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What’s Happening in Philly This Weekend: Jan. 5-7

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: Longwood Gardens Christmas

Where: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Sq.
When: Runs through Sunday, January 7th

This weekend is your last chance to see Longwood Gardens trimmed and laced with several Christmas lights and fixtures. The grounds enlist a massive dancing fountain that bounces to your favorite holiday classics throughout the day. Come enjoy the strolling carol singers, ornaments everywhere, and 500,000 lights glowing throughout the park.

For more information, click here.

2. Philly Loves Bowie Week Continues

Where: Various locations
When: Begins Friday, January 5th and ends Sunday, January 14th

David Bowie died in January 2016. To commemorate the loss of the music legend and universal talent, Philadelphia created Philly Love Bowie Week. There are a series of art displays, concerts, Bowie themed nights at tattoo parlors, quizzo, movie screenings, plays, and other theatrical workings.

For more information, click here.

3. Baskerville

Where: Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.
When: Runs through Sunday, February 4th

Ken Ludwig’s adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1902 classic mystery, The Hound of the Baskervilles hits the Walnut Street Theatre this week. The acclaimed production’s talented actors will brings Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson to life in a way you’ve never seen before. This is also the last week to see Annie at the same location.

For more information, click here.

4. Chuck Close Photographs

Where: Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 118 North Broad St.
When: Runs Sunday, April 8th

The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) has been showcasing contemporary artist and photographer Chuck Close for months. The world-renowned photographer’s work, including 90 photographs, align this great institution’s hall in a special exhibit. Come see this hypnotizing work before it’s too late.

For more information, click here.

5. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: King For A Day!

Where: Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.
When: Friday, January 5th-Sunday, January 7th

Based on the #1 hit rated PBS Kids TV program, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, this live production will be something the entire family can enjoy. The touring show has surprised and enchanted audiences in each city it stopped out. Bring your little ones out this weekend.

For more information, click here.

6. Three Kings Day Celebrations

Where: Various locations
When: Friday, January 5th & Saturday, January 6th

Taller Puertorriqueño will be hosting El Día de Reyes festivities this Friday from 3PM-5PM.  The Kimmel Center will be having a Three Kings Day event on Saturday evening which includes a Three Wise Men reenactment, music, traditional food. For those in a partying mood, the Painted Bride Art Center will be having a blowout party for the cultural holiday. There will be live Latin bands and be dancing all night long.

7. Art After 5

Where:  Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
When: Friday, January 5th, 5PM-8:45PM

The Philadelphia Museum of Art weekly Art After 5 series encapsulates the best in sound and sight with this culture clash of art and music. This Friday night jazz ensemble JD Walter & Luis Perdomo Duo will be the live musical entertainment. There will be drink, cocktails, and food available.

For more information, click here.

8. Old City First Fridays

Where: Various locations
When: Friday, January 5th

Each First Friday of the month Old City opens its galleries and studios for a little fun. Several participating spaces will have painting collection, wood workings, sculptures, furniture, metal works, and more all throughout several buildings.

For more information, click here.

9. Movie Night at the AAMP

Where: The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch St.
When: Friday, January 5th, 6:30PM

The African American Museum in Philadelphia will be hosting a free screening of the film Black Orpheus this Friday night. The 1959 film won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or. The work brings the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice to twentieth-century Rio de Janeiro.

For more information, click here.

10. Ms. Pat at Punch Line Philly

Where: Punch Line Philly, 33 E. Laurel St.
When: Friday, January 5th and Saturday, January 6th

The stage at Punch Line Philly is always the place to be to get a few laughs each day. For the next few days, Ms. Pat will be bringing her rare brand of comedy to the Philadelphia comedy spot. The Comic View and Last Comic Standing alum will provide gust busting entertainment for all in attendance.

For more information, click here.

11. Havana Nights

Where: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.
When: Friday, January 5th, 8PM

Here is another entry on this list that is priced at $Free.99. World Cafe Live will be hosting a Havana Nights event. There will be live music, Cuban food, dancing, and more. Conjunto Philadelphia will be providing the music for this rhythmic and fun night.

For more information, click here.

12. 76ers vs. Pistons

Where: Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.
When: Friday, January 5th, 7PM

The Philadelphia 76ers look to notch their season at even when they take on the Detroit Pistons this Friday night. The Wells Fargo Center will be filled with screaming and raucous fans for this Eastern Conference matchup. Come see Simmons and Embiid try to lead the team to their 19th win.

For more information, click here.

13. Pop Up Holiday: Winter Feast

Where: Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic Ave.
When: Saturday, January 6th, 9AM-5PM

The Please Touch Museum will be having a Pop Up Holiday Winter Feast this Saturday. In partnership with Vetri’s Mobile Teaching Kitchen your entire family can learn how to cook fresh produce. There will also be a storytime, crafts, music, and more at this hands-on culinary experience.

For more information, click here.

14. Pennsylvania Bridal & Wedding Expo

Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St.
When: Saturday, January 6th & Sunday, January 7th, 11AM-5PM

This weekend the Pennsylvania Convention Center will be taken over by wedding gown designers, florist, wedding planners, DJs, photographers, and more. If you’re about to begin planning your big day and need a few ideas or some help, come on down to this fantastic expo that will surely put you on the right path down the aisle.

For more information, click here.

15. Flyers Home Weekend

Where: Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.
When: Saturday, January 6th, 1PM and Sunday, January 7th, 1PM

This Saturday and Sunday the Flyers will be taking on the St. Louis Blues and the Buffalo Sabres. The (16-15) team, like the 76ers, can cut their season to even this weekend or better when they face off against these two opponents. Bring your spirit and hype to the Wells Fargo center this weekend.

16. Sommelier Secrets

Where: Wine School of Philadelphia, 109 S. 22nd St.
When: Saturday, January 6th, 4PM-6PM

Whether you’re a person that goes out and has no idea which wine to pair with a meal or maybe you’re just looking to spruce up your knowledge, the Wine School of Philadelphia has class for you. This Wine 101 course will let you learn trade secrets from one of the best sommelier in the area. You will be amazed what your learn at this two-hour tasting course.

For more information, click here.

17. Villanova vs. Marquette

Where: Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.
When: Saturday, January 6th, 8PM

The Villanova Wildcats will be taking on the Marquette Golden Eagles this Saturday night. The Wells Fargo Center will be full of amazing energy for this Big East Conference matchup. The overwhelming favorite in the matchup Villanova, will look to extended their dominant record in front of their crazed fans.

For more information, click here.

18. Museum Sundays

Where: Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy and Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
When: Sunday, January 7th, 10AM-5PM

Its the first Sunday of the month which means the Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Barnes Foundation will be pay-what-you-wish and free admission. Come to either institution to see amazing artistic works, paintings, tapestries, sculptures, glass workings, and more.


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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