77 Things to Do in Philly This Weekend

Gobble gobble! It's an overstuffed holiday weekend with lights, theater, shopping and all sorts of merriment around town.


Naomi Rodgers stars in Tina — The Tina Turner Musical at the Academy of Music through December 4th. / Photograph by Matthew Murphy for MurphyMade

MULTIPLE DAYS

Get your vaxes, get your boosters, and stay home if you don’t feel well. Test yourself if you’re not sure. Dress in layers. Take stock of what you have to be thankful for. Donate to a good cause. If a friend asks you for help, you help them. Hydrate. Keep watching the skies. And above all be nice to other Philadelphians. They all have it worse than you do.

OUTDOORS/ICE SKATING
Winterfest
Winterfest returns to the RiverRink with a family-friendly program this weekend with ice skating, food, fire pits, cabins, games, and so on. Opening weekend, November 25th-27th, includes an Ugly Sweater Contest, live music by Orchestra 2001, Small Business Saturday Market and more. See our guide to the RiverRink and related activities here.
Free to enter, opens November 25th, continues through March 5th, Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, 101 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard.

THEATER
Tina — The Tina Turner Musical
Katori Hall’s jukebox music tells the story of Tina Turner’s remarkable life and career, and includes songs like “The Best,” “Private Dancer,” “What’s Love Got to Do with It?” and lots more. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd.
$25-$129, through December 4th, Academy of Music, 240 South Broad Street.

THEATER
Miss Bennet — Christmas at Pemberley
Chestnut Hill’s Stagecrafters Theater presents this Jane Austentacious holiday tale of “gentle manners and comic misunderstandings” by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon. Directed by Jane Toczek. Stars Sam Oberle, Carly Belko, Mark Sherlock, Lillian Moffatt and more.
$26-$30, Thursdays-Sundays, November 25th-December 8th, Stagecrafters Theater, 8130 Germantown Avenue.

LIGHTS/HOLIDAYS
LumiNature
In what has quickly become a beloved winter tradition at the zoo, guests stroll from one photogenically lit display to another. My favorite part of LumiNature is the spooky, blissful and slightly deranged voiceover espousing a nondenominational mythology about slumbering animals and ambiguous wintry wonders. My next favorite part: the giant polar penguin statue onto which are projected lasers, wildlife footage and our very dreams.
$20-$28, timed tickets required, through January 7th, Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 West Girard Avenue.

LIGHTS/HOLIDAYS
Miracle on South 13th Street
Every year, the residents of this lovely little South Philly block string up the lights and plug in the bobbing reindeer for a group-effort Christmas display that pleases the eye (and probably raises the PECO bill). It’s colorful and kitschy and pure Philly. Drive or walk through slowly and bask in its homespun glory from Black Friday till New Year’s.
Free; November 25th-January 1st, South 13th Street between Tasker and Morris streets.

SHOPPING/HOLIDAYS
Christmas Village
Modeled after “the traditional Christmas Markets in Germany,” the annual Christmas Village is a pop-up outdoor shopping opportunity featuring row upon row of arts and crafts vendors selling ornaments, jewelry and more. There’s also a carousel, a Ferris wheel, a kids train and more. Here’s the full list of vendors and the maps of the sites.
Free till you buy something, November 24th-December 24th, in LOVE Park and City Hall (go to 15th and JFK, you can’t miss it).

THEATER/HOLIDAY
A Christmas Carol Comedy
Hedgerow Theatre Company presents the U.S. premiere of Katie Leamen’s two-person version of A Christmas Carol starring Benjamin Brown as Scrooge and Christopher Patrick Mullen as everybody else. Directed by Pete Pryor
$20-$35, November 23rd-December 24th, Hedgerow Theatre Company, 64 Rose Valley Road, Rose Valley.

