It’s a long holiday weekend in Philly and with some snow in the forecast too making for a great winter weekend for families. Take part in one of the many Martin Luther King Jr. events happening in the area or just get out for some January fun for all.
Martin Luther King Weekend and Day of Service
Museum of American Revolution
Saturday Jan. 18 – Monday Jan. 20
101 S Third Street
Discover the ongoing legacy of the American Revolution and learn what it takes to change the world as you honor Martin Luther King, Jr. and the day of service at the Museum of the American Revolution. The museum will feature diverse programming that discusses a variety of communities during the Revolution who banded together to push boundaries for what they felt was best for themselves, the community, and the world. $21 adults, $13 kids.
Lunar New Year Festival
Saturday Jan. 18
10am . 5pm
3260 South St.
The Penn Museum is holding its annual family-friendly Lunar New Year Festival featuring Asian films, storytelling, art-making, the traditional Lion Dance, and a martial arts tournament. Museum admission is $18 adults, $13 children.
Dr. Martin Luther King Weekend
Saturday Jan. 18 – Monday Jan. 20
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site
2027 Fairmount Ave
Commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his 1963 “Letter from Birmingham Jail” at Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentiary during Dr. Martin Luther King Weekend. Engage in special readings from the landmark text and respond to its relevance today. Professional actors, youth and community leaders read excerpts from Dr. King’s letter three times a day on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. After each reading, visitors are invited to respond to the letter’s relevance today during an informal discussion moderated by a civil rights scholar. On Monday, January 20 only, enjoy family activities from 10 am – 4 pm with the African American Museum in Philadelphia and Art Sanctuary, musical performances at 1 pm and 3 pm. Readings and discussion are free and open to the public. Penitentiary admission is $14 adults, $10 children.
2020 MLK Weekend Celebration
Friday Jan. 17 – Monday Jan. 20
African American Museum of Philadelphia
The African American Museum of Philadelphia celebrates Martin Luther King all weekend long with special programs and events. On Sat. the museum hosts a day of service where visitors make care packages for Philadelphia families. On Sunday the museum presents Journey: Sounding Resistance and on Monday the annual MLK Day Celebration includes the Citizens Bank Scavenger Hunt, a visit from the Phillie Phanatic, the MLK Memorial Concert and a reenactment of King by Carlo Campbell. Admission is just $2 all weekend long through sponsorship by Citizens Bank.
Philadelphia Home Show
Friday Jan. 17 – Sunday Jan. 19
Pennsylvania Convention Center
1101 Arch Street
Don’t miss the final weekend of the Philadelphia Home Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Connect with hundreds of home-improvement experts, shop for décor, join make-and-take workshops and learn how to upcycle items into a bar cart. There’s also a family area with activities and comfortable seating. Tickets $10 adults, $3 children.
25th Annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service
Monday Jan. 20
The Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service, the largest Martin Luther King Day event in the nation is taking place on Monday Jan. 20th and brings together volunteers and communities in service projects. Area individuals and families will receive vital services and resources as part of the 25th Annual Greater Philadelphia King Day of Service. Volunteer and get involved here.