Weekend Things To Do In Philadelphia ~ East Passyunk Restaurant Week, First Friday, Brewer’s Plate and More!

Reflextion of Independence Hall

Reflextion of Independence Hall

‘Spring Is Around The Corner’

The weekend kicks off with the Grand Opening of American Spirits: The Rise & Fall of Prohibition ice skating at the National Constitution Center, First Friday, East Passyunk Restaurant Week, the last weekend of ice skating at the Blue Cross RiveRink Winterfest and the continuation of Jurassic World: The Exhibition at The Franklin Institute.

During the weekend enjoy Erin Express, Philly Craft Beer Festival, FREE tours of Yards Brewing Co, Paleopalooza at The Academy of Natural Sciences, Winter’s Warmers Festival, Israel Film Festival, farmers’ markets and much more. The weekend ends with FREE Admission to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Art, Brewer’s Plate, Let Them Make Cake event and much more.

During the week enjoy East Passyunk Restaurant Week, Flirt Fundraiser for PAWS, Pay What You Wish at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and much more.

In upcoming weeks get ready for the continuation of the Israel Film Festival, The Philadelphia Flower Show, March Madness, St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations, Philly Wine Week, 4th Friday in South Street Headhouse District, Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival, Dining Out For Life Philadelphia Food Truck Pop-Up and much more.

What event or activity this weekend or during the week excites you the most? Please share with us in the comments below.

Tip: If you haven’t done so in recent months or years, visit the many wonderful museums in Philadelphia. Philadelphia Museums

Did you hear that Philadelphia was named best place to visit in the U.S. by Lonely Planet. Read more, click here.

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Things To Do In Philadelphia this Weekend & Week of ~ March 3 – 9 ~

FYI – There are many events & attractions listed below that have been open prior today which are listed as “Now”. Also, check back daily for updates!

Informational Posts For Things To Do Year Round or Seasonal

  • Our Guide to All Museums in Philadelphia ~ Visit many wonderful museums in Philly. ~ Philadelphia Museums ~
  • Blue Cross RiveRink Winterfest ~ March 3 – 5 ~ The 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 RiveRink Winterfest ~
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time ~ March 3 – 5~ Held at the Academy of Music, enjoy this dazzling Broadway Musical about a 15 year old boy who has a difficult time with every day ordinary life. ~ The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time ~
  • East Passyunk Restaurant Week ~ March 3 – 10 ~ East Passyunk Restaurant Week is your chance to taste many different delicious meals from well-known East Passyunk Restaurants and experience chefs delights at discounted prices. There are many types of food selections such as Japanese, Mexican, Italian, Seafood, Steak, American and much more. ~ East Passyunk Restaurant Week ~
  • Jurassic World: The Exhibition ~ March 3 – April 23, 2017 ~ Held at The Franklin Institute, this huge exhibition, thanks to the blockbuster movie franchise, allows visitors to come face-to-face with large life-like dinosaurs with thousands of square feet of dinosaur-inhabited galleries and incredibly life-like animatronic creatures! ~ Jurassic World: The Exhibition ~
  • Paleopalooza ~ March 4 & 5 ~ Held at the Academy of Natural Sciences, enjoy a weekend featuring guided tours of Dinosaur Hall, auditorium shows, fossil crafts and more. ~ Paleopalooza at the Academy of Natural Sciences ~
  • Israel Film Festival ~ March 4 – April 2 ~ Philadelphia’s annual showcase of the best in Israeli film will showcase a lineup of documentaries, dramas and more which will be held at several locations across the city. ~ Israel Film Festival ~

