The 2012 Philadelphia Marathon is this weekend, and thanks to Mayor Nutter's generosity with disenfranchised New York Marathon registrants, an extra 3,000 runners will be competing. It's going to be an energetic weekend in Philadelphia! (Photo courtesy Philadelphia Marathon)
Philadelphia Marathon Weekend holds excitement for the thousands of runners competing, their friends and loved ones pumped to cheer them on and even the uninvolved, since the race weekend brings with it a positive charge that infuses the whole city.
We have a comprehensive spectator’s guide if you want to participate in the marathon madness. And if not? There’s plenty more going on, from great sales and trunk shows at boutiques, a sneak peek of holiday season — Macy’s Christmas Light Show, Peddler’s Village Grand Illumination — and more.
Check out our top picks for your best weekend, below:
Friday, November 16
The Spectator’s Guide To The 2012 Philadelphia Marathon Weekend (Fri, Sat, Sun)
City-Wide Fundraiser for Sandy Relief
Neighborhood guides to BYOBs in Philadelphia
Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre at the Barnes Foundation: Shakespeare From Around The World
Adornia Jewelry Trunk Show at Knit Wit Bryn Mawr (Fri, Sat)
Heather B. Moore trunk show at TownHome (Fri, Sat)
Art By Architects at the Center for Architecture — Closing Day!
The Grand Illumination Celebration at Peddler’s Village
Where To Extend The 2012 Outdoor Dining Season In Philadelphia — Restaurants With Heat Lamps Or Fire Pits
New Restaurants In Philadelphia To Add To Your Must-Try List For Fall 2012
Walnut Street Theatre presents The Music Man (Fri, Sat, Sun)
The Female Gaze: Women Artists Making their World opening reception at PAFA
Theatre Exile presents The English Bride (Fri, Sat, Sun)
American Sprits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition at the National Constitution Center (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Freud’s Last Session at the Arden Theatre (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Lantern Theater Company Presents The Liar (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Philadelphia Comedy Collective’s Fifth Annual Philly Sketchfest (Fri, Sat)
Spellbound Dance Company at the Annenberg Center (Fri, Sat)
Saturday, November 17
LOVE Your Park Fall Service Day
Special Sneak Preview of the Macy’s Christmas Light Show + Holiday Windows Unveiling
Philadelphia Tweed Ride
The Female Gaze: Women Artists Making their World at PAFA — Opening Day!
First Person Arts Festival (Fri, Sat) — Closing Day!
Flashlight Tour of Judith Schaechter’s “The Battle of Carnival and Lent” stained glass installation at Eastern State Penitentiary
Jay McCarroll Trunk Show at Art Star
AL DIA News 20th Anniversary Gala
Dollface Studio Boudoir Pop Up at Metropolitan Opera House
Seafarin’ Saturday at Independence Seaport Museum
Weekend Picks continues below.
Nichole Canuso Dance Company at the American Philosophical Society (APS) Museum
“Powerful Voices: Women and Art, 1950 to the Present” Lecture at Woodmere Art Museum
Local Spirit Month at Continental Old City (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Clark Park Fall Cleanup Day
Liberty Lands Park Work & Play Day
The Kidd Show at Voyeur
Mike Albo and Marga Gomez Make Queer Comedy at Painted Bride
Barnes Foundation Symposium: Renoir, Gaugin, Cezanne — Modernism and Anti-Modernism
Sunday, November 18
$10 Tickets to see Wilma Theater’s Satchmo At The Waldorf
Uwishunu’s Top Picks For The Best Brunch In Philadelphia, Fall 2012
Philadelphia Orchestra Chamber Music Concert at the Perelman Theater
Sunday Funday Craft Day at North Bowl
Love of Country Leads: Union League of Philadelphia, Marking 150 Years at Laurel Hill Cemetery
5th Annual Israeli JazzPhest (Fri, Sat, Sun) — Closing Day!
Pookie Goes Grenading at Azuka Theatre Company (Fri, Sat, Sun) — Closing Day!
Gershman Y’s Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival (Fri, Sat, Sun) — Closing Day!
Dancing Around The Bride at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at the Franklin Institute (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Philadelphia Theatre Company’s Stars of David (Fri, Sat, Sun) — Closing Day!
Apron Chronicles: A Patchwork of American Recollections at the Mercer Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Building a Masterpiece: Frank Furness’ Factory for Art at PAFA (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Shipwreck! Winslow Homer and the Life Line at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Maya.2012: Lords of Time at the Penn Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)