Things to do in Philly this weekend, Jan. 31 to Feb. 2

WOGL To-Do List: Groundhog guesses, greenhouse getaways, and more for Jan. 31 to Feb. 2

January 31, 2020
WOGL To-Do List: Groundhog guesses, greenhouse getaways, and more for Jan. 31 to Feb. 2

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Will we see an early spring, or will we get six more weeks of winter? Leave it to Punxsutawney Phil once again this Groundhog Day on Sunday.

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Take a road trip up to Punxsutawney for all the seasonal activities — or hit snooze and catch an Oscar-nominated flick in Center City. The Philadelphia Film Center is playing a bunch of this year’s hit films on the big screen before the Academy Awards.

There are plenty of new things to do and see this weekend too: Check out a new indie bookstore in Fishtown. Play in a giant indoor sandbox in Fairmount. Eat beer and bacon pairings in Kennett Square. 

All the details are below on The WOGL To-Do List, your guide for all things to do in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs this weekend.

Listen to our top picks below:

SUPER BOWL SUNDAY SPECIALS

super bowl wings beer

LOCATION: Field House, 1150 Filbert St., Center City

DATE/TIME: Sunday, 5 to 11:30 p.m.

DETAILS: Enjoy $4 cans and $10 pizzas while watching the big game on more than 35 HDTVs.

PRICE: Free to RSVP; RSVP doesn’t include cover

 

LOCATION: The Ridley House, 2107 MacDade Blvd., Holmes

DATE/TIME: Sunday, 6 to 10 p.m.

DETAILS: There will be a four-hour open bar, wing feast and a live DJ.

PRICE: $40

 

LOCATION: Big Charlie’s Saloon, 1953 S. 11th St., South Philadelphia

DATE/TIME: Sunday, 5 to 11:30 p.m.

DETAILS: This bar in the heart of South Philly has been a staple spot for Chiefs fans since the 1960s. On Sunday, they plan to block the street off and have a full on Super Bowl block party. 

 

LOCATION: Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar, 254 South 12th St., Center City

DATE/TIME: Sunday, 5 to 10:30 p.m.

DETAILS: Watch the game on the new TV wall and enjoy Miami-themed cocktails, unlimited tater tots and more. 

PRICE: $25 for basic ticket; $50 for VIP

 

LOCATION: Iron Abbey Gastropub, 680 N. Easton Road, Horsham

DATE/TIME: Sunday, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

DETAILS: See the game of the big screen and enjoy a buffet of pork sliders, wings, spring rolls, pork ribs and more.

PRICE: $25 buffet; $4 select drafts; $4 wine

 

OPENINGS

Courtesy of the Fairmount Park Conservancy
Courtesy of the Fairmount Park Conservancy

EVENT: Getaway at the Greenhouse opening

DATE: Feb. 2 to 16

WHERE: Fairmount Park Horticulture Center, 100 N. Horticultural Drive, Fairmount

DETAILS: Say goodbye to you winter blues and play in the sand at this indoor getaway. There will be food and drink vendors but feel free to BYO — just keep the drinks non-alcoholic. If you need help getting there, a shuttle will be running every weekend

PRICE: Admission is free; reserving a ticket is recommended

 

EVENT: Harriett’s Bookshop grand opening

DATE/TIME: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WHERE: 258 E. Girard Ave., Fishtown

DETAILS: This new boutique bookstore celebrates women authors, artists and activists. A teacher, an author and an activist, owner Jeannine Cook decided now was the time — given the current political climate and growing racial tensions — that a bookshop focused on strengthening connections was needed. 

PRICE: Free to attend

 

ATTRACTIONS

Courtesy of Chestnut Hill on Ice
Courtesy of Chestnut Hill on Ice

EVENT: Chestnut Hill on Ice

DATE/TIME: Friday, 5 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Along Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill

DETAILS: Bundle up for a pop-up ice skating rink and a bunch of other ice-themed activities, including live ice carving demonstrations, an ice bonfire, a yurt village, an ice bar, and much more. There will also be a chili competition among local restaurants. 

PRICE: Free to attend; activities are pay-as-you-go

 

EVENT: Vietland’s fourth annual Tet Festival: #YearoftheMightyMice 

DATE/TIME: Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Hoa Binh Supermarket, 16th Street and Washington Avenue, South Philadelphia

DETAILS: Celebrate Vietnamese culture and uplift different cultural practices during this winter block party to celebrate the year of the mighty mice. There will be family activities, homemade food, and cultural performances. Plaza tenants had received eviction notices back in November, but they now say have negotiated a longer contract to stay put until April 30.

PRICE: Free to attend

 

EVENT: African-American Children’s Book Fair

DATE/TIME: Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Community College of Philadelphia, 1700 Spring Garden St., Center City

DETAILS: Now in its 28th year, this book fair featuring diverse characters and stories about people of color is back. More than 3,000 people are expected to attend, and visitors will have a chance to meet authors and illustrators in person.

PRICE: Free to attend

 

EVENT: Best Picture Weekend

DATE: Friday through Sunday

WHERE: Philadelphia Film Center, 1412 Chestnut St., Center City

DETAILS: See the top movies of the year on the big screen, including “Parasite,” “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” “Little Women,” and more. Your pass includes a free popcorn each day.

PRICE: Weekend pass is $50

 

ROAD TRIP

Jeff Swensen/Getty Images
Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

EVENT: Groundhog Day 2020 Weekend

DATE/TIME: Activities through Sunday; Phil’s Prognostication is Sunday, 3 a.m. to 8 a.m.; broadcast starts around 6 a.m.

WHERE: Various locations in Punxsutawney

DETAILS: Will we see an early spring, or will we get six more weeks of winter? Head to Punxsutawney for a weekend of Groundhog events, including chainsaw carving, a scavenger hunt, a 4-mile run, a ball, and more. 

PRICE: Some events are free to attend; others are ticketed 

 

EVENT: Grain’s Beer and Bacon Festival

DATE/TIME: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen, 108 West State St., Kennett Square 

DETAILS: Enjoy a five-course meal of bacon-inspired dishes and unlimited drafts from multiple breweries. There will be live music and a cash bar for other drinking options. 

PRICE: $45

 

MUSIC

Courtesy of the Spanish Harlem Orchestra
Courtesy of the Spanish Harlem Orchestra

EVENT: Spanish Harlem Orchestra

DATE/TIME: Friday, 8 p.m.

WHERE: Annenberg Center, Zellerbach Theater, 3680 Walnut St., University City

PRICE: Tickets start at $29

 

EVENT: Cold War Kids

DATE/TIME: Friday, 8 p.m.

WHERE: The Fillmore, 29 E. Allen St., Fishtown

PRICE: $28.50

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