November 2010 Things To Do In Philadelphia – Thanksgiving And Beyond



There are plenty of November 2010 things to do in Philadelphia, as the leaves continue to fall....

If you're looking for Thanksgiving events in Philadelphia, there are so many, that they now have their own separate page...

If you're already thinking about partying on Wednesday, November 24 - Thanksgiving Eve - we've compiled a Philadelphia Thanksgiving Eve 2010 Events Guide...

For the day after Thanksgiving - Black Friday, November 25, 2010 - we also now have a Philadelphia Black Friday 2010 Things to Do Guide...

If you're looking ahead to Christmas in Philadelphia, take a look at our growing December 2010 Things to Do in Philadelphia Guide...

However, please be patient, as we will continue to augment this page with additional listings of November 2010 things to do in Philadelphia... and so feel free to check back for more content...

(Also, if you'd like to look back at October 2010 events, and think about plans for next year, as we Philadelphians recover from the excitement of yet more October baseball... and the many Halloween-themed events, they are listed in the October 2010 Things to Do in Philadelphia Guide...

And if you're thinking about next year's costume already, consider what parties you might attend by looking at our list of the best Philadelphia Halloween Parties 2010, we have complete information on them - Guide to Philadelphia Halloween Parties 2010...)

Monday, November 1 - Sunday, November 22 - This May Be Your Last Chance to See Olympia - Admiral Dewey's Flagship from the Spanish-American War - At Independence Seaport Museum, As It Is Slated To Close Permanently to the Public

UPDATE: Olympia's Fate Has Been Extended For Several Weeks - It Will Remain Open For Public Tours, Up To and Including December 31, 2010

While we still hope that USS Olympia can avert its fate - due to its lack of maintenance, Olympia is currently scheduled to close - forever - to public tours after Sunday, November 22, 2010.

UPDATE: Fortunately, Olympia has received a temporary reprieve - it will now remain open for public tours up to and including New Year's Eve, December 31, 2010...

It needs massive, extraordinarily expensive drydocking and renovation, which its owner, Independence Seaport Museum at Penn's Landing - doesn't have.

As of early November 2010, Olympia is still scheduled for a watery grave off Cape May in New Jersey, as a recreational reef for divers. Of course, we hope that the 1898 steel battleship won't be consigned to the ocean floor, as does the Seaport Museum. But just in case emergency funding to keep Olympia afloat (and open to the public) doesn't come through, we strongly recommend that you seize this opportunity to tour Olympia in the first three weeks of November 2010 - because, regrettably, it may be your last chance to do so, ever.

Friday, November 26, and Saturday, November 27, 2010 - Thanksgiving Weekend Marks Your Final Opportunity To Experience Haunted Philadelphia, By Taking the Spirits of '76 Ghost Tours in Old City Philadelphia and Society Hill, Before The Tours Go Into Hibernation For the Winter

Your final chance to take one of the Spirits of '76 Ghost Tours in 2010, will be during Thanksgiving weekend in Philadelphia. The last tours are offered on Friday, November 26, and Saturday, November 27, 2010, both at 7:30 PM. At the conclusion of November, Spirits of '76 Ghost Tours won't return for several months, until April 2011.

The ghost tours are 75-minute walking tours of Old City Philadelphia and Society Hill. We recommend them, as they are an intriguing mix of both Philadelphia history and folklore. They are also a good choice to see the many sights of historic Philadelphia, with a knowledgeable and informative tour guide.

And if you decide to take one on Thanksgiving weekend - as a result of wishing to walk off some calories from any excesses at Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday - it's a good choice. You'll be doing quite a bit of walking on the Spirits of '76 Ghost Tour.

In addition to Thanksgiving, Spirits of '76 Ghost Tours are available, throughout all weekends in November. They take place on Fridays and Saturdays, at 7:30 PM:

Friday, November 5 - Saturday, November 6
Friday, November 12 - Saturday, November 13
Friday, November 19 - Saturday, November 20

Monday, November 1 - Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - Last Chance to See the Haunted Halloween Exhibit at TRUST - the Former Philadelphia Real World House

TRUST is an art gallery, occupying a historic property, constructed in 1902 - where, over a century later, MTV's Real World Philadelphia participants resided in 2004. TRUST is now featuring its Haunted Halloween exhibit there, during November 1 and 2.

