Top Things to Do in Philadelphia
in February 2017
Restaurant Week, the Auto Show, ice skating, major exhibitions and so much more
This month, the City of Brotherly Love teems with activities to delight locals and visitors alike. From ice skating to museum hopping, major events to artistic performances, there’s tons to do this month in Philadelphia.
Look forward to events celebrating Black History Month, annual goings-on around Valentine's Day and Presidents' Day weekend, ice skating, restaurant weeks and more.
Read on for our what's coming up this February in Philadelphia.
Center City District Restaurant Week
Center City Restaurant Week offers a great chance to sample the menus of some of the city's top restaurants. (G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)
Through February 3, 2017
Eat your way through Philadelphia’s stellar dining scene at an affordable price during Center City District Restaurant Week, which includes three-course dinners for $35 and three-course lunches for $20 at more than 130(!) popular eateries.
The Philadelphia Auto Show
At the Philadelphia Auto Show, visitors can get up-close and personal with the newest vehicle models that will soon be at dealerships around the region. (R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)
Through February 5, 2017
The Pennsylvania Convention Center transforms into a car lover’s dream during the Philadelphia Auto Show, when more than 200,000 attendees take in 700 pre-production, hot-production, classic and green vehicles from a range of manufacturers. Attendees will have the chance to test drive models from Mazda, BMW, Kia, Toyota and more.
The Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package
The Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package includes up to $228 in perks this winter. (M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)
Through March 19, 2017
Book an overnight stay at one of 38 participating Philadelphia hotels and get free perks like parking, tickets to Jurassic World: The Exhibition at The Franklin Institute, skate rentals at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, a Garces Restaurants gift card and much more. This unprecedented offer is valid on stays now through March 19, 2017.
Jurassic World: The Exhibition at The Franklin Institute
Visitors come face to face with life-like animatronic dinosaurs at Jurassic World: The Exhibition at The Franklin Institute. (M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)
Through April 23, 2017
Enter The Franklin Institute and be transported to Isla Nublar from the 2015 blockbuster film Jurassic World. This animatronic exhibit — making its North American debut — brings dozens of massive prehistoric beasts to life, immersing guests of all ages in an exciting, multi-sensory experience.
Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
The Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is a can't-miss winter attraction on the Delaware River Waterfront, featuring ice skating, food and drink, arcade games and more. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)
Through March 5, 2017
When the temperatures dip, the action heats up at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, which features an ice skating rink overlooking the Delaware River, a ski chalet-style lodge, fire pits, an arcade and plenty of cozy seating.
Rothman Ice Rink and America’s Garden Capital Maze at City Hall
This winter at City Hall, skate around the Rothman Ice Rink, amble through America’s Garden Capital Maze and sip on hot chocolate at the Rothman Cabin. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)
Through February 26, 2017
Lace up a pair of skates and take to the ice at Rothman Ice Rink in the shadow of City Hall. Be sure to check out America’s Garden Capital Maze, which celebrates the 30-plus gardens and arboreta in the Greater Philadelphia region.
Black History Month in Philadelphia
Celebrate Black History Month at a number of Philadelphia's popular attractions. (G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)
All February Long
Throughout February, attractions like the National Constitution Center, the Annenberg Center and Independence National Historical Park offer special programming to celebrate Black History Month. Click the button below for our complete guide to events like live dance performances, arts workshops, film screenings and more.
Valentine's Day in Philadelphia
February 14, 2017
Love is in the air in Philadelphia, where sweethearts can enjoy romantic dinners, hot hotel deals, swoon-worthy concerts and more. Check out our guides to top things to do on Valentine's Day, romantic spots and activities, romantic date ideas, Valentine's Day hotel packages and more on our Valentine's Day in Philadelphia landing page.
Presidents' Day Weekend in Philadelphia
Enjoy special programming and events this Presidents' Day in Philadelphia. (G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)
February 18-20, 2017
Celebrate our nation’s past presidents in America’s first capital city. Take advantage of special programming and freebies at museums and historic sites around the city all weekend long. Stay tuned for our complete guide to the long weekend!
Free February at the National Museum of Jewish American History
During February, score free admission to the National Museum of Jewish American History all month long! (G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)
The National Museum of American Jewish History is devoting the month of February to celebrating freedom by offering FREE admission all month long. The museum's core exhibition presents tons of history using interactive technology and an array of rich artifacts. While there, visitors can also check out the original, iconic letter written by George Washington in 1790 to the Hebrew Congregation in Newport, Rhode Island that promoted the idea of religious freedom.
East Passyunk Restaurant Week
February 27 - March 10, 2017
Enjoy a three-course, special prix-fixe menu at more than 20 restaurants participating in East Passyunk Restaurant Week. Both lunch and dinner options abound, with prices set at $15, $25 and $35.