Date Specific Events & Activities ~ March 3 – 9 ~

  • Philadelphia Mural Arts Tours ~  Month of March ~ Come check out the many Mural Arts tours throughout Philadelphia. ~ Philadelphia Mural Arts Tours for March 2017 ~ or 215-925-3633. ~ About Philadelphia Mural Arts ~
  • American Spirits: The Rise & Fall of Prohibition ~ March 3 ~ Grand Opening held at the National Constitution Center from 9:30 am to 5 pm! The exhibit includes 100 + rare artifacts from the temperance movement, original ratification copies of the 18th and 21st amendments and much more.  ~ American Spirits: The Rise & Fall of Prohibition ~
  • Art After 5 ~ March 3 Free with admission, from 5 pm to 8:45 pm. ~ Tal Shtuhl This postmodern Charlie Parker is joined by special guests Najwa Parkins on vocals and John Swana on trumpet. Held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the Great Stair Hall. Art After 5 ~  
  • First Friday’s in Old CityMarch 3 ~ Starts at 5 pm. Your chance to visit Art Galleries throughout Old City after normal hours. You will be able to talk to the art directors and possibly some of Philadelphia’s local artists. This also takes place as First Saturdays with select Art Galleries extending out to Fishtown. ~ First Fridays ~ 
  • First Friday’s in Manayunk ~ March 3 ~ Starts at 5 pm. Come enjoy art in Manayunk. Before or afterwards, enjoy a meal at the many restaurants, or stop in one of Manayunk’s wonderful specialty shops. ~ First Friday’s in Manayunk ~
  • East Passyunk Restaurant Week ~ March 3 – 10 ~ East Passyunk Restaurant Week is your chance to taste many different delicious meals from well-known East Passyunk Restaurants and experience chefs delights at discounted prices. There are many types of food selections such as Japanese, Mexican, Italian, Seafood, Steak, American and much more. ~ East Passyunk Restaurant Week ~
  • Filter Square Farmers’ Market ~ March 4 From 9 am to 2 pm, The Food Trust holds an outdoor market at 23rd and Pine Streets. Enjoy fresh vegetables & food from favorite local farmers and producers. Filter Square Farmers’ Market ~
  • Rittenhouse Farmers’ Market ~ March 4 ~ From 9 am to 3 pm from 18th & Walnut Streets, enjoy fresh seasonal produce, fresh seafood, fresh bread and much more! ~ Rittenhouse Farmers’ Market ~  
  • Clark Park Farmers’ Market ~ March 4 ~ From 10 am to 2 pm, The Food Trust holds an outdoor market at 43rd St and Baltimore Ave. Enjoy fresh vegetables & food from favorite local farmers and producers. ~ Clark Park Farmers’ Market ~
  • Erin Express ~ March 4 ~ FREE – From noon to 6 pm, a fleet of buses are making their rounds to all locations throughout the day. Go to a bar (special list on site) and wait for the bus. There is no cost, no tickets, no reservations, no bracelets and no cover charge while buses are running! ~ Erin Express ~
  • Philly Craft Beer Festival ~ March 4 ~ From 1:30 pm to 5 pm at The Navy Yard, enjoy beers from national & international breweries, food trucks and more! ~ Philly Craft Beer Festival ~
  • Winter’s Warmers Festival ~ March 4 ~ From 4 pm to 7 pm at Skybox Event Studio, 2424 York Street #231, join the Philadelphia Homebrew Club at their 5th Annual Winter’s Warmers Chili and Winter Ale Competition! You’ll have all-you-can-eat chili samples (as long as supplies last). You’ll also help determine the highly-coveted People’s Choice award for the best damn chili in town. ~ Winter’s Warmers Festival ~
  • Paleopalooza ~ March 4 & 5 ~ Held at the Academy of Natural Sciences, enjoy a weekend featuring guided tours of Dinosaur Hall, auditorium shows, fossil crafts and more. ~ Paleopalooza at the Academy of Natural Sciences ~
  • Yards Brewing Co Tours ~ March 4 & 5 FREE - Saturdays & Sundays from 12 pm to 4 pm at Yards Brewery, enjoy a wonderful tour of the brewery! All tour-goers must be 21+ unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Bus tours, private tours and guided tastings are offered by appointment only. Please contact events@yardsbrewing.com for booking information. ~ Yards Brewing Co Tours ~
  • Taste of Philadelphia: Market Tours ~ March 4 & 8 ~ Starts at 10 am every Wed & Sat – Learn the story behind cheese steaks, hoagies, pretzels and other Philly food favorites, and the 115-year history of the vibrant Reading Terminal Market where they’re sold during this 75-minute, food-writer-led walking tour. ~ Taste of Philadelphia: Market Tours ~
  • FREE Admission to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts aka PAFA ~ March 5 ~ PAFA is FREE every Sunday during the World War I and American Art exhibits! This allows you to explore all other exhibits as well! ~ PAFA FREE Sundays ~
  • First Sundays at Barnes Foundation ~ March 5 ~ FREE - On the first Sunday of every month, visitors to the Barnes Foundation will enjoy free admission, family entertainment and informative seminars from 10 am to 6 pm. Free tickets can be obtained at the Barnes Foundation beginning at 9 am. Advance reservations are not available for Free First Sundays. ~ First Sunday’s at Barnes Foundation ~
  • Pay As You Wish ~ March 5 ~ Stop in at the Philadelphia Museum of Art every 1st Sunday of the month from 5 pm – 8:45 pm and ”Pay What You Wish”,  as you explore the museum and its remarkable collections. ~ Pay What You Wish ~
  • Brewer’s Plate ~ March 5 ~ Brewer’s Plate In Philadelphia is your chance to savor delightful food that is paired with perfected brews, wine and cocktails from our region’s outstanding chefs, farmers, food artisans, brewers, distillers, and winemakers. Enjoy this talk of the town event! ~ Brewer’s Plate ~
  • Let Them Eat Cake ~ March 5 ~ Starting at 6 pm at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, guests can sample more than 30 wedding cakes from Philadelphia’s best bakers. Proceeds will benefit Variety – the Children’s Charity. ~ Let Them Eat Cake ~
  • Flirt Fundraiser for PAWS ~ March 7 ~ A live auction hosted by Alex Holley! Here you can bid for a date of your choice. Held at XFinity Live at from 6 pm to 9 pm! $10 to get in! Live auction begins at 7:00 pm. Dress Code: Business Casual, Sexy, Sophisticated. 100% of the Ticket Sales will be donated to PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society) ~ Get Your Tickets Here ~ ~ Flirt Fundraiser for PAWS ~
  • Pay As You Wish ~ March 8 ~ 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 ~ 
  • Dilworth Park ~ Now Open ~ Enjoy seating areas for relaxation, food & live music. ~ Dilworth Park ~
  • Franklin Square ~ Now Open for the 2017 season ~  The Franklin Square is a great place to bring the family or for a date. Located in the historical part of Philadelphia in Old City. This park offers a carousel, a miniature golf course, a storytelling bench, a playground, a picnic area and more. ~ Franklin Square ~
  • Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk  ~ Now Open ~ Enjoy this 2,000 foot new extension bridging the South Street Bridge & the Locust Street bike trail. ~ Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk  ~
  • “Your Brain” at Franklin Institute ~ Now Open ~ A permanent exhibit at the Franklin Institute. Travel through a two-story tall neural network climbing structure with dynamic lighting and sound effects that are triggered by your footsteps. Kids can act as a Doctor by scanning the brain with an MRI machine, explore your brain, challenge your brain & much more.   ~ “Your Brain” at Franklin Institute ~ 
  • Native American Voices Exhibit at Penn Museum ~ Now Open ~ Stop over at Penn Museum in University City and learn about contemporary issues in Native America. Uncover the rich history and identity of the Native American people through 200 plus objects on display & much more. Native American Voices Exhibit at Penn Museum ~
  • The Artifact Lab – Mummy Conversation at Penn Museum ~ Now until (no date set) ~ Here is your chance to get up close and personal. Watch conservators clean, examine, & preserve Egyptian Mummies at Penn MuseumBest of all, there are special times during the week to where you can ask them questions in person. ~ Conserving Mummies at Penn Museum ~

