Events Roundup: February

New listings for events at the AAMP, ICA, Moon + Arrow, and many more! February is a busy month! Check out some of the great events happening around Philly. Share your event by tweeting us @citywidestories or tagging us on Facebook.

Updated: 2/10/18




Friday, February 9th


SPiN Philadelphia

211 South 15th St.

Cost: Pay as you go

Looking for Valentine’s Day plans? Want to avoid an awkward first date? The popular dating app Bumble has partnered with SPin to host a ‘Love Pong’ themed party which includes ping pong, interactive crowd games and prizes (and plenty of playful opportunities to meet a match!) All singles, couples and BFF’s are welcome! Custom (temporary) tattoo parlor, TATTLY, will be on site with artists to apply custom SPiN and Bumble tattoos for you and your BFF from 9:00PM-12:00AM.



Valentine’s Day Murder Mystery Show

Wednesday, February 14th


Red Owl Tavern

433 Chestnut St.

Cost: $108 – Reserve Tickets

Lovers interested in an interactive dining experience can head to Red Owl Tavern for a three-course Valentine’s Day Murder Mystery Dinner. Guests will attempt to solve the mystery and dine in the private Shanghai Room. Tickets are $90 plus tax and gratuity and beer and wine is included. The three-course meal includes:

Vegetarian options available upon request




Those Who Talk Back Opening Reception

Friday, February 2nd


Asian Arts Initiative

1219 Vine St.

Cost: Free

Participate in Aram Han Sifuentes’ interactive library entitled, Those Who Talk Back showcasing the Protest Banner Lending Library and U.S. Citizenship Test Samplers. Fabric protest banners and samplers become a stand in for citizens, non-citizens, immigrants,the disenfranchised and those looking to promote their voice. For more information, click here.


ICA’s Winter Opening Reception

Friday, February 2nd


Institute of Contemporary Art

118 S. 36th St.

Cost: Free, RSVP

Celebrate the opening of the ICA’s Winter 2018 exhibition season, comprised of the exhibitions “Tag: Proposals on Queer Play and the Ways Forward;” “Cary Leibowitz: Museum Show;” and “Broadcasting: EAI at ICA.”


cineSPEAK 2018 Kick Off x Fundraiser Party

Friday, February 2nd


Win Win Coffee Bar

931 Spring Garden St.

Cost: $5 CASH ONLY Donation

Ages: 21+

Help support this grassroots organization that supports cinema in our great city. DJs, drink specials, plus a silent auction featuring work from 10 great local Philly artists!

cineSPEAK is a Philadelphia-based organization that engages diverse audiences through our independent, repertory + foreign film programming; creating space + centering the stories of individuals and communities that are often underrepresented in mainstream cinema, with a specific focus on cause-based filmmaking.


In Living Color: 90s Dance Party at FringeArts

Saturday, February 3rd


La Peg Brassiere at Fringe Arts

140 N Columbus Blvd

Cost: Free

Ages: 21+

Presented by DAME LUZ, no cover, 90’s attired encouraged.


Dim Sum Pop-up Shop at The InLiquid Gallery 

Saturday, February 10th



1400 N American St

Cost: FREE

InLiquid is teaming up with Dim Sum Concierge Shopping Service for a pop-up shop at The NEW InLiquid Gallery. This might be the moment to shop for modern original jewelry, glassware, bags, and gifts for Valentines, Gal-entines, or just for you!


BEND: A Qunify LGBTQ Party

Saturday, February 10th


La Peg Brasserie at Fringe Arts

140 N Columbus Blvd.

Cost: $5-$15 sliding scale admission, $3 admission for those not drinking

Join Qunify, a community organization creating new spaces for the Philly LGBTQ+ community, for BEND! BEND, a safe and enjoyable space for folks of all gender presentations and all sexual orientations. Everyone is welcome. Get ready to dance the night away at La Peg dressed as your most comfortable, and beautiful self!


Poetry, Proses, Paint Part One!!

Sunday, February 11th


Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books

5445 Germantown Ave.

Cost: Suggested Donation, $10

“Possible is Possible.” Make your way to the latest addition to Germantown, Uncle Bobby’s Coffee & Books and join Sylvester Bowens, Michael Newton, and Leslie Hamilton Rector for a day of healing through the arts and spoken word poetry. Hosted by M Tonita Austin, aka Toni Love, with live music from Weez the Peeples join in on a day of sharing and community building.


Northern Liberties Winterfest

Sunday, February 11th


North Bowl

909 N 2nd St.

Cost: Adults $20, Seniors $15, Kids $10 (13 to 17 year olds), Free for kids under 12

Join Northern Liberties neighbors at the annual Winterfest, hosted by North Bowl. Ticket price includes food, wine, beer, soda, and of course bowling! There will also be a raffle with some fabulous prizes.


