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Top Things to Do in Philadelphia in February 2018

Nancy Pageau, ABR

Nancy was born in Rhode Island and has lived in Pennsylvania for 30 years...

Nancy was born in Rhode Island and has lived in Pennsylvania for 30 years...

Feb 8 12 minutes read

The Auto Show, Dilworth Park Wintergarden, Black History Month, Valentine’s Day, Presidents Day and so much more

This month, the City of Brotherly Love teems with activities to delight locals and visitors alike. From ice skating to museum hopping, major events to artistic performances, there’s tons to do.

Look forward to events celebrating Black History Month, annual goings-on around Valentine's Day and more. Plus, February holds the last few days to check out the massive Philadelphia Auto Show and the final few weeks to enjoy the winter wonderland of Dilworth Park Wintergarden.

Oh yeah, and the Philadelphia Eagles are in the Super Bowl! The game may be in Minneapolis, but there's still tons to do in the city, from massive watch parties to reduced museum admission and more.

Celebrating the Philadelphia Eagles' Appearance in the Super Bowl, THROUGH SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2018

The Eagles are playing in the Super Bowl, and the city is absolutely ecstatic about it. (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Our own Philadelphia Eagles are in the Super Bowl! Though the big game goes down in Minneapolis, there's still tons to do here in the City of Brotherly Love before the big game on Sunday, February 4, 2018. Don't miss our guides to the absolute best Super Bowl watch parties in Philadelphia as well as 10 fun ways Philly is showing incredible Eagles team spirit. And here's a pro tip: Check the hash tag #eaglesdeals on Twitter and Instagram for an even more comprehensive look at what venues around the region are doing to celebrate.

Philadelphia Auto Show, THROUGH SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2018

 At the Philadelphia Auto Show, visitors can get up-close and personal with the newest vehicle models that will soon be at dealerships around the region. 

The automotive industry’s latest creations are on a 700,000-square-foot display at the Pennsylvania Convention Center during the Philadelphia Auto Show, the showplace for hundreds and hundreds of concept, classic, luxury and exotic cars. Attendees will have the chance to test drive select models and learn about the newest designs and auto innovations.

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, THROUGH SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 2018

The Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is a can't-miss winter attraction on the Delaware River Waterfront, featuring ice skating, food and drink, arcade games and more. (Photo courtesy Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest)

The popular Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest with fire pits, a Kids Lodge arcade, a cozy, chalet-style Lodge Restaurant and Bar, sweets from Franklin Fountain Confectionery Cabin and hearty fare from Garces Group and Chickie’s & Pete’s. All the fun is centered around a regulation skating rink with a spectacular view of the Ben Franklin Bridge. Additionally, on select Thursdays throughout the month, Winterfest hosts Fireside Sessions, a series of free concerts held by the fire pit area.

Dilworth Park Wintergarden at City Hall, THROUGH SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2018

This winter at City Hall, skate around the Rothman Institute Ice Rink, amble through America’s Garden Capital Maze and sip on hot chocolate at the Rothman Institute Cabin. 

There's still time to enjoy the fun Dilworth Park Wintergarden, where the Rothman Institute Ice Rink, the Rothman Institute Cabin and America’s Garden Capital Maze all await. Enjoy ice skating in the heart of the city and in the shadow of City Hall, followed by snacks and cocktails in the warm Rothman Institute Cabin. Also be sure to wander to the south end of the park where you’ll find America’s Garden Capital Maze, a living labyrinth of seasonal plants and lights.

Parkway 100: Winter Fountains on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, THROUGH SUNDAY, MARCH 18, 2018

The free, outdoor Winter Fountains exhibition illuminates the Benjamin Franklin Parkway this winter with a stunning nighttime display of surreal, glowing videos projected on to four large domes. The dazzling works — inspired by the Parkway's grand fountains — are a centerpiece exhibition of Parkway 100, the city's 14-month celebration commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the avenue's groundbreaking.

Black History Month in Philadelphia, FEBRUARY 2018

During Black History Month at the Penn Museum, learn more about African traditions during an interactive celebration of African Cultures. 

Throughout February, major attractions across the city offer special programming to celebrate Black History Month. Stay tuned for our complete guide to events like live dance performances, arts workshops, film screenings and more.

Philly Theatre Week, FEBRUARY 8-18, 2018

This month, Theatre Philadelphia hosts a 10-day celebration of all things theatrical in Philly. Philly Theatre Week features more than 70 organizations, 80 events and 268 performances, including a variety of productions, interactive events and more.

Valentine's Day in Philadelphia, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2017

Plan a passionate Valentine's Day with dining specials, hotel packages, date ideas and more.

This Valentine's Day, sweethearts in Philly can enjoy romantic dinners, hot hotel deals, swoon-worthy concerts and more. Looking for some ideas on romantic destinations and activities in the city? Check out our guides here.

East Passyunk Restaurant Week, FEBRUARY 26 - MARCH 9, 2018

More than 20 restaurants — including Bing Bing Dim Sum (shown) — offer special dining deals during East Passyunk Restaurant Week. 

