The Penn Museum's popular MAYA 2012 exhibit examines the fascination with ancient Maya civilization's predictions of a world-transforming apocalypse in December 2012. The date is nigh -- Friday, December 21 -- and there are plenty of ways to celebrate. (Credit: Shutterstock)
Whether or not you believe the Mayan calendar — which, in fact, if you visit the Penn Museum exhibition, did not actually predict the demise of the world on December 21, 2012 despite popular belief — Philadelphia is offering up plenty of events to celebrate this superstitious evening.
And if you’re a believer? Bars, restaurants and museums are hosting events on December 21 to make sure your transition into the apocalypse is smooth. Check out our list of places hosting end-of-the-world events, below.
Also, as we said, be sure to check out the Maya 2012: Lords of Time exhibition at the Penn Museum for further clarification on this doom-laden night.
• Maya 2012 The Final Countdown: Celebrate the end of the world in style at the Penn Museum, whose Maya 2012: Lords of Time exhibit is the perfect precursor to this monumental event. Head out for Maya 2012: The Final Countdown at 9 p.m. on the dreaded night, December 21. Tickets are $40 and include one drink ticket, live music from MTV’s DJ Skribble and Philadelphia’s own DJ Joe Broscoe and an acrobatic show from Cirque-Tacular. Enjoy a cash bar all night with Mayan-themed beverages and snacks.
• Blackfish End of the World Dinner: Conshohocken’s Blackfish is hosting a dinner fit to be your last meal ever. On Thursday, December 20 from 6-10 p.m. — note, one day before the end of the world — stop in and indulge in a seven-course meal containing the freshest ingredients. The cost of the indulgent meal is $169 plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required; call (610) 397-0888.
• The Apocalypse Comedy Show at Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar: If we’re going to go out, we might as well go out laughing. Mix some comedy into your apocalypse at Tabu in Midtown Village on December 21. Acclaimed comedian Christine Meehan is hosting a night of laughter featuring Thomas Dale, who’s been seen on MTV and VH1, and Rich Shultis, who’s performed at the New York Comedy Club and Gotham Comedy Club. Tickets are $15 and doors open at 8 p.m.
• Reggaepocalypse! at World Cafe Live Wilmington: Enjoy the relaxing sounds of reggae as the world, you know, ends. Join in the fun at Reggaepocalypse at World Cafe Live Wilmington at 8 p.m. on December 21 for a mere $12. Two bands, Judah Tribe and Brixton Saint, are bringing their unique forms of reggae to this event. Judah Tribe is an international group with members hailing from countries like Jamaica, France and the U.S. Brixton Saint is inspired by the music of artists like Bob Marley and The Clash.
• “End of the World, Ma!” At Resurrection Ale House: All day long on December 21 celebrate all that was at Resurrection Ale House. This event coincides with a Great Lakes Brewing event at the bar, so get ready for lots of beer. In addition to the Great Lakes brews, La Fin du Monde (which appropriately means the end of the world in French) and Dogfish Head’s Theobroma will both be on draft.
• “It’s The End of the World (Again!)” at PhilaMOCA: PhilaMOCA is teaming up with The Center for Media and Destiny and is preparing for the end-of-the-world with a three day event. Join them at their It’s The End of the World (Again!) event beginning on Wednesday, December 19 and running until Friday, December 21. On Wednesday and Thursday enjoy movie screenings and art exhibits relating to the apocalypse. Also listen to presentations on end-of-the-world representations in media and more from professors and Philadelphia figureheads. End the festivities appropriately with an end-of-the-world party on Friday, December 21 at 9 p.m. Enjoy live music from S.T.A.R.W.O.O.D. and count down to the end of the world with a toast at midnight. Hendrick’s Gin, Philadelphia Brewing Company and Commonwealth Ciders will be providing refreshments. Admission each day is $10.
• Silly Mayans at Malt House: The Mt. Airty establishment Malt House is hosting a Silly Mayans happy hour from 5-7 p.m. with specials and snacks galore in honor of the ancients. While indulging in what’s on draft, enjoy samples of home-brewed beer at the beer lovers’ haven.
• Ela: Your last meal should be indulgent, so head over to Ela in Queen Village for a seven-course dinner on Thursday, December 20 — note it’s a day earlier than December 21. Start the meal off right with caviar and bacon panna cotta, then enjoy lobster, foie gras, champagne and more before a final taste of Mayan chocolate for dessert. Yum. At least you know your taste buds will be pleased if the world does end. Tickets are $150 per person; but bonus alert: for $170 get the fantastic meal and a VIP ticket for the Maya 2012 exhibit at the Penn Museum.
• Rembrandt’s: If the end of the world is at midnight, the folks at Rembrandt’s will be prepared with plenty of beer. From 9 p.m.-midnight enjoy brews from Evil Genius (including specials!) and get a taste of their new Doomsday Dunkelweizen beer. There will also be many other craft beers available for consumption, and if the world does not go up in flames at midnight, Rembrandt’s will have a midnight celebration that you will be happy you didn’t miss.
• Xochitl: Maybe the Mayan gods will spare you for spending your final hours feasting at Xochitl, which is the Mayan term for flower and the Headhouse District staple for Mexican comfort food. Xochitl is offering a $30, three-course menu this Friday, December 21 plus $5 Blood Orange Margaritas from 9-11 p.m.
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