25+ Amazing Things To Do In Philly This Week, November 13-19

The Philadelphia Marathon, Peddler's Village's Grand Illumination, Joe Biden at the Academy of Music and more...

The chilly temperatures are setting in and Thanksgiving is almost upon us, but before hunkering down with family for turkey and stuffing, there are plenty of exciting events going on in Philadelphia this week with which to stuff your calendar.

This weekend brings the return of the Philadelphia Marathon with a health and fitness expos, fun runs and the main event — the annual marathon on Sunday, November 19.

Pre-game for Thanksgiving with an early feast at the 11th Annual Taste of Philly or get a taste of Philadelphia’s beer-drinking heritage at the Tippler’s Tour Cheers & Beers Season Kickoff.

For an intellectual feast, head to the Academy of Music for an evening of conversation between Vice President Joe Biden and Aaron Sorkin, where Biden will share some of the most memorable moments in his political career.

If you’re in the mood for dunks, get down to the Wells Fargo Center to cheer on the self-proclaimed FEDS (Fultz, Embiid, Dario and Simmons) of the 76ers as they take on the Golden State Warriors.

Also, welcome the holiday season with the preview weekend of Christmas Village at LOVE Park, the dazzling Grand Illumination Celebration at Peddler’s Village and the continuation of the Dilworth Park Wintergarden and Franklin Square Holiday Festival.

Plus, the 2017 Flyers Wives Carnival at the Wells Fargo Center, Jenifer Lewis: The Mother of Black Hollywood at AAMP and so much more.

Here are some of our top picks for the week, below.

Final Week of Mural Arts Monument Lab

Monument LabPhoto courtesy Monument Lab

Temporary monuments by more than 20 local and international artists have popped up in public spaces all around the city, challenging viewers to think about representations of our history, memory and future. Organized by Mural Arts Philadelphia, Monument Lab includes interactive laboratories to encourage conversation and a hub at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, which displays public monument proposals generated during the run.

Final Week of Mural Arts Monument Lab

When:Through Sunday, November 19
Where:Various locations including City Hall, 1401 John F Kennedy Boulevard
Cost:Free

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First Person Arts Festival

First Person Arts FestivalPhoto courtesy First Person Arts

Every November, folks from all walks of life come together to share their stories on stage during the First Person Arts Festival. Don't miss the final days of the storytelling-themed shows this week — including a celebration of First Person Arts' "Sweet Sixteen" anniversary.

First Person Arts Festival

When:Through Saturday, November 18
Where:Various locations including The Fillmore, 29 E. Allen Street
Cost:Varies by event

www.firstpersonarts.org

Final Week of the Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens Chrysanthemum FestivalPhoto courtesy Longwood Gardens

The ultimate color crescendo hits Longwood Gardens this fall with the annual Chrysanthemum Festival, sweeping the attraction's indoor grounds with a rainbow of floral shades. The centerpiece of the show is a Thousand Bloom Mum, made up of more than 1,500 meticulously arranged yellow flowers on one plant. Tickets are free with garden admission.

Final Week of the Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens

When:Through Sunday, November 19
Where:Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square
Cost:$23, adults; $20, seniors (age 62 years and up); $12, students; free for members and children ages 4 and under

www.longwoodgardens.org

Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

The Asian American Film Festival continues this week with an exciting slate of films screening at venues across the city. The festival spotlights works by Asian filmmakers from around the world, starring Asian actors in leading roles, and about subjects pertaining to Asian culture and includes narrative fiction films, documentaries, shorts programs and live performances.

Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

When:Through Sunday, November 19
Where:Various locations including the Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S. 36th Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.phillyasianfilmfest.org

Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival

Philadelphia Jewish Film FestivalPhoto courtesy Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival

The Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival brings nearly 30 films from a dozen different countries around the world for a two-week festival designed to highlight human diversity and commonality. Screenings are held at venues citywide and span a wide range of genres, connected by a thread of Jewish culture, heritage and history.

Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival

When:Through Sunday, November 19
Where:Various locations including the Gershman Y, 401 S. Broad Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.pjff.org

UniverSoul Circus

UniverSoul CircusPhoto courtesy UniverSoul Circus

One of the most interactive circuses in the world, UniverSoul Circus returns to Fairmount Park for its 21st season here in Philly. Look forward to a diverse selection of circus-oriented acts, such as contortionists from Guinea, acrobats from Ethiopia, a clown trio from Detroit, dancers from the Caribbean and animal acts from Mexico.

UniverSoul Circus

When:Through Sunday, November 26
Where:52nd Street & Parkside Avenue
Cost:$17 and up

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Dilworth Park Wintergarden

Center City DistrictPhoto by Rob Cardillo

The heart of Center City surrounds itself with holiday popups, including the spectacular Dilworth Park Wintergarden with its Rothman Institute Ice Rink and Rothman Institute Cabin. Enjoy ice-skating, skate rentals, twinkling lights, an indoor space to warm up and fill up on snacks, beer and hot drinks, along with the free-to-enter America’s Garden Capital Maze, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s living labyrinth of seasonal plants and lights. Plus, look out for an animated light show on the facade of City Hall, the Deck the Hall Light Show presented by Independence Blue Cross.

Dilworth Park Wintergarden

When:Through February 2018
Where:Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.centercityphila.org

Franklin Square Holiday Festival and Electrical Spectacle Light Show

Photo by J. Fusco for Historic Philadelphia

Festive lights, winter treats and holiday cheer fill historic Franklin Square for its all-ages (and completely free!) holiday festival and light show. The main feature is the Electrical Spectacle light show, which utilizes thousands and thousands of twinkling lights and a holiday soundtrack. The seasonal outdoor attraction rounds out the ongoing festivities with a winter beer garden, seasonal eats from SquareBurger, Lightning Bolt Holiday Express train rides around the square and a handful of other fun-filled events.

Franklin Square Holiday Festival and Electrical Spectacle Light Show

When:Through Sunday, December 31
Where:Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.historicphiladelphia.org

Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor at The Franklin Institute

Photo courtesy The Franklin Institute

The Franklin Institute's dramatic Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor exhibition reveals the secrets behind the 2,000-year-old army of clay statues that guarded the tomb of China's first emperor until their discovery in 1974. The Franklin Institute is the only East Coast stop for this monumental exhibition. It's just one of more than 30 excellent exhibitions open in the city this fall.

Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor at The Franklin Institute

When:Through Sunday, March 4, 2018
Where:The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street
Cost:$35, daytime admission for non-member adults; $30, daytime admission non-member children; $20, evening admission for non-member adults; $15, evening admission for non-member children; $10, members

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Marian Anderson Awards at the Kimmel Center

The Marian Anderson Awards Gala and Concert is an annual event that celebrates successful musical artists whose work has affected society in a positive way. This year's recipient is the remarkably talented pop icon Dionne Warwick and the show features performances from fellow singers singers like Alyson Cambridge and Darlene Love.

Marian Anderson Awards at the Kimmel Center

When:Tuesday, November 14, 8:30 p.m.
Where:Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:$25 and up

www.kimmelcenter.org

Annie at the Walnut Street Theatre

Photo by Mark Garvin

The Tony Award-winning musical about a brave little girl and the millionaire who’d become her dad is just the heart-warmer for the season for those who believe love is the best gift of all. The Walnut Street Theatre tells the set-in-1930s tale and ends on a high note with “A New Deal for Christmas.”

Annie at the Walnut Street Theatre

When:November 7-January 7, 2018
Where:Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut Street
Cost:$20 and up

www.walnutstreettheatre.org

11th Annual Taste of Philly

Work up an appetite for Philadelphia Weekly’s 11th Annual Taste of Philly, a three-hour feast of cuisine from the city’s best restaurants, local craft beer, wine, and top shelf liquor in a beautiful space.

11th Annual Taste of Philly

When:Wednesday, November 15, 6-9 p.m.
Where:Crystal Tea Room, 100 E. Penn Square
Cost:$40, general admission; $60, VIP (Ages 21+); Group discounts available

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Joe Biden: American Promise Tour at the Academy of Music

Photo by David Lienemann, Official White House Photo

Expect no malarkey from Vice President Joe Biden as he chats with Academy Award-winning writer Aaron Sorkin about the impactful moments of his political career, the challenges he faced, and the loss of his son, Beau, on the Philadelphia stop of his American Promise Tour at the Academy of Music.

