In our humble opinion, it’s time to ditch the fast-fashion spring merchandise—i.e. seven variations of the floral romper, “hippie” fringe jackets and, frankly, other items we think need to go during your spring cleaning frenzy—and start shopping the collections at Philly’s finest indie boutiques. The Northern Liberties Spring Cleaning Sale is no April Fool’s joke, and you need to carve out some free time this weekend check it out. The stores have everything to update your wardrobe and home, at discounted prices that’ll make you want to replace everything you own. (You’re not alone.) Read more »
Editor’s note: It should go without saying that most events in the city are subject to cancelation due to this weekend’s weather, and many of the events on this list have been canceled or postponed, and we’ve noted where they definitely have been. Philly Mag has a running tally of places and events that are closed, as well as those that are open. Please check with any venue before venturing out.
The city is buzzing with talk of snow. Lots of snow. And sledding’s pretty cheap. There’s a good chance that many of the surrounding Philadelphia hills will be blanketed with several inches of snow by the end of the day tomorrow. If that is the case, you better be prepared. Check out our Ultimate Guide to Sledding in Philadelphia.
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This weekend, several holiday attractions throughout the city will keep their doors open for some post-Christmas fun. For those who have filled their Christmas quota, we found some more secular activities people of all faiths can enjoy — musical concerts, theatrical productions, museum events and activities. Check out all our picks below.
America’s favorite furry recluse — the Jim Carrey version — will peak his head out to cap off the 12 Days of Christmas Movies celebration at the RiverRink. The showing will begin at 6 pm and play on loop until late into the evening. Enjoy the film as a backdrop to your skating experience or cozy up on a couch with a friend to give the film individual attention. Friday, December 25th, 6 pm, free, Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 South Columbus Boulevard.
Those oversized scratchy wool sweaters have been waiting all year to be pulled from the back of your closet. Now is their time to shine. The Bleu Martini is inviting you to join them for their annual ugly sweater party hosted by Icon Ryan. Live music will be played by guest DJ O-Boyy and drink specials will be served throughout the night. Friday, December 25th, 9 pm, Bleu Martini, 24 s 2nd Street.
It’s official, folks: We’ve made it to the last weekend before Christmas. There are still plenty of festive ways to celebrate — from Peek-A-Boo Revue’s burlesque show to the elegant performances of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Be sure to see Hedda Gabler — a luxe costume drama staged in the Physick House mansion — and Orbiter 3’s A Knee That Can Bend this weekend; they both close on Sunday. We’ve also got a list of happenings for the Star Wars fans to check out in honor of the debut of The Force Awakens. Check out all our picks below, or just click ahead to the categories that strike your fancy.
This weekend, you can enjoy a host of creative shows and — surprise! — a few holiday-themed events. For the shopping enthusiasts, check out the grand opening of the new Bloomingdale’s Outlet at the Shops at Liberty Place (sneak peek inside here), or the three-day Punk Rock Flea Market. Watch musical performances by the likes of Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, or concerts like Temple University’s Boom Bash featuring artists Lil Kim and Ja Rule. Then there are the local holiday traditions that are pretty much prerequisites: Pennsylvania Ballet’s The Nutcracker, the hilarious Running of the Santas and more. Scroll down to check out all our picks, or just click right ahead to the categories that interest you most:
The modern dance company Philadanco has been renowned around the world for its creative presentation of traditional African-American dance. Returning to the Kimmel this year with X-mas Philes, an interpretation of beloved seasonal classics, the show has become its own Philly holiday tradition. Through Sunday, December 13th, various times, $29-$46, Kimmel Center.
This weekend, there are plenty of holiday celebrations to greet December properly, from shopping opportunities on Rittenhouse Row, to a trio of tree lighting ceremonies, at Christmas Village, Winterfest and South Street.Jewish celebrations aren’t exempt either — enjoy Hanakkah festivities at Latkepalooza with latkes, donuts and ice cream. Want to get away from the Christmas-y mood for a while? Check out a show like Deerhunter at Union Transfer, an award-winning film made by Temple and Penn students, a murder mystery at the Art Museum, and more.
If you want to burn off that turkey and stuffing dinner, or are looking for other ways to spend your Black Friday besides inside a packed mall, there are plenty of to-dos to keep you entertained. Go ice skating for the weekend at the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, or enjoy a cold brew at BRÜ Craft & Wurst. Big names like Philly soul queens Jazmine Sullivan and Jill Scott come to the WDAS Holiday Jam, as well as Earth, Wind & Fire in Atlantic City. And of course, if you’re still pumped for Christmas, get your family photos taken at Breakfast with Saint Nicholas or go see a performance of A Christmas Carol. Check out all that and more options in our list below.
Unique Philly Experiences
Get into the season with the first weekend of Winterfest with plenty of eventful entertainment. Enjoy ice skating and then warm up by the fire pits and cottages, or grab a hot meal in The Lodge. The Arden Theater Company will stop by for Christmas ornament-making inspired by their latest production Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates. Opening day will even have a Star Wars-themed performance with stormtroopers and other villains from the movie franchise. Through Sunday, November 29th, 11 am, $0-$13, 101 South Columbus Boulevard.
At long last, One Liberty will open its doors to the public this weekend. You can be one of the first to see Philly in the round at the city’s now tallest attraction, at 883 feet high. You’ll have to wait just a little bit longer to buy tickets online, but you can sign up to be notified via email, and there are also fast passes to skip the lines. Saturday, November 28th, $14-$19 general admission, 10 am, 1650 Market Street.
Did you take an amazing photo for Philly Photo Day? All 1412 photos submitted have been compiled for a full exhibition, so everyone can see you flex your camera chops. Even if you didn’t participate, you can order prints of your favorites and check out a geotagged map to see where all of the Philly day-in-the-life moments were captured. Through January 2, 2016, 10 am, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center Main Gallery.
On this last weekend before Thanksgiving and the official holiday season, check out events like the Franklin Flea Holiday Market for gift inspiration, or get a sneak peek at this year’s Christmas Village in LOVE Park. The food-lover, music fan and athlete alike will find something to enjoy at a food and beer festival, a handful of unique musical experiences and, of course, the Philadelphia Marathon. All this and more broken down for you below:
Holiday Fun and Shopping
Christmas Village Preview Opening
Get a sneak peek at this year’s Christmas Village at LOVE Park this weekend. Check out new and returning vendors, enjoy mulled wine, hot chocolate and treats. The village will open for real on Thanksgiving Day, with the official ceremony that weekend, just in case you’re already feeling in the Christmas mood after your turkey dinner. Through November 22nd, 11 am, LOVE Park.
Living up to its recent nomination by Vivid Seats as the top live music city in North America, Philly has some great shows coming up this weekend — from Minus the Bear to chillwave-electronica project Neon Indian. Starting to feel the holiday spirit? Go on a Thanksgiving race in the Woodlands, or check out a mini treelighting in Peddler’s Village. Movie-goers can attend the Asian American Film Festival, or the Ritz’s screening of hilarious cult phenomenon The Room. Check out these events and others below for more activity ideas.
Now that Halloween weekend is over, it’s time to enjoy November and the calm before the onslaught that is holiday season. Take advantage of the forecasted nice weather this weekend by checking out the Apple Festival at Peddler’s Village, or the vendors at Clover Market and the fall-version of Art Star Craft Bazaar. Show off your dance moves at Shake It Up Saturdays, or just watch the pros do it at the So You Think You Can Dance or BODYTRAFFIC performances. And of course, there’s plenty of shows for film and music fans, like a midnight screening of camp classic Clue, and Marina and the Diamonds at Electric Factory. We round up all that and more below.