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Center City District Restaurant Week

Center City District Restaurant Week

Center City District Restaurant Week returns this winter with delicious, conscious meals at 120 different restaurants. Credit: E. Mencher for Visit Philadelphia

During the early winter months, Philly holiday traditions abound, including the dazzling SugarHouse New Year's Eve Fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront, the colorful Macy's Christmas Light Show and more.

Annual non-holiday happenings fill the city with excitement, too, such as the Philadelphia Auto Show, where 700-plus cars — including several models available to test drive — pull up to park at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. January also brings Center City District Restaurant Week, serving up dining deals at 120 different area restaurants for nearly two full weeks.

Also consider hitting the ice at your choice of two different rinks (Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest and the Rothman Ice Rink) or exploring Philly's thriving museum scene, where dinosaurs have taken over The Franklin Institute for the North American debut of the epic Jurassic World: The Exhibition.

Staying for a couple days? Consider booking the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package Winter Getaway, which comes with free hotel parking, free tickets to Jurassic World: The Exhibition, free ice skating passes for Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, a $20 Garces Restaurants gift card and more.

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  • Jurassic World: The Exhibition at
    The Franklin Institute

    Come face to face with life-like animatronic dinosaurs

    Throughout Jurassic World: The Exhibition, guests will come face-to-face with dozens of life-like animatronic dinosaurs that were created with oversight of renowned paleontologists.

    November 25, 2016 – April 23, 2017
    Some very famous gigantic, life-like animatronic dinosaurs come to Philadelphia in fall 2016 when Jurassic World: The Exhibition makes its North American debut at The Franklin Institute in a groundbreaking, five-month exhibition.

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  • Philadelphia Auto Show

    It’s bumper to bumper excitiement at the Pennsylvania Convention Center

    The Philadelphia Auto Show

    January 28 – February 5, 2017
    Catch a glimpse of the automotive industry’s latest creations at the Pennsylvania Convention Center during the 2017 Philadelphia Auto Show.

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  • Center City District Restaurant Week

    More than 100 restaurants offering three-course meals for $20-35

    Center City District Restaurant Week returns this winter with delicious, conscious meals at 120 different restaurants.

    January 22-27, 2017 and January 29 – February 3, 2017
    Center City District Restaurant Week welcomes diners with delicious, budget conscious meals at as many as 120 restaurants for $20-35.

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  • Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

    Seasonal park on the Delaware River Waterfront

    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.

    November 25, 2016 – March 5, 2017
    A winterized riverfront park, Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest houses an Olympic-size skating rink overlooking the Delaware River, ski chalet-style lodge and winter garden with a majestic holiday tree, outdoor seating area with fire pits, cozy warming cabins, a kids’ lodge with arcade games and more.

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  • The Rothman Ice Rink and America’s Garden Capital Maze at Dilworth Park

    Three months of ice skating right next to City Hall

    This winter, the transformation of the west side of City Hall continues with the premiere of the brand-new Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park.

    Through February 26, 2017
    Dilworth Park is the place to be this holiday season, with the return of the Rothman institute Ice Skating Rink, the Rothman Cabin and a new wintergarden.

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  • Robot Revolution
    at The Franklin Institute

    See and interact with more than 40 robots from all over the world

    Interact with more than 40 robots at a The Franklin Institute’s Robot Revolution exhibition.

    October 8, 2016 – April 2, 2017
    See and interact with more than 40 robots at a new exhibition at The Franklin Institute.

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  • The 2017 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show

    The world’s largest indoor flower show

    The 2016 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show elebrates the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service.

    March 11-19, 2017
    An annual blockbuster event, the Philadelphia Flower Show attracts more than 260,000 people to the Pennsylvania Convention Center for impressive large-scale gardens, landscapes and floral creations.

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  • Philadelphia Home Show

    Home improvement haven

    Discover the latest in home improvements at the Philadelphia Home Show.

    January 13-16 and 20-22, 2017
    Fall in love with your home again at the annual Philadelphia Home Show, the region’s premier building, design and landscaping event, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

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  • Philadelphia Home Show

    Home improvement haven

    Discover the latest in home improvements at the Philadelphia Home Show.

    January 13-16 and 20-22, 2017
    Fall in love with your home again at the annual Philadelphia Home Show, the region’s premier building, design and landscaping event, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

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  • Odunde Festival

    One of the largest and most longstanding African-American street festivals in the nation

    The Odunde Festival draws nearly 500,000 people to South Philly.

    Sunday, June 11, 2017
    The annual Odunde Street Festival brings a genuine taste of Africa to South Street and one of Philadelphia’s oldest, historically African-American neighborhoods with an abundance of cultural, historical and family-friendly events.

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  • Philly Tech Week

    Technology, innovation and good times

    Explore technology and innovation in the region during Philly Tech Week.

