continue!

With Mardi Gras celebrations, Valentine’s Day, the Chinese New Year kicking off, the continuation of Philly Theatre Week, Black History Month and so much more, you might need a vacation after this week!

Also enjoy the return of the LOVE sculpture at LOVE Park this week!

The weekend will end with President’s Weekend and President’s Day on February 19, with free admission to museums and special events!


Monday, February 12


Philadelphia Theatre Week February 12 – 18 ~ A 10-day celebration of the artists, organizations, and audiences that have made Greater Philadelphia one of the most vibrant theatre regions in the nation. Audiences will have an opportunity to try something new from our theatre community through a series of productions, readings, interactive events, and much more! All events will be free, $15, or $30 and open to the public. Philly Theatre Week ~

Ice Skating At Rothman Ice Rink ~ February 12 – 19 ~ Held at Dilworth Park, the Rothman Ice Rink is open 7 days a week, to include all holidays. So make plans with the family, with friends, and enjoy this new found winter location in the heart of Philadelphia. ~ Ice Skating At Rothman Ice Rink ~

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest at Penn’s Landing ~ February 12 – March 19 ~ Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest at Penn’s Landing will be a winter wonderland for all ages to explore. Enjoy ice skating, live music, warm fire pits, food, craft beers, shopping and much more. ~ Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest at Penn’s Landing ~

Celebration of Black History Month ~ February 12 – 19 ~ Black History Month is celebrated annually in the month of February, reflecting on the roles that African Americans played and who continue to play in our history! Many institutions in Philadelphia recognize Black History Month with exhibits, film screenings, discussions, special events and performances and much more. Read out guide of things to do during Black History Month in Philly! Celebration of Black History Month ~

Free Admission to the National Museum of American Jewish History ~ February 12 – 19 ~ FREE - National Museum of American Jewish Museum will have FREE admission the whole month of February in the Historic District of Philadelphia thanks to gracious support from the Parkway Corporation. Visitors will have access to the Museum’s core exhibition, displaying more than 20,000 artifacts, which highlights more than 360 years of Jewish life in America.  ~ Free Admission to the National Museum of American Jewish History ~

Terracotta Warriors Exhibit ~ February 12 – 19 ~ Held at The Franklin Institute. This is your chance to dive into the secrets behind the 2,000 year-old army of clay statues that guarded the tomb of China’s first emperor. The exhibit features 10 original clay statues and over 140 artifacts from the tomb of China’s first emperor China’s First Emperor Qin Shihuangdi.  ~ Terracotta Warriors Exhibit at The Franklin Institute ~

Winter Fountains on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway ~ February 12 – 19 ~ FREE - Enjoy this outdoor exhibit that features a stunning nighttime display of surreal, glowing videos projected on to four large domes! ~ Winter Fountains on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway ~

Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World Exhibit at the Academy of Natural Sciences ~ February 12 – 19 ~ Held at The Academy of Natural Sciences, come face-to-snout with live crocodilians, a group of reptiles that has evolved and thrived for 200 million years thanks to their brute strength, keen senses, and murderous instincts. Cros Exhibit at the Academy of Natural Sciences ~

Opening: Design in Revolution: A 1960′s Odyssey Exhibit ~ February 12 – 19 ~ Held at the Philadelphia Museum of ArtFrom Pop Art and psychedelia to the civil rights and anti-war movements, the 1960s was a decade of liberation—and of great loss. See how designers, artists, and architects responded to the tumultuous period that still looms large in the American imagination. Design in Revolution: A 1960′s Odyssey Exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art ~

Parkway 100 Celebration ~ February 12 – 19 ~ The Ben Franklin Parkway is turning 100 and Philadelphia is set to mark this milestone with a year of special events, promotions, and family-friendly experiences through November 18, 2018.  ~ Parkway 100 Celebration ~


Tuesday, February 13


LOVE on the Move Parade ~ February 13 ~ The LOVE sculpture, after many months of being restore, will return to John F. Kennedy Plaza, better known as LOVE Park! Starting at 10 am at the Joan of Arc statue at 25th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue and then stopping at five other public art sculptures on or near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, before landing at LOVE Park for installation. More details, Click Here.

Mardi Gras Celebrations ~ February 13 ~ Enjoy many Mardi Gras celebrations throughout Philly. Drinks, food, live music and more.  ~ Mardi Gras Celebrations in Philadelphia ~

Broadway Philadelphia’s Waitress at the Forrest Theatre ~ February 13 – 18 ~ Held at Forrest Theatre at 1114 Walnut Street. Waitress tells the story of Jenna. A waitress and expert pie maker, Jenna dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life. For details, Click Here.


