Cheap Date: Philly Events for $20 and Under, Jan. 19 to 21 | Philly Views
January 16, 2018

Cheap Date: Philly Events for $20 and Under, Jan. 19 to 21

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 dance showcases to bird watching, and everything in between, find your plans this weekend with Cheap Date.


Friday, 1.19

Daft Krunk – Throwback Dance Tracks

The Barbary


If you’ve been missing early 2000s dance bangers, then this is for you. From Outkast to Beyonce, this themed event will be playing all the tracks you’ve been longing to hear starting at 10 pm.


Nate Staniforth: Real Magic Tour


$15 to $18

Do you miss watching magic shows as a kid? Well, this event will quench your nostalgia. Bring a date or a friend and come see world renowned magician, Nate Staniforth, perform a mystifying show at 8 pm.


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Johnny Brenda’s


Indie and garage rock show at this Fishtown venue. Show starts at 9.


Woven Strands Opening

Mütter Museum


See the new exhibit at Philadelphia’s mildly disturbing medical museum. The opening reception is on Thursday, but you can see the new exhibit Woven Strands: The Art of Human Hair Work this weekend.


Emily Sachs Dance Benefit 2018

Iron Gate Theatre


Held in honor of a Penn student who passed away in 1995, this dance performance will start at 7 pm. All proceeds will benefit CHOP’s Asthma Program. Tickets are sold at the door.


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Everybody Hits Philadelphia

$10 to $12

Come to the batting cages/music venue and see five punk bands. This is a benefit show for Punk Talks: an organization dedicated to making mental health treatment accessible. Show starts at 8 pm.


Saturday, 1.21


The Dolphin Tavern


If you’re tired of listening to bars shuffle through a Top 40 playlist, come enjoy this strictly indie dance party. From Daft Punk to LCD Soundsystem, this playlist offers classic alt dance hits for anyone and everyone.


Tropidelic w/ Flobots



With a fusion of reggae, funk and hip-hop, Tropidelic provides the perfect performance for anyone seeking an energetic show. Rock and hip-hop band Flobots are opening for their 7 pm set.


Philadelphia Young Musicians Orchestra

Temple Performing Arts Center


With performers ranging from ages 10 through 17, come out at 4 pm and support Philly’s young musicians. Classical music from Beethoven to Mozart will be played.


Video Violence with VHS Swap 

South Street Cinema


This Old City indie theater is being transformed into a video store for one night. Come enjoy a free VHS swap and a viewing of the ’80s cult classic: Video Violence.


Skeletor’s Karaoke Gung Show 

The Trocadero


Come to this venue for a night of Philadelphia karaoke in Chinatown starting at 10:30 pm. Beware of Skeletor’s gong – you might be thrown offstage.


Sunday, 1.21

Small CircleQueen Moo/ Snowhaus /AllegrA

Everybody Hits Philadelphia

$8 to $10

From indie rock to punk, these four bands are a great taste of the city’s D.I.Y. scene. Bring a date, friend or even just yourself to this 7 pm show for some quality live music.


Becca Stevens

World Cafe Live

$10 to $12

A mix of pop, rock and r&b, come out and see this acclaimed singer perform tracks from her recent album. Held in the upstairs lounge, the show starts at 9 pm.


Bird Walk with Edie Parnum

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum


From 9 to 11 am, there’ll be an educational walk to see over 300 bird species at this nature reserve.


Excuse My Dust – January Edition!

Good Good Comedy Theatre


If you want to see a quick comedy set from 8 to 9 pm, then this event is for you. With multiple performers, there’ll be a show and free wine.


Koresh Artist Showcase: January Black Box Series

Koresh Dance


This Rittenhouse dance company is holding a showcase at 6 pm. Come out and support local emerging dancers at this hour-long performance.

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