Visiting Philadelphia

Are you Visiting Philadelphia? Have you lived in or near the City of Philadelphia, but never ventured out too the many historical sites in Philly? Here is a quick guide for some must see attractions in the City of Brotherly Love.

  • The Independence Visitor’s Center – Your guide for all of your information relating to historical sites in Philadelphia and other things to do in Philadelphia. ~ Independence Visitor’s Center ~
  • Philadelphia Zoo ~ With the warmer weather approaching, you can not miss America’s Oldest Zoo. 42 acres of awesomeness and over 1,000 animals. ~ Philadelphia Z00 ~
  • Liberty Bell – Symbol of American Independence – If you are visiting Philadelphia, this is one site that must be seen. ~ Liberty Bell ~
  • Elfreth’s Alley ~ Get to walk down a street with 300 years of history. Elfreth’s Alley is one of the oldest continuously inhabited residential streets in America. ~ Elfreth’s Alley ~
  • Philadelphia City Hall ~ Like Architecture? Philadelphia History? They give tours of the Philadelphia City Hall. If you go up high enough, you get to see the whole city. ~ Philadelphia City Hall ~
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art – So many things that surround this museum. The “Rocky” Steps or the “Rocky” statue. A great view down Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Behind the museum, you can view Boat House Row and a few other things. ~ Philadelphia Museum of Art ~
  • Betsy Ross House – Did Betsy Ross actually make the American Flag? Learn about some of Philadelphia’s earliest history. ~ Betsy Ross House ~
  • Independence Hall – This is where the Declaration of Independence was adopted and where the Constitution of the United States was debated, drafted and signed. ~ Independence Hall~
  • Museum of  the American Revolution ~ Opens April 2017 ~ The Museum of the American Revolution tells the full story of the American Revolution and explores its ongoing legacy, showcasing a vast collection. There are over 3,000 artifacts that have been collected to include General George Washington’s marquee and much more. Anchoring the eastern end of Independence National Historical Park, The Museum is going to be an exciting and important project. ~ Museum of the American Revolution ~
  • National Constitution Center – If anything, you must see the ‘We the People’ exhibit. There are other timely exhibits. ~ National Constitution Center ~
  • Philadelphia Parks – Such as Fairmount Park or even Franklin Square for the kids or relaxing.