A Cast of Blues 

Sunday, February 11th


The Camden County Historical Society

1900 Park Blvd, Camden, NJ

Cost: FREE

Join the Camden Cultural Heritage Center & Gallery for the grand opening of A Cast of Blues, an exhibit featuring 15 life size resin masks of famous Blues musicians. There will also be a photo gallery, hands on instruments, and live Blues music performed by the Creative Arts High School’s P.A.C.E. Ensemble.


A Vision for My Father: Opening Reception & Artist Talk 

Tuesday, February 13th


Twelve Gates Arts  

106 N 2nd St.

Cost: FREE

Al-Bustan and Twelve Gates Arts are co-hosting the exhibition A Vision for My Father, by Palestinian American artist and graphic designer Rajie Cook. Cook is an internationally renowned graphic designer, photographer and artist. This exhibition is a celebration of his work, including the release of his autobiographical book.


West Philadelphia Orchestra’s Mardi Gras Party 

Tuesday, February 13th


Franky Bradley’s

1320 Chancellor St.

Cost: $7

Join the West Philadelphia Orchestra for their weekly dance party at Franky Bradley’s, but this week it’s Mardi Gras themed! Get ready for a full-tilt Fat Tuesday throw down, with New Orleans-style second line tunes mixed in with Balkan beats. Costumes are highly encouraged!


Committee Petition Opening Day

February 13th – 26th

City Hall, Room 142

1401 JFK Blvd.

Interested in creating a larger impact within the City of Philadelphia in 2018? Become a committee person for your local ward and help contribute to the success of your political party – whatever that may be! On Tuesday, February 13th you can pick-up your petition and begin the process to help activate your community surrounding their right to vote.


All Levels Kundalini + Meditation Workshop with Sarah Hummel 

Tuesday, February 13th


Moon + Arrow

754 S. 4th St.

Cost: $25 – Reserve Your Spot

This workshop is for ALL levels, including folks who have never meditated or have done yoga before! Tapping into Your Infinite Creativity: a Kundalini Yoga + Meditation Workshop (for ALL levels) will be led by Sarah Hummel of Sutra Healing Arts and is guaranteed to cultivate, refine and evoke the flow of deep creative energy.


Went Looking for Beauty, with Deborah Willis, Ph.D.

Thursday, February 15th


The African American Museum 

701 Arch St.

Cost: Free, RSVP

A special reception and lecture presented in conjunction with Went Looking for Beauty: Refashioning Self, AAMP current special exhibition featuring photographs by Philadelphia born and MacArthur Genius award winning artist and scholar Deborah Willis, Ph.D. This event kicks off at 6 p.m. with a light reception and open gallery hour, which will then be followed by a presentation from Dr. Willis.

Through the exploration of two main themes, “My Friends’ Closets” and “Street Views,” Willis’ photos reconstruct an imagined past through images depicting its beauty, identity, and cultural memory. This project is a new way of looking at fashion, art, and women and men as consumers through the private space of the closet, the public space of city streets and through the beauty rituals of neighborhood beauty shops in her hometown of North Philadelphia and beyond.


FOXTROT – Special Advanced Screening

Thursday, February 15th


Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

300 S. Broad St.

Cost: $20

Get a taste for the 2018 Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival at this screening of FOXTROT, Samuel Maoz’s critically acclaimed, award-winning drama. This film follows the lives of a grieving Tel Aviv couple after they are told that their son was killed in the line of duty. FOXTROT has been awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival, eight Ophir Awards at Israel’s 2017 Academy Awards, and most recently, has been shortlisted for the Best Foreign Language Film nomination for the 2018 Oscars.


Macrame Wall Hanging Workshop with Goodbear Handmade

Friday, February 16th


Moon + Arrow

754 S. 4th St.

Cost: $115 – Reserve Your Spot

Join Alyssa Wagner from the eco-conscious company Good Bear Handmade for her Macrame Wall Hanging Workshop where you will get knotty and create a larger (18 x 32) , layered piece filled with fringe.

Alyssa will share her knowledge with us and help deepen and elevate your understanding and skill level of knotting and creating patterns and ‘fringe’ using natural fibers. The end result will be your very own, more advanced, larger wall hanging — perfect for any lover of all-things-bohemian.

All materials are provided.
Previous macrame experience is helpful but not required.


Natural Skincare Workshop with Elise Hanks (Terra Luna) + Marissa Anderson

Friday, February 16th


Moon + Arrow

754 S. 4th St.

Cost: $45 – Reserve Your Spot

Join local herbalist and urban farmer, Elise Hanks, of Terra Luna, and local, holistic skincare specialist, Marissa Anderson for an informative workshop on natural skincare! Learn to support your skin from the inside out. Practice the basics of tea blending to revitalize and heal skin – blend your own clay face mask and create a personal, herbal face steam.

Receive customized advice for your skincare routine and take home the knowledge to freshen your skin naturally!


