Fun Events in Philly This Week

Check out the Auto Show, celebrate Groundhog Day, pair wines with fast food (or vinyl), and get crafty.

Philadelphia Auto Show / Photograph by R. Kennedy for Visit Philly

This week: Check out the Auto Show, celebrate Groundhog Day, pair wines with fast food (or vinyl), and get crafty.

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Philadelphia Auto Show

The Convention Center is crammed with cars — new cars, classic cars, exotics and cars from movies and shows like Stranger Things, the Fast and the Furious series, Scooby DooThe Walking Dead and more. There’s also the e-Track, indoor rides, the Jeep track and other features. The show runs through February 5th, and tickets are $11 to $17.

Get Crafty

Join an all-ages First Friday workshop this week. / Photograph courtesy of Fabric Workshop and Museum

On Tuesday, January 31st at 6:30 p.m., Terrarium Therapy hosts a workshop at Evil Genius where you can make a preserved framed moss wall with a live air plant. Tickets are $65-$79, depending on how big a moss wall you want to create, and are available online.

You can learn and collaborate on needle crafts at Parkway Central Library at their Sew What? series. Meet in the Science & Wellness Dept. on Wednesday, February 1st at 2 p.m. and Thursday, February 2nd at 5:30 p.m.Bring in your own project, or use one there — they have a sewing machine, as well as thread and fabric on hand.

The Fabric Workshop and Museum is hosting an all-ages First Friday art workshop based on Rose B. Simpson’s Dream House exhibit. Create your own screenprinted “dream house,” or create a dream community with family and friends. Tickets are $10, and $5 for kids ages five to 15 (kids four and under are free).

On Stage

Last of the Red Hot Lovers at Walnut Street Theatre / Photograph by Mark Garvin

Opening this week at the Arden, Clyde’s is Lynn Nottage’s Tony-nominated play about a truck-stop sandwich shop in Reading with a formerly incarcerated kitchen staff looking for “a shot at redemption as they find purpose and inspiration in their shared quest to create the perfect sandwich.” The play runs through March 5th.

Through February 19th, InterAct Theatre Company presents The Last Parade, the world-premiere play by Stephanie Satie about a multigenerational Jewish family living in Kyiv in 1991 and grappling with the issue of whether and where to emigrate.

Ending this week is Neil Simon’s comedy of romantic misadventure, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, at Walnut Street Theatre till February 5th.

Speaking of comedy, catch the Philly All-Pro Comedy Showcase at Punch Line Philly on Wednesday, February 1st at 8 p.m.

Food & Drink

Añejo is one of the Northern Liberties Restaurant Week participants. / Photograph by Eddy Marenco

Northern Liberties Restaurant Week is back, with participating restaurants offering multi-course prix-fixe lunches and dinners. Indoor, outdoor and take-home options are on the table. Participating eateries include Añejo, Apricot Stone, Figo, Hello Vietnam Asian Bistro, Nourish Café and more. Here’s the whole list.

On Tuesday, January 31st, launches its new Vine-yl Night series, featuring a curated selection of unique by-the-glass wines and paired with records. This month, Russ Israel from LeBouchon will be pouring picks from the José Pastor portfolio while Best of Philly-winning chef Eli Collins serves up some special off-menu snacks. The event runs from 5 to 7 p.m., and no reservations are required.

On Wednesday, February 1st at 6 p.m, Jet Wine Bar is hosting “You Want Wine With That?” an evening of fast-food-inspired dishes paired with five different global wine selections. Tickets are $60 and include drinks, food, tax and gratuity.

Also on Wednesday, February 1st at 6 p.m., learn how to make pepper pot soup at Parkway Central Library’s Culinary Literacy Center. Co-hosted by “The Food Griot” Tonya Hopkins and Valerie Erwin, a chef and a social justice activist, the program will discuss the West African and Caribbean roots of this signature dish, and “how the entrepreneurial spirit of so-called ‘Pepper Pot Women’ and Black catering dynasties put Philadelphia cuisine on the map.” Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy a pepper pot variation, prepared by a local Philly chef using historical recipes, during the program.” Tickets are available online; the $15 tickets future CLC programming.

Looking to pair your drinks with fun and games this week? There’s Harry Potter Quizzo on Monday, January 30th at Source Urban Brewery, Marvel trivia at Monster Vegan at Tuesday, January 31st, and 2000s trivia at Other Half Brewing on Wednesday, February 1st.

If you’re looking to get a little Eagles excitement (and photo ops) while you wait for the Super Bowl, head to Tinsel Takes Flight. This pop-up is awash in green light, with memorabilia, installations, and themed drinks like “Swole Batman” and “Hurts So Good.” It’s open now, and will run through the Super Bowl. And while the holidays are over, Assembly Rooftop Bar is keeping the hygge going with its Alpine Heights pop-up, a ski lodge-themed experience with fire pits, boozy hot chocolate and mulled wine, themed decor, blankets and more. It’s open for walk-ins based on availability, or you can make reservations here. You can catch the pop-up through February 28th.