HOLIDAYS/LIGHTS
Herr’s Christmas Lights Display
Drive through the corporate campus of the Herr’s potato chip company in Nottingham, Chester County, and enjoy their all-night light display.
Free, 5 p.m.-7 a.m., through January 2nd, Herr’s, 20 Herr Drive, Nottingham.

COMEDY
Steph Tolev
The Canadian comic comes to Punch Line for a slate of five shows. You may recognize Steph Tolev from The Duchess of Cancun, Corporate and more. This clip is NSFW.
$23-$33, November 25th-27th, Punch Line Philly, 33 East Laurel Street.

HOLIDAYS/LITTLE TRAINS
Franklin Frost
Franklin Institute’s annual winter celebration returns with their 26-foot-tall “celestial-themed tree,” along with the miniature train displays in Big Chill Valley and Celestial Village .
Included in museum admission of $23, November 25th-January 2nd, Franklin Institute, 222 North 20th Street.

ART
Milford Graves: A Mind-Body Deal
This exhibition at ICA, presented by Ars Nova Workshop, celebrates the work of multimedia artist Milford Graves a progressive jazz musician who created paintings, sculpture and more. “Among his many other achievements and awards, Milford has patented stem cell regeneration technology that utilizes frequency response, he teaches gardening and herbology to his neighbors as a way to promote health, and he continues to study rhythmic treatments for the heart.”
Free, continues through January 24th, Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 South 36th Street.

THEATER
Alice in Wonderland: A Musical Panto
People’s Light presents this light-hearted holiday show based on the Lewis Carroll classic. Book by Jennifer Childs; music and lyrics by Alex Bechtel. Directed by Bill Fennelly.
$47, through January 1st, People’s Light, 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern.

WINE
New Jersey Wine Week
Garden State Wine Growers Association presents this celebration of New Jersey wine and wineries. Events include tastings, music, comedy and more. Here’s the complete Wine Week calendar.
Through November 21st, multiple locations in New Jersey.

THEATER
The Royale
Lantern Theater Company presents Philadelphia premiere of Marco Ramirez’s drama about boxing legend Jack Johnson, the first African American heavyweight world champion. Directed and choreographed by Zuhairah McGill. Stars Phillip Brown, Morgan Charéce Hall, Gregory Isaac, Brian Anthony Wilson and Kahlil A. Wyatt.
$25-$29, through December 11th, St. Stephen’s Theater, 923 Ludlow Street.

ART
Now Showing at Historic Odessa
Delaware’s Historic Odessa Foundation is hosting three exhibitions with self-explanatory titles and which are on display through the end of the year: Making An Impression: Early American Butter PrintsInner Spirit: Portraits by Linda Harris Reynolds,  and Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy’s Progress.
Free, through December 31st, Historic Odessa Foundation, 201 Main Street, Odessa.

HOLIDAYS/FLOWERS
A Longwood Christmas
Longwood Gardens’ annual holiday exhibition returns, both indoors and out. “Our horticulture artists use plants as their palette to create an extraordinary display of floating floral designs, festive trees draped in gilded garland, gardens of bold blooms, an extravagant floral shop dressed for the holidays, and so much more.”
$23-$30, admission, timed tickets required, through January 8th, Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square.

LIGHTS/ANIMALS
Wild Lights
Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown gets into the holiday spirit with live entertainment, light displays, “illuminated animals” and frequent appearances of North Pole sovereign citizen Santa Claus.
$15.95-$19.95, through December 30th, 5-9 p.m., Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Boulevard, Norristown.

MOVIES/MUSIC
Home Alone
The Philadelphia Orchestra — led by conductor  Constantine Kitsopoulos — performs the John Williams score to the 1990 Christmas comedy Home Alone while you watch the movie. They’ll be joined by j the Choirs at the College of New Jersey, under the direction of John P. Leonard.
$35-$89, November 25th-27th, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street.

