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What’s happening in Philly this weekend: Feb. 28-March 1

Each weekend, we will post some of the most unique social and cultural places to visit in addition to exciting events in and around the Philly area. We call it Philly Influencer’s Weekend Picks. If you attend any of these places or events, let us know how it went! Tweet us or email us at thephillyinfluencer@gmail.com.

This week’s best Sips & Eats!

1. Closing Soon: Black History Month

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Where: Various locations
When: Runs through Saturday, February 29

This weekend officially ushers in the month of March and fades out the celebratory Black History Month. However, there will be several events and cultural performances brewing this weekend during the waning moments of BHM. The William Way LGBT Community Center will host a panel consisting of tremendous Philadelphia transgender leaders. This Saturday, there will be a historical bike tour and a diverse STEM event at The Franklin Institute.

For more information, click here.

2. Closing Soon: A Woman of No Importance

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Where: Walnut Street Theatre | 825 Walnut St
When: Runs through Sunday, March 1

Oscar Wilde’s A Woman of No Importance will be closing its doors this weekend. Walnut Street Theatre’s run of the tremendous production will end this Sunday. This will be your last chance to see the story of an American heiress’ mission to find love in England.

For more information, click here.

3. Closing Soon: Collective Voices

Where: Clay Studio | 139 N. 2nd St
When: Runs through Sunday, March 1

Collective Voices celebrates the creativity of the Associate Artists at The Clay Studio. These artists approach ceramic art from a wide range of experiences and perspectives. The variety within the program brings unique richness and inspiration to the artists and their work. The Clay Studio’s Associate Artist Program is a communal studio shared by 33 individuals on a non-juried basis. The program supports the artistic, technical, and skill development of these individuals. Our Community is a biannual show that brings together the entire Clay Studio Community, representing the creative expression of individuals involved with the organization as employees, faculty, Resident Artists, Associate Artists, Work Exchange Artists, Students, and all Members.

For more information, click here.

4. Closing Soon: A Taste of Chestnut Hill

(Paris Bistro & Jazz Cafe)

Where: Various locations
When: Runs through Friday, February 28

This Friday ends Chestnut Hill Restaurant Week. This will be your last chance to grab three-course prix fixe meals in the beautiful area of the city. Come out for great deals, booming crowds, and sizzling dishes before it’s too late.

For more information, click here.

5. Closing Soon: Shen Yun

Where: Merriam Theater | 250 S Broad St
When: Runs through Sunday, Mach 1

Shen Yun has brought artist levity from several generations of traditional Chinese culture to the City of Brotherly Love for weeks. The pageantry, spiritual origins, and history of this great performance have been illuminating the halls of the Merriam Theater beautifully over this time. Stop by this gem of a theater soon.

For more information, click here.

6. Closing Soon: Hello Dolly

Carolee Carmello - Hello Dolly National Tour Company © 2019 Julieta Cervantes

Where: Academy of Music | 240 S. Broad St
When: Runs through Sunday, Mach 1

Tony award-winning musical Hello Dolly! will end its run at the Academy of Music this Sunday. Broadway Philadelphia has brought this stellar show to the city for two weeks. Come hear classics like “Put On Your Sunday Clothes,” “Before the Parade Passes By,” “It Only Takes a Moment,” and more.

For more information, click here.

7. Closing Soon: Happy Place

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Where: King of Prussia Mall | 160 N. Gulph Rd | King of Prussia, PA
When: Runs through Saturday, February 29

Happy Place, previously residing at the Mandalay Bay Las Vegas, will close this Saturday. The regional fun-filled extravaganza has become a popular attraction over the last few months. Whether you’re dancing in the middle of the world’s largest indoor confetti dome, jumping off of a larger than life rainbow into a pot of happiness, or posing inside a rubber ducky bathtub, this place will have you bursting with joy.

For more information, click here.

8. Philadelphia Flower Show

(Philadelphia Flower Show)

Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center | 1101 Arch St
When: Runs through Sunday, March 8

The 2020 Philadelphia Flower Show begins this Saturday. Thousands of flowers will be designed, arranged, and collected to align with this year’s theme: Riviera Holiday. The Philadelphia Horticultural Society always presents a glorious showcase bursting with the most splendid displays you’ll ever see. Also this weekend they’ll be throwing an 80’s themed Flowers After Hours party.

