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Family-Friendly Festivities in Philly: November

by Angelique Platas

Oct 25, 2019

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If you’re looking for a fall, family-friendly festival, chances are Philly has you covered. With the city’s diverse blend of cultures, quirky personality, historical roots and happening theater scene, there’s a good chance there is a November calendar event for your crew.


Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival: Nov. 7–17
Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander culture — a vital part of the City of Brotherly Love — the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival showcases Asian cultures through film screenings, discussion panels, food tastings and a slew of live events. Check out the full schedule and get tickets here.


Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show: Nov. 8–10
Next up, the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show hosts a handmade artisan sale at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Not the untouchable art in the museum, but the quality is close to it. Peruse expert-level designs in jewelry, textiles, mixed media and more — all for sale and completely unique.


Dilworth Park: Nov. 8
It’s already that time of year to strap on your ice skates and do a few laps around Dilworth Park. The beloved rink opens to skaters 5:30–6:30 p.m., during the Fire and Ice Festival. The grand opening celebration is a great kick off for the winter season, complete with music, food, warm drinks and lots of fun.


Ice Skating Rink at Dilworth Park. Photo: Alan Budman | Dreamstime.com


Moby-Dick Marathon Reading: Nov. 9–10
For the history buffs and bookworms in the family, The Independence Seaport Museum is a great stop on your visit. This year, the museum hosts The Rosenbach’s 25-hour reading — an overnight adventure — Nov. 9–10. Families will sit in on the reading of Herman Melville’s classic in honor of his would-be 200th birthday.


Mean Girls: Nov. 19–Dec. 1 
Get in, losers … Mean Girls is going to Broad Street. The famously funny Tina Fey (an Upper Darby native) film is taking over Broadway Philadelphia for a limited time, Nov. 19–Dec. 1.


6abc Dunkin’ Thanksgiving Day Parade: Nov. 28
What’s a list of November festivities in Philadelphia without mentioning the country’s oldest Thanksgiving Day parade? For the 100th year, the parade hits streets Nov. 28, complete with fanfare, balloons and wall-to-wall celebrations around the city. Find somewhere to watch the game or stick around for dinner later, as this parade is one for the books.


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