Hopefully Philadelphia stays dry, though, because Doobies is continuing its Philly Loves Bowie Week tradition of chalking a David Bowie memorial outside its bar. All you need to bring is your creativity to contribute to this ephemeral memorial for the beloved icon.
In East Passyunk, check out some highlights of the up-and-coming food scene in this neighborhood with a food tour — for tourists and natives alike. Or, pick a specific restaurant participating in Center City Restaurant Week, which kicks off on Sunday. Dozens of restaurants are offering prix fixe meals — a deal you don’t want to pass up.
There’s much more to do and see in and around Philadelphia this weekend — I mean, there’s a whole expo dedicated to pets, featuring live dog trick routines. You’re welcome.
DATE: Friday through Sunday
WHERE: Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave., Oaks
DETAILS: Watch Flyball, hear jokes from a dog comedian or learn about our feathered friends with “That Guy With The Birds” at this special expo all about animals. You can even bring your leashed dog with you. There will be demonstrations on agility, obedience, dancing and even a parade of the pooches.
PRICE: Prices vary; kids under 12 are free Friday for Family Night
EVENT: Young Professionals: Power Patterns
DATE/TIME: Friday, 7 to 10 p.m.
WHERE: Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Center City
DETAILS: Wear your boldest print and check out the works in the groundbreaking exhibit “30 Americans” during this #BarnesYP social event. Your first drink is on the house, and there will be a diverse repertoire of live music.
PRICE: $40; $15 for members
EVENT: A Poetry Open Mic Experience: New Year, A Better Us
DATE/TIME: Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m.
WHERE: REC Philly, 901 Market St., Center City
DETAILS: Whether you want to try to be one of the 20 lucky people who sign up to perform, or just want to hear some original work from an undiscovered talent, this event has a little bit of everything.
EVENT: 4th annual Bowie Memorial & Chalking
DATE/TIME: Friday, 3 p.m. until last call
WHERE: Doobies Bar, 2201 Lombard St., Fitler Square
DETAILS: If you’re a fan of David Bowie, all you need is your creativity for this special mural-creating event, right outside Doobies Bar. There will be Round Guys Bowie draft beers inside as well as Bowie music and videos throughout the night.
PRICE: Free to attend
BEER & FOOD
DATE: Sunday through Jan. 24
WHERE: Various restaurants across Center City
DETAILS: For about two weeks, restaurants across Center City will offer $20 three-course lunches and $35 three-course dinners.
PRICE: Prix fixe menus vary; check restaurants for details
EVENT: Ardmore Winter Beer Fest
DATE/TIME: Saturday; doors open at 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore
DETAILS: There will be more than 50 types of craft beer to try at Ardmore’s Winter Beer Fest as well as a live DJ spinning Motown, funk and soul. Get in 30 minutes early with a VIP ticket and have a guaranteed pour of Goose Island’s 2019 Bourbon County Stout.
PRICE: $15 to $60
EVENT: Highlights of East Passyunk Food Tour
DATE/TIME: Saturday, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Bottle Shop, 1616 E. Passyunk Ave., Passyunk Square
DATE/TIME: Through Jan. 16; times vary
WHERE: The Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St., Center City
PRICE: Tickets start at $25
EVENT: Motion City Soundtrack
DATE/TIME: Saturday, 8 p.m.
WHERE: The Fillmore, 29 E Allen St., Fishtown