Philly Nightlife Calendar: The 27 Best Things to Do in December

Johnny Showcase | Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

Johnny Showcase | Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

This Month’s Really Big Show

Johnny Showcase

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
A Year With Frog and Toad

Nov. 23-Jan. 29 at Arden // Perfect for when the little ones really start getting on your nerves over the holidays.

Seuls

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
The Carols | Marc Garvin

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.

Norah Jones

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Philly Nightlife Calendar: The 27 Best Things to Do in November

Nowhere Fast, at La Peg at FringeArts this month |Photo by Travis Chantar

Nowhere Fast, at La Peg at FringeArts this month |Photo by Travis Chantar

The Legend of Georgia McBride

Through Nov. 27 at Arden // A drag queen-led musical comedy starring Dito van Reigersberg of Martha Graham Cracker fame.

“The Three Realms: A Dialogue Among Earth, Sea, and Sky”

Nov. 2-30 at Da Vinci Art Alliance // New works from three area visual artists, including Best of Philly-winning photographer Sarah Bloom.

Jérôme Bel

Nov. 2-3 at FringeArts // An early work from the provocative French choreographer.

Tegan and Sara
Courtesy Teagan and Sara

Courtesy Teagan and Sara

Nov. 3 at The Fillmore // Hard to believe they’ve been at this for more than 20 years.

Louis C.K.

Nov. 3 at Wells Fargo Center // Widely considered the best comedian of his generation.

“World War I and American Art”

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.”

Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Nov. 4 at Wells Fargo Center // Simone Biles and Gabby Douglas in the flesh.

Temple of the Dog

Nov. 4-5 at Tower Theater // The kickoff to a hotly anticipated five-city tour from the grungy Pearl Jam/Soundgarden supergroup. Read more »

27 Ways to Celebrate Halloween Season in Philadelphia

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 Is Coming to the Free Library Next Month

Bernie Sanders - DNC

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 »

15 Fall Festivals and Autumn Outings You Can’t Miss This Year

Pumpkins and hayrides at Wilcox Farms in Boyertown |Photograph by Steve Schultz

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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29 Things to Do in Philly This Weekend

Philly Beer Week 2016

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 »

25 Things to Do Memorial Day Weekend in Philadelphia

25 Things to Do Memorial Day Weekend in Philadelphia

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 »

The Best Things to Do, Places to Eat and Adventures to Have This Summer in Philly

Outdoor dining at Morgan's Pier on the Delaware Riverfront | Photo courtesy courtesy Morgan's Pier

Outdoor dining at Morgan’s Pier on the Delaware Riverfront | Photo courtesy courtesy Morgan’s Pier

Does anyone else feel like this year is flying by insanely fast? We’re currently staring down Memorial Day weekend, friends, marking the unofficial start of summer, if you can believe it. As all the rain these past few months has left us feeling ever so robbed of a postcard-perfect spring, we’re pinning all our hopes on what summer has in store for us here in Philly. Read more »

TOP PICKS: 6 Unique LGBTQ Events This Weekend

The Welcoming Committee’s monthly LGBTQ pop-up party is taking place at another unsuspecting bar.

The Welcoming Committee’s monthly LGBTQ pop-up party is taking place at another unsuspecting bar.

FRIDAY EVENTS

Guerrilla Queer Bar Philadelphia
9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Secret mystery location.

The Welcoming Committee is back at it again this First Friday. Be a part of their monthly party crusade, which pops up at typically straight bars and gays out! Tickets can be purchased online, with various special accommodations and offers.

Franky’s Foxes with DJ Chris Urban
9:30 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Franky Bradley’s, 1320 Chancellor Street; over 21

DJ Chris Urban rocks the house with dance music, foxy performers, and fun. Tickets can be purchased online, with various special accommodations and offers.

CUTN PASTE // Emerald City
10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The Bike Stop, 206 South Quince Street; over 21

The Emerald City comes alive with an electric mix of music, dance, and performance that will have you turning up on that yellow brick road. The cover charge is only $5, and this event prides itself on being an all-inclusive social for all LGBTQ identities.

SATURDAY EVENTS

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Community Health
12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Gathers Recreation Center, 2501-19 West Diamond Street; all ages

Philadelphia FIGHT is honoring National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day by having a free event geared toward empowering and aiding individuals, featuring free food, rapid HIV testing, networking, and some impressive giveaways.

Poker Tournament at Stir Benefiting DVLF
4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Stir Lounge, 1705 Chancellor Street; over 21

Q-Poker gets charitable for DVLF with an epic poker tournament at one of the Gayborhood’s favorite bars. There will be free pizza and drink specials with $20 buy-ins, $15 re-buys and $10 add-ons, all benefiting DVLF.

“The Narrow Door” & “Cities I’ve Never Lived In” – Paul Lisicky & Sara Majka
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Big Blue Marble Bookstore, 551 Carpenter Lane; all ages

Two great book readings geared toward LGBTQ audiences are happening at one great event. Stop by and hear from popular authors Paul Lisicky and Sara Majka as they introduce two new books covering the themes of love and relationships through fact, fiction and feminism.

NOTE: If you have weekend LGBTQ events that you would like considered for our top picks, please email us at gphilly@phillymag.com.

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