For more information, click here.

9. East Passyunk Restaurant Week

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Where: Various locations
When: Runs through Friday, March 6

East Passyunk Restaurant Avenue Week will be operating through the end of next week. These days will feature three-course prix fixe lunch and/or dinner for $15, $25 or $35. More than twenty restaurants in the area will be buzzing with great deals and a booming crowd.

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10. Awaken in You: The Collection of Dr. Constance E. Clayton

Barkley L. Hendricks (1945-2017)// [Head of a boy], n.d. Charcoal and pastel on paper, 17 x 13 in. Gift of Dr. Constance E. Clayton in loving memory of her mother Mrs. Williabell Clayton, 2019.3.25)

Where: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts | 118-128 N. Broad St
When: Runs through Sunday, July 12

“Awakened in You”: The Collection of Dr. Constance E. Clayton opened at PAFA last week. The outstanding exhibition features of over 70 works by major African American artists, from the collection of Philadelphia educator and arts advocate Constance E. Clayton. This pivotal and culturally immersive exhibit strengthens the prestigious institution’s commitment to the cultivation and showcasing od African American art. Among the artists whose works are featured in “Awakened in You” are Sam Gilliam, Jacob Lawrence, Augusta Savage, PAFA alumni such as Barkley L. Hendricks, Henry O. Tanner, and Laura Wheeler Waring, and many more.

For more information, click here.

11. Warren Muller: On & Off the Wall

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Where: Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens | 1020 South St
When: Runs through Sunday, April 26

Philadelphia artist, Warren Muller brings his unique exhibition, On and Off the Wall, to the Philadelphia Magic Gardens this week. The series showcases new and one-of-a-kind sculptures including fabricated wall, ceiling, and free-standing pieces. Drawing from the city and the people that surround him, “Muller makes the ordinary extraordinary by carefully selecting and assembling disparate objects such as bicycle parts, taillights, bedsprings, depression glass, and former chandelier crystals.”

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12. Turn

MB as a Young Girl

Where: Kimmel Center | 300 S. Broad St
When: Runs through Saturday, February 29

Popular Philadelphia artist M’Balia Singley using themes from Shakespeare’s Othello to tell illustrate her experience as a Black woman in America. The SEI Innovation Studio at the Kimmel Center Cultural Campus will be full of original songs, humor, and poignant expression of cultural identity.

For more information, click here.

13. Dinos After Dark

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Where: The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University | 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
When: Friday, February 28 | 4 p.m.- 8 p.m.

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University will be hosting Dinos After Dark this Friday night. Stop by the beer garden in Dinosaur Hall during this extended hours gathering. There will be specimen and fossil inspections, a scavenger hunt, live animals, and more at this wild night of fun. The event is pay-what-you-wish admission (with a $10 suggested donation).

For more information, click here.

14. Friday Night at the Museum

Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art | 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
When: Friday, February 28 | 5 p.m.- 8:45 p.m.

Come to the Philadelphia Museum of Art for an immersive night of music, art, and fun. There will be cocktails and small bites at this week’s installment of the museum’s Friday Nights series. Singer-songwriter, Chastity Brown will be performing. Enjoy gallery access and more before and after the performances.

For more information, click here.

15. Rangers vs. Flyers

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Where: Wells Fargo Center | 3601 S. Broad St
When: Friday, February 28 | 7 p.m.

The Philadelphia Flyers will be hosting the New York Rangers this Friday night. The Flyers have been surging as of late, only losing three matches in the month. This Eastern Conference matchup is not one that you’ll want to miss. Bring all the cheers and screams for this clash on the ice.

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16. Punch Line Philly Weekend

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Where: Punch Line Philly | 33 E. Laurel St
When: Runs through Sunday, March 1

Each week Punch Line Philly delivers great stand-up shows and crowd-pleasing events. This week actor and entertainer Bassam Youssef will be doing a four-show stint at the venue. The uber-popular Drag Diva Brunch: Saturday Morning Cartoons is back on Saturday. On that same date, Kristina Kuzmic will be taking over the stage.

