The Best Events This Month in Philadelphia

Our highly curated, strongly opinionated guide to things to do in March.


best events this month

Billie Eilish at the Wells Fargo Center is one of the best events this month. Photograph by Dan Regan

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Concerts

Billie Eilish
The 18-year-old Grammy winner has been called “pop’s best new hope,” and for good reason. Dark, unsettling, and irresistibly groovy. March 13th at Wells Fargo Center.

Allen Stone
It turns out blue-eyed soul isn’t dead. As the New York Times put it, “If you like Stevie Wonder, listen to Allen Stone.” March 1st at Union Transfer.

Dirty Dozen Brass Band
The big bad French Quarter horn sound at its finest. March 5th at City Winery.

They Might Be Giants
Alt-rock before the term existed. Twenty-eight of the 31 shows on their 2020 tour have sold out including this one. March 13th at Union Transfer.

Ms. Lauryn Hill
Ready or not, here she comes. March 14th at the Tower.

Kristin Chenoweth
The Broadway great (she became a household name as part of the original Wicked cast) performs songs from her latest album, For the Girls, which pays tribute to women who include Dolly Parton, Jennifer Hudson, Reba McEntire and Ariana Grande. March 13th at the Kimmel.

Get Pegged Cabaret
This month’s FringeArts cabaret concert series features host Jess Conda, composer Tareke Ortiz, and up-and-coming Philly rapper Emyne. March 20th at FringeArts.

PGRA Rock & Roll Brunch
The elite students of the Paul Green Rock Academy (it’s like School of Rock but on overdrive) perform while you eat eggs and drink Bloodies. Happens the first Saturday of each month. March 7th at Fergie’s Pub.

Comedy

Chelsea Handler
I’m sure the hard-core Never Trumper is going to have plenty to say about what’s happening in our country. March 14th at the Borgata.

Michelle Wolf
Speaking of Never Trumpers, this comedian got into major hot water for her 19-minute routine at the 2018 White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Just google it. And then prepare to cringe. March 27th through 29th at Helium.

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Les Mis is at the Academy of Music this month. Photograph by Matthew Murphy

Theater

Les Misérables
Tickets start at just $20 for the Tony-winning smash. March 17th through 29th at the Academy of Music.

A Streetcar Named Desire
The Tennessee Williams classic about love and lust in New Orleans. March 12th through April 12th at the Arden.

Renaissance in the Belly of a Killer Whale
In 2010, Philly actress and poet Jaylene Clark Owens posted on Facebook about the gentrification in her old Harlem neighborhood, eventually declaring, “Harlem is looking more and more like the belly of a killer whale.” Ten years later, she’s turned that idea into a play she both stars in and directs. Through March 7th at the Wilma.

Shakespeare in Love
Like the 1998 Gwyneth Paltrow movie, but live and onstage. Well, and without Gwynnie. Through March 29th at People’s Light.

Babel
Award-winning local playwright Jacqueline Goldfinger with a world premiere about modern reproductive technology and eugenics essentially, the idea that you’ll soon be able to build a better baby. Bonus: There’s a talking stork. Philly stage favorite Bi Jean Ngo stars. Through March 8th at Theatre Exile.

“The Dreams and Madness Repertory”
Mount Airy’s Quintessence Theatre Group ambitiously mounts a rotation of three heady plays using the same cast: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Calderón’s Life Is a Dream, and Caligula, Albert Camus’s exploration of the infamous Roman tyrant. March 25th through May 10th at Sedgwick Theater.

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A still from Double Indemnity. Photograph courtesy Paramount Pictures

Movies

Pee-wee’s Big Adventure
The 35th (yes, 35th!!!) anniversary screening, hosted by none other than actor Paul Reubens, who will tell stories and reminisce after the movie ends. March 27th at the Met.

Touch of Evil
If you’ve never seen Orson Welles’s 1958 masterpiece on the big screen, do so now. Other film-noir classics screening at the Colonial in Phoenixville this month: Double Indemnity, The Postman Always Rings Twice and The Maltese Falcon. March 22nd and 23rd at the Colonial Theater.

Dance

Foreign Tongues
The Austrian dance company Liquid Loft presents an unusual immersive dance experience in which the voices of Philadelphians, recorded during interviews and conversations in the city, become the musical basis for the performance. March 11th and 12th at the Kimmel.

La Bayadère
One of the more visually stunning ballets you’ll see onstage this year. March 5th through 15th at the Academy of Music.

Published as “The Hit List” in the March 2020 issue of Philadelphia magazine.