On February 26, Top Chef winner Nicholas Elmi will cook the winter chapter of his cookbook Laurel: Modern American Flavors in Philadelphia for this night only. Guests can enjoy pairing the season’s cocktail The Kali to start off their nine course meal. Wine pairings will also be available. Each guest will receive a signed copy of Elmi’s cookbook at the end of the night. There are 22 seats available and tickets are $225 per person. Reservations required and made by phone. 215.271.8299. 1617 E Passyunk Ave.
On February 28, Old City business owner Steven Grasse is throwing a historical happy hour in light of the recent reconstruction on North Third Street. Due to about 100 Old City businesses being affected, Grasse is dedicated to raising funds, attracting newcomers and letting these otherwise cutoff storefronts thrive despite the Third Street shut down. Come to Art in the Age and support local businesses with history-inspired cocktails—$1 per drink goes to Philadelphia’s Besty Ross House. 6 p.m - 9 p.m., free, 116 N. Third St., 215.922.2600
On Monday, March 2, High Street on Market will be hosting a Pizzeria Night with the acclaimed River Twice. Guests will enjoy four starters, their choice of an entire pizza, dessert; plus wine, beer and cocktails will be available a la carte. The event costs $55. 308 Market St., 215.625.0988, highstreetonmarket.com
On Wednesday, March 4, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is holding their Gardening for Biodiversity Symposium alongside the Philadelphia Flower Show. The symposium will be lead by keynote speaker Dr. Peter Raven who is world renowned for his efforts in plant conservation and preserving biodiversity. PHS is partnering with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation for the symposium in their shared efforts to address global environmental issues. Tickets start at $85 and are available here. 100 N. 20th St., 5th Floor, theflowershow.com
From March 10th through April 12th, Bristol Riverside Theatre will be hosting the TONY winning classic, broadway musical Cabaret. The performances will have music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and a book by Joe Masteroff. Tickets from $48 and can be purchased here. 120 Radcliffe St., Bristol, 215.785.0100, brtstage.org
On Sunday, March 15 from 6 to 8 pm, Variety, the Children’s Charity of the Delaware Valley, will be hosting it’s 17th Let Them Eat Cake foodie event. More than two dozen of the area’s best pastry chefs will bring the theme, Mythical, Magical Beasts & Creatures, to life with over-the-top cake creations. Guests will be offered cake samples, cocktails, wine and other beverages. Tickets from $40 and can be purchased here. Loews Philadelphia Hotel’s Millennium Ballroom, 1200 Market St., 610.584.4366, varietyphila.org
On Saturday, March 28, 2020, The American Red Cross is hosting Red Ball. This event is the American Red Cross’ largest fundraiser in the Philadelphia area and 2020 marks the 20th anniversary. Red Ball is a reception-style black-tie gala – it’s elegance without the long sit-down dinner and program. All funds raised support the Red Cross House, the center for disaster recovery in Philadelphia. Purchase tickets here. Vie by Cescaphe, 600 N Broad Street.
On March 29, the Philly Wine Cru will be kicking off annual Wine Week with their Opening Corks event on the 19th Floor of the beautiful Bellevue Hotel. To commemorate the beginning of the eventful week, guests can sample hundreds of delicious wines, and VIP attendees can gather early to enjoy luxurious hors d’oeuvres and more. 6:30-9 p.m., tickets from $65, 200 S. Broad St., 215.995.1170; purchase tickets here.
From March 30 to April 6, Philly Wine Week is taking over the city thanks to the Philly Wine Cru. Wine Week is a time to celebrate Philadelphia’s ever-blossoming wine scene with special events, activities, and—most importantly—food and drink pairings from hot spots like Jet Wine Bar, Panorama and le Caveau. Times and locations vary, 215.995.1170, phillywinecru.org
From April 16 to 25, 2020, celebrate science and technology at the Franklin Institute, with STEM-focused activities, including Science Happy Hour at the Bourse Food Hall and a coffee lab at Saxby's. There will also be a science carnival along the parkway and science in the ballpark at Citizens Bank Park. Various Locations., 215.448.1152, www.fi.edu
From April 17-18, the acclaimed Parx Casino will be hosting the second annual Bucks County Food & Wine Festival. For two nights in a row, attendees can witness and taste the skill of local chefs, restaurants, wineries and breweries. With guest chefs Marc Murphy and Anne Burrell from Food Network’s Chopped, the festival will be holding tastings, judging and maybe even a celebrity chef cook-off. Times vary, tickets from $50, 2999 Street Road, Bensalem, 888.588.7279; purchase tickets here.
On April 19th, Philly PR Girl is holding their third annual Health Fair: Mind, Body, and Bubbly. With bubbly in hand, attendees can rejuvenate and explore the event’s marketplace—interacting with Philly’s top beauty and wellness vendors. An extra VIP Hour includes a mini-retreat full of yoga, meditation and a sound bath. Early bird tickets are $20 with regular tickets starting at $30 and can be purchased here. Location 215, 990 Spring Garden St., phillyprgirl.com
From May 1 to July 5, Philadelphians are welcome to come celebrate the fifth annual Chinese Lantern Festival. This year in Franklin Square, Historic Philadelphia puts on their famed festival with authentic performances, foods, lanterns—including the 200-foot-long dragon! Come and enjoy this highly-anticipated Philly event with your friends and family. 6-11 p.m., tickets from $18, Franklin Square, 215.629.4026; purchase tickets here.
On May 4, the South Street Spring Festival officially brings springtime to the city of Philadelphia. With eight blocks of art, live music, food, drink and shopping, visitors can make their way down South Street all while enjoying the various flavors, cuisines and creativity of the city. 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., open-admission, South & Front St. to South & Eighth St., 215.413.3713
On May 9, celebrate the new season with the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival, a foodie and shopper dream happening right on Walnut Street. One hundred vendors and counting will be lining the traffic-closed streets, setting up shop with fashion, music, food and drink for all to enjoy. 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., open-admission, Walnut Street from Broad to 19th Street & 17th and 18th from Sansom to Locust, 215.972.0101
From May 26 - June 14, the Wilma Theater presents an award-winning dark comedy by playwright Aleshea Harris about two sisters who travel from the deep south to northern California for revenge on their father. The performance, directed by James IJames, combines tragedy with hip-hop and Afropunk. Tickets $35, 265 S. Broad St., 215.546.7824, tickets.wilmatheater.org
From September 30 to October 2, the city of Philadelphia will host its second B. PHL Innovation Festival. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in workshops, sessions and exhibits highlighting innovation in various fields such as health care, film, music and engineering throughout the city. The three-day festival is aimed to inspire new ideas and create valuable connections. Multiple locations, bphlfest.com/