Students from NJ compete for Alvernia University football team
Students from NJ compete for Alvernia University cross country team

January, February and March Events in Philadelphia & The Surrounding Area

January 719, 2020
THE BAND’S VISIT. One of the most Tony-award winning musicals in history makes a stop at the Academy of Music as part of the Broadway Philadelphia series. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

January 10 & 11, 2020
DRUMLINE LIVE. The energy, rhythm and musicality of the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) marching bands hit center stage at the Merriam Theater. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

Screen Shot 2020-01-05 at 17.59.07

January 14 – 19, 2020
32nd INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE AND FESTIVAL OF BLACKS IN DANCE. The Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO) continues its 50th anniversary celebration by hosting this event at the Kimmel Center Cultural Campus’ Merriam Theater and SEI Innovation Studio, the DoubleTree Philadelphia, Cambria Hotel Philadelphia and The University of the Arts. (301) 755-0831, iabdassociation.org, philadanco.org

January 17 – 19, 2020
HAMLISCH: WITH LOVE. In dedication and tribute to the late composer Marvin Hamlisch, The Philly POPS perform renditions of his award-winning songs from Broadway (A Chorus Line) and Hollywood, The Way We Were, with help from vocalist Ashley Brown. (215) 893-1999, phillypops.org

January 18 – March 22, 2020
ORCHID EXTRAVAGANZA. Longwood Gardens creates an absolutely transcendent experience for orchid lovers, perching and planting the rarest and most beautiful of flora from conservatories to outdoors. (610) 388-1000, longwoodgardens.org

January 22 & 23, February 26 & 27, March 18 & 19, 2020
DANCE UP CLOSE. A three-part, midweek, midwinter dance festival begins with Junkspace featuring Tori Lawrence at Christ Church Neighborhood House in January; continues with Boundaries & Other Works and Nest, at Christ Church Neighborhood Housein February; and wraps with Reassembling Corporeal Knowledge, featuring short videos, live solos and duets at FringeArts in March. philadelphiadance.org

January 20, 2020
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY OF SERVICE. Greater Philadelphia holds the country’s largest day of service every Martin Luther King Jr. Day, with tens of thousands of volunteers doing community projects throughout the city and region. mlkdayofservice.org

January 21–26, 2020
RIVERDANCE – NEW 25TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW. This brand-new production reinvents the Irish and international dance and music stylings of the worldwide sensation at the Merriam Theater. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

January 12–24, 2020
CENTER CITY RESTAURANT WEEK. Select restaurants in the Center City Districtwill offer signature three-course dinners for $35 per person, and three-course lunches for $20 per guest. ccdrestaurantweek.com

January 18, 2020
LUNAR NEW YEAR CULTUREFEST. Asian Arts Initiative helps host the Penn Museum’s annual celebration of the Lunar New Year with dance, martial arts, music, craft-making, calligraphy, storytelling and a grand finale lion dance. (215) 898-4000, penn.museum

January 23 – February 8, 2020
BEETHOVENNOW. The Philadelphia Orchestra marks Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday with pianists Yefim Bronfman, Daniil Trifonov and Emanuel Ax performing all five of Beethoven’s piano concertos. January performances take place at the Academy of Music; February performances occur at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.(215) 893-1900, philorch.org

January 24, 2020
WONDERSPACES. Fashion District Philadelphia debuts its latest in immersive, experiential fun: a 24,000-square-foot art gallery and bar designed for the date-night crowd. philadelphia.wonderspaces.com

January 25, 2020
JERRY BLAVAT DISCO, ROCK N’ ROLL AND SOUL. The Boss with the Hot Sauce hosts a show in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts featuring musical acts Peaches & Herb, The Trammps and Gary U.S. Bonds, among others, and a tribute to the late Johnny Maestro. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

January 25, 2020
LUNAR NEW YEAR.  The celebration of the Year of the Rat includes a parade through Chinatown, midnight lion-dance performances and special events at Reading Terminal Market, the Independence Seaport Museum and The Rail Park.

FEBRUARY 2020

People checking out the cars at the Philadelphia Auto ShowPeople checking out the cars at the Philadelphia Auto Show

Philadelphia Auto Show, February 8-17, 2020   — Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Through February 8, 2020
BEETHOVENNOW. The Philadelphia Orchestra marks Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday with pianists Yefim Bronfman, Daniil Trifonov and Emanuel Ax performing all five of Beethoven’s piano concertos at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. (215) 893-1900, philorch.org

Through February 23, 2020
THE ROTHMAN ORTHOPAEDICS ICE RINK AND CABIN AND WINTERGARDEN.
The Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Skating Rink, the Rothman Orthopaedics Cabin and Wintergarden finish their seasonal run at Dilworth Park, City Hall’s front yard. (215) 440-5500, centercityphila.org

