It’s Super Bowl Sunday weekend, and while Philadelphia may not have a stake in this year’s game (unless you count a couple local pups in the Puppy Bowl), locals will find tons of ways to keep their spirits up while supporting local causes at events across the city.
It’s hard to imagine a more hype dance party than one featuring all things Lizzo on Thursday night. It’s a sure-bet way to shake off the week while helping a nonprofit that works to uplift young girls in Philly with music.
Those girls could grow up to become awesome entrepreneurs, like Jeannine Cook, who’s hosting a grand-opening party in Fishtown over the weekend for her brand new venture, Harriet’s Bookshop.
Speaking of books and youth, the 28th annual African American Children’s Book Fair returns for one day on Saturday, and a youth climate summit at the Academy of Natural Sciences readies the climate activists of tomorrow.
Find all that and more in our roundup of the best do-gooder events of the week below 👇🏽.
Things to do in Philadelphia this weekend
Body-positive, flute-tooting musical sensation Lizzo is the inspiration behind this weeknight bash at Underground Arts that raises funds for Girls Rock Philly, the local nonprofit that uses music to empower young girls. The evening begins with a few competitive rounds of quizzo before segueing into a dance party with live DJs. Throughout the night, you can get your picture taken in a photo booth decked out with Lizzo-inspired props, and peruse a mini version of the Feminist Flea Market & Craft Fair. There you’ll find all kinds of fun Lizzo merch and more from local female artists like Seltzer Flavors, Rockers Closet and Brewerytown Beats. Thursday, January 30, 8pm, $5 minimum donation, Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street.
Jeannine Cook (pictured above) officially opens her new, female-centric boutique/bookshop in Fishtown, a venture named for Harriet Tubman that she calls a physical manifestation of black girl magic. Stop into the daylong grand-opening festivities on Sunday to welcome her to the neighborhood and to browse her shelves lined with page-turners celebrating lady authors, artists and activists and addressing topics like gender. You can also learn about upcoming programming at Harriet’s Bookshop, which will include artists spotlights, fashion shows, readings and other community events. Saturday, February 1, 10am–6pm, free, 258 E. Girard Avenue.
For 28 years, the locally run African American Children’s Book Project has been working to fight illiteracy in Philadelphia with this annual book fair that puts youth face to face with dozens of best-selling authors and illustrators and shelves lined with empowering reads. The event caters to preschool-aged children to young adults, and educators who want to stock up on the latest books that are by, for and about multicultural communities and experiences. More than 3,500 people are expected to attend the one-day-only event, making it one of the largest of its kind in the country. Saturday, February 1, 1–4pm, free, Community College of Philadelphia gymnasium, 17th and Spring Garden streets.
Knowing that young people are fired up and passionate about climate change, the Academy of Natural Sciences is hosting this Sunday forum with the intent of bringing young and burgeoning climate activists together under one roof to network, learn, and develop new tools and skills to pursue their dreams of a greener planet. Guests will have a chance to talk with working climate scientists and learn about some of the latest tips and tricks on how we can all do our part to fight the good, green fight. Sunday, February 2, 1–3pm, Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
The Eagles may not be in the Super Bowl this year, but Philadelphians at least have two things to root for on game day: Two dogs from local shelters, Coach, from Morris Animal Refuge (pictured), and Artemis from ACCT Philly, have been picked to play in the annual Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet. Morris Animal Refuge is hosting a viewing party at Devil’s Den in South Philly on Sunday. Proceeds from select food and drink items will be donated right back to the pet shelter’s work to find homes—and TV stardom, apparently—for Philly’s stray and unwanted pets. So show up and cheer on these local pooches—and prepare to be dazzled by the Kitten Halftime Show, featuring some of Morris’s most talented felines. You better watch out, J-Lo. Sunday, February 2, 3–6pm, pay as you go, Devil’s Den, 1148 S. 11th Street.
Artists from Sundance to Burning Man collaborated on Wonderspaces, a fascinating pop-up sound and light show open now in Fashion District Philadelphia. The exhibition takes over a 24,000 square-foot, two-level gallery in the neighborhood with 14 experiential art installations that are ready-made for Instagram. Among the exhibits on view are Submergence, an immersive experience by Squidsoup that lets guests walk through 8,064 dazzling points of light that change color along with music. Come Together by Michael Murphy (pictured) explores the power in coming together for a common cause and centers around an image of the artist’s girlfriend’s raised fist from Women’s March in 2017. Time-slotted tickets are sold here. Guests should expect to spend 75 to 90 minutes inside. Ongoing, various times, $24, Fashion District Philadelphia, 27 N. 11 Street.
More things to do in Philly this weekend for a good cause
January 31: Browse awesome local art while supporting nonprofit InLiquid’s mission to support and highlight visual artists in Philadelphia at this annual art show / benefit gala.
January 31: Boogie down to the smooth sounds of the Spanish Harlem Orchestra as they celebrate their 15th anniversary with a concert at the Annenberg Center.