Everything Fun You Can Do in Philadelphia This Weekend

Embrace the chill with an icy festival, museum after-hours events, and hot meal deals.

If you’re down to see some famous art, eat a good meal, and enjoy the neighborhood, well, Philly delivers this weekend. Put on a few layers and hit the town for some winter fun in Chestnut Hill and Callowhill, make a reservation for Northern Liberties Restaurant Week, or check out some preloved fashions at the second-ever Philly Vintage Fashion Show. It’s a great weekend to get out there, so pencil in some fun things to do and let the days fly by.

Friday, January 27
Academy of Natural Sciences
Perfect for kids and grown-ups alike, the Academy of Natural Sciences’ Dinos After Dark event invites visitors to hang out in the evening, checking out the exhibits and enjoying a few brews from the museum’s beer garden. Don’t miss peeping the newest exhibit Microsculpture: The Insect Portraits of Levon Biss and watching real fossils getting cleaned up in the Fossil Prep Lab.
Cost: Pay-what-you-wish, $10 suggested donation

Friday, January 27 – Saturday, January 28
Germantown Avenue between Rex and Willow Grove Avenues
Who says winter has to be miserable? Chestnut Hill will embrace the chill with a two-day festival devoted to all things ice this weekend. Expect live sculpting from Peter Slavin of Ice Sculpture Philly, a bonfire encased in an ice pillar, an outdoor ice bar operated by Chestnut Hill Brewing Company, and chili specials at local restaurants. The fun runs from 5 to 8 pm on Friday and noon to 5 pm on Saturday.
Cost: Pay-as-you-go

Don’t miss some of the finest art exhibits to come through the city

Friday, January 27 – Sunday, January 29
Various locations
A few big-ticket art exhibits close this weekend at two Parkway museums. The Barnes Foundation’s Amedeo Modigliani retrospective Modigliani Up Close features both familiar and unexpected works from the artist’s body of work, highlighting his process and practice. Over at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Matisse in the 1930s covers a period which began in Philadelphia, encompassing more than 100 paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings.
Cost: $30

Friday, January 27 – Sunday, January 29
Various locations
Fresh on the heels of Center City Restaurant Week, the deals move north for Northern Liberties Restaurant Week, running Friday through February 5. Prix-fixe lunches will cost $15-25 a pop while dinner will run you $40 for multiple courses. If it’s been awhile since you paid Cantina Dos Segundos, Jerry’s Bar, or Standard Tap a visit, now’s your chance to get the whole kit and caboodle for less.
Cost: $15-40

Saturday, January 28 – Sunday, January 29
Pennsylvania Convention Center
Your one-stop shop for 2023 Bentleys, 1912 Model T Torpedos, and the Scooby Doo Mystery Machine, the Philadelphia Auto Show is a car aficionado’s dream. Whether you’re shopping for a new ride or just want to see some tricked-out cars, the auto show highlights ride and drive experiences, custom car peeping, and antique displays. If you can’t make it during opening weekend, the expo runs until February 5.
Cost: $11-17

Saturday, January 28
Esperanza Arts Center
For one night only, a new one-man show will come to North Philly. Poet, actor, and educator Javier Ávila stages The Perfect Latino, a meditation on the American Latino experience and diversity, inclusion, race, and representation through comedy and poetry.
Cost: $10

Saturday, January 28
The Rail Park
Venture to the park in the sky for a Lunar New Year celebration organized by the Rail Park, Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation, Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia Suns, and Callowhill Neighborhood Association. The afternoon affair will include a lion dance performance by the Philadelphia Suns at 2 pm, snacks, and family-friendly activities. In case of rain or snow, the event will be moved to Sunday.
Cost: Free

Saturday, January 28 – Sunday, January 29
The Bourse
You know what they say: One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. You may be familiar with the Art Star Craft Bazaar, but the Art Star Crap Bazaar spotlights discounted practice pieces, overstock, samples, mistakes, and discontinued items. The no-frills sale features 20 sellers whose goods will be piled on tables for your rummaging pleasure. A quarter of sales will benefit the nonprofit organizations Homies Helping Homies and No More Secrets.

Saturday, January 28
2850 Frankford Avenue
Move over, Fashion Week. See pieces from Urban Exchange Project and Thunderbird Salvage modeled on the runway at the second-ever Philly Vintage Fashion Show. Not only are all the outfits—selected by local stylists and presented by local models—available for purchase, but curated clothing racks will also be up for grabs. Also expect a bar, photo booth, tarot readings, and music. Plus, a free drink when you donate a gently used backpack or winter wear.
Cost: $15-40

Sunday, January 29
Dumpling Academy
Enter the Year of the Rabbit with a new culinary skill. This three-hour class walks you through the process of preparing dumpling filling, shaping the dumpling, and the proper cooking methods. Even better? Eating them (plus the assorted dim sum displayed for you upon arrival).
Cost: $95

Sunday, January 29
Various locations
Just one win away from the Super Bowl, The Eagles continue their hot streak. Pile into a bar, like McGillin’s or the newly redecorated Tinsel Takes Flight, to watch the game since most of us plebes can’t afford tickets. You might remember the latter as the seasonal bar, decorated for Halloween and Christmas, but now it’s fully transformed into an all-Eagles extravaganza, outfitted with plenty of green and white decor.
Cost: Pay-as-you-go

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Allie Volpe is a writer based in Philadelphia. She hasn't slept in days. Follow her on Twitter: @allieevolpe.