15 Things to Do in Philly This Weekend

Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

So long, 2016. We already told you where to bring the kids on New Year’s Eve, the best parties to go to, the concerts you won’t want to miss, and details on the two fireworks shows. But if that’s not enough to tide you over until 2017, here are 15 more things to do in Philly this weekend.


Kwanzaa / Nia-Purpose @ The African American Museum in Philadelphia
This Macy’s Family Fun Day at the AAMP celebrates the 50th anniversary of Kwanzaa, with arts and crafts, face painting, games and a candle lighting ceremony, plus dancing with Camara Arts West African Dance and a Drumming Like A Lady performance and community jam session. While you’re there, support local artists at the museum’s pop-up Kwanzaa marketplace.

Art After 5: Just Breathe @ Philadelphia Museum of Art
Instead of its usual Friday evening concert, the Art Museum invites you to join a yoga session or check out a Philadelphia Shambhala Center workshop in the galleries and listen to soothing sitar music in the Great Hall. Read more »

How to Watch the New Year’s Eve Fireworks in Philly

Photo by Matt Stanley

Photo by Matt Stanley

It’s not New Year’s Eve without a fireworks display, whether you’re watching on TV or bundled up at Penn’s Landing. You have two chances to catch the fireworks in Philly, with the SugarHouse Casino New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront taking place first at 6 p.m., for the families and early birds, and then again at midnight.

The fireworks will be timed to music that you can hear if you’re on the waterfront. If you’re not, tune in to KYW NewsRadio to listen to the official soundtrack, synchronized to the bursts of light. NBC10 will broadcast the fireworks live.

Watch the fireworks from one of two Parties on Ice at Blue Cross RiverRink. Photo by Matt Stanley

Watch the fireworks from one of two Parties on Ice at Blue Cross RiverRink. Photo by Matt Stanley

Coinciding with the displays are two New Year’s Eve Parties on Ice at the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, with food, drinks, music, ice skating, and awesome views of the fireworks.

Visit Philadelphia has a map of other spots with great views on both sides of the river. The midnight show will also be streaming on screens at the Lit Brothers Building, at 8th and Market, and at the Kimmel Center.

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14 New Year’s Eve Parties in Philly

Go for the Go Go at Trestle Inn's New Year's Eve party.

Go for the Go Go at The Trestle Inn’s New Year’s Eve party.

Glitter City Gala @ Hyatt at the Bellevue
Times Square can have its giant ball: We’ve got a lit Liberty Bell ready to drop at midnight at the Hyatt. The Glitter City Gala includes live music, DJs, dancing, multiple floors, food, an open bar and professional photographers capturing it all. Warning: I’m told that the “bell drop” coincides with tens of thousands of pieces of confetti, so you’ll likely be picking that out of your hair in the morning.

Making Time @ Union Transfer
Dave P. and crew bring the Making Time party to Union Transfer, with dance music all night long and an open bar.

NYE-A-Go Go @ The Trestle Inn
This New Year’s Eve disco dance party features DJs, Go Go from Lucy Diamonds, Connie Love and Cleopatra Jones, a “welcome” whiskey cocktail to kick off the night, and a Champagne toast at midnight. Read more »

10 Concerts to See on New Year’s Eve

Johnny Showcase & The Mystic Ticket. Photo by Leo Mascaro

Johnny Showcase & The Mystic Ticket. Photo by Leo Mascaro

West Philadelphia Orchestra and Johnny Showcase NYE Blowout @ Underground Arts
Johnny Showcase and the Mystic Ticket team up with West Philadelphia Orchestra at Underground Arts, where the party will be going strong well past midnight. Minka and Muscle Tough support at what’s sure to be a killer show.

