Ice skating at Dilworth Park has fast become a winter tradition in Philly.
The most anticipated event of the season, The Academy of Music 161st Anniversary Concert and Ball, takes place Jan. 27 complete with Oscar de la Renta gowns and sparkling tiaras (tickets from $350, philorch.org). There’s plenty to do while you wait, like Dilworth Park’s popular Rothman Institute Ice Rink (through Feb. 26, tickets from $5, centercityphila.org). You never know who you’ll be skating alongside—or sipping spiked hot chocolate with—inside the heated tent. On stage, make your way to the Academy of Music for Les Misérables (Jan. 9 to 21, tickets from $20, kimmelcenter.org). On Jan. 13, The Killers hit the Wells Fargo Center in support of their first album in five years, Wonderful Wonderful (tickets from $25, VIP tickets from $225, wellsfargocenterphilly.com). The Brandywine River Museum of Art pays homage to its founder and chairman with The Way Back: The Paintings of George A. Weymouth (Jan. 27 to June 3, tickets from $18, brandywine.org). Roughly 65 oil, watercolor and egg tempera portraits and landscapes from the American artist are on view. The Barnes Foundation, in collaboration with Paris’ Musée Rodin, offers drawings and sculptures by renowned contemporary artist Anselm Kiefer in Kiefer Rodin (through March 12, tickets from $30, barnesfoundation.org). Finally, fundraising and medicine come together for the American Heart Association’s Heart Ball (Feb. 10, tickets from $1,000, heart.org) at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown.