Tonight, jump start the holiday season with the unveiling of Franklin Square's brand-new holiday light show as its turned on by Benjamin Franklin himself. (Photo by J. Fusco for Historic Philadelphia)
Holiday spirit (and spirit in general) runs on high this evening in the City of Brotherly Love.
Tonight, Franklin Square unveils its never before seen holiday light show, Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show. Beginning at 4:45 p.m., head to the Old City green space for refreshments, merriment and an unveiling by Benjamin Franklin.
The popular Philly Photo Day exhibition officially opens tonight with a free reception in Old City. Head out to the gallery space to take in photographs from more than 1,500 Philadelphians of all ages and backgrounds. Did you submit a photo for Philly Photo Day? Then you’re part of the exhibition!
Explore the stars, galaxies, planets and nebulae that make up the night sky at The Franklin Institute’s monthly observatory event led by Chief Astronomer, Derrick Pitts. And tonight, The Franklin Institute also presents a special sci-fi movie night for space-seeking guests.
Our top picks for tonight, below.
• Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show Grand Opening at Franklin Square: Tonight, kick off the holiday season with a brand-new dazzling light display at Franklin Square as it unveils Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show. The show, a new addition to the historic park, encompasses more than 50,000 lights, holiday tunes sung by the The Philly Pops, a 10-foot-tall illuminated kite and much more. Be there as it makes its debut. Beginning at 4:45 p.m., Franklin Square transforms into a Christmas wonderland as Benjamin Franklin turns on the switch for the first time ever, enjoy refreshments and general merriment at the holiday fete.
When: Thursday, November 14, 4:45-6:30 p.m.
Where: Franklin Square, 6th and Race streets
• Philly Photo Day Exhibition: On Friday, October 18, Philadelphians of all ages and skill levels became professional photographers for the Philly Photo Day event, and now, their photographs take the spotlight at a citywide exhibition in Old City. Tonight, celebrate the exhibition with a free opening reception at the Philly Photo Day Gallery. The exhibition welcomes more than 1,500 photographs for a varied portrait of the city. This evening’s reception runs from 6 to 9 p.m.
When: Thursday, November 14, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Philly Photo Day Gallery, 120 N. 3rd Street
• Night Skies in the Observatory at The Franklin Institute: From 6 to 9 p.m., The Franklin Institute’s Chief Astronomer, Derrick Pitts, takes the general public on a journey through space with the museum’s monthly Night Skies in The Observatory event. Tonight, learn how and when to look for the “Thanksgiving Comet,” stargaze through professional telescopes, create take-home crafts and top the night off with a movie screening. At 8 p.m., head to the Franklin Theater for a screening of Night of the Comet, a sci-fi film from the ’80s. Admission is $5 per person for non-members and free for members.
When: Thursday, November 14, 6-9 p.m.
Where: The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street
Cost: $5 for non-members; Free for members
• Explore Fishtown: Exploring a new (or your own) neighborhood has never been so easy and Thursday night is a great night for it, especially along Girard and Frankford Avenues in Fishtown. Check out our complete guide to Fishtown and stop by well-loved places like Frankford Hall and Johnny Brenda’s, or go off the beaten path with a venture to Sketch Burger, an eatery specializing in huge, delicious hamburgers (and veggie burgers) of all sort.
When: Thursday, November 14
Where: Throughout the Fishtown neighborhood
Cost: Pay as you go
• Four-Course Beer Dinner at Circles Northern Liberties: Tonight, drink and dine for a good cause at Circles’ four-course beer dinner with Saint Benjamin Brewing Company, a nano-brewery coming soon to the Kensington neighborhood. All proceeds from tonight’s dinner will be donated to relief efforts for victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Two seatings will be available, at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are required for the dinner and are available online.
When: Thursday, November 14, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Where: Circles Northern Liberties, 812 N. 2nd Street
Cost: $35 plus tax and gratuity
• Philadelphia Improv Festival: It’s comedy month in Philadelphia which means the annual Philadelphia Improv Festival returns with tons of hilarious performances for all to enjoy. Tonight, at the Playground at the Adrienne, three comedic shows take the stage at 7, 8:30 and 10 p.m. The complete list of tonight’s performances is available here. Tickets are $10 per show, or $15 for a pass to all three. Tickets are available online.
When: Thursday, November 14, 7, 8:30 and 10 p.m.
Where: The Playground at the Adrienne, 2030 Sansom Street
Cost: $10 per show, $15 for a pass to all three
• Grid Alive at Trinity Memorial Church: Sustainability is the topic at tonight’s Philly-based talk show hosted by Grid magazine publisher Alex Mulcahy and Head & The Hand Press founder Nic Esposito. Listen to some of the area’s leaders in sustainability share their thoughts on the subject. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the discussion is slated to begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person and are available online.
When: Thursday, November 14, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Trinity Memorial Church, 22nd and Spruce streets
• Happy Hour Blow Dry at AMS Luxury Salon: Get your hair done just in time for the weekend at AMS Luxury Salon’s happy hour blow dry, a $25 professional blow dry on Thursday evenings. From 4 to 7 p.m. stop by to get your hair done and to enjoy complimentary cocktails during the process.
When: Thursday, November 14, 4-7 p.m.
Where: AMS Luxury Salon, 262 S. 16th Street