    April 28 – May 6, 2017
    Philly Tech Week celebrates technology and innovation in the region by bringing together some of the best and brightest tech minds in the city for events ranging from panels and conferences to gaming-themed events and cocktail parties.

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  • The Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia

    A spring celebration of the culture, craft and cuisine of Japan

    Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

    April 1-9, 2017
    Whether it’s enjoying the fragile pink blossoms of 1,000 cherry trees, listening to the thundering beat of a giant Taiko drum, creating origami masterpieces or honing your sushi-making skills, the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia is the place to celebrate all things Japanese.

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  • The 2017 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show

    The world’s largest indoor flower show

    The 2016 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show elebrates the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service.

    March 11-19, 2017
    An annual blockbuster event, the Philadelphia Flower Show attracts more than 260,000 people to the Pennsylvania Convention Center for impressive large-scale gardens, landscapes and floral creations.

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  • First Friday

    Monthly open house for galleries in Philadelphia

    On the first Friday evening of every month, the streets od Old City fill with art lovers of all kinds who wander among the neighborhood’s 40-plus galleries.

    First Friday of every month
    Want proof of Philadelphia’s happening art scene? On the first Friday evening of every month the streets fill with art lovers of all kinds who wander among the neighborhood’s 40-plus galleries, most of them open from 5 until 9 p.m.

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  • Tippler’s Tour

    Experience a taste of Colonial tavern life

    The Tippler’s Tour invites the over-21 set to sing along to sample a few drinks and snacks as they ramble through Historic Philadelphia with a Colonial guide.

    Select dates in January 2017
    The over-21 set can sing along to 18th-century drinking songs, enjoy stories of the drinking traditions of Colonial times and sample drinks and snacks as they ramble through Historic Philadelphia with a Colonial guide.

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  • Philly Wine Week

    Toasts and wine-learning events at venues all around town

    Tria is one of the many restaurants and bars serving up wine-related specials for the third annual Philly Wine Week.

    March 19-26, 2017
    Philly Wine Week returns for its third year of wine-centric events, parties and specials at over 50 participating venues throughout Philadelphia from April 3 through 10.

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  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade

    Philadelphia’s long-standing celebration of everything Irish

    A Philadelphia tradition since 1771, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade — one of the oldest parades in the country — is a celebration not to be missed.

    March 12, 2017
    A Philadelphia tradition since 1771, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade — one of the oldest parades in the country — is a celebration not to be missed. Join thousands of spectators on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on the Sunday prior to St. Patrick’s Day.

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  • Center City District Restaurant Week

    More than 100 restaurants offering three-course meals for $20-35

    Center City District Restaurant Week returns this winter with delicious, conscious meals at 120 different restaurants.

    January 22-27, 2017 and January 29 – February 3, 2017
    Center City District Restaurant Week welcomes diners with delicious, budget conscious meals at as many as 120 restaurants for $20-35.

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  • Dinosaurs Unearthed at the Academy of Natural Sciences

    Come face-to-face with lifelike, roaring, moving dinosaurs

    Dinosaurs Unearthed at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University allows museum-goers to embark on a multi-sensory adventure that involves moving, life-size animatronic versions of everyone’s favorite prehistoric creatures.

    Through January 16, 2017
    Dinosaurs Unearthed at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University allows museum-goers to embark on a multi-sensory adventure that involves moving, life-size animatronic versions of everyone’s favorite prehistoric creatures.

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  • Prisons Today at
    Eastern State Penitentiary

    An exhibition exploring the impact of imprisonment in the U.S.

    The U.S. tops the list of highest incarceration rates in the world, drawing much discussion in an interactive exhibition at Eastern State Penitentiary.

    Now open
    Eastern State Penitentiary presents a three-year-long exhibition exploring the purpose and effectiveness of our country’s prison system.

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  • Philadelphia Auto Show

    It’s bumper to bumper excitiement at the Pennsylvania Convention Center

    The Philadelphia Auto Show

    January 28 – February 5, 2017
    Catch a glimpse of the automotive industry’s latest creations at the Pennsylvania Convention Center during the 2017 Philadelphia Auto Show.

    View More
  • Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

    Seasonal park on the Delaware River Waterfront

    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.

    November 25, 2016 – March 5, 2017
    A winterized riverfront park, Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest houses an Olympic-size skating rink overlooking the Delaware River, ski chalet-style lodge and winter garden with a majestic holiday tree, outdoor seating area with fire pits, cozy warming cabins, a kids’ lodge with arcade games and more.

    View More
  • The Rothman Ice Rink and America’s Garden Capital Maze at Dilworth Park

    Three months of ice skating right next to City Hall

    This winter, the transformation of the west side of City Hall continues with the premiere of the brand-new Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park.

    Through February 26, 2017
    Dilworth Park is the place to be this holiday season, with the return of the Rothman institute Ice Skating Rink, the Rothman Cabin and a new wintergarden.

    View More

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