Even though it’s brisk out there, you can still can find reasons to leave the warmth of your home to have a nice weekend. There are two big festivals going on in Philadelphia that are sure to delight the appetite and stimulate the senses. It’s the Chinese New Year and in the Philadelphia section of Chinatown there are numerous events. On Sunday, the Chinese Year of the Sheep Parade will begin at 11:00 a.m and go to 2 p.m. The parade is described as Chinese Year of the Sheep Parade: The Lunar New Year festivities will continue throughout Chinatown with firecrackers, martial arts performances, the Philadelphia Suns’ lion dance, and so much more to celebrate the Chinese New Year. For those who want to taste something new in this New Year, from February 19 through the 27th, Stephen Starr’s Buddakan has special Chinese New Year dishes and on Sunday, February 22, the rest hosts a dim sum brunch complete with lion dancers.
For the kids in your life, from February 19-21 the Please Touch Museum will have multiple days of Chinese New Year celebrations. Enjoy family-friendly performances of Chinese music, crafts, story time and more. Activities are included in the price of museum admission which is $17.00 for adults and children over 1.
On Saturday, there will be a variety of activities that will celebrate the Lunar New Year in Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese cultures at the Independence Seaport Museum’s Lunar New Year event. Activities include a martial arts workshop series, calligraphy classes and Chinese storytelling. The celebration will pay tribute to the year of the goat which represents good fortune and prosperity. Seaport Museum visitors will enjoy cultural activities, crafts, dancing and more from China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam.
On Sunday, Sunday, February 22. The Philadelphia Museum of Arthttp://www.philamuseum.org/ hosts a day of Asian New Year events like crafts, Japanese painting activities, performances and more.” Ink and Gold: Art of the Kano” exhibition will correspond with the Asian New Year.
This weekend is also part of the East Passyunk Restaurant Week. From low key BYOBs and pubs to elegant candlelight dining, East Passyunk Restaurant Week boasts a diversity of dining experiences and cuisines that offers something for everyone. There are three-course brunch, lunch or dinner with costs coming in at $15, $25 or $35. East Passyunk Avenue between Mifflin and Dickinson streets has long been known for delicious and authentic Italian fare and it is now known for its 24 restaurants that are grouped together within blocks that make this street an amazing dining experience any day of the week, but the dining deals available throughout the seven-day fest make East Passyunk a go to neighborhood this month. Depending on the restaurant, a three-course prix-fixe brunch, lunch or dinner rings in at $15, $25 or $35.
Enjoy a three-course lunch and/or dinner at one of three price points — $15, $25 and $35 — depending on the restaurant. A few spots will even be serving up decadent brunches during the promotion, too