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15 Things to do in the Philadelphia Suburbs this February


Steel Magnolias

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.

Orchid Extravaganza

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

Votes for Women: A Visual History

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.

Horror Bowl

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.

Philadelphia Auto Show and Black Tie Tailgate

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.

Girl Scout Cookie Wine Tasting

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.

Night Hike at Tyler Arboretum

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.

Galentine’s Day

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.

Carlene Carter

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.

York Street Hustle Valentine’s Day Extravaganza

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.

Chef’s Tasting

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.

Funky Brunch and Market

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.

Shakespeare in Love

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.

Philadelphia Flower Show

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.

Kennett Winterfest

Feb. 29, Kennett Square

Sample dozens of brews, many from local breweries, at Kennett Winterfest.

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