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Things to Do In and Around Philly This Weekend, Jan. 17-20

Tiki huts at the Philly Home Show.

Philadelphia and its surrounding counties always have something going on.

This long holiday weekend in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is the perfect time to get out and volunteer in the community. Families can also enjoy the start of Winter Fest in New Hope and end of the Philly Home Show.

We’ve found the top free (and affordable) choices of what to do this weekend, Jan. 17 to 20, in Philly and New Jersey.

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What: Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend and Day of Service

Spend the long weekend giving back to the community.
Where: Various locations
When: Friday through Monday
Cost: Free

What: Martin Luther King Jr. Ceremony and Soul Food Lunch

Enjoy a celebration of Dr. King through words, songs and dance before enjoying a free soul food lunch.
Where: Hughes Performing Arts Center, 501 Atlantic Ave., Ocean City, New Jersey
When: Monday, from noon to 3 p.m.
Cost: Donations appreciated

What: Lambertville-New Hope Winter Festival

This annual, nine-day event helps to raise funds for the community. This year’s events include a Revolutionary-themed pub crawl, chili cook off, ice sculptures, walking tours, food tours, art shows and kid-friendly activities.
Where: Various locations
When: Saturday through Jan. 26
Cost: Both free and ticketed events

What: Philly Home Show

This two-weekend event will inspire homeowners to freshen up their spaces. See exhibitors in gardening, landscaping, furnishings, architecture, construction and more.
Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St., Philadelphia
When: through Sunday
Cost: Online purchase $10 for adults, $3 for children 6 to 12

What: Center City District Restaurant Week

Indulge in a three-course lunch or dinner at a fixed rate at more than 100 participating restaurants.
Where: Various restaurants in Philadelphia
When:through Jan. 24
Cost: $35 for dinner, $20 for lunch

What: Orchid Extravaganza at Longwood Gardens

Stroll through the indoor gardens and witness the beauty of the rarest of flowers.
Where: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, Pa.
When: Saturday through March 22
Cost: Varies

What: Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

When the weather gets chilly, head to the rink for some ice skating, fire pits, food, drinks, an arcade and more.
Where: Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, 101 S. Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia
When: Through March 8
Cost: Free for general admission, $4 skating admission, $10 skate rentals

What: Winter at Dilworth Park

In the shadow of City Hall, families can enjoy ice skating, the Wintergarden, and plenty of snacks and hot chocolate outside at Dilworth Park.
Where: Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street, Philadelphia
When: through Feb. 23, 2019
Cost: Free to explore

What: Dinosaurs Around the World

Visit with dozens of animatronic dinosaurs as you discover and learn about things like volcano activity and fossils.
Where: The Academy of Natural Sciences
When: through Jan. 20
Cost: From $7 in addition to general admission 

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