COMEDY
Big Jay Oakerson
The Philly-born comedian comes home for Thanksgiving and makes time for a few shows at Helium. According to Wikipedia he hosts a podcast called Legion of Skanks, so, you know, something to talk about at the dinner table.
$30-$40, November 25th & 26th, Helium, 2031 Sansom Street.

HOLIDAYS
Deck The Hall Light Show
An animated wintry light display is projected onto the Dilworth Park side of City Hall every evening until the new year. This is nice because usually the halls getting decked are lowercase, if not straight-up metaphorical.
Free, 5-9 p.m. every night, through January 1, Dilworth Park, west side of City Hall, 1 South 15th Street.

See Also: The Best Places to See Holiday Lights Around Philadelphia

THEATER
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Walnut Street Theatre presents the new “lighthearted and romantic” Broadway adaptation of the classic story of a prince who can’t find the pretty lady he met at the ball due to his debilitating case face blindness. Music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. New book by Douglas Carter Beane (original book by OH II).
$25-$117, through December 31st, Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut Street.

HOLIDAYS
Tinseltown Holiday Spectacular
This year the holiday display in Oaks has added a two-lane, 160-foot-long ice slide and installed a real ice rink for skating. Plus the usual attractions lighted displays, the mistletoe marketplace, and photos with multi-dimensional gift wraith Santa Claus and/or Gritty, who is just a perfectly normal being.
$13.99-$19.99, November 25th-December 31st, the Fairgrounds at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Avenue, Oaks.

Gritty Claus at Tinseltown / Photograph courtesy of Comcast Spectacor

THEATER/MUSIC
Million Dollar Quartet Christmas
Bucks County Playhouse presents this new holiday musical in which “Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley come together at Sun Records,” to sing and tell holiday stories. Book by Colin Escott. Directed by Hunter Foster.
$75, through January 1st, Bucks County Playhouse, 70 South Main Street, New Hope.

SHOPPING
Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market
Local vendors sell crafts and art and other things to hang up, wear, eat or give away this holiday season. “Following past tradition, this year’s Holiday Market will again feature a large variety of local artisans, designers, crafters and jewelers offering their unique, holiday-inspired handmade goods and gifts.”
Free till you buy something, through January 1st, Dilworth Park at the West Side of City Hall.

HOLIDAYS/SHOPPING
Holidays On The Hill
The lovely neighborhood of Chestnut Hill is hosting all kinds of holiday activities leading up to Christmas like Small Business Saturday (November 26th), Santa at Market at the Fareway (Saturdays in December, noon-2 p.m.), Stag & Doe Nights (on Wednesdays), the Chestnut Hill Holiday Parade (December 10th) and more.
Free unless you buy something, through December 25th, multiple locations in Chestnut Hill.

See Also: Shop Hyper-Local With These Neighborhood Holiday Events

OUTDOORS
Ice Skating @ Rothman Rink
The Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink and Cabin returns, to Dilworth Plaza, along the Western face of City Hall. In addition to the skating, there’s hot chocolate, food, cute little penguins for kids to hold onto while they’re going around the rink and more. While you’re there, swing on by the Wintergarden, which is on display through March 26th. For more on all of this, go here.
$10 for skate rental, $5-$8 for 90 minute skate sessions, through February 26th, Dilworth Park, 1 South 15th Street.

MUSIC
The Menzingers
The Scranton punk superstars are playing two shows at Union Transfer this weekend in celebration of the 10th anniversary of their beloved 2012 record On the Impossible Past. We weren’t even going to mention it because both shows were listed as “sold out” so what’s the point? But then some new tickets for the Friday show just popped up. Are they gone by the time you read this? No idea. I’m in the past. But good luck. P.S. get there on time for Touché Amoré and Screaming Females.
$37, November 25th & 26th, 7 p.m., Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street.

THEATER
Mary Poppins
Quintessence Theatre Group presents Mary Poppins, P.L. Travers’ classic musical about a charismatic babysitter who insinuates herself into a wealthy household to brainwash its love-starved children into seeing things that are not really there. Directed by Emily Trask.
$25-$65, through December 31st, Sedgwick Theatre, 7137 Germantown Avenue.

