Thursday, 6 p.m.
117 S 17th St.
This annual event makes the trip across the pond this year, taking inspiration from retro British glamour. Dress in your 60s best and play classic casino games, dine and drink with Square 1682 and bid on fabulous auction items. All proceeds benefit ActionAIDS, a Philly organization dedicated to helping prevent HIV/AIDS, as well as provide a community for those affected by the disease.
Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles
Thursday through Feb. 14
250 S Broad St.
From $30, Kimmelcenter.org
As tribute bands go, Rain is one of the more hardline, true-to-the-original experiences, even changing clothes to correspond to the time period of each song. Featuring lights, graphics and real musical talent, this foursome plays Beatles’ favorites note for note, delivering what must be one of the most authentic Beatles experiences around.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Wells Fargo Center
3601 S Broad St.
From $68, Wellsfargocenterphilly.com
It’s never too late to really impress your valentine. Bruce Springsteen comes to Philly this Friday, mercifully bridging the gap between those who want a Valentine’s Day to remember and those who just want to party. If you can score a ticket to this show, consider yourself off the hook once the real February 14 rolls around.
Sunday, 8 p.m.
300 S Broad St
Bossa nova singer and Brazilian music royalty Bebel Gilberto tours in support of her latest album, Tudo. Combining jazz, lounge and electronic influences, her music is an eclectic, modern take on bossa nova, including influences from the well-known Brazilian styles of samba and Tropicalia.
The Philadelphia Suns Lion Dance Parade
Sunday, 11 a.m.
Begins at 10th and Spring Streets
The Philadelphia Suns concludes its celebration of the Chinese New Year with a parade through Chinatown featuring costumes, firecrackers and dancing. A martial arts performance will take place at 12:30 p.m. at the corner of 10th and Arch Streets.
‘Headed to the White House’
Friday through Nov. 13
The National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Free with admission, Constitutioncenter.org
The National Constitution Center debuts an exhibit centered on the 2016 election this President’s Day Weekend. Visitors can begin by learning about the history of elections, the strategy of campaigning and the changing face of voting rights and finish by casting a ballot and taking the oath of office. This exhibit lasts right up until Election Day.
Art After 5: Tango Night
Friday, 5 p.m.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Begin the Valentine’s Day weekend by throwing off your tired work shoes and slipping into something less comfortable. Dancers from the Philadelphia Argentine Tango School will perform the dance of love and give lessons to novices and experts alike, all to the sounds of the Rodolfo Zanetti Tango Quartet.
Wild at Heart
Sunday through Feb. 15
3400 W. Girard Avenue
Free with admission, Philadelphiazoo.org
The Philadelphia Zoo presents a Valentine’s Day-themed program, featuring a tour of the zoo’s animal couples. Observe zookeepers giving treats to the animals, learn about the love lives and attraction rituals of some of the zoo’s inhabitants and admire the animal-themed creations of an ice carver.
First Person Arts StorySlam: The Ex-Files
Sunday, 6:30 p.m.
1200 Callowhill St.
From $11, Firstpersonarts.org
Even for the happily coupled, sitting next to a red-bedecked twosome in a crowded restaurant as they share a dessert spoon is not most people’s idea of a perfect Valentine’s Day. First Person Arts invites the jilted and the jaded to share their stories of love gone wrong in a five-minute humorous monologue for the chance to win $100 and a place in the Grand Slam competition.
Thursday through March 27
1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square
Free with admission, Longwoodgardens.org
Over 500 beautiful orchids grace the paths and greenhouses of Longwood Gardens, arranged in breathtaking displays, including a 12-foot high archway and a swaying, fragrant curtain of blooms. Let the sweet scent overtake you as you revel in nature’s rainbow that is the orchid.
Thursday through Feb. 15
Academy of Music
240 S. Broad Street
From $19, Operaphila.org
Opera Philadelphia presents “Oscar,” the story of playwright Oscar Wilde and his life of drama and tragedy. The opera follows the court proceedings of Wilde’s trial convicting him of being homosexual in late 1800s London. On Saturday the Opera celebrates Philly’s LGBT community with a pre-performance discussion and a $20 discount.