This city, try as it might, is still trying to find its identity when it comes to wine (our blue-collar roots coupled with some of the silliest liquor laws on the planet can really stifle an industry). But over the years, Philly’s wine world, led by a select few impassioned restaurant owners, beverage directors, general managers, and wine purveyors, scratched and clawed their way to the top, bringing with them some enviable wine programs. It was only in the last decade that Philly went from a town of “house whites” and red zinfandel to a town of orange wines and funky rosés.
So like it does every year, Philly Wine Week will showcase some of the city’s best wine programs with wine-focused events through the week (this week). For the full list of events, hit up the Wine Week website. Otherwise, here’s a list to get you started.
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Johnny Showcase | Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou
This Month’s Really Big Show
If you want to know how we’ll be celebrating New Year’s Eve, look no further than sweaty South Philly funk wizard Johnny Showcase. The perpetually Spandexed singer and his 10-piece “absurdist soul outfit” are teaming up with Balkan brass dance band West Philadelphia Orchestra for a double bill sure to leave you too wrecked for the Mummers the next day. It’s okay; you can watch the parade on TV.
December 31st at Underground Arts.
And 26 Other Things to Do in Philly This Month
Nov. 23-Jan. 29 at Arden // Perfect for when the little ones really start getting on your nerves over the holidays.
Nov. 29-Dec. 11 at Wilma // Written, directed and performed by Lebanese-Canadian artist Wajdi Mouawad, Seuls tells the semi-autobiographical story of a man ripped out of his homeland as a child due to civil war. Critics have been raving.
The Carols | Mark Garvin
Dec. 1-31 at Plays & Players // Need a good laugh right about now? Look no further than this world-premiere musical from the always-funny 1812 Productions.
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Nowhere Fast, at La Peg at FringeArts this month |Photo by Travis Chantar
Through Nov. 27 at Arden // A drag queen-led musical comedy starring Dito van Reigersberg of Martha Graham Cracker fame.
Nov. 2-30 at Da Vinci Art Alliance // New works from three area visual artists, including Best of Philly-winning photographer Sarah Bloom.
Nov. 2-3 at FringeArts // An early work from the provocative French choreographer.
Courtesy Teagan and Sara
Nov. 3 at The Fillmore // Hard to believe they’ve been at this for more than 20 years.
Nov. 3 at Wells Fargo Center // Widely considered the best comedian of his generation.
Nov. 3-Apr. 9 at PAFA // Plenty of exhibits have focused on artistic responses to Vietnam and other, more modern wars, but this is the first major exhibition to examine how American artists viewed the “War to End All Wars.”
Nov. 4 at Wells Fargo Center // Simone Biles and Gabby Douglas in the flesh.
Nov. 4-5 at Tower Theater // The kickoff to a hotly anticipated five-city tour from the grungy Pearl Jam/Soundgarden supergroup. Read more »
Halloween is fast approaching, friends, so it’s high time you locked down your plans. To help you out, we’ve rounded up 27 Halloween events happening around town, from costume fêtes to costume pub crawls to costume runs and plenty more. (Seriously, don’t be that guy who shows up without a costume, okay?) Here’s to a frighteningly fantastic Halloween in Philly.
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Bernie Sanders speaks at the 2016 Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia | Photo: Wikimedia Commons
What will Bernie Sanders do after the election is over?
Sanders gained a huge gathering of followers during his run for the presidency. Though he lost the Democratic nomination to Hillary Clinton, not all of his supporters have joined him in backing the Democratic nominee and her running mate, Tim Kaine. When the election ends, Sanders will be back in Congress — with a higher profile than he’s ever had before. What will he do? Read more »
Pumpkins and hayrides at Wilcox Farms in Boyertown |Photograph by Steve Schultz
It’s time to celebrate the best season of the year, Philadelphia. We survived the swampy heat of summer, and now it’s cool, crisp days for as far as the eye can see.
Make the most of the changing leaves and autumn breezes by heading to a picturesque rural farm. (Don’t want to leave Center City? No problem — check out the fall happenings at Reading Terminal Market and Franklin Square below.) From hayrides to spooky attractions, bonfires to pumpkin contests, these 15 fall festivals will get you in the spirit in no time.
And, hey, if all else fails, you can always treat yourself to a pumpkin-spice latte.
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Philly Beer Week
Friday, June 3rd
Philly Beer Week Nothing says summer in the city like legions of discounted draughts. From rooftops to gardens to pop-up pubs, the anticipated tap-takeover kicks off this weekend with an itinerary of tastings scattered throughout Philly. (Here’s a fun drinking game: Take a sip every time a beer event is mentioned in this roundup.) Read more »
Philly’s first Memorial Day concert premieres at The Mann on Saturday | Photo courtesy of The Mann
Friday, May 27th
Opening of Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest @ Penn’s Landing Cruise along the waterfront as the iconic ice skating rink converts to a rollerblading oasis for the summer season.
Devon Horse Show and County Fair Those mammoth Derby hats convene on the Main Line, as equine enthusiasts celebrate the 120th season of the oldest and largest outdoor multi-breed competition in the United States. Read more »