Cheap Date: Philly Events for $20 and Under, Jan. 12 to 14 | Philly Views
January 9, 2018

Cheap Date: Philly Events for $20 and Under, Jan. 12 to 14

Written by Bernie Rodgers

You deserve to have a good weekend, and Philly Views can help you with that. Cheap Date is a guide to weekend events that are $20 and under. It doesn’t matter if it’s a first date, 100th date or just something to do with friends.

From live music to drag-themed karaoke, and everything in between, find your plans this weekend with Cheap Date.


Friday, 1.12

WildhoneyHurry / Glitterer / Empath

Everybody Hits Philadelphia

$7 to $10

With a combination of pop, punk, and electronic, this set offers something for everyone.


Sound & Vision – A Philly Loves Bowie Event

The Trestle Inn


If you’re a fan of craft beer and an even bigger fan of David Bowie, then we have the event for you. The Trestle Inn is hosting a Bowie night with all proceeds being donated to the Cancer Center at CHOP.


Pulp II at Arch Enemy Arts

Arch Enemy Arts


Come out and support Philly’s local artists. Visit this Old City gallery for its Pulp II exhibition, featuring new pieces by nine artists.


Glow in the Dark Dodgeball



Visit this Northeast Philly community center for an epic game of dodgeball. With doors opening at 7 pm, the game will be glow in the dark and feature special guests.


First Friday & Wellness Weekend 

Learn Reiki Philadelphia

$1 to $15

If you’re interested in spiritual and healing arts, come visit this Old City wellness center. Everything from reiki treatments to astrology readings will be offered.


Saturday, 1.13

Saturday Morning Cartoons



Nostalgic about eating cereal and watching ’90s cartoons in your underwear? Me too. Well, bring your date to PhilaMOCA for a noon viewing of classic cartoon re-runs from Nickelodeon. Free cereal included.


Saturdays at Silk City: DJ Deejay

Silk City

$5 to $10

If you want to attend a DJ set and have your requests actually played for once, come to Silk City this Saturday. DJ Deejay is playing ’90s throwbacks and also taking all requests.


Scary Monsters & Super Queens

Ruba Club

$10 to $20

Do you want to go to the club for a Bowie-themed drag night and also donate to the Cancer Center at CHOP? Knock out two birds with one stone this Saturday night at the Ruba Club. All proceeds from the event will benefit CHOP.


The Dolphin Presents: Case Bloom

The Dolphin Tavern


What better way to get warm than grooving to dance bangers all night? Bring a date, or a friend, and enjoy DJ Case Bloom’s mix of house, funk, hip-hop, and anything in between at 10 pm.


The Messthetics (ex-Fugazi)ScramThe Writhing Squares


$12 to $15

Instrumental psych and punk show at this Spring Garden venue. Enjoy a beer and watch this live set at 8:30 pm.


Sunday, 1.14

The Barbary Presents: Drag-aoke!

The Barbary


Four perfomers are teaming up with The Barbary to hold a drag-themed karaoke night. Between the performances, karaoke will be open to the audience at this 21 and up event.


Improv Comedy: Long Story Short

Philly Improv Theater


There’s no excuse to stay home since this event is pay what you can. Live comedy performances will be held at 7 pm along with stories told by guests.


The Good Good Hour: Abby Rosenquist

Good Good Comedy Theater


This Center City comedy venue is holding an hour-long set for Abby Rosenquist. Starting at 8 pm, this will be the awarded comedienne’s first full-hour set ever.


Sunday’s Free Improv Jam

Philly Improv Theater


PHIT Comedy is hosting its weekly free improv show at 9 pm. The performers range from experts to amateurs, even audience members are selected to perform.


9 Ball MVP Tournament

Daly’s Irish Pub


Love to shoot pool? Bring a date and come compete in the 9 Ball MVP Tournament this Sunday at 8 pm.

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