Category Archives: Philadelphia Area Events

Winter Fun and Festive Events This Weekend

Embrace the chilly fun that’s to be had in these last few weeks of winter, and see just how much more the groundhog predicts for this year. Philadelphia and the Southern New Jersey Shore have theatrical performances, races, and even a Chinese New Year celebration for your enjoyment on the weekend agenda.

Lambertville/New Hope Winter Festival

Through January 28

Various Locations

New Hope, PA

Enjoy a full day of fun for all ages. Whether you’re interested in a bird walk, puppet theater, or ballet performance, this festival has something for everyone.

Groundhog Day Festival

January 27 10:00 AM- 1:00 PM

John Heinz at Tinicum

Philadelphia, PA

Celebrate the possibility of Tinicum Tim seeing his shadow or not at this festival. Learn more about the exciting mysteries of nature and enjoy free crafts and food while you’re at it.

Chinese New Year Celebration

January 27 11:00 AM- 4:00 PM

Penn Museum

Philadelphia, PA

Join friends at this event ringing in the Chinese New Year. Enjoy storytelling, crafts, and calligraphy demonstrations, topped off with the lion dance and parade. 

Creative Coloring for Adults

January 27 1:30-3:00 PM

Pleasantville Branch Library

Pleasantville, NJ

Sooth your mind with the help of paper and colors. Escape to a colorful world of your design alongside others at the Pleasantville Branch Library.

Orchid Extravaganza

Through March 25

Longwood Gardens

Philadelphia, PA

Lovers of flowers enjoy this breathtaking exhibit. Meander through the 4-acre conservatory and see all the beauty that these gorgeous flowers can showcase.

Wassailing the Apple Trees

January 28 1:00- 4:00 PM

Terhune Orchards

Princeton, NJ

Pretend you’re British for a day and participate in this historic tradition. “Wassail” the apple trees and wish them good luck for the upcoming year. Follow the fun with live music and a bonfire complete with marshmallows for toasting.

Seafarin’ Saturday

January 27

Independence Seaport Museum

Philadelphia, PA

Learn about flying fish this week at the Independence Seaport Museum. Follow up your education about invasive species by crafting your own fish windsock!

Blue Cross Riverrink Waterfront

Delaware River Waterfront

Philadelphia, PA

Spend a day enjoying all that winter has to offer. Enjoy the ice rink, food, and fun for every member of the family at this festival.

Princess and the Pea

January 28 (various times)

Media Theater

Media, PA

Why oh why is that persnickety princess complaining again? Enjoy this musical based on the classic tale of the princess and that bothersome pea at the Media Theater.

Indoor Auto Racing

January 26-27 (various times)

Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall

Atlantic City, NJ

Get your racing fix and watch old rivals at it again. Have a blast watching this year’s race from the indoor comfort of Boardwalk Hall.

Dinosaurs, Dr. King, and a Daddy Daughter Hike- This Weekend in Philadelphia and the Southern New Jersey Shore

This Weekend in Philly and the Southern NJ shore is packed with events. Theater and music performances are scheduled alongside opportunities to explore what nature has to offer. There are even events to aid in reflection as we celebrate Martin Luther King Day on Monday. Enjoy all that the area has to offer this weekend.

Dinosaur Days Closing Weekend

January 13 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM

The Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University 

Philadelphia, PA

Don’t miss out on the final weekend of this exciting exhibit at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Participate in an egg drop challenge, create a cretaceous craft, or learn about the perils of being a dinosaur homemaker with the Nest Sweet Nest event. Dino lovers will enjoy learning and participating in this event’s final weekend.

Beauty and the Beast Jr.

January 11-13

Dominick A. Potena Performing Arts Center

Margate, NJ

Eugene A. Tighe Middle School is presenting this beloved musical on stage. Come join the adventurous and bookish Belle on her journey to free her father from the clutches of the Beast. And witness a love story unfold in the process. 