For more information, click here.

17. City Winery Weekend

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Where: City Winery | 990 Filbert St
When: Runs through Sunday, March 1

Urban winery, bar, restaurant, and concert venue City Winery will have several talented acts on stage this weekend. This Friday, Martin Sexton will be playing at the trendy hotspot. Blues singer-songwriter Christone “Kingfish” Ingram will be taking over the main stage on Saturday night for two amazing shows. On Sunday, come hear the Music of Mrs. Maisel with Paul Shapiro’s Ribs & Biscuits and Breakwater later in the day.

For more information, click here.

18. G Herbo

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Where: The Fillmore Philadelphia | 29 E. Allen St
When: Friday, February 28 | 9 p.m.

G Herbo brings his PTSD tour to Philadelphia this Friday night. The Chicago rapper released his fourth studio album, Sessions, in December. The “Who Run It (Remix)” hip-hop act will have his fans out in droves this weekend.

For more information, click here.

19. Emily King

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Where: Union Transfer | 1026 Spring Garden St
When: Friday, February 28 | 8:30 p.m.

Talented singer-songwriter Emily King will be showing off her vocal talent and signature sound at Union Transfer this Friday night. King recently spent opened for Sara Bareilles on the Amidst the Chaos Tour. The Grammy nominee and R&B songstress released a new acoustic album, Sides, in January.

For more information, click here.

20. Worst-Case Scenario Survival Experience

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Where: The Franklin Institute | 222 N. 20th St
When: Runs through Sunday, April 19

The Franklin Institute is offering up and amazing deal for The Worst-Case Scenario: Survival Experience exhibit for Philly Influencer readers. You can use promo code WCMOMMY to receive $3 off daytime, adult admission for up to four (4) people. You can also visit the website or call 215-448-1200 to order your tickets today. Based on Joshua Piven’s best-selling book, this immersive exhibit teaches you how to outlast some of the most severe occurrences the wilderness and life can throw at you.

For more information, click here.

21. Orchid Extravaganza at Longwood Gardens

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Where: Longwood Gardens | 1001 Longwood Rd | Kennett Square, PA
When: Runs through Sunday, March 22

Longwood Gardens is always blossoming with the best florals and natural ambiance each day. This weekend, stop by the scenic region for Orchid Extravaganza. The wonderful grounds will be “filled with thousands of vibrant, artfully presented orchids.” Come to this premier oasis in the region to get swept away by its cascade garden and more.

For more information, click here.

22. The Escape Game

Where: King of Prussia Mall | 160 N. Gulph Rd | King of Prussia, PA
When: Mondays – Sundays 8 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

The Escape Game has been open in the King of Prussia Mall since early December. The 60-minute adventure offers a one-of-a-kind and tactile experience like nothing you’ve ever seen. Teams work together to find clues, solve puzzles, and ultimately complete a mission to escape the room. Each game immerses teams in scenic design that rivals Hollywood movie sets and incorporates twists, turns, and jaw-dropping surprises around every corner.

For more information, click here.

23. Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Love Letter Tours

(Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Love Letter Tours // Photo by Candis R. McLean)

Where: Various locations
When: Each Saturday and Sunday through the season

Philadelphia has been called the “mural capital of the world.” With stunning pieces unfolding in almost every corner, you may want the opportunity to hear the story behind the concepts and artists themselves. Mural Arts Philadelphia provides fun Love Letter Train Tours to help you gain in-depth knowledge about these phenomenal murals enriching the cityscapes of West Philly.

For more information, click here.

24. Reading Terminal Market

Where: Reading Terminal Market | 51 N. 12th St
When: Runs through Sunday, March 1

Each Saturday, the Reading Terminal Market hosts Taste of Philadelphia Tours. This Saturday morning, there will be a culinary food tour throughout the historic and culinary hotspot. There will also be a flower show demonstration and extend hours because of the annual floral showcase.

For more information, click here.

