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Events and COVID safety

  • The omicron and delta variants are both circulating in the Philadelphia area and throughout the country as a whole.

  • Even if you’re vaccinated, it’s still a good idea to use caution, including wearing a mask, and doing as much as possible outdoors.

  • As of January 3, Philly’s new vaccine mandate went into effect in spaces where people are eating and drinking. Stay safe; get vaccinated.

Get Vaccinated 💉

(Community / in-person / free / multiday) We are still in a pandemic, and variants are a major concern. Make a plan to get vaccinated or your booster shot; there are many places throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey — CVS, Rite Aid, neighborhood rec centers, and more — where you can get your free COVID-19 shot. (Free, phila.gov)


Center City Restaurant Week 🍽️

(Food / in-person / multiday) It’s not too late to add “try new restaurants” to your list of New Year’s resolutions. Get started at restaurant week where Center City eateries are serving up multi-course lunches for $25 and dinners for $40. Bring your vaccine card to eat in or mask up and order a to-go meal. (through Jan. 21, restaurants throughout Center City, centercityphila.org)

Plantology on Tap: True Confessions of a Houseplant Serial Killer 🪴

(Community / in-person) Are your house plants thriving or barely surviving? Join Longwood Gardens’ Bridget Wosczyna for a workshop on maintaining healthy houseplants. Meet other plant parents over a seasonal cocktail and take home a new addition to your at-home garden, along with some plant-saving knowledge. ($29, Jan. 20, 4:30 p.m., 401 Birch St., Kennett Square, longwoodgardens.org)


Jurassic Quest, PA Convention Center 🦕

(Community / in-person / multiday) It’s about time the city’s convention center got in on the animatronic dino trend. A hundred huge, moving, moaning beasts make up this exhibition where you can check out dinos to ride, stand inside, pet, play with, bounce on, and, here’s hoping, learn from. Ages 3+. ($36 child admission with unlimited rides, $22 general admission ages 2 and up, $19 senior, free under 2, Jan. 21-23, 1101 Arch St., jurassicquest.com)

Free Admission for Kids, Adventure Aquarium 🐬

(Aquarium / in-person / multiday / free) On weekdays, kiddos can visit Buttons the hippo, that famous hammerhead shark, and hundreds more aquatic creatures for free — provided their accompanying grown-up pays their own way. Offer available for ages 2-12 only. ($25-$45 per adult, most weekdays through Feb. 4, 1 Riverside Dr., Camden, NJ, adventureaquarium.com)

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo 🩰

(Dance / in-person / community) Ballet goes camp with this all-male dance company. Watch as the group combines beautiful technique with pure parody, poking fun at some of ballet’s most vain troupes. You won’t want to miss out on this one-of-a-kind ballet experience. ($15-$36, Jan. 21-22, 3680 Walnut St., universitycity.org)

IMOMSOHARD: The Getaway Tour 😂

(Comedy / in-person / community) Need a good laugh? Best friends and internet favorites Kristin and Jen share candidly and hilariously about surviving motherhood during this Merriam Theater performance. Covering everything from body image to baby spit up, these two don’t hold back. Proof of vaccination is required to attend. ($54-$64, Jan. 21, 7 p.m., 250 S. Broad St., kimmelculturalcampus.org)

Greensky Bluegrass 🎶

(Music / in-person) Kalamazoo, Michigan acoustic quintet Greensky Bluegrass are at the forefront of the growing number of high-energy acoustic bands who don’t stick too close to bluegrass traditionalism. They’re as likely to cover Prince or Pink Floyd as Jimmy Martin. The band is celebrating their new album with a title that’s easy to relate to during the pandemic: Stress Dreams. The Infamous Stringdusters open. ($30-$59, Jan. 21, 7:30 p.m., 858 N. Broad St., themetphilly.com)