Day Off Camp: Nature Ninjas

January 12 8:00 AM- 3:00 PM

The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

Philadelphia, PA

Your kids will love an opportunity to learn the art of tracking and navigation at this camp. In addition, they’ll learn about animals that thrive in the winter weather while exploring the forest. This event promises a day full of adventure for your curious kiddos!

Dads and Daughters Hot Chocolate and Hike

January 13 10:00 AM- 11:30 AM

Tyler Arboretum

Media, PA

Take a trek through the arboretum and experience an unparalleled daddy-daughter bonding opportunity. Learn about animals as you traverse the grounds of the Arboretum then head back inside for a delicious cup of cocoa to finish the day.

Knitting Club

January 12 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM

Egg Harbor Township Branch Library

Egg Harbor Township, NJ

All ages are welcome to this knitting club. Bring your current WIP (work in progress) to engage in some lively conversation and a wealth of shared knitting knowledge alongside other yarn enthusiasts.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

January 15 10:00 AM- 3:00 PM

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia, PA

Create art for MANNA to deliver alongside their meals for those in need. Join others as they honor Dr. King’s legacy at this event.

Create a Snowman Sign

January 13 10:30 AM- 11:15 AM

Brigantine Branch Library

Brigantine, NJ

Get crafty and create a cute snowman sign to adorn your door through the rest of the winter season! Just because Christmas is over, your home shouldn’t be without adorable décor. Craft alongside others at this workshop to create a hanging snowman sign you’ll cherish for years to come.

MLK Tribute Concert

January 15 1:30 PM

Girard College

Philadelphia, PA

Honor the prolific Dr. King and his legacy at this free concert. With works such as Barber’s Adagio for Strings performed along with lines from Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Although the event is free, tickets are required.

Discovery Camp at the Franklin Institute

January 12 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM

The Franklin Institute

Philadelphia, PA

Participate in exciting hands-on learning opportunities. With an interesting theme for each camp, your kids will love a day away from school at this camp. (They might even learn a little something. But don’t tell them!)


What’s Happening in Philly and the Southern New Jersey Shore This Week?



There are events all over Philly and in the Southern New Jersey Shore area this week. Get into the holiday spirit with shopping and performances. Meet a preschool icon or see works of Revolutionary War-era art. There’s no reason not to have fun this coming week!

Daniel Tiger Meet and Greet

December 17 2:00-2:30 PM

Please Touch Museum Philadelphia, PA

Get to meet every preschooler’s hero, Daniel Tiger, at this event. Join Daniel Tiger at the Please Touch Museum in Philly to make your child’s dreams come true.

It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Play

Thursday, December 14 –Sunday, December 17 2:30 and 7:30 PM

Walnut Street Theater Philadelphia, PA

With exciting radio style sound effects, this production of the classic It’s a Wonderful Life is a unique retelling. Skip your annual viewing of the black and white masterpiece to see the story of an angel who gets his wings told in a fun and different way at this production.

 The Philly Holiday Festival
Through January 1 – Various Times

Dilworth Park Philadelphia, PA

With shopping, performances, and the ultimate Philly Holiday Tree, this event has something for everyone. Check out the website to plan your weekend visiting the festival.

Illuminating Liberty

Through December 31

Museum of the American Revolution Philadelphia, PA

Come and see these beautiful paintings from the Revolutionary War. Painted on glass and then illuminated by candlelight or sunlight, these historic paintings tell the story of early America.

Moscow Ballet’s The Great Russian Nutcracker

December 18-19 at 7:00 PM
Zellerbach Theater Philadelphia, PA

See Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic performed by a Russian ballet company. An annual tradition for many families, add it to your list this year and be dazzled by the music and the art on stage at this production.

Ventor City Tree Lighting

December 15 5:30 PM

6201 Atlantic Ave. Ventor City, NJ

Get into the holiday spirit around the Ventor City Christmas Tree. Join other members of the community to view the ceremonial lighting of the tree.

Ventor Holiday Art Show and Sale

December 15-16 (All Day)

Ventnor City Cultural Art Center

6500 Atlantic Ave, Ventnor, NJ

Shop local this year and enjoy goods from area artists. With jewelry, mosaics, handmade pottery, and more. This show has something for everyone you’re shopping for this season.

