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What’s happening in Philly this weekend: Jan. 17-19

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].

This week’s best Sips & Eats!

1. Closing Soon: Philly Home Show

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Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center |  1101 Arch St

When: Runs through Sunday, January 19

The 2020 Philly Home Show concludes this weekend. There are several events to keep your eyes on over the next few days. There will be make-and-take workshops, special happy hour activities, the Vault + Vine Plant Bar and Doggy Fashion Show featuring SPCA adoptable dogs. You can get Get 50% off tickets when you use the code SNOW at checkout. SEPTA Key Cardholders and Heroes (active and retired military, first responders, teachers, more) get in free this Friday.

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2. Closing Soon: Hamlet

Where: Independence Seaport Museum | 211 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard

When: Runs through Sunday, January 19

The theatrical run of Hamlet at the Independence Seaport Museum will come to an end this Sunday. The FREE Shakespeare production is an event you don’t want to miss. Come down to the waterfront and take in the picturesque views and be blown away by these talented performers.

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3. Closing Soon: The Band’s Visit

The company of The Band's Visit North American Tour © Photo by Matthew Murphy

Where: Academy of Music | 240 S. Broad St

When: Runs through Sunday, January 19

Another musical and theatrical production coming to an end this weekend is The Band’s VisitThe amazing Broadway hit has 10 Tony Awards under its belt.  The Academy of Music will be filled with the sounds from this Grammy Award winner for just a few more days.

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4. Closing Soon: Dinosaurs Around the World

Dinos Around the World

Where: The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University | 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.

When: Runs through Monday, January 20

Dinosaurs Around the World will be closing its exhibit doors on Monday. This wonderful and informative dinosaur-centric display has introduced more than a dozen animatronic dinosaurs to the institution’s visitors for months. Come learn about their voyage “from the ferocious plains of Africa and the tropical beaches of Antarctica, to the inland seas of North America and the polar darkness of Australia.”

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5. Benjamin Franklin’s Birthday

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Where: Various locations

When: Various times

Philadelphia is full of rich history and figures. In the City of Brotherly Love, Benjamin Franklin is the most celebrated. This weekend there will be several events celebrating his birthday. Head to Old City for a Franklin birthday and 19th Amendment soiree.  The Franklin Institute will be hosting a birthday bash this Saturday and Sunday. There will be special programming and activities.

6. MLK Weekend Celebrations


Where: Various locations

When: Various times

This Monday is Martin Luther King 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 in Philadelphia will have a splendid lineup of events. Head over to the Eastern State Penitentiary for free readings of his 1963 “Letter from Birmingham Jail” and other activities. The Museum of the American Revolution will be hosting special programs and events all weekend as well. The National Constitution Center will hold a special event centering on King’s “I Have A Dream” speech. The National Museum of American Jewish History will screen a documentary, hold a social justice discussion, have crafts, and more at its MLK Day event.

7. Center City Restaurant Week

Where: Various locations

When: Runs through Friday, January 24

This is the last full weekend for Center City Restaurant Week. The culinary craze and wallet-friendly endeavor will end next Friday. Several participating restaurants in the city will be featuring three-course lunches and dinners for $20 and $35. Over 52 restaurants will be firing up their kitchens and refreshing their bars to serve you up something spectacular.

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8. International Conference and Festival of Blacks in Dance

(Photo by // Scott Robbins)

Where: Merriam Theater | 250 S Broad St

When: Runs through Saturday, January 18

PHILADANCO‘s 50th anniversary celebrations continue to jolt the city with great performers, talent, and artistry. The International Conference & Festival of Blacks in Dance will reside at the Merriam Theater this weekend. More than 40 up-and-coming and renowned Black dance companies from around the country will be showcased at Then Now Next. The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dallas Black Dance TheatreDance Theatre of Harlem, PHILADANCO! and Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, A Dance Company, and several other performers will be on display. The “four-day conference and festival celebrates the brilliance of Black Dance companies while enhancing audiences’ understanding of Black Dance history and technique.”

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9.Friday Night at the Museum 


Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art | 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy

When: Friday, January 17 | 5 – 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. A new ensemble led by Joshua Stamper will be performing at this artistic and cultural event. Enjoy gallery access and more before and after the performances.

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10. Philadelphia Chamber Music Society

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Where: Kimmel Center 300 S. Broad St

When: Friday, January 17 and Sunday, January 19

Those looking for refined tunes and classical music, come out to the Kimmel Center this Friday and Sunday. The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society presents Lost Voices: The War to End All Wars and Found Voices: The New European Map. This will be a night of exquisite music in the Perelman Theater.

