Weekend Picks: Black History Month, Philadelphia Auto Show, Winter Festivals And More

Welcome to the first week of February, Philly!

This weekend kicks off major winter events like Black History Month, the massive Philadelphia Auto Show and a “summer” festival in Fairmount Park.

Visitors can warm up or cool down on Friday and Saturday at the indoor Philadelphia Winter Craft Beer & Cocktail Festival at 23rd Street Armory as well as at the neighborhood-wide Chestnut Hill on Ice event, complete with bonfires and ice sculptures. And nine days of summer-themed programming start Saturday at the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center’s Getaway at the Greenhouse.

The Auto Show — which features hundreds of exotic, vintage and other cars to admire and test drive — begins its nine-day run Saturday. Sunday offers pay-what-you-wish admission to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and free admission to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Barnes Foundation.

The Institute of Contemporary Art hosts the first of a three-part exhibition about the effects of slavery and colonialism (all weekend), and the popular African American Children’s Book Fair (Saturday) highlights multiracial authors and promotes literacy in marginalized communities.

Note: Attractions in Independence National Historical Park — including The Liberty Bell Center and Independence Hall — and Valley Forge National Historical Park are now open due to the provisional reopening of the federal government. Many other attractions in Philadelphia’s Historic District remain open as well. Check out our guide to Independence National Historical Park and check here for more.

Staying overnight is the best way to see and do everything this weekend. Book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package for a winter getaway featuring up to $218 in perks.

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Read on for our guide to this weekend in Philadelphia.

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