Mel and Tony Acoustic Duo at Bocca

December 15 7:00 PM

Bocca Coal Fired Bistro Margate, NJ

Enjoy live music while you have a bite to eat! Take a date night to see the acoustic duo, Mel and Tony at this local favorite restaurant.

Philadelphia And Southern New Jersey Shore Events This Week

There’s plenty to keep everyone in the family entertained this week in Philly. From shopping to breakfast with trains, there’s a ton to keep everyone busy!

The Macy’s Christmas Light Show at Macy’s Center City

November 24 – December 31

A classic Philadelphia tradition this time of year. Come see the lights and hear the Wanamaker Grand Organ.

Christmas Village

Ends December 24

Visit LOVE Park for this Christmas market modeled after a traditional German Christmas market, featuring over 80 vendors selling crafts, gifts, and food.

The Dillworth Park Wintergarten

With a diverse calendar of exciting winter events, the Dillworth Park Wintergarten has seasonal activities for everyone, including skating, cocktails, craft classes, and college nights.

D&M’s Pop Up Shop

December 4-8

Drexel University’s Design and Merchandising program hosts this pop-up shop. Shop for handmade gifts for everyone on your list, including yourself!

Breakfast with the Trains

Saturdays Dec 9- Sat Dec 16

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the trains at the Brandywine River Museum of Art. Included with admission is this exclusive look at the museum’s trains, breakfast, and a commemorative gift.

A Philly POPS Christmas

Ends December 19

A Christmas favorite. Join the Philly POPS for this annual concert featuring holiday favorites and appearances by several local choirs and vocalists.

Handmade: Indoor Holiday Market and Philly Small Press Faire

Saturday, December 9
Grab a few more presents for under the tree while supporting local artists and craftspeople. This market features shopping, workshops, and free children’s activities.

Herr’s Snack Factory Christmas Lights

Ends January 1

Load everyone in the car and enjoy this free drive through the light display on the campus of the Herr’s Snack factory.

Events In NJ This Week

Atlantic City Christmas Parade

Sunday, December 10

Join Atlantic City’s Biggest Christmas Parade to date, featuring floats, trucks, cars, celebrities, dancers, cheer squads, animals, clowns, armed forces marching band, and more.

Tree Lighting Ceremony Ventnor

Friday, December 15

Bring the kids to the tree lighting ceremony in Ventnor where they can warm up with hot chocolate and visit with a surprise guest.

Ventnor Holiday Art Show and Sale

December 15-16

The event will feature work of local artists including handmade pottery, jewelry, mosaics, paintings, glass and more.  Come shop and enjoy refreshments and live music.

Enjoy A Staycation In Philadelphia

No matter what time of year it is, there is plenty to do in Philadelphia. You don’t have to travel far from home to have a wonderful vacation.  Here are a few ideas when it comes to a staycation in Philadelphia, and living like a tourist in your own area.

Consider purchasing a Philadelphia Pass, which provides you with access to over 40 attractions in the city. It could save you $500 in entrance fees alone.  With Lonely Planet naming Philadelphia the Top City to visit in the U.S. for 2016, you are sure to find plenty to see and do on your staycation. Here are just a few ideas.

Ride The Ducks

Free with the Philadelphia Pass. Start your staycation with some excitement by sightseeing on Philadelphia’s original duck tour.  You will get a tour of historic Philadelphia and enjoy a ride in the Delaware River at Penn’s Landing.

One Liberty Observation Deck

Head to the tallest enclosed observation deck in Philadelphia, One Liberty Observation Deck, which provides visitors with 360 degree views.   Enjoy breathtaking views of all the city’s iconic structures.  This is free with your Philadelphia Pass as well.

The Franklin Institute

The Franklin Institute is located in the heart of Philadelphia and is known as the leading museum in science and innovation. With the addition of a new wing there is plenty to explore, such as an interactive space command or visiting the famous giant heart.  There is something for everyone with 3 floors of hands-on exhibits. Entrance is free with the Philadelphia Pass.

