25 Amazing Things To Do In Philly This Week, November 12-18

Grand opening of The Bourse Food Hall, Franklin Square Holiday Festival, Philadelphia Marathon weekend and more...

There’s a lot to look forward to this week in Philly, with the opening of many holiday attractions, the final days of film and arts festivals, one of the most historic races in the nation and the grand debut of a hotly anticipated new attraction.

That’s right: Old City’s The Bourse Food Hall opens this week! Guests are invited to the newly renovated artisan food hall’s two-day grand-opening celebration, which starts with a ribbon cutting on Thursday morning and features awesome giveaways, pop-up performances and — of course — delicious food and drink.

It’s also beginning to look mighty merry and bright as holiday attractions like the Franklin Square Holiday Festival, the Holiday Light Show at Shady Brook Farm, the Christmas Village in LOVE Park and the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market in Dilworth Park all open for the season.

Talented athletes from all over come to the city this weekend as well for the exciting Philadelphia Marathon, one of the most historic, fast and flat races in the nation. Spectators can cheer on the ambitious participants at various spots along the scenic route that weaves through Philadelphia’s Historic District, West Philly, Fairmount Park and other neighborhoods.

Also on the horizon: the final days of the Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival and the First Person Arts Festival; the two-day Holiday Art Star Craft Bazaar at SugarHouse Casino; the monthly La NOCHE show at the Kimmel Center; and performances by comedian Sasheer Zamata at Punch Line Philly.

Check out all of our picks for this week in Philly, below.

The Holidays in Philadelphia

Christmas in Peddler's VillagePhoto courtesy Peddler's Village

It’s beginning to look a lot like the holiday season in Philadelphia! The fabulous Philly Holiday Festival continues, featuring the outdoor Wintergarden and Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink & Cabin at Dilworth Park and the Franklin Square Holiday Festival (which opens on Thursday). Also this week: Historic Philadelphia Inc.’s holiday-themed Tippler’s Tour pub crawls begin (Thursday) and The Clay Studio hosts a launch party for its first-ever holiday ornaments collection with artist Lauren Mabry (Thursday). For more holiday happenings this week, see our guides to holiday lights and must-see attractions.

The Holidays in Philadelphia

When:Varies by event
Where:Various locations including Peddler's Village, 2400 Street Road, New Hope
Cost:Varies by event

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Major Concerts in Philly This Week

Philly’s music fans have a lot to look forward to this week, including performances by Atlanta rapper 6LACK at the The Fillmore (Monday), powerhouse vocalist Josh Groban at Wells Fargo Center (Monday), chillwave artist Toro Y Moi at Union Transfer (Tuesday) and local indie-rock wunderkind Sandy (Alex G) at First Unitarian Church (Saturday).

Major Concerts in Philly This Week

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

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Exhibition Events & Openings

Toledo Museum of Art, Purchased with funds from the Libbey Endowment, Gift of Edward Drummond Libbey, 1884, Oil on canvas

Philly museums and attractions invite guests to special events this week centered around some big fall exhibitions. The Museum of the American Revolution hosts a History After Hours event inspired by its ceramic artifacts (Tuesday); the Philadelphia Museum of Art presents a conversation about defining citizenship inspired by the Yael Bartana: And Europe Will Be Stunned exhibit (Tuesday); the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’ museum director leads a private group tour of its Rina Banerjee exhibit (Tuesday); an academic-led lecture at the Barnes Foundation examines some of the masterpieces in its Berthe Morisot exhibit (Saturday); and an enlightening exploration of the effects of labor-intensive agricultural extraction processes on the body takes place at The African American Museum presented as part of the Cotton exhibit (Saturday). A new fall exhibition, Dieter Rams: Principled Design, opens at the Philadelphia Museum of Art this week as well (Sunday).

Exhibition Events & Openings

When:Various dates
Where:Various locations including the Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Varies by event

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Last Chance: First Person Arts Festival

First Person Arts FestivalPhoto courtesy First Person Arts

The final events of Philly’s First Person Arts Festival go down this week and include the last performance of Pa’Lante, a devised theater show about Latinx experiences in the United States told by members of the Latinx community (Monday); three (!) encore presentations of the 2017 festival’s popular dance piece Legendary starring Kemar Jewel and the Xcel Dance Crew (Wednesday-Friday); and the festival’s ultimate storytelling showdown, the GrandSlam, featuring this season’s StorySlam winners battling for the title of “Best Storyteller in Philadelphia” (Saturday).