ART/OUTDOORS
Night Forms: Infinite Wave
Hamilton New Jersey’s already eye-catching 42-acre sculpture park gets even moreso thanks to the installation of this “after-hours, multi-sensory light and sound experience.” Night Forms: Infinite Wave also uses video projection mapping to animate pieces already present in the park.
$22-$28, November 25th-April 2nd, Grounds For Sculpture, 80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton Township.

HOLIDAYS/LITTLE TRAINS
Holiday Garden Railway @ Morris Arboretum
Miniature trains wind their way through a quarter mile of tracks in Morris Arboretum’s large outdoor display, encouraging onlookers to consider a life scaled down to match the minuscule landscape before realizing their problems would follow them into the picturesque tiny town, thus poisoning two worlds. Certain times require timed tickets, so check the schedule.
$10-$17, weekends, November 25-December 30, Morris Arboretum, 100 East Northwestern Avenue.

HOLIDAYS/FISH
Christmas Underwater
The aquarium in Camden gets into the spirit with some festive don’t-try-this-at-home attractions including “underwater light displays” and the World’s Tallest Underwater Christmas Tree (claim unverified at press time). Also making several appearances is deep ocean sea god Scuba Santa who rules over Atlantis with a trident and an olive branch. Do not cross Him.
$26.99-$42.99, November 25th-December 24th, Adventure Aquarium, 1 Riverside Drive, Camden.

OUTDOORS
Winter in Franklin Square
The Electrical Spectacle Light Show is back, filling Franklin Square with twinkling lights sync’d to holiday music. There’s also fire pits, a heated tent, hot beverages, “seasonal food” and more.
Free to enter, through February 26th, Franklin Square, 200 North Sixth Street.

See Also: A Guide to the Holidays in Franklin Square

LIGHTS/HOLIDAY
Holiday Light Show at Shady Brook Farms
The Bucks County farm is once again opening up it its two-mile, drive-through holiday attraction full of lights arranged in the shapes of gifts and reindeer and such. It’s quite dazzling. Open wagon rides are also available.
$40-$50 per car; 5-10 p.m. on weekdays, 5-11 p.m. on weekends; register ahead of time, through January 8th, Shady Brook Farm, 931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley.

ART
Vessel: Embodiment, Autonomy, and Ornament in Wood
This group show includes works by Jack Larimore, Humaira Abid, Michael Bauermeister, Vivian Chiu, Kyle Cottier, Alison Croney Moses, Frank E. Cummings III, and more. “From bowls and spoons to crucibles and boats, vessels have facilitated human survival, industry, and legend.”
Continues through February 12th, Center for Art in Wood, 141 North 3rd Street.

THEATER
Crossing the Veil
Theatre XP presents this drama about a man whose spirit visits his own funeral and learns that his life is not what he thought.” Written by Theatre XP’s Artistic Director R.T. “Bob” Bowersox. Stars Mark del Guzzo, Heather Plank, Julia Rose Majerscak, Jaren M. Calhoun, Bob Weick and Nancy Segal.
$15, through November 26th, Plays & Players’ Skinner Studio, 1714 Delancey Place.

THEATER
Every Brilliant Thing
Scott Greer stars in Duncan Macmillan and Jonny Donahoe’s poignant one-man comedy, a perennial favorite at the Arden Theatre. Directed by Terry Nolen.
$28-$58, through December 11th, Arden Theatre, 40 North Second Street.

Scott Greer in Every Brilliant Thing, now playing at the Arden. (Ashley Smith, Wide Eyed Studios)

MUSEUMS/EXHIBITIONS
Science and Survival
Science History Institute’s new outdoor exhibition “documenting one family’s escape from Nazi-occupied Germany,” via large reproductions of letters, photographs and more.
Continues through Spring 2023, Science History Institute, 315 Chestnut Street.

