Weekend Things To Do In Philadelphia ~ National Pizza Day, Philly Theatre Week, Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention, Museum Exhibits and More!

Dilly Dilly by Kim Eves

‘Pizza, Tattoos, Theatre – Oh My!’

How is everyone feeling after yesterday’s parade for our beloved World Champions, the Philadelphia Eagles! There is no rest for the weary, so let’s dive into the weekend of things to do!

The weekend kicks off with National Pizza Day, the Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention, Black History Month, Philly Theatre Week, Free admission to the National Museum of American Jewish History all month long, the continuation of the Terracotta Warriors Exhibit, the Crocs exhibit at the Academy of Natural Sciences & the Design in Revolution: A 1960′s Odyssey exhibitice skating at Rothman Ice Rink, Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest at Penn’s Landing, Winter Fountains On The Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Parkway 100 Celebration and more.

During the weekend enjoy Philly Theatre Week, the continuation of the Terracotta Warriors Exhibit, the Crocs exhibit at the Academy of Natural Sciences & the Design in Revolution: A 1960′s Odyssey exhibit, the Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention, ice skating at Rothman Ice Rink, Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest at Penn’s Landing, the Parkway 100 Celebration, FREE tours of Yards Brewing Cofarmers’ markets, free yoga, and much more.

The weekend ends with the last day of the Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention, many exhibits, Philly Theatre Week, Winter Fountains On The Benjamin Franklin Parkway and more.

During the week enjoy the continuation of the Terracotta Warriors Exhibit, the Crocs exhibit at the Academy of Natural Sciences & the Design in Revolution: A 1960′s Odyssey exhibit, the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest at Penn’s Landing, ice skating at Rothman Ice Rink, Pay-What-You-Wish and much more.

In upcoming weeks get ready Mardi Gras Celebrations, Valentine’s Day Restaurants, Chinese New Year Celebrations, Winterfest Live Beer Festival, Flannel Animal Event, President’s Day, 4th Friday in Headhouse District, East Passyunk Restaurant Week, The Havana Nights: A Celebration of Cuban Food & Music at World Live Cafe, First Friday, Philadelphia Flower Show, Philly Wine Week, Brewer’s Plate 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 ~ February 9 – 15 ~

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 ~
  • Our 2018 Guide To Fireplaces At These Philly Bars & Restaurants ~ February ~ Feeling cold and like to find a nice bar or restaurant in Philadelphia that has a fireplace. Check out our recommendations. If you have one that we didn’t mention, please tell us in the comments. Thanks.  ~ Our 2018 Guide To Fireplaces At These Philly Bars & Restaurants ~
  • Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention ~ February 9 – 11 ~ This year marks the 20th anniversary! Visitors can check out tattoo demonstrations, hear from tattoo experts from shows like Ink Master, browse local crafts and enjoy live performances.     ~ Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention ~
  • Philadelphia Theatre Week February 9 – 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 9 – 26 ~ 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 ~ 
  • Celebration of Black History Month ~ February 9 – 28 ~ 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 9 – 28 ~ 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 9 – March 4 ~ 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 ~
  • Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest at Penn’s Landing ~ February 9 – March 4 ~ 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 ~
  • Winter Fountains on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway ~ February 9 – March 18 ~ 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 9 – May 6 ~ 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 9 – September 9 ~ 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 9 to Nov 16 ~ 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 ~
  • 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 ~