Jockey 🎬

(Movie / in-person) Clifton Collins Jr. plays an aging jockey trying to go out a winner as his body starts to go out on him. Then a hotshot young rider (Moises Arias) shows up, claiming to be his son. (Rated R. Premieres Jan. 21 at the Ritz 5)


Indoor Mini Golf at Linvilla Orchards ⛳

(Sports / in-person / kid-friendly / ongoing) Media’s favorite agritainment center has reopened its environmental-educational putt-putt for the winter. Created years ago by the Academy of Natural Sciences, Linvilla’s 18 holes are dedicated to dinosaurs, butterflies, rainforests, and such. Timed tickets suggested. Ages 4-14. ($7-$8, Jan. 22-Mar. 27, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media, linvilla.com)

Warm-Up Walk/Stroll by the River, Pennypack on the Delaware 🍃

(Nature / in-person / free) Sometimes it takes having someone else organize a walk outdoors in order for you to get yourself, not to mention the kids in your life, outdoors. This one has time slots every 15 to 30 minutes, so you can drop by and have a free hot cider with your free nature tour. Registration requested but not required. All ages. (Free, Jan. 22, 1-3 p.m., 7801 State Rd., letsgooutdoors.net)

Winter Wonder at Longwood Gardens ❄️

(Seasonal / in-person / kid-friendly) Experience the colors, plants, and flowers of winter at Longwood Gardens. Wander through the garden’s conservatory and explore vibrant violets, bright coral, tall chains of glory and other colorful flowers. Outside, you’ll notice pops of yellow and orange witch hazel standing out against the dull colors of winter. ($25 for adults, $22 for seniors and college students, $18 for military and veterans, $13 for youth ages 5-18, $2 for SNAP/EBT/PA ACCESS cardholders, free for kids 0-4, Jan. 22-March 27, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, longwoodgardens.org)

Morris & Company: A Victorian Life Style Brand 💻️

(History / virtual / community) William Morris was a poet, activist and designer whose progressive ideals were incredibly influential in the 19th-century. Tune into this interactive talk on how Morris and his company grew to influence the design aesthetic of many Victorian middle class homes. ($10, Jan. 22, 1-2:30 p.m., ebenezermaxwellmansion.org)

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition 🎨

(Art / in-person / history / kid-friendly) Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel hits the City of Brotherly Love like you’ve never seen it before. One of the world’s most iconic pieces of art is now accessible to view from new, up-close perspectives via the touring Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition. Using high-definition photos and special print techniques, you’ll be able to experience every brush stroke of this masterpiece via photo recreations throughout the pop-up exhibit in the Fashion District. For a more in-depth experience, guests can rent an audio tour to break down each of the works. ($13.30 for kids, $19 for adults, Jan. 22-Feb. 20, 901 Market St., chapelsistine.com)

Junior Scientist Workshop & Sensory-Friendly Vaccination Clinic, Academy of Natural Sciences 🔬

(Education / in-person / science) On Saturday, kids ages eight through 11 can learn what makes microscopic, photosynthesizing diatoms so powerful (lesson includes shrinky dinks). Sunday, the algae gives way to another sort of power: SunRay Pharmacy provides first, second and third doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to recipients on the spectrum (ages 5 & up; registration requested but not required). (Workshop: $25-$35, Jan. 22, 10 a.m.-noon, clinic: free, Jan. 23, 8-10 a.m., 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., workshop: ansp.org, clinic: app.acuityscheduling.com)

Christmas Tree-Cycling Farm Festival, Awbury Arboretum 🎄

(Seasonal / in-person) It seems like as soon as the tree goes up, it’s time to take it down. Might as well do the eco-friendly thing and hand it off to a Germantown arboretum, where a $20-per-tannenbaum donation goes to Philly goats, and there’s a farm to explore, those goats to pet and hot chocolate to drink. All ages. (Free to attend, $20 per tree, Jan. 22, noon-3 p.m., rain date: Jan. 23, 6336 Ardleigh St., phillygoatproject.org)

