Happy Thursday, Philly! The weekend is starting a night early with wine-fueled events, a cocktail bar crawl, a film festival and much more.
Wine fans know that tonight is Beaujolais Nouveau Day, a celebration of Beaujolais Nouveau — a French wine made from Gamay grapes produced in the Beaujolais region that’s released for sale after being fermented for just six to eight weeks. Bars and restaurants throughout the city, with the epicenter in Midtown Village, are celebrating with wine dinners, special tastings, happy hours and more.
Our top picks for tonight, below.
• Beaujolais Nouveau Day in Midtown Village
What: French-inspired parties bring a little je ne sais quoi to Philadelphia this Thursday, November 19, and a slew of bars, restaurants and shops celebrate the worldwide wine fête known as Beaujolais Nouveau Day. Midtown Village hosts a slew of festivities at bars like Time, Barbuzzo, Jamonera and Vintage.
When: Thursday, November 19
Where: Participating bars
Cost: Pay as you go
• Franklin Square Holiday Festival
What: It’s week two for the Electrical Spectacle holiday light show at Franklin Square. Stop by for a dazzling light show, holiday shopping, festive treats and more. Also tonight, the winter beer garden returns to the attraction.
When: Thursday, November 19, 4-8 p.m.
Where: Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th Street
Cost: Free admission; pay as you go activities
• Ice Rink at Dilworth Park
What: The ice rink at Dilworth Park continues its second-ever season tonight with ice skating, hot chocolate and more right in the middle of Center City.
When: Thursday, November 19, until 9 p.m.
Where: Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street
Cost: $5 adults, $3 children ages 10 and under; Skate rental, $9
• The Good King Tavern Cave à Manger Party
What: Celebrate the two-year anniversary of Bella Vista boîte The Good King Tavern with a Parisian style cave à manger. The dining room will be transformed into a mostly standing venue for the evening, and guest sommeliers with serious pedigree will pour wine and share insights about by-the-bottle and by-the-glass vintages.
When: Thursday, November 19, 5 p.m.-midnight
Where: The Good King Tavern, 614 S. 7th Street
Cost: Pay as you go
Today is Beaujolais Nouveau Day, and the city is celebrating with wine dinners, happy hours and more at restaurants throughout the city (including Barbuzzo, shown here). (Photo by N. Santos for Visit Philadelphia)
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