Weekend Things To Do In Philadelphia ~ St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations, Philadelphia Flower Show, March Madness, Philly Wine Week and More!

St. Patrick's Day March 17, 2016 at Irish Memorial With Irish Dancers

St. Patrick’s Day March 17, 2016 At The Irish Memorial With Irish Dancers

‘Everyone Is Green March 17!’

The weekend kicks off with St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations, the Philadelphia Flower Show, March Madness, Raiders of the Lost Ark with The Philadelphia Orchestra, the continuation of the Israel Film Festival and the continuation of Jurassic World: The Exhibition at The Franklin Institute.

During the weekend enjoy the Flower Show, FREE tours of Yards Brewing Co, farmers’ markets and much more. The weekend ends with the last day of the Flower Show, the start of Philly Wine Week, FREE Admission to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Art, Raiders of the Lost Ark with The Philadelphia Orchestra and much more.

During the week enjoy Philly Wine Week, 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, 4th Friday in South Street Headhouse District, Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival, Dining Out For Life Philadelphia Food Truck Pop-Up, Philadelphia Science Festival, Manayunk Craft Beer Festival, South Street Spring Festival, Greater Northeast Philadelphia Beer Festival 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 17 – 23 ~

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 ~
  • Philadelphia Flower Show ~ March 17 – 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 ~
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark with The Philadelphia Orchestra ~ March 17 – 19 ~ Held at the Kimmel Center, relive the magic on the silver screen with the original great adventure, Raiders of the Lost Ark, with John Williams’ epic score performed live to picture by The Philadelphia Orchestra! ~ Raiders of the Lost Ark with The Philadelphia Orchestra ~
  • March Madness ~ March 17 – April 3 ~ Enjoy your favorite college basketball team at the many sports bars in Philadelphia! ~ March Madness ~
  • Jurassic World: The Exhibition ~ March 17 – 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 ~
  • Israel Film Festival ~ March 17 – 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 ~
  • American Spirits: The Rise & Fall of Prohibition ~ March 17 – July 16 ~ Held at the National Constitution Center from 9:30 am to 5 pm, this 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 ~
  • 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 ~  

Date Specific Events & Activities ~ March 17 – 23 ~

  • 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 ~
  • St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations ~ March 17 ~  St. Patrick’s Day in Philadelphia is right around the corner. Have your green on? Check out the top Irish bars in Philadelphia, those serving breakfast or brunch on St. Patrick’s Day. We have also included St. Patrick’s Day events throughout the City of Philadelphia prior to and on ST. Patrick’s Day.  ~ St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations ~
  • Art After 5 ~ March 17 Free with admission, from 5 pm to 8:45 pm. ~ Gabriel Donohue Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with Donohue and his all-star assembly of traditional Irish musicians. Held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the Great Stair Hall. Art After 5 ~ 
  • Philadelphia Flower Show ~ March 17 – 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 ~
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark with The Philadelphia Orchestra ~ March 17 – 19 ~ Held at the Kimmel Center, relive the magic on the silver screen with the original great adventure, Raiders of the Lost Ark, with John Williams’ epic score performed live to picture by The Philadelphia Orchestra! ~ Raiders of the Lost Ark with The Philadelphia Orchestra ~
  • March Madness ~ March 17 – April 3 ~ Enjoy your favorite college basketball team at the many sports bars in Philadelphia! ~ March Madness ~
  • American Spirits: The Rise & Fall of Prohibition ~ March 17 – July 16 ~ Held at the National Constitution Center from 9:30 am to 5 pm, this 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 ~
  • Filter Square Farmers’ Market ~ March 18 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 18 ~ 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 18 ~ 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 ~ March 18 & 19 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 18 & 22 ~ 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 19 ~ 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 ~
  • 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 ~ 
  • Pay As You Wish ~ March 22 ~ 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 24 & beyond

  • Art After 5 ~ March 24 Free with admission, from 5 pm to 8:45 pm. ~ Kuni Mikami This acclaimed jazz pianist, who’s played with Lionel Hampton and the Duke Ellington Orchestra, leads his quintet for a night of sultry jazz favorites. Held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the Great Stair Hall. Art After 5 ~ 
  • 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 ~
  • FREE Admission to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts aka PAFA ~ March 26 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 ~
  • 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 ~
  • Philadelphia Science Festival ~ April 21 – 29 ~    ~ Philadelphia Science Festival ~
  • Manayunk Craft Beer Festival ~ April 29 ~     ~ Manayunk Craft Beer Festival ~
  • South Street Spring Festival ~ May ~      ~ South Street Spring Festival ~
  • Greater Northeast Philadelphia Beer Festival ~ May 6 ~

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 16 – 18

Friday  |  Mostly Sunny  |  High 44°  |  Low 33°

Saturday  |  80% Rain  |  44°  |  Low 33°

Sunday  |  AM Clouds & PM Sun  |  45°  |  Low 28°

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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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