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11. The Philly POPS Present Hamlisch: With Love 

Hamlisch: With Love

Where: Kimmel Center 300 S. Broad St

When: Runs through Sunday, January 19

Marvin Hamlisch is one of history’s two PEGOT winners (Pulitzer, Emmy, GRAMMY, Oscar and Tony winner). The phenomenal entertainer and artist will be celebrated by the Philly POPS this weekend. Conductor Todd Ellison will lead these talented musicians on a musical exploration of Hamlisch’s work.  

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12. Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention

Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center |  1101 Arch St

When: Runs through Sunday, January 19

If you’re looking for inspiration for your next tattoo or piercing, you’ll find it at the Pennsylvania Convention Center this weekend. Several outstanding tattoo artists and vendors will be on full display. There will be exhibitions, demonstrations, food, drinks, and more at this creative annual event.

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13. Prohibition: 100 Years at the National Liberty Museum

Where: National Liberty Museum | 321 Chestnut St

When: Friday, January 17 | 7 – 10 p.m.

The National Liberty Museum will be celebrating 100 years of Prohibition this Friday, January 17 from 7-10 pm. This lively and entertaining event will feature libations, a mixology instructional, interactive activities, and will give you the opportunity to learn about life in Prohibition-era Philly. Enjoy beer from  Flying Fish Brewery and spirits from Boardroom Distillery. There will be prohibtion trivia, a prohibition-era murder mystery performed by Riddlesbrood Theatre Company, and many more engaging activities.

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14. Elle Verner at City Winery

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Where: City Winery | 990 Filbert St

When: Friday, January 17 | 7 p.m.

Grammy-award-winning artist and talented singer-songwriter Elle Verner will be performing at City Winery Friday. The spacious lounge, restaurant and concert venue will have this amazing vocalist front and center. Verner released her second studio album Ellevation last year. This tou, with the same name, celebrates that tremendous work.

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15. Bulls vs. 76ers

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Where: Wells Fargo Center | 3601 S. Broad St

When: Friday, January 17 | 7 p.m.

The 76ers got back in the win column Wednesday night against the Brooklyn Nets. They’ll be back on their home court again this Friday night when they take on the Chicago Bulls. Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris, Josh Richardson, Al Horford, and company will seek to take down this Eastern Conference foe.

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16. 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 4 peopleYou 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.

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17. We Can Be Heroes at the National Liberty Museum

(Morgan Peterson “Ziggy Stardust Modern Day Fabergé” // Photo by Candis R. McLean)

Where: National Liberty Museum 321 Chestnut St

When: Runs through Monday, February 3

TheNational Liberty Museum‘s “We Can Be Heroes” exhibit explores the influence that David Bowie and his music had – and continues to have – on contemporary art. A mixture of sculpture, paintings and digital artwork from both local and international artists are featured in the exciting and enthralling exhibit.

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18. CultureFest! Lunar New Year at the Penn Museum

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Where: Penn Museum | 3260 South St

When: Saturday, January 19 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Penn Museum’s 39th Annual Chinese New Year Celebration is this Saturday. The prestigious institution will have many family-friendly activities at this culturally centered event. There will be Chinese dances, food, music, calligraphy, martial arts demonstrations, storytelling, arts and crafts, Year of the Dog Photo Contests, and much more.

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19. 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 has already enjoyed a residency at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas. The fun-filled extravaganza will remain at the King of Prussia Mall through February. 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 is bursting with joy.

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20. Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Love Letter Tours

(Mural Arts’ Love Letter Train Tour // Photo by Candis R. McLean)

Where: Various locations

When: Saturday, January 18 | 10:30 a.m. and Sunday, January 19 | 1 p.m.

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.

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21. Reading Terminal Market

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Where: Reading Terminal Market | 51 N. 12th St

When: Saturday, January 18

Each Saturday, the Reading Terminal Market hosts Taste of Philadelphia Tours. This Saturday morning, there will be a Decadent Gourmet food tour throughout the historic and culinary hotspot. There will also be a Luna New Year celebration. The Chinatown Development Corporation will also be hosting a free cooking demonstration.

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22. 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 week kicks off their Orchid Extravaganza series. 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.

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23. The Escape Game

(The Escape Game)

Where: King of Prussia Mall | 160 N. Gulph Rd | King of Prussia, PA

When: Runs through April 2020

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.

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24. Farmers’ Markets

Where: Various locations

When: Saturday, January 18

Each weekend in the city, several areas in the city are filled with produce and handmade crafts. Head over to Clark Park Farmers’ MarketHeadhouse District Farmers’ MarketRittenhouse Square Farmers’ MarketMarket 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.

25. Storytime at The Lodge

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Where: Blue Cross RiverRink | 121 N. Columbus Blvd

When: Saturday, January 18 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is always one of the true gems of the holiday season. The rink hosts several thematic events, parties, and gatherings at its adjacent lodge. This Saturday bring your kids out for storytime. Books are chosen by the Free Library of Philadelphia and snacks and hot chocolate will be provided for the kids.

