Fun things to do in Philly this weekend

things to do in Philly this weekend
The Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra.

Looking for some fun and unique things to do in Philly this weekend? We’ve got you covered. 

The Barnes Foundation

There are two reasons to head to The Barnes Foundation this weekend. The first event takes place on March 3, and is dubbed the First Friday with the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra. From 6 to 9 p.m., the evening will feature live music, cocktails and bites, all leading up to a showcase by the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, directed and conducted by Jeri Lynne Johnson.

First Friday at the Barnes includes access to the collection galleries as well, plus early access to the Barnes’ new exhibit, ‘Sue Williamson & Lebohang Kganye: Tell Me What You Remember’ before it opens to the public on March 5.

Then, on Sunday, March 5, visitors can head to The Foundation for PECO Free First Sunday Family Day for this month’s theme, the Art of Math from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This family-friendly activation delves into the world of geometry and perception by showcasing 3-D creations of Barnes paintings by students in Philadelphia and beyond. There will also be story time, live music sets, art activities and more. Visitors on this date also get access to the Barnes’ new exhibit before it opens to the public. 

things to do in Philly this weekend

2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway,

Philadelphia Wing’s Kids Day

This Saturday, March 4, the Philadelphia Wings will host a day filled with activations for kids beginning at 11:30 a.m. While there, families can check out a petting zoo (with unique animals such as a camel and baby yak), face painting, and inflatable obstacle courses. And additionally, the first 2,500 kids in attendance will receive a special give away including a Wings-branded drawstring bag, t-shirt, and thunder sticks.

The event takes place this weekend at the Wells Fargo Center and tickets range in price.

3601 S. Broad Street,

East Passyunk Restaurant Week

Now through Friday, March 10, Philadelphians can indulge in everything that East Passyunk Restaurant Week has to offer. This annual event, from the East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District, is in its 11th year and features restaurants offering expanded price points serving three-course prix fixe lunch and/or dinner options. Diners can check out the meals for indoor/outdoor dining service, or for some takeaway deals. 

Price points range depending on the establishment, and the options for cuisines range even more with French to Italian to Vietnamese and beyond being served up. As a release states, this year patrons can also expect prix-fixe lunch and/or dinner menus from newcomers, as well as returning favorites, priced at $20, $30, $40, and $55 for exclusive, elevated experiences. 

A full list of participating spots and what they are offering is available online. 

East Passyunk Restaurant Week 2022, things to do in Philly
East Passyunk Restaurant Week 2023.Jared C Wood

KOP Grill & Tavern Disney Drag Show

As a release states, Philadelphians can join host Fanci DisMount Stratton and her Disney buddies Aloe Vera, Rosa Hart, Lucy Moth and Kali Contour (Miss Gay Pennsylvania America 2022) for a delicious, raucous and rowdy afternoon of fun. Showtime is at noon, with seating beginning at 11 a.m. and tickets are $45 each, which includes the show and a brunch buffet (beverages not included). They are available to purchase at

128 Town Center Road,

‘Meet Me at Dawn’ 

This weekend holds your last chance to check out Inis Nua Theatre’s latest show, ‘Meet Me at Dawn.’ The show, from Scottish playwright Zinnie Harris, is playing at the Louis Bluver Theatre (302 S Hicks Street) at The Theatres at the Drake until closing night on March 5. 

The show’s plot revolves around two women, Helen and Robyn, who wash up on shore after a boating accident. Together, they start to look for a path home but “find that this unfamiliar land is not what it seems —and that, though they may be together, they have never been further apart.” 

Tickets are $30 each for general admission and offered for $15 for seniors, students, and theatre industry professionals. Tickets can also be purchased as part of a 2022-2023 Mainstage season subscription package including ‘Meet Me at Dawn’ and ‘Hymn’ (April 12-30) for a total of $50. Tickets and subscriptions can be purchased by visiting or by calling 215-454-9776. 

Meet Me at Dawn, things to do in Philly this weekend
Wide Eyed Studios

302 S. Hicks Street,

Atlantic City Boat Show

If you’re looking for a day trip close to the city, the AC Boat Show might just be the perfect excuse to head to the coastal New Jersey town. The Atlantic City Boat Show is returning this year to the Atlantic City Convention Center from March 1 to 5, and will showcase over 200 exhibitors highlighting the luxuries of boat living, according to a release. Visitors are invited to explore the most modern and innovative technology in boating and see the most comprehensive selection of vessels and gear, plus, check out other activations such as a paddlesports experience, sand art, kids activities and more.

One Convention Boulevard, Atlantic City, New Jersey,