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What To Do In Philly Over Spring Break

Now that THON and State Patty’s have come and gone, it’s once again time for a much-needed spring break.

With a large percentage of Penn State’s in-state residents heading back toward Philadelphia for a week off, we compiled a list of things to do in and around Center City while you’re home for spring break.


Philadelphia 76ers

After adding 10-time NBA All-Star James Harden, the Sixers have the potential to be one of the most dominant forces in the league. During spring break, the Sixers will play two home games at the Wells Fargo Center, including a matchup against Harden’s former team, the Brooklyn Nets. Tickets are available online for the following games:

  • Philadelphia 76ers vs. Chicago Bulls — Monday, March 7, at 7 p.m.
  • Philadelphia 76ers vs. Brooklyn Nets — Thursday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m.

Philadelphia Flyers

The red-hot Sixers share the Wells Fargo Center with the not-so-hot Flyers, who are having a disastrous season. If you’re a Flyers fan looking for a silver lining, tickets are less expensive than usual. Some are available for as low as $25 per game!

There are three Flyers games at the Wells Fargo Center over the break:

  • Philadelphia Flyers vs. Chicago Blackhawks — Saturday, March 5, at 3 p.m.
  • Philadelphia Flyers vs. Las Vegas Golden Knights — Tuesday, March 8, at 7 p.m.
  • Philadelphia Flyers vs. Montreal Canadiens — Sunday, March 13, at 7 p.m.

College Hoops

This is March! There are a couple of great games on the docket for local teams during the break, and as we near March Madness, some of these matchups could end up heavily influencing conference tournament seeding. Check ESPN’s schedule for links to tickets for each.

  • St. Joseph’s vs. Rhode Island – Saturday, March 5, at 1 p.m. — Hagan Arena
  • Penn vs. Princeton — Saturday, March 5, at 6 p.m. — The Palestra
  • Temple vs. USF — Sunday, March 6, at 2 p.m. — The Liacouras Center

Philadelphia Union

The MLS is back for another season, and the high-ranked Union is ready to make another run at the MLS Cup after last season’s heartbreaking, playoff finish. The Union plays just one home game during spring break. The team will face off against the San Jose Quakes on Saturday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available online.

The Arts

Tyler, The Creator

Tyler, The Creator will be stopping by the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday, March 6, as part of his “Call Me If You Get Lost” tour. Tickets are available on the Wells Fargo Center’s website.


Broadway hit “RENT” is touring again for its 25th anniversary, and it’s bringing four shows to Philadelphia during the first weekend of spring break. The performances will take place at the Merriam Theater, and tickets are available online.

  • Saturday, March 5, at 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 5, at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 6, at 1 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 6, at 6:30 p.m.

‘Sherlock Holmes — The Adventure Of The Speckled Band’

If you prefer comedy theater, “The Adventure of The Speckled Band” is playing at the Walnut Street Theater over break, with tons of options for showtimes ranging from March 5 through March 13. Tickets are available online for this adaptation of this classic Sherlock Holmes tale.

Events & Festivals

The Philadelphia Auto Show

The annual auto show is back at the Philadelphia Convention Center this March 5 to 13, perfectly overlapping with spring break. A favorite among car enthusiasts in the area, the Philadelphia Auto Show is a showcase for some of the most modern and retro cars alike.

‘Harry Potter: The Exhibition’

Fans of the Wizarding World might be exciting to find out that the Franklin Institute is hosting “Harry Potter: The Exhibition”. While the event is open now for guests, the exhibition will remain open throughout the summer, so keep an eye on it if you can’t make it over break. Tickets are available on the Franklin Institute’s website.

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Mikey DeAngelis

Mikey DeAngelis is a junior majoring in film production who is also serving as one of Onward State's visual editors. During his free time, he enjoys making content for his YouTube channel. Mikey loves Philly sports, traveling and hiking in National Parks, and watching movies. To reach Mikey, feel free to reach out on Twitter (@mikey_deangelis) or by email ([email protected]).

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