TRUST is located at 249 Arch Street, right next door to the Betsy Ross House, which is at 239 Arch Street. Admission to the Haunted Halloween Exhibit at TRUST is free; it opened on October 29. Call 215.592.8400 for more information. (Note: we haven't seen the Haunted Halloween exhibit, and so we have no idea, if its contents are appropriate for children, so call first to ask, before you enter.)

November 2010 Is "Comedy Month" For the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre at 21st and Sansom Streets, Including the 6th Annual Philadelphia Improv Festival from November 1 - November 7

The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre stages three major events in November 2010:

Tuesday, November 2 - Sunday November 7 is the 6th Annual Philadelphia Improv Festival, with many performances nightly. November 8 - November 14 is the Philly Sketchfest, while the Philadelphia Joke Initiative runs from Monday, November 15 - Sunday, November 21. For tickets, call the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre at 267.441.4780. Prices start at $10, and rise from there.

Friday, November 5 - First Friday in Old City Philadelphia

On the first Friday of every month, the art galleries of Old City Philadelphia open their doors to the public, and foot traffic intensifies, as merchants provide free samples of food and drink, as well as entertainment.

RECOMMENDED - Saturday, November 6 - Sunday, November 7 - The 29th Annual Re-Enactment of General George Washington's 1777 Revolutionary War Army Encampment, at Historic Hope Lodge in Whitemarsh, Suburban Montgomery County

We highly recommend, at this ghostly time of year, the Re-enactment of Washington's Continental Army encampment, in Whitemarsh, in suburban Montgomery County. It re-enacts the six-week period - from November 2, 1777, to December 11, 1777 - when Washington's army was encamped in Whitemarsh, while the British were occupying Philadelphia.

The Americans face off against British skirmishers from occupied Germantown and Philadelphia. Hope Lodge is a preserved, 18th-century home that served as an army hospital during the encampment. Tours of the mansion will be available.

It's great family entertainment, especially for the price. Adults are $6, seniors $4, children 6-17, $4, under 6, free; a family carload, a flat $20. Food is available, as well as military and craft demonstrations. The festivities take place from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, both Saturday and Sunday.

Hope Lodge is located at 553 South Bethlehem Pike, Fort Washington, PA 19034. It is extremely convenient to the Pennsylvania Turnpike's Fort Washington exit, as it is only several minutes away, down Bethlehem Pike.

Schedule of Whitemarsh Encampment 2010 Events and Activities

Skirmishes - (Note: These are the really cool parts, so make sure you don't miss them. The American and British troops take the field against each other behind Hope Lodge, and demonstrate 18th century maneuvers and combat.)

Saturday, November 6 - 11:30 AM and 2:30 PM
Sunday, November 7 - 2:00 PM

Revolutionary War Era Church Service in Formal Garden - Sunday only, 10:15 AM

Pistol Duel in the Formal Garden - Sunday, only - 1:00 PM

Throughout both days-

There will be military drills and tactical demonstrations, in both the American and British camps, consisting of white tents around the property. Self-guided tours of the Hope Lodge Mansion will be available all day, except during Skirmishes (they don't want anyone to miss the Skirmishes, while visiting the Mansion).

Museum Gift Shop

Colonial Open-Hearth Cooking in the Summer Kitchen

Medical/Surgical-Field Hospital Demonstration in Barn (Note: although the presenter, Wayne Skilton, is very knowledgeable and engaging on this subject, parents should exercise discretion in bringing children - especially younger ones - to this particular demonstration, as the details of 18th-century military wounds and medicine are recounted and presented with painstaking accuracy.)

In front of the mansion, will be demonstrations of 18th century medicines and medical procedures, silhouettes, 18th century music (including a harpist), blacksmithing, Pennsylvania German Fraktur, as well as "Ned Hector, Wagoneer"; Dulcimer; and a book signing (all of the latter three being on Sunday, only).

Friday, November 5 - Saturday, November 6 - William Shakespeare's Macbeth Concludes At the Wilma Theater on the Avenue of the Arts - But Subsequently Extended Through Saturday, November 13

For tickets for the final three performances of Macbeth, on Friday, November 5, and Saturday, November 6 (two performances), you can call the Wilma Theater Box Office at 215.546.7824. Prices range from $10 - $49 per ticket, depending on your age, the day of the week, whether you are a student, and the time of the performance (matinee or evening).

