Smell the Flowers: Things to Do in and Around Philly This Weekend

Philadelphia and its surrounding counties always have something going on. Whether it’s a restaurant week, the flower show, a boat show or beer festival, this area is full of winter fun every weekend. We’ve found the top (and affordable) choices of what to do this weekend, March 1-3, in Philly and New Jersey.

March 1-3

What: East Passyunk Restaurant Week

More than 20 restaurants will participate in the fixed price, three course dinners.

Where: Various locations along Passyunk Avenue in Philadelphia

When: through March 8

Cost: $15, $25 or $35 depending on restaurant

What: Opening of Franklin Square for 2019

The Square is ready for spring with the carousel and Square Burger opening after winter.

Where: Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th Street, Philadelphia

When: Friday

Cost: Free

What: Philadelphia Union Home Opener

Philadelphia’s soccer team will open its season at home against the Toronto Football Club.

Where: Talen Energy Stadium, 1 Stadium Drive, Chester, Pa.

When: Saturday at 1 p.m.

Cost: Starting at $25

What: Philadelphia Flower Show

This year’s theme at the world’s largest indoor flower show is Flower Power. Come enjoy the colors and scents of spring at the annual Flower Show.

Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia

When: Saturday through March 10

Cost: $34

What: Philly Craft Beer Festival

Enjoy and taste test more than 200 brews from more than 75 breweries from around the world. Tickets include unlimited beer samples and food is pay-as-you-go.

Where: The Navy Yard, 4701 Intrepid Avenue, Philadelphia

When: Saturday, from 1:30 to 5 p.m.

Cost: Starting at $46

What: Progressive Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show

Whether you’re a boater or a dreamer, visit the boat show to see the luxury yachts, sport fisherman boats, performance boats, new technologies and more.

Where: Atlantic City Convention Center, One Convention Blvd., Atlantic City, NJ

When: through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Cost: $16

What: Grand Girls Gone Pink Event

Grab your girlfriend and enjoy a three day, two night stay at the hotel for a weekend of wellness and celebration. In partnership with the Living Beyond Breast Cancer, a portion of tickets sold will go to the organization.

Where: The Grand Hotel, 1045 Beach Ave., Cape May, NJ

When: Friday through Sunday

Cost: Starting at $352 for the weekend stay that includes some meals and open bar

What: Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

When the weather gets chilly, head to rink for some ice skating, fire pits, food, drinks, an arcade and more. Enjoy the final weekend of skating along the Delaware River.

Where: Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, 101 S. Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia

When: through Sunday (times vary).

Cost: Free for general admission, $4 skating admission, $10 skate rentals. Food and drink available for purchase.

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: through March 24

Cost: Varies

What: Colonial Chocolate Making at Betsy Ross House

Take a blast through the past and make chocolate the way women did in the American Revolution.

Where: Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch Street, Philadelphia

When: Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: Free

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