ICA Gather x Philadelphia Printworks: The Audre Lorde Syllabus

Saturday, February 17th


Institute of Contemporary Art

118 S. 36th St.

Cost: FREE

The Institute of Contemporary Art and Philadelphia Printworks co-present “The Audre Lorde Syllabus: A Road Map During Times of Paralysis.” Enjoy an evening of workshops, teach-ins and self-care as we celebrate Audre Lorde’s birthday. There will also be a DJ, live screen printing, and catering by Atiya Ola’s Spirit Foods First.

This event will feature a teach-in, a poetry workshop, a roundtable discussion, a DJ set by bb basura, live screen-printing, and more. For a full schedule of the day’s events, click here.


Screening: Black Theater: The Making of a Movement

Sunday, February 18th


Mother Bethel AME Church

418 S. 6th St.

Cost: FREE

Black Theatre: The Making of a Movement directed by Woodie King Jr. is a documentary that highlights the accomplishments of black men and women in theatre, the importance of the Black Arts Movement, and the funding crisis of black theaters.

The running time for the documentary is 114 minutes. There will be a talkback after the screening with Angelica Jackson-Thomas, Carlo Campbell, Ozzie Jones, and Roni Graham.


Screening: The Watermelon Woman

Wednesday, February 21st


Lightbox Film Center

3701 Chestnut St.

Cost: $12

Co-presented by Wolf Humanities Center and Penn Cinema Studies Program. The Revisiting the “Race Film” series examines works of independent African American cinema produced from the 1910s to the 1940s. “The Watermelon Woman,” is a “fake documentary” starring the film’s director, Cheryl Dunye, as a fictionalized version of herself. Dunye plays a Black lesbian filmmaker who, captivated by an elusive, queer 1930s black film actress, decides to make a film about her. The movie follows Cheryl, played by Dunye, as she attempts to make a documentary about Faye Richards, better known as the Watermelon Woman: a gay, black 1930s actress whose roles as mammies and housemaids did not do justice to her elusive and complex life. In the process, Cheryl works her day job at a video rental store, begins a relationship with a white woman, and learns more about black women’s history—in film, in the gay community, and in her native Philadelphia—than she ever anticipated.


A Beautiful Thang: Black Arts Salon at AAMP

Friday, February 23rd


The African American Museum

701 Arch St.

Cost: $5 Advance | $8 General Admission | $5 Students & Seniors | Free for Members. Get Tickets

Inspired by the artistic spirit and salons of the Harlem Renaissance, “A Beautiful Thang” brings together some of the city’s most exciting jazz and performance artists on one stage, for one night only.


Misprints Sale

Saturday, February 24th


Philadelphia Printworks

1901 S. 9th St. BOK-215

Cost: Pay as you go

For sale, misprinted shirts and totes! Misprints are imperfect products that can’t be sold at full price.
Misprinted t-shirts and totes will be available for $5 each. Limited “non-misprint” stock will also be available for purchase at discounted prices. This is a monthly event.



Saturday, February 24th


Location TBD

Fresh Prince & Jazzy Jeff, Sunny & Cher, dynamic duos RULE when it comes to music. Join a friend on stage and share your musical talents to the world during TWO PIECE FEST XI!



Warehouse on Watts

Sunday, February 4th

Doors at 4:30pm (pre-game!), Game at 6:30pm

923 N Watts St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Cost: Pay as you go with drink specials

Ages: 21 and older

One of Philly’s best kept secrets, Warehouse on Watts, is hosting an Eagles tailgate like no other. Celebrate the birds flying high in the Superbowl sky with drink specials all night and a free champagne toast for when our City claims this year’s championship ring.


La Peg Brasserie at Fringe Arts

Sunday, February 4th


140 N Columbus Blvd.

Cost: Pay as you go

Watch the game on the big screen inside the Fringe Arts’ theater as well as a big screen outside in the beer garden. Fire pits will be blazing and an outside bar will be open. $3 miller lites, $3 drafts until 7pm, $5 drinks specials, and $3 underdog shots will be available along with an a la carte food menu and a $25 buffet.


Milkboy (Center City & South Street)

Sunday, February 4th

4 pm – 2 am

Cost: $15 with Drink specials

Ages: 21 and older

Scream E-A-G-L-E-S EAGLES!! at both Milkboy locations (Center City & South Street). Pay a $15 cover fee and be immersed in all things football with $10 pitchers, $3 draughts, and free wings at half time. Plus tap your inner Nick Foles for a Super Bowl Beer Pong Tournament.


Garage Passyunk

Sunday, February 4th

6:40 pm – 2 am

1231 E Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Cost: Pay as you go with drink specials

Ages: 21+

For the first time EVER Garage Passyunk is screening the Super Bowl on all 5 screens with the sound on because #AllYourFriendsAreHere! Intersteak 95 will be serving up delicious game day treats in the #indacart but as always, B.Y.O.S. (bring your own snacks) to pair with over 350 beers.