Last Chance: First Person Arts Festival

When:Through Saturday, November 17
Where:Various locations including FringeArts, 140 N. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Varies by event

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Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival

The Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival wraps up its showcase of films about the Jewish experience and work by Jewish filmmakers this week. Highlights include a free discussion about indie filmmaking by director, screenwriter and star Paul Lieberstein and producer Jennifer Prediger of the comedy Song of Back and Neck (film screening on Thursday; discussion on Friday); the closing-night screening of the autobiographical drama about the life of novelist and war hero Romain Gary (Promise at Dawn, Saturday); and a screening of the musical documentary about the Jewish roots of some of the most beloved Christmas songs followed by a Christmas-themed Chinese buffet dinner (Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas, Sunday).

Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival

When:Through Sunday, November 18
Where:Various locations including Landmark's Ritz East, 125 S. 2nd Street
Cost:$7 and up

www.pjff.org

Last Chance: Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

The Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival winds down this week with a handful of events, live performances and screenings, including a play about online dating and internet fame (Keep Me Posted, Monday); a solo show about an Indian woman and the marginalizing experiences she deals with (Voided, Tuesday); a special presentation of American propaganda films that influenced anti-Asian sentiment in the past (Wednesday); and the closing-night screening of a documentary about esteemed politician and first Asian-American cabinet member Norman Mineta, who was forced into a World War II concentration camp in the United States as a child (An American Story: Norman Mineta and His Legacy, Sunday).

Last Chance: Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

When:Through Sunday, November 18
Where:Various locations including Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine Street
Cost:$8 and up

www.phillyasianfilmfest.org

Veterans Day Family Festival at the National Constitution Center

National Constitution CenterPhoto by A. Wendowski for Visit Philadelphia

The National Constitution Center offers free admission to guests during this family festival honoring the men and women of the nation’s armed forces for Veterans Day. Guests can write thank-you letters to vets at Thank-A-Vet writing stations, participate in make-and-take craft activities, attend Q&A talks with veterans and more at this day-long event.

Veterans Day Family Festival at the National Constitution Center

When:Monday, November 12
Where:National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street
Cost:Free

www.constitutioncenter.org

La NOCHE featuring Bulla en el Barrio at the Kimmel Center

Kimmel CenterPhoto courtesy the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

The Kimmel Center’s free monthly jam session La NOCHE kick starts the week with plenty of rhythm and danceable grooves to dance to. At this installment, the group Bulla en el Barrio performs bullerengue — an expressive style of music and dance that originated in the Caribbean region of Columbia — following the La NOCHE band’s always-entertaining set.

La NOCHE featuring Bulla en el Barrio at the Kimmel Center

When:Monday, November 12, 8 p.m.
Where:Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:Free

www.kimmelcenter.org

Manayunk Cocktail Week

Manayunk Cocktail WeekPhoto courtesy Manayunk Restaurant Week

A total of 16 Manayunk bars and restaurants offer signature cocktails and host spirit-forward events all week long for the neighborhood’s fourth annual Cocktail Week. Lovers of handcrafted libations can enjoy seasonal drinks like spiked rum mulled cider at Jake’s and Cooper’s Wine Bar or maple Old-Fashioneds at Winnie’s Manayunk. Special event highlights include the Pig and Whiskey Dinner at Bourbon Blue (Tuesday), Tullamore Dew Flight Night at Sona Pub and Kitchen (Thursday), the Fried Chicken Dinner at The Goat’s Beard (Thursday) and the Jamaican Jerk Festival Dinner at The Spicy Belly (Sunday).

Manayunk Cocktail Week

When:November 12-18
Where:Various locations including Bourbon Blue, 2 Rector Street
Cost:Varies by event

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Philadelphia Flyers Games at the Wells Fargo Center

Philadelphia FlyersPhoto courtesy Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers — and the team’s phenom mascot, Gritty — have a busy week at the Wells Fargo Center, hosting the Florida Panthers on Tuesday, the New Jersey Devils on Thursday and the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday. Can’t score tickets to the games? Post up at one of the city’s best sports bars to watch with fellow Flyers fans.

Philadelphia Flyers Games at the Wells Fargo Center

When:November 13, 15 & 17
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street
Cost:$35 and up

www.nhl.com

Diwali 2018 at International House Philadelphia

International HousePhoto courtesy International House

International House Philadelphia celebrates Diwali, the five-day Hindu festival of light that marks the spiritual victory of good over evil, on Wednesday with an evening showcasing flavorful Indian cuisine; traditional music and dance; and activities like Henna tattooing and rangoli art-making.

