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Fun Things to Do in Philly this Week and Weekend

Tech-infused minigolf, live comedy, movies, beer, cookies, Passyunk Restaurant Week, and the Home and Garden Show are on deck this week in Philly

Fun Things to Do in Philly this Week and Weekend

Tech-infused minigolf, live comedy, movies, beer, cookies, Passyunk Restaurant Week, and the Home and Garden Show are on deck this week in Philly

We are coming up on winter’s home stretch, and Philly is hopping with things to do. Take the opportunity to catch up on the best movies of the year with an Oscar-nominated movie marathon, or grab your lederhosen and hit up an old-fashioned German Bierfest. We have another restaurant week, this time in Passyunk, the grand opening of a new adult indoor playground in Center City, and the annual Philly Home and Garden Show.

This is also the final week to catch winter-themed public park activities at Dilworth and Franklin Square, and your last opportunity to experience and celebrate Black history and art in person on the ground with Legacy Reclaimed: A 7th Ward Tribute as well as Hyatt Centric Center City Philadelphia’s first-ever Black History Month Showcase.

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


Comedians, best-movie nominees, beer, more beer (and cookies), a brand-new hotspot, another restaurant week, and a hot-button political discussion are just some of what you have to choose from in the coming week.

photo by Brianna DiGioia

GET LIED TO YOUR FACE BUT COMICALLY. Acclaimed comedy duo, blunt social commentators, and political prank artists The Good Liars are appearing live at Underground Arts on February 22! Must be 21 and over, doors open at 7:30pm, show begins at 8:30pm. $29.50. 1200 Callowhill Street

Photo via Iron Hill Brewery

ANSWER THE AGE-OLD QUESTION: WHICH BEER GOES WITH THIN MINTS? From February 23 to 25, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant hosts its annual Girl Scout Cookie and Beer Pairing featuring flights of their brews matched by experts with your favorite Girl Scout cookies. They even offer a milk pairing for the kids. The brewery is open 11am to midnight Friday and Saturday and until 10pm on Sunday. $23. 1150 Market Street

GO SEE EVERY BEST PICTURE NOMINEE. You’ll have that opportunity February 23 through 25 at Philadelphia Film Center’s Best Picture Weekend. See all 10 nominees over three days. $50. 1412 Chestnut Street

PREPARE TO MAKE YOUR HOME AND GARDEN PINTEREST-PERFECT. The Philly Home & Garden Show returns February 23 through 25 to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks. Meet HGTV’s Steve Ford, see local landscapers’s garden displays, learn DIY terrarium building, sample some food trucks, shop local makers, and much more. Children under 12 enter free. Open Friday, 11am to 8pm; Saturday, 10am to 8pm, and Sunday 10am to 6pm.  $10-12. 100 Station Avenue, Oaks

ATTEND A TECH-INFUSED MINI GOLF GRAND OPENING. Puttshack opens its doors to its brand-new Philadelphia location on February 24 at 11am. The Liberty Place venue consists of 26,000 square feet of competitive mini golf courses, globally-inspired food and drink, a full-service bar with multiple TVs and a huge dining section. Puttshack is also giving back by donating $1 from every Philadelphia Tailpipe sold to Philabundance. $14+. 1625 Chestnut Street

CELEBRATE BIERFEST! On February 24 from 2 to 5:30pm, The German Society of Pennsylvania’s 11th Annual Philly Bierfest returns with German-style local Pennsylvania craft brews and German imports, plus educational seminars, live entertainment, and more, all across six floors in two historic buildings and the German Society’s gated garden. Tickets can be purchased here or by calling (215) 627-2332. $35-$79. 611 Spring Garden Street

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

DIG INTO PHILLY’S CULTURE OF CORRUPTION. On February 27 from 6 to 8pm, author and political consultant Brett Mandel joins Lauren Vidas to talk about his book, Philadelphia, Corrupt and Consenting: A City’s Struggle against an Epithet. Expect smart conversation and good beer. The event takes place at the Black Sheep Pub and Restaurant. Register here. Free. 247 S. 17th Street


Get to these al fresco attractions as soon and as frequently as you can. We’ve been handed a mild winter; let’s make the best of it!

PLAY IN A WINTER WONDERLAND AT FRANKLIN SQUARE. Through February 25, from 5 to 9pm, Winter in Franklin Square sets off a fountain-based Electrical Spectacle light-and-music show (free), and offers street curling ($40/hour; also available in daytime), mini golf ($12-$15), carousel rides ($4), and holiday treats. 200 N. 6th Street

SKATE ON ICE; STROLL A WINTERGARDEN. Dilworth Park, the space in front of City Hall, has a free Wintergarden to stroll through day and night through March, a warming cabin to hang in, and an ice rink to skate on daily and nightly ($6-$9; skate rental $10) through February 25. 1 S. 15th Street


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

Without a Cue Productions/Red Rum Theater

YOUR LAST WEEK TO HAVE A “FRIENDLY” MURDER MYSTERY EVENING. The Red Rūm Theater celebrates its one-year anniversary with the opening of Without A Cue ProductionsMurder at the Perk, a mystery parody based on the iconic TV show, Friends, closes February 25. $35-75. 601 Walnut Street.

Church of The Crucifixion, part of Legacy Reclaimed: A 7th Ward Tribute

LAST CHANCE TO EXPLORE THE  7TH WARD. The historically Black neighborhood in South Philly and Center City was once the home of 15,000 African Americans. Take time to experience Legacy Reclaimed: A 7th Ward Tribute, public art by three Black women: Amelia Carter, Beth Naomi Lewis and Li Sumpter, and weekly walking tours. Saturdays at 11am, through February 23. Free (reserve ahead), Mother Bethel A.M.E., 419 S. 6th Street

EXPERIENCE AN ALTERNATIVE CLIMATE FUTURE BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE. Now through February 24, the Museum for Art in Wood exhibits FLOE: A Climate of Risk. Artist Stephen Talasnik’s fictional archaeology builds a narrative of an alternate local civilization buried by a climate change-induced natural disaster — and evidenced only through the exhibition’s “archaeological collection,” discovered by an imagined group of curious children. Free. 141 N. 3rd 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 produced with award-winning photographer Dean Wes, and a 9,000-square-foot brick play space. Museum hours are 9:30am to 5pm, with evening hours to 8pm, Thursday through Saturday. $20-$43. 222 N. 20th Street


Puttshack Minigolf cocktails

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