Weekend Picks: The Final Awesome Fest Drive-In Movie Of The Season, Grand Illumination Celebration At Peddler’s Village, Opening Weekend Of Morris Arboretum’s Holiday Garden Railway And More

Happy Friday, Philadelphia! This weekend, the city is full of live music, drink specials, brunch specials, the beginning of holiday events and even a drive-in movie theater. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

Tonight, The Awesome Fest ends its multi-week Center City drive-in movie theater with two screenings of feature films. Catch screenings of Planes, Trains & Automobiles and Santa Claus Conquers the Martians on a giant, outdoor screen in Eakins Oval. While tickets for cars are sold out, there are still spots available for pedestrians and cyclists who are invited to attend the screening at no cost.

In celebration of the last drive-in, Visit Philly will be on hand for a golden ticket giveaway. To win, come out for the movies and purchase a bag of popcorn. If your bag has a golden sticker, you’re a winner. See you out there!

The holidays kick off with the Grand Illumination Celebration at Peddler’s Village, head to the Bucks County attraction tonight, Friday, November 22, for a true lights show — nearly one million twinkling lights will be turned on for the first time this season.

This weekend also marks the beginning of Morris Arboretum’s Holiday Garden Railway, a well-loved holiday tradition of model trains, as well as Chestnut Hill’s Circle of Trees and Lights opening at Woodmere Art Museum on Saturday.

Our top picks for this weekend, below.

Friday, November 22

Top Pick: Final Drive-In Movie of the Season: The Awesome Fest Presents Planes, Trains & Automobiles and Santa Claus Conquers the Martians — Tickets for cars are sold out, but bicyclists and pedestrians are still welcome to attend for free!

Top Pick: Grand Illumination Celebration at Peddler’s Village

Top Pick: Lobster Mania at Route 6 (Fri, Sat, Sun)

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

Top Pick: The Barnes Foundation Presents A Tribute to Charlie Parker and the Orpheus Club of Philadelphia

Top Pick: Morris Arboretum’s Holiday Garden Railway (Fri, Sat, Sun) — Opening Day!

Germantown Farmers’ Market

BalletX Fall Series 2013 (Fri, Sat, Sun)

End the workweek on a sweet note — Roundup: Our Top Picks for Pie

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

From the Cocoa Bean to Your Mouth: The History of Chocolate at Raíces Culturales Latinoamericanas

Friday Night DJ at Distrito

Flashdance the Musical at The Academy of Music (Fri, Sat, Sun)

DJ Urban Spins at L’Etage

CandyCoated Wonderland at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Fri, Sat, Sun)

The Birds at International House Philadelphia

The Smart Affair at Drexel Smart House

The Way of Chopsticks at The Philadelphia Art Alliance (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Gary Gulman at Helium Comedy Club (Fri, Sat)

Fourth Fridays at Johnny Brenda’s

Loud, Fast, Philly at PhilaMOCA

Saturday, November 23

Top Pick: Winter Beer Fest at the 23rd Street Armory

Top Pick: Bacon and eggs, yes please! Our Top Picks for Brunch

Top Pick: Franklin Flea Indoor Market

Top Pick: Capture The Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs at the National Constitution Center (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: KAWS at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Spirit Month at the Continental Old City — Discounted local spirits

Holidays on the Hill in Chestnut Hill — Opening Day!

Lanxgiving in West Philly — Food truck fare, free cold drinks, music and more!

Clark Park Farmers’ Market

Fitler Square Farmers’ Market

Léger: Modern Art And The Metropolis at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (Fri, Sat) — Closing Day!

Beyond the Paint: Philadelphia’s Mural Arts at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Hanukkah/Early Christmas Party at stadler-Kahn

Temple University Owls vs. University of Connecticut Huskies Football at Lincoln Financial Field

A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place (Sat, Sun) — Opening Day!

More picks, below.

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

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

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

Book Paper Scissors Craft Show and Workshops at the Free Library of Philadelphia

DJ Deejay — Silk City Saturdays

Philly Photo Day Exhibition (Fri, Sat)

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

Watson Adventures Scavenger Hunt at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Baby Loves Disco at World Cafe Live

Sunday, November 24

Top Pick: Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show at Franklin Square — Daily Food Trucks

Top Pick: Lobster Month at Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House

Top Pick: One Day in Pompeii at The Franklin Institute

Top Pick: Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens (Fri, Sat, Sun) — Closing Day!

Top Pick: Headhouse Farmers’ Market

Curtis Opera Theatre presents L’elisir d’amore (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Chill Moody: Girls Like Nice Things at Union Transfer

Late-Night Happy Hour at North Bowl

Free Yards Brewing Company Tours (Sat, Sun)

Bottomless Mimosa, Sangria and Bloody Mary Brunch at White Dog Cafe University City

Through the Looking Lens and Drawing Room at the American Philosophical Society Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

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

Local Musicians Present Sunday Sessions at The Cambridge

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

Léger Inspired Brunch at Granite Hill

Sustaining Fashion in Philadelphia (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Free Sunday Mornings at The Brandywine River Museum

The Unflinching Eye: Works of the Tiberino Family Circle at the African American Museum in Philadelphia (Fri, Sat, Sun)

The Philadelphia Orchestra Presents Perlman Returns at The Kimmel Center (Fri, Sat, Sun)

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

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


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