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Fun Things to Do in Philly this Week and Weekend

The much-anticipated annual PHS Flower Show, new art exhibits, a public discussion on corruption, all-ages metal and punk, and East Passyunk Restaurant week and more are on your calendar

Fun Things to Do in Philly this Week and Weekend

The much-anticipated annual PHS Flower Show, new art exhibits, a public discussion on corruption, all-ages metal and punk, and East Passyunk Restaurant week and more are on your calendar

This week’s calendar of things to do is packed with theater, art, civic discourse, and hardcore metal and punk. There’s something for everyone now that March has arrived, from the Sustainable Business Network Open House to the 20th-century photographer Alexey Brodovitch showcase at the Barnes.

This week marks the return of the annual PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, a world-class event that brings thousands to Center City for gorgeous displays and unique vendors. Don’t miss it! If you’re visiting town for the event, make sure you head over to East Passyunk for Restaurant Week specials.

Thinking farther head? Check out our year-round how to be a good citizen calendar.

THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND IN PHILLY

Hang out at BLK Ivy with members of the Sustainable Business Network; dive into delicious neighborhood restaurant week!

BUILD BLACK WEALTH WITH BLK IVY AND SBN. On February 29 from 5:30 to 7:30pm, join the Sustainable Business Network (SBN) and vintage shop BLK Ivy for a special Open House. Network with other business owners and decision-makers while enjoying drinks and snacks from Honeysuckle Provisions, and remarks from shopowner Dr. Kimberly McGlonn. $25 (free for SBN members). 3605 Lancaster Avenue

Restaurant food and scenery from: Dutch, Ember Ash, Marras, Barcelona, Ocho Rios, Parilla, P’unk Burger, Triangle, Bing Bing Dim Sum

EAT YOUR WAY THROUGH EAST PASSYUNK. East Passyunk Restaurant Week happens February 26 through March 8. Twenty award-winning neighborhood restaurants are offering special tasting menus and drinks at come-and-get-it prices. Reservations are highly recommended. $20-55. Various locations

THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND IN PHILLY

Exhibition openings at the Barnes and The Fabric Workshop and Museum, an all-ages metal and punk show, a whiskey tasting at the zoo, a new Cheers-themed murder mystery show, the annual Flower Show, and more!

Artist Risa Puno. Photo by Carlos Avendaño courtesy of the Fabric Workshop and Museum.
Artist Risa Puno. Photo by Carlos Avendaño courtesy of the Fabric Workshop and Museum.

FEEL A GROUP HUG. The Fabric Workshop and Museum hosts Risa Puno’s first-ever solo exhibition, March 1 through July 21, Group Hug: Risa Puno promises to be as visually captivating as it is interactive. Choose one of two paths in the show, and you’ll either lounge in a giant, soft, coconut shell-looking pod that transforms into a cozy armchair, or you’ll play Whack-a-Mole. Free. 1214 Arch Street

GO OUT FOR SOME LATE-NIGHT SNACKS (BUT IT’S CABARET). On March 1 at 8pm, FringeArts and The Bearded Ladies Cabaret present Late Night Snacks: Leftovers! Enjoy an evening of live music and drag. $10-$50. 140 N. Columbus Boulevard 

CATCH THE CHEERS MURDER MYSTERY SHOW. On March 2, Without A Cue Productions is opening Cheers to Murder at the Red Rūm Theater. Norm has died, and the accusations are flying. Shows are Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm through April 28. $35-$75. 601 Walnut Street

DRINK WHISKEY AT THE ZOO. Nope, that’s it, no clever wordplay. The Whiskey Walk at the Philadelphia Zoo takes place March 2 from 11am to 6pm. Taste eight Irish whiskeys at eight stops throughout the Zoo, rain or shine, do not feed the animals, must be 21 and over. $49 – $65. 3400 W. Girard Avenue 

SEE THE ULTIMATE METAL SHOWDOWN. On March 2 from 7 to 11:30pm, PhilaMOCA hosts 2024 Wacken Metal Battles: Philadelphia, Round 2. See five metal and punk bands shred for a spot at the Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany this summer. The round 2 qualifiers are Oktas, Christpipe, Rubix Pube, Beef, and Messiahnide. Moshing, headbanging, and facemelting for all-ages. $15. 531 N. 12th Street

DON’T MISS THE 2024 PHILADELPHIA FLOWER SHOW. It’s that time of year! From March 2 through 10, The 195th PHS Philadelphia Flower Show: United By Flowers, takes place at the PA Convention Center. Come for the immersive floral exhibits; stay for the world-class plant competitions, family-friendly activities, educational offerings, and shopping. Ticket sales support the work of PHS. $30-$50. 1101 Arch Street

A black-and-white abstract photograph by Alexey Brodovitch "Tricorne" taken in 1935.
Alexey Brodovitch Tricorne, 1935. Philadelphia Museum of Art. From the Collection of Dorothy Norman, 1968. Image courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art.

SEE A NEW EXHIBITION AT THE BARNES. Designer, photographer and instructor Alexey Brodovitch (1898–1971) art directed Harper’s Bazaar from 1934 to 1958 and mentored many 20th century documentary and fashion photographers. His work is featured in a new exhibit at the Barnes, Alexey Brodovitch: Astonish Me, March 3 through May 19. $5-$25. 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

ONGOING EVENTS

Art exhibitions, plays, and more things you can do for at least a few more weeks.

Courtesy of the Mütter Museum.

VISIT AN EXHIBITION ON HOMELESSNESS. Through August 5, the Mütter Museum hosts Unhoused: Personal Stories and Public Health, a special exhibition on American homelessness through the lens of public health. Museum hours are 10am to 5pm daily except Tuesday. Free-$20. 19 S. 22nd Street

Melanye Finister, left, and Trezana Beverley, right

SEE A PLAY. The Arden Theatre presents Ladysitting, written by Lorene Cary, the Philadelphia author and playwright. Based on her 2019 memoir, the story follows Cary’s grandmother, Nana Jackson (played by Trezana Beverley), fiercely strong and independent but now reliant on Cary (played by Melanye Finister) and other family members for her care. Show runs through March 10. $30-63. 40 N. 2nd Street

CAFF Adeus

GET STARTED CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH. Hyatt Centric Center City Philadelphia is exhibiting artwork by local Black artists at its first-ever Black History Month Showcase, running until the end of February. Featured artists include Caff Adeus, Devon Harrison, Jillian Rock, Steven CW Taylor, and Kendra Dandy, and is curated by Ginger Rudolph. Free. 1620 Chancellor Street

Art of the Brick at the Franklin Institute.

EXPERIENCE LEGOS LIKE YOU NEVER HAVE BEFORE. Through September 22, the world’s largest display of LEGO art returns to the Franklin Institute. The Art of the Brick by Nathan Sawaya is a critically-acclaimed collection of artworks made exclusively in plastic bricks that snap together, including original pieces and re-imagined versions of famous masterpieces, a multimedia exhibition of LEGO-infused photography by Dean Wes, and a 9,000-square-foot brick play space. Museum hours are 9:30am to 5pm daily, with evening hours to 8pm, Thursday through Saturday. $20-$43. 222 N. 20th Street

MORE GOOD THINGS TO DO IN PHILLY

The grand entrance to the 2023 PHS Flower Show. Photo by Christina Griffith

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