15 fun things to do in Philly this weekend

Get some freshly baked sweets at the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market at Dilworth Park. | Provided


Beauty and the Beast Opening Night
Nov. 17, 7 p.m.
The Media Theatre
104 East State St., Media

This stage version of the Disney classic features all the film’s heartwarming tunes, plus, introduces a few new ones. Alanna J. Smith stars as Belle, Jarret Jay Yoder plays The Beast, Bob Stineman is Gaston and Stephen Fala humors as LeFou.

The Northern Wild
Nov. 18 and Nov. 19, various times
First Unitarian Church
2125 Chestnut St.
Pay what you wish

The Chestnut Street Singers, a Center City-based gaggle of choral vocalists bonded by a passion for challenge and innovation in music, perform songs by Sibelius, Tormis, Elgar and Esenvalds. The aim for “The Northern Wild”? To use music to transform audiences straight to the wilderness.


Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m.
The Fillmore Philadelphia
29 E. Allen St.

Jack Antonoff, who is popularly known for writing and producing hits for Taylor Swift and P!nk, brings his brand of indie-pop to The Fillmore with his 2014-formed band, Bleachers. In support of the album “Gone Now,” released this summer under RCA, Antonoff and company perform soaring anthems that tout a strong ‘80s influence.


Jet Wine Bar Anniversary
Nov. 16, 4 p.m.
Jet Wine Bar
1525 South St.
Pay as you go

The smooth and relaxing South Street West wine bar commemorates seven years of business by selecting a menu that harkens back to 2010—meaning a vintage selection of 2010 reds and whites will be available, for $9 to $16 per glass. Among them: a Spanish Tempranillo and a Montepulciano—from Italy, as one might guess. Plus, food specials like a green-peppers pizza and orange-chipotle-sauce wings.

Tippler’s Tour Cheers and Beers
Nov. 16, 5:30 p.m.
Betsy Ross House
239 Arch St.

This two-hour tour of Historic Philadelphia is billed as a “colonial pub crawl,” taking beer-imbibers through a 1777 Philadelphia while making leisurely stops at National Mechanics, Victoria Freehouse and City Tavern for beer tastings. Pricing includes gratuity.

SliCE Fishtown One-Year Anniversary Party
Nov. 17, 5 p.m.
SliCE Fishtown
431 E. Girard Ave.
Pay as you go

SliCE Fishtown, notably the first location to be all-organic, marks its first year serving up pizza pies by serving up free slices from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 5-7 p.m. November specials like the spicy sausage and pumpkin ricotta pizza will be handed out, with all SliCE locations selling large signature pies for $10—to name a few, the truffled ribeye, goat cheese with bacon and caramelized onion. Donuts are also on special for $1 all weekend.

Jazz Brunch Kickoff
Nov. 19, 11 a.m.
1421 Arch St.
Pay as you go

The Center City restaurant hosts a jazz-themed brunch, pairing seasonal cocktails like the “Smokey Maria”–a spicy, Mezcal Bloody Mary–with bistro favorites like a Croque Madame flatbread. The experience includes a performance from a local jazz band; this special event will be a recurring Sunday staple, moving forward.


Nov. 16, 5 p.m.
Workshop Underground
1544 South St.
Pay as you go

Workshop Underground hosts a soft opening for “Vintage Polaroid SX70,” a photography exhibition with polaroid art from Jenny Lynn, who crafted the pieces in the 1970s and ‘80s. The gallery serves as a test run of sorts for an ongoing “Third Thursday” event, coming next year to South Street West. 

Liberty Flea
Nov. 18, 10 a.m.
Bok Building
1901 S. Ninth St.

The Capatain’s Vintage, a vintage T-shirt shop inside the Bok Building, curates and hosts a holiday flea market showcasing vintage vendors from throughout Philadelphia—Creative Rivers, Manic Muse and Fresh Vintage, among others. Also expect a smattering of antiques and furniture goods, in addition to on-site coffee from Reanimator and to-go beers from small-batch brewery Stickman Brews.


Diabolique Ball
Nov. 18, 8 p.m.
Voyeur Nightclub
1221 Saint James St.

Entering its 21st year, the annual ball is known for its strict dress code of fetish and fantasy—explained as a three-tier system on the Diabolique Foundation website. This year’s diabolical soiree supports the Women’s Medical Fund and Witness to Hunger.

Real Housewives of Bev’s Bitchfest
Nov. 18, 10 p.m.
Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar
200 S. 12th St.

In what might be the most hilarious drag mashup of the season, funny-gal drag queen Bev gathers a consortium of queens to pay tribute to the Real Housewives. A show full of gut-laugh impersonations and zingers, Maria Top Cat performs as Teresa Giudice, Satine Harlowe takes the stage as Jill Zarin and Navaya Shay takes the role of Erika Jayne.


Peddler’s Village Lighting
Nov. 17, 6 p.m.
Peddler’s Village
2400 Street Road, New Hope
Pay as you go

Perhaps the most festive Bucks County occasion of the season, Mr. and Mrs. Claus make an appearance to light up approximately 1 million lights—donning surrounding trees and buildings of the village. Free for the occasion are marshmallows served with apple cider. For that night, shops will stay open late.

Christmas Rocks
Nov. 17, 8 p.m.
The Academy of Music
240 S. Broad St.

It’s a rockabilly Christmas with Grammy-winning singer and guitarist Brian Setzer, who brings back his orchestra tour for its 14th year, tackling earworm classics like “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and “Jingle Bells.” Setzer’s routinely made the rounds on prominent talk shows and television programs through the years performing his irresistibly mood-lifting holiday sound.

Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market
Nov. 18 through Jan. 1
Dilworth Park
1 S. 15th St.
Pay as you go

Tents are pitched up and vendors lined up for this made-in-Philly collection of 50 shops with products made regionally. Peruse everything from ornaments to jewelry, decorations to artwork—with pastries and hot beverages available while you mull which decorative mug is right for Aunt Suzie.

Holiday Art Star Craft Bazaar
Nov. 19, 11 a.m.
SugarHouse Casino
1001 N. Delaware Ave.

Seventy-five vendors congregate inside the casino’s Events Center from all sorts of artistic and artisanal disciplines: photography, pottery, furniture-making, sculpting and more. You’ll also find barbecue from Oink and Moo, pastries from Sweet Box Cupcakes and Pie Stand and sandwiches from Kung Fu Hoagies. Fishtown Hopes, a waterfront beer garden, will also be open.


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