Through February 29, 2020
BLACK HISTORY MONTH. Major attractions across the city—including The African American Museum in Philadelphia, the National Constitution Center, the Free Library of Philadelphia and more—celebrate the month throughout February with events and special programming. visitphilly.com/articles/philadelphia/black-history-month-in-philadelphia

February 1, 2020
AFRICAN AMERICAN CHILDREN’S BOOK FAIR.
One of the oldest and largest single-day events for African American children’s books in the country, the 28th annual African American Children’s Book Fair at the Community College of Philadelphiafeatures nationally known and bestselling authors and illustrators, representatives from the multicultural literary community, enriching children’s books, and activities that promote the power and joy of reading. theafricanamericanchildrensbookproject.org

February 1–16, 2020
GETAWAY AT THE GREENHOUSE. Fairmount Park Horticultural Center celebrates summer in winter, setting up a giant sandbox, live music, food trucks and Gaia, The Traveling Artwork, British artist Luke Jerram’s spectacular giant globe of the Earth featuring detailed NASA photography. (215) 685-0096, myphillypark.org, my-earth.org

February 1 – June 7, 2020
VOTES FOR WOMEN: A VISUAL HISTORY. The Brandywine Museum of Artcommemorates the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote using drawings, illustrations and posters expressing the message of the suffragists, as well as costumes, clothing, sashes and emblems worn by the women activists. (610) 388-2700, brandywine.org

February 1 – June 14, 2020
WITNESS TO HISTORY: SELMA PHOTOGRAPHY OF STEPHEN SOMERSTEIN.This exhibit on display at the Brandywine Museum of Art documents the historic 54-mile march for civil rights from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. (610) 388-2700, brandywine.org

February 6–9, 2020
GREY ROCK. A fantastical new work from director and playwright Amir Nizar Zuabi bridges American and Palestinian cultures and makes its Philadelphia debut with a five-person cast from Palestine, including acclaimed actor Khalifa Natour, at SEI Innovation Studio at the Kimmel Center Cultural Campus. kimmelcenter.org

February 6–16, 2020
PHILLY THEATRE WEEK. A 10-day regional theatrical festival promises 100 events, including panels, concerts, meet-ups and loads of live theater. (267) 761-9950, theatrephiladelphia.org

February 7–9, 2020
NICK JR. LIVE! MOVE TO THE MUSIC. Friends from Bubble Guppies, Paw Patrol, Dora the Explorer, Shimmer and Shine, Blue’s Clues and You, Blaze and the Monster Machines, and Top Wing lead a singing-and-dancing adventure at the Academy of Music. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

February 8, 2020
JOURNEYS. Acting Without Boundaries (AWB), a Philadelphia-based theater workshop for kids, teens and young adults with physical disabilities, takes part in Philly Theatre Week (see above) by performing a songs and scenes from some of Broadway’s greatest hits in the Rendell Room of the Kimmel Center Cultural Campus. kimmelcenter.org

February 8–17, 2020
PHILADELPHIA AUTO SHOW. The automotive industry’s latest creations are on a 750,000-square-foot display at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the showplace for more than 700 pre-production, classic, luxury and exotic cars. phillyautoshow.com

February 14–16, 2020
ARETHA: RESPECT. To honor the Queen of Soul, The Philly POPS features Broadway powerhouse Capathia Jenkins and R&B singer Ryan Shaw in a program that includes renditions of Bridge Over Troubled Water, Respect and Chain of Fools. (215) 893-1999, phillypops.org

February 15, 2020
AFRICAN AND DIASPORIC CULTURES CELEBRATION. The Penn Museum’s second CultureFest of the year reunites traditional and contemporary African and African Diasporic arts through mask-making, drumming and more live music, storytelling, film screenings and an African marketplace. (215) 898-4000, penn.museum

February 15 – September 20, 2020
SURVIVAL OF THE SLOWEST. Survival strategies of sloths, iguanas and pancake tortoises, among other animals that are slow and small, are explored in this exhibit at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. (215) 299-1000, ansp.org

February 16, 2019
MUMMENSCHANZ: YOU & ME. The mesmerizing Swiss theatrical troupe performs their brand-new show at the Annenberg Center creating shapes, forms, sounds and stories that delight audiences of every age. (215) 898-3900, annenbergcenter.org

February 19 – March 1, 2020
HELLO, DOLLY!
Matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi and the rest of the characters from the musical-comedy classic make their way to the Academy of Music as part of the Broadway Philadelphia series. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

February 21 – March 14, 2020
#GLASSFEST. This three-week festival presented by the Annenberg Center celebrates Philip Glass’ career and includes the Philadelphia premiere of the composer’s Music in Twelve Parts and the world premiere of The White Lama, a theatrical piece by Nikki Appino that features a score by Glass. (215) 898-3900, annenbergcenter.org