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26. Winterfest Brewfest

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Where: Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest 101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd

When: Saturday, January 18 1 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Rescheduled for Sunday, Janaury 19

There will be two sessions on Saturday at the 7th Annual Winterfest Brewfest. Come to the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest lodge to sample several seasonal and craft beers. You can grab a pint and enjoy the majestic winter wonderland that the RiverRink has to offer.

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27. Winter Wine-derland at Chaddsford Winery

Where: Chaddsford Winery |632 Baltimore Pike | Chadds Ford, PA

When: Saturday, January 18 and Sunday, January 19 11 a.m – 6 p.m.

Chaddsford Winery is hosting Winter Wine-derland event this and next weekend. The winter festival this weekend will have wine tastings, live entertainment, fire pits, ice carvings, live music, food trucks, cocktails, and more.

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28. UConn vs Villanova

UConn Huskies vs. Villanova

Where: Wells Fargo Center | 3601 S. Broad St

When: Saturday, January 18 12 p.m.

The Villanova Wildcats will be taking on the UConn Huskies this Saturday afternoon. The former Big East rival is tenth in the AAC and would love nothing more than to knock off the fourteenth ranked Wildcats. Come to the Wells Fargo Center for a great showing of athleticism and skill from the local team.

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29. Kings vs. Flyers

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Where: Wells Fargo Center | 3601 S. Broad St

When: Saturday, January 18 | 7 p.m.

This Saturday the Philadelphia Flyers will be taking on the Los Angeles Kings. The Flyers are in the middle of a three-game homestand and would like nothing more than to crawl up from the median of the Metropolitan Division rankings. Bring your spirit and hype to the Wells Fargo Center this weekend.

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30. Premier Boxing Champions

Premier Boxing Champions

Where: The Liacouras Center 1776 N. Broad St.

When: Saturday, January 18 | 4 p.m.

Premier Boxing Champions presents Williams v. Rosario this Saturday night at the Liacouras Center. Live boxing and hard-hitting blows are on the menu for this Super Welterweight Championship bout. This will a great nut of thunderous punches and entertainment.

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31. Greensky Bluegrass

Greensky Bluegrass

Where: The Met Philadelphia | 858 N. Broad St

When: Saturday, January 18 | 7 p.m.

American bluegrass and rock band Greensky Bluegrass will be centerstage at The Met Philadelphia this Saturday night. The Kalamazoo, Michigan band has shelled out ten studio albums through the years. Come hear songs from All For Money and other productions.

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32. Snoop Dogg

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Where: The Fillmore Philadelphia | 29 E. Allen St 

When: Saturday, January 18 | 8 p.m.

Hip-hop and rap legend Snoop Dogg will be bringing his I Wanna Thank Me Tour to The Fillmore Philadelphia this Saturday night. The songwriter, producer, media personality, entrepreneur, and actor, released his seventeenth studio album last year.

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33. The 26th Annual Hair O’The Dog

Where: NOTO Philadelphia 1209 Vine St

When: Saturday, January 18 9 p.m.

The 26th Annual Hair O’ The Dog is this Saturday, January 18th. Voted the “Best Event in Philly”,  one of Philadelphia’s most popular, upscale, and glamorous events is back with a bang this year. Get ready to party like Gatsby at this blowout event.  Q102’s very own DJ N9NE, of Saturday nights DJ N9NE at nine, is set to open this lavish shindig. The Dog hosts of the evening are Q102 Philly’s Rach on the Radio, plus Ja-Mel of Wooder Ice.

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34. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events

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Where: Various locations

When: Monday, January 20

The Greater Philadelphia MLK Day of Service offers you and your entire family several ways to get involved. Several Philadelphia museums and institutions will be commemorating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with special events and programming.  There will also be tremendous service projects volunteer to join during the day.

Map of Events

Upcoming Featured Event

Saint Motel at the TLA

(Saint Motel // Photo by Catie Laffoon)

Where: Theatre of The Living Arts 334 South St

When: Monday, February 10

LA-based indie rock quartet Saint Motel will be taking over the TLA next month! The celebrated indie-pop band’s world headline tour will be making its Philadelphia stop on Monday, February 10th. Saint Motel’s kaleidoscopic sound and inventive live performances has earned them a massive fan following.  Check out their latest release, “THE ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK:  PART 1,” the first of a three-part album to be released over the coming months. Co-produced by singer A/J Jackson and GRAMMY-winner Mark Needham, the five-song collection is highlighted by lead single “Van Horn.” Don’t miss your chance to see them live.

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