25. Farmers’ Markets

Where: Various locations
When: Saturday, February 29

Each weekend in the City, several areas in the city are filled with produce and handmade crafts. Head over to Clark Park Farmers’ Market, Headhouse District Farmers’ Market, Rittenhouse Square Farmers’ Market, Market at the Fareway in Chestnut Hill, or Fairmount Farmers Market for all your needs. For those in collegiate domains, there’s a weekly University City Farmers’ Market and Cecil B. Moore Farmers’ Market.

26. Kennett Winterfest

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Where: 600 S. Broad St | Kennett Square| PA
When: Saturday, February 29 | 12:30-4:30 p.m.

The Kennett Winterfest is a wonderful and yearly winter festival showcasing tremendous regional breweries. Stop by this Saturday for samples from Great Lakes Brewing, Tired Hands, Yards, and more. The drinks will be flowing at this amazing regional and annual event.

For more information, click here.

27. Philly Bierfest

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Where: The German Society of Philadelphia | 611 Spring Garden St
When: Saturday, February 29 | 12:30-4:30 p.m.

This Saturday the 2020 Philly Bierfest will be the place to be this Saturday afternoon. There will be amazing incredible brews, games, quizzo, taste-offs, and more. This amazing event will have live music, games, and so much more.

For more information, click here.

28. Friars vs. Wildcats

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Where: Wells Fargo Center | 3601 S. Broad St
When:Saturday, February 29 | 12 p.m.

This weekend, the Villanova Wildcats will be taking on the Providence Friars at the Wells Fargo Center. Come see another storied Big East war 12th-ranked Wildcats look to keep their winning surging towards March Madness.

For more information, click here.

29. Grunge-A-Palooza

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Where: Theatre of Living Arts | 334 South St
When: Saturday, February 29 | 7 p.m.

This weekend, Underground Arts will be hosting Grunge-A-Palooza. This celebration of the flannel-loving era of music will feature tributes for Pearl Jam, Incubus, the Foo Fighters, and countless others. Come out for a night of nostalgia, drinks, and more.

For tickets, click here.

30. Women’s History Month

Where: Various locations
When: Runs through Tuesday, March 31

The end of one cultural celebration month springs into Women’s History Month each year. There will be several events, celebrations, discussions, entertainment, and panels discussing several nuanced topics orbiting women on a daily basis. Be sure to look up all the book readings, tours, panels, and more. Programming kicks off on Sunday, March 1 with the ticketed Meet the Women of the Betsy Ross House and continues with free weekend programming through the month. Seat at the Table at the Kimmel Center also opens its doors on Sunday. The free art exhibition by Dome Collective features 3D infographic furniture and screens highlighting groundbreaking women through history.

For more information, click here.

31. Museum Sundays

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Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art | 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy and The Barnes Foundation | 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
When: Sunday, March 1 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Barnes Foundation will be offering up the most wallet-friendly event this Sunday. The Philadelphia Museum of Art will be pay-what-you-wish and will host Family Festival: Here Comes the Sun. There will be arts and crafts, tours, and more. This Sunday is also PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Creating Multiples. There will be an art-making session, a math mystery challenge, storytime, and puppet theater.

32. WillPower Workout For The Whole Family

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Where: Craft Hall | 901 N. Delaware Ave
When: Sunday, March 1 | 9 a.m.

WillPower, Philly’s newest gym designed for a family, will be hosting an intense and kid-friendly workout this Sunday. It will be tough enough to get your blood pumping, but flexible enough to make sure you can take a break for parenting duties if needed. After the workout, refuel your body by supporting Craft Hall’s legendary Sunday brunch! It’s fun for the whole family!

For more information, click here.

33. Harlem Globetrotters

The Original Harlem Globetrotters

Where: The Liacouras Center | 1776 N. Broad St.
When: Sunday, March 1 | 12 p.m. and 5 p.m.

The Wells Fargo Center won’t just be filled with Villanova’s brand of basketball this weekend. The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to town and plan on pulling out all the tricks and thrills that have made them a household name for decades. Bring your entire family out to this amazing show.

For more information, click here.

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