Things to do in Philly this weekend, Jan. 17 to 20

KYW To-Do List: MLK Day, tattoo convention, and more for Jan. 17-20

January 17, 2020
Scott Robbins

Scott Robbins

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Many people will flock to the Parkway this weekend to stand up for what they believe in — the same weekend that we honor the late Martin Luther King Jr.

Related: Listen Live to 96.5 TDY

Social justice will take center stage at both the Philadelphia Women’s March and the dozens of activities and outreach projects that take place on or before MLK Day.

If you’re feeling inspired after giving back to your community, make that feeling permanent. Head over to the Pennsylvania Convention Center for a spontaneous tattoo at the 22nd annual Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention.

But whatever you choose to do this weekend, get started with The TDY To-Do List, your guide for all things to do in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs this weekend.


Keystone/Getty Images
Keystone/Getty Images

EVENT: 2020 MLK Celebration Weekend

DATE: Friday through Monday

WHERE: African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch St., Philadelphia

DETAILS: Join the museum for poetry readings, family activities and special musical performances. On Monday, there will be a scavenger hunt, readings and a memorial concert. 

PRICE: Free on Friday; $2 general admission Saturday, Sunday and Monday


EVENT: Martin Luther King Jr. Day Festival

DATE/TIME: Monday, noon to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave., Chestnut Hill

DETAILS: There will be art activities based on the words and activism of MLK, storytelling, and a performance from the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble with songs sung during the civil rights movement.

PRICE: Free to attend


EVENT: Dr. Martin Luther King Day Weekend

DATE: Saturday through Monday

WHERE: Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Ave., Fairmount

DETAILS: Engage with actors, youth and community leaders in special readings of MLK’s “Letter From Birmingham Jail” three times a day on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. There will also be family activities and musical performances.

PRICE: Free to attend


EVENT: Martin Luther King Day of Service

DATE: Monday

WHERE: Girard College and various locations across the city

DETAILS: More than 150,000 volunteers are expected to participate in more than 1,800 community service projects throughout the region. The theme is the importance of being counted. 

PRICE: Free to attend


EVENT: Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend and Day of Service

DATE: Saturday through Monday

WHERE: Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. Third St., Old City

DETAILS: The museum will offer diverse programming all weekend, including a special musical performance from Philadelphia Jazz Project.

PRICE: Included with general admission



Scott Robbins
Scott Robbins

EVENT: International Conference and Festival of Blacks in Dance

DATE: Through Saturday

WHERE: Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St., Center City

DETAILS: More than 40 black dance companies from across the nation will be showcased at this four-day festival, which is now in its 32nd year. Emerging, established and legendary companies will celebrate black dance and give the audience a better idea of its history and technique. 

PRICE: $60 per event


EVENT: 22nd annual Tattoo Arts Convention

DATE: Friday through Sunday

WHERE: Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St., Center City

DETAILS: Whether you’re in the market to get your first tattoo or just want to check out some original art, this convention has a little something for everyone. Artists from around the world will be in attendance and there will also be vendors, seminars and contests for your viewing pleasure.

PRICE: One-day passes are $22; three-day passes are $45; kids under 12 are free


EVENT: Philadelphia Women’s March

DATE/TIME: Saturday, 10 a.m.

WHERE: Meet at Logan Circle, then march down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

DETAILS: The Women’s March returns for its fourth year in Philadelphia, emphasizing the “Year of the Woman.” The march goes from Logan Circle down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where there will be guest speakers.

PRICE: Free to attend; donations appreciated


EVENT: Caturday with the Philadelphia Brewing Company

DATE/TIME: Saturday, noon to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Philadelphia Brewing Company, 2440 Frankford Ave., Kensington

DETAILS: Drink a beer and meet an adoptable cat. Support the PSPCA by buying one of their pint glasses. You’ll get a free beer in return.

PRICE: Pay-as-you-go


EVENT: Hair O’ The Dog

DATE/TIME: Saturday, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

WHERE: NOTO Philadelphia, 1209 Vine St., Philadelphia

DETAILS: Get ready to wag your tail off on the dance floor for Hair O’ The Dog, a Gatsby era-themed charity party that benefits MAC Cosmetics Viva Glam Fund. DJ Laidback Luke, the Deux Twins and DJ N9NE will perform.

PRICE: Tickets range from $95 to $275; all tickets include an open bar



Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images
Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

EVENT: Snoop Dogg

DATE/TIME: Saturday, 8 p.m.

WHERE: The Fillmore, 29 E. Allen St., Fishtown

PRICE: $60


EVENT: Jonathan Scales’ Fourchestra | also appearing Trinidelphia

DATE/TIME: Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts, 736 S. Broad St., Center City

PRICE: $25


Follow 96.5 TDY on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Listen to 96.5 TDY on the RADIO.COM app!