Those visiting who need a good tour company to show you around the City of Philadelphia, the historical sites, and much more, please ask us in the comments below, Tweet us at @MyPhillyAlive or ask us on our Facebook Page. ~ If you feel like walking instead, check out Free and Friendly Tours. Click Here for more info.

Upcoming Events & Attractions in Philadelphia ~ March 10 & beyond

  • Art After 5 ~ March 10 Free with admission, from 5 pm to 8:45 pm. ~ Cuban Conjunto Night Conjunto Philadelphia pays homage to Cuba’s deep and treasured musical history. Held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the Great Stair Hall. Art After 5 ~  
  • Erin Express ~ March 4 ~ FREE - From noon to 6 pm, a fleet of buses are making their rounds to all locations throughout the day. Go to a bar (special list on site) and wait for the bus. There is no cost, no tickets, no reservations, no bracelets and no cover charge while buses are running! Erin Express ~
  • Philadelphia Flower Show ~ March 11 – 19 ~ The 2017 Philadelphia International Flower Show welcomes visitors to Holland: Flowering The World, where guests will be able to celebrate the beauty and ingenuity of Dutch culture, from vivid flower fields to innovative eco-design. Held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. ~ Philadelphia Flower Show ~
  • FREE Admission to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts aka PAFA ~ March 12 till April 9 (Sundays) ~ PAFA is FREE every Sunday during the World War I and American Art exhibits! This allows you to explore all other exhibits as well! ~ PAFA FREE Sundays ~
  • March Madness ~ March 16 – April 3 ~    ~ March Madness ~
  • St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations ~ March 17 ~     ~ St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations ~
  • Philly Wine Week ~ March 19 – 26 - Philly Wine Week is an eight day event that embraces those that savor the knowledge and taste of wines. There will be an opening event, events each day and a closing event. Enjoy wine with other fellow wine lovers, listen to guest speakers & much more. ~ Philly Wine Week ~ 
  • 4th Friday in Headhouse District ~ March 24 ~ Starting at 5 pm in the South Street Headhouse District, Experience the creativity and energy of the fabulous Fourth Street and South Street business communities with an evening of extended hours, art, music, food and shopping along Historic Fabric Row (and beyond). ~ 4th Friday in Headhouse District ~  
  • Philadelphia Mural Arts Tours ~  Month of April ~ Come check out the many Mural Arts tours throughout Philadelphia. ~ Philadelphia Mural Arts Tours for March 2017 ~ or 215-925-3633. ~ About Philadelphia Mural Arts ~
  • Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival ~ April 1 – 9 ~    ~ Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival ~ 
  • First Friday’s in Old CityApril 7 ~ Starts at 5 pm. Your chance to visit Art Galleries throughout Old City after normal hours. You will be able to talk to the art directors and possibly some of Philadelphia’s local artists. This also takes place as First Saturdays with select Art Galleries extending out to Fishtown. ~ First Fridays ~ 
  • First Friday’s in Manayunk ~ April 7 ~ Starts at 5 pm. Come enjoy art in Manayunk. Before or afterwards, enjoy a meal at the many restaurants, or stop in one of Manayunk’s wonderful specialty shops. ~ First Friday’s in Manayunk ~
  • First Sundays at Barnes Foundation ~ April 9 ~ FREE - On the first Sunday of every month, visitors to the Barnes Foundation will enjoy free admission, family entertainment and informative seminars from 10 am to 6 pm. Free tickets can be obtained at the Barnes Foundation beginning at 9 am. Advance reservations are not available for Free First Sundays. ~ First Sunday’s at Barnes Foundation ~
  • Pay As You Wish ~ April 9 ~ Stop in at the Philadelphia Museum of Art every 1st Sunday of the month from 5 pm – 8:45 pm and ”Pay What You Wish”,  as you explore the museum and its remarkable collections. ~ Pay What You Wish ~
  • Dining Out For Life Philadelphia Food Truck Pop-Up ~ April 20 ~    ~ Dining Out For Life Philadelphia Food Truck Pop-Up ~

As always, no matter if you are visiting Philadelphia or live in the City of Philadelphia, we hope our list of things to do in Philadelphia helps you out. If you have stumbled upon something else that we did not mention, please let us know in a comment or in an e-mail. If you are a business or organization that has an event coming up, please contact us. MyPhillyAlive If you happened to visit any of the things mentioned above, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment here or on that article describing what you liked about that event or attraction. As always, we would greatly appreciate any feedback. Thanks, MyPhillyAlive

Philadelphia Weather for the weekend of March 3 – 5

Friday  |  Partly Cloudy  |  High 40°  |  Low 21°

Saturday  |  Partly Cloudy  |  32°  |  Low 16°

Sunday  |  Sunny  |  41°  |  Low 26°

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