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What’s happening in Philly this weekend: Nov. 16-18

Each weekend, we will post some of the most unique social and cultural places to visit in addition to exciting events in and around the Philly area. We call it Philly Influencer’s Weekend Picks. If you attend any of these places or events, let us know how it went! Tweet us or email us at thephillyinfluencer@gmail.com.

This week’s best Sips & Eats!

Events Running Through the Weekend

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1. Closing this Weekend: First Person Arts Festival

Where: Various locations
When: Runs through Sunday, November 18th

The First Person Arts Festival ends this weekend. There have been weeks of personal story slams, spoken word performances, comedic showcases, a memoir writing class, and more at this artistic collective. Don’t miss your last chance to see this phenomenal artistic showcase.

For more information, click here.

2. Closing this Weekend: Gershwin Philadelphia Film Festival

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Where: Various locations
When: Runs through Sunday, November 18th

The 38th Annual Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival ends this Sunday. The cultural film celebration has been holding special screenings and panel discussions since the beginning of the month. Come see films from more than 20 countries from around the world. Don’t miss the shorts, documentaries, long features, and others.

For more information, click here.

3. Manayunk Cocktail Week

Where: Various locations
When: Runs through Sunday, November 18th

Manayunk Cocktail Week runs through this Sunday, November 18th. The annual cocktail celebration includes more than sixteen bars and restaurants in the Manayunk area. These participating locations will have stellar drink specials, seasonal cocktails, and brews celebration.

For more information, click here.

4. The Bourse Food Hall Grand Opening 

Where: The Bourse Food Hall, 111 S. Independence Mall E.
When: Through Friday, November 16th

The Bourse Food Hall will be having its grand opening this week. There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony this Thursday with Mayor Kenny and more. On Friday, Swoop and Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders, a mini Mummers parade with the Quaker City String Band, acrobats and stilt walkers, and Philly’s beloved historical re-enactors such as Ben Franklin will be in the building. On both days there will be Flyers and Eagles tickets giveaways.

For more information, click here.

5. Franklin Square Holiday Festival

Where: Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th St.
When: Runs through Monday, December 31st

Each year Franklin Square gets transformed into a magical winter wonderland. The Franklin Square holiday festival includes this illuminating light show. Over 50,000 lights shimmer and glow to the soundtrack of your favorite holiday tunes. There are two alternating shows beginning every 30 minutes each day for free.

For more information, click here.

6. Philadelphia Marathon

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Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
When: Friday, November 16th-Sunday, November 18th

Over 30,000 runners take their march each year in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art to conquer The Philadelphia Marathon. There will be a full marathon, half marathon, and more taking over the city all weekend. Come out to participate or watch this amazing display of endurance, will, and athleticism.

For more information, click here.

7. Gastropod 

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Where: The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St.
When: Friday, November 16th, 6PM-7:15PM

“Are oysters really an aphrodisiac? Can you hack your taste buds?” These are a few questions that co-hosts Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley serve up on their award-winning food science podcast Gastropod. Stop by the Franklin Institute for an entertaining combination of live experiments, interactive tastings, field recordings, and more.

For more information, click here.

8. PHILADANCO: Choreographers on the Move

Where: Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St.
When: Friday, November 16th-Sunday, November 18th

The Kimmel Center’s floor will be booming with rhythmic talent and amazing choreography. PHILADANCO: Choreographers on the Move will feature the works of the former star of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company Christopher Huggins and Julliard instructor and director of the Jacob’s Pillow dance festival Milton Myers. Please come to this famed venue for a tremendous of dance.

For more information, click here.

9. Sasheer Zamata

Where: Punch Line Philly, 33 E. Laurel St.
When: Runs through Saturday, November 17th

The popular comedy club Punch Line Philly will be the place to be this week. Sasheer Zamata will be performing a three-night stint at the laugh house. The SNL cast member fills the lounge with her charisma, comedic delivery, and hilarious jokes.

For more information, click here.

10. Stephen Marley

Where: Keswick Theatre,  291 N Keswick Ave. Glenside, PA 
When: Friday, November 16th, 8PM

Eight-time Grammy-winning musician and producer Stephen Marley will be playing at Keswick Theater in Glenside PA this Friday night. The extremely talented will be performing many of his countless hits at the frequented theater. Reggae fans will be out in droves to see this amazing talent.

For more information, click here.

11. H.E.R. 

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Where: Franklin Music Hall, 421 N 7th St.
When: Friday, November 16th, 8PM

Before H.E.R.’s “Focus” was the musical backdrop for that famous Rihanna Instagram post or the songstress that took Daniel Ceaser’s “Best Part” to new heights, H.E.R. was a surging vocalist. Today she’s one of the best talents in R&B and is showcasing her signature sound on the I Used to Know Her Tour. Don’t miss your chance to see this songstress.

For more information, click here.

12. Jazz vs. 76ers 

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Where: Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.
When: Friday, November 16th

The heavens have heard our clamoring and finally dropped another star in the City of Brotherly Love. The Wells Fargo Center will be electric as the 76ers take on the non Rookie of the Year, Donovan Mitchell, and the Utah Jazz. Come welcome Jimmy Butler to his new arena and watch the Sixers get their next win.

For more information, click here.