Diwali 2018 at International House Philadelphia

When:Wednesday, November 14, 7 p.m.
Where:International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut Street
Cost:$5 and up

www.ihousephilly.org

The Alexis Rose Xperience All-White Fitness Experience at TLO Event Complex

Mega-popular trainer Alexis Rose brings her feel-good dance fitness experience to the TLO Event Complex in North Philly on Thursday for one night of calorie-burning, endorphin-activating choreography and infectious fun. Guests of all fitness and dance experience levels are welcome and encouraged to wear their favorite all-white fitness attire.

The Alexis Rose Xperience All-White Fitness Experience at TLO Event Complex

When:Thursday, November 15, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Where:TLO Event Complex, 1621-27 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Cost:$35 and up

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Grand Opening: The Bourse Food Hall

Interior of The Bourse Food Hall in PhiladelphiaPhoto by N. Santos

The Bourse Food Hall, one of the year’s most anticipated attractions, officially opens with a big two-day celebration. After the ribbon cutting at 9 a.m. on Thursday, the first 100 guests to dine at the new artisan food hall for breakfast (9:15 a.m.), lunch (noon) and dinner (5 p.m.) receive prizes like “Taste of The Bourse” gift bags, gift cards and treats from the spot's food-stall vendors. On Friday, the daylong Bourse Bonanza features pop-up performances from stilt walkers and acrobats along with a mini-Mummers parade and special guest appearances from Eagles mascot Swoop and the team’s cheerleaders. Attendees on either day can enter some awesome giveaways the include prizes like Flyers and 76ers tickets.

Grand Opening: The Bourse Food Hall

When:November 15-16
Where:The Bourse Food Hall, 111 S. Independence Mall E.
Cost:Pay as you go

www.theboursephilly.com

Sasheer Zamata at Punch Line Philly

Seasoned comedian, writer and actress Sasheer Zamata has appeared on Saturday Night LiveInside Amy Schumer, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, This American Life and more. She brings her quick-witted comedy to Philly to perform five stand-up sets at Punch Line Philly this week (Thursday-Saturday).

Sasheer Zamata at Punch Line Philly

When:November 15-17
Where:Punch Line Philly, 33 E. Laurel Street
Cost:$17 and up

www.punchlinephilly.com

Opening Night: Franklin Square Holiday Festival

Franklin Square Holiday LIght Show in PhiladelphiaPhoto by J. Fusco for Historic Philadelphia, Inc.

The Franklin Square Holiday Festival featuring the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show presented by PECO opens for another spectacular season on Thursday, offering free light shows every 30 minutes between 4:30 and 8 p.m. all season long. Opening-night festivities start at 5 p.m., where guests can mingle with Ben Franklin, ride the Lightning Bolt Holiday Express Train, taste confections from Ben’s Sweets & Treats and watch The Philly POPS perform and countdown to the first Electric Spectacle show of the season. On Friday, the attraction hosts free Thanksgiving-themed crafts for kids at its #FranklinSquareFridays event from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Opening Night: Franklin Square Holiday Festival

When:November 15 - December 31
Where:Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Kukuli Velarde: The Complicit Eye at Taller Puertorriqueño

Kukuli Velarde: The Complicit Eye at Taller PuertorriqueñoPhoto courtesy Taller Puertorriqueño

Philadelphia painter and sculptor Kukuli Velarde creates political and personal feminist reinterpretations of Colonial painting and Pre-Columbian sculpture. The first exhibition of her work, The Complicit Eye, explores and examines the standards of female beauty “from colonization to the local barrio.” Taller Puertorriqueño hosts the opening reception for the exhibit on Friday.

Kukuli Velarde: The Complicit Eye at Taller Puertorriqueño

When:Friday, November 16, 5:30-8 p.m.
Where:Taller Puertorriqueño, 2600 N. 5th Street
Cost:Free

www.tallerpr.org

Gastropod Live at The Franklin Institute

Co-hosts Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley of the award-winning food history and science podcast Gastropod come to The Franklin Institute for a live performance of the show, which includes interactive tastings, live experiments and special guests.