Adventure Aquarium

Explore, discover, and play at the Adventure Aquarium.  The Aquarium is always adding new hands-on activities. The KidZone enchanting playground is a family favorite where there are numerous touch exhibits that your kids can get up close and personal with sharks, stingrays, and much more. It is also the only place you can see hippos nose-to-nose.  Admission is free with the Philadelphia Pass.

Reading Terminal Market

Popular among tourists and us locals is the Reading Terminal Market.  Explore it like a tourist and take the time to stroll through the market and seek out those vendors you may have rushed by in the past.  Most importantly, try something new to eat.

John Heinz Wildlife Refuge

Beyond the hustle and bustle of Center City is John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum.  The first urban refuge in America was established in 1972 for the purpose of preserving, restoring, and developing the natural Tinicum Marsh. There are more than 10 miles of trails. Canoe and kayaking is available.

Philadelphia Zoo

Even if you have visited the Philadelphia Zoo many times, it still is the ideal place to visit during your staycation.  If you have never taken the behind the scenes tour, now is the time to do so. You will get to have a private meet-and-greet with some of the favorite animals at the zoo and their keepers.   Normal entrance to the zoo is free with the Philadelphia Pass.

Shofusu Japanese House and Garden

Unwind after a busy day of exploring the city at the Shofusu Japanese House and Garden, a traditional –style Japanese house and a nationally-ranked garden.  Experience and take part in a traditional tea ceremony while learning the history of Japanese culture.

There is so much to see and do around Philadelphia you could spend weeks on a staycation. During your staycation seek out things you may not have done before in and around the city.

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Philadelphia Area Fall Festivals to Not Be Missed in October

The air is starting to turn colder and fall is officially here. There is so much to see and do during fall in the Philadelphia area.

Here are a few of our favorite upcoming fall festivals and events in October.

Harry Potter Festival in Chestnut Hill-October 16-17, 2015

Head to Chestnut Hill for a weekend full of wizardry and fun as the neighborhood presents the Harry Potter Festival. Enjoy a wide variety of spellbinding events that will span the course of two days. A few favorite activities are the Defense Against the Dark Arts classes, sorting hat demonstrations, the Hunt for the Horcrux scavenger hunt, and fortune tellers. More information about this event can be found here.

PHeaSt-October 16, 2015

You’re invited to PHeaSt, where local farmers and some of the city’s top chefs present a garden-to-table celebration at the Navy Yard. Presented by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, this one of a kind of event will benefit the City Harvest program which provides food for more than 1,200 local families. Learn more about the event here

Conshohocken Beer Festival-October 17, 2015

Head to Conshohocken where 50 breweries from across the country will be present for the Conshohocken Beer Festival. The festival will have plenty of great food, live music, and a large assortment of beer. For more information about the festival visit here.

38th Annual Historic Bristol Day-October 17, 2015

Historic Bristol Day will celebrate its 38th year by continuing to promote the influence of the Delaware River on Bristol’s history by providing a family-friendly street fair full of food vendors, entertainers, arts and crafts,  children’s activities, and a sailing regatta on the Delaware River. Learn more about this event in Bucks County here.

Thomas Eakins Head of the Schuylkill Regatta-October 24-25, 2015

This festive event is one of the nation’s largest rowing events, attracting participants of all ages and skill level. Located in Fairmount Park, it provides the perfect fall background for the race. Bring a blanket, sit back and cheer on your favorite team at this FREE event. To learn more about attending the event visit here.

Philadelphia Rock ‘n’ Roll Half-Marathon-October 31, 2015

Returning once again on Halloween is the Philadelphia Rock `n` Roll Half-Marathon. Enjoy running along a scenic course that will take you down Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and along the Schuylkill River where you will then proceed to the end of the race where you will enjoy a concert that will feature Gin Blossoms at Eakins Oval.  For more information about this event visit here.

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