This list of our favorite things to do in February in Philadelphia details some of the best winter events and some activities unique to this time of year, updated for 2020.
TOP 10 EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN FEBRUARY
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Some of the attractions below are included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass.
1. Attend a Concert
Philadelphia is home to multiple great music and event venues. This means there are several great artists and bands in town this February.
- Rapsody - February 4
- VooDoo Dead - February 5
- Michael Feinstein and Haley Reinhart - February 7
- Earthgang - February 11
- Hayley Kiyoko - February 15
- The New Deal - February 21
- Jacquees - February 23
You can find all the concerts in the city here.
2. Go to a Game!
Spend an evening cheering on one of Philadelphia’s pro sports teams. February is a great time to catch NHL and NBA games.
You can find all the professional sporting events in Philadelphia here.
3. Enjoy the Theatre
There is a multitude of theatrical productions running in Philadelphia this February! You can find all of them here.
Feel the cinematic magic of Jurassic World Live with a live orchestra from February 13 - 17.
If you're looking for a classic musical theatre performance, Hello Dolly is in Philadelphia from February 18 - 29.
From February 12 - 29, you can catch the beautiful acrobatic circus Shen Yun. With enchanting music and gravity-defying stunts, this show will be great for the whole family.
4. Look into a Tourist Discount Pass
Visitors who are working with a budget should really think about getting a Philadelphia tourist pass. These services provide heavy discounts at some of the most popular attractions in the city.
Here are a few of the sites you can visit with various discount passes:
- Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Tour
- Adventure Aquarium
- Philadelphia Zoo
- Longwood Gardens
- National Liberty Museum
- National Constitution Center
- Philadelphia Museum of Art
- Franklin Institute Science Museum
- Academy of Natural Science
- Museum of the American Revolution
- LEGOLAND Discovery Center
These are just a few of the activities you can enjoy. If you plan to visit even a few of these attractions, you could easily end up saving a lot of money over general admission prices.
For more details, make sure to read our full post covering Philadelphia tourist passes.
5. See Some Kid-Focused Entertainment
6. Philadelphia Auto Show
Get up close and personal with the newest auto creations from every major manufacturer - from family cars to exotic sports cars. Some are even available for a test drive!
The Philadelphia Convention Center becomes a playground for car lovers from February 8 - 17, 2020.
7. Celebrate Black History Month
There are a number of places to celebrate and learn about the Black history of Philadelphia and many of the major attractions will have special events for February.
The African American Museum in Philadelphia - With events throughout the month focusing on art, conversations, lectures, and even a Youth Series.
In addition to a self-guided tour of African American history and special talks about the Emancipation Proclamation, special programming at the National Constitution Center includes an interactive Breaking Barriers show, that examines the lives of Thurgood Marshall, Bessie Coleman, Jackie Robinson, and other groundbreaking African-Americans throughout American history
8. Go on a Sightseeing Tour
With tours year-round, we offer a variety of pay-what-you-want walking tours that cover many different neighborhoods and subjects.
If you don’t feel like walking around too much, a hop-on-hop-off bus tour might be a better option.
These services will take you to some of the most popular landmarks in the city, making it easier to visit every historic site you want to see.
As its still winter, you may feel warmer with a full belly, so why not check out some of the food tours?
9. See a Comedian
Bill Engvall, with the catchphrase "Here's your sign," will be performing in Philadelphia on Saturday, February 29, 2020.
Bill is known for his sitcom as well as many stand up specials and touring with the Blue Collar Comedy Boys.
Tiffany Haddish will also be making an appearance nearby this month on February 27, 2020.
She has recently become a big name with her comedy, movie appearances, TV show hosting, and autobiography.
10. Mummer's Mardi Gras Parade
The annual Mardi Gras Parade is one of the exciting events of February in Philadelphia.
This day-long celebration brings the pageantry of NOLA to a family-friendly neighborhood complete with face painting, costumes and of course, the Philadelphia Mummers.
The String Bands will parade throughout the afternoon and then you can meet them afterward.
For more information on Mummer's Mardi Gras, visit their website.
First Friday in Old City
Art galleries and other local shops open their tours to serious buyers and people-watchers on Feb 1, 2019, for an informal open house.
From 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm there is no admission and you can experience the arts community of the Old City.
This family-friendly event is complete with free concerts around a firepit, ice skating, arcades, and of course, delicious snacks - in fact, you can make s' mores over the firepit.
The main feature is the ice skating rink in the center with views of the Ben Franklin Bridge.