Gastropod Live at The Franklin Institute

When:Friday, November 16, 6-7:15 p.m.
Where:The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street
Cost:$20, general admission; $15, members

www.fi.edu

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Utah Jazz at the Wells Fargo Center

Philadelphia 76ersPhoto courtesy Philadelphia 76ers

Last season’s rookie-of-the-year winner Ben Simmons goes head-to-head against rookie-of-the-year-runner-up Donovan Mitchell on Friday when the Utah Jazz come to Philly to challenge the 76ers for the first time this season.

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Utah Jazz at the Wells Fargo Center

When:Friday, November 16, 7 p.m.
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street
Cost:$19 and up

www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com

Philadelphia Marathon

Runners in the Philadelphia Marathon run past Independence Hall in PhiladelphiaPhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

An expected 30,000 athletes take part in this year’s 26.2-mile Philadelphia Marathon, which winds throughout the city outskirts and into the heart of the city past the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. In addition to the main event on Sunday, the weekend also features a 13.1-mile race, an 8k and a kids fun run (all on Saturday) and a health-and-fitness expo at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Friday and Saturday.

Philadelphia Marathon

When:November 16-18
Where:Runs begin near the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps and end near 22nd Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free to watch

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PHILADANCO: Choreographers on the Move at the Kimmel Center

PhiladancoPhoto by Lois Greenfield courtesy PHILADANCO

Celebrated local dance troupe PHILADANCO puts on this brand-new show featuring works by two of the group’s resident choreographers with performances from Friday through Sunday. The pieces focus on the choreographers’ growth throughout their time at PHILADANCO.

PHILADANCO: Choreographers on the Move at the Kimmel Center

When:November 16-18
Where:Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:$10 and up

www.kimmelcenter.org

Family Festival: Friendsgiving at the Please Touch Museum

Please Touch MuseumPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

The Please Touch Museum presents an imaginative, kid-friendly Friendsgiving celebration for families on Saturday, complete with a healthy (pretend) feast, a paper placemat craft activity, cooking demonstrations and more.

Family Festival: Friendsgiving at the Please Touch Museum

When:Saturday, November 17, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Where:Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic
Cost:$19, general admission; $3, carousel (kids only); $12, parking

www.pleasetouchmuseum.org

Holiday Art Star Craft Bazaar at SugarHouse Casino

Curated by beloved Northern Liberties shop Art Star, the holiday edition of the Art Star Craft Bazaar celebrates Philly’s maker scene with a two-day shopping event featuring 75 vendors selling handmade jewelry, clothing, cards, toys, home items and more. Guests can also participate in a raffle, sip on drinks and enjoy food from Cedar Point Bar & Kitchen. The bazaar pops up at the SugarHouse Casino Event Center on Saturday and Sunday.

Holiday Art Star Craft Bazaar at SugarHouse Casino

When:November 17-18
Where:SugarHouse Casino, 1001 N. Delaware Avenue
Cost:Pay as you go

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Preview Weekend: Christmas Village in Philadelphia

Christmas VillagePhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Get a preview of the German-style Christmas Village this Saturday and Sunday before the market officially opens on November 22 for its 11th year at the restored JFK Plaza, also known as LOVE Park. Eighty wooden booths of local and international merchants display and sell Käthe Wohlfahrt trimmings, wintry apparel, handmade toys and all manner of edible and drinkable treats, while entertainment keeps things festive.

Preview Weekend: Christmas Village in Philadelphia

When:November 17-18 (preview weekend); November 22 - December 24
Where:LOVE Park, 1599 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
Cost:Pay as you go

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Opening: Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market

Made in Philadelphia Holiday MarketPhoto courtesy Center City District

The Made In Philadelphia Holiday Market returns to Dilworth Park beginning on Saturday with more than 40 vendors selling their wares — gifts, food and more — in festive tents topped with Herrnhut Stars.

Opening: Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market

When:November 17, 2018 - January 1, 2019
Where:Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.centercityphila.org

Winslow Homer and the Camera: Photography and the Art of Painting at the Brandywine River Museum of Art

This Saturday, the Brandywine River Museum of Art opens an exhibition featuring 50 works — prints, paintings and drawings — by Winslow Homer, a 19th-century artist recognized for his impressive marine-themed art. The exhibition also includes photographs from Homer’s own collection.

Winslow Homer and the Camera: Photography and the Art of Painting at the Brandywine River Museum of Art

When:November 17, 2018 - February 17, 2019
Where:Brandywine River Museum of Art, 1 Hoffmans Mill Road, Chadds Ford
Cost:$18, adults; $15, seniors (65+); $6, students with ID and children ages 6-18

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