The last full week of winter in Philadelphia offers a variety of fun things to do for a good cause—from political chats to citywide art projects to St. Patrick’s Day hooplas.
Kick off the week at The Citizen’s latest event, a discussion between former political rivals turned besties John Fetterman and Jeff Bartos, who formed an unlikely friendship during their recent run for lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania in 2018.
Want to skip straight to the weekend? Check out a pop-up art exhibition that celebrates the life of rapper Tupac Shakur, or catch a flick during the Israeli Film Festival, which is back with tons of screenings across the city.
If St. Patrick’s Day is your jam, throw on some green garb and check out some events this weekend celebrating the national holiday—including a parade that’s been marching through Philadelphia for a whopping 250 years.
Find details on all that and even more in our list of the week and weekend’s best do-gooder events below.
Things to do in Philadelphia this week
UPDATE: The Philadelphia Citizen decided to cancel and postpone The Way Forward with John Fetterman and Jeff Bartos because of the coronavirus.
On Tuesday we’re bringing together former political rivals John Fetterman, lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania, and Jeff Bartos, former candidate for lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania, to talk about the value of bipartisanism and across-the-aisle respect in politics. Citizen Co-Founder Larry Platt moderates the evening, basing his questions around this theme: Is this kumbaya approach, which both speakers have promoted, really the way forward for the Commonwealth and country? Join us to be part of the conversation. Tuesday, March 10, 7–8:30pm, $35, Fitler Club, 1 S. 24th Street.
Things to do in Philadelphia this weekend
UPDATE: Organizers of this event tell us that this block party has been cancelled. Food and drink specials will be available inside the restaurant, with proceeds benefiting the Eagles Autism Challenge. There will be no block party, music, hot dog contest, etc.
Lansdale brewpub Stove and Tap gets in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit for this annual benefit that raises funds for the Eagles Autism Challenge, an initiative that’s raising money to fund important autism research. The all-day outdoor block party features Irish beers and food specials, and live entertainment in the form of Irish dancers and a Celtic punk band out of Pittsburgh. Hearty eaters may also consider taking part in the annual Banger Eating Contest. Sunday, March 14, 2–10pm, pay as you go, Stove and Tap, 329 W. Main Street, Lansdale.
The Philly Art Collective (PAC) celebrates the life and achievements of hip-hop legend Tupac Shakur with this one-night-only pop-up art exhibition. Taking place at PAC’s studio in Old City, the exhibit spotlights local visual artists who will present works—from music to poetry to graffiti—inspired by the “California Love” rapper, a victim of gun violence when he was only 25 years old. The first 300 tickets to the exhibition are free, with all others being sold on a donation basis ($15 is what organizers are suggesting). Those donations benefit the development of The Black Bird Community Center, where local black and brown youth can congregate to learn more about multi-disciplinary arts. Saturday, March 14, 4–9pm, $15, Philly Art Collective, 253 N. 3rd Street.
UPDATE: All Israeli Film Festival screenings have been cancelled or postponed.
The multi-week Israeli Film Festival is underway in Philadelphia, with 14 flicks screening across the city that spotlight Israeli culture. This weekend sees a total of four screenings, including Kosher Beach, a documentary about a gated and secluded stretch of sand in Tel Aviv that, on select days, is just for women, providing a much-needed space for privacy and sisterhood-building. Mrs. G tells the incredible story of Lea Gottlieb, a Holocaust survivor who went on to found a world-famous swimsuit company. Most films come with a talkback with guest speakers, so stick around after the credits. Go here for the full itinerary. Through March 29, various times, prices and locations.
You want something that definitely won’t be cancelled by the coronavirus? Check out this open-air citywide street art project features 20 portraits created by ten Philly women artists that celebrate the accomplishments of Philly women of all walks of life—from Tina Fey and Patti LaBelle to lesser-known activists and community leaders. Set aside some time this week or weekend to embark on a self-guided tour of #SisterlyLove using this guide. Works of a variety of mediums are featured all across the city, on the side of bars, restaurants and bookstores and in local parks. It’s the perfect way to mark Women’s History Month in the City of Br … er, Sisterly Love. Through March 31, free and open all night, various locations.
UPDATE: The City of Philadelphia cancelled the 250th St. Patrick’s Day Parade because of the coronavirus.
The weekend ends closes out in a sea of green, when the St. Patrick’s Day Parade rolls through Philadelphia for its 250th (!) year. There are plenty of places to base yourself to watch the lively community procession roll by: It begins at 16th and JFK, zips around City Hall and then heads straight down Market Street to finally end at Dock and Front streets near Penn’s Landing. The theme of this year’s event is “Faith, Family, Friendship and Heritage.” There will be floats, Irish dancers, youth and community groups, live bagpipe music and more. You know the drill. This thing has been going on for a quarter of a century! Sunday, March 15, 11am, free, various locations along this route.