The 22 Best Things to Do Around Philly in November

Our highly curated, strongly opinionated guide to this month’s best events. 

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Seeing Mean Girls is one of the best things to do this November. Photograph by Joan Marcus


The Kingdom Choir
Remember the insanely awesome choir that performed “Stand By Me” at last year’s Royal Wedding? Yeah, them. November 1st at the Merriam Theater.

Fleetwood Mac
Sure, they haven’t released a new album since 2003, and their internal relations are on a napalm level of incendiary, but with a repertoire that includes “The Chain,” “Landslide” and “Gold Dust Woman,” they can get away with it. November 3rd at the Wells Fargo Center.

Erykah Badu
If all you know of the controversial R&B/neo-soul queen is “Tyrone,” you’ve got a lot of catching up to do. November 5th at the Met.

Steely Dan
Performing Aja in its entirety on night one, Gaucho on night two, and their greatest hits on the third (and long ago sold-out) night. November 6th, 8th and 9th at the Met.

Black Violin
Bach meets Jay-Z meets bluegrass at the electrifying concerts put on by these two, yes, black violinists, who have opened for everybody from Aerosmith to Wu-Tang Clan. November 8th at the Academy of Music.

In support of his latest album, My Songs, which offers rearrangements and reimaginings of his (and the Police’s) biggest hits. November 17th at the Met.

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Go see Black Violin this month. Photograph courtesy Kimmel Center


Baby Shark Live
Yes, this is a thing. Yes, there’s a VIP meet-and-greet. I don’t know what else to tell you. Good luck. November 10th at the Academy of Music.

“Happy Place”
Your social-media-happy kids are gonna love what’s been hailed as “the most Instagrammable pop-up in America.” Okay, you’ll love it, too. Through January 5th at the King of Prussia mall.

The rink at Dilworth Park opens on November 8th; Winterfest on the waterfront debuts November 30th. Brrrrr.

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Explore the new Happy Place in KOP. Photograph courtesy Happy Place


“Off the Wall: American Art to Wear”
Wild wearable art from the ’60s and ’70s and beyond. November 10th through May 17th at the Art Museum.

“Cinderella & Co. — Three Fairy Tales Reimagined”
An exploration of varied illustrations over time of Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Three Little Pigs. Who knew the Big Bad Wolf could be so edgy? Through January 5th at the Brandywine River Museum of Art.

“Designs for Different Futures”
Could a giant robot arm be feeding your baby its bottle in the not-too-distant future? This exhibit examines design ideas such as that. Through March 8th at the Art Museum.


The Complete Works of Jane Austen, Abridged
All of them. In 80 minutes. Good fun. Through November 10th at Hill-Physick House.

An Iliad
Philly favorite Mary Tuomanen stars in this modern transformation of Homer’s epic poem. November 13th through December 8th at the Arden.

This Is the Week That Is
1812 Productions’ hilarious annual send-up of American politics and the 24-hour media machine that covers them. November 29th through January 5th at Plays & Players.

Mean Girls
If you liked Tina Fey’s delicious 2004 comedy, you’ll probably love the musical version she’s produced. I’m partial to the tunes “Apex Predator,” “Meet the Plastics” and “I’d Rather Be Me.” November 19th through December 1st at the Academy of Music.

Special Events

Trash Bash
The hip gala and auction in support of RAIR, Philly’s trash-to-art Recycled Artist In Residency program. November 6th at Atelier Fas Gallery.

The Marian Anderson Awards
This year’s recipient? The still funking Kool & the Gang. Probably the only time you’ll be forced to wear black tie to shake your ass to “Get Down On It.” November 12th at the Kimmel Center.


Patriots vs. Eagles
There will be blood. November 17th at the Linc.

Philadelphia Marathon Weekend
An 8K, a half, and, for the masochists among you, a full marathon. November 22nd through 24th at various locations.

Food & Drink

The Great Harvest Cider and Beer Festival
Fan of block parties? This family-friendly one organized by Hawthorne’s ends the season. Bonus: an actual old-school pie-eating contest. November 2nd at 11th and Catharine.

Savor Borgata
Food Network regular Alex Guarnaschelli joins the casino’s top chefs — Bobby Flay, Wolfgang Puck, Michael Schulson and Geoffrey Zakarian among them — for its yearly bacchanalia. November 8th and 9th at the Borgata.

Published as “The Hit List” in the November 2019 issue of Philadelphia magazine.