13. Friendsgiving at the Please Touch Museum

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Where: Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic
When: Saturday, November 17th, 9AM-5PM

The Please Touch Museum will be celebrating Thanksgiving early with this special and family-friendly event. This Saturday will be Family Festival: Friendsgiving. There will be a friendship zone, a feast, a creative arts studio, live performances, a parade, and more.

For more information, click here.

14. Christmas Village Preview Weekend

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Where: LOVE Park, 1599 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
When: Saturday, November 17th-Sunday, November 18th (sneak), Official open November 22nd

It’s that time of the year again. The edges of City Hall and the area around the revamped LOVE Park will be packed with many pop up wooden boutiques. The bustling mercantile village will have the best crafters in Philadelphia all in the same place. Come purchase your holiday gifts at this booming annual event peddling collectibles, art, jewelry, candles, food, beverages, lotions, and more.

For more information, click here.

15. Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market

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Where: Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th St.
When: Runs through Tuesday, January 1st

More than 40 local artisans, designers, crafters, and confectionaries will be on full display this season at the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market. Complementing the adjacent Christmas Village, this free admission shopping area is the perfect place to find a treasure for your loved ones.

For more information, click here.

16. Holiday Art Star Craft Bazaar

Where: SugarHouse Casino, 1001 N. Delaware Ave.
When: Saturday, November 17th-Sunday, November 18th

With the holidays rolling around like the blink of an eye, it’s always a great choice to have multiple gift options available. The Holiday Art Star Craft Bazaar will be one of the main features a the SugarHouse Casino this weekend. There will be 75 of the art and craft vendors on location. There will also be food trucks at this event

For more information, click here.

17. USF vs. Temple 

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Where: Lincoln Financial Field, 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way
When: Saturday, November 17th, 12PM

The (3-4) Temple Owls will be taking on the (6-3) The South Florida Bulls this Saturday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field. This will be the home finale for the local university. The matchup will be hard-fought as they face a conference foe.

For more information, click here.

18. Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Flyers

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Where: Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.
When: Saturday, November 17th, 1PM

Continuing the local sports Saturday, the Philadelphia Flyers will be hitting the ice at the Wells Fargo Center this Saturday afternoon to take on the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning are atop the Eastern Conference and have one of the best records in the NHL. The Flyers will need all the cheers and screams they can get for this battle.

For more information, click here.

19. Donut Making for Families with Federal Donuts 

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Where: Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine St.
When: Saturday, November 17th, 2PM-4PM

The Culinary Literacy Center and the Free Library of Philadelphia will be filled with the wonderful aroma of freshly made donuts this Saturday. Chef Matt Fein of Philly favorite Federal Donuts asks you to bring your family out for this donut-cooking demo lead. The young ones will be able to glaze, decorate, and gobble up their creations.

For more information, click here.

20. (Sandy) Alex G

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Where: First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St.
When: Saturday, November 17th, 8PM

Formerly known as just Alex G, the Philly native has collaborated with Frank Ocean and several others. Last year he released his 7th studio album Rocket. The demand is high for this indie rock singer-songwriter. Be sure to get your tickets for his added show this Saturday night.

For more information, click here.

21. Flyers Wives Carnival

Where: Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.
When: Sunday, November 18th, 11AM

The Flyers Wives Carnival is an annual charity event that always excites each year. The community gathering will have Flyers players, management, and media personalities all in attendance. There will be family friendly rides, games, and attractions at this amusing and larger-than-life party.

For more information, click here.

22. Napoleon Dynamite: A Conversation with Jon Heder, Efren Ramirez & Tina Majorino

Where: Merriam Theater, 250 S Broad St.
When: Sunday, November 18th, 8PM

There will be a special screening of Napoleon Dynamite this Sunday night. Following the famous feature, get ready for a moderated discussion with the film’s stars Jon Heder (Napoleon), Efren Ramirez (Pedro) and Tina Majorino (Deb).

For more information, click here.

23. The Suffers

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Where: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.
When: Sunday, November 18th, 8PM

Retro Soul group The Suffers will be playing at World Cafe Live this weekend. Spin Magazine called them “the sort of neo-retro group you never knew music was so badly missing”. Helmed by the great vocals of Kam Franklin, this ensemble has all the tools to make you dance your Sunday night away.

For more information, click here.

24. Bas

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Where: Theatre of The Living Arts, 334 South St.
When: Sunday, November 18th, 8PM

Hip-hop act and rapper Bas will be playing at the TLA this Sunday night. The Dreamville and J. Cole groomed act released his third studio album Milky Way in August. The project featured J. Cole, ASAP Ferg, Ari Lennox, and others.

For more information, click here.

Featured Event


‘Winter Warmup’ Craft Beer & Festive Cocktail Celebration

'Winter Warmup' Craft Beer & Festive Cocktail Celebration

Where: 23rd Street Armory, 22 S. 23rd St.
When: Friday, November 30th & Saturday, December 1st

In a few weeks, the 23rd Street Armory will be filled with a tremendous craft beer selection and several festive cocktails. The Philadelphia ‘Winter Warmup’ will feature three drinking sessions of winter brews and seasonal beverages. There will be 30+ breweries and 15+ specialty drinks on location. The lively event will also have food trucks, entertainment, fun activities and games, and plenty more. There will also be a winter coat drive hose less fortunate this cold, winter season. This will be an amazing and exciting sampling event that you don’t want to miss.

For more information, click here.

Map of Events 


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