February 23 May 10, 2020
MARIE CUTTOLI: THE MODERN THREAD FROM MIRÓ TO MAN RAY. Cuttoli, a modern art pioneer, commissioned international modernist artists to design pieces that were woven into tapestries, as seen in this Barnes Foundation exhibit. (215) 278-7200, barnesfoundation.org

February 24 – March 6, 2020
EAST PASSYUNK RESTAURANT WEEK. Three-course prix fixe lunches and dinners are available (tax, alcohol and gratuity not included) at various restaurants in the South Philly neighborhood. eastpassyunkrestaurantweek.com

February 26 & 27, March 18 & 19, 2020
DANCE UP CLOSE. A three-part, midweek, midwinter dance festival that began with Junkspace with Tori Lawrence at Christ Church Neighborhood House in January continues with Boundaries & Other Works and Nest, at Christ Church Neighborhood Housein February, and wraps Reassembling Corporeal Knowledge, featuring short videos, live solos and duets at FringeArts in March. philadelphiadance.org

February 26–29, 2020
TURN. Philadelphia performance artist M’Balia Singley world premieres a work that delves into themes from Shakespeare’s Othello through the lens of an African American woman at the SEI Innovation Studio at the Kimmel Center Cultural Campus. kimmelcenter.org

February 29 – March 8, 2020
PHILADELPHIA FLOWER SHOW.
The annual gardening celebration at the Pennsylvania Convention Center is the oldest and largest indoor show of its kind, with top-of-the-line horticulture and landscape design, entertainment and more than 100 vendors. This year’s theme: “Riviera Holiday.” (215) 988-8800, theflowershow.com

MARCH 2020

Philly Wine Week, March 30-April 6, 2020   — Photo courtesy Philly Wine Week

March 2020
WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH.
March marks Women’s History Month, a time when attractions and venues across the city welcome guests for special events, tours and presentations oriented around the month-long celebration.

Through March 1, 2020
HELLO, DOLLY! Matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi and the rest of the characters from the musical-comedy classic make their way to the Academy of Music as part of the Broadway Philadelphia series. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

Through March 1, 2020
IN CONVERSATION: VISUAL MEDITATIONS ON BLACK MASCULINITY. Fifty-five female and non-binary photographers of African descent present an exhibition at the African American Museum in Philadelphia exploring the notions of Black men, masculinity, sexuality and gender identity. (215) 574-0380, aampmuseum.org

Through March 5, 2020
BLUE CROSS RIVERRINK WINTERFEST.
Penn’s Landing’s wintertime ice-skating rink and Winterfest wonderland, complete with a lodge, arcade and confectionery cabin enjoy their seasonal run. (215) 629-3200, riverrink.com

Through March 8, 2020
DESIGNS FOR DIFFERENT FUTURES. The future feeds designers’ inspiration and this exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art shares examples of what creators think the years ahead hold. (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.org

Through March 8, 2020
PHILADELPHIA FLOWER SHOW. The annual gardening celebration at thePennsylvania Convention Center is the oldest and largest indoor show of its kind, with top-of-the-line horticulture and landscape design, entertainment and more than 100 vendors. This year’s theme: “Riviera Holiday.” (215) 988-8800, theflowershow.com

Through March 17, 2020
COST OF REVOLUTION. This 5,000-square-foot exhibition at the Museum of the American Revolution chronicles the untold story of Irish soldier Richard St. George who, after an injury at the Battle of Germantown in 1777, returned to his native country to find it energized by the revolutionary spirit. (215) 253-6731, amrevmuseum.org

March 22, 2020
ORCHID EXTRAVAGANZA. Longwood Gardens
creates an absolutely transcendent experience for orchid lovers, perching and planting the rarest and most beautiful of flora from conservatories to outdoors. (610) 388-1000, longwoodgardens.org

March 1, 2020
FRANKLIN SQUARE. The carousel resumes to turning and Square Burger gets back to making Cake Shakes, as Historic Philadelphia Inc.’s Franklin Square fully reopens after a winter break. (215) 629-4026, historicphiladelphia.org

March 1 – September 20, 2020
SEAT AT THE TABLE. A free, seven-day-a-week, interactive art exhibition by Dome Collective at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts invites the public to experience women’s representation in places of power (seats at tables) through 3D infographic furniture, while a wall of interactive screens introduces pioneers in women’s history. (215) 893-1999, domecollective.com

March 5–7, 2020
PORGY AND BESS. Conductor Marin Alsop leads The Philadelphia Orchestra and a cast including soprano Angel Blue, baritone Lester Lynch and the Morgan State University Choir in George Gershwin’s American classic that shares a story of heartbreak and hope along Charleston’s Catfish Row. (215) 893-1999, philorch.org