Wale 🎶

(Music / in-person) The Washington, D.C.-based Nigerian-American rapper born Olubowale Akintimehin is kicking off his Under The Blue Moon tour at the Fillmore. He’s on the road in support of his new album Folarin II, which features guest appearances from Jamie Foxx, J. Cole, Rick Ross, Chris Brown and South Jersey singer Ant Clemons. ($30-$35, Jan. 22, 8 p.m., 29 E. Allen St., thefillmorephilly.com)

Jerry Blavat & Friends 🎶

(Music / in-person) The irrepressible Geator with the Heater brings his annual old-time rock-and-soul extravaganza back to Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center after taking 2021 off due to the pandemic. This year’s performers include Darlene Love, Frankie Avalon, Little Anthony, The Tymes, Gary U.S. Bonds, The Chi-Lites and The Vogues. ($35-$100, Jan. 22, 8 p.m., 300 S. Broad St., kimmelculturalcampus.com)

Anderson East / Bendigo Fletcher 🎶

(Music / in-person) Alabama-born and Nashville-based retro R&B and soul singer Anderson East puts a more modernized spin on his sound with the new Save Cobb produced Maybe We Never Die. Bendigo Fletcher, his Elektra Records label mates in Louisville, KY rock and roll band, open. ($25, Jan. 22, 8 p.m., 1026 Spring Garden St., utphilly.com)


Jake Xerxes Fussell / Mike Polizze 🎶

(Music / in-person) Jake Xeerxes Fussell is a Georgia-born son of a folklorist who’s a guitar whiz in the tradition of John Fahey and Jack Rose. He puts a new emphasis on his own compositions on the new Good and Green Again. Mike Polizze, the Philly singer-guitarist who plays in Purling Hiss and Birds of Maya, and released his solo debut Long Lost Solo Find in 2020, opens. ($15, Jan. 25, 8 p.m., 531 N. 12th St., philamoca.org)


Yoga at Auburn Road Winery 🧘

(Fitness / in-person / community) Need to unwind during the week? Head to Auburn Road Winery for a candlelit yoga session. You’ll spend an hour de-stressing and releasing any tension with yoga instructor Marghi. ($10, Jan. 26, 6-7 p.m., 117 Sharptown Road, Pilesgrove, NJ, visitsouthjersey.com)

Kacey Musgraves 🎶

(Music / in-person) The country pop singer who cleaned up at the Grammys in 2019 is on tour behind Star-Crossed, her 2021 album that traces her divorce from singer Ruston Kelly. MUNA and King Princess open. ($16-$150.50, Jan. 26, 8 p.m., 3601 S. Broad St., wellsfargocenterphilly.com)


Sheila E. 🎶

(Music / in-person) Sheila E. is perhaps best known for her association with Prince, with whom she toured extensively and who wrote her 1984 hit The Glamorous Life. But the singer-percussionist is part of an illustrious musical family — Santana’s Pete Escovedo is her father and Austin songwriter Alejandro Escovedo is her uncle — and has carried on a long career as a solo artist and bandleader. She’s doing two Thursday night shows at City Winery. ($45-$58, Jan. 27, 6 and 9:30 p.m., 990 Filbert St., citywinery.com/philadelphia)

The War On Drugs 🎶

(Music / in-person) The Philly-founded rock band is back on the road for a two-night hometown stand after releasing their grand, keyboard-heavy I Don’t Live Here Anymore last year. As an omicron precaution, the tour has jettisoned all opening acts, so this will be a lengthy show with only the headliners. The band requests that fans follow the city’s mask mandate and keep their faces covered throughout the show. (Jan. 27 show sold out; $40-$100, Jan. 28, 8 p.m. 858 N. Broad St., themetphilly.com)

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Dilworth Park Ice Rink ⛸️

(Seasonal / in-person / kid-friendly / multiday) It’s time to lace up your skates and welcome winter back at Dilworth Park. Skaters of all ages can enjoy sessions on the ice rink, and cozy up in the cabin for warm drinks and food. Reservations and masks are encouraged. ($5-$17, through Feb. 27, 1 S. 15th St., centercityphila.org)