UPDATE: October 18, 2010 - Due to popular demand and frequent sellouts, Macbeth has been extended through Saturday, November 13, 2010. These performances have been added:

Wednesday, November 10, 7:30 PM
Thursday, November 11, 7:30 PM
Friday, November 12, 8:00 PM
Saturday, November 13 - 2:00 PM matinee, 8:00 PM evening

Friday, November 5, Only - The Betsy Ross House Stages Special After Hours Event - An Evening of Mourning, With Candlelight Tours, And A Yellow Fever Performance

The Betsy Ross House - one of Philadelphia's most popular tourist destinations - will be hosting a special, one-time after-hours event, An Evening of Mourning, on Friday, November 5, 2010, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Tickets are $5 per individual, $15 for a family. However, parental discretion is advised, as "the program may not be suitable for young children," as there is a chilling performance involving yellow fever, a plague of the 18th century.

November 2010 Things to Do in Philadelphia - Nightlife and Bars

Saturday, November 6, 2010 - 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM - The Franklin Institute Presents The Science and Art of Colonial Brewing, At Nearby Kite and Key Restaurant and Bar

The Franklin Institute, in conjunction with the Kite and Key Restaurant and Bar, will be staging The Science and Art of Colonial Brewing, on Saturday, November 6, 2010, from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

The Kite and Key is located within reasonable walking distance of the Franklin Institute, at 1836 Callowhill Street (Callowhill between 18th and 19th Streets).

The presentation will blend two fields within which Philadelphia has always been in the forefront - scientific research, and microbreweries. Topics include Benjamin Franklin's own tastes in beer, his brewmaking techniques, and a demonstration of beermaking technique from the 18th century. You can call the Kite and Key at 215.568.1818 for more information.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM - Original Philly Brew and Chew Comes to Cavanaugh's Rittenhouse

The monthly Original Philly Brew and Chew arrives at Cavanaugh's Rittenhouse, located at 1823 Sansom Street, directly on Rittenhouse Square. The event, which lasts for two hours, pairs craft beers with appetizers. Tickets are $20 at the tour, $15 if booked online. Call 215.665.9500 for more information.

Saturday, November 13, 2010 - Philadelphia Craft Beer Express - Fall Session - Runs A Loop Between 11 Different Microbreweries and Pubs, From 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM

On Saturday, November 13, 2010, the Philadelphia Craft Beer Express Bus - Fall Session will be making its November run, in a loop of 11 different Philadelphia microbreweries and pubs. Tickets are $10/person, and permit you to ride the buses all day (there will be multiple buses, all running the same loop; they are scheduled to run about 25 minutes apart). They do this just three days a year, in March (for Philly Beer Weekend), June (for Philly Beer Week), and November (Fall Session). For more information and to order tickets, you can go to craftbeerexpress.com.

Monday, November 15, 2010 - London Grill in Fairmount Has Been Chosen to Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

London Grill - located in hip Fairmount, a stone's throw from the turrets of Eastern State Penitentiary - has been chosen to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. The event lasts from 7:00 PM to midnight.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Win a Free Trip to Belgium! McGillin's Olde Ale House Stages $5 Raffle - One Winner Wins Free Trip to Collaborate in Craft Brewing Process, With a World Renowned Master Brewer

McGillin's Olde Ale House - located in the shadow of Philadelphia City Hall - will be hosting a $5/ticket ($20 for 5 tickets) in which the winner will receive a free trip to Belgium. When there, he/she will have the unique opportunity to work with master brewer Dirk Noudts of De Proef Brewers, for a beer to be served during Philly Beer Week 2011.

Thursday, November 18, 2010 - 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM - Iron Chef Jose Garces Teams Up with Iron Hill Brewer At Chifa in Washington Square District For A Four-Course Meal

Chifa - located just off Washington Square - will be presenting a four-course meal for $65.00, featuring the collaboration of Iron Chef Jose Garces, with Iron Hill Brewer Chris Lapierre. Call 215.925.5555 for details (how did Chifa obtain such an easy-to-remember number, with all of those consecutive "5"s?)



