Have Fun, Do Good: Flower Power

The Philadelphia Flower Show and East Passyunk Restaurant Week return, a couple cocktail soirees and more things to do in Philadelphia this week for a good cause

Have Fun, Do Good: Flower Power

The Philadelphia Flower Show and East Passyunk Restaurant Week return, a couple cocktail soirees and more things to do in Philadelphia this week for a good cause

The last week of February includes a bunch of fun things to do for a good cause—and at least one major sign that spring is just around the corner.

Supporting community is a running theme in this week’s events, which include two readings spotlighting local writers who are debuting their very first books, a cocktail event supporting businesses affected by the recent water pipe explosion in Old City, and East Passyunk Restaurant Week, which gives you a chance to try a bunch of independent South Philly eateries on the cheap.

And that early sign of spring we mentioned before? It’s the Philadelphia Flower Show, which returns for its 191st (!) year on Sunday with blooms upon blooms and the best antidote to the winter doldrums money can buy.

Find details on all that and even more in our list of the week’s best do-gooder events below.

Things to do in Philadelphia this week

1. Suits & Sazeracs at Hotel Palomar

A sazerac cocktail sits on a ledge with a lemon twist peeled on the rim of the glass.

Can’t make it to New Orleans for Mardi Gras this year? Check out this NOLA-style cocktail soiree on the eve of Fat Tuesday that benefits Career Wardrobe, the local nonprofit that provides professional clothing—and a healthy dose of empowerment—to unemployed and low-income Philadelphians who are looking for a job. Taking place at the swanky Hotel Palomar, the night features sazerac cocktails made with Bluebird Distilling rye whiskey, New Orleans-inspired hors d’oeuvres and energetic live music that’ll transport you straight to the French Quarter. Monday, February 24, 6–9pm, $65, Kimpton Hotel Palomar, 117 S. 17th Street. 

2. Support A Couple Philly Writers

Writers Daniel Denvir and R. Eric Thomas

Two writers who once called Philadelphia home are debuting their very first books this week with events in the city. First up, former Philadelphia City Paper reporter and The Dig podcast host Daniel Denvir sits down with Carly Goodman  at Wooden Shoe (704 South Street) on Monday, February 29, to discuss All-American Nativism, which examines the bipartisan war on immigration and the rise of nativism in the wake of Trump’s election. On a completely different note, playwright, storyteller and Elle columnist R. Eric Thomas comes to the Free Library (1901 Vine Street) on Thursday, February 27, to chat about and share LOL-worthy excerpts from his hilarious memoir, Here For It. The collection of essays touches on everything from being other in America to coming to terms with being Christian and gay. Both events are free to attend.

Things to do in Philly this weekend

3. East Passyunk Restaurant Week returns

Redcrest Fried Chicken is one of more than two dozen restaurants taking place in East Passyunk Restaurant Week
Photo courtesy Redcrest Fried Chicken

Support a whole avenue of tasty eateries during the annual East Passyunk Restaurant Week, where diners can get a taste of what South Philly’s cooking on the cheap. Here’s the deal: More than two dozen restaurants offer a three-course prix-fixe lunch and/or dinner menu at one of three price points: $15, $25 and $35 per person. Restaurants run the gamut from nicer spots like Fond, River Twice and Le Virtu to roll-in-after-work joints Triangle Tavern, Redcrest Fried Chicken and Flannel. Find the full list of restaurants here. Be sure to snag reservations early. Seats fill up fast whenever Restaurant Week rolls in.????February 24–March 6, various times, $15–$35, various locations. 

4. Pipe Dreams at Art in the Age

A specialty cocktail at Art in the Age called The Sinkhole Special, which raises funds for the Betsy Ross House.
Photo courtesy Art in the Age

The water pipe that burst in January at 3rd and Arch streets has, to say the least, created a mess in Old City—particularly for businesses, who’ve lost crucial foot traffic due to the construction happening outside their doors. In a show of true neighborly spirit Quaker City Mercantile founder Steven Grasse is hosting a happy hour at Art in the Age to “celebrate Old City as a destination, not detour” and raise funds for the Betsy Ross House, which has reported a decrease in ticket sales since the eruption. One dollar from every cocktail sold will be donated to the historic flag-maker’s abode. All drinks are historically inspired, and sport cheeky names like Old Fashioned Schuylkill Wooder, Lafayette’s Welcome and the Sinkhole Special (pictured), which comes complete with a tiny shovel. So drink up and have a giggle while you’re at it. Friday, February 28, 6–9pm, pay as you go, Art in the Age, 116 N. 3rd Street. 

5. The Philadelphia Flower Show returns ????

A Philadelphia Flower Show attendee snaps a photo of one of the dozens of floral displays.
Photo courtesy Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

The week concludes with one of the most sure-bet signs of spring you can get around these parts: The Philadelphia Flower Show returns to the Convention Center Sunday with a veritable arena full of massive plant and floral displays inspired by the Mediterranean Riviera—including one that pays homage to Philly’s own Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly. Besides all the flower-peeping, the week includes a ton of workshops and crafting experiences that teach you how to bring a little more green into your life and community. Ticket sales benefit the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, which is doing great work to plant trees, cultivate community gardens and promote eco-friendly living throughout the Philly region. February 29–March 8, $42–$48, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street. 

More things to do in Philadelphia this week

Header photo courtesy Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

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