Cheap Date: Philly Events for $20 and Under, Feb. 23 to 25 | Philly Views
February 20, 2018

Cheap Date: Philly Events for $20 and Under, Feb. 23 to 25

Written by Breanna Perez

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 the Mardi Gras Parade to a boozy brunch, and everything in between, find your plans this weekend with Cheap Date.


Friday, 2.23

’90s Party

The Barbary

Break out your favorite ’90s gear and dance the night away to your favorite throwback jams. Enjoy $1 PBRs and $3 well drinks until 11 pm. Both ’90s and ’00s music will be played.


Lane 8 Tour

Union Transfer
$16 to 18

Daniel Goldstein (Lane 8) will be touring to Philadelphia to perform his new album, Little By Little. Event starts at 7:30 pm.


Cartoon Cabaret


A night full of tunes sung by your favorite cartoon characters. This was voted the Best Comedy Act in Philly. Event is from 7 to 9 pm. Costumes are encouraged.


Karaoke Night

Johnny Brenda’s

Starting at 8:30 pm, this karaoke night will be backed by a full band. If you want to find more Philadelphia karaoke, check out our guide.


Final Fridays: King Britt

Philadelphia Art Museum

Every month, Final Fridays offers an after-hours event that consists of live music, gallery tours, drinks and food. Final Fridays is back and this time its music-based tour is presented by King Britt, a local DJ and record producer from Philadelphia. The night will start off with a DIY art and music-making labs. To continue the fun, live performances from King Britt and other artists, including Ursula Rucker, Suphala, Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste and Xenia Rubinos, will be given. The festivities begin at 5 pm.


Dinos After Dark

The Academy of Natural Science of Drexel University
Pay what you wish

On the fourth Friday of every month, the Academy of Natural Sciences is hosting a pay-what-you-wish event and, yup you guessed it, it falls on this Friday. From 5 to 8 pm you can enjoy family activities and a beer garden. Although the event is free, the suggested donation is $10, which will go towards feeding their live animals.


Go Eagles! #flyeaglesfly #superbowl

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Saturday, 2.24

Raw Spa Pop-Up


At the Rittenhouse Square Famers Market a pop-up will be selling fresh skin treatments as well as seasonal treatments. This is a reoccuring event until April 28. This event is at 10 am.


Wizards Assemble Pub Crawl

Old City

Looking for a magical night? From 4 to 10 pm, you will be able to crawl around Philadelphia with all-night specials, including free welcome butter beer, happy hour all day and 40% off drinks and 25% off food. Participating venues include JJ Bootleggers, Gaslight Tavern, Old City Beer Garden, Silence Dogood’s, and more.


Improv Night

Calvary Center for Culture and Community

This improv night is hosted by Bright Invention. They will bring you “immersive improv” and frequently serve snacks and drinks. The shows are never repeated. This event starts at 8 pm.


RiverPalooza Music Festival

Mad River Manayunk
$5 to 15

Winter RiverPalooza is back with an all day indoor and outdoor festival. Specials, including $3 Bud Light, $5 Fireball, and $5 Red Bull Vodkas are from noon to 2 pm. Performers include GoodMan Fiske,  Go Go Gadjet, Gypsy Wisdom, Five Times Famous, Piano Fight Club, and DJs in between sets.

Secret Service playing the best song EVER! #Riverpalooza

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Sunday, 2.25

Live On Walnut

Toasted Walnut Bar & Kitchen

This will be a night filled with hip-hop and R&B underground artists. Performers include Judah Priest, Supreem Da Rezarekta, The Vizual Prophet, and many more. Beers start at $4 and well drinks at $5 all night. Event is from 7:30 to 11:30 pm.


The Oscars Jams

Philly Improv Theater

This is a night specialized in celebrating the year in movies with themed games, music and video sketches.


Manayunk Mardi Gras Parade

Main Street

The annual Mummer’s Mardi Gras parade is back with 16 marching bands. This day-long event will raise money for The Mummers. The parade is from 1 to 7 pm. Rain date is March 4.

All the sequins in Philly #manayunkmardigras

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Manayunk Mummers Mardi Gras Fun Run

Philadelphia Runner

With the Mardi Gras Parade starting around 1 pm, this fun run through the neighborhood will be the beginning of the festivities. After the run, treats and deals will be given out back at the store to watch the rest of the parade. This run begins at 11 am and lasts until the beginning of the parade.


Drag Your Ass To Brunch

Bourbon & Branch
$5 to 15

Enjoy a Sunday Funday with a boozy brunch at Bourbon & Branch’s last Sunday event. You’ll be entertained by Brittany Lynn & The Philly Drag Mafia. You’ll also have the chance to win shots and prizes. Brunch, including pancakes, egg Benedict, and mimosas and drink specials, will be sold separately. Show begins at noon.



Dilworth Park

This Sunday is the last day to enjoy Dilworth Park’s Wintergarden for the season. Here, you can eat, drink, ice skate and travel through the Greater Philadelphia Gardens all located at the Rothman Institute Cabin.

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