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

Louis C.K., Stevie Nicks, Jurassic World — and everything else worth doing in one handy calendar.

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.

Savor Borgata
Michael Symon | Photo courtesy Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

Michael Symon | Photo courtesy Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

Nov. 4-5 at Borgata // If you’re a high roller, you might be able to get into the super-VIP chef’s tasting with Michael Symon, Iron Chef and Chew co-host, who’s set to debut his Italian restaurant at the Borgata next spring.

The Hooters

Nov. 4-5 at Keswick Theater // We still turn up “All You Zombies” when Pierre Robert plays it on the radio.

The First Person Arts Festival

Nov. 7-19 at various locations // The 15th annual celebration of real people and their real-life stories.

Drive-By Truckers

Nov. 9 at Union Transfer // Touring in support of their controversial new album, American Band, which takes on such issues as guns and race relations in a way you might not expect from a Southern rock group.

Mary J. Blige and Maxwell

Nov. 9 at Wells Fargo Center // It’s 1995 all over again.

In My Body

Nov 9-13 at Prince Music Theater // This world-premiere musical looks at our relationship to our corporeality.

Benjamin Beilman
Benjamin Beilman | Photo by Giorgia Bertazzi

Benjamin Beilman | Photo by Giorgia Bertazzi

Nov. 10-12 at Kimmel Center // The hotshot Curtis grad and his violin perform Prokofiev with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Nowhere Fast

Nov. 11 and 17 at La Peg at FringeArts // Theater creator Sam Tower and Brat Productions, under the direction of Jess Conda, team up for what they’re calling a “rock-noir cabaret.”

A Prairie Home Companion

Nov. 12 at Academy of Music // Be part of the audience for a live broadcast of public radio’s enduring show.


Nov. 15 at Convention Center // Philly Mag’s fifth conference of big ideas features Phillies co-owner John Middleton, Black Lives Matter activist Asa Khalif and restaurateur Nicole Marquis of HipCityVeg, among many others.

Trash Bash

Nov. 16 at RAIR // The annual fund-raiser for Recycled Artists In Residency, the unusual local nonprofit that provides artists with workspaces and access to hundreds of tons of waste at the recycling center in North Philly it calls home. Prepare to bid on some very cool art at the silent auction.

Jean and Terry: Your Guides Through Dark, Light, and Nebulous

Nov. 17-19 at FringeArts  // Daring local theatrical duo Melissa Krodman and Kelly Bond in what’s sure to be a bizarre exploration of what they’re dubbing the Universal Consciousness. Putting the fringe in Fringe.

Stevie Nicks

Nov. 20 at Wells Fargo Center // With the Pretenders, no less.

An American in Paris

Nov. 22-27 at Academy of Music // The new Tony-winning adaptation of the Gershwin classic.

The Wonder Years

Nov. 23 at Fillmore // The Philly band of the moment.

Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience

Nov. 26 at Borgata // The son of the late Led Zeppelin drummer is no slouch when it comes to playing his dad’s instrument and songs.

“Jurassic World: The Exhibition”
Jurassic World | Photo courtesy The Franklin Institute

Jurassic World | Photo courtesy The Franklin Institute

Nov. 25-Apr. 23 at The Franklin Institute // See the incredible animatronic creations from the movie in action at this blockbuster touring exhibit.

Andra Day
Andra Day | Photo by Myriam Santos

Andra Day | Photo by Myriam Santos

Nov. 27 at Union Transfer // If you haven’t heard the glorious voice of this California girl, do yourself a favor and download her anthemic “Rise Up”— and then see her before she skyrockets.

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Nov. 30 at Academy of Music // The world’s only entertaining astrophysicist takes a look at what Hollywood got right and wrong in films like Star Wars and The Martian.

This article first appeared in the November 2016 issue of Philadelphia magazine.