What’s Happening in Philly This Weekend: Jan. 12-14

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 [email protected].

Here’s a list of the best Sips and Eats in the city this week!

Events Running Through the Weekend

1. Closing Week:Tiny Titans

Where: The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.

When: Runs through Monday, January 15thThis weekend Tiny Titans closes Academy of Natural Sciences. The exhibit Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies has been an inspiration, diving your imagination into a prehistoric interesting world of wonder. There is a live animal showcase, a microscope intensive, information panels, and many cool things for the whole family.

For more information, click here.

2. MLK Day Weekend

Where: Various locations
When: Runs through Monday, January 15th

This Monday is Martin Luther Ling Jr. Day. Several institutions in the city will be celebrating this titanic figure in civil rights and American history all weekend. The African American Museum will have a splendid lineup of events. Eastern State Penitentiary will be hosting a reading of letters and family event. The Greater Philadelphia Day of Service has several volunteering opportunities for the entire family as well.

3. Les Misérables 

Where: Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St.
When: Runs through Sunday, January 21st

Tony award-winning musical Les Misérables will be coming to the Academy of Music this week. Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s production will be lighting up the stage with classic songs, phenomenal talent, and amazing visuals. Come hear staple songs “On My Own” and “I Dreamed a Dream.”

For more information, click here.

4. The British Isles Festival Week

Where: Kimmel Center, 300 s. Broad St.

When: Runs through Saturday, January 13th

Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center will be filled with music of its own. The Philadelphia Orchestra will be hosting a British Isles Festival. This week the music will feature composers Handel and Britten. Come join conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, violinist David Kim and Kimberly Fisher, violist Choong-Jin Chang, and cellist Hai-Ye Ni.

For more information, click here.

5. Colin Quinn

Where: Valley Forge Casino, 1160 1st Ave.
When: Friday, January 12th, 7PM

Saturday Night Live alum Colin Quinn will be front and center at Valley Forge Casino this Friday night. The former host of Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn and film regular, will be bringing his in-your-face brand of comedy to Philadelphia at this great show.

For more information, click here.

6. Juan de Marcos and the Afro-Cuban All-Stars

Where: Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.
When: Friday, January 12th, 8PM

The Afro-Cuban All Stars featuring Juan de Marcos have something special planned for The City of Brotherly Love this Friday night. The Cuban musicians will be bringing their ensemble and eclectic band to play some amazing and dazzling music. Come dance the night away.

For more information, click here.

7. Michael Yo

Where: Punch Line Philly, 33 E. Laurel St.
When: Friday, January 12th & Saturday, January 13th

Hollywood and pop culture spokesman Michael Yo will be doing shows at Punch Line Philly this Friday and Saturday. He can be seen on CBS’ The Insider weekly and heard on his top podcast Yo & Jo Show. Come to Punch Line Philly to see this intriguing comedic persona.

For more information, click here.

8. L.A. Dance Project

Where: Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St.
When: Friday, January 12th-Saturday, January 13th

The Zellerbach Theatre at the Annenberg Center will be bursting with splendid rhythm and movement tis weekend. Founded by Paris Opera Ballet director and former New York City Ballet principal Benjamin Millepied, don’t miss this amazing production’s Philadelphia debut.

For more information, click here.

9. Big Philly Beerfest

Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St.
When: Friday, January 12th-Saturday, January 13th

The Big Philly Beerfest is this Friday and Saturday. There will be over 125 breweries represents at this blowout drinking festival. Thousands of craft beers will be huddled in the Pennsylvania Convention Center sampling some of the best local and international brews around.

For more information, click here.

10. Philadelphia Home Show

Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St.
When: Friday, January 12th-Monday, January 15th & Friday, January 19th-Sunday, January 21st

The Pennsylvania Convention Center is making its second consecutive stop on this list. The Philadelphia Home Show will be taking of the city over the next few days. There will be a massive number of vendors, textile merchants, lighting and sound companies, landscape architects, and more. Come see how amazing your home can be.

For more information, click here.

11. A Snowy Bowie Skate

Where: Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, 101 S. Columbus Blvd.
When: Saturday, January 13th, 12PM-12AM

Philly Loves Bowie week continues to be a highlight of the area. The Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest will be getting into the Starman mood with an all-Bowie skate night this Saturday. There will be a movie screening, David Bowie music blasting in the speakers, face painting, and more.

For more information, click here.

12. Temple vs. Memphis

Where: The Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad St.
When: Saturday, January 13th, 2PM

The Temple Owl’s Men’s basketball team will be taking on the Memphis Tigers this Saturday afternoon. The Liacouras Center will be rocking with amazing local fans for this American Athletic Conference matchup. Bring your energy and enthusiasm to watch this amazing battle.

For more information, click here.

13. Eagles vs. Falcons

Where: Lincoln Financial Field, 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way
When: Saturday, January 13th, 4:30PM

The game we’ve all been waiting for is finally here. The Philadelphia Eagles will be taking on the Atlanta Falcons this Saturday evening. The divisional playoff matchup will put the stellar midnight green defense up against Matt Ryan and Julio Jones. Bring your insanity, boos, cheers, and rowdiness out for the biggest event in the city this weekend.

For more information, click here.

14. PnB Rock Homecoming Concert

Where: The Fillmore Philadelphia, 29 E. Allen St.
When: Saturday, January 13th, 8PM

Philadelphia native and hip hop act PnB Rock will be having a homecoming concert this Saturday night. The “Fleek” and “Selfish” hitmaker was featured in the 2017 XXLMagazine Freshman Class list.  Come see the local product tear up the stage.

For more information, click here.

15. Dorothy

Where: Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St.
When: Saturday, January 13th, 9PM

In affiliation with WMMR, Dorothywill be playing the Theatre of the Living Arts this Saturday night. The Los Angeles rock band released their debut album Rockisdead in June of 2016. the “Raise Hell” band is a great act that shouldn’t be missed by any local rock fans.

For more information, click here.

16. The Killers

Where: Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.
When: Saturday, January 13th, 8PM

For some alternative rock fans and sports fans, they simply have to walk across the parking lot for the best post-game celebration in the city. The seasoned band The Killers, put out their fifth studio album Wonderful Wonderful in September. Come see the “Somebody Told Me” rockers for a good time.

For more information, click here.

17. Center City Restaurant Week Begins

Where: Various location
When: Sunday, January 14th-Friday, January 26th

To culinary fans delight, Center City Restaurant Week begins this Sunday. Several participating restaurants in the city will be featuring three-course lunches and dinners for $20 and $35. Over 52 restaurants in total will be cooking up savory and specialty meal and drink menus.

For more information, click here.

18. Passion Pit

Where: The Fillmore Philadelphia, 29 E. Allen St.
When: Sunday, January 14th, 7PM

Massachusetts electronic pop and alternative band Passion Pit will be playing The Fillmore Philadelphia this Sunday night. Last year the synthpop act put out their latest release Tremendous Sea of Love.  The five member collective has a unique sound that is sure to energize the crowd.

For more information, click here.


You can follow Candis McLean on Twitter (@CandisRMcLean) and e-mail her at [email protected]. Follow Philly Influencer on Twitter (@PHL_Influencer), Facebook and Instagram.

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