Thursday, November 11 - Sunday, November 14 - The 34th Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show Takes Place, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center

The Philadelphia Museum of Art will be hosting its 34th Annual Craft Show, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center (a/k/a the Philadelphia Convention Center) at 13th and Arch Streets, from Thursday, November 11, 2010, to Sunday, November 14, 2010. Hours and ticketing are as follows:

Thursday, November 11 - Friday, November 12 - 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday, November 13 - 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday, November 14 - 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

For adults, tickets are $15.00 for a single day ticket, $20.00 for a two-day ticket - for children under 12, tickets are $5.00.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art Will Also Continue Its Art After 5 Programming, on All Fridays in November 2010

The Museum of Art also offers free entertainment, included with your admission ticket that day, on all Fridays at 5:00 PM in November 2010 - November 5, 12, 19, and 26 (i.e., Black Friday).

Thursday, November 11 - The National Constitution Center Offers Veterans Day Programming from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM, and Free Admission to All Veterans, In Their Honor

The National Constitution Center will have a variety of Veterans Day programming on Thursday, November 11, in honor of the holiday. Programming begins at 11:00 AM, in honor of the Armistice that ended World War I, which took place on November 11, 1918, at 11:00 AM. In addition, all veterans will receive free admission. This also dovetails with the Constitution Center's latest temporary exhibit, Art of the American Soldier.

RECOMMENDED - Saturday, November 13 - Sunday, November 14 - The Annual Re-Enactment of the Siege and Bombardment of Fort Mifflin on the Delaware River

We highly recommend this spectacular re-enactment of the five-week-long Revolutionary War siege and battle of November 1777, with gallant Americans trying to fend off British attempts to sail up the Delaware River and clear a supply route for the occupied American capital, which they had captured overland in September 1777, several weeks earlier.

It was the largest bombardment in the history of North America, before or since - and you can learn more about the re-enactment on our Fort Mifflin page.


November 2010 Things to Do in Philadelphia – Peddler's Village in Lahaska, Suburban Bucks County

Peddler's Village, in Lahaska, Bucks County, is a great place for family events, and offer several November 2010 things to do…

Saturday, November 6 – Sunday, November 7 – Apple Festival

The Apple Festival will take place on both weekend days, from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Friday, November 19 – Grand Illumination, As Peddlers’ Village Commences Its Christmas Celebration

This event will take place from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, with Santa himself turning on the extraordinarily beautiful Christmas lights that illuminate Peddlers’ Village, at 6:15 PM. The shops will also be open later than normal, until 10:00 PM

Friday, November 19 – Sunday, November 21 – Merchants’ Open House

Friday, November 19 – Saturday, January 1, 2011 – Gingerbread House Competition and Display

During the final week and a half of November 2010, you’ll be able to see the remarkable artistry of the Gingerbread House Contest at Lahaska.

Saturday, November 13 - Independence Seaport Museum Launches 1st Annual Stout and Chowder Festival at Penn's Landing - Great Event For Beer and Seafood Enthusiasts

Independence Seaport Museum at Penn's Landing is launching its 1st Annual Stout and Chowder Festival, on Saturday, November 13, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Tickets are $40/person - and include all sorts of beers, including a feature on pumpkin beers, plus a showcase of chowders - and your own commemorative glass mug to take home as a souvenir. You must be at least 21 years of age to enter, as well as present valid ID, to be admitted.

Saturday, November 13 - Laurel Hill Cemetery Conducts Twilight Walking Tour of the Graveyard, Focusing on the 1876 Centennial Exhibition Hosted in Philadelphia, 234 Years Ago

Laurel Hill Cemetery - the Victorian cemetery which is a tourist attraction in its own right - will be conducting a Twilight Walking Tour of the graveyard on Saturday, November 13, 2010, at 4:00 PM.

"The 1876 Centennial Exhibition: Program and Exhibit" will be the focus of the walking tour - since many of the Victorian Philadelphia movers and shakers who made the Exhibition happen, are now residents of Laurel Hill Cemetery. The historical 1876 Centennial celebration was a genuine blockbuster for Philadelphia. Hosted on 285 acres of Fairmount Park, it drew almost 9 million visitors - an incredible total today, but even more so when the U.S. population was only 46 million, a small fraction of the 310 million or so Americans today. After the tour, guests can see a water color art exhibition in Laurel Hill's historic Gatehouse, as well as sample wine, cheese, and other refreshments. Tickets are $25/person. Make reservations by calling 215.228.8200 (easy to remember phone number) or by e-mailing Laurel Hill Cemetery.