Winter in Franklin Square ✨

(Seasonal / in-person / kid-friendly / multiday / free) Visibly glimmery from the Vine Street Expressway, Franklin Square lights up to on-the-half-hour holiday music (daily from 5 p.m.). Guests should plan to put aside a few dollars for a carousel ride, mini golf ($8-$15), and cocoa, spiked or not. All ages. (Free, through Feb. 27, Sun.-Thur. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m., 200 N. Sixth St., historicphiladelphia.org)

Vintner Wonderland, Renault Winery ⛸️

(Seasonal / in-person / kid-friendly / multiday) Delco isn’t the only place with a new skating rink this winter. South Jersey’s rink (bigger than last year’s) popped up in a winery with a slew of 90-minute sessions every day. Add-ons include: Firepits to reserve, dining, horse-drawn carriage rides, shopping, live music (select dates), and wine for those over 21. Ages 3+. (Admission $12, skate rental $10, rink open through Feb. 27, 72 Bremen Ave., Egg Harbor City, NJ, renaultwinery.com)

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest ⛸️

(Seasonal / in-person / kid-friendly / multiday) Winterfest reopens for gliding (and wobbling) around the outdoor ice skating rink, playing carnival games, and spending time fireside. Ages 4+. (RiverRink: $5 admission, $10 skate rental, through March 6, 101 S. Columbus Blvd., delawareriverwaterfront.com)

At-Home Workshops with Maurice Williams, Mighty Writers ✏️

(Education / virtual / multiday / kid-friendly / free) Through dad jokes, real talk, and superb listening, Mr. Maurice connects with his students — and connects students to each other. Each workshop appeals to specific audiences: Black boys, young teens, future entrepreneurs, sports fans, home cooks and more. Workshops teach some writing and lots of life lessons. Ages 8+ (Free, Jan 19, 20, 21-Mar. 26, 27, 28, mightywriters.org)

Wintergarden at Dilworth Park ❄️

(Seasonal / in-person / outdoors / kid-friendly / free) You can explore an all-outdoor festive wonderland as part of Dilworth Park’s holiday offerings, though this free garden is open way beyond just the holiday season — you can visit into the spring. Here, make your way through light installations, plant displays, a giant dome-shaped arbor, and more all within the backdrop of City Hall. (Free, through April 3, centercityphila.org, 1 S. 15th St.)

Invisible World of Water, Academy of Natural Sciences 🚰

(Science / in-person / multiday / kid-friendly) Water up super close and from way far away, as interpreted by scientists, artists, and artist-scientists give viewers new insight to the everyday magic of two-thirds of our earth and 60% of our bodies. ($20-$22 adults, $16-$18 children, free for members and under age 2, Nov. 13-Apr. 17, times vary, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., ansp.org)

Magical Fantasy at The Navy Yard 🎪

(Art / in-person / outdoors / free) Magical Fantasy, a collection of bold and bright 3D art pieces by London-based artist Morag Myerscough, has transformed The Navy Yard into a colorful playground. Stop by to wander through the exhibit and escape into an abstract dreamland without leaving the city. (Free, through October, Broad St. and Constitution Ave., navyyard.org)

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Calendar contributors
  • Amber Burns is a writer and content creator living in Philadelphia. When she’s not writing, you can usually find her holed up in a coffee shop with a good book. Find her on social media @byamberburns.

  • Lauren McCutcheon is a Philadelphian, parent, and local writer. She writes about kids events for The Inquirer, including our Kids Calendar, which publishes each Sunday.

  • Howard Gensler writes about movies for The Inquirer, and is a former entertainment editor and writer for the Philadelphia Daily News. His work has also appeared in Premiere magazine, and he wrote the story on which the movie Hysteria, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Hugh Dancy, was based.

  • Dan DeLuca is the music critic for The Inquirer.