30 Things to Do This January Around Philadelphia’s Western Suburbs

From the Kennett Chocolate Lovers Festival to Longwood Gardens' Orchid Extravaganza, here are this month’s can’t-miss events.



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The Wizard of Oz at Media Theatre
Thru Jan. 13, Media

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Media, where Dorothy and crew will dazzle audiences.

Sensory-Friendly Train Morning at Brandywine River Museum of Art
Jan. 5, Chadds Ford

The Brandywine River Museum of Art hosts a sensory-friendly experience for children with autism and their families, with early access to the museum’s Brandywine Railroad exhibit.

Greek Food Festival at Artisan Exchange
Jan. 5, West Chester

Enjoy traditional Greek dishes like spanakopita, moussaka and baklava during the Artisan Exchange’s indoor Greek Food Festival. 

Main Line Art Center Professional Artist Member Exhibition
Jan. 5-Feb. 3, Haverford

Artistic works in a variety of mediums will be on display during the Main Line Art Center’s annual Professional Artist Member Exhibition.

Three Kings Day at the Kimmel Center
Jan. 6, Philadelphia

Celebrate Three Kings Day at this free and family-friendly event, hosted by the Mexican Consulate and the Mexican Cultural Center.

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at the Academy of Music
Jan. 8-20, Philadelphia

The story of Carole King’s rise to stardom comes to life during this award-winning musical, featuring songs from the singer-songwriter’s 1971 Tapestry album.

Peter and the Starcatcher at Wolf Performing Arts Center
Jan. 10-13, Bryn Mawr

The award-winning play comes to the Wolf Performing Arts Center’s Black Box Theater.

Philly Home Show
Jan. 11-13 and 18-20, Philadelphia

Check out the latest in home décor trends, hear from local design experts and artists, and meet “Fixer Upper” star Clint Harp during the 2019 Philly Home Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Ardmore Winter Beer Festival
Jan. 12, Ardmore​

Head to Ardmore Music Hall for more than 50 different locally brewed beers, tasty bites and live music from the Whiskeyhickon Boys. The event is sold out, but resale tickets are available.

Winterfest Live! 2019
Jan. 12, Philadelphia

Sample more than 150 brews from over 75 different crafters during Xfinity Live!’s annual winter beer festival.

World’s Great Hobby on Tour
Jan. 12-13, Oaks 

Train enthusiasts won’t want to miss this event, hosted by the Strasburg Model Railroad Club of New Jersey at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center.

Center City District Restaurant Week
Jan. 13-25, Philadelphia

More than 100 restaurants, bars and eateries throughout Philadelphia will offer special prix fixe menus for lunch and dinner.

Taste of Phoenixville
Jan. 17, Phoenixville

The 17th annual Taste of Phoenixville brings together more than 25 local restaurants for a night of fine dining, live music and a silent auction in benefit of the Good Samaritan Services.

The Marvelous Wonderettes at Footlights Theater
Jan. 18 – Feb. 3, Berwyn

Footlights Theater takes audiences back in time to the 1950s and ‘60s for this pop musical.

KSQ Oysterfest
Jan. 19, Kennett Square

Enjoy oysters from five different regional farmers, local craft beer and live music during this ticketed event at Grain Craft Bar & Kitchen.

John Oates with the Good Road Band
Jan. 19, Ardmore​

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Oates takes the stage at Ardmore Music Hall with the Good Road Band and Jeffrey Gaines.

13th Annual Lemon Ball
Jan. 19, Philadelphia

Now in its 13th year, the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation’s Lemon Ball brings together hundreds of guests to raise funds to help fight childhood cancer.

Hair O’ the Dog
Jan. 19, Philadelphia

Now in its 25th year, Hair O’ the Dog returns to the Crystal Tea Room, featuring T-Pain and Party Favor. Proceeds benefit Morris Animal Refuge.

Winter Wine-derland at Chaddsford Winery
Jan. 19-20, Chadds Ford

Chaddsford Winery hosts its annual winter wine celebration, featuring ice carvings, giveaways, food trucks and live music.

Longwood Gardens Orchid Extravaganza
Jan. 19-March 24, Kennett Square

Longwood Gardens’ conservatory will be awash in vibrant hues and delicate blooms during its annual Orchid Extravaganza.

National Pie Day at Linvilla Orchards
Jan. 23-27, Media

Celebrate National Pie Day with discounted pies at Linvilla Orchards. It’ll dish up flavors like Dutch apple, coconut custard, sweet potato crunch and more.

Superhero Gala 2019
Jan. 25, Philadelphia

In 2018, over 500 attendees were part of the Superhero Gala. This year’s event will run for 5.5 hours and includes an open bar, dinner, live music, plus a live and silent auction, all in benefit of premature babies in the NICU.

Academy of Music 162nd Anniversary Concert and Ball
Jan. 26, Philadelphia

Celebrating this Philadelphia stalwart’s 162nd birthday, the concert features music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. The white tie ball follows at the Bellevue.

Dancing with the Stars: Live!
Jan 26, Philadelphia

The recently opened Met Philly will host the popular TV show as it heads to the City of Brotherly Love.

19th Annual Beach Ball Gala
Jan. 26, Philadelphia

Cocktails, dinner, dancing, plus auctions make up the Beach Ball Gala, which helps raise funds for cancer patients.

Founders Philly Freeze-Out
Jan. 26, Manayunk

Manayunk transforms into a winter wonderland for this daylong celebration featuring an ice beer garden, hot cocoa bar, live music, ice carving and a chowder and beer-pairing crawl down Main Street.

Chili & Chowder Festival
Jan. 26-27, Chadds Ford

Sample and vote for your favorite chili and chowder dishes during this free food festival at Chaddsford Winery.

Academy of Notre Dame Fine Art Show and Sale
Jan. 26-Feb. 3, Villanova

The Academy of Notre Dame hosts its 46th annual Fine Art Show and Sale, featuring nearly 100 artists, including this year’s featured artist, Shawn Faust. Get a sneak peek at a catered reception on Jan. 25.

Kennett Chocolate Lovers Festival
Jan. 27, Kennett Square

Get your Valentine’s Day fix a few weeks early during this annual event, which features hundreds of cakes, brownies, candies, cookies, cupcakes and more. Proceeds benefit United Way of Southern Chester County.

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