MUSIC
Avenue of the Arts Live
Now through the end of the year, musicians will give free outdoor performances at certain locations along South Broad Street. For the who-where-when, go here.
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, through December 31st, two performances per night at 6 and 8 p.m., on the sidewalk in front of the Kimmel Center, the Wilma Theater, and the Miller Theater.

ART
Modigliani Up Close
This exhibition at the Barnes explores the “working methods and materials” of Italian painter-sculptor Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920).
Included with museum admission of $30, continues through January 29th, Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

ART
Now Showing at Clay Studio
Clay Studio is hosting four exhibitions at once right now: Matter in a Floating World by Andrea Marquis, Urschrei by Better Lovers, Softening by Nathan Willever, and Leroy Johnson: In Memoriam — in remembrance of the mixed-media artist and Clay Studio resident alumnus.
Continues through December 31st, Clay Studio, 1425 North American Street.

MUSEUMS/ART
Now Showing at PAFA
Making American Artists: Stories from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1776–1976; group show. “Organized by theme—portraiture, history painting, still life, genre scenes, and landscape—and not chronology, the exhibition affords the opportunity to enjoy familiar works in a new light and find new favorites.” Through April 2nd. Gift/Deeds: Collectors at PAFA, “selections of 20th century and contemporary art from six significant art collections gifted to PAFA’s permanent collection.” Through January 8th.
Admission is $15-$18, reserve tickets required, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 128 North Broad Street.

ART
Vision & Spirit: African American Art
This long-running, resilience-themed exhibition at the African American Museum includes paintings, prints, drawings, photographs and more created by artists born in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Included in general admission of $10-$14, continues through February 19th, African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street.

ART/FASHION
Walk This Way
Subtitled Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes, this exhibition is “focused on the women who designed, manufactured, sold, and collected footwear,” and includes more than a hundred pairs of shoes. These shoes are not for sale. Do not try them on.
Included in $15 museum admission, through January 15th, Michener Art Museum, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown.

ART
If We Never Get Better
Curated by the Photographer’s Green Book editor-in-chief Sydney Ellison, this group exhibition at TILT puts the focus on health, grief and disability issues. “The nine featured artists expand on preconceived notions of these topics while highlighting principles of Disability Justice, a framework coined by a collective of Black, brown, queer, and trans activists.”
Free, through December 10th, TILT Institute for the Contemporary Image, 1400 North American Street, unit 103.

ART
Lamentations: Paintings by Jennifer Baker
The Philadelphia-based artist and documentarian presents large-scale paintings about the changing nature of the city.
Continues through December 4th, Nugent Gallery at Rosemont College, 1400 Montgomery Avenue, Rosemont.

MUSEUMS
U-2 Spy Planes & Aerial Archaeology
This exhibition at the Penn Museum includes 15 large-scale printed photographs and other classified materials gathered by U2 spy planes in the 1950s and 1960s. “Unknowingly, they also captured 70,000-foot-high views of ancient archaeological sites and geographic features, with resolutions rivaling images from Google Earth and Bing Maps.”
$13-$18 (museum admission), continues through fall of 2023, Penn Museum, 3260 South Street.

MUSEUMS
Ocean Bound
Learn about watersheds, pollution and environmental problem-solving in this exhibition which includes “hands-on activities, games and fascinating videos that reveal the moving world of water.”
Included with museum admission of $16-$22, through January 15th, Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

ART
Now Showing at Fabric Workshop and Museum
Dream House, New Mexico-based artist Rose B. Simpson’s immersive site-specific installation includes new works in video, ceramic, textile, and sculpture. Continues through March. Jayson Musson: His History of Art, Philly modern art icon Jayson Musson returns with a new video series “utilizing costuming, props, puppetry, and scenery created in collaboration with the FWM studio team.” Extended through December 31st. In Focus: Isaac Julien, “a selection of works from the museum’s permanent collection displayed in conversation with Julien’s Paradise (Omeros) #2, a photographic multiple created for the Fabric Workshop and Museum in 2002.” Through April 23rd.
Free, Fabric Workshop and Museum, 1214 Arch Street.