Thursday, November 18 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM - The Rosenbach Museum and Library Presents A Taste of History - Dining In the 18th Century - With A Historical Presentation and Food Sampling

The Rosenbach Museum and Library will be offering a unique blend of history and food on Thursday, November 18, at its location of 20th and Delancey Place, near Rittenhouse Square. Food expert Kimberly Costa will be sharing her expertise on the 18th-century dining experience in Philadelphia, with guests sampling 18th-century dishes. You can RSVP to the Rosenbach by calling 215.732.1600, ext. 123.

Friday, November 19 - Saturday, November 21 - The 17th Annual Philadelphia Marathon Is Centerpiece of "Philly's Race Weekend"

You don't have to run the Philadelphia Marathon, or even the less grueling Half-Marathon, to have a good time during Philly's Race Weekend. (And even if you did, all of the spots in both races are already sold out.) There is a full schedule of events - more on this, as the date gets closer.

Thursday, November 18 - The 3rd Annual Phiz Fest Takes Place at the Hyatt at the Bellevue; Proceeds From This Sparkling Wine and Champagne Tasting Event Benefit Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Neonatal Unil

The 3rd Annual Phiz Fest will take place at the Hyatt at the Bellevue, on the Avenue of the Arts, on Thursday, November 18, from 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM. Must be 21 or over; early registration tickets are $49, and must be booked online.

Tuesday, November 30 - 5:00 PM - Franklin Square Illuminates Itself for the Holidays, With a Visit From Santa

Franklin Square - now closed for the season - will reopen both during Thanksgiving Weekend and Tuesday, November 30, for Christmas-themed events, such as the lighting of the Square itself. It's free - call 215.629.4026 for more information.

Tuesday, November 30 - 5:00 PM - Rittenhouse Square Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Takes Place

Ironically - on the same date and time as the one in Franklin Square, on the other side of Broad Street - Rittenhouse Square will be kicking off its own Christmas illumination, with the annual Lighting of the Rittenhouse Square Christmas Tree. It is also free of charge.

From 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, there will musical entertainment, free elf hats and hot chocolate, and other seasonally-appropriate fare for the lighting of the tree.



November 2010 Things to Do in Philadelphia - Ongoing Events

If Turkey, Cranberry Sauce, and Pumpkin Pie Aren't Enough This Thanksgiving, City Food Tours of Philadelphia Offers Five Different Options for Foodies

We have complete listings and details on the five different options offered by City Food Tours Philadelphia - there are many different ways to sample the city's unique food and drink options, and our comprehensive review of their Decadent Gourmet Tour is on the linked page, above.

Even If You Couldn't Get Phillies Playoff Tickets in 2010, Tours Are Offered Year-Round; You Can Still Take The Tour of Citizens Bank Park For Just $10, On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in November 2010 - A Single Daily Tour at 10:30 AM

You can still get your Citizens Bank Park fix with the tour. Reservations are mandatory; you can't walk in and buy one. Call the Phillies Phone Center at 215.463.1000, to book your tour.

Important Note: Since the Phillies may appear in the World Series - which may continue into November - there will be no Citizens Bank Park tours, until the hypothetical Phillies World Series run has been completed. But after the Series is over, you can take the November 2010 tours.

The Blockbuster Temporary Exhibit - Cleopatra: The Search For the Last Queen of Egypt - Continues At The Franklin Institute

The Franklin Institute continues to display its blockbuster temporary exhibit - Cleopatra: The Search For the Last Queen of Egypt, just off Logan Circle. It will be open every day in November 2010, except Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 2010. It will continue until January 2, 2011.

Tuesday, November 2 - The Traveling Exhibit Michelangelo Pistoletto: From One to Many, 1956-1974 Opens at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Philadelphia Museum of Art premieres its latest special exhibition, on Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - focusing on the work of an contemporary Italian artist. Michelangelo Pistoletto: From One to Many, 1956-1974 will run through January 16, 2011. It is presented jointly by the Art Museum, and the Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo (MAXXI), in Rome, Italy.

The National Constitution Center Features the Temporary Exhibit "Art of the American Soldier" Through January 10, 2011

The National Constitution Center also continues its feature of its temporary exhibit, Art of the American Soldier, throughout November 2010. As with Cleopatra, you can visit every day in November, except Thanksgiving Day, November 25.



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