Things to do in Philadelphia this weekend

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The Flower Show: Don’t miss the last weekend of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s annual Flower Show. This weekend features two special events: Fido Friday on March 11 and the family friendly Flower Show Jamboree on March 13. Fido Friday kicks off at 6 p.m. with “Yappy Hour” at the show’s pop-up beer garden so bring your favorite four-legged friend and explore the sights and scents of the show. Sunday’s Flower Show Jamboree offers family friendly activities all day from a Teddy Bear Tea (separate tickets required) to the chance to earn a Junior Ranger Badge and meet the official National Parks mascot, Buddy the Bison. Visit for more info and to purchase tickets.

Don Quixote: The Pennsylvania Ballet is performing Don Quixote, the classic story of an eccentric man and his quest for love. The choreography uses Spanish style dances to tell Quixote’s tale. Running through March 13, at the Academy of Music, this show is not to be missed. Tickets start at $30. For more info visit

Eastern State Penitentiary Pop-Up Museum: Running through March 13, Eastern State Penitentiary offers a special exhibit on sports and leisure from the prison’s history. See multitudes of special items found in the archives. This year’s pop-up exhibit showcases inmate-made paintings, crafts and weapons, a sports film from 1929 and a photo of Philadelphia baseball manager Connie Mack with Warden Cornelius Burke. Tickets to the pop-up museum are included as part of regular admission ($14). Purchase tickets at

The Brewer’s Plate: The Kimmel Center is hosting The Brewer’s Plate, a special local beer festival that pairs food from the city’s best chefs with beers from breweries in the area. More than 50 vendors will offer tastings. Doors open for General Admission at 6:30 p.m., while VIP ticket holders enter at 5:30 and VIP Plus at 4:30. Tickets start at $64. To purchase and for a full list of vendors, visit

St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Philadelphia’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of the oldest in America. March 13 marks the 246th parade, starting at noon. The parade starts at 16th and JFK Boulevard and winds down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway toward the Museum of Art. The day showcases marching bands, Irish associations from the area and decorated floats. More information can be found at