Franklin Square Holiday Festival
November 10-December 31
4-8 p.m. daily, 4-9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays
200 Sixth St.
The kickoff of the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show Thursday begins Franklin Square’s annual holiday festivities. Thousands of colorful LED lights set the park aglow through December 31 along with a weekly itinerary of holiday activities. Let the kids
meet Santa on Saturdays, swing by for seasonal sounds every Sunday, or show up any ol’ night of the week for seasonal food and drink at onsite grub hubs Square Burger and the Winter Beer Garden.
Rothman Ice Rink Opens
November 11-February 26, 2017
1 S. 15th St.
For the third year in a row, Dilworth Park turns into a winter wonderland with ice skating, holiday decor and a cozy cabin offering up hot chocolate and other soul-warming treats. The grand opening happens November 11 from noon to 11 p.m. with musical performances
by the Philly Pops Festival Brass Quintet and more. While you’re there, don’t miss a stroll through the brand new Wintergarden, a pop up garden maze decked out with seasonal shrubbery and accoutrements.
Election Hangover Party
November 11, 8 p.m.-3 a.m.
416 Green St.
The. Election. Is. Finally. Over. We can all breathe a sigh of relief and, thanks to Get Lucid! and The Philadelphia Citizen, dance and drink the whole thing out of our system this Friday night. The two organizations are throwing an Election Hangover bash with
two levels of live music and dancing, art exhibitions and a slate of live performances in the swanky Ruba Club.
November 12, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
300 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia’s arts and crafts community converges at the Kimmel Center Saturday for an afternoon of free, hands-on workshops for kids and grownups, alike. There will be around a dozen booths set up for all your creating pleasure, including a chance to mold
your own claymation character with The Clay Studio, collage button making with Fabric Workshop + Museum and adorable line drawings with artist Alex Stadler of stalder-Kahn.
First Person Arts Festival
Through November 19
The 15th annual First Person Arts Festival, a two-week extravaganza celebrating storytelling in a variety of forms, enters its first weekend with a lineup of powerhouse raconteurs. Award-winning writer Ntozake Shange shares poetry from throughout her career
in an evening entitled “i found god in myself” at the African American Museum. Also, catch a standup routine from comedian Dave Hill that promises to cover stories about life, death and a particularly odd encounter he once had with a homeless man.
Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival
Through November 19
The Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival rolls into its second week with films from around the world highlighting the Jewish experience. This weekend, catch the Philadelphia premiere of documentary “By Sidney Lumet,” in which the legendary director shares his
life story. “Supergirl,” premiering Sunday, follows 11-year-old powerlifter Naomi Kutin, who some call the strongest girl in the world.
Porter Robinson + Madeon
November 11, 8:30 p.m.
421 N. Seventh St.
After the massive success of their recent single “Shelter,” Chapel Hill DJ Porter Robinson and French-born electronic artist Madeon hit the road together for a series of (many sold-out) shows across the States. Their night in Philly promises to be one of high
energy, video game-inspired beats and hundreds of screaming teens. Openers include Danger and Robotaki.
November 12, 8:30 p.m.
1100 Chestnut St.
HalfNoise aka ex-Paramour drummer Zac Farro comes to Philly from Nashville this weekend on a tour promoting his third LP, “Sudden Feeling.” Billboard likened the work to “a lazy, late-summer Sunday at the beach,” rife with laidback pop-rock ditties. He’ll be
joined at MilkBoy by openers, and fellow Nashville outfit, Paper Route, and Philly arena rockers PHNTMS.
“Dublin by Lamplight”
The Mandell Theater
3201 Chestnut St.
Inis Nua restages its 2011 hit “Dublin by Lamplight,” which, when it played the first time, made such a splash that it went on to debut at the First Irish Theatre Festival in New York. Michael West’s fast-paced tale tells the story of the creation of the Irish
National Theatre of Ireland in 1904. A cast of six actors portray a whopping 40 characters, bringing the story to life through traditional commedia dell’arte make-up stylings and Storytellers theatre.
“In My Body”
1412 Chestnut St.
The latest by lyricist and composer–and real-life couple–Michael Biello and Dan Martin is a poignant and often humorous series of vignettes about learning to embrace our true identities. Through song, dance, spoken word poetry and more, actors explore everything
from gender identity and aging to infertility and bullying on a path to find the oneness that connects us all. You better act fast if you want to see this; there are only six performances and it’s selling like mad.