Joe Biden: American Promise Tour at the Academy of Music

When:Wednesday, November 15, 7:30 p.m.
Where:Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost:$80 and up; $135, VIP includes premium seating, signed copy of Joe Biden’s book and a photo-op with the former Vice President

www.kimmelcenter.org

RAIR Trash Bash

Join in supporting RAIR’s environmentally conscious arts initiatives — RAIR stands for "Recycled Artist In Residency" — by hitting up the RAIR Trash Bash. At what’s sure to be a hip party at the Crane Arts Building, enjoy drinks courtesy of Yards and Philadelphia Distilling, snacks, artist sightings and a special exhibit and silent auction of artwork by friends of RAIR. Plus, the evening will honor Philadelphia arts advocate John Ollman of Fleisher/Ollman Gallery.

RAIR Trash Bash

When:Wednesday, November 15, 5:30-10 p.m.
Where:Crane Arts, 1400 N. American Street
Cost: $35, general admission; $75, VIP

www.rairphilly.org

Yards' Brewing Company New Location Opens

Rendering of new Yards Brewery and Tasting RoomImage courtesy Yards Brewery

Yards Brewing Company's brand-new, 70,000-square-foot facility opens Thursday, November 16. The 500 Spring Garden Street location promises a taproom serving up hearty comfort eats and a bar with 20 different taps. Adjacent to the taproom area, guests will find the "Brewer’s Lounge," outfitted with a pool table, TV, dart board and shuffleboard area. The spacious area, complete with 25-foot ceilings, will accommodate up to 280 guests.

Yards' Brewing Company New Location Opens

When:Thursday, November 16
Where:Yards Brewery and Taproom, 500 Spring Garden Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.yardsbrewing.com

Bar 57 at One Liberty Observation Deck

Bar 57 is the sky-high bar from One Liberty Observation Deck, the tallest standing attraction within Philadelphia. Open just once a month from September through December, the pop-up bar promises prime views of the skyline, a slew of drink options (including specialty cocktails made with Stateside Urbancraft Vodka from local distillery Federal Distilling), DJ-spun tunes and more. Note: Tickets (at a reduced rate of just $10 per person) are required for entry to the bar.

Bar 57 at One Liberty Observation Deck

When:Thursday, November 16, 6-11 p.m.
Where:One Liberty Observation Deck, 1650 Market Street
Cost:$10, admission; pay as you go, drinks

www.phillyfromthetop.com

Jenifer Lewis: The Mother Of Black Hollywood at the African American Museum

Jenifer LewisPhoto courtesy Jenifer Lewis

Head to the African American Museum in Philadelphia for an evening of conversation with “The Mother of Black Hollywood” author and actress, Jenifer Lewis, followed by a book signing.

Jenifer Lewis: The Mother Of Black Hollywood at the African American Museum

When:Thursday, November 16, 6-8 p.m.
Where:The African American Museum, 701 Arch Street
Cost:$25, advance; $30, at the door

www.aampmuseum.org

Tippler’s Tour Cheers & Beers Season Kickoff

Sip cider at The Betsy Ross House and enjoy an ale at the historic City Tavern, among other stops along the way, all while getting schooled on Philadelphia’s beer drinking history, as the Tippler’s Tour Cheers & Beers season kicks off this week.

Tippler’s Tour Cheers & Beers Season Kickoff

When:November 16-December 28 (Thursdays, 5:30 p.m.)
Where:Various locations including the Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch Street
Cost:$50, adults; $45, students, seniors and military

www.historicphiladelphia.org

The 2017 Philadelphia Marathon

Philadelphia MarathonPhoto by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

One of the longest-running races in the nation, the Philadelphia Marathon covers fast and mostly flat terrain, crossing the heart of Philadelphia and some of the city’s most iconic landmarks — including Independence Hall, the Betsy Ross House and the Liberty Bell Center. The marathon weekend also includes a health and fitness expo, a half-marathon, an 8k and fun runs.

