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Check out a lively flower market at The Rail Park, a vegan pizza crawl on National Pizza Day and more things to do in Philadelphia this week for a fabulous cause

The week ahead in Philadelphia offers a little something for everyone.

Foodies can get a taste of some of the best food the city has to offer right now under one roof at the annual Philly Cooks Event, and celebrate National Pizza Day, on February 9, with a bike tour of pizzerias serving vegan pies.

Festivals at the Rail Park and African American Museum in Philadelphia should appease those looking for high-energy revelry, and Philly Theatre Week kicks off with hundreds of shows for the culture hounds among us.

Find details on all that and more—including an Iowa caucus watch party—in our guide to this week’s events for a good cause below.

Things to do in Philadelphia this week

Philly Cooks at 2300 Arena

A sizzling curry bowl from new South Philly Thai restaurant Kalaya
Photo courtesy Kalaya / Facebook

Get to know a host of local chefs and restaurant entrepreneurs while filling your belly with some of the best grub this city is cooking right now. Philly Cooks gathers some of the most-buzzed-about local chefs in Philadelphia for a night of tasting, mingling and sipping good beer and booze at the 2300 Arena in deep Southeast Philly. Participants include best-restaurants-in-Philadelphia-list regulars and newcomers such as Hungry Pigeon, Forsythia, Kalaya and Mike’s BBQ. Don’t miss your chance to discover some new favorites and maybe add them to your regular local-restaurant rotation. Wednesday, February 5, 6:30–9pm, 2300 Arena, 2300 S. Swanson Street.

Philly Theatre Week begins 🎭

Satchel Williams stars in Inis Nua Theatre Company's "A Hundred Words For Snow," which is party of Philadelphia Theatre Week 2020.
Photo by Wide Eyed Studios

Take in some local shows while supporting Philadelphia’s diverse theater scene at the annual Philadelphia Theatre Week. Actually a little more than a week, the 10-day celebration features 300-plus events and performances taking place across the region, including world and local premieres, such as Arden Theatre Company’s My General Tubman, Theatre Exile’s Babel, and Inis Nua Theatre Company’s A Hundred Words For Snow (pictured). Shows and workshops cover all kinds of important current themes—from LGBTQ+ and Black history to women’s rights and minority empowerment. To make the experience accessible to everyone, organizers have set tickets at three price points: free, $15 or $30. Find something that fits your interest and budget by check out the full lineup here. February 6–16, various times, free–$30, various locations. 

Lunar New Year Flower Market at the Rail Park

A lion dance finishes The Rail Park's annual Lunar New Year flower market and celebration
Photo courtesy Brianna Spouse / Parks & Recreation

The Rail Park looks to Hong Kong for the inspiration behind its 2020 Lunar New Year Festival: a traditional flower market that’s meant to inspire grown and vitality in the New Year. The daylong celebration is complemented by food, Vietnamese coffee and beer courtesy of local Asian vendors, calligraphy lessons and a mural workshop led by Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Restorative Justice Program. A lion dance and parade closes out the festivities from 2 to 3pm. Oh: The Rail Park is looking for volunteers to help out during the event. If you’re interested, sign up hereSaturday, February 8, noon–3pm, The Rail Park, 12th and Callowhill streets. 

Black History Is Now at AAMP and RTM

A mother and her daughter make arts and crafts at the annual Kwanzaa celebration at the African American Museum in Philadelphia.
Header photo courtesy J. Fusco / Visit Philly

The African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) and Reading Terminal Market (RTM) team up for this multi-venue family fun day that marks Black History Month with a celebration of African-American culture and cuisine. AAMP will handle the activities and musical performances, with black history trivia games and scavenger hunts, and lively drum performances. RTM is all about the grub: chefs Christina McCoy and Nina Bryan will lead cooking demos—and tastings—at 11am and 1pm, respectively. Make sure to time it right so you can get the best of both worlds. Saturday, February 8, 11am–3pm, free, various locations including the African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street. 

Vegan Pizza Crawl—on Bikes 🚴🏾‍♂️

Teens enjoy slices of pie at Pizza Brain in Fishtown.
Photo courtesy M. Kennedy / Visit Philadelphia

Celebrate National Pizza Day on February 9 by joining this eco-conscious caravan of bikers on a vegan pizza crawl around Philadelphia. The ride includes three stops, in this order: Pizza Brain, where guests can nab discounted pies, and Slice Fishtown and Triangle Tavern, both of which will offer free sample slices. One-hundred percent of the $15 ticket sales will go to Lancaster Farm Sanctuary, a nonprofit that rescues farm animals “and provides them with compassion and respect.” Sunday, February 9, 1pm, $15, Pizza Brain, 2313 Frankford Avenue. 

Philly Tweens Afternoon Out

Philadelphia drag queen Brittany Lynn hosts drag queen story time with local youth.
Photo courtesy Brittany Lynn

Local organization Philly Tweens hosts an afternoon bash for local youth aged 8 to 14. Themed “All Kinds of Love,” the day includes a host of fun, informative—and outside-the-box—activities, such as story time with Philly drag queen Brittany Lynn, a session on mindfulness with psychologist Dr. Amanda Darnley and live music from the School of Rock house band. Rastellis, Weckerlys and DiBruno Bros. will be on hand with yummy local snacks. Sunday, February 9, 2–4pm, School of Rock Philadelphia, 421 N. 7th Street.

More things to do in Philly this week for a good cause

February 3: Champing at the bit to get this primary election moving? Attend this Iowa Caucus watch party with your fellow wonks at Reclaim Philadelphia

February 4: Kelly Writers House hosts a workshop on how to make waist beads, a traditional—and spiritual—accessory worn by women in the African diaspora

February 6: Have an interest in working for the Census Bureau? Check out this census job fair with Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta

February 7: The fabulous Ursula Rucker presides over this opening party for a multimedia exhibit celebrating Kensington

February 8: #OperationSafeWinter is calling on locals to help them hand out food, clothing, warm drinks and more to the homeless in Center City on Saturday

February 8: The Museum of the American Revolution plays home to a thoughtful panel discussion on fostering racial understanding

Header photo courtesy M. Kennedy / Visit Philly

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