5 events to get you excited about February in Philly

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February gets a bad rap: It's cold and gray, and we're not allowed to officially start looking foward to spring till March. But maybe it's time to rethink that, what with all the good stuff you can do to get out of the house. Here are our picks for what you have to do to keep your February in Philly awesome. 

Meek Mill and Friends

The Strawberry Mansion-born and -raised rapper has had a tough couple of months, especially with his high-profile breakup from rap queen Nicki Minaj. Visit Meek while on he's on the rebound when he and his buds hit the Wells Fargo Center to promote his 2016 mixtape Dreamchasers 4. Minaj is a guest star on the album, but don't expect her to show up. Still, guys like Pusha T, Young Thug, and Philly's own Lil Uzi Vert could possibly get onstage to support their pal.

7 p.m. Feb. 10, Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. $39.50-$99.50, 215-336-3600, wellsfargocenterphilly.com.

Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention

Get some ink or take a look at the portfolios of the artists who will be showing off some of their best stuff at this show, which brings in some top tat talent. Each day features a new contest — at 11 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Look out for such entertainment as  Alakazam the Human Knot, Olde City Sideshow, and live human suspension.

2 p.m.-midnight Feb. 10, 11 a.m.-midnight Feb. 11, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Feb. 12, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1201 Arch St. $22 (single day) to $45 (three-days), 215-423-4780, www.villainarts.com.

Mummers Mardi Gras

Did you miss out on the Mummers' Broad Street strut? Head to Manayunk and party like it's Fat Tuesday as 16 string bands do their thing down Main Street for an encore performance. The Mummers take to the streets from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., but Manayunk has a full day of family-friendly activities at the ready, like face-painting and photo booths, for those who find the New Year's Day scene a little too celebratory for the little ones.

11 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 18, Main Street, Manayunk, free, 267-437-2127, www.mummersmardigras.com.

The Bodyguard: The Musical 

R&B singer Deborah Cox takes over for Whitney Houston as mega-pop star Rachel Marron, who hires a studly bodyguard to protect her. The movie is perfect for adapation because who could forget that soundtrack? Certainly not the millions who rock out to classics like "Queen of the Night," "Run to You," and, of course, "I Will Always Love You."

Feb. 21-26, Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St. $20-$130, 215-893-1999, www.kimmelcenter.org.

Game of Thrones Live

HBO's Game of Thrones gets our hearts racing before the show even starts — think uber-catchy, pounding theme song. GoT composer Ramin Djawadi, with a full orchestra and choir, brings the musical backbone of the Seven Kingdoms (and beyond) to South Philadelphia. Just watch out for those dragons.

7 p.m. Feb. 26, Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. $39.50-$99.50, 215-336-3600, wellsfargocenterphilly.com.