During East Passyunk Restaurant Week, three-course prix-fixe lunches and dinners are available (tax, alcohol and gratuity not included) at more than 24 different restaurants — including Fond, Noord, Perla, Townsend and Will — in the vibrant East Passyunk neighborhood for the bargain price of $15-$35. Book a reservation now and get ready to chow down!

Reading Terminal Market's 125th Birthday, FEBRUARY 22 & 24, 2018

Celebrate the Reading Terminal Market's 125th birthday at the food haven's 19th-century gala.

Center City’s iconic railway terminal turned epicurean haven, the Reading Terminal Market, fetes a century and a quarter of feeding foodies. The venue is gearing up for a grand period gala — Victorian costumes, penny-farthings and all — for the date it opened in 1893 and a public party the following Saturday, February 24. Other plans for the yearlong celebration include a multicultural Diamond Day in June and indoor-outdoor festival the Taste of the Market on a to-be-announced date in September.

Lunar New Year, THROUGH SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2018

This February, the Lunar New Year arrives with events that celebrate deities, ancestors and the year ahead, which is the Year of the Dog. The holiday officially falls on Friday, February 16, but Philadelphia will to commemorate the holiday all weekend long. Find celebrations at places like the Independence Seaport Museum and in the heart of Chinatown with spirited parades and events from the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation.

Broadway Philadelphia’s Waitress at The Forrest Theatre, FEBRUARY 13-18, 2018

Broadway Philadelphia’s Waitress combines music by Sara Bareilles with a book by Jessie Nelson and direction from Diane Paulus to create a woman- (and pie-)powered musical movie adaptation at The Forrest Theatre. Tickets for the uplifting musical can be found here.

Broadway Philadelphia’s Something Rotten! at the Academy of Music, FEBRUARY 27 - MARCH 4, 2018

A musical about the first musical arrives at the Academy of Music this February. 

This big, brash, flashy Broadway musical comedy being staged at the Academy of Music at the end of the month dreams up the making of the very first musical.

Lenny's Revolution: A Centennial Bernstein Celebration with the Philly POPS, FEBRUARY 2-4, 2018

The Philly POPS celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein (West Side Story, Candide and more) with three special shows this February. The performances will bring together Broadway vocalists Lisa Vroman, Alli Mauzey and Ryan Silverman with the 180-voice Philly POPS Festival Chorus.

Winterfest Live! at XFINITY Live!,  SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2018

Promises to satisfy the true beer-lover with dozens of beers on tap. Winterfest Live! at XFINITY Live! brings an all-afternoon celebration of seasonal brews. Live bands will play all day and more than 150 beers — including winter lagers, porters and stouts — will be available to sample. The one-day festival also includes outdoor fire pits, games and various giveaways.

Kennett Winterfest, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2018

Enjoy winter brews from 60 craft breweries as well as live music at the sixth annual Kennett Winterfest. A variety of food trucks will also roll into the festival, bringing delicious eats to pair with each drink.

Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor at The Franklin Institute, THROUGH SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 2018

In 1974, a farmer digging a well in China struck one of history’s most significant archaeological discoveries: thousands of life-sized warrior sculptures that had been guarding the tomb of China’s first emperor since 210 B.C. Ten of the mysterious structures and 170 related artifacts, including weapons, jade and gold ornaments and ceremonial vessels, are now on display at The Franklin Institute for Terracotta Warriors, an exhibition that examines the story, craft and science behind the Terracotta army. Philadelphia is one of just two cities hosting the exhibition, on display through March 4.

Old Masters Now: Rediscovering the John G. Johnson Collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, THROUGH MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2018

Part of Parkway 100, Old Masters Now celebrates the 100-year anniversary of John G. Johnson's special gift to the museum.

Described by The New York Times as “the greatest lawyer in the English-speaking world,” John G. Johnson bequeathed his 1,500 European artworks to Philadelphia in 1917. The Philadelphia Museum of Art's Old Masters Now: Rediscovering the John G. Johnson Collection focuses on the amazing collection and its collector, who lived during a time when Philadelphia was a manufacturing and financial leader. Visitors to the museum see familiar names, including Botticelli, Bosch, Titian, Rembrandt and Monet. Check out the collection before it closes this month.

Don't miss out on stunning exhibitions on display this month, including the Chuck Close Photographs exhibit at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.


Bundle up and then head indoors to check out exhibits at one of Philly’s many museums and cultural institutions this month. Feature exhibitions include the photo-filled Chuck Close Photographs at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the sculpture-inspired Kiefer Rodin at the Barnes Foundation and more.

Museum of the American Revolution, NOW OPEN

The Museum of the American Revolution exhibits art, manuscripts and printed works as well as a range of objects gathered from and pertaining to the Revolutionary War.

The drama unfolds exhibit by exhibit at the brand-new Museum of the American Revolution. Just two blocks from Independence Hall — the command center for the Revolution — the newest addition to America’s most historic square mile documents the strategic wins, crushing losses and world-altering consequences of the war for We the People. Visitors learn stories of well-known and everyday people who experienced the tumult through galleries, engaging films and a collection of Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, diaries and works of art.

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