“Dream House” at the Fabric Workshop and Museum / Photograph by Laura Swartz

At National Liberty Museum, Imagined Futures features works by Agaba Solomon Peabo, Annie Blazejack and Geddes Levenson, Chau Nguyen, Heather Ujiie, Solarpunk Surf Club, Juan Jose Cielo and more. “The exhibition artwork explores themes of ecology, community, liberation, and self-determination and interrogates society’s relationships with history, culture, and economy.”

At the Clay Studio, catch Figuring Space. This group exhibition of full-scale, figurative sculptures by Tip Toland, Jonathan Christensen Caballero, Kyungmin Park, Sergei Isupov and more. “Each of the artists chosen uses the figure to usurp the painful history of bodies on display in American history.” The exhibit runs through April 16th.

And at Fabric Workshop and Museum: Dream House, New Mexico-based artist Rose B. Simpson’s immersive site-specific installation includes new works in video, ceramic, textile, and sculpture. The exhibit continues through March, and is included with admission, which is free ($5 suggested donation).

Explore Fairmount Park with the WinTOUR Scavenger Hunt

Photograph courtesy of Fairmount Park Conservancy

Explore all Fairmount Park has to offer (even when it’s freezing!) with this six-week self-guided scavenger hunt through February 26th. Each week focuses on different geographic areas of the park, covering 2,050 acres of trails, natural lands, historic landmarks and public art along the way. The hunt uses the GooseChase App and includes 60 total missions (10 each week) with the opportunity to win prizes. Plus, you’ll learn about nature and have some fun photo ops, too! Details and rules here.


RiverRink / Photograph by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Visit Dilworth Park for skating on Rothman Rink, frolicking though a garden maze of reindeer topiaries and twinkle lights and cozy eats (and drinks) in the cabin. The rink will be open daily through February 26th. Skating sessions are available in 90-minute timeslots online. There are also adorable penguin skate aids you can rent. Dilworth Park’s Cabin hosts its weekly après-skate happy hour on Wednesday, February 1st from 5 to 7 p.m. with $7 Hornitos tequila cocktails, $6 wine and $5 Blue Point Toasted Lagers, plus discounted weekly food specials. And looking ahead (sorry, Rapa) this weekend is Superhero Skate!

Meanwhile, with its regulation-size rink, cozy lodge, photo ops, fun and games, and river views, a visit to Penn’s Landing’s Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is definitely a winter must-do. Skating sessions are 90 minutes long; reserve your tickets online to select your timeslot in advance. For more on what’s happening at Winterfest all season long, check out our preview. On Thursday, February 2nd starting at 5 p.m., RiverRink celebrates Groundhog Day with screenings of the classic Bill Murray film in the Lodge, drink specials, and even prizes.

Looking for a lower-key skating experience? Be Well Philly has a complete guide to rinks in the city and beyond.

Winter in Franklin Square

“Mini Golf With Love” at Franklin Square / Photograph by Cari Feiler Bender

This week, Franklin Square’s mini golf switches from a winter theme to a Valentine’s Day theme! “Mini Golf With Love” adds special love-themed decorations and music to the Philly landmarks. You can still catch the Electrical Spectacle light show every 30 minutes beginning at 5 p.m. daily and running through 9 p.m. set to “Winter Wonderland” for the month. And there’s also warm drinks inside the heated tent (or around the fire pits), rides on the carousel, and comfort food at SquareBurger. New for this season, gather a group of up to eight to enjoy the their brand-new iceless “street curling”  rinks — they’ll run you $40 per 30-minute session. Note that Franklin Square is only open Thursdays through Sundays for the rest of the winter.

For the Littles

Inside Out-themed exhibit at the Please Touch Museum / Photograph courtesy of National Children’s Museum

On Monday mornings, toddlers and their grownups can explore the Art Museum through art-making and creative play with their Little Art Kids program at 10:30 a.m. The program is included with admission (kids are free).

Children ages two to five can celebrate Groundhog Day at Pennypack Environmental Center on Thursday, February 2nd at 1 p.m. Learn all about groundhogs with a story, craft, short walk, games and more. The program is $5; pre-register online.

Little ones can explore big feelings with a new Please Touch Museum exhibit based on the Disney/Pixar film Inside Out. The exhibit will focus on the five emotions featured in film — Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust, and Fear — with hands-on experiences to teach kids how to recognize, express and manage those intense feelings.

If you’re up for a trip, Linvilla Orchards has brought back its nature-themed indoor mini golf, Fore! The Planet, for the season. Created by the Academy of Natural Sciences, these nine holes of golf also teach kids about science. with topics including butterfly metamorphosis, the rainforest, evolution, dinosaur extinction, food chains and more. Tickets are available online and in-person, but advance tickets are recommended (and $1 cheaper).

In addition to the Free Library’s storytimes around town, they’re also offering an opportunity for kids to read to a therapy dog on Wednesday, February 1st, at 3:30 p.m. at Parkway Central Library. It’s first come, first served so get there early for some adorable reading practice. And on Friday, February 3rd, Fishtown Community Library is hosting two sessions with author Kyle Lukoff. At 10:30 a.m., he’ll talks about his picture books including his “Call Me Max” series. Then, at 1 p.m., he’ll talk about his middle-grade books, and host a giveaway of his award-winning novel Too Bright to See. Both sessions are limited to 25, so pre-register online.