November 2-4, 2018

Weekend Picks: Fall Foliage, First Friday, Jewish Film Festival, First Person Arts Festival And More

Check out more than 80 things to do in Philadelphia and the countryside...

Welcome to November, Philadelphia! This first weekend of the month offers capstone celebrations and opening events for major fests, as well as a great combination of indoor/outdoor events for the transitioning season.

In arts-related happenings, Mural Arts Month concludes its five-week public art celebration with the dedication of a colorful mural in Old City on Saturday, while the Philadelphia Museum of Art kick off a month of CraftNOW programming with its can’t-miss Contemporary Craft Show, highlighting the work of artists curated from all over the country. Also kicking off this weekend is the Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival with 15 days of programming across 10 venues.

Hungry residents and visitors can look forward to Peddler’s Village’s annual Apple Festival — replete with pies, ciders, jams, salsa and other tasty treats — on Saturday and Sunday.

And Philly keeps it quirky with First Friday programming in Old City, Fishtown, University City and beyond, plus the Philadelphia Oddities Expo with specimens, games and flash tattoos on Saturday, and the return of Mermaids at the Adventure Aquarium on Saturday and Sunday.

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Read on for our guide to this weekend in Philadelphia.

Friday, November 2

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First Friday

November kicks off with CraftNOW demonstrations in Old City studios, Cuban music and food in University City and more...

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Last Chance: Mural Arts Month

This celebration of public art concludes with a symposium on arts and criminal justice (Friday) and a colorful mural dedication at Fifth & Race streets (Saturday)...

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James Beard Foundation Taste America

Try dishes from some of the country's most celebrated chefs in Rittenhouse (Friday), followed by cooking demonstrations in King of Prussia (Saturday)...

Live Music, Comedy, Theater and Dance

Ongoing Exhibitions

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Rina Banerjee at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Make Me a Summary of the World is an exhibition of sculptures, works on paper and large installations that explore identity, tradition and culture in diasporic communities...

Cultures in the Crossfire at the Penn Museum

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

Explore the cultures, populations and history of one of the world's most turbulent regions, told through ancient artifacts and modern works by a Syrian artist...

First Friday in Philadelphia

Events and activities pop up in Old City, Fishtown and beyond for November's First Friday. (Photo by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia)

Saturday, November 3

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Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival

The 38th annual festival screens film premiers and repertory cinema at 10 venues, in addition to programming inspired by Jewish heritage and history…

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Mermaids at Adventure Aquarium

Popular mermaid programming returns to the aquarium with underwater views, meet-and-greets, a treasure-map activity and more…

Live Music, Comedy, Theater and Dance

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Sea Monsters HERE at The Navy Yard

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

The #NavyYardSeaMonster purple-inflatable-tentacled public installation is the work of UK-based inflatable sculpture artists and an anonymous collective of Philly artists...

30 Years: Art at the Michener, 1988-2018

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

The Michener Art Museum celebrates its 30th anniversary with objects from the vault never before displayed, works from local students and more...

Women's Mobile Museum at Dixon House

(Fri, Sat)

This year-long program challenges the social and economic barriers of the art world, supports emerging artists and reaches new audiences with neighborhood pop-ups...

Viewers sit in theater seats to watch a movie at the Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival

Celebrate Jewish filmmakers and films about the Jewish experience during the Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, which kicks off on Saturday. (Photo courtesy Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival)

Sunday, November 4

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Peddler's Village Apple Festival

Bechdolt Orchards brings a variety of apples to complement the pies, ciders, butters, jams and more at the Village General Store during this annual event…

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Philadelphia Veterans Day Parade and Festival

More than 3,000 participants honor service members and organizations in the march from Center City to the Historic District for the fourth consecutive year…

First Person Arts Festival

The annual storytelling festival kicks off with a workshop for those who want improve their skills and tips on how families can embrace transgender and gender-nonconforming journeys…

Last Chance: Pumpkinland at Linvilla Orchards

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

Visitors find harvest hayrides, a corn maze, apple picking, live music, a jack-o'-lantern exhibit, fall treats and more than 100 tons of pumpkins in various shapes and sizes…

Last Chance: Pennhurst Asylum

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

Take one last spin through the haunted house in the maximum-security wing at this maybe-actually-haunted former asylum...

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Hello Sunshine x Together Live at Kimmel Center

Together Live partners with Reese Witherspoon-founded Hello Sunshine to amplify women’s voices, with stories from Luvvie Ajayi, Cheryl Strayed and more…

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This multi-room experience — described as a living mural — merges visual art, dance and acrobatics for an escape-room-meets-art-installation adventure…

Ongoing Exhibitions

Rodin's The Kiss at the Rodin Museum

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

The museum commemorates the 100th anniversary of Auguste Rodin's death by focusing on the sculptor's depictions of love...


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