Things to do in Philadelphia this weekend

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PHS Flower Show: The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s annual flower show urges visitors to explore America and celebrate the centennial of the National Parks Service. Running from March 5-13, Philly’s Convention Center transforms into a massive indoor festival of flora and fauna. America’s national parks and historic monuments serve as this year’s inspiration. Come for the flowers, stay for the pop up beer garden, trail mix bar and special events. Tickets are $27. For more information, visit

Orchid Extravaganza: If the flower show isn’t enough, visit Longwood Gardens for the annual Orchid Extravaganza, where gorgeous blooms are celebrated through March 27. As a bonus, March 5 and 6 features musical performances free with admission. On Saturday, the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia sends some of their gifted musicians to perform solo and chamber music. On Sunday, see Jackson Borges, acclaimed organist for the Episcopal Parish of All Saints and St. George’s Chapel in Delaware, perform. Both shows are at 1 p.m. and free with garden admission ($20). For more information, visit

Omnia and Leila Hegazy: From 5-8:45 p.m. March 4, enjoy the music of Omnia and Leila Hegazy at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The identical twins combine Egyptian-rooted melodies with Arabic folk-pop. The performance takes place in the Great Stair Hall, where Starr Events serves snacks and light supper options, as well as drinks. The show is free after admission ($20). For more information, visit

The Music of Billy Joel: If you’re a fan of the Piano Man, the Kimmel Center offers a weekend of the Philly POPS playing the music of Billy Joel. Michael Cavanaugh, who played the lead in Movin’ Out, the Broadway musical based on Joel’s music, is the guest vocalist. The weekend includes not only Joel’s music, but hits from artists who influenced his work. The show takes place at Verizon Hall. Performances are March 4 at 8 p.m. and at 3 p.m. March 5 and 6. Tickets start at $41. For more information, visit

Night Flight at the Philadelphia Zoo: Ever wanted to spend the night at the Philadelphia Zoo? Every Friday and Saturday night from January through June, kids ages 5-12 can camp out at the zoo (with an adult chaperone). Children will hike through the zoo at night, meet a zookeeper and engage in lots of animal themed activities. Tickets are $55 per person, which includes a snack at night, games and activities and a Night Flight commemorative patch, as well as admission to the zoo the next day. Parking is included, but dinner and breakfast must be purchased separately at Tiger Terrace. For more information, visit