Have Fun, Do Good: Night of 1,000 Kates

The quirky musical tribute to Kate Bush at Underground Arts, a pop-up market featuring female-owned businesses and more things to do in Philadelphia this week for a great cause

Have Fun, Do Good: Night of 1,000 Kates

The quirky musical tribute to Kate Bush at Underground Arts, a pop-up market featuring female-owned businesses and more things to do in Philadelphia this week for a great cause

Welcome to the first week of March, which is also known as Women’s History Month.

We do our best to keep track of the ladies who are kicking ass and getting things done locally, but several events this week give you the chance to mingle with them face to face.

There’s a whole exhibition dedicated to women and the anniversary of the 19th amendment opening at the Kimmel Center, and the weekend sees an awesome pop-up market at The Bourse featuring more than 20 local female-owned businesses.

For something more quirky, check out Night of 1,000 Kates at Underground Arts to see some of Philly’s most outside-the-box creatives performing music, comedy, dance and more inspired by British singer-songwriter Kate Bush.

Find details on all that and even more—like the Philadelphia Flower Show—in our list of the week and weekend’s best do-gooder events below.


Things to do in Philadelphia this week

1. "Seat at the Table" exhibit at Kimmel Center

Rendering shows the various elements comprising Seat at the Table, a new exhibition at the Kimmel Center hosted by Drexel University Vision 2020 initiative Women 100.
Redering courtesy Kimmel Center

Drexel University Vision 2020 initiative Women 100 marks National Women’s Month with the opening of an eye-opening exhibition called “Seat at the Table,” which is on view in the lobby of the Kimmel Center now through September 30. The exhibit features a variety of interactive elements—from 3-D infographic furniture to video displays—celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment and examining how far we’ve come (or not come) since it first gave women the right to vote. It’s a free and casual experience, so stop by on your lunch break, on your way home from work or any other time you get the chance. Through September 30, 10am–6pm, free, Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street. 

Things to do in Philadelphia this weekend

1. International Women's Day Market at The Bourse

People dine at the sunny Bourse food hall in Old City, Philadelphia.
Photo courtesy J. Fusco / Visit Philly

A pop-up market within the The Bourse food hall Saturday afternoon features nearly two dozen local female-owned businesses, such as Art Star, Bad Mother Crafter, Maskcara Beauty and Triple Bottom Brewing. Vendors will sell everything from art and clothing to beauty products and beer, plus you can get your grub on at some of the female-owned eateries within the Bourse, like Menagerie Coffee and LALO. REC Philly curated a lineup of female musicians who will perform throughout the day. Saturday, March 7, 11am–4pm, pay as you go, The Bourse Philly, 111 S. Independence Mall East. 

2. Night of 1,000 Kates

Performers wearing face makeup and colorful costumes perform in the annual Night of 1,000 Kates, a tribute to Kate Bush, in Philadelphia.
Photo courtesy Night of 1,000 Kates

This annual art and musical bonanza inspired by the work of Kate Bush has gotten so big that it’s moving into more spacious quarters for 2020: Underground Arts. Swing by with your freak flag waving for a night full of local art inspired by the English singer-songwriter. Previous years’ performances have included everything from dance to drag to video to comedy by some of Philadelphia’s most creative minds. Saturday, March 7, 7pm, $10–$15, Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street. 

3. International Women's Day Celebration ????????‍♂️

Lady rowers set out for a day of paddling on the Schuylkill River.
Photo courtesy Women of the Row

Women of the Row, an organization that’s bringing more female-identifying rowers to the traditionally male-dominated Boathouse Row, hosts its annual spring event on International Women’s Day. The Sunday affair is full and active, beginning with a workout at Power of 3 in East Falls and ending with a brunch and plenty of networking. Sunday, March 8, 10am–noon, $10, Power of 3, 3502 Scotts Lane.

4. The Philadelphia Flower Show

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

The Philadelphia Flower Show is back all week for its whopping 191st year. The Convention Center is absolutely packed with 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. Through March 8, $42–$48, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street. 

More things to do in Philadelphia this week

  • March 6: Morris Animal Refuge hosts its annual fur ball fundraiser, this year themed The Great Catsby ????.
  • March 6: This live-music event curated by R5 Productions raises funds for the re-opening of former mausoleum showroom turned gallery space PhilaMOCA.
Header photo courtesy Kenzi Crash

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