10 Things to Do in Philly Before the New Year
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.
Dinosaurs and More Discovery Days: The Delaware Museum of Natural History presents a special week-long series of events aimed at those who want to learn more about our prehistoric past. Each day has a different theme, from jurassic giants to extinction. Now through Wednesday, December 30th, various times, $8-9, Delaware Museum of Natural History.
Mysterious Travelers Featuring Anthony DeCarlo: The Free Library teams up with the Philadelphia Jazz Project to present their free concert series on Monday. The founder of Philly’s Tasker House, Anthony DeCarlo will present a new composition inspired by the Great Migration. Monday, December 28th, 7 pm, free, Parkway Central Library.
Thank God It’s Monday!: The folks behind The Awesome Fest bring a a series of 80s and 90s “Must See TV” to The Fillmore, including commercials and unaired television pilots. All guests must be 21 and over, and “sweatpants are encouraged.” Monday, December 28th, 8 pm, free, The Foundry at The Fillmore.
Disney on Ice: The popular family-friendly entertainment continues a Philly stop at the Wells Fargo Center through the new year. Over 50 talented skaters bring your favorite cartoons to life during this sing-a-long celebration. Now through Sunday, January 3rd, various times, $15-100, Wells Fargo Center.
Last Chance: George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker: It’s your final opportunity of the season to catch the classic holiday entertainment by Tschaikovsky in all its glory. It’s the perfect way to ring in the new year with your little sugar plum fairy. Tuesday, December 29th through Thursday, December 31st, various times, $30-135, Academy of Music.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: It was the first big musical hit for Andrew Lloyd Webber that has become an iconic theater masterpiece. The national tour is directed by Hamilton‘s Andy Blankenbuehler and comes to town for a new year’s run. Tuesday, December 29th through Sunday, January 3rd, various times, $45-85, Merriam Theatre.
The Slambovian Circus of Dreams: Lovingly billed as “the hillbilly Pink Floyd,” The Slambovian Circus of Dreams is playing a special “End-of-Year Extravaganza” in Philly that they are calling “New Year’s Eve-Eve-Eve.” Tuesday, December 29th, 8 pm, $24-27, World Cafe Live.
Yoga White Party: Dhyana Yoga will be on hand at the Art Museum for this New Year’s themed yoga practice, followed by a casual stroll through your favorite galleries. There will be henna tattoos, mandala art making, and healthy food/drink options. Wednesday, December 30th, 5:30 pm, pay what you wish, Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Holiday Slam: Philadelphia’s “Best Storyteller of the Year” Steve Clark hosts this post-Christmas bash filled with tales of family, friends, and holiday nightmares. Experienced and novice storytellers are invited to join in the festivities. Wednesday, December 30th, 7 pm, free, City Tap House University City.
Philadelphia Jug Band: The Philadelphia Folk Song Festival favorites will be playing a concert with The Theologicals at World Cafe Live for one night only. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Folksong Society’s new home. Wednesday, December 30th, 8 pm, $13, World Cafe Live.
Our New Year’s Eve Guide: Still looking for a way to celebrate when the ball drops? Don’t miss our Philly New Year’s Eve Guide, filled with 27 ways to ring in 2016 ranging from fireworks to concerts.
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