November 9-11, 2018

Weekend Picks: Winter Activities, Film Festivals, Arts Celebrations And More

Celebrate cultures and the changing seasons all weekend long...

Get ready for a full weekend, Philly!

Winter holiday events kick off on Friday with the opening of the Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink and Cabin as well as the Wintergarden in Dilworth Park, all part of the citywide Philly Holiday Festival. And in Bucks County, Santa Claus flips the switch on one million holiday lights at the beginning of Christmas in Peddler’s Village.

On the arts front, the storytelling-focused First Person Arts Festival and the annual CraftNOW celebration continue, while the Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival and Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival bring their cultures to the big screen at venues all over the city.

Those looking for outdoor activities can check out the leisurely Philly Tweed Ride and picnic Saturday or Sly Fox Brewing Company’s annual beer-and-bikes adventure course at Cyclocross Sunday.

The weekend lineup also includes a Diwali Festival of Lights celebration at Reading Terminal Market, a Broadway performance of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and more.

Make it a weekend to remember by booking the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package, featuring up to $193 in perks.

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Read on for our guide to this weekend in Philadelphia.

Friday, November 9

Top Pick

First Person Arts Festival

A food-podcast-and-stories pairing (Friday) and stories about the Latinx experience (Sunday) are on the schedule this weekend during the ongoing storytelling festival...

Top Pick

Winter at Dilworth Park

The Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink and Cabin and holiday-inspired Wintergarden open for the season in the heart of Center City...

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Christmas in Peddler's Village

One million twinkling lights put visitors in the spirit, as do hot cider, holiday treats and more, all part of the Kick Off to the Holidays event on Friday in Bucks County...

CraftNOW Philadelphia

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

The month-long celebration of craft arts continues with exhibitions at The Clay Studio, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and other galleries...

Live Music, Comedy, Theater and Dance

Ongoing Exhibitions

Actors in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

The Academy of Music hosts five performances of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory this weekend. (Photo by J. Marcus)

Saturday, November 10

Top Pick

Philadelphia Wing Festival at 2300 Arena

This second annual festival features 60 varieties of wings from more than 20 restaurants and trucks, plus a beer garden, food competitions and more...

Top Pick

10th Annual Philly Tweed Ride

The leisurely bike ride through Philadelphia includes a DIY BYO picnic halfway through...

College Sports Homecomings and Home Openers

Head to Franklin Field for Penn Football's homecoming game against Harvard, watch defending national basketball champs Villanova take on Morgan State and catch the Temple/La Salle basketball game at The Liacouras Center...

Love Your Park Fall Service Day

Grab a rake or broom and join thousands of volunteers around the city to pitch in and clean up beloved local parks...

Live Music, Comedy, Theater and Dance

Top Pick

Traveling While Black at the Penn Museum

This solo performance examines the impact of African migration and seeks to exploit the tensions between tourism and colonialism...

Ongoing Exhibitions

Top Pick

Women's Mobile Museum at Dixon House

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...

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...

Bikers race toward the adventure course against a backdrop of fall foliage at the annual Sly Fox Cyclocross

Grab a brew and watch Sly Fox Brewing Company's annual Cyclocross race, taking place on Sunday at the brewery's Pottstown location. (Photo courtesy Sly Fox Brewing Company)

Sunday, November 11

Top Pick

Cyclocross at Sly Fox Brewing Company

Sly Fox Brewing Company hosts this annual adventurous bike race, complete with obstacles and beer served all around the course...

Top Pick

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…

Live Music, Comedy, Theater and Dance

Opening: The Color Purple at Theatre Horizon

(Fri, Sat, Sun)

The moving musical — which won a Grammy Award for best musical theater album in 2017 — follows the life of two young African-American girls and their family living in rural Georgia in the early 1900s...

Ongoing Exhibitions

Top Pick

Sea Monsters HERE at The Navy Yard

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

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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