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What To Do In Philly Over Spring Break

As spring break draws near, every college splits into two categories of people: those who vacation and those who don’t. But who needs an island vacation for spring break when you have a city full of possibilities and underdogs right outside your window?

Penn State’s Philly (or right-outside-of-Philly) natives can find plenty to do in the City of Brotherly Love, but here’s a list of events and venues to get you started:

Stop by the Philadelphia Flower Show

The 189th annual Philadelphia Flower Show will run from Saturday, March 3 to Sunday, March 11 (or the entirety of spring break) at the Philadelphia Convention Center. Floral and garden designers from around the country will create displays based around this year’s theme, “Wonders of Water,” which will “celebrate the beauty and life-sustaining interplay of horticulture and water.” You can find hours and ticket prices here.

If you’re 21 or older, The Philadelphia Flower Show will also host “Flowers After Hours: Disco Fever”  on Saturday, March 3 from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the convention center. The event will feature ’70s music, wine from the Finger Lakes, spirits samples, and a guest appearance from the Village People. Tickets are expensive, but if you can swing it, you get access to the party and to the flower show exhibits after the show closes.

You’ll be a flower child to the fullest extent of the word and able to do the YMCA with the actual Village People.

Drink with fellow Philadelphians at beer and whiskey tastings

The Pennsport Beer Boutique on Wharton Street offers a beer tasting to the public on Friday nights from 7 to 9 p.m. Free beer, free food, free swag…is there a better way to spend spring break?

Apparently, there is. For $35, you can partake in the Philly Whiskey Walk on Saturday, March 3, starting at the Fox and Hound on Spruce Street at noon. You’ll spend the day tasting eight different Irish whiskies at eight Philly bars in celebration of St. Patty’s. You can purchase tickets to the event here.

Enjoy a stroll around Franklin Square

Philadelphia’s historic Franklin Square in Center City reopens for the spring on March 1. The square’s carousel, grand fountain, mini golf course, playground, and burger shack make it a great family place for younger siblings or spot to stroll around on a date.

Shop at a pop-up fashion store

The Philly Art Collective is putting up a free pop-up fashion store from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 3 on Baltimore Ave. The store will feature rotating collections of clothing and jewelry from designers in Philadelphia.

Catch a concert

Check out a concert at one of Philly’s many music venues:

The Fillmore Philadelphia and The Foundry

  • Jeezy — Saturday, March 3 at 8:30 p.m.
  • cupcakKe — Saturday, March 3 at 8:30 p.m.
  • MISSIO — Sunday, March 4 at 8 p.m.
  • Ella Vos — Tuesday, March 6 at 8 p.m.
  • J Boog — Saturday, March 10 at 8:30 p.m.

Theatre of the Living Arts

  • Spoon — Tuesday, March 6 at 8:30 p.m.
  • Dave East — Friday, March 9 at 8:30 p.m.

Union Tranfer

  • Mike Gordon — Friday, March 9 at 9 p.m.

It may not be Miami or Panama City, but Philadelphia still has plenty to offer students in search of something to do over spring break.

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About the Author

Gabriela Stevenson

Gabriela is a senior majoring in print and digital journalism and Onward State's student life editor. She is from Norristown, PA, which she normally refers to as "30 minutes outside of Philadelphia" (she looked up the exact driving time). She enjoys Broadway musicals, neck pillows, and eating cereal at night. To contact Gabriela, e-mail her at [email protected], or follow her on Twitter @GabiStevenson if you want to feel young again.


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