5 fun things to do in Philly this week

Fishtown Social owner Vanessa Wong will pop a lot of corks while hosting a natural wine tasting event and fundraiser on Tuesday Feb. 18.
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Looking for fun and unique things to do in Philly this week? Metro has you covered.

5 fun things to do in Philly this week

Old City LOOP

If you’re in wedding planning mode, this is the event for you. Brûlée Catering hosts a fun bus tour to visit three of their historic venues and sample dishes that could be on the menu at your wedding. Start with a cocktail hour and hors d’oeuvres at the National Constitution Center, sample their most popular dishes at a Small Plates station at Independence Visitor’s Center and finish with dessert (including a flaming donut station) at the Museum of the American Revolution. All guests will be entered in a raffle to win $5,000 toward your wedding. This event is free, but advance registration is required.

Feb. 19, 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m., National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St., Free (Registration Required), brûlée-catering.com

Normandy Dinner at Bistrot La Minette

Don’t miss your limited chance to try renowned dishes from Normandy by the way of Queen Village. The neighborhood’s own Bistrot La Minette will serve a special menu highlighting the region’s most famous flavors and dishes, including seafood, cheese and cider. The four course menu begins with a spicy fish soup and has a Normandy-style poached chicken breast for the main course. And of course, it wouldn’t be a French meal without a cheese plate and a beautiful pastry for dessert. The meal costs $35 per person and there is an optional $15 beverage pairing that includes ciders, a signature cocktail and aperitif.

Feb. 19-20, Multiple times, Bistrot La Minette, 623 S 6th St., $35, bistrotlaminette.com

Drink Like a Fish(towner)

Meet friends in Fishtown for an evening of natural wine tasting, snacks and building community. Fishtown Social hosts its first Drink Like a Fish(towner) fundraiser that gives natural wine lovers a chance to mingle as well as raising money for the local PSPCA. You’ll have the chance to choose from 100 different wines to taste from owner Vanessa Wong’s Instagram-worthy bottle shop and bar. Light bites are also included in the ticket price. Purchase tickets for $65 apiece or $100 per pair.

Feb. 18, 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Fishtown Social, 1525 Frankford Ave., $65, fishtownsocial.com

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David Young at Free Library

Old City is typically thought of as the most historic section of the city, but did you know that Germantown is considered to be America’s most historic neighborhood? Author and neighborhood resident David Young will speak about his 2019 book “Battles of Germantown” and expand on what he refers to as “effective public history”, an effective tool for uncovering the real history of a neighborhood. Registration is encouraged for this free event.

Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m., Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St., Free, freelibrary.org

Glamsino Royale

Get ready to attend the most glamorous happy hour for a good cause. The Kimpton Hotel Palomar in Center City hosts a night of cocktails, classic casino games and entertainment to raise money for Action Wellness, the Philly nonprofit that provides a healthcare and a range of other services for people with HIV. Don’t miss the chance to see DJ Sharyn Stone, a popular Gayborhood DJ who works on a variety of HIV/AIDS causes. If you’re feeling lucky, you can enter a variety of raffles to win prizes like hotel stays at Kimpton properties throughout the U.S.

Feb. 20, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Kimpton Hotel Palomar, 117 S 17th St., $50, actionwellness.org

BY: Madeline Presland 

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