The 2017 Philadelphia Marathon

When:November 17-19
Where:Starting point: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free

www.philadelphiamarathon.com

Kiefer Rodin Opens at The Barnes Foundation

Photo By B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia

That Auguste Rodin’s work stands the test of time is clearly evident in this Barnes Foundation exhibition. Rodin’s sculptures and drawings display alongside contemporary artist Anselm Kiefer’s new, large-scale illustrated books, sculptures and paintings — all inspired by Rodin’s work. Presented in collaboration with the Musée Rodin in Paris, the showcase is part of #Rodin100, marking 100 years since the artist’s death (November 17, 1917) with exhibits and programming at major art museums.

Kiefer Rodin Opens at The Barnes Foundation

When:November 17-March 12, 2018
Where:The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:$25, Adults; $23, Seniors; $10, student and youth; Free, members

www.barnesfoundation.org

Grand Illumination Celebration at Peddler’s Village

Get into the Christmas spirit early and sled on over to the Grand Illumination Celebration at Peddler’s Village to watch in wonder as Santa and Mrs. Claus switch on a million twinkling lights. After the grounds are aglow, stay for an evening of warm apple cider, roasted marshmallows, photo-ops with Santa, a gingerbread competition and display, and more!

Grand Illumination Celebration at Peddler’s Village

When:Friday, November 17, 6-9 p.m.
Where:Peddler's Village, 2400 Street Road, New Hope
Cost:Pay as you go

www.peddlersvillage.com

Holiday Art Star Craft Bazaar

Seventy-five of the best art and craft vendors from across the Philadelphia region assemble for the Art Star Craft Bazaar, where shoppers can buy everything from jewelry and apparel to blown glass and pottery. The festive event also features a Make + Take craft-creating station, as well as food trucks and a full cash bar.

Holiday Art Star Craft Bazaar

When:November 18-19
Where:SugarHouse Casino, 1001 N. Delaware Avenue
Cost:$3

www.artstarcraftbazaar.com

The National Dog Show at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center

Kennel Club of Philadelphia’s National Dog ShowPhoto courtesy Kennel Club of Philadelphia’s National Dog Show

Dog-lovers rejoice! It’s time for The National Dog Show at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center where the Philadelphia Kennel Club will host two days of benched, all-breed dog shows. Don’t miss the chance to see these beautiful canines strut their way to Best in Show. Plus, agility demonstrations, family-friendly activities and more.

The National Dog Show at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center

When:November 18-19
Where:The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Avenue, Oaks
Cost:$16, adults (13 and up); $7, children (4-12); free, children 3 and under

www.nationaldogshow.com

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Golden State Warriors at the Wells Fargo Center

Tickets are in high demand to see how Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and the young and electric 76ers stack up against the reigning NBA Champion Golden State Warriors. Cheer on the all-heart Sixers as they try to match the talented west coasters.

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Golden State Warriors at the Wells Fargo Center

When:Saturday, November 18, 7:30 p.m.
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street
Cost:$92 and up

www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com

Nerdtino Expo 2017 at Taller Puertorriqueño

The first Latinx comic book, science fiction, fantasy, horror and pop culture convention on the East Coast heads to Taller Puertorriqueño this weekend. Meet industry and independent professionals, partake in creative workshops and panels and learn about the history and presence of Latino creators in geek culture at this one-day festival.

Nerdtino Expo 2017 at Taller Puertorriqueño

When:Saturday, November 18, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where:Taller Puertorriqueño, 2600 N. 5th Street
Cost:$25, at the door; $20, advance and students;

www.tallerpr.org

2017 Flyers Wives Carnival at the Wells Fargo Center

Pull on your best orange and black sweater and head down to the Wells Fargo Center for the 2017 Flyers Wives Carnival, a day of family fun including interactive games against players, a dunk tank, a Ferris wheel and carousel at center ice, and more, all for a good cause.

2017 Flyers Wives Carnival at the Wells Fargo Center

When:Sunday, November 19, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street
Cost:$25, adults; $15, children 12 and under

www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com

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