Date Specific Events & Activities ~ February 9 – 15 ~

  • Philadelphia Mural Arts Tours Month of February ~ Come check out the many Mural Arts tours throughout Philadelphia. ~ Philadelphia Mural Arts Tours for February 2018 or 215-925-3633. ~ About Philadelphia Mural Arts ~
  • Our 2018 Guide To Fireplaces At These Philly Bars & Restaurants ~ February ~ Feeling cold and like to find a nice bar or restaurant in Philadelphia that has a fireplace. Check out our recommendations. If you have one that we didn’t mention, please tell us in the comments. Thanks.  ~ Our 2018 Guide To Fireplaces At These Philly Bars & Restaurants ~
  • National Pizza Day ~ February 9 ~ Pizza Pizza Pizza! Trying the BEST pizzas in the Philadelphia region. It’s not an easy task at hand, considering that there are many differing styles of pizza that include the dough, the style of pizza, the toppings, the sauce and so much more. Check out who made our list of best pizzas in Philly! ~ National Pizza Day ~
  • Art After 5 February 9 Free with admission, from 5 pm to 8:45 pm. ~ Aaron Parnell Brown -​​ Get in the mood for love. Philly singer-songwriter Aaron Parnell Brown offers up a mix of ’70s soul, romantic jazz, and original tunes that will make you swoon. Held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the Great Stair Hall. Art After 5 ~  
  • Filter Square Farmers’ Market ~ February 10 ~ 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 ~
  • Liberty Lands Market ~ February 10 ~ From 9 am until 3 pm at 926 N. American St in Northern Liberties. One can find everything from fresh organic produce to hand crafted wears and lotions. Hand made soaps, Ice Creams, sauces, organic teas and coffees and more. Part of the market, you will find animal rescues with adoptables & pet products. Liberty Lands Market ~
  • Rittenhouse Farmers’ Market ~ February 10 ~ 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 ~ February 10 ~ 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 ~
  • Yards Brewing Co Tours ~ Starting Back Up Feb 2018 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 ~ February 10 & 14  ~ 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 ~
  • Headhouse Farmers’ Market ~ February 11 ~ Established in 2007, this market is located in the historic Society Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia. Featuring more than 40 vendors, Headhouse is one of The Food Trust’s largest farmers markets. Headhouse Farmers’ Market ~
  • Mardi Gras Celebrations ~ February 13 ~ Enjoy many Mardi Gras celebrations throughout Philly. Drinks, food, live music and more.  ~ Mardi Gras Celebrations in Philadelphia ~
  • 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.
  • 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 ~
  • Philadelphia Theatre Week February 15 – 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 ~
  • Dilworth Park ~ Now Open ~ Enjoy seating areas for relaxation, food & live music. ~ Dilworth Park ~
  • 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 ~
  • Museum of the American Revolution - 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. The museum anchors the eastern end of Independence National Historical Park. ~ Museum of the American Revolution ~
  • 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~
  • 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 ~ February 16 & beyond

  • Art After 5 ~ February 16 Free with admission, from 5 pm to 8:45 pm. ~ Martha Stuckey -​​ A theatrical evening of jazz standards and originals with Red 40 frontwoman Martha Stuckey. Held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the Great Stair Hall. Art After 5 ~  
  • 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 ~
  • 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 ~
  • Flannel Animal Event ~ February 18 ~ Cancelled – another date will be mentioned. ~ Flannel Animal Event ~
  • President’s Day ~ February 19 ~ Enjoy many fun & free activities on President’s day. ~ President’s Day ~
  • 4th Friday in Headhouse District February 23 ~ 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 ~
  • East Passyunk Restaurant Week ~ February 26 – March 9 ~     ~ East Passyunk Restaurant Week ~ 
  • Philadelphia Mural Arts Tours Month of March ~ Come check out the many Mural Arts tours throughout Philadelphia. ~ Philadelphia Mural Arts Tours for March 2018 or 215-925-3633. ~ About Philadelphia Mural Arts ~
  • Havana Nights: A Celebration of Cuban Food & Music at World Live Cafe March 2 ~ FREE - Doors open at 7 pm & show at 8 pm at World Live Cafe - Enjoy authentic Cuban cuisine & drink specials, and music courtesy of Philly’s most exciting Cuban band, Conjunto! A perfect date night or just a night out with friends & is open to those 21 and up. ~ Havana Nights: A Celebration of Cuban Food & Music at World Live Cafe ~ 
  • First Friday’s in Old CityMarch 2 ~ 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 2 ~ 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 ~
  • Philadelphia Flower Show ~ March 3 – 11 ~      ~ Philadelphia Flower Show ~
  • First Sundays at Barnes Foundation ~ March 4 ~ 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 4 ~ 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 ~
  • Philly Wine Week ~ March 22 – 29 ~   ~ Philly Wine Week ~
  • Brewer’s Plate ~ March 30 ~ Brewer’s Plate ~

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 February 9 – 11

Friday  |  Cloudy  |  High 40°  |  Low 36°

Saturday  |  60% PM Showers  |  High 51°  |  Low 45°

Sunday  |  100% Rain  |  High 52°  |  Low 35°

Disclaimer : This blog post is a weekly update of things to do in Philadelphia. Please check the date above, when such article was posted. If an earlier date appears above, just go to this link for current events and attractions in Philadelphia. ~ Click : Things to do in Philadelphia ~

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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 MyPhillyAlive.com. 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. www.facebook.com/MyPhillyAlive 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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