Wednesday, February 14


Valentine’s Day Restaurants & Date Ideas ~ February 14 ~ Love is in the air in Philadelphia! We have a list of restaurants for your Valentine’s Day, as well as date ideas and things to do in Philly. ~ Valentine’s Day Restaurants ~

Pay-What-You-Wish ~ February 14 ~ Stop in at the Philadelphia Museum of Art every Wednesday from 5 pm – 8:45 pm and ”Pay What You Wish”,  as you explore the museum and its remarkable collections. ~ Pay What You Wish ~

#KimmelMingle at the Kimmel Center on Valentine’s Day ~ February 14 ~ FREE unticketed event – Starting at 9 pm. Enjoy their live concert series Sittin’ in and let the Kimmel Center set the mood. Come early to grab a cocktail from the bar and meet new people. Single? Let the Kimmel Center be your wingman. In a relationship? This date night will have it all: ambiance, cocktails, and live music. For details, Click Here.

Chinese New Year Celebrations ~ February 14 – 22 ~  Throughout Chinatown & Philadelphia, enjoy exhilarating Lion Dancestraditional music and dance performances, martial arts demonstrations and traditional Chinese cuisine. ~ Chinese New Year Celebrations ~


Thursday, February 15

New Year’s Eve Lion Dance Performance ~ February 15 ~ On Chinese New Year’s Eve, starting at 11 pm at 10th and Race Streets, the Philadelphia Suns Lion Dance Troupe will perform a lion dance which will start at 10th and Race streets and wind through the streets of Chinatown. As mentioned, there will be dancers, drums, firecrackers and more. ~ For Info about the Midnight Lion Dance ~ ~ More Info on Lion Dance ~


Friday, February 16


Chinese New Year ~ February 16 ~ The Chinese New Year kicks off with a midnight parade in Chinatown on Chinese New Year’s Eve and continues to explore many events throughout Philadelphia for the next 2 weeks. Check out the excitement, the Chinese culture and much more! ~ Chinese New Year ~

President’s Day WeekendFebruary 16 – 19 ~ Enjoy many fun & free activities during the weekend and on President’s day. ~ President’s Day ~

Marvel Universe Live! At Wells Fargo Center ~ February 16 – 19 Marvel superheroes will invade the Wells Fargo Center. Witness cutting-edge special effects, aerial stunts and video projection in this incredible adventure. Fans of all ages will be immersed in the Marvel Universe and experience it all…LIVE!  Also enjoy engaging performances from superheroes like Iron Man, Thor, Black Panther and the Hulk as they try to save the world from evil. For more details, Click Here.


President’s Weekend, Feb 17 – 19


Winterfest Live Beer Festival ~ February 17 ~ Held at XFinity Live from 3 pm to 7 pm (VIP starts at 2 pm). Guests will be able to sample 150 + beers from 74 breweries in a custom beer stein, enjoy live music, multiple DJs, tournaments, games and more! ~ Get Tickets ~ ~ Winterfest Live Beer Festival at XFinity Live ~

Marvel Universe Live! At Wells Fargo Center ~ February 17 – 19 Marvel superheroes will invade the Wells Fargo Center. Witness cutting-edge special effects, aerial stunts and video projection in this incredible adventure. Fans of all ages will be immersed in the Marvel Universe and experience it all…LIVE!  Also enjoy engaging performances from superheroes like Iron Man, Thor, Black Panther and the Hulk as they try to save the world from evil. For more details, Click Here.

President’s Day ~ February 19 ~ Enjoy many fun & free activities on President’s day. ~ President’s Day ~


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Jeff Belonger

Jeff Belonger has been in the mortgage industry for 19+ years and now wants to do something different. With his experience of blogging and social media, Jeff wants to share all of what Philadelphia has to offer, so he created At MyPhillyAlive, we want to share the excitement that the City of Philadelphia resonates. Sharing the passion within, from the people of Philadelphia. At MyPhillyAlive, we’ll be talking about Philadelphia restaurants, fun bars, the city night life, the history of Philadelphia, Philly attractions & events, the arts, sports, and much more. We want people to add their experiences regarding Philadelphia, even if they are from out of town, which can be done on our Facebook fan page as well. At the end of the day, we want to be different from the many Philadelphia sites. We want our site to be easy to navigate, while at the same time, we want you to not only find the hot spots, the best things to do in Philadelphia; but those hidden gems within the city. Thanks...

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