MUSEUMS
Dracula and the Incorruptible Body
“Inside this new case exhibit, the Mütter explores how folklore, embalming and funerary practices, and the misunderstanding of diseases like tuberculosis, led to post-mortem identifications of ordinary citizens as vampires in the 19th century.” This is the Year Of Dracula at the Mutter, and they have several events on their calendar related to the popular vampire.
$15-$20 (museum admission), continues indefinitely, Mütter Museum, 19 South 22nd Street.

MUSEUMS
Art for All: The Swedish Experience in Mid-America
This long-running exhibition makes space for impressionist paintings and sculptures by Swedish-American artists working in the late-19th and early-20th centuries.
$5-$10, through February 19th, American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Avenue.

ART/CRAFT
Craft Month
The theme of this monthlong celebration of all things crafty is “Public | Private,” and several exhibitions at local institutions fall under that banner.
Craft Month continues through November 31st, multiple locations.

MUSEUMS
The Future Will Follow the Past
This exhibition by Jonathan Horowitz “explores the transformative changes America has experienced since 2020 and addresses antisemitism, racial violence, immigration, women’s rights, LGBTQ+ rights and more.” It’s also a good excuse to visit the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History which is opening for the first time since the pandemic began. If you see you OY/YO statue out front you’re in the right spot.
Admission is free ($15 donations encouraged), continues through December, Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 South Independence Mall East.

MUSEUMS/ART
Now Showing @ the Art Museum
Mattisse in the 1930sThis major exhibition of explores the period when the French artist came out of a creative slump when he was commissioned to decorate the main gallery of the Barnes Foundation’s former location, and the paintings, sculpture, printmaking and more. Through January 29th. Macho Men: Hypermasculinity in Dutch & American Prints This exhibition draws comparisons between depictions of “brawny he-men” in art from 16th century Dutch Republic and Depression-era United States. Ongoing. Medieval Treasures from the Glencairn Museum, The Art Museum mingles its medieval collection with items from the museum in Bryn Athyn. Through fall of 2023. Teresita Fernández: Fire (United States of the Americas), the artist’s new installation “unearths and exposes hidden histories embedded in landscape.” Through January 2nd. Oneness: Nature & Connectivity in Chinese Art, Works by four contemporary artists who “examine the boundaries between humans and nature from a philosophical, spiritual, and material perspective.” Through June 23rd.
$14-$23, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

THEATER/INTERACTIVE
Phriends: The One With Murder
Without a Cue presents an interactive murder mystery with a Friends theme. “No one told you death was gonna be this way.”
$35, Fridays-Sundays, through December 18th, Counter Culture, 514 South Street.

SCIENCE/EXHIBIT
Becoming Weatherwise: A History of Climate Science in America
This exhibition at the American Philosophical Society highlights “the importance of work by amateurs and professionals who have worked collaboratively to study weather and climate in the interest of agriculture, human health and comfort, military dominance, and simple curiosity.”
Free (timed entry tickets required), through December 31st, American Philosophical Society Library & Museum, 104 South Fifth Street.


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25th

PODCASTS/SPORTS
Men In Blazers Live: This Cup’s For You
Just in time for the World Cup, Roger Bennett and Michael Davies present the live version of their popular making-soccer-popular podcast. They had Brenden Aaronson on the show recently.
$30-$90, 7 p.m., TLA, 334 South Street.