Darla and Phil Nicolo’s Eve of Deconstruction @ World Café Live
Ring in 2017 with the “basement blender funk” of Darla, plus Grammy-winning producer Phil Nicolo breaking down rock’s greatest hits from the likes of Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and more. Read more »

Where to Bring the Kids on New Year’s Eve in Philly

The Please Touch Museum in Fairmount Park’s Memorial Hall rings in the New Year during the day with Countdown2Noon. Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

The Please Touch Museum in Fairmount Park’s Memorial Hall rings in the New Year during the day with Countdown2Noon. Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

Kids’ New Year’s Eve Countdown @ Franklin Square
This is your last chance to check out the Franklin Square Holiday Festival and the Electrical Spectacle light show. The free, kid-friendly New Year’s Eve party kicks off at 3 p.m., leading up to the “Square Drop” at 6 p.m. — a giant square of lights lowered from SquareBurger’s roof, à la the Times Square ball. You’ll be able to see the early SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks over the Delaware River, and then the dance party starts inside the Franklin Square pavilion. The Winter Beer Garden will be open for the grown-ups. Read more »

Looking For A Family Friendly New Year’s Eve?


‘Tis the season for a thousand New Year’s Eve party announcements. And while obviously, we get a lot of these flooding into Foobooz World HQ, our strategy in the past has been to cherry pick only the best of them–the cheapest, the most lavish, the most potentially debauched, the oddest–and only tell you about those.

To wit: This one, happening at Lo Spiedo on New Year’s Eve (natch), which has the rare quality of being a NYE celebration for the whole family.

So here’s the deal. This ain’t just any old kid’s (and grown-ups) party. The crew at Lo Spiedo are going all-out with an early party (starts at 6pm, goes until 10pm) that includes a ball drop (at 8pm), buffet dining for both the little and the big, games and activities (interactive board games, face painting, take-home crafts), drink specials for the adults and (this is the coolest part), a mocktail bar for the kids.

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Lilly Pulitzer, Primark and Bradley Cooper: The Best of Shoppist 2015


Each year, it’s so fun to take a peek inside the always entertaining black hole that is our analytics. Here, we can see what make you, dear reader, tick. We can see what you love to read about (Lilly, Lilly, Lilly and more Lilly), which celebs you’re interested in (Bradley Cooper), and the burning fashion questions you have (fading jeans, anyone?). Here, Shoppist’s most 10 popular posts of 2015. Take a spin down memory lane with us, why don’t you, if only so you can find out where Bradley Cooper’s mom shops.  Read more »

How to Master Sequin Eyeshadow and 7 Other NYE Makeup Tricks


Party-worthy makeup.

The easiest way to make a splash on New Year’s Eve is to carry your bold, festive look into your makeup. It’s one of the few nights that glitter actually works (well, if you do it right) and out-there additions (a super-shimmery lip! A sequined eyelid!) won’t raise eyebrows.

Take a look at the top makeup trends on the runway this year and you might be surprised to find that, in some cases, less is more. And in others, well, more is definitely more. (Check out that graphic cat-eye above!) From moody metallics to shimmering neutrals, here are some of our favorite, easy-to-accomplish looks to end 2015 with a bang. Oh, and we’ve got all the how-tos and makeup recs to help you recreate them to perfection. Happy 2016! Read more »

4 Great New Year’s Eve Outfits No One Else Will Be Wearing

If there’s one day of the year when you can get away with wearing almost anything, it’s New Year’s Eve. Still, that doesn’t mean you should revert back to the cliches. As dazzling and party-appropriate as sequins and neon can be (we’ve already professed our love for sequin pants), you’re more likely to stand out if you incorporate one of these 2016 style trends into your end-of-the-year ensemble. Better yet, they’re all great enough to last long after the ball has dropped.  Inspiration ahead!

10 Things to Do in Philly Before the New Year

The cast of "Joseph…" brings their magical coat of many colors to the Merriam Theatre this week.

The cast of “Joseph…” brings their magical coat of many colors to the Merriam Theatre this week.

Make the last week of 2015 a fun-filled one: There’s plenty of events leading up to New Year’s Eve that will keep everyone in the family occupied, including the arrival of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, a 80’s TV marathon, and concerts ranging from jazz to jugbands. We’ve also included our one-stop guide for 27 great ways to ring in the New Years.

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