March 6–8, 2020
POPS ROCKS PHIL COLLINS. Philadelphia salutes the only performer to play both London and Philly for Live Aid in 1985 in this tribute performance to Phil Collins at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, featuring hits such as Easy Lover, One More Night and Two Hearts. (215) 893-1999, phillypops.org

March 7, 2020
PHILLY CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL. Called “one of the top 10 beer festivals in America” by Forbes Traveler, the festival features national and international breweries, food trucks and a VIP session with rare brews at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. (631) 940-7290, phillycraftbeerfest.com

March 7–29, 2020
ISRAELI FILM FESTIVAL. The Israeli Film Festival, Philadelphia’s annual showcase of the best in Israeli film, returns with a powerful lineup of documentaries, dramas, films and more. (484) 904-5421, iffphila.com

March 7 & 8, 2020
PALEOPALOOZA. Visitors get up-close-and-personal with rare fossils from the collection of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, talk to paleontologists and participate in a number of activities planned for dinosaur fans of all ages. (215) 299-1000, ansp.org

March 12, 2020
BALLET FOLCLÒRICO NACIONAL DE MÉXICO DE SILVIA LOZANO. This nearly 60-year-old institution brings the culture of Mexico to the Merriam Theater through folklore, dance, music and costumes. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

March 12 – April 5, 2020
BEETHOVENNOW. The second of two epic celebrations marking Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday sees the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts juxtaposing the composer’s nine genre-transforming symphonies with contemporary works from composer-in-residence Gabriela Lena Frank and her diverse composers from the Creative Academy of Music. (215) 893-1900, philorch.org

March 14–22, 2020
THE WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL. It’s year five for this empowering, Philly-grown, women-centric festival that celebrates women’s roles behind and in front of the camera. thewomensfilmfestival.org

March 15, 2020
ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE. Marching bands, decorated floats, music and dance groups, youth groups and Irish associations march down Broad Street to City Hall and from City Hall to Market Street to Penn’s Landing. philadelphiastpatsparade.com

March 1729, 2020
LES MISÉRABLES. The Broadway Philadelphia series brings the Tony-Award winning musical classic with its inspiring tale to the Academy of Music. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

March 18 & 19, 2020
DANCE UP CLOSE. A three-part, midweek, midwinter dance festival that began with Junkspace with Tori Lawrence at Christ Church Neighborhood House in January and Boundaries & Other Works and Nest, at Christ Church Neighborhood House in February wraps with Reassembling Corporeal Knowledge, featuring short videos, live solos and duets at FringeArts in March. philadelphiadance.org

March 21, 2020
FOUNDERS DAY. Visitors pay what they wish at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University to celebrate the founding day in 1812 of the oldest natural history museum in the Americas. (215) 299-1000, ansp.org

March 21, 2020
SIMPLE GIFTS WITH ORGAN: THE CASHORE MARIONETTES & ORGANIST MARVIN MILLS.  The music of Vivaldi, Strauss, Beethoven and Copland fills Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, while the Cashore Marionettes express touching scenes of everyday life. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

March 22–29, 2020
QFLIX PHILADELPHIA. This annual festival celebrates all genres of film that pertain to or were created by members of the LGBTQ communities, with screenings based at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre. qflixphilly.com

March 28, 2020
NOWRUZ. Penn Museum’s CultureFest honors Nowruz, an ancient Persian New Year festival celebrated by people in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and beyond, by hosting live performances, art-making, gallery tours, storytelling, workshops and a Persian bazaar. (215) 898-4000, penn.museum

March 29 – May 3, 2020
SPRING BLOOMS. Visitors take in the sights and smells of spring’s arrival at Longwood Gardens with 240,000 tulips, azaleas, dogwoods and more. (610) 388-1000, longwoodgardens.org

March 29 – August 23, 2020
WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR. This exhibit at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, organized and produced by the Natural History Museum in London, displays 100 stunning images of nature and wildlife. (215) 299-1000, ansp.org

March 30 – April 6, 2020
PHILLY WINE WEEK. The annual eight-day festival returns for another year of wine-centric events, tastings, pairings and specials at bars and restaurants throughout Philadelphia. phillywineweek.org

March 2020 (TBA)
CENTENNIAL INNOVATIONS. Please Touch Museum® unveils a new, 5,000-square-foot permanent gallery that takes a colorful, interactive look back at its building’s roots in the 1876 Centennial Exposition — the fair that introduced the U.S. to the telephone, banana, Corliss engine, popcorn, typewriter, adhesive bandage and more — in order to let kids look into their future. pleasetouchmuseum.org

Comments