With the holidays solidly behind us, the long slog to spring has officially begun. The good news is that we live in a busy city that offers tons of things to do to keep us entertained through the winter blues.
We’ve rounded up some of the most sure-bet event options of the week that also give you a chance to do some good and get engaged in the community.
All eyes will be on Women’s March Philly on Saturday, when hundreds of revved-up ladies and male allies take to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in the name of gender equality.
Other options include an annual beer festival at Blue Cross RiverRink, a lively Lunar New Year celebration at the Penn Museum and, speaking of beer, a saloon in the River Wards is hosting a fundraiser to support kangaroos, koalas and other animals being affected by the terrible Australian bush fires.
Find details on all that and more below 🐨.
Things to do in Philadelphia this week for a good cause
The International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) partners with Philadanco! to bring you more than 40 Black dance companies from across the country performing under one roof. Taking place over four days, the THEN NOW NEXT dance festival was created to not only spotlight Black dance companies but enhance audiences’ understanding of the history and technique behind their work. You’ll get to see a variety of dance styles—from ballet to modern to African tribal—from world-famous troupes like the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem and Philly’s own Danse4Nia Repertory Ensemble. A host of youth and collegiate performers from Philly and beyond will be in the mix, too. Wednesday–Saturday, January 15–18, $45–$60, Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad Street.
The Women’s March on Philadelphia hits the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for the fourth straight year on Saturday. The march begins at Logan Square that morning with fired-up speakers getting the crowd revved up for their journey to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Along the way, rally cries and always-on-point signage will call for absolute gender equality—now. The Women’s March on Philadelphia is an all-volunteer organization, and donations are greatly needed to keep the march thriving in Philly. You can donate here to help pay for event essentials, such as sound and lighting technologies, stages and tents, and the all-important portable restrooms. Saturday, January 18, 10am, free, Logan Circle, North 20th and Race streets.
To celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year, the Penn Museum teamed up with Asian Arts Initiative for the 39th annual CultureFest!. The daylong festival is packed with activities to welcome the Year of the Rat, which, according to the Chinese horoscope, is all about new beginnings and renewals. Regular museum admission gets you access to the day’s activities, which give you a chance to experience in a variety of authentic Asian traditions. You can watch drum and musical performances, make things at arts-and-crafts stations, and up your self-defense game during tai-chi demonstrations. The day ends with a lively lion dance so you can be pumped and ready to bring in the coming year 🐀. Saturday, January 18, 10am–5pm, $11–$16, Penn Museum, 3260 South Street.
Gather by the Delaware riverbanks this Saturday for a winter festival centered around the community-building magic of drinking beers 🍻 with your fellow Philadelphians. Guests at the Blue Cross RiverRink affair can taste free samples of local and regional craft beers, and then try full pints of their favorites, which will be available on tap. The ice skating rink will also be open for those who feel brave enough to hit the slippery stuff after a couple beers. Admission to the venue and samples are absolutely free, but full-size beers and ice skating is pay as you go. Saturday, January 18, 1–8pm, free, Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard.
You might want to sit down for this one: It’s been estimated that an unfathomable 1 billion animals have have been killed in the Australian bush fires 😔. The damage has been done, and it’s beyond belief, but one local bar is doing its part to make sure that number doesn’t grow any higher. Make plans to stop by Krick Wuder Saloon & Restaurant in Bridesburg on Saturday evening for its Brews for Kangaroos event. There will be live music, plenty of suds and an opportunity to make sure kangaroos, koalas and other species in Australia get the help they need to stay safe: 100 percent of the night’s $10 door charge will be donated to Australian wildlife rescue organization WIRES. Saturday, January 18, 9pm–2am, $10, Krick Wuder Saloon & Restaurant, 2676 Bridge Street.
More things to do in Philly this week for a good cause
- January 13: The City of Philadelphia Office of Immigrant Affairs is celebrating South Korea with a South Korea flag-raising ceremony at City Hall.
- January 16: The first of a new weekly series of vegan pop-up shops kicks off near 4th and South streets.
- January 16: Queen Village board-game café Queen and Nook is donating a portion of the day’s food and drink sales on Thursday to education nonprofit Children’s Village.
- January 17: Have beers amongst caterpillars and butterflies at Philly’s Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion. Money raised during the happy hour supports the museum’s mission “to bring ecological education to people in the city through interactive living exhibits.”
- January 18: Reading Terminal Market and Chinatown connect for this Lunar New Year celebration at the market.
- January 18: Go on an informative walking tour centered around the pedestrian and bicycle safety infrastructure installed along 11th Street in late 2019.