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Things to Do in Philadelphia in February

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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.

 

 

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.

 

 

Basketball

Hockey

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.

Find all of the theatrical productions here.


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:

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

This February, you can find two kid-focused productions around Philadelphia.
 
The first production is Disney on Ice: Celebrate Memories, with five performances between February 1 - 2, 2020.
 
Disney-loving family members will love the music, light, and skating show put on by various Disney characters, princesses, princes, and animals. Find tickets here.
 
 
 
The second production is Nick Jr. Live! with four performances from February 8 - 9. More characters the kids know and love will take to the stage.
 
These are interactive performances, so attendees are encouraged to respond to dialogue as well as dance and sing along.
Find tickets here.

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.

Find what moves you at the Philly Auto Show!


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.

Find tickets here.

 

 

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.

Find tickets here.


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.

 

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HONORABLE MENTIONS

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.


WinterFest

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.

Get more information about RiverRink Winterfest.

 


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About The Author

Jenn H

Jenn is a born Jersey girl that grew up “across the Ben” but has Philly in her heart and history in her blood. She went to Washington & Jefferson College in the Pittsburgh area. Yes her college mascots were two guys in white wigs! Jenn came back to Philly to get her M.A. in Museum Studies. Happily worked at the city history museum but came outside for some fresh air as a tour guide. Jenn has been part of the FTBF team since March 2011.
Updated: September 27th, 2021
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