Grand Opening of Philadelphia Distilling Fishtown
February 19-20, 2017
Philadelphia Distilling, makers of Bluecoat American Dry Gin and other delicious spirits, is relocating to a stunning headquarters in Fishtown, featuring a brand-new distillery, tasting room, restaurant, liquor store, event space and patio.
Opening Alert: From Homer to Hopper: Experiment and Ingenuity in American Art at the Brandywine River Museum of Art
Browse more than fifty paintings by visionary American artists at the Brandywine River Museum of Art. (Photo courtesy Brandywine River Museum of Art)
February 25 - May 21, 2017
Follow the course of modern art through more than fifty paintings by visionaries like Thomas Eakins, Georgia O’Keeffe and John Sloan at the Brandywine River Museum of Art when From Homer to Hopper: Experiment and Ingenuity in American Art opens near the end of the month.
Unbounded Histories and Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flanerie at the Barnes Foundation
Unbounded Histories: Through February 19
Person of the Crowd: February 25 – May 22, 2017
Don’t miss Unbounded Histories, a site-specific sound intervention by Philadelphia artist Andrea Hornick, before it closes on February 19. The innovative piece is made up of a string of poems responding to specific works from the Barnes collection of artistic works and is streamable via smartphone. And opening on February 25, Person of the Crowd features provocative works from more than 50 international artists who have hit the streets to launch guerilla campaigns, find new materials and have their voices heard.
Opening Alert: Shawn Theodore: Church of Broken Pieces at the African American Museum
Opens February 2, 2017
Shawn Theodore: Church of Broken Pieces, a new thought-provoking photography exhibit at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, explores the psychic, physical and technological translocation of black America.
More Must-See Exhibitions This Winter
Plan time this month to check out exciting exhibitions like Robot Revolution at The Franklin Institute, Magic in the Ancient World at the Penn Museum, Powers of the President at the National Constitution Center and much, much more. Click the button below for our full guide of not-to-miss exhibitions.
Philly Fashion Week
Celebrate the local fashion scene during Philly Fashion Week. (Photo by Paul Loftland)
February 21-25, 2017
Philadelphia’s impressive fashion scene takes the spotlight for Philly Fashion Week, an annual event featuring fashion shows, panels, parties and more.
Orchid Extravaganza at Longwood Gardens
Through March 31, 2017
Longwood Gardens' Orchid Extravaganza brings a taste of spring to the Kennett Square area every year. This year's display includes more than 4,500 vibrant orchids, a 12-foot-tall archway bedecked in flowers, giant orbs of orchids, a spectacular orchid curtain and more.
Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention
February 10-12, 2017
Get inked at the Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention, which returns this month. The Pennsylvania Convention Center will be packed with some of the world’s most talented tattoo artists, many of whom have been featured on hit TV shows like Ink Master, Tattoo Nightmares and Best Ink.
Kennett Winterfest and Philly Bierfest
February 25, 2017
Two beer-tastic events return to the Philly area on February 25. Attendees can sample seasonal brews at the annual Kennett Winterfest or head to Philly Bierfest for lagers, weizens and other German-inspired styles.
Chinese New Year Celebration at Reading Terminal Market
February 4, 2017
Opera Philadelphia Presents Tancredi
Select Dates, February 10-19, 2017
Rossini’s music provides the soundtrack for Opera Philadelphia's performance of Tancredi, a love story about exiled soldier Tancredi and the beautiful Amenaide, daughter of the powerful Argirio.
Broadway Philadelphia Presents The Bodyguard Starring Deborah Cox at the Academy of Music
Catch this production of the blockbuster film The Boydguard at The Academy of Music this month. (B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia)
February 21-26, 2017
A hardened ex-Secret Service agent crosses paths with a music superstar in The Bodyguard, a Broadway production based on the blockbuster film being performed at the Academy of Music this month. The soundtrack features some of Whitney Houston’s greatest hits, including “So Emotional,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” and, of course, “I Will Always Love You.”
Shen Yun 2017 at the Merriam Theater
February 18-26, 2017
Watch ancient Chinese civilization come to life through the arts in Shen Yun 2017, complete with technological innovation, authentic costumes, animated backdrops and spectacular performers.
Jay Pharaoh at Punch Line Philly
February 2-4, 2017
It’s Barack, it’s Denzel, it’s Kanye - no, it’s just Jay Pharoah! The master impressionist and current star of "Saturday Night Live" brings his antics to the stage at Punch Line Philly this month.
Mummers Mardi Gras Parade in Manayunk
The Mummers will appear in Manayunk this month for a special parade. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)
February 18, 2017
Seventeen Mummers musical ensembles are set to parade down Main Street in Manayunk on February 18. Afterwards, revelers will gather for a fun-filled fair complete with activities like face painting and photo booths.