Long Weekend Picks, Turkey-Day Edition: Thanksgiving Eve Festivities, Thanksgiving Day Parade, Holiday Light Shows Debut, Black Friday Shopping, Small Business Saturday, Hanukkah Dinners, Penn’s Landing Winterfest, Skate At The Piazza And More

Happy Thanksgiving, Philadelphia! Today and the upcoming four days are seriously full of Thanksgiving Eve parties, Thanksgiving feasts, Black Friday and Small Business Saturday shopping, grand holiday openings and much more. Get excited, this long weekend is bound to be spectacular. (Photo credits clockwise from top left all for Visit Philadelphia: N. Santos, J. Fusco, E. Mencher, G. Widman, G. Widman, G. Widman, C. Gabellos, M. Kennedy, G. Widman)

Happy Thanksgiving, Philadelphia!

With the opening of two brand-new holiday attractions — Skate at the Piazza (a 5,000-square-foot ice skating rink at the Piazza at Schmidt’s!) and Waterfront Winterfest (a pop-up holiday village complete with a beer garden, restaurant, craft market, a holiday light show) at the Blue Cross RiverRink, and the opening of countless well-loved holiday attractions — Macy’s Christmas Light Show, Comcast Holiday Spectacular, Christmas Village and A Longwood Christmas, to name a few — the upcoming long weekend has plenty to be thankful for.

Due to the upcoming holiday we’re publishing our Weekend Picks two days early to make sure we can include all of the awesome happenings set for today, tomorrow, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

And note that we’ll be ducking out a little bit early today, but as always, be sure to follow Uwishunu on Twitter for ongoing updates all weekend long.

And again, Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Our top picks for this weekend, below.

Wednesday, November 27

Top Pick: Where to Celebrate Thanksgiving Eve in Philadelphia

Top Pick: Where to Celebrate Hanukkah in Philadelphia

Top Pick: James Murphy at The Lodge at Waterfront Winterfest

Top Pick: Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday at The Philadelphia Museum of Art

Top Pick: Pink Pub Crawl in the Gayborhood

Top Pick: Thanksgivukah at Zahav

Top Pick: American Sardine Bar’s 2nd Anniversary

Top Pick: It’s The Year 1997 at Johnny Brenda’s

Top Pick: Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show at Franklin Square (Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun)

Thanksgiving Market Days at Greensgrow Farms

Jive Turkey Dance Party and Thanks-A-Latke at The Trestle Inn

Fountain Farmers’ Market on East Passyunk Avenue

Please Touch Museum’s 5th Birthday Party

Thanksgiving Eve with $tuntloco at Silk City

Gobble Off at Kildare’s Manayunk

Thursday, November 28 — Happy Thanksgiving!

Top Pick: Our Guide to the 2013 Thanksgiving Day Parade

Top Pick: A Guide to Thanksgiving Dinners in Philadelphia

Top Pick: Comcast Center Holiday Spectacular (Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun) — Opening Day!

Top Pick: Christmas Village in Philadelphia (Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun) — Opening Day!

Top Pick: A Longwood Gardens Christmas (Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun) — Opening Day!

Chestnut Hill Skyspace Thanksgiving Day Sunrise Opening

Friday, November 29

Top Pick: Where To Shop on Black Friday in Philadelphia

Top Pick: Official Opening Day of Waterfront Winterfest at Penn’s Landing (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: Blue Cross RiverRink (Fri, Sat, Sun) — Opening Day!

Top Pick: Macy’s Christmas Light Show (Fri, Sat, Sun) — Opening Day!

Top Pick: Reading Terminal Market Holiday Railroad (Fri, Sat, Sun) — Opening Day!

Top Pick: Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show at Franklin Square (Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Top Pick: Friday Night at The Barnes Foundation Featuring Casey Alvarez — Open until Midnight

Extended Hours at The National Constitution Center — Open until 6 p.m.

A Brandywine Christmas at the Brandywine River Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun) — Opening Day!

Blackout Brunch at Kraftwork

Blackout Brunch at The Sidecar Bar and Grille

Art Star Holiday Market at Waterfront Winterfest (Fri, Sat, Sun) — Opening Day!

Much more, below.

Black Friday Discounts at The Shops at Liberty Place

Black Friday at United By Blue Boutique and Coffeehouse

The Phillies Present Red Friday

Black Friday Dinner Cruise on the Spirit of Philadelphia

Beyond the Paint: Philadelphia’s Mural Arts at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun)

Duke & Winston Main Line Pop-Up (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Thanksgiving Weekend at the National Constitution Center (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Saturday, November 30

Top Pick: Where To Shop on Small Business Saturday in Philadelphia

Top Pick: Skate at The Piazza (Sat, Sun) — Opening Day!

Top Pick: Extended Hours at The Barnes Foundation — Open until 10 p.m.

Top Pick: One Day in Pompeii at The Franklin Institute (Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: The Phillies Present Thanksgiving Saturday

Top Pick: Small Business Saturday at Art in the Age — 20 Percent Off of all Items

From Philadelphia To Monaco: Grace Kelly Beyond The Icon at the Michener Art Museum (Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun)

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at the Academy of Music (Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun)

Lobster Mania at Route 6

Elf at the Walnut Street Theatre (Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun)

Yards Brewing Company’s Free Brewery Tours (Sat, Sun)

PHS Holiday Pop-Up Store (Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun)

DJ Urban Spins at L’Etage

Spirit Month at the Continental Old City (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Blue Claw Co. Pop-Up Shop (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Dinosaurs Unearthed At The Academy Of Natural Sciences (Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun)

Small Business Saturday in Manayunk

Sustaining Fashion in Philadelphia in the Art Gallery at City Hall (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Seafarin’ Saturday at the Independence Seaport Museum

Gingerbread Decorating Class at Bredenbeck’s Bakery & Ice Cream Parlor

Beru Revue One More Time II at World Cafe Live

Sunday, December 1

Top Pick: Sick of turkey? How about some huevos rancheros — Our Top Picks for Brunch

Top Pick: Free Admission to The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts — Don’t Miss the Pop-Art Exhibition KAWS @ PAFA

Top Pick: Free First Sunday at The Barnes Foundation

Top Pick: Pay-What-You-Wish First Sunday at The Philadelphia Museum of Art — Check out Léger

Peace Around the World at The Penn Museum

Level 33 Restaurant and Sky Lounge at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel (Wed, Thus, Fri, Sat, Sun)

Morris Arboretum’s Holiday Garden Railway (Wed, Thus, Fri, Sat, Sun)

Teddy Bear Tea at The Rittenhouse Hotel (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Lobster Month at Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House

First Sundays at Johnny Brenda’s

Black Bodies in Propaganda: The Art of the War Poster at the Penn Museum (Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun)

Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar’s 75th Anniversary

Late-Night Happy Hour at North Bowl

Supper’s Rock Song-Themed Fall Cocktails

Gingerbread House Competition and Display at Peddler’s Village (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Byers’ Choice Traditional Christmas Market (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Wild Flowers: Paintings and Drawings by Peter Paone at the Woodmere Art Museum (Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun)

Gallery Talk with Peter Tobia at the National Constitution Center

The Malcolm X Steles at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun)


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