Jan 11, 2024 - Things to Do

Things to do this weekend in Philly: MLK Day, Bowie Week and Auto Show

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There's plenty to do in Philly over the long Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.

  • Here's what's happening:

⚑ Philly Loves Bowie Week runs through Saturday with events around the city, including:

πŸ”Ž Play detective at "Murder at the Perk: A Murdery Parody," a murder-mystery performance at the Red Rum Theater. The immersive show, based on the characters of "Friends," includes hidden clues to help you solve the mystery.

  • Saturday 5pm and 8pm; Sunday 3pm. Tickets start at $35.

🎢 An MLK celebration concert kicks off at 8pm on Saturday at World Cafe Live in West Philly, featuring the Voices Tribute to Motown. Tickets: $35.

πŸš™ The Philadelphia Auto Show returns with new, classic and exotic cars at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Runs Saturday through Jan. 21, hours vary.

  • Tickets: $20 for adults and children 13 and older; $12 for children aged 7-12; $15 for seniors and military.

πŸ›οΈ Stop by the African American Museum all weekend for MLK events and reduced admission. Tickets: $7 for adults and kids 13 and up; $5 for children 4-12, students and seniors.

  • Saturday: Enjoy a dance performance at 1pm and concerts at 2pm and 6pm. Admission is free for the first 100 guests.
  • Monday: Explore MLK's connection to Philly and the city's civil rights history with a discussion at 11pm.

πŸ₯ The latest family-friendly exhibit at the National Liberty Museum will showcase how music has been a force for liberty and equality. Take part in Saturday's music-themed button-making. There's also a collaging workshop, plus a drumline performance at 1pm.

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Bring the kids to the Museum of the American Revolution this weekend for MLK events, including a theatrical first-person performance, gallery talks and interactive exhibits. Event times vary.

  • Tickets: $24 for adults;$19 for seniors and military; $13 for kids 6-17.
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