Through Feb. 2, Berwyn
The iconic 1989 movie Steel Magnolias starring Sally Field, Shirley MacLaine, Dolly Parton and Julia Roberts comes to life on stage at Footlighters Theater.
Through March 22, Kennett Square
Warm up this season inside Longwood Garden’s vast conservatory, which transforms into a tropical paradise for its annual Orchid Extravaganza.
Orchid Extraveganza // Photo courtesy of Chester County’s Brandywine Valley
Feb. 1 – June 7, Chadds Ford
Exploring the visual culture of the women’s suffrage movement in the United States, the Brandywine River Museum of Art’s latest exhibit, Votes for Women: A Visual History, is full of photographs from marches and rallies, plus sample costumes, sashes and clothing worn by suffragettes. The exhibit is all the more significant as this year marks the 100th anniversary of American women gaining the right to vote.
Feb. 2, Phoenixville
Horror movie buffs won’t want to miss the Colonial Theatre’s inaugural Horror Bowl, which features back-to-back screenings of John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness, In the Mouth of Madness and The Thing.
Feb. 7-17, Philadelphia
Kicking off the Philadelphia Auto Show, the Black Tie Tailgate lets attendees mix and mingle with some of the world’s finest automobiles on Feb. 7. Afterwards, visitors can explore the automobiles, which are on display at the expansive Pennsylvania Convention Center.
The Philadelphia Auto Show // Photo courtesy of R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia.
Feb. 8, Lansdale
As if Girl Scout Cookies could get any better, Lansdale’s Cardinal Hollow Winery pairs them with wine at this ticketed event led by a sommelier.
Feb. 8, Media
Get out and explore nature at night. Tyler Arboretum will lead a hike from 6-7:30 p.m., giving visitors a chance to see the changing landscape in a different light.
Feb. 12, Wayne
Ahead of Valentine’s Day, local radio legend Kathy Romano will host a women-focused event at Autograph Brasserie, complete with cocktails, giveaways and a discussion with author Mindie Barnett.
Carlene Carter // Photo courtesy of Rachel Murray Framingheddu.
Feb. 15, Kennett Square
Carlene Carter—the daughter of country star Carl Smith and June Carter Cash, and the stepdaughter of Johnny Cash—will make her Longwood Gardens debut when she performs this month at its Exhibition Hall. Carter has recorded 12 albums throughout her career, making this a can’t-miss for country music fans.
Feb. 15-16, Wayne
Looking for alternate Valentine’s Day plans? This 118 North show features 10-piece South Philly band York Street Hustle, a 1960s soul ensemble.
Feb. 16, Media
Tyler Arboretum hosts local chef extraordinaire, Ryan Sulikowski of Lotus Farm to Table fame (he’s currently revamping and relaunching the Media restaurant, which he recently took over from former owner Courtney Rozsas). Sulikowski will prepare a three-course meal from locally sourced ingredients at the arboretum’s edible garden.
Feb. 16, Ardmore
Ardmore Music Hall’s Funky Brunch and Market highlights local vendors, live music, beer and brunch, all inside this cozy music venue.
Feb. 26 – March 29, Malvern
The iconic 1998 Academy Award-winning film, Shakespeare in Love, gets the stage treatment this month, when it comes to People’s Light. Following a young William Shakespeare and his muse and love interest, Viola de Lesseps, audiences are treated to a whirlwind romance.
Feb. 28 – March 8, Philadelphia
Visitors to this year’s Philadelphia Flower Show—now 191 years young—will be transported to a luxe destination, thanks to the “Riviera holiday” theme. Get a look at it all in advance at the gala on Feb. 28.
Feb. 29, Kennett Square
Sample dozens of brews, many from local breweries, at Kennett Winterfest.