SPORTS
Philadelphia Flyers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
Though most of the their top tier talent is on the Injured Reserve list, the Flyers have almost sort of kind of the same record as Jeff Carter and the Penguins. It’s not a great record, of course, but this maybe tells us we have a shot at winning this post-Thanksgiving game against our cross-state mortal enemies. A couple notes to enhance your enjoyment: 1. Never call them the Fly Guys because that is lame. 2. Owen Tippett is playing very fun hockey right now. 3. Though good at hockey, Sidney Crosby sucks. He just like sucks, you know? Like, dude, you suuuuck. P.S. The Wells Fargo Center will open its doors at 1 p.m. for any ticket-holders who want to watch the USA take on Great Britain in the World Cup of Soccer. It’s kind of like hockey with a lower pain threshold.
$35-$259, 5:30 p.m., Wells Fargo Center, 3601 South Broad Street.

SANTA
Santa Express
SEPTA’s annual Santa Express is heading to Dilworth Park for a morning of ice skating and celebration with Santa Claus. The fun starts at NRG Station at 10:30 a.m. The train leaves at 10:45 a.m. and arrives at Dilworth Park at approximately 11 am, where Santa will come skate on Rothman Rink. You can board the Broad Street Line, free of charge, at any stop starting at NRG Station until arriving at City Hall.
Free, 10:30 a.m.-noon, NRG Station, Broad Street Line, and Dilworth Park (1 South 15th Street).

HOLIDAYS/SHOPPING
Phillies Red Friday
Visit CBP for holiday sales, festivities, fun surprises, and the Phanatic. Take holiday photos on the field, meet the Phillies Ballgirls and the Phandemic Crew, and enjoy pretzels and hot chocolate in the Phillies and visitor’s dugouts from 10 a.m. to noon.
Free till you buy something, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way.

HISTORY
Black Powder Friday at Fort Mifflin
Spend the day exploring one of the only intact battlefields from the American Revolution and watch musket and cannon demonstrations. For $20 extra, you can shoot the cannon yourself.
$6-$10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 1 Fort Mifflin Road.

ART
The Gardens After Dark
Philadelphia Magic Gardens — a lovely and quirky art institution whose walls are decked out in Isaiah Zagar’s playful, mirrored mosaics — welcomes guests every Friday to have a drink beneath the twinkling lights.
$20, Fridays through December 20th, Philadelphia Magic Gardens, 1020 South Street.

MUSIC
Benny Benack III Quintet
Trumpeter/vocalist Benny Benack III & his Quintet play two sets at Chris’ Jazz on Friday night, featuring vocalist, Anais Reno and Dylan Band on saxophone. (Reno returns the next night, leading her quartet.)
$30 ($80 for dinner & a show), 8 & 10 p.m., Chris’ Jazz Café, 1421 Sansom Street.


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26th

 

MUSIC
Meek Mill
The South Philly rapper celebrates the 10th anniversary of his debut record Dreams and Nightmares with a big ol’ hometown show featuring an unnamed coterie of talented friends. The album includes contributions by lots of talented artists: Mary J. Blige, Nas, Trey Songz, John Legend, Drake and more, plus Rick Ross. Could any of them be the mystery guests? It doesn’t hurt to dream.
$49.50-$199.50, 8 p.m., Wells Fargo Center, 3601 South Broad Street.

SHOPPING
Small Business Saturday
Lots of opportunities to shop local, and get festive, at these neighborhood shopping events around town.

SHOPPING
Made @ Bok Small Business Saturday Market
Visit the artisans of Bok to shop from everything from sustainable fashion and hand-blown glass to fine-crafted jewelry. There will also be live pet illustrations, art demonstrations and more.
Free till you buy something; 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Bok Building, 821 Dudley Street.

SPORTS
Street Soccer USA Philadelphia Cup 2022
This street soccer tournament — apparently taking place right smack on Frankford Avenue between Girard and Thompson Street — pits teams of four against each other in pursuit of the trophy and bragging rights as Fishtown District Street Soccer Champions.
Free, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Frankford Avenue between Girard and Thompson Street

MUSIC
Smokey Robinson
The Motown legend — and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer — is known for passionate R&B/soul favorites like “Cruisin’,” “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me,” “The Tracks of My Tears,” “Being With You,” “Ooo Baby Baby” and lots more, either solo or with the Miracles.
$34-$199, 7 p.m., The Met, 858 North Broad Street.

