Valentine’s Day will inevitably hog a lot of attention this weekend, with special restaurant menus and events catering specifically to that mushiest of holidays.
We’re breezing past all that to spotlight some events that give you a chance to show some love to local good causes—whether it’s attending a dance party at the Mummers Museum to help local girls in need get a gown for prom or raising a glass to Fishtown’s Philadelphia Distilling, which is celebrating it’s three-year anniversary.
Find details on those things and more in our guide to this weekend’s best do-gooder events below.
Things to do in Philadelphia this weekend
This is for the anti-Valentine’s Day crowd (or lovebird with a good sense of humor): Check out the 10th annual Ex-Files StorySlam, which finds a host of locals spinning five-minute tales each about former flames. The stories run the gamut from hilarious to downright pissy—and almost always make you feel better about your own situation. Ticket sales benefit First Person Arts, the local org that champions community-building and connection through the art of storytelling. Friday, February 14, 7pm and 9pm, Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street.
Relive (or get a redo on) your prom night this week in South Philly. Nonprofit Philly Phairytale hosts a grown-up prom event to raise funds for its mission to provide local people in need with gowns to wear to prom. Your ticket grants you unlimited beer, wine and appetizers, and of course there will be dancing all night. Prom attire is encouraged. If you can’t make the event but dig the organization’s mission, they’re always accepting gown or cash donations. Learn more here. Saturday, February 15, 8pm, $40–$45, Mummers Museum, 1100 S. 2nd Street.
Consider your Sunday Funday plans secured: Local business Philadelphia Distilling celebrates its third year in the spirit-making game with a daylong birthday bash at their gorgeous headquarters in Fishtown. The party features a menu of $8 cocktails made with their signature Bluecoat gin, a build-your-own G&T bar, free tastings and hourly giveaways. Sunday, February 16, 1–9pm, Philadelphia Distilling, 25 E. Allen Street.
Philly Theatre Week rolls into its second week, giving local culture hounds the chance to see some good shows while supporting Philadelphia’s diverse theater scene. The citywide event includes 300-plus performances, including world and local premieres, such as Arden Theatre Company’s My General Tubman, Theatre Exile’s Babel, and family-friendly “eco musical” Ants On a Log (pictured). Shows and workshops cover all kinds of important current themes—from LGBTQ+ and Black history to women’s rights and minority empowerment. Check out the full lineup here. Through February 16, various times, free–$30, various locations.