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Winter Events

Philadelphia heats up in the winter with some of its biggest and best events.

Get your inner engine revving at the Philadelphia Auto Show, come face-to-face with dozens of life-like animatronic dinosaurs in the tropical settings of The Franklin Institute's Jurassic World: The Exhibition and jump into the holiday spirit through a ton of festive happenings citywide.

If you want to really get moving, check out the Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park and Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, both of which bring opportunities to cruise alfresco out on the ice and to warm up afterward with a steamy cup of hot cocoa.

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.

Get ready throw some layers on your calendar. It's time to bundle it up with all of the happenings right here in our City of Brotherly Love.

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  • The 2017 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show

    The world’s largest indoor flower show

    Elaborate displays fill the Pennsylvania Convention Center ever year at the world’s oldest and largest indoor flower show.

    March 11-19, 2017
    An annual blockbuster event, the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center is the world's oldest and largest indoor flower show, full of impressive large-scale gardens, landscapes and floral creations.

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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.

    Through 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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  • 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.

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

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  • Philly Wine Week

    Toasts and wine-learning events at venues all around town

    High Street on Market is one of the many restaurants and bars serving up wine-related specials for Philly Wine Week.

    March 19-26, 2017
    Philly Wine Week returns for its fourth year of wine-centric events, parties and specials at over 50 participating venues throughout Philadelphia during an eight-day span of libations.

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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: May 25 – August 10, 2017 and November 16 – December 28, 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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  • Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade

    The oldest Thanksgiving Day parade in the country

    Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade

    Thursday, November 23, 2017
    Now in its 98th year, the 1.4-mile 6ABC Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade is the oldest Thanksgiving parade in the country and a true Philadelphia tradition.

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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 Market Street as the parade marches from City Hall to Penn's Landing.

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  • Philly Wine Week

    Toasts and wine-learning events at venues all around town

    High Street on Market is one of the many restaurants and bars serving up wine-related specials for Philly Wine Week.

    March 19-26, 2017
    Philly Wine Week returns for its fourth year of wine-centric events, parties and specials at over 50 participating venues throughout Philadelphia during an eight-day span of libations.

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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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  • 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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  • 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.

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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.

    Through 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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  • 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.

    Through 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.

    View More
  • Drapetomania at the
    African American Museum

    Discover the history of Grupo Antillano and their important contributions to the art of Cuba, the Caribbean and the African Diaspora

    African American Museum

    January 30 – March 27, 2016
    Drapetomania at the African American Museum in Philadelphia seeks to recover the history of Grupo Antillano and their important contributions to the art of Cuba, the Caribbean and the African Diaspora.

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  • Lost Egypt at The Franklin Institute

    Come face-to-face with a real Egyptian mummy and learn about the modern techniques utilized by present-day archaeologists

    Learn how archaeologists use modern science and technology to understand the ancient civilization of Egypt in Lost Egypt.

    January 30 – August 28, 2016
    Come face-to-face with an Egyptian mummy and learn how archaeologists use modern science and technology to uncover the ancient civilization of Egypt.

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  • The Science Behind Pixar
    at The Franklin Institute

    Experience a unique, first-time look into the science and technology behind Finding Nemo, Toy Story and more

    The Franklin Institute adds a new interactive exhibit to their long-standing register, this time exploring the processes behind Pixar.

    March 12 – September 5, 2016
    Experience a unique, first-time look into the science and technology behind Pixar’s beloved animated movies.

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  • International Pop
    at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

    Pop Art’s emergence as an international movement is explored through a collection of 150 works of art

    The Philadelphia Museum of Art explores the emergence of Pop Art as an international movement in a new, three-month exhibit.

    February 24 – May 15, 2016
    Explore Pop Art’s emergence as an international movement through a collection of 150 works of art from 80 different artists.

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