SCIENCE/HOLIDAYS
Sea-son of Lights
Every Saturday, Independence Seaport Museum conducts mini-science lessons based around objects in their collection which “investigate the science of lights, nautical navigation,” and more.
$14-$18 (museum admission), every Saturday, November 26th-December 31st, Independence Seaport Museum, 211 South Columbus Boulevard.

MOVIES
RRR
S.S. Rajamouli’s 2022 Tollywood epic is an instant classic thanks to its humor, its action, its heart and its over-all bonkers-ness. The Philly Film Center shows it around once a month and people keep coming.
$14, 7 p.m., Philadelphia Film Center, 1412 Chestnut Street.

MUSIC
Lauren Hart
The veteran singer-songwriter plays an intimate show in Ardmore. If you only know her from belting out the national anthem at Flyers games, you might be surprised by her less bombastic solo stuff.
$20-$30, 8 p.m., The Living Room, 104 Cricket Avenue, Ardmore.

MUSIC
Steve Forbert and the New Renditions
The veteran roots/rock/folk singer-songwriter’s most recent record is 2022’s music road trip Moving Through America. Says Steve Horowitz of PopMatters: “Forbert locates his narratives in small towns and big cities, the East Coast, West Coast, Midwest, North and South, and more. Place is important. It not only adds color to his tales but deepens them.” Give it a listen.
$45, 8 p.m., New Hope Winery, 6123 Lower York Road, New Hope.

MUSIC
Miki Howard
Veteran R&B singer Alicia Michelle “Miki” Howard — known for ’80s and ’90s hits like “Baby, Be Mine,” “Come Share My Love,” “Love Under New Management” and more — celebrates the release of her new record, Mehaa. More info here.
$45-$55, 6 p.m., City Winery, 990 Filbert Street.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER
A Philadelphia Tribute to The Last Waltz
A band of Philly all-stars — backed by a full horn section and an impressive roster of guest performers — recreates The Band’s legendary 1976 concert while raising money for Connor Barwin’s nonprofit org Make The World Better. The night also serves as a tribute to beloved and gone-too-soon talent buyer Bryan Dilworth. For the full lineup of players and guests, click here.
$29.50, 8 p.m., Franklin Music Hall, 421 North Seventh Street.


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27th

MUSIC
Dominic Angelella
Dominic Angelella celebrates the release of Silver Dreams Don’t Move Me in November, a lovely, charming rock record I’ve had on repeat all day. Angelella has been a figure on the scene for years as a solo artist and in several bands; he currently plays bass with Lucy Dacus. Air Waves opens the show.
$12, 7 p.m., Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 North Frankford Avenue.

MUSIC/HOLIDAYS
Ingrid Michaelson
The singer-songwriter — charting with earnest hits like “The Way I Am,” “Girls Chase Boys” and “Be OK” — is touring with a holiday setlist, including “It’s Almost Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Mele Kalikimaka” and more, mixed in with her own stuff. With Tiny Habits.
$37.50-$70, 6:30 p.m., Keswick Theatre, 291 North Keswick Avenue, Glenside.

SPORTS
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Green Bay Packers
Once again brightest stars in Philadelphia high society will dress in their best winter finery — the weatherists recommend woolen ascots and woven Starter overcoats — before hailing a coach southward to Lincoln Banking Park this Sunday evening. There they will enjoy a gentlemanly sporting match betwixt the home squad The Soaring Eaglery and those loathsome brutes of Wisconsin’s Packaging Industry. Should you spy fellow in the throes of barfing, decorum dictates that you hold his scarf. To competition!
$166-$176, 8:20 p.m., Lincoln Financial Field, 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way.