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Top Things to Do in Philadelphia in February 2018

The Auto Show, Dilworth Park Wintergarden, Black History Month, Valentine’s Day, Presidents Day and so much more

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Photo by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia
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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.

Look forward to events celebrating Black History Month, annual goings-on around Valentine’s Day and more. Plus, February holds the last few days to check out the massive Philadelphia Auto Show and the final few weeks to enjoy the winter wonderland of Dilworth Park Wintergarden.

Oh yeah, and the Philadelphia Eagles are in the Super Bowl! The game may be in Minneapolis, but there’s still tons to do in the city, from massive watch parties to reduced museum admission and more.

Read on for our what’s coming up this February in Philadelphia.

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Philadelphia Eagles Victory Parade

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

The Philadelphia Eagles are Super Bowl champions! (No matter how many times you say it, it’s still true. Amazing.) And with a championship comes a sure-to-be-epic championship parade (YAY!), which kicks off Thursday, February 8, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Broad Street and Pattison Avenue. The parade will head north on Broad Street to City Hall, then cut down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway before finishing at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where a formal, two-hour celebration will take place starting at 1 p.m.

Where: Formal celebration takes place outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

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Philadelphia Auto Show

Philadelphia Auto Show Philadelphia Auto Show
— Photo courtesy Philadelphia Auto Show

The automotive industry’s latest creations are on a 700,000-square-foot display at the Pennsylvania Convention Center during the Philadelphia Auto Show, the showplace for hundreds and hundreds of concept, classic, luxury and exotic cars. Attendees will have the chance to test drive select models and learn about the newest designs and auto innovations.

Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street

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Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

— Photo courtesy Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Through Sunday, March 4, 2018

The popular Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest with fire pits, a Kids Lodge arcade, a cozy, chalet-style Lodge Restaurant and Bar, sweets from Franklin Fountain Confectionery Cabin and hearty fare from Garces Group and Chickie’s & Pete’s. All the fun is centered around a regulation skating rink with a spectacular view of the Ben Franklin Bridge. Additionally, on select Thursdays throughout the month, Winterfest hosts Fireside Sessions, a series of free concerts held by the fire pit area.

Where: Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard

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Dilworth Park Wintergarden at City Hall

— Photo by Peter Tobia/Center City District

Through Sunday, February 25, 2018

There’s still time to enjoy the fun Dilworth Park Wintergarden, where the Rothman Institute Ice Rink, the Rothman Institute Cabin and America’s Garden Capital Maze all await. Enjoy ice skating in the heart of the city and in the shadow of City Hall, followed by snacks and cocktails in the warm Rothman Institute Cabin. Also be sure to wander to the south end of the park where you’ll find America’s Garden Capital Maze, a living labyrinth of seasonal plants and lights.

Where: Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street

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Parkway 100: Winter Fountains on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Through Sunday, March 18, 2018

The free, outdoor Winter Fountains exhibition illuminates the Benjamin Franklin Parkway this winter with a stunning nighttime display of surreal, glowing videos projected on to four large domes. The dazzling works — inspired by the Parkway’s grand fountains — are a centerpiece exhibition of Parkway 100, the city’s 14-month celebration commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the avenue’s groundbreaking.

Where: Four points along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway including the Rodin Museum, 2151 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

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Black History Month in Philadelphia

Penn Museum Penn Museum
Penn Museum — Photo by Visit Philadelphia

Throughout February, major attractions across the city offer special programming to celebrate Black History Month. Stay tuned for our complete guide to events like live dance performances, arts workshops, film screenings and more.

Where: Various locations including the Penn Museum, 3260 South Street

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Philly Theatre Week

This month, Theatre Philadelphia hosts a 10-day celebration of all things theatrical in Philly. Philly Theatre Week features more than 80 events, including a variety of productions, interactive events and more.

Where: Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. 2nd Street

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Valentine's Day in Philadelphia

Couple kissing on ice skating rink Couple kissing on ice skating rink
Blue Cross RiverRink — Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

This Valentine’s Day, sweethearts in Philly can enjoy romantic dinners, hot hotel deals, swoon-worthy concerts and more. Looking for some ideas on romantic destinations and activities in the city? Check out our guides here.

Where: Various locations including Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard

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Presidents Day Weekend in Philadelphia

National Constitution Center — Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

Celebrate our nation’s past presidents in America’s first capital city. Take advantage of special programming and deals at museums and historic sites around the city all weekend long.

Where: Various locations including the National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street

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East Passyunk Restaurant Week

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Bing Bing Dim Sum — Photo by Visit Philadelphia

During East Passyunk Restaurant Week, three-course prix-fixe lunches and dinners are available (tax, alcohol and gratuity not included) at more than 24 different restaurants — including Fond, Noord, Perla, Townsend and Will — in the vibrant East Passyunk neighborhood for the bargain price of $15-$35. Book a reservation now and get ready to chow down!

Where: Various locations including Bing Bing Dim Sum, 1648 E. Passyunk Avenue

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Reading Terminal Market's 125th Birthday

— Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

February 22 & 24, 2018

Center City’s iconic railway terminal turned epicurean haven, the Reading Terminal Market, fetes a century and a quarter of feeding foodies. The venue is gearing up for a grand period gala — Victorian costumes, penny-farthings and all — for the date it opened in 1893 and a public party the following Saturday, February 24. Other plans for the yearlong celebration include a multicultural Diamond Day in June and indoor-outdoor festival the Taste of the Market on a to-be-announced date in September.

Where: Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th Street

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Lunar New Year

Through Sunday, February 18, 2018

This February, the Lunar New Year arrives with events that celebrate deities, ancestors and the year ahead, which is the Year of the Dog. The holiday officially falls on Friday, February 16, but Philadelphia is sure to commemorate the holiday all weekend long. Find celebrations at places like the Independence Seaport Museum and in the heart of Chinatown with spirited parades and events from the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation.

Where: Various locations including Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard

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Broadway Philadelphia’s Waitress at The Forrest Theatre

— Photo by Joan Marcus

Broadway Philadelphia’s Waitress combines music by Sara Bareilles with a book by Jessie Nelson and direction from Diane Paulus to create a woman- (and pie-)powered musical movie adaptation at The Forrest Theatre.

Where: The Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut Street

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Broadway Philadelphia’s Something Rotten! at the Academy of Music

— Photo by Jeremy Daniel

This big, brash, flashy Broadway musical comedy being staged at the Academy of Music at the end of the month dreams up the making of the very first musical.

Where: Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street

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Lenny's Revolution: A Centennial Bernstein Celebration with the Philly POPS

The Philly POPS celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein (West Side Story, Candide and more) with three special shows this February. The performances will bring together Broadway vocalists Lisa Vroman, Alli Mauzey and Ryan Silverman with the 180-voice Philly POPS Festival Chorus.

Where: Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street

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Winterfest Live! at XFINITY Live!

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— Photo courtesy XFINITY Live!

Winterfest Live! at XFINITY Live! brings an all-afternoon celebration of seasonal brews. Live bands will play all day and more than 150 beers — including winter lagers, porters and stouts — will be available to sample. The one-day festival also includes outdoor fire pits, games and various giveaways.

Where: XFINITY Live!, 1100 Pattison Avenue

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Kennett Winterfest

Enjoy winter brews from 60 craft breweries as well as live music at the sixth annual Kennett Winterfest. A variety of food trucks will also roll into the festival, bringing delicious eats to pair with each drink.

Where: 600 S. Broad Street, Kennett Square

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Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor at The Franklin Institute

— Photo courtesy The Franklin Institute

Through Sunday, March 4, 2018

In 1974, a farmer digging a well in China struck one of history’s most significant archaeological discoveries: thousands of life-sized warrior sculptures that had been guarding the tomb of China’s first emperor since 210 B.C. Ten of the mysterious structures and 170 related artifacts, including weapons, jade and gold ornaments and ceremonial vessels, are now on display at The Franklin Institute for Terracotta Warriors, an exhibition that examines the story, craft and science behind the Terracotta army. Philadelphia is one of just two cities hosting the exhibition, on display through March 4.

Where: The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street

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Old Masters Now: Rediscovering the John G. Johnson Collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

— Railroad Bridge, Argenteuil, 1874. Claude Monet, French. Oli on Canvas, 21 3/8 x 28 7/8 inches. Philadelphia Museum of Art, John G. Johnson Collection, 1917.

Through Monday, February 19, 2018

Described by The New York Times as “the greatest lawyer in the English-speaking world,” John G. Johnson bequeathed his 1,500 European artworks to Philadelphia in 1917. The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Old Masters Now: Rediscovering the John G. Johnson Collection focuses on the amazing collection and its collector, who lived during a time when Philadelphia was a manufacturing and financial leader. Visitors to the museum see familiar names, including Botticelli, Bosch, Titian, Rembrandt and Monet. Check out the collection before it closes this month.

Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

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More Must-See Exhibitions This Winter

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— Chuck Close's Kara Walker, 2008. Image courtesy of PAFA

Bundle up and then head indoors at one of Philly’s many museums and cultural institutions this month. Feature exhibitions include the photo-filled Chuck Close Photographs at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the sculpture-inspired Kiefer Rodin at the Barnes Foundation and more.

Where: Various locations including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118-128 N. Broad Street

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Museum of the American Revolution

— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Now Open

The drama unfolds exhibit by exhibit at the brand-new Museum of the American Revolution. Just two blocks from Independence Hall — the command center for the Revolution — the newest addition to America’s most historic square mile documents the strategic wins, crushing losses and world-altering consequences of the war for We the People. Visitors learn stories of well-known and everyday people who experienced the tumult through galleries, engaging films and a collection of Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, diaries and works of art.

Where: Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. 3rd Street

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Philadelphia Eagles Victory Parade
Philadelphia Auto Show
Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
Dilworth Park Wintergarden at City Hall
Parkway 100: Winter Fountains on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Black History Month in Philadelphia
Philly Theatre Week
Valentine's Day in Philadelphia
Presidents Day Weekend in Philadelphia
East Passyunk Restaurant Week
Reading Terminal Market's 125th Birthday
Lunar New Year
Broadway Philadelphia’s Waitress at The Forrest Theatre
Broadway Philadelphia’s Something Rotten! at the Academy of Music
Lenny's Revolution: A Centennial Bernstein Celebration with the Philly POPS
Winterfest Live! at XFINITY Live!
Kennett Winterfest
Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor at The Franklin Institute
Old Masters Now: Rediscovering the John G. Johnson Collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
More Must-See Exhibitions This Winter
Museum of the American Revolution
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