25 Terrific Things To Do In Philly This Week, November 5-11

Winter at Dilworth Park debut, Sly Fox Cyclocross, Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival and more...

Look out, Philadelphia: This week brings a number of awesome events showcasing the city’s thriving arts scene, sports teams, rich diversity and even a taste of what’s in store for the holiday season!

Sports fans, there’s a busy week of spectating ahead, with the Villanova Men’s Basketball home opener, the Temple Men’s Basketball home opener versus crosstown rivals the La Salle Explorers, two Flyers games, a 76ers game and an important divisional game for the Eagles all going down — on home turf — in the coming days.

And — because it’s never too early to start spreading holiday cheer! — Peddler’s Village and Dilworth Park both kick off their exciting holiday and winter programming this week for folks eager to see twinkling holiday lights, sip hot cocoa and brush up on their ice-skating skills ahead of the season.

Also this week: The First Person Arts Festival hits its stride with thought-provoking performances from talented storytellers — including Felonious Munk of The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore — and enlightening workshops at venues citywide.

Two cool film festivals — the Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival and the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival — overlap this week as well. Both events feature an impressive line up of events and screenings that celebrate the Jewish and Asian experience respectively.

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

Big Games in Philly This Week

Photo courtesy Philadelphia Eagles

Philly sports fans are in for a treat this week, with nearly every local team — collegiate and professional — playing a big game at home. After a second NCAA championship title in three years, the Villanova Wildcats begin another march toward excellence with their home opener against Morgan State University (Tuesday) at the renovated Finneran Pavilion and a game against Quinnipiac at the Wells Fargo Center (Saturday); the Temple men's basketball team plays La Salle for their home opener (Tuesday); the Philadelphia Flyers host the Arizona Coyotes (Thursday) and the Chicago Blackhawks (Saturday); The 76ers tip off against the Charlotte Hornets (Saturday); UPenn Football celebrates homecoming with a game against Harvard (Saturday); and the Eagles face the Dallas Cowboys for what’s sure to be an important NFC East divisional game (Sunday). Go teams!

Big Games in Philly This Week

When:Dates and times vary
Where:Various locations including Lincoln Financial Field, 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way
Cost:Varies by event

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Veterans Day in Philadelphia

Exterior of the Museum of the American RevolutionCourtesy Museum of the American Revolution

Events throughout the week at attractions and institutions commemorate Veterans Day, which falls on Sunday this year. The National Constitution Center invites visitors to write thank-you letters to vets (Monday-Saturday) and engage with vets at special talks (Monday, Wednesday and Friday). Mural Arts Philadelphia dedicates a new mural honoring veterans (Thursday). Veterans, active and retired military and Blue Star Families get free admission to the Museum of the American Revolution for Veterans Day weekend (Saturday-Sunday). And the Independence Seaport Museum hosts a free-to-attend Veterans Day service aboard Cruiser Olympia (Sunday).

Veterans Day in Philadelphia

When:Dates and times vary
Where:Various locations including Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. 3rd Street
Cost:Varies by event

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Last Chance: Terror Behind The Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary

Terror Behind The Walls at Eastern State PenitentiaryPhoto by J. Fusco for Eastern State Penitentiary

Terror Behind The Walls, the Eastern State Penitentiary's nationally acclaimed haunted attraction, ends its spooky season this week. To mark the end of the super-popular attraction’s run, guests who visit the fright-filled fortress on its final nights (Friday and Saturday) can experience the zombie prisoners, deranged nurses and Hollywood-quality special effects in complete darkness.

Last Chance: Terror Behind The Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary

When:Through Saturday, November 10
Where:Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue
Cost:$19 - $45, depending on date and time

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Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival

The Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival continues showcasing the work of Jewish filmmakers and films about the Jewish experience all week long. Notable screenings this week include a moving docudrama about a group of Jewish intellectuals with the film's director Roberta Grossman (Who Will Write Our History, Wednesday); an unlikely buddy comedy about a recently widowed Hasidic cantor and a science teacher followed by a happy hour at Positano Coast (To Dust, Thursday); and a poignant drama about the struggle of a woman dealing with the inappropriate advances of her boss (Working Woman, Saturday).

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

First Person Arts Festival

Photo courtesy First Person Arts

Philly’s First Person Arts Festival continues celebrating storytellers and showcasing memoir and documentary art this week. Upcoming events include comedian and social activist Felonious Munk performing an updated version of his hit Second City production (Wednesday-Friday); a live recording of the food podcast “Hungry” that pairs stories from Philly chefs with five courses of food (Friday); a night of readings from and reflections on Zora Neale Hurston’s book Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo," a nonfiction work based on her interviews with the last living survivor of the Middle Passage (Saturday); and a devised theater show featuring stories about the Latinx experience in the United States told by members of the Latinx community (Sunday).

First Person Arts Festival

When:Through Tuesday, November 27
Where:Various locations including Punch Line Philly, 33 E. Laurel Street
Cost:Varies by event

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CraftNOW Philadelphia

Globe Dye WorksPhoto courtesy CraftNOW Philadelphia

CraftNOW Philadelphia showcases the work of the many talented and hardworking craft artists in and around Philadelphia at special events and exhibitions citywide. This week, check out some of the exhibitions currently on display that celebrate craft, like Making a Difference: Social and Political Activism in Clay at The Clay Studio, Fancy Pants at Globe Dye Works and Rina Banerjee: Make Me a Summary of the World at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

CraftNOW Philadelphia

When:Through Friday, December 7
Where:Various locations including Globe Dye Works, 4500 Worth Street
Cost:Varies by event

www.craftnowphila.org

Barrymore Awards & Celebration at Bok Building

Members of the region's professional theater community receive recognition for their terrific work in plays and musicals at this awards ceremony, held on Monday at Bok in South Philadelphia. Guests who stick around for the post-awards party can enjoy entertainment, dancing, refreshments and an open bar in Bok's two gym spaces.

Barrymore Awards & Celebration at Bok Building

When:Monday, November 5, 7-11 p.m.
Where:Bok Building, 1901 S. 9th Street
Cost:$75, general admission

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Election Day

Tuesday is Election Day, so grab a friend, head to the nearest polling place (which you can locate here) and exercise your right to vote! In addition to the rewarding feeling of making a difference in our democracy, voters get pay-what-you-wish admission to the National Museum of American Jewish History on Election Day in honor of the political cartoons featured in its new exhibit on artist Rube Goldberg. For kids who aren't quite old enough to vote, The Please Touch Museum hosts a "toy election" and other civic-themed activities so little ones can participate in and learn about the democratic process. Voters can also enjoy cool election day specials on food and drink at eateries like Shack Shack, Saxby's, Good Dog Bar and more.

Election Day

When:Tuesday, November 6
Where:Voting, your polling place; Activities, various locations including National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall E.
Cost:Free

www.phila.gov

Opening: Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Academy of Music

A colorful garden scene in the Academy of Music's production of Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryPhoto by J. Marcus for the Kimmel Center

The tale of Willy Wonka and Charlie Bucket comes to life on the Academy of Music stage as the Broadway version of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory takes residence in Philadelphia this November. Songs like “Pure Imagination” and “The Candy Man” accompany the classic children’s story.

Opening: Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Academy of Music

When:November 6-18 (select dates)
Where:Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost:$20 and up

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A Conversation with NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly at The Franklin Institute

A Conversation with Astronaut Scott Kelly at ‎The Franklin Institute‎The Franklin Institute

American astronaut Scott Kelly, known for setting the world record for most consecutive days spent in space, comes to The Franklin Institute on Wednesday for a moderated discussion about his career trajectory and experiences as an astronaut and a Q&A session with The Franklin Institute's chief astronomer Derrick Pitts. A signed copy of Kelly's book, Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery, is included with the ticket price.

A Conversation with NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly at The Franklin Institute

When:Wednesday, November 7, 6-7:15 p.m.
Where:The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street
Cost:$45 and up

www.fi.edu

Imagination Ball at Please Touch Museum

Imagination Ball at Please Touch MuseumPhoto courtesy Please Touch Museum

The Please Touch Museum invites guests to enjoy a fanciful evening of enchantment at the Imagination Ball, the museum's annual benefit gala, on Thursday. The event's theme this year is Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, inspired by the magic of Mary Poppins.

Imagination Ball at Please Touch Museum

When:Thursday, November 8, 6-9 p.m
Where:Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic
Cost:$125 and up

www.pleasetouchmuseum.org

Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

The week-plus Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival puts the spotlight on films about the Asian experience and films created by Asian filmmakers. Screenings this week include a film about how one song impacted the lives of three generations of people (In the Life of Music on Thursday); a drama about 20-something Korean American amateur musician who travels to Seoul for the first time (Fiction and Other Realities on Saturday) and documentary celebrating Filipino food and culture in America (Ulam: Main Dish on Sunday).

Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

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

www.phillyasianfilmfest.org

Opening: The Color Purple at Theatre Horizon

The Color Purple, based on Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize Award- and National Book Award-winning novel, opens at Theatre Horizon in Norristown on Thursday and runs on select dates for just over five weeks. The moving musical — which won a Grammy Award for best musical theater album in 2017 — follows the life of 14-year-old African-American girl Celie, her sister Nettie and their family living in rural Georgia in the early 1900s.

Opening: The Color Purple at Theatre Horizon

When:November 8 - December 16 (select dates)
Where:Theatre Horizon, 401 DeKalb Street, Norristown
Cost:$2 and up

www.theatrehorizon.org

Kickoff to the Holidays in Peddler’s Village

Photo courtesy Peddler's Village

The holiday festivities in Peddler's Village begin on Friday evening with the arrival of Mrs. Claus on the Main Green, caroling, free refreshments (hot cider! hot chocolate! cookies!) and a Light Parade that ends with a tree lighting inside Giggleberry Fair. Throughout the season, guests can browse the light displays, enjoy festive food, visit with Santa and shop for holiday gifts at the Bucks County destination.

Kickoff to the Holidays in Peddler’s Village

When:Friday, November 9, 6-9 p.m.
Where:Peddler's Village, 2400 Street Road, New Hope
Cost:Pay as you go

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Traveling While Black at the Penn Museum

Edris Cooper-AnifowoshePhoto courtesy Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe

Inspired by Langston Hughes' autobiographical book I Wonder as I Wander, Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe's solo performance Traveling While Black dives into the topic of African migration to reveal tensions between colonialism and tourism and the connections and disconnections of different cultures. The show is based on Cooper-Anifowoshe's own travel experiences. A panel discussion follows the performance.

Traveling While Black at the Penn Museum

When:Friday, November 9, 7-9 p.m.
Where:Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Cost:$15

www.penn.museum

Kickoff to Winter at Dilworth Park

Ice Rink at Dilworth ParkPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Get ready for a winter wonderland at City Hall! Ice skaters and winter revelers can take in sweeping views of City Hall while enjoying holiday fun at the Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink and Wintergarden during Winter at Dilworth Park, which kicks off on Friday and runs for nearly four months! After ice skating and exploring the garden, guests can pop into the Rothman Orthopaedics Cabin for hot chocolate and snacks. The cozy space also hosts happy hours on Wednesday evenings and quizzo on Tuesday evenings throughout the season.

Kickoff to Winter at Dilworth Park

When:November 9, 2018 - February 24, 2019
Where:Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.dilworthpark.org

Love Your Park Fall Service Day

Love Your Park Fall Service DayPhoto courtesy Fairmount Park Conservancy

Philly’s expansive park system accommodates so many outdoor activities — picnicking, working out, hanging out and much more. Volunteers help get parks all over Philadelphia ready for winter on Saturday for the Love Your Park Fall Service Day. The day's work includes leaf collection, disposing of litter and planting trees and bulbs. Participating in Love Your Park Fall Service Day is completely free, but registration is required.

Love Your Park Fall Service Day

When:Saturday, November 10, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Where:Various locations including Clark Park, 4300-4398 Baltimore Avenue
Cost:Free

www.phila.gov

10th Annual Philly Tweed Ride

Bike riders decked out in thrifty tweed apparel leisurely ride from the Water Works in Fairmount through Philadelphia's Historic District during this eye-catching event, now in its 10th year. At the halfway mark on Independence Mall, riders are invited to hop off for a BYO picnic. Prizes are awarded for the most impressive picnic spread.

10th Annual Philly Tweed Ride

When:Saturday, November 10, 11 a.m.
Where:Ride starts at Water Works, 640 Waterworks Drive
Cost:Free

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Diwali Festival of Lights at Reading Terminal Market

Reading Terminal MarketPhoto by J. Smith for Visit Philadelphia

Visitors can celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of light, at Reading Terminal Market on Saturday during this event showcasing the traditional dance, food and art of India. Activities include a cooking demonstration, dance performances and Mehndi hand painting.

Diwali Festival of Lights at Reading Terminal Market

When:Saturday, November 10, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Where:Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th Street
Cost:Free

www.readingterminalmarket.org

Philadelphia Wing Festival at 2300 Arena

Philly food fans can enjoy more than 60 styles of wings from local restaurants and food trucks at this saucy, satisfying food festival. In addition to samping some of the city's most delicious wings recipes, guests can enjoy tailgating and carnival games, live music on two stages, a beer garden and more.

Philadelphia Wing Festival at 2300 Arena

When:Saturday, November 10, noon - 6 p.m.
Where:2300 Arena, 2300 S. Swanson Street
Cost:$19.95 and up

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Suds and Stogies Beer and Wine Festival at Battleship New Jersey

Battleship New JerseyPhoto courtesy Battleship New Jersey

The phenomenal combination of craft beer, cigars and cheesesteaks from Donkey's Food Truck await guests at the Suds and Stogies Beer and Wine Festival, taking place on board the Battleship New Jersey and along the surrounding pier. Evil Genius Beer Company, SweetWater Brewing Company, Flying Fish Brewing Company and more breweries provide holiday pours while samples of Cappelli Brothers Cigars are offered on the pier. Guests can also take tours of the historic ship and enjoy live music.

Suds and Stogies Beer and Wine Festival at Battleship New Jersey

When:Saturday, November 10, 1-5 p.m.
Where:Battleship New Jersey, 100 Clinton Street, Camden
Cost:$50

www.battleshipnewjersey.org

Cyclocross at Sly Fox Brewing Company

Sly Fox CyclocrossPhoto courtesy Sly Fox Brewing Company

At this annual event at Sly Fox Brewing Company, guests enjoy an entirely different kind of pairing: beer and cyclocross. The adventurous bike race traverses a variety of terrains and obstacles, and beer is available all around the race track for spectators to enjoy.

Cyclocross at Sly Fox Brewing Company

When:Sunday, November 11, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where:Sly Fox Brewing Company, 331 Circle of Progress Drive, Pottstown
Cost:Free, general admission; pay as you go, food and drink

www.slyfoxbeer.com

A Taste of the Philippines at Reading Terminal Market

Celebrate the cuisine and culture of Southeast Asia at Reading Terminal Market’s A Taste of the Philippines, featuring pay-as-you-go dishes from select vendors; cooking demonstrations from chef Yana Gilbuena of pop-up Filipino kamayan dinner series SALO; and Filipino cultural performances. Guests who pre-registered for tickets (now sold out) to the event get priority access to the cooking demo, then it is first come, first serve for other interested attendees depending on available space.

A Taste of the Philippines at